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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Highlights

 

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)

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.

Today’s optional tours (additional cost applies): Continue your day with an optional Rickshaw tour of the traditional Hutong area, famous for the old-style buildings, and time-honoured workshops. Enjoy a meal with a local family here before returning to your hotel.

Day 3: Beijing (B,L,D)

Today, you will 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. You will then learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. Furthermore, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games Sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Before returning to your hotel, enjoy a complementary oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult a Chinese Medical professional.

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

Today 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. Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your tour tomorrow.

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) cruise-icon

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

Your first day on the Yangtze River will begin with a beautiful buffet breakfast before setting out on your first optional shore excursion to the Three Gorges Project. The Three Gorges Dam Site is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. You may also choose to visit the Tribe of the Three Gorges, the only large scenic spot that has not be influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, which showcases the abundant Ba Culture and Shu Culture. In the evening, you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening of dancing.

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

Today you may choose to enjoy an optional shore excursion to the mesmerizing Shennong Stream. The stream flows through 3 beautiful gorges including the Mianzhu Gorge, Parrot Gorge and Longcangdong Gorge. Each gorge is renowned for its unique and stunning scenery. The Shennong Stream is also home to the Hanging Coffins – which are ancient coffins containing the remains of decendants of the Tujia people. Another excursion choice for today is to visit the White Emperor City. It’s an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County. In the afternoon, you will return to the ship in time for lunch and enjoy the crew’s performance in the evening.

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

Today is a scheduled optional shore excursion to the legendary Shibaozhai. The site has a history of over 400 years when it was built into the side of a 200-meter-tall hill. The striking 9 story red pagoda was built in 1819 to make it easier for people to reach the Buddhist temple at the very top of the hill. Also, you may choose to attend an excursion of visiting the Fengdu Ghost City which is also known as the “City of Ghosts”. You will see the temples built on Ming Mountain depict the punish instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. In the evening you will enjoy the Farewell Dinner and pack your bags in preparation to disembark the cruise tomorrow.

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

 

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 
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have completed your online booking you will receive an Order Confirmation, which will include a link to complete our Travel Partners booking form. 
  • This booking form MUST be completed and submitted to our Travel Partner in order to confirm your booking. 
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure, whichever is earlier 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Free Date Changes:

  • After booking your travel and paying the deposit, you may change your travel date subject to the following terms.
  • Changes can only be made up until 240 days prior to travel or final payment, whichever is earlier. After this point, your booking becomes non-changeable and remains strictly non-refundable.
  • Any change is subject to availability
  • To request a date change, please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au with your existing booking details and your requested travel date.
  • If you choose to change your travel date, you will be requested to complete another booking form. Please ensure you include all preferences and special requests, as prior submissions will not be considered in finalising your booking.

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $999 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:

Beijing

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. 

Accommodation: 

Beijing: Beijing Park Plaza Science Park 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

 

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

 

Travel Dates

 

2018:

01 July*
29 July
05 August
12 August
19 August
02 September*
09 September*
16 September*
21 October*
28 October*
04 November
11 November
18 November
25 November 

2019:

17 March
24 March
31 March
7 April
14 April
5 May 
12 May
19 May
26 May
2 June
9 June 
16 June

* A $220 per person surcharge applies. Payable direct to our Travel Partner at the time of booking  

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

 

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:

  • 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.

 

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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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