BEST OF THE YANGTSE, 2016
18 Days/ 15 Nights accommodated.
Features Beijing, Xian, Chengdu panda breeding centre, Chongqing and a 6 night luxury cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai, Suzhou.
Optional extension to Guilin
Optional 5 day tour to Chengde, Beidehe, and the eastern and of the Great Wall prior to the main tour.
ESCORTED DEPARTURE: .(Escorted subject to minimum of 6)
This tour links from our HOLYLAND CRUISE AND TOUR departing Auckland 22nd September for Rome, a 12 night cruise to Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Athens.
INDEPENDENT LOCALLY HOSTED DEPARTURES (Minimum 2 required) Depart Auckland: 2016
April 1, 15, 29
September 09, 23
Tour cost per person
Two per room...... $8,600
Single room....... $9,890
Day 1.Friday. AUCKLAND DEPART
Depart Auckland late tonight for your flight to Beijing.
Day 2. Saturday. ARRIVE BEIJING
Arrive Beijing mid morning. We will be met on arrival by our local guide and transfer to our Hotel within walking distance of Tian an Men Square. A short orientation tour of the city will be provided en route to our hotel including some of the Olympic venues (exterior view) and Tian an Men Square. No visit to Beijing is complete without seeing the Birds Nest, Water Cube and other Olympic venues. The rest of the day is free to relax.
Day 3. Sunday. BEIJING. (BLD)
Free morning and this afternoon visit Tian an men Square, Temple of Heaven, and Market. Day 4. Monday BEIJING (BLD)
Drive to Mutianyu and take the cable car to one of the least crowded sections of the Great Wall then on through beautiful countryside to the Ming Tombs to walk the sacred way of the animals and visit one of the tombs. Also today visit a Cloisonne factory with demonstrations of this ancient art form - and the opportunity to buy! This evening enjoy a peking Duck dinner.
Day 5. Tuesday. BEIJING - XIAN (BLD)
Explore the Summer Palace and take a rickshaw ride through the Hutong ancient residential area including a visit to the Drum tower. This afternoon visit the amazing Imperial Palace (Forbidden City). Late afternoon we take the fast train to ancient Xian, first capital of all China.
Day 6. Wednesday. XIAN. (BLD
A highlight of your tour will be a visit to the ancient Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi who unified China in 202 BC. Visit the Bell Tower, market, Grand Mosque, and city wall. This evening enjoy the Tang Dynasty show and dinner.
Day 7. Thursday. XIAN - CHENGDU. (BLD)
A Fly to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, and transfer to our hotel.
Day 8. Friday. XIAN - CHONGQING. (BLD)
This morning visit the Panda breeding centre. Usually some babies are on show! Also tour the city and this afternoon enjoy the scenes of rural China as we travel by train to Chongqing and transfer to our hotel.
Day 9. Saturday. CHONGQING. DEPART (BLD)
Enjoy a short tour of Chongqing before joining our Victoria Cruise ship sailing at 10am. Enjoy the river life cruising downstream with a shore excursion at Fengdu late afternoon.
Day 10. Sunday. CRUISING. (BLD)
Enjoy an excursion by small boat up the Daning river to see the small gorges this morning and this afternoon cruise through the three big gorges. This evening you will pass through the Three Gorges Dam shiplock system.
Day 11. Monday. CRUISING. (BLD)
Morning excursion by bus to the Three Gorges Dam information centre and reboard your ship to continue your cruise downstream.
Day 12. Tuesday. CRUISING. (BLD)
Arrive Wuhan at noon for an excursion ashore to the Hubei provincial museum
Day 13. Wednesday. CRUISING. (BLD)
Arrive Guichi for a full day excursion by coach to beautiful Mt Huangshan.
Day 14. Thursday. CRUISING. (BLD)
Arrive Nanjing 8am with a half day city tour provided including Dr Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, Qing Dynasty style Bazaar, and Confucian temple. Free time to explore at your leisure. Depart at 9pm.
Day 15. Friday. END CRUISE - SHANGHAI. (BLD)
Arrival in Shanghai is scheduled for 8am. Visit the Bund and Nanjing Road, Yu Gardens, Jade Buddha Temple, the colonial area and Pudong including the upper sphere of the Oriental Pearl Tower. Accommodation at Shanghai Mansions Hotel. Enjoy a special Shanghai dim sum dinner before the included world famed Shanghai acrobats.
Day 16. Saturday. SHANGHAI - Suzhou excursion. (BLD)
Enjoy a full day excursion to Suzhou, city of silk, gardens, and canals. Visit the Master of Nets Garden, Garden of the Humble Administrator, a silk spinning factory, and take a short cruise on the canals before returning to Shanghai.
Day 17. Sunday. SHANGHAI DEPART (B)
Free time to explore Shanghai before transferring to the airport for your flight to Auckland.
Day 18. Monday. ARRIVE AUCKLAND
Tour cost includes:
Economy class air fares from Auckland, all transfers and comprehensive sightseeing with English speaking guide including admissions where necessary, 6 nights 4 star hotels, 1 night train, 6 nights Victoria Cruises luxury cruise ship, usually Victoria Sophia. Most meals as indicated by each day, Visa fee, airport taxes in China. Tips are not included - , allow $NZ10 per person per day for tips. (Bonus: Tips included on escorted group tours)
Fly to Guilin sunday for 2 nights with local sights monday including Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill, and an art gallery. Cruise on the Li River to Yangshuo tuesday and overnight at a local hotel with fabulous show. Return to Guilin wednesday for your flight home arriving Auckland thursday.
Extra cost per person $1,400 share room, $1,800 single room
ADD CHENGDE, BEIDEHE, AND THE EASTERN END OF THE GREAT WALL BEFORE YOUR BEST OF THE YANGTSE TOUR.
Departs Auckland tuesdays prior to BEST OF THE YANGTSE. Minimum 2 people required.
Day 1. Tuesday. AUCKLAND DEPART
Depart Auckland late evening.
Day 2. Wednesday. ARRIVE BEIJING
Arrive Beijing mid morning. You will be met on arrival by your local guide and transfer to our Hotel within walking distance of Tian an Men Square. A short orientation tour of the city will be provided en route to our hotel including some of the Olympic venues (exterior view) and Tian an Men Square. No visit to Beijing is complete without seeing the Birds Nest, Water Cube and other Olympic venues. The rest of the day is free to relax.
Day 3. Thursday. BEIJING - CHENGDE (BLD)
Drive to the Great Wall at Jinshanling and marvel at this ancient wonder snaking over the hills. This area of the Great Wall was built in the 6th century, is relatively undeveloped, and has a large number of watchtowers. Continue to Chengde, Summer resort of the Emperors. Accommodation at a 3 star hotel.
Day 4. Friday. CHENGDE. (BLD)
Explore the Summer ("Fleeing the Heat" Palace, mostly built in the 18th century, and covering some 590 hectares, bigger than Beijing's Summer Palace and Forbidden City combined. The Emperor was enthralled by Tibetan and Mongolian culture which is reflected in the amazing Putuozongcheng Temple (Little Potala Palace) which we also visit. There will be time to wander through the park and just enjoy the local atmosphere.
Day 5. Saturday. CHENGDE - BEIDAHE. (BLD)
we take the back roads to the seaside resort of Beidahe for accommodation at a 4 star hotel. Stroll along the waterfront and enjoy a special seafood dinner tonight.
Day 6. Sunday. BEIDAHE - BEIJING. (BLD)
Today we visit the Eastern end of the Great Wall at Old Dragon Head and also the "First Pass Under Heaven" where the wall stretches off into the mountains. Return to Beijing this afternoon and rejoin the main itinerary.
Extra cost per person
2 per room $1,850
Single room $2,640