14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights

Including return international flights, all transfers, all accommodation, Yangtze River cruise, delicious breakfast daily plus 5 lunches, visit iconic sites including the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square, dedicated coach transportation and more.

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  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
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  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
 

Highlights

 

Be enthralled with the rich culture, ancient heritage and world-famous sights that lay in store on a 14 day Incredible China tour with Yangtze River cruise.

Where else would this incredible trip start but in Beijing? The capital of China is a behemoth of a city and there is something to see and experience around every turn. Gaze around in awe at the imposing size of Tiananmen Square and the sights contained within – the Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. Admire the Gate of Heavenly Peace, take a trip out of the city to Juyong Pass where you have the chance to climb a section of the emblematic Great Wall of China, and explore the grounds of the elegant Summer Palace.

Suzhou is a destination fondly referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, and its myriad of canals, bridges, pagodas and gardens also makes it one of the most photogenic destinations in China. Tour the Lingering Garden and stop at a working silk factory while here. Get a glimpse into the world of Chinese TV and film production with a visit to Three Kingdoms City studio in Wuxi, and follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo as you discover the gorgeous cityscape of Hangzhou. Head to Shanghai, the commercial and financial epicentre of China. Be dazzled by its clusters of glittering skyscrapers and contemporary architecture, take a walk along the Bund on the Huangpu River, pick up knick-knacks and souvenirs from the City God Temple Bazaar, and tour the Shanghai Museum.

Step aboard a cruise ship in Yichang and set sail on your voyage along the powerful Yangtze River. You have four nights on-board (including all meals) and the cruising itinerary sees you navigate into the Xiling Gorge and take up optional excursions to the Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennong Stream, Fengdu Ghost City and more.

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff – 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 – train-icon – 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-icon

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) cruise-icon

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) cruise-icon

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 – airplane-takeoff – 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.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights, plus all internal flights within China
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • 8 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 5 lunches
  • 4 night deluxe Yangtze River cruise, plus all meals whilst on-board
  • Travel from Shanghai to Yichang via high-speed train 
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English-speaking tour guides throughout
  • All tipping and sightseeing as per itinerary


Highlights:

  • Explore the bustling capital city of Beijing, seeing some of its most iconic sites including Tiananmen Square and the gorgeous Summer Palace
  • Visit Juyong Pass and have the chance to climb a section of the impressive Great Wall
  • Wander through the grounds of the spectacular Lingering Garden, and admire the fascinating cityscape of Hangzhou
  • Stroll through the buzzing streets of Shanghai, visiting The Bund, City God Temple Bazaar and the Shanghai Museum
  • Hop on-board a 4 night deluxe cruise of the gorgeous Yangzte River, enjoying all meals whilst aboard
 

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 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
  • Voucher 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: 

The mode of transport (high-speed bullet train or a domestic flight) from Beijing – Suzhou will be confirmed and advised together with the final documentation 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
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Single Supplement: 

$1,430 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Payable directly to the Travel Partner upon confirming your booking. 

Tour Only: Unfortunately Tour Only is unavailable for this itinerary.

Group Size: 20 – 48 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. Please note that hotel locations may not be centrally located in the city centre. 

Beijing: Ramada Beijing North or similar 
Suzhou: Ramada Suzhou or similar 
Wuxi: Jinjiang Grand Hotel or similar 
Shanghai: Crystal Orange Shanghai or similar 
Hangzhou: Meiziqing Hotel Hangzhou or similar
Yangtze River – Yangtze Gold Cruise 

Please note, all hotels and cruise ratings are based local star 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.

Triple Share: Not available 

Optional Activities: 

Forbidden City tour – NZD$94 per person 
Authentic Old Beijing Tour with Temple of Heaven, Hutong Tour and Dinner –  NZD$126 per person 
Peking Duck lunch – NZD$55 per person  
The Golden Mask Dynasty Show –  NZD$82 per person 
Picturesque Grand Canal Cruise – NZD$50 per person
Boat ride in the serene West Lake – NZD$60 per person
Performance show “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” – NZD$105 per person from Feb – Oct only
Shanghai Acrobatic Show – “SPIRAL” – NZD$94 per person 
Half day tour to Jin Mao Tower and Xintiandi – NZD$94 per person
Huangpu River Cruise –  NZD$82 per person

Yangtze River Cruise Shore Excursions: 

Tribe of Three George – NZD$66
Quyuan Temple – NZD$50
Three Gorges – NZD$70
White Impreior City – NZD$66
Three Goerge Night performance – NZD$110
Shibaozhai Pagoda – NZD$50

The prices for shore excursions are an approximate cost displayed in New Zealand dollars. Please note, all optional shore excursions for the Yangtze River cruise are payable on board in local currency only and cannot be prepaid prior to departure. Prices for shore excursions are subject to change and currency fluctuation. 

All optional tours are subject to availability and minimum numbers and must be pre-booked no later than 2 months before departure and payable directly upon booking to our Travel Partner in Australian dollars. Alternatively, you may purchase on tour and make payment directly to the tour guide in local currency, subject to optional tour availability.

Note for travellers who aren’t participating in optional programs:
Alternative activities and attractions may not be available in the vicinity and cannot be arranged. Non-participants must wait for the group to finish the activities should they wish to take the transfer. Transportation is not included and is self-arranged for those not joining optional programs. 

Cruise: Please note that all arrival and departure times, shore excursions and cruise schedule are subject to change due to weather, river conditions and permission from the navigational authorities. 

Train:  Please note, passport details are also required to issue train tickets.  For travelling by railway within China quantity restrictions apply for powders, liquids, aerosols and gels: no more than 20 ml of nail polish, hair dye, etc and no more than 120 ml of hair mousse, hair gel, hair spray, insect repellent spray, air freshener, sunscreen spray, deodorant, etc. The restrictions are not limited to the above examples.

Coach: 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. Maximum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger.

Child Price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years. Infants under 2 years of age NZD$375 per person, payable direct to our Travel Partner in Australian dollars.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 
Passengers must remain with the group at all times. Several shopping stops are included as cultural learning experiences with no obligation to purchase local specialty products. 

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

 

2020:

6 April**
13 April**
20 April** 
4 May
11 May
18 May
25 May
1 June
8 June
15 June*
22 June**
29 June**
6 July**
20 July*
27 July
3 August
10 August 
17 August 
24 August 
31 August 
7 September 
14 September*
21 September**
12 October*
19 October 
26 October 
2 November 
9 November 

* $110 per person surcharge applies, payable in New Zealand dollars, please see the availability calendar for more details
** $330 per person surcharge applies, payable in New Zealand dollars, please see the availability calendar for more details

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 a full-service Chinese or Asian carrier, China Southern, China Eastern, Air China, China Airlines or similar
  • Including a 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

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before, involve up to 2 transits per leg, 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
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as instructed by the ticketed airline

Schedule Changes: 

Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however, should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Airline Upgrade:

If you wish to upgrade the airline to one of the Premium Carriers: Qantas, Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific, a fee of NZD$375 per person plus applicable fare difference will apply. Please purchase your tour first and submit a request on your booking form. You will then be provided with the quotations. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected by our Travel Partner in Australian dollars. The airline upgrade is subject to availability. 

Arriving early/Extending your trip:

If you wish to arrive early or extend your trip, from NZD$275 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference).  If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. You will then be provided with the quotations for any alternations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected by our Travel Partner in Australian dollars.
Please note, if you wish to extend your stay the airport transfers ( if applicable) will not be provided.

Pre and post tour hotel accommodation:

If you wish to extend your trip and add additional nights of accommodation, from ZND$80 per person per night applies for twin share. From NZD$165 per person for this single room (subject to availability). The rate includes breakfast but does not include airport transfers. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected by our Travel Partner in Australian dollars.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights, plus all internal flights within China
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • 8 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 5 lunches
  • 4 night deluxe Yangtze River cruise, plus all meals whilst on-board
  • Travel from Shanghai to Yichang via high-speed train
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English-speaking tour guides throughout
  • All tipping and sightseeing as per itinerary
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