Day 1: New Zealand – – Beijing
Board your flight bound for China’s buzzing capital city, Beijing. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Please note, some days may depart the day before.
Day 2: Beijing (B)
Rise early to start your first full day in Beijing. First stop is the impressive Tiananmen Square, situated in the centre of this bustling city and located just north of the iconic Forbidden City. See the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China and the Musoleum of Chairman Mao Zendong, before the rest of the day is yours to do as little or as much as you like.
Optional: Forbidden City Tour. Take a guided walk through this fascinating place, home to the incredible National Palace Museum, and the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Peking Duck Lunch. Indulge in one of China’s most iconic dishes, Peking Duck! Additional cost applies.
Optional: Authentic Old Beijing Tour. Head to the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, before taking a rickshaw ride around the local Hutong neighbourhoods of Beijing. You’ll also enjoy a traditional noodle dish for lunch, Zhajiangmian (fried noodles with bean sauce!). Additional cost applies.
Day 3: Beijing (B, L)
On the agenda today is a stop by one of the most iconic landmarks of China, the impressive Great Wall. Head to Juyong Pass where you’ll have the opportunity to climb a portion of the wall, before continuing on to see the former stadiums of the 2008 Olympic Games. Travel to one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia, and see skilled artists work at a local cloisonné factory.
Optional: Golden Mask Dynasty. Be entertained as you watch a traditional musical show this evening. Additional cost applies.
Day 4: Beijing – Suzhou (B)
Begin your day with a visit to the Summer Palace, before stopping by a local Chinese herbal institute to learn about their ancient remedial ways. Transfer through to Suzhou this evening. Depending on the date you choose, you may transfer via a flight to Shanghai then coach, or take a train straight through to Suzhou by train.
Day 5: Suzhou – Wuxi (B, L)
Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Suzhou is iconic for its grand winding canals, many bridges, pagodas and magnificent gardens. Take a wander through the spectacular Lingering Garden, a place with a long 500 year histroy. It’s then off to a local Silk Factory where you’ll have the chance to witness first hand the production process that goes into making the precious fabric. Continue on to Wuxi this afternoon to see the Three Kingdoms City, a renowned TV studio and popular tourist attraction.
Optional: Grand Canal cruise. Take a magnificent cruise along Suzhou’s incredible Grand Canal, admiring the gorgeous gardens and ancient pagodas along the way. Additional cost applies.
Day 6: Wuxi – Hangzhou (B, L)
Wake this morning to tour the gorgeous Lake Lihu, followed by a visit to a fresh water pearl exhibition. Journey through to Hangzhou, once described by the legendary adventurer Marco Polo as the ‘most beautiful and magnificent city in the world.’ The rest of the day is yours to explore this wonderful city for yourself.
Optional: West Lake cruise. Take a cruise along the gorgeous West Lake, known for its scenic beauty and as the most iconic site in the whole of Hangzhou. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Evening performance. See the fabulous story of West Lake be brought to life in a dramatic perform of ‘Enduring Memories of Hangzhou.’ Additional cost applies.
Day 7: Hangzhou – Shanghai (B, L)
Today sees you visit the Dragon Well Tea Plantation, known famously as the best green tea in the whole of China. Drive to the impressive city of Shanghai after lunch, where you’ll bare witness to some of this city’s most extraordinary sites including The Bund, the City God Temple Bazaar and more. Spend time getting to know this incredible place, exploring its bustling streets, indulging in its local street eats and shopping up a storm at its many speciality stores.
Optional: Acrobatic Show. This evening you will witness the spectacular acrobatic display, SPIRAL. Additional cost applies.
Day 8: Shanghai (B, L)
Take a tour of the incredible Shanghai Museum this morning, before the rest of the day is yours to do as little or as much as you like.
Optional: Jin Mao Tower. Head to the 88th floor of this impressive building, and look out at the spectacular views below from the observation deck. It’s then on to the iconic Xinriandi, the site of the first congress of the Communist Party of China. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Huangpu River. Head out on a cruise of the legendary Huangpu River, and see the dazzling view of Shanghai at night. Additional cost applies.
Day 9: Shanghai – – Yichang (B, D)
Board a high-speed train from Shanghai to Yichang this morning. You will then hop on-board your deluxe Yangtze River cruise, where you will spend the next four nights. Dinner is included this evening prior to boarding the cruise.
Day 10: Yangtze River cruise (B, L, D)
Cruise to the river’s longest gorge, the Xiling Gorge. You’ll have the chance to disembark the ship and explore the wonders of this natural beauty.
Optional: Visit to Ba and Tujia. Watch a reenactment of the traditional ways of life the Ba and Tujia people have been practising for thousands of years. Additional cost applies.
Day 11: Yangtze River cruise (B, L, D)
The cruise continues today through to the Three Gorges Dam, an impressive hand made structure that is surrounded by the gorgeous forest area of Shen Nong.
Optional: Shen Nong Stream. Additional cost applies.
Optional: White Emperor City tour. Additional cost applies.
Day 12: Yangtze River cruise (B, L, D)
Enjoy a delicious breakfast on-board this morning, before taking a shore excursion to the stunning Shibaozhai Pagoda. Indulge in a delicious farewell dinner tonight.
Optional: Fengdu Ghost City tour. Additional cost applies.
Day 13: Chongqing – – New Zealand (B)
Disembark your Yangtze River cruise after breakfast, before transferring to the airport for your flight home to New Zealand.
Day 14: New Zealand
Arrive home today.