20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights

Including return international flights plus all transfers, all accommodation in 5-star luxury hotels, delicious breakfast daily plus 6 lunches and 2 dinners, a 4 night Yangtze River cruise, private coach transportation, English-speaking guides and more.

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  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
 

Highlights

 

Take in marvellous sights, culture and history on a 20 day Luxury China tour with Yangtze River cruise.

Beijing is a natural beginning point for this tour of China. This incredible metropolis is brimming with a treasure trove of culturally and historically important landmarks, and you will take a trip to see some of the most well-known imperial sights on your first day in the city. You will be in awe of the scale and size of Tiananmen Square, and then enter the once secret world beyond the walls of the Forbidden City. Hop aboard a rickshaw to explore the Hutong area, and sit down for a meal with a local family. Tick off a bucket list experience by walking a section of the Great Wall of China, and sports fans will love seeing some of the stadiums used in the 2008 Olympic Games. 

Head to Hangzhou aboard a bullet train, see its sights, and discover the beauty of the surrounding West Lake area. There is also an excursion to a local tea plantation to learn about this leaf and its picking and processing in China. Seek out Suzhou and quickly appreciate why this city has been called the ‘Venice of the East’. Meander its network of canals and waterways before moving to Shanghai, the financial epicentre of China. Walk along the Bund and stroll the Nanjing district while here. 

Swap cities for the quiet still of rural China as you begin your cruise along the Yangtze River. Voyage along this iconic river and soak in the passing scenery – mountains and gorges, cliff faces and small villages. Begin mornings with a serene session of Tai Chi, and fill your days with optional excursions to nearby pagodas and temples. Step foot back on dry land and head to Xi’an, an ancient city that marks the starting point of the famous Silk Road. Plus you see the legendary Terracotta Army and the Wild Goose Pagoda. Feel your tastebuds tingle as you sample fiery Sichuan cuisine in Chengdu, and be in raptures of the adorable residents at the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff – Beijing

Head to the airport and board your flight bound for Beijing. Upon arrival, be transferred to your hotel where the remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Please note, some flights may depart a day earlier.

Day 2: Beijing (B, L)

Today see’s you head out to discover some of Beijing’s most iconic sites. Head to the impressive Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world. Next stop is the ancient Forbidden City where you’ll take part in an exclusive tour, before heading out to the Hutong area for a rickshaw tour around the local streets. Enjoy a traditional meal with a local family, then head back to the hotel for the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3: Beijing (B, L, D)

Wake early to set out to bare witness to one of China’s greatest wonders, the magnificent Great Wall. Take the opportunity to climb a section of this iconic monument, taking in the picturesque views below. After, head to Beijing’s largest Jade factory where you’ll have the chance to learn about the process that goes into manufacturing the gorgeous gems. Visit the site of the 2008 Olympic Games, including the incredible Bird’s Nest, and enjoy a free oriental foot massage at a local Chinese medical centre, where you’ll learn the insiders tips and tricks to the art of Chinese Medicine. 

Day 4: Beijing – train-iconHangzhou (B)

Travel to Hangzhou this morning via bullet train. Known for it’s spectacular beauty and rich heritage, Hangzhou is a much loved destination for many travellers around the world. Transfer to your hotel where the rest of the day is yours at leisure. 

Day 5: Hangzhou (B, L)

Set out on a city tour of Hangzhou today. One of the sights you’ll visit is the iconic West Lake, known for its magnificent temples, beautiful gardens and inspiring landscapes which have shaped the works of poets, scholars and artists since the 9th Century. In the afternoon visit a local tea plantation where you’ll learn about the picking process. 

Day 6: Hangzhou – Suzhou (B, L)

Arrive in Suzhou. Spend time in the morning exploring the Master of Nets Garden, before enjoying lunch. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Perhaps opt to head out on the optional tour of a boat trip along Suzhou’s Grand Canal.

Optional: Suzhou Grand Canal. Enjoy a boat trip along the world’s longest canal, taking in the impressive scenery and beautiful homes along the way. Additional cost applies.

Day 7: Suzhou – Shanghai (B, L, D)

Enjoy a delicious breakfast this morning before journeying to one of China’s most famous silk factory’s. Head to the city of Shanghai, divided into two parts by the flowing water of the Huangpu River. Known for it’s impressive skyscrapers, with some of their tallest buildings including the Jinmao Building and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure.

Optional: Acrobatic show performance. Additional cost applies.

Day 8: Shanghai (B, L)

Visit the Nanjing walking district this morning and explore the Shanghai Museum. Continue on to the Bund and see where the new and the old side of the cities meet. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy however you like. 

Optional: Huangpu River cruise. Cruise along the beautiful waterway, taking in the iconic sights of Shanghai including the Pu Dong business district, Shanghai Harbour the Bund and more. Additional cost applies.

Day 9: Shanghai – Yichang – Yangtze River cruise (B, D) cruise-icon

Transfer to Yichang ready to board your deluxe cruise of Yangtze River. The third largest river in the world and the largest in Asia, the sheer natural beauty of this impressive waterway is simply extraordinary. Winding its way through spectacular scenery and stunning gorges, this incredible ship will be your home for the next 4 nights.

Day 10: Yangtze River cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Cruise your way through the magnificent Three Gorges Dam today. The day is yours to do as little or as much as you like. Spend time relaxing on-board or choose to participate in one of today’s activities. Later tonight you’ll enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Banquet and a Chinese dancing ball.

Today’s excursions: Three Gorges Dam Site. Visit one of the largest constructions undertaken in the world, admiring the biggest hydropower project in the world. Additional cost applies.

Day 11: Yangtze River cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Today is yours to do as little or as much as you like. Take in the picturesque scenery from top-deck, or head out on one of today’s excursions. 

Today’s excursions: Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream. Hop on-board a smaller vessel and get up close the impressive cliffs and spectacular mountains that line their way along the Lesser Three Gorges and Shennong Stream. Additional cost applies. 

Day 12: Yangtze River cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Journey through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan today. Make the most of your last full day on-board the cruise, spending your free-time however you like. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.

Today’s excursions: Fengdu Ghost City or Shibaozhai Pagoga. Visit the city of ghosts today, exploring the many temples and pagodas that populate this eerie location. Additional cost applies.

Day 13: Chongqing – Xi’an (B, L) 

Disembark the ship and transfer to Xi’an by bullet train. Upon arrival you will be transferred where the rest of the day is yours at leisure. A city with over 3,000 years of incredible history, be sure to get out and about to explore what this sensational place has to offer.

Day 14: Xi’an (B, L)

Head out to see the Wild Goose Pagoda this morning. Continue on to the Provincial Museum and the Ancient City Wall, originally built in 194BC and the oldest city wall in the whole of China. The rest of the evening is yours to do as little or as much as you like.

Optional: Tang Dynasty Show Performance and Dumpling Banquet. Additional cost applies.

Day 15: Xi’an (B, L, D)

Today sees the tour visit the iconic and ancient Terracotta Warriors. Discovered by accident in 1974, the incredible 7000 soldiers, horses and chariots have stood tall guarding Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210BC. Stop via a local factory on the way to this extraordinary site, and learn about the creation and preservation of the Warrior Vaults. Enjoy lunch before strolling through the famous Moslem Street.

Day 16: Xi’an – Chengdu (B)

Transfer to Chengdu this morning, the home of Giant Pandas and spicy Sichuan peppercorns. Spend the afternoon relaxing at leisure.

Day 17: Chengdu (B, L)

This morning you’ll get acquainted with the iconic Giant Pandas at the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Learn about the way the centre tries to preserve the species, and get up close to their playful cousins, the Red Pandas. Head to Jinli Old Street in the afternoon and explore its eclectic streets.

Optional: Sichuan hotpot dinner. Additional cost applies.

Day 18: Chengdu (B, L)

Visit the impressive Leshan Giant Buddha today. Towering at an incredible 71 metres tall, the magnificent stone monument and the largest stone Buddha in the world, is carved out of the side of steep cliff face. Today is the last day of your China tour so be sure to soak it up!

Day 19: Chengdu – airplane-takeoff – New Zealand (B)

Transfer to the airport today ready to board your flight back to New Zealand.

Day 20: New Zealand

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights, plus all transfers within China
  • 14 nights’ luxury 5-star twin share hotel accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 14 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 4 night deluxe Yangtze River cruise, including all meals whilst on-board
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation with English-speaking guides throughout
  • All tipping and sightseeing as per itinerary

Highlights:

  • Explore the sprawling metropolis of buzzing Beijing
  • Be in awe at the grandeur and sheer scale of Tiananmen Square, and visit the iconic Forbidden City
  • Climb a section of the famed Great Wall, and see the stadiums used in the 2008 Olympic Games
  • Take a cruise along beautiful West Lake, admiring the stunning surrounds
  • Spend 4 nights on-board a deluxe Yangtze River cruise and see the incredible mountains and gorges
  • Visit the legendary Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Get up close to the exotic Giant Pandas at Chengdu’s Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
 

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.
  • All payments received are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Tour Excludes: 

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

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. 

Single Supplement: 

$1,540 per person in addition to the twin share price. Payable direct 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: Beijing Wanda Vista Hotel or similar 
Hangzhou: Hilton Hangzhou Xiaoshan or similar
Suzhou: Suzhou Kempinski Hotel or similar
Shanghai: Shanghai New World Hotel or similar
Cruise: Yangtze Saturday Victoria Katarina 
Xi’an: Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel or similar
Chengdu: Chengdu Crowne Plaza Panda Garden 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: 

Acrobatics Show – $77 per person
Huangpu River Cruise – $55 per person
Tang Dynasty Show Performance and Dumpling Banquet – $65 per person
Hotpot dinner – $30 per person

All optional tours are displayed in New Zealand Dollars and payable directly upon booking with our Travel Partner. 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. 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

 

2020:

13 March 
20 March
27 March
03 April*
17 April*
24 April
1 May
8 May
15 May
22 May
29 May
5 June*
12 June*
19 June*
26 June*
10 July
31 July
14 August 
28 August 
04 September 
11 September 
2 October 
16 October 
23 October 
30 October 
6 November 
13 November* 
20 November* 
27 November* 

*A $275 peak season surcharge per person applies, please see the availability calendar for more details

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 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:

  • Early arrival
  • 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, plus all transfers within China
  • 14 nights’ luxury 5-star twin share hotel accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 14 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 4 night deluxe Yangtze River cruise, including all meals whilst on-board
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation with English-speaking guides throughout
  • All tipping and sightseeing as per itinerary
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