Journey to Shangri-la

From Shanghai to Chengdu, you will discover the ancient water city of Suzho and view the Terracotta Army in Xi'an during this 24 day luxury China journey.

24 Days
Shanghai to Chengdu
From (AUD)
$ 16,290
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Shanghai > Chengdu

Paradise on Earth

Shangri-la has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia.
Discover your own utopia on this lovely journey through the heart of China. Explore the heritage of Shanghai, discover the ancient water city of Suzhou and take in the wonder and artistic genius that are the Terracotta Army in Xi’an. Beijing offers up plenty of activities such as market visits, walking tours and home-hosted lunches to provide a unique insight into this mammoth city before exploring the extraordinary Great Wall. Cruise the Yangtze River and experience a close encounter with a giant panda. Near the Tibetan border, Shangri-la itself awaits with a private meditation session with a Buddhist Lama, a family visit and time to explore this ancient land and its many sacred traditions and astonishing landscapes.
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24 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 > Lijiang

    Fly to the ancient town of Lijiang. Enjoy a three night Special Stay at your perfectly located hotel.

    Choose between local cuisine or a Brazilian themed restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Lijiang

    Explore Black Dragon Pool and Lijiang’s World Heritage-listed Old Town.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  20. Day 20 - Lijiang

    Visit the nearby Baisha Frescoes and eat lunch in a local village. Observe the Impressions Lijiang outdoor cultural show before driving to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park. Ride a gondola up to Spruce Meadow.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  21. Day 21 - Lijiang > Shangri-la

    Drive to Shangri-la via the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge.

    Spend time with a Tibetan family. Learn about their traditions, unique way of life and taste yak butter tea.

    Upon arrival check in for your overnight Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Shangri-la > Chengdu

    Experience a private meditation session with a Lama at Songzanlin Monastery.

    Mingle and enjoy afternoon tea with local kindergarten children before your flight to Chengdu.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  23. Day 23 - Chengdu

    A special day as you’ll enjoy an enchanting close encounter with rare giant panda cubs.

    Visit one of the best preserved Han Dynasty sites, Jiezi Ancient Town before your farewell dinner tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Chengdu

    Bid farewell to China.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
  • Your choice of 12 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 56 meals – 23 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L) and 15 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director
  • All internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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