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14 day Ancient China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights

14 day Ancient China tour with Yangtze River Cruise including return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, professional tour guides, in-depth sightseeing and more!

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Soak up the history of China on our 14 day Ancient China tour, including a Yangtze River Cruise.  

Begin your adventure in Beijing where you will stand in Tiananmen Sqaure before stepping into the glorious Forbidden City, which is one of China’s largest and most well preserved sights. Travel to the infamous Great Wall where you will find unforgettable and breathtaking views at every turn.  

Experience a thrilling bullet train towards the town of Luoyang, home to one of China’s first Buddhist temple and the Longmen Grottoes, where thousands of Buddhist carvings can be found. In Zhengzhou, visit the most reputable and scenic temple of China the Shaolin Temple

Embark on your Yangtze River Cruise where you will journey through the depths of China to see some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Relax, take in the sights and enjoy all meals aboard your scenic river cruise. 

Your adventure will end in the historical town of Xi’an, which served as the capital city during several dynasties and is now home to a number of precious and ancient relics. Awe at one of the wonders of the world as you take a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Site

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Day 1: New Zealand –airplane-takeoff– Beijing 

Your China holiday will begin with an international flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel to prepare for your tour tomorrow.

Day 2: Beijing (B,L,D)

Today, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games sites (outside). You will visit the largest Jade factory in Beijing to learn about China’s most precious and celebrated stone and its manufacturing process. After lunch, travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, but the views are magnificent, and the experience is truly unforgettable. Afterward, you’ll head to Gubei Water Town to stay overnight and enjoy the breathtaking night scene of the Great wall.

Day 3: Beijing – Gubei Water Town (B)

Today, you’ll enjoy and experience the old-fashioned simplicity and elegance of Gubei Water Town. Rows upon rows of houses, old quartzite streets and long narrow alleyways which showcase the style and features of the ancient town. River channels are scattered between streets; houses near the river are bathed in sunlight. Besides sightseeing, you can experience unique local customs and participate in native activities.

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

Set out with your trip leader to discover Beijing’s imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world before progressing on to the Forbidden City. Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an exclusive tour through this vast complex of courtyards and lanes. Afterward, experience an oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult with a Chinese medical professional. Then you will be transferred from Beijing to Luoyang via bullet train. The city of Luoyang is widely considered the birthplace of Chinese civilization and is one of the four great ancient capitals of China.

Day 5: Luoyang (B,L,D)

Today, you’ll discover the Longmen Grottoes, densely scattered along the cliffs on both banks of the Yi River. Construction began in 493AD during the Northern Wei Dynasty, and there are now 2345 caves with 2680 statues, over 70 stupas and 2680 inscribed stone tablets. Continue on to explore the traditional shops and cuisine of Luoyang Old Town, with its stunning ancient architecture and imposing city gate dating back to 600 AD.

Day 6: Luoyang to Zhengzhou (B,L,D)

Today you will visit the Shaolin Temple, situated in Songshan Mountain, it is the most reputable and longest standing temple in China. It is also the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu. The main scenic spots in the temple are the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, the Sutra Depository, Hall of Thousands of Buddha and the Pagoda Forest. After enjoying a special Shaolin vegetarian lunch you will visit a local martial arts school. This tour will bring you face to face to know about a group of kids who are dedicated to Chinese Kung Fu. Later this afternoon you will be transferred to Zhengzhou city.

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

Today, you will be transferred to Yichang by bullet train. Upon arrival, you will board the Yangtze River Cruise ship and to settle in before departure tomorrow. The expansive Yangtze River is the largest river in Asia and the third largest in the world. It is renowned not only for its impressive size, but also for the natural beauty of its surrounds. The river begins in the remote mountainous regions and winds its way through stunning gorges, lush and fertile regions and connects with numerous lakes and waterways.

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

Start the morning with a morning exercise on board in the presence of the beautiful Three Gorges Dam. Spend your day out on an optional excursion or relax on board the cruise ship. This evening you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening entertainment with a Chinese dancing ball.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – Three Gorges Dam Site. The Three Gorges Dam Site is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – Tribe of the Three Gorges. You may also want to visit the Tribe of the Three gorges, the only large scenic spot that has not been influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, which showcases the abundant Ba Culture and Shu Culture.

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

Today, you may choose to embark on the exciting optional excursions or opt for a leisure day on board the ship. The afternoon will see you continuing to cruise into the western section of Xiling gorge.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream(Subject to the Cruise) Explore the Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream, a shining pearl hidden in remote mountains. You will leave your cruise ship and board smaller vessels to sail through the narrower and breathtaking Lesser Three gorges region or Shennong Stream, lined by sheer cliffs and mountains.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – White Emperor City You may also choose the optional excursion to visit the White Emperor City, an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County.

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

Yangtze River Cruise Today you will pass through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan. Participate in the optional excursion or relax by the pool, pamper yourself with a massage and make the most of the last full day on your ship. Tonight, enjoy the farewell dinner and pack your bags in preparation for disembarking tomorrow.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – Fengdu ghost City. Today’s optional excursion is the Fengdu ghost City to see why it’s regarded as the “City of ghosts.” The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the punish instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – Shibaozhai. Shibaozhai is a 12-story wooden pagoda built against the rock in 18th century. It locates in Zhongxian County on the south bank of the Yangtze River. There are steles and inscriptions of past dynasties of each floor. Visitors may also appreciate the spectacular YangtzeRiver from the windows of each floor during climbing.

Day 11: Chongqing- Xi’an (B)

Today, you will disembark the cruise ship and be transferred to Xi’an. You will be met by your tour guide and escorted to your hotel. Xi’an is one of the oldest cities in all of China, with a history of over 3,000 years. As one of the four great ancient capitals, it served as the capital city during several of the most significant dynasties in China’s history. Xi’an is now home to a great number of precious and ancient relics, but is best known as the starting point of the famous Silk Road and where the towering Terracotta Army can be found. Take some time to relax ahead of your full day tomorrow.

Day 12: Xi’an (B,L)

Today you will learn about over 1000 years of Xi’an history, which served as China’s capital for 13 dynasties and visit the Terracotta Warriors Site, considered the eighth wonder of the world and discovered by accident in 1974. Wear comfortable shoes today as, you will explore the army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots that has guarded Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique and the painstaking repair and evacuation continues to this day. On the way to the terracotta warriors, you will also visit an excellent factory where you can learn more about the creation, conservation and history of the Warrior vaults. After lunch, walk through the famous Moslem Street, where many delicious foods and souvenirs are available for purchase.

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

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Day 14: New Zealand

Arrive home today



  • Return economy airfares 
  • All domestic and international transfers in China
  • 8 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • 4 night Yangtze River Cruise 
  • 12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Private coach transportation
  • The services of professional tour guides
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All site entry fees
  • All tipping and gratuities 

Fine Print


How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • 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)

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $1,352 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • 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:


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

Yangtze River Cruise

Shennong Stream
Shibaozhai Pagoda
Three Gorges Dam Site

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

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


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


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

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.


Travel Dates



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. 

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

Please note not all dates are available on each travel style. Available dates may differ between Essential and Classic. Please refer to the availability calendar for accurate availability.


Flight Information



  • 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.


  • 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:

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

A $200 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: No flight requests/quotes/upgrades will be actioned until your 2nd payment instalment has been made. At this time you will be contact 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.

Stay behind surcharge:

  • If you wish to extend your trip, a $200 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. PLEASE NOTE: No staybehind will be actioned until your 2nd payment instalment is made.

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. Webjet Exclusives will then provide quotations for any alterations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. However if you are unhappy with the options a full refund of the voucher will be provided. PLEASE NOTE: No extension request will be actioned until your 2nd payment instalment is made.


Travel Information






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Package Inclusions
  • Return economy airfares
  • All domestic and international transfers in China
  • 8 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • 4 night Yangtze River Cruise 
  • 12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Private coach transportation
  • The services of professional tour guides
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All site entry fees
  • All tipping and gratuities 


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