14 day Ancient China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights

Including return international flights, a cruise along the Yangtze river, all accommodation, delicious daily breakfast, all site entry fees, in-depth sightseeing, and more.

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

Highlights

 

Begin your discovery of China’s incredible history on this 14 day Ancient China tour, which includes a stunning 4 night cruise along the Yangtze River.

Your history lesson starts in Beijing. The sprawling Chinese capital has a rich past and was founded more than 3000 years ago. Today, it is the ultimate representation of old-world customs and architecture and contemporary advances. Head to sites used in the 2008 Summer Olympics and work your way back in time, seeing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the incomparable Great Wall of China.

Uncover the stories behind the Longmen Grottoes of Luoyang and get a kick out of visiting Mt. Songshan, the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu. Head to Yichang to step aboard a cruise ship for your 4 night voyage along the Yangtze river. This experience sees you travel past the Three Gorges Dam, Xiling Gorge and the mountains of Eastern Sichuan. Finally, salute the warriors, cavalry and archers at the Terracotta Army site in Xi’an and have your mind boggled upon learning that each of the 7000 statues is completely unique.

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand –airplane-takeoff– Beijing 

Head to the airport and catch a China-bound flight to Beijing. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. 

Day 2: Beijing (B,L,D)

Your time in Beijing begins by seeing the sites used in the 2008 Summer Olympics. It is then onto the largest jade factory in Beijing. Relax over lunch before travelling out of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Climbing a section of the remarkable wall is sure to be a highlight of your trip. Afterwards, head to Gubei Water Town for an overnight stay. 

Day 3: Beijing – Gubei Water Town (B)

Explore the charming setting of Gubei Water Town, from its narrow alleyways to its riverfront promenade. Return to Beijing in the afternoon. 

Day 4: Beijing –train-icon– Luoyang (B)

Today’s itinerary sees you taking in some of Beijing’s greatest sites and landmarks. You will be in awe of the size and scale of Tiananmen Square, and you can also cross into the once off-limits Forbidden City. Relax with a foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre. Then, go to the station and board a bullet train for the journey to Luoyang. 

Day 5: Luoyang (B,L,D)

Admire the Longmen Grottoes of Luoyang. Constructions on these grottoes began in 493 AD and now number more than 2345 caves, featuring more than 2680 statues, 70 stupas and 2680 stone-inscribed tablets. There is time to explore Luoyang’s old town in the afternoon.

Day 6: Luoyang to Zhengzhou (B,L,D)

Visit the Shaolin Temple in the Mt. Songshan (Mount Song) today. This is the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu and is home to sites including the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, the Pagoda Forest and the Hall of Thousands of Buddha. Feast on a Shaolin vegetarian lunch and visit a local martial arts school. Travel to Zhengzhou in the afternoon. 

Day 7: Zhengzhou –train-icon– Yichang (B,D)

Travel to Yichang via bullet train. Here, board the ship for your Yangtze River cruise and settle into your cabin. The ship departs tomorrow. 

Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Sneak in some early morning exercise on the top deck; practicing Tai chi with a backdrop of the Three Gorges Dam is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then you have the choice to remain on-board and relax or head out on an optional excursion.

Optional: Three Gorges Dam Site
Visit this site, the biggest hydropower project in the world. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Tribe of the Three Gorges
Make for this site, the only scenic spot that remains untouched by the Three Gorges Dam project. It is an excellent example of the Ba and Shu cultures. Additional cost applies.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Opt to relax on the ship or take up one of the excursions.

Optional: Lesser Three Gorges 
Explore the Lesser Three Gorges (subject to weather conditions). Additional cost applies.

Optional: White Emperor City
This ancient temple is found atop Baidi Mountain. Additional cost applies. 

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

The cruise passes the mountains of Eastern Sichuan today. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.

Optional: Fengdu Ghost City
Venture to the location dubbed ‘City of Ghosts’, Fengdu, today and see its temples that depict demon paintings and imaginations of hell. Additional cost applies

Day 11: Chongqing- Xi’an (B)

Disembark the cruise this morning and take a transfer to Xi’an. A tour guide will meet you upon your arrival. There is some time to relax, or eager adventurous can head out to start their exploration of this 3000-year-old city.

Day 12: Xi’an (B,L)

Dive into Xi’an’s expansive history (it served as the Chinese capital for 13 dynasties) and then stand at attention with a visit to the Terracotta Army site. You will have the opportunity to see this collection of more than 7000 soldiers, horses, archers and chariots – all made to guard Emperor Qin’s tomb. Following lunch, take a walk through Moslem Street where you can pick up souvenirs or sample local cuisine. 

Day 13: Xi’an –airplane-takeoff – New Zealand (B)

A transfer takes you to the hotel for your flight back to New Zealand.

Day 14: New Zealand

Arrive home today

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights, plus all transfers within China
  • 12 nights’ 4-star twin share accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Bullet train travel from Beijing to Luoyang and Zhengzhou to Yichang
  • Private coach transportation with English-speaking tour guides throughout
  • All site entry fees
  • All tipping and gratuities 

 

 

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 including your passport details within one week 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.
  • 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
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Single supplement:

$780 per person in addition to your twin share vouchers 

Payable direct upon confirming with our Travel Partner. 

Group Size:  2-50 people

Triple Share: Please purchase 3 x twin share vouchers. Please note third bed will be a rollaway bed 

Optional Tours:

Beijing:

Hutong Rickshaw Tour & meal $60 – per person (approx)

Yangtze River Cruise
Fengdu Ghost City 
Lesser Three Gorges 
Three Gorges Dam Site

Three scenic Excursions $185 per person. Embark on three spectacular excursions in one convenient package! 

All optional tours are payable on your tour in local currency. 

Accommodation: 

Beijing: Chunhuiyuan Resort or similar
Beijing: Gubei Water Town Resort or similar
Luoyang: Luoyang Hyatt Plaza or similar
Zhengzhou: Zhengzhou Innside Hotel or similar
Yangtze River Cruise
Xi’an: Xi’an Grand Noble Hotel or similar

Health:

Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs and extended 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.

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

If you are needing assistance with your Visa, please request it upon submitting your booking form

 

Travel Dates

 

2019:

17 March
24 March
31 March
7 April
21 April
28 April
5 May 
12 May
19 May
26 May
2 June
9 June 
28 July*
18 August 
25 August 
8 September*
15 September*
22 September*
13 October 
20 October 
27 October 
3 November 
10 November 
17 November 
24 November 

* A $220 per person surcharge applies. 

2020:

8 March
15 March
22 March
29 March
5 April
12 April
19 April
26 April
3 May
10 May
17 May
24 May
31 May
7 June
14 June
21 June
19 July
26 July
2 August
9 August
16 August
23 August
30 August
6 September
13 September
11 October
18 October
25 October
1 November
8 November
15 November
22 November
29 November

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: 

  • Return economy airfare departing Auckland with a China Eastern, China Southern, Air China 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 minimum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • Customers wishing to choose their preferred airline – please purchase your voucher first and request your preferred airline in the ‘special requests’ field when submitting your booking form. Please note, this is a request basis only.
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. Once we receive your form and your dates are available, your booking will be completed – no further changes will be possible.
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

 Flights:

  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, 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.

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: 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.

Stay behind surcharge:

  • If you wish to extend your trip, a $220 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference). Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. Only the return date can be altered. 

Extending your trip: 

  • If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. Our operator will then provide quotations for any alterations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights, plus all transfers within China
  • 12 nights’ 4-star twin share accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Bullet train travel from Beijing to Luoyang and Zhengzhou to Yichang
  • Private coach transportation with English-speaking tour guides throughout
  • All site entry fees
  • All tipping and gratuities 
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