CHINA 2019 | Ancient Cities of China & Yangtze River Cruise | SOLD OUT
Legend:IFM: In Flight Meal B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner
Day 1: PERTH TO BEIJINGIFMD
Your holiday begins when you are picked up from home by a private vehicle and transferred to the airport. Meet your fellow passengers and Kings Tour Manager and fly to Beijing. Upon arrival into Beijing we transfer you to your hotel.
Hotel: Nikko New Century for 4 nights
Day 2: BEIJING | TIANANMEN SQUARE & THE FORBIDDEN CITYB L D
After breakfast we enjoy a tour to the Tiananmen Square, the largest city centre square of its kind in China. The Forbidden City is where thousands of palaces and spellbinding treasures of art works will give you imagination of the royal life of Chinese emperors and concubines. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the incomparable Summer Palace. For dinner tonight, enjoy a feast of Peking duck and an acrobatic show.
Day 3: BEIJING | THE GREAT WALLB L
Today we enjoy an excursion to the Great Wall, one of the wonders of the world and a tour to the famous Ming Tombs. On our return to Beijing, we have free time for shopping and walking in the famous Wangfujing Street which is regarded as the first street in China.
Day 4: BEIJING | TEMPLE OF HEAVEN | RICKSHAW RIDE | DINNER AND KUNG FU SHOWB L D
This morning we have a tour to the Temple of Heaven. The focus of this complex is the famed Hall of Prayer for a Good Harvests, a round edifice constructed of wood only without a single nail. From here, proceed on a Hutong tour with a rickshaw ride. Tonight, after dinner, enjoy a famous Kung Fu show.
Day 5: BEIJING TO XI’ANB L D
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport and catch our flight to Xian. Upon arrival into Xian, we will be met by our transfer and head downtown for lunch. This afternoon has been left at leisure before we meet up this evening for dinner.
Hotel: Grand Mercure Xi’an for 2 nights
Day 6: XI’ANB L D
Today we have a full day tour to the world famous 6,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses buried with the first Chinese Emperor, Qin Shi Huang. After lunch, transfer to the hotel to enjoy some free time. Tonight’s dinner we enjoy a Dumpling Banquet followed by a show of Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing.
Day 7: XI'AN TO CHENGDUB D
Our morning tour today takes us to the Square of Bell and Drum Tower. You will also visit the Muslim Quarter and food market. This afternoon we transfer to the railway station for your high speed train to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Tonight enjoy a delicious Sichuan hotpot.
Hotel: Sofitel Chengdu Hotel for 2 nights stay
Day 8: CHENGDUB L
This morning visit the Giant Panda Reserve to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat.
Day 9: CHENGDU TO CHONGQING / EMBARK CRUISEB D
After breakfast, we board a high-speed train to Chongqing, the most populated city in China with 30 million people. The mountain city is famous for its super spicy Sichuan hotpot and its bicycle-free hilly streets. Upon arrival into Chongqing we visit Erling Park, the General Stilwell Museum. From here visit the Three Gorges Museum, dedicated to protecting the history and culture of the Three Gorges area. After dinner at a local restaurant, we board our Victoria cruise.
Cruise: Victoria cruise (Lianna) Standard Cabin for 3 nights
Day 10: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISING/SHIBAO PAGODAB L D
After breakfast, those who wish can take an optional excursion to River Fengdu Ghost City. Late afternoon we have a shore excursion to Shibao Pagoda. Back on board we enjoy the Captain's welcome party and crew cabaret.
Day 11: SHENNONG STREAM PEA POD BOAT EXCURSIONB L D
This morning you have the option to enjoy a tour to the White Emperor City at Fengjie County (additional expense). After lunch we pass through the Qutang Gorge and the Wu Gorge before taking an excursion on a rowboat through the Shennong Stream. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks (river conditions and authority permitting).
Day 12: YICHANG TO NANJINGB L
After breakfast we have an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Early afternoon we disembark the cruise and transfer to the train station where we board a bullet train to the ancient capital city Nanjing. Upon arrival into Nanjing we transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of day at leisure.
Hotel: Nanjing Sofitel Hotel for 2 nights
Day 13: NANJINGB L D
Today we embark on a full day tour visiting the Dr Sun Yat San Mausoleum and surroundings, Nanjing Museum, Yangtze River Bridge, the ancient Ming Dynasty City Wall, Confucius Temple Market and Qinhuai River.
Day 14: NANJING TO SHANGHAIB D
After breakfast, transfer to railway station to board a bullet train to Shanghai with an average speed of 240km/hour. Upon arrival into Shanghai we enjoy a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple. After dinner, travel up to the viewing platform of the Oriental Pearl Tower (third highest tower in the world) for spectacular views of the city by night.
Hotel: Sunrise on the Bund Shanghai for 2 nights
Day 15: SHANGHAIB L
This morning enjoy a visit to the historic Bund, one of the world’s best preserved examples of Art-Deco architecture, located adjacent to the Huangpu River. Later visit the bustling Chenghuang Market in the old town area and Yu Garden before proceeding to Xin Tian Di, the upmarket area. Tonight, for our final dinner, we enjoy an evening cruise on the Huangpu River.
Day 16 & 17: SHANGHAI TO PERTHIFMB
You have a leisurely start to the morning before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home to Perth. Upon arrival into Perth your driver will be waiting to take you safely home.
Discover many ancient cities and cruise the Yangtze River. Experience ancient temples, streets, exquisite classical gardens, palaces, museums, working canals, fresh water lakes and don’t forget the Giant Panda!
- Home pick-up and return by Hughes
- Fully Escorted by a Kings Tour Manager and experienced local guides
- Return Economy Airfares including taxes plus internal flight from Beijing to Xian
- 12 nights’ specially selected 5 star Accommodation
- 3 nights on board a luxury Victoria cruise
- Breakfast daily, 11 lunches and 11 dinners
- All sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
- Tipping for local guides and experienced driver
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy a highlight tour of Beijing
- HIGHLIGHT - Tour of the incomparable Summer Palace
- HIGHLIGHT - Day excursion to the Great Wall
- HIGHLIGHT - Tour to the Temple of Heaven
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy a delicious Sichuan Hot Pot dinner
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit the Giant Panda Reserve
- HIGHLIGHT - Rowboat through the Shennong Stream
- HIGHLIGHT - See the Three Gorges Dam
- HIGHLIGHT - Ride the bullet train from Nanjing to Shanghai
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit the bustling Chenghuang Market
Home pick-up and return is included based on a set radius – surcharges will apply outside these areas. Other special conditions may apply to each individual tour, please contact the office for further details. Organised shore excursions are an additional expense. Please note whilst on the cruise B / L / D is included.
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 21