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13 day Best of China tour with flights

13 day Best of China tour with return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, private coach transportation, in-depth sightseeing, tour guides and more.

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Highlights

 

Take a once-in-a-lifetime 13 day tour of the best of colourful China with return international flights, most meals, sightseeing and accommodation all included in your package!

Take in some of China’s best sites; walk the Great Wall, visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the amazing Temple of Heaven. Tour the ancient city of Wuxi, discover Suzhou, the “Venice of the East” and excite your senses in the buzzing city of Shanghai.

This tour is designed to give you a special sample of China’s ancient history, delicious cuisine, rich culture and heritage. This fabulous package is not to be missed.

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Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff– Xi’an

Get ready to begin your tour of China! Today, board your international flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.

Xi’an was once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace), it marks the Silk Road’s eastern end and was home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties’ ruling houses. It is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Terracotta Warriors!

Day 2: Xi’an (B,L,D)

Today we explore the ancient wonders of Xi’an, and one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th Century. For a period of more than 1,000 years, Xi’an served as China’s capital city and remains home to a great number of precious relics and historical sites. The highlight today is a visit to the UNESCO Terracotta Warriors to see the life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. This will be followed by a visit to an Art Ceramics Factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.

Day 3: Xi’an –airplane-takeoff – Beijing (B,L)

Today after breakfast, visit the Shanxi Provincial History Museum. Enjoy a special noodle lunch including an interesting noodle making demonstration. Then visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. As the symbol of the old-line Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda (also called Giant Wild Goose Pagoda) is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is rated as a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction. In addition, it was added to the World Heritage List in 2014.

Later, walk along the Ancient City Wall, which not only is the most complete city wall that has survived in China but also one of the largest ancient military defence systems in the world. It covers 13.7 kilometres (8.5 miles) in length with a deep moat surrounding it.

Tonight, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Beijing. On arrival into the nation’s capital, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 4: Beijing (B,D)

Today after breakfast, begin your China trip with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world! Tiananmen Square is a city square in the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen (“Gate of Heavenly Peace”) located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes and has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

After, continue on to the incredible Forbidden City, which was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty, the years 1420 to 1912. The complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (over 180 acres). The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world!

After time to explore the Forbidden City, continue on to the Temple of Heaven. The temple was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for good harvest. Covering an area of 273 hectaresit is the largest architectural complex in the world for rituals to pay homage to heaven and a photographer’s gem.

Tonight, head out to a local restaurant and enjoy a signature dish of the region, Peking Duck.

Day 5: Beijing – Great Wall – Beijing (B,L)

Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass. Juyong Pass Great Wall is one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall of China, together with Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan. 60 km from downtown Beijing, Juyong Pass was a solid stronghold encircling a valley, which was the northern direct access to Beijing in ancient times. Once here, there is plenty of time to learn about the walls construction and your given the chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel.

On our return to Beijing, we stop at one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia en-route. Then, after lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory. Cloisonne is a famous traditional enamel ware, known as the “Blue of Jingtai” in China, with a history of over 500 years. It was so called because “blue” was the typical colour used for enamelling and “Jingtai” was the reign title of the 7th Ming Emperor.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): The Golden Mask – Tonight, enjoy a live show. The Golden Mask Dynasty, the show incorporates dancing, acrobatics, some magnificent costumes and one or two surprises. Performed daily at Beijing’s Happy Valley Amusement Park in 2007, it has been seen by an estimated of 1.1 million people.

Day 6: Beijing (B,L)

This morning, enjoy a tour to the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace houses the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors. After, visit the Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda. Then visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage which has existed for thousands of years.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Hutong Life – Board a rickshaw and be ridden through the oldest streets in Beijing. Witness how life in these parts has been lived for hundreds of years and marvel at the incredible courtyard houses which are now a national treasure.

Day 7: Beijing –airplane-takeoff – Shanghai – Wuxi (B,D)

Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Shanghai. On arrival you will be transferred to the ancient city of Wuxi. Wuxi boasts a reputation of being the “Land of Fish and Rice”. With a splendid history of over three thousands years, Wuxi claims to be ‘the Pearl of Tai Lake’. Besides being a rich cultural repository, Wuxi is blessed with charming natural beauty: the vast Tai Lake with its fascinating water scenes.  Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Grand Canal Cruise – A boat tour will show you the daily life of the people past and present. The rice trading markets are still along the northern bank and the houses span little bridges along the southern bank – some of them are hundreds of years old and are well kept. One of the famous bridges over this section of the canal is called Qing Ming Bridge which is a one-arched stone bridge built in Qing dynasty.

Day 8: Wuxi – Suzhou (B,L)

This morning visit one of the largest Fresh Water Pearl Exhibitions in the country. After lunch, travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily delicate and elegant city with its canals, stone bridges and meticulously designed gardens which has often been referred to as “Paradise on Earth” by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is also known as “Venice of the East”. It is also known as the “Garden City” due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Visit the Lingering Garden which is among the nest gardens in China.

Day 9: Suzhou – Hangzhou (B,L,D)

This morning visit a Silk Spinning Mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the nest thread and cloth. After lunch, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magni cent city in the world”. Upon arrival, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Impression West Lake – is an evening spectacle of music, light, and dance, entirely staged on the beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou City, with natural mountains and real waters as its backdrop. It is one of the creations of famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou, and the music of the performance was composed by Kitaro, a world-class musician

Day 10: Hangzhou – Shanghai (B,L)

Today after breakfast we make our way back to Shanghai. Enroute, experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial centre of China. Then we walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western nuances of the old days. The Bund is regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district, Nanjing Road.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): ERA: Intersection of Time – See a captivating combination of Chinese history, mesmerizing martial arts and incredible special effects throughout the unique spectacle. Watch China evolve from humble beginnings to the global superpower it is today, and enjoy entertaining live music and elaborate costumes as you experience the show.

Day 11: Shanghai (B,D)

After breakfast, visit Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of Huangpu River and the Bund. Then taste the famous Xiao Long Bao at a Shanghai Dim Sim restaurant for lunch (at your own expense). After lunch, head to the City God Temple of Shanghai, symbolic of the large temple complex and surrounding traditional district of commerce in the city.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Huangpu River Cruise – Cruising on the Huangpu River has become a must for most visitors to Shanghai. When the sun sets, the river is veiled in the glittery neon lights on its banks. Cruising on the river in the evening, visitors can experience its silence and beauty under the moonlight.

Day 12: Shanghai – airplane-takeoff– New Zealand (B)

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flights.

Day 13: New Zealand

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares with a full service airline
  • All internal China flights
  • All airport transfers
  • 11 fabulous nights staying in superior 4-5 star accommodation throughout
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • feature welcome & farewell dinners
  • Private coach transportation
  • The services of professional Webjet 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

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $199 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • 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

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided 2-3 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: 

$995 per person in addition to the twin share price. Payable at the time of booking

Group Size: 10 – 48 people

Triple Share: Available, please purchase 3 vouchers.

Optional Activities: 

Beijing Peking Duck Dinner – $44 per person 
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty – $82 per person
Beijing Hutong Life Tour – $77 per person 
Beijing Hutong Life Tour with lunch, Summer Palace and Beijing Zoo – $132 per person
Xi’an Dumpling Banquet – $27 per person
Xi’an Half Day City Tour – $44 per person
Suzhou Grand Canal Cruise – $38 per person 
Hangzhou Impression West Lake – $88 per person 
Shanghai Night Cruise on the Huangpu River – $60 per person 
Shanghai ERA – The Interaction of Time – $ 82 per person

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.

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.

Xi’an: Grand Noble Hotel
Beijing: Loong Palace Hotel & Resort or similar
Wuxi: Swiss-Belhotel Liyuan or similar
Suzhou: Suzhou Qingshan Hotel or similar
Hangzhou: Jinling Jinma Palace Hangzhou or similar
Shanghai: Wyndham Bund East or similar

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

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 great value 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.

 

 

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

 

Travel Dates

 

2018:

19 August
2 September
30 September*
14 October*
28 October

* A $220 per person surcharges 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

 

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare departing Auckland or Christchurch with China Southern, China Eastern, Xiamen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, or similar
  • Including minimum 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. 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:

  • 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/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.
  • 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.

Stay behind surcharge:

If you wish to extend your trip, from $250 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference) payable at the time of completing your booking. Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. PLEASE NOTE: No staybehind will be actioned until your final payment is made

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares 
  • All internal China flights
  • All airport transfers
  • 11 fabulous nights staying in superior 4-5 star accommodation throughout
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • feature welcome & farewell dinners
  • Private coach transportation
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