China Classics

From Shanghai to Kunming, this 18 day luxury tour will take you to iconic sights including the Great Wall of China and a cruise along the Yangtze River.

18 Days
Shanghai to Kunming
From (AUD)
$ 12,190
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Shanghai > Kunming

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18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Shanghai

    Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for a luxurious three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Shanghai

    Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Explore the Pudong area. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Shanghai

    Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession district and Xintiandi, or take an organised shopping tour of Shanghai’s markets. Alternatively, take a cruise on the Huangpu River.

    Later, spend your free time exploring the famous Nanjing Road. Tonight enjoy the agility and skill of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Shanghai > Suzhou

    Travel to the ancient water city of Suzhou and cruise along the tributaries of the Grand Canal before visiting a traditional silk mill. Overnight in Suzhou.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Suzhou > Hangzhou

    In Suzhou, known for its classical gardens, visit the Humble Administrators Garden and Masters of the Nets Garden. Travel to Hangzhou and be awed by the Impressions of West Lake. Stay for two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Hangzhou

    Cruise the famous West Lake before visiting Six Harmonies Pagoda, featured in the works of poets and artists alike.

    Learn about the Chinese cultural pillars or explore Hangzhou’s Buddhist heritage. Alternatively, explore the Xixi Wetlands by boat.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Hangzhou > Xi’an

    Fly to Xi’an and walk the ancient city wall. Tonight enjoy the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner. Spend the next two nights in Xian.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Xi’an

    Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator.

    Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

    Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator.

    Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Xi’an > Beijing

    Wander through the Muslim Quarter. Later, fly to Beijing and enjoy two nights at your hotel, located close to the Forbidden City and many shopping malls.

    Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western dishes at The Exchange.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Beijing

    Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Eat lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before a rickshaw ride through the laneways.

    Look forward to the Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Beijing > Gubei Water Town

    Today visit China’s most iconic attraction – the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Continue to the new Gubei Water Town at Simatai located beneath the Great Wall and learn about ancient industries before cruising the canal through the ancient town. Spend the night at your hotel located within the town.

    Enjoy an enchanting evening enjoying a drink with your fellow travellers by the canal overlooking the illuminated Great Wall.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise

    Spend the morning at leisure exploring Gubei Water Town before travelling by cable car to admire the expansive view from the Simatai section of the Great Wall. Later, fly to Yichang to join your cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and dramatic Qutang Gorge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner in your finest Chinese outfit.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Kunming

    Disembark and visit the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Fly to Kunming for a two night stay. Tonight sample ‘across-the-bridge’ noodles, a delicacy of the region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Kunming

    Explore the remarkable Stone Forest, a natural ‘forest’ of limestone rock formations.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Kunming

    Depart after breakfast today and transfer to Kunming airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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