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Classic China Tour & Yangtze River Cruise (13 Nights/14 Days)

From $1,999.00 to $3,099.00

Visit the major sights in mainland China including Beijing, Shanghai and the Great Wall on this classic China holiday. Plus you will experience the beauty of China beyond the big cities as you cruise the majestic Yangtze River in style. With state of the art facilities and luxurious cabins, you will visit once-in-a-lifetime sites that will become memories you’ll cherish forever. Weekly departures from 31 Aug - 23 Nov 2017

KEY FEATURES:
International return flights from Australia
Internal China flights & transfers
Superior quality accommodation in Chongqing
4 nights Yangtze river cruise with all meals
The incredible Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric dam
Experience the highlights of Beijing and Shanghai


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Further details in Specifications below

 

Classic China Tour including flights & Yangtze River CruiseSKU: MSN007

4 simple steps to make one day today
1. Buy your holiday voucher with the option of 5 easy monthly payments
2. We will contact you to confirm your departure dates
3. Book your preferred dates within 30 days or we’ll give your money back
4. Enjoy your holiday!

 

ITINERARY
Day 1-Chongqing arrival
Begin your journey with your international flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival at the Chengdu International Airport, you will be greeted by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.The remaining time of the day is free for your individual activities. Meals Inflight

Day 2-Chengdu-Yichang
Today you will be transferred from Chengdu to Yichang. Upon arrival, you will board the Yangtze River Cruise ship and begin your memorable 4-night cruise down the Yangtze River. Meals: Breakfast /Dinner

Day 3-Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges Dam
Today’s activities include; a morning Tai Chi lesson and an optional shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site. The Three Gorges Dam Site is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. You may also want to visit the Tribe of the Three Gorges, the only large scenic spot that has not be influenced by the Three Gorged Dam project, which showcases the abundant Ba Culture and Shu Culture. This evening you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening entertainment with a Chinese dancing ball. Meals:Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner

Day 4-Yangtze River Cruise, Lesser Three Gorges
Today you may choose to enjoy an optional shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges - a shining pearl hidden in remote mountains. You will leave your cruise ship and board smaller vessels to sail through the narrower and breathtaking Lesser Three Gorges region, lined by sheer cliffs and mountains. Along the Yangtze River, you will appreciate the beauty of the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge and visit the ancient plank road, Mengliang Stairway and the Hanging Coffins. You may also want to visit the White Emperor City, an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County. Return to the ship and continue sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

Day 5-Yangtze River Cruise and the Fengdu Ghost City
Today you may choose to visit the Fengdu Ghost City to see why it’s regarded as the “City of Ghosts”. The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the punish instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. Return to the ship and continue to pass through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan. Enjoy the farewell dinner and pack your bags in preparation for disembarking. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

Day 6- Chongqing to Beijing’Today you will be transferred to Beijing.  Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your full day tour tomorrow .Meals: Breakfast

Day 7-Beijing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City
Begin your day with your daily hotel buffet breakfast, featuring a large selection of Asian and Western cuisine. You will then set out with your trip leader to discover Beijing’s imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world. Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an extensive tour through this vast complex. Afterwards, visit the Silk Factory Outlet to learn about silk, the very trade item which started the famous Silk Road, and its delicate manufacturing process. Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Day 8-Beijing The Great Wall of China and the 2008 Olympic Games Sites
Today, you will travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, but the views are magnificent and the experience is truly unforgettable. You will then learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. Furthermore, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games Sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Afterwards, you will head back to the city to enjoy an oriental foot massage before returning to the hotel. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 9-Beijing, Temple of Heaven
In the morning you will practice Tai Chi in the Temple of Heaven. Tai Chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi (consciousness) energy within the body. Afterwards, you will experience a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony while sampling China’s locally-favoured brews at a Tea House. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 10-Beijing
You may choose to explore the city of Beijing at your own pace. Alternatively, you can join a selection of optional tours with our experienced local guide.
Must- See Attractions: You can visit the Beijing Zoo – famous for its collection of rare and unique animals in China, including its resident Giant Pandas. You may choose to visit the Lama Temple which is the largest and best-preserved lamasery in Beijing. It was built in 1694 and was originally the home of Qing Emperor Yongzheng before he became emperor. In addition, you can visit the Capital Museum which houses a large collection of ancient porcelain, bronze, calligraphy, painting, jade, sculpture, and Buddhist statues from imperial China as well as other Asian cultures.

Day 11 Travel from Beijing to Shanghai
Today you will board a high-speed train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and set out to discover all of modern Shanghai. Today you will discover the largest financial and commercial centre, visit the Shanghai-Nanjing walking district and explore the Shanghai Museum to learn more about the local culture and history. Visit the Bund by the Huangpu River and experience the city where the old meets the new. Enjoy an optional Huangpu River Cruise. You will cruise along the Huangpu River, past many of Shanghai’s famous sites such as the People’s Hero Monuments, the Bund, the Oriental Pearl Tower, the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbour, the docks, the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics and the impressive skyline of the Pu Dong business district. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 12-Ancient Water Town
Today you may choose to explore the city of Shanghai at your own pace or choose to enjoy an optional tour of an Ancient Water Town. The town, known as "the Venice of Shanghai", is a well-preserved ancient water town in modern Shanghai. With a history of over 1700 years, it is typical of a country environment in south-east China. There are hundreds of gardens here that were established in the Ming and Qing dynasties. 15 rivers divide the town into 7 islands, with 49 historic bridges connecting the islands together. Meals: Breakfast

Day 13-Depart Shanghai
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
You may choose to extend your stay and continue to explore the mesmerising cities of China. Please note: All optional excursions and evening entertainment performance are excluded from the package.

FACILITIES
The Yangtze Gold Cruise fleets  have been designed with concepts and technology that you might expect to see on an ocean cruise.

The ship has a capacity of 570 passengers- It is 24 metres in wide and 150 metres long.  Yangtze Gold Cruise ship contains 181 luxury cabins which are 24m2 and each has a private balcony.
Helicopter apron
Large two-tier Movie Theatre,
A hydraulic pressure lifting chimney and retractable sunshades
Children’s playground
Mini golf-course
Billiards.
Retail pedestrian street in the centre of the ship which contains luxury stores, a supermarket of local products, a dessert shop and even a coffee bar
BEIJING HOTEL
2  x nights in  Park Plaza Scenic Park Hotel (or similar)
3 x nights in Chun Hui Yuan Resort Hotel (or similar)
SHANGHAI HOTEL
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan  (or similar)

INCLUDES
INCLUDES:

All domestic and international transfers in China
Sightseeing admissions
Private coach transportation
Experienced, English speaking guides
Meals: As stated in the itinerary (meals on the cruise include a full buffet with both Western and Eastern choices)
Tour tipping
ACCOMMODATION
1 night in Chengdu: Chengdu Holiday in Qinhuang or similar
4 nights: Yangtze River Cruise
2 nights in Beijing: Park Plaza Scenic Park Hotel or Similar
3 nights in Beijing: Chun Hui Yuan Resort Hotel or Similar
2 nights in Shanghai: Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan or similar
EXCLUDES:
China Visa (can be arranged through SNA Tours for $150pp at time of booking your travel dates)
Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
Upgrades, add-on
excursions, optional tours and evening entertainment. Optional tours are available for an additional fee and may be purchased on site with your tour guide or in advance from SNA Tours at the time of booking your travel dates
Anything of a personal nature, laundry and anything listed as optional
on your tour itinerary.


UPGRADES AND ADD ON TOURS THROUGH SNA TOURS

If you are interested in any of these upgrade packages or Add on tours  and discuss this directly with SNA Tours when booking in your travel dates.

VIP Dining Room Upgrade for Yangtze River Cruise only (Highly recommended)  Price: $60pp   Eat in the exclusive dining room with less people, so no waiting  in the buffet lines, select from more choices of western food options and have a great panoramic view of the surroundings.
All You can Drink Package  for Yangtze River Cruise only (Amazing Value!)  Price:  $80 pp   While on the ship, for the duration of the cruise, you can purchase this drinks package and have all you can drink beer PLUS 1 bottle of wine or All you can drink Beer and 6 cocktails.
Three Scenic Excursion Tours for the Yangtze River Cruise only $170 pp   Embark on three spectral excursion in one convenient package! Fengdu Ghost City (usually $85) PLUS Lesser Three Gorges (Usually $85)  PLUS Three Gorges Dam (usually $85) $255 Value Save $85. That’s 3 excursions for the Price of 2!
Chengdu Optional Excursions Price: $80 pp    Panda Sanctuary Excursion and Hot Pot Dinner Famous for its breeding program and home of the Giant Pandas and their gorgeous cousins , the red pandas, tour the Chengdu Panda Sanctuary. Price included transport to and from the sanctuary, entrance fee, traditional Sichuan hotpot dinner and english speaking guide.



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