Classic China

8 day Classic China tour with return international flights, accommodation, private coach transportation, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, tour guides and more

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8 days | per person twin share | | Typically $2,712!
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Highlights

 

Take a once-in-a-lifetime 8 day tour of colourful China.

Take in some of China’s best sites; walk the Great Wall, visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Tour an exquisite jade exhibition and explore Shanghai’s vibrant and bustling city, plus so much more!

Your package includes return international airfaresaccommodation, expert tour guides, most meals, private coach transportation and so much more.

See inclusions for more.

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand –   airplane-takeoff – Beijing

Depart New Zealand today on your flight to Beijing (please note, some flight may depart 1 day before). You will arrive at Beijing International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Beijing, China’s massive capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. 

Day 2: 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!

Tonight, head out for one of the most famous Chinese dishes and a specialty of Beijing, Peking Duck.

Day 3: Beijing – Great Wall of China – 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: Golden Mask Show – The Golden Mask Dynasty, the show incorporates dancing, acrobatics, some magnificent costumes and one or two surprises. Seen by an estimated of 1.1 million people, it is one of Beijing’s must see shows.

Day 4: Beijing (B,L)

Today, enjoy a tour to the Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors followed by 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: Hutong Life Tour – A rickshaw will take you around the intricate winding hutongs to admire the old courtyards. They are maze-like and deep and exactly as they were a long time ago. Even today, there are many residents reluctant to move from their beloved hutongs. You are invited to visit a local family’s house to experience authentic Beijing life.

Day 5: Beijing –  train-icon – Shanghai (B,L,D)

This morning, experience the high-speed train to Shanghai! Travelling at up to 300km/h, they are a testament to China’s desire to be a technological power house.  Shanghai has a long history as a gateway to China on the Yangtze River delta. It is the largest economic and trade center in China, and one of China’s cultural centres. On arrival to Shanghai we visit a Silk Spinning Mill and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the nest thread and cloth. 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. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, civil culture, business souvenirs and food.

Optional Tour: Huangpu River Cruise – 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 6: Shanghai (B,L,D)

After breakfast, visit Shanghai Museum to see ancient Chinese art. The museum is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls. The eleven Galleries cover most of the major categories of Chinese art: Ancient Bronze, Ancient Ceramics, Paintings, Calligraphy, Ancient Sculpture, Ancient Jade, Coins, Ming and Qing Furniture, Seals, and Minority Nationalities. Then we explore the Xintiandi Area, an affluent and fashionable pedestrian street composed of unique Shikumen (stone gate) and modern architecture style. Our farewell dinner this evening will be a banquet of delicious Shanghai cuisine.

Optional Tour: 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 show.

Day 7: Shanghai –airplane-takeoff – New Zealand (B)                                                                                                 

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home. We hope you have enjoyed and unforgettable journey!

 Day 8: New Zealand

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 

Your package includes return international airfares, standard accommodation, expert tour guides, most meals, private coach transportation and so much more…

 

  • Return international airfares with a full service airline
  • Return airport transfers
  • 6 nights in superior 5 star hotel accommodation throughout your stay
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • Welcome & farewell dinners
  • High speed bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai
  • Private coach transportation & expert English speaking guide
  • 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

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

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and before 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement: $530 per person. Payable at the time of booking

Group Size: 10 – 48 people

Triple Share: Available, please purchase 3 vouchers.

Optional Activities

The Golden Mask Dynasty Beijing – $85 per person 
Hutong Life Tour Beijing – $76 per person
Shanghai Night Cruise on the Huangpu River – $60 per person 
Shanghai ERA – The Intersection of Time – $82 per person

Please select which optional activities you wish to purchase on your booking form. You will then be contacted to make payment. 

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.

Beijing: Gehua New Century or similar
Shanghai: Shanghai Koyal International Hotel or similar

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

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote 

 

 

Travel Dates

 

2018:

21 June*
19 July*
16 August 
30 August
13 September
27 September*
11 October* 
25 October

* A $200 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

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare departing Auckland, Wellington 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
  • Return airport transfers
  • Twin share accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • High speed bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai
  • Private coach transportation
  • The services of professional Webjet tour guides
  • In depth sightseeing
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