10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights

Including international and one-way flights, all accommodation, all transfers within China, in-depth sightseeing, high-speed train travel from Beijing to Xi'an, delicious breakfast daily, and more

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  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
  • 10 day China’s Great Cities tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Travel to three of the most exciting cities in China and take in the ancient sights and fascinating culture in each on a 10 day China’s Great Cities tour

Beijing is a natural starting point for your time in China. The Chinese capital is a behemoth of a city and is home to some of the most visited attractions in the country. Make a beeline for Tiananmen Square as your first stop. This grand public plaza is named after the Gate of Heavenly Peace (or Tiananmen) that separates it from the Forbidden City, and is where visitors will also find the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Take some time to appreciate the cultural significance of the square before crossing beneath the gate and entering the once off-limits realm of the Forbidden City. Join a guided tour of the Forbidden City’s courtyards and lanes and learn about the Emperors that once called this exclusive domain home. Join in with a Tai chi session upon your visit to the Temple of Heaven, and journey just out of the city to come face-to-face with arguably China’s most recognisable landmark: the Great Wall of China. You’ll never forget your experience climbing and walking along the Wall

Leave Beijing behind as you board a high-speed train to make the trip to Xi’an. This is one of the oldest cities in China and was one of the key eastern points along the Silk Road trading route. Today, it is known around the world as the location of the Terracotta Army. This collection of 7000-plus statues, depicting soldiers, archers, horses and chariots, was only discovered in 1974 (by complete accident!) and excavation and preservation work still continues. Get up close to some of the figures to admire each statue’s totally unique design, and learn about why the army was created. 

The last city visited on your China tour is the country’s biggest: Shanghai. Discover its medley of colonial-era architecture and modern skyscrapers as you walk along the Bund, the city’s riverfront promenade. Walk through the Nanjing pedestrian district, and use a day of free time to visit some of Shanghai’s top attractions – Yu Garden, Longhua Temple, French Concession, and Shanghai Museum – or indulge with hearty servings of Shanghai cuisine, such as Beggar’s chicken, soup dumplings, smoked fish slices, sweet-braised ribs, and roasted duck. 

Put off returning home by extending your tour package to a 13 day itinerary to include a stopover in Hong Kong after China. Enjoy 3 nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel and use your time in this exciting city to tick off landmarks, savour street food, or shop up a storm in local markets. 

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff  Beijing

Make for the airport with plenty of time to spare as you prepare to board your international flight to Beijing, the capital of China. Your flight lands at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and you are met by a guide or driver for the transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent as free time.

Day 2: Beijing (B, L)

Begin your discovery of Beijing with a trip to the enormous Tiananmen Square. Stand in the centre of the Square and stare around in amazement as you take in its scale and size. Continue to the Forbidden City and explore this once off-limits world. A tour takes you through the Forbidden City, offering a glimpse into the realm once only experienced by the Emperor and royal court.

Day 3: Beijing (B)

The first outing of the morning is to the Temple of Heaven. This imperial complex is made up of a number of religious buildings and was used by Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is among the site’s most recognisable structures thanks to its tri-tiered roof design. Join in a Tai chi session while visiting the Temple of Heaven and then proceed with the group to a traditional Chinese medical centre to be pampered with an Oriental foot massage. Learn about Chinese medicinal practices as you relax.

Day 4: Beijing (B, L)

Today may easily rank as one of the most spectacular highlights of your trip, as seeing the iconic Great Wall of China is a bucket list experience for many travellers across the world. Arrive at a section of the Great Wall and experience the thrill of climbing up and walking along this ancient defensive structure. The views from the top of the wall are glorious! After the Wall, the group moves to the largest jade factory in Beijing to learn about this celebrated and precious stone.

Day 5: Beijing – Xi’an (B)

Be taken to the railway station in time to board a high-speed train service travelling to Xi’an. You will be met upon arrival in Xi’an and taken to the hotel for check in. Use the rest of the day to relax, unwind or mingle with fellow travellers.

Day 6: Xi’an (B, L)

Seek out another of China’s most recognisable sights today with a visit to the Terracotta Army (or Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum). These statues were discovered by accident in 1974, and your first glimpse of the collection of warriors, chariots and cavalry is sure to take your breath away. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes as you wander between the 7000-piece strong army and learn about the figures that have guarded Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210BC. Admire the unique design of each figure and find out how the excavation work continues today.

Day 7: Xi’an – Shanghai (B)

Take a quick one-way flight from Xi’an to Shanghai. The latter is the epicentre of China commerce and finance, and its history is yours for the uncovering as you visit the pedestrian district around Nanjing. Move to the Bund, the promenade the follows the bank of the Huangpu River, and admire the contrast of old and new buildings that make up the city skyline.

Optional: Huangpu River Cruise. Take in the most famous buildings lining the Bund and the banks of the Huangpu River on an evening cruise. Some of what you’ll see including the People’s Hero Monument, Oriental TV Tower, the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics, and the International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbour. Additional cost applies.

Day 8: Shanghai (B)

Have a free day to explore Shanghai however you like. Some of the best things to do in Shanghai include Yu Garden, Longhua Temple, Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi. You can also tuck into plates of authentic Shanghai cuisine. Look for servings of xiaolongbao (soup dumplings)steamed crab, Beggar’s chicken, and fried pork buns. Tonight is your last evening in China.

Day 9: Shanghai – airplane-takeoff  New Zealand (B)

A transfer takes you to Shanghai airport where you will board a return flight to New Zealand.

Day 10: New Zealand

Arrive in New Zealand today.

 

Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff  Beijing

Head to the airport and board your flight to Beijing. Touch down at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and be greeted by a tour guide or driver who will assist in your hotel transfer. Check in to the accommodation and settle into your room before having the rest of the day as leisure time.

Day 2: Beijing (B, L)

The first stop on your exploration of Beijing is Tiananmen Square. This is an icon of the Beijing cityscape and its one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world. Be sure to try to stand in the square’s centrepoint to fully appreciate its scale. Move over to the neighbouring Forbidden City and cross the threshold of this once off-limits complex. Join a guided tour through the Forbidden City’s courtyards and buildings, learning about its incredible history and those Emperors and courtiers that previously called it home.

Day 3: Beijing (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and then seek out the Temple of Heaven. Hear about how this imperial complex was used by Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and capture the beauty of the site’s most prolific structures, including the Haller of Prayer for Good Harvests. There is an opportunity to join in a Tai chi session on your visit, and this is followed by a group visit to a traditional Chinese media centre for a restorative foot massage. Find out more about Chinese medicinal practices as you relax.

Day 4: Beijing (B, L)

A true bucket list experience is in store for travellers today as the group travels away from central Beijing towards one of the world’s most recognisable ancient landmarks: the Great Wall of China. Relish the opportunity to climb and walk along its famed steps and stones, and learn about its beginnings as a defensive structure. Be sure to stop at some of the higher points of the Wall to take in the incredible views of the area. Your time at the Wall is followed by a visit to the largest jade factory in Beijing where you will hear about this precious stone and its role in Chinese culture.

Day 5: Beijing – Xi’an (B)

A transfer takes you to the railway station where you will hop aboard a high-speed train for the journey to Xi’an, a former ancient capital city. Another transfer waits for you upon arrival and transports you to the hotel for check in.

Day 6: Xi’an (B, L)

See another of China’s world-famous antiquities today upon a trip to the Terracotta Army (or Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum). Gaze out across the some 7000-strong army of statues from one of the viewing platforms, and head down to get up-close to the soldiers, warriors, chariots and other figures. Learn about the Army’s accidental discovery in 1974, appreciate the precision behind every figure’s unique design, and hear about how these statues have been guarding Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210BC. You’ll also gain insight into how the modern excavation work continues today.

Day 7: Xi’an – Shanghai (B)

A transfer takes you the airport and you will catch a quick internal flight to Shanghai. This truly cosmopolitan city is the heart of China’s financial and commercial industries, but it also has a fascinating legacy and has served as the setting for several key events in Chinese history. Walk around the pedestrian district of Nanjing, stroll along the riverside Bund, and admire the juxtaposition between the city’s old and new architectural styles.  

Day 8: Shanghai (B)

Today is your last full day in China and it is spent with complete free time. The bounty of things to do and see in Shanghai is at your fingertips, and some popular options include seeing Yu Garden, Longhua Temple, Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi. Explore the culinary side of Shanghai’s attractions by hunting down some of the best xiaolongbao (soup dumplings)steamed crab, Beggar’s chicken, and fried pork buns available in the city.

Day 9: Shanghai – airplane-takeoff – Hong Kong (B)

A transfer takes you to Shanghai airport where you will board a one-way flight to Hong Kong. A transfer will greet you upon arrival in Hong Kong and help you to the hotel for check in. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Day 10: Hong Kong (B)

Head to the hotel restaurant for breakfast and then begin your exploration of Hong Kong. There is no itinerary for while you’re on the island so what you see, do and experience is up to you. Head up to the lookout point on Victoria Peak for incredible views of the city, get your thrills on the rides of Hong Kong Disneyland, catch one of the night-time light shows at Victoria Harbour, or join the crowds lining up outside Michelin-starred hawker restaurants and local eateries for dim sum, pineapple buns and more.

Day 11: Hong Kong (B)

Wake up to another gorgeous day in Hong Kong. Continue your sightseeing or culinary expeditions, or choose to remain at the hotel and relax.

Day 12: Hong Kong – airplane-takeoff  New Zealand (B)

A transfer collects you from the hotel and you are taken to the airport for your return flight to New Zealand.

Day 13: New Zealand

Arrive in New Zealand today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with a full-service airline
  • One-way internal flight from Xi’an to Shanghai
  • All transfers within China
  • 8 nights’ 5-star hotel accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 3 lunches
  • High-speed train travel from Beijing to Xi’an
  • Professional English-speaking local guides
  • All sightseeing and entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transport
  • All tips and gratuities
  • Option to extend to a 13 day package to include 3 nights in Hong Kong, staying in a 4-star hotel on the way home

Highlights:

  • Begin in Beijing and be in awe of the size of Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public plazas in the world, and explore the courtyards and lanes of the Forbidden City
  • Travel out of the city to a section of the legendary Great Wall of China for a chance to walk along this ancient defensive structure, and learn about precious stones at a jade factory
  • Join in with a Tai chi session on a visit to the Temple of Heaven and admire the architecture of the shrines inside this imperial complex
  • Board a high-speed train to reach Xi’an, and get up close to the statues of soldiers, archers, horses and warriors belonging to the iconic Terracotta Army 
  • Seek out Shanghai and wander through the Nanjing pedestrian district, and take a stroll along the famed Bund to appreciate the mix of old and new buildings that make up the city skyline
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Within 72 hours of completing your booking request online, you will receive an email from our Travel Partner which will include a link to complete their mandatory booking form
  • Our Travel partners booking form must be completed within 1 week as per passport details to secure your requested travel date
  • If your requested date of departure is not available, the tour supplier will contact you directly
  • Completion of this booking form will allow the tour supplier to secure air tickets and tour components
  • Valid for 1 person(must purchase 2 vouchers)

Payment Information:

  • Full payment is required at the time of booking
  • Payment is strictly non-refundable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided within 2 weeks prior to departure. A preliminary itinerary will be sent you prior to this time to ensure that you can arrange your Visas (where required) in a timely manner. 

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses
  • Optional tours 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Single Supplement: 

10 day tour – $495 per person in addition to the twin share price. Payable direct to our Travel Partner upon confirming your booking. 

Group Size: 10 – 40 people 

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Hotel locations can be within or outside itinerary cities and may not be centrally located.  Double bedded rooms may be requested but are not guaranteed. 

Beijing: Riverside Hotel Beijing/ Crown Plaza Hotel & Resort Huailai or similar 
Xi’an: Grand Noble Hotel or similar
Shanghai: Crown Plaza Fudan or similar

Honk Kong stopover: Regal Kowloon Hotel or similar 

Please note: all star ratings are local ratings 

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds
Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum room capacity: 2 people. 

Triple Share: Not available.

Optional Activities: 

Beijing:
Acrobatics Show – $60 per person
Kung Fu Legend Show – $60 per person
Summer Palace Tour – $55 per person

Xi’an:
Tang Dynasty Show Performance and Dumpling Banquet – $66 per person
Huangpu River Cruise – $55 per person

Shanghai:
Acrobatics Show – $77 per person
Ancient Water Town With Meal – $88 per person
City Tour – Maglev Train/Market/Old Town/French Quarter – $77 per person
Huangpu River Cruise – $55 per person

All optional tours are displayed in New Zealand Dollars and payable directly upon booking with our Travel Partner in Australian Dollars. Optional tours are subject to availability, weather conditions and minimum numbers.

Coach transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Child Price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences.

Health/Fitness requirement: Accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and average mobility. Tours may involve sightseeing on foot, some climbing of stairs and getting on and off boats, extensive day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

 

Travel Dates

 

2019:

8 November 

2020:

6 March
13 March 
20 March
03 April
10 April
24 April
1 May
8 May
15 May
22 May
29 May
5 June
12 June
17 July
24 July
31 July 
7 August 
14 August 
21 August 
28 August 
4 September 
11 September 
9 October 
16 October 
23 October 
30 October 
6 November 
13 November
20 November

Please note, some flights may depart 1 day earlier.

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Bookings not accepted when within 35 days of departure 

 

Flight Information

 

 Airline Information:  

  • Return economy flights departing Auckland with China Southern, Air China, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern their codeshare partners or similar
  • We are unable to guarantee which airline you will travel with as flights will be booked subject to promotional fare availability for your travel dates 
  • Including maximum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline)
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times

 Flight Conditions:

  • Some flights may depart 1 day before, involve up to 2 transits, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing
  • Please note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days

Flight Variations: 

If you wish to modify the promotional airfare included in your Webjet Exclusives package, the following Flight Variations can be requested:

  • Late departure
  • Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class where available
  • Airline of your choice where available

A $220 per person “breakaway” charge will apply per person plus any applicable fare and tax difference, payable direct to our Travel Partner (subject to availability).

In order to obtain a quote for your requested variations, you must purchase your vouchers first and submit your request via the online booking form. On this form will be a section highlighted “Flight Quote Request”. You must complete the mandatory information in this section to be provided with an accurate quote.

PLEASE NOTE: No flight requests/quotes/upgrades will be actioned until your 2nd payment instalment has been made. At this time you will be contacted by our operator in relation to your request. Payment of the breakaway fee and any applicable fare and tax difference is to be paid directly to our operator at the time of quotation. Once flights have been confirmed and ticketed, any voluntary changes made thereafter will incur a change fee plus any fare and tax difference. Any airport transfers will be forfeited with the breakaway request. 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with a full-service airline
  • One-way internal flight from Xi’an to Shanghai
  • All transfers within China
  • 8 nights’ 5-star hotel accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 3 lunches
  • High-speed train travel from Beijing to Xi’an
  • Professional English-speaking local guides
  • All sightseeing and entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transport
  • All tips and gratuities
  • Option to extend to a 13 day package to include 3 nights in Hong Kong, staying in a 4-star hotel on the way home

 

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