Discover Magnificent China
BEIJING - XIAN - CHENGDU - JIUZHAIGOU - CHONGQING - DAZU - LUXURY 6 NIGHT YANGSTE CRUISE TO SHANGHAI - SUZHOU - GUILIN
24 Days/21 nights accommodated
14 nights 4 star hotels, 6 nights 5 star luxury cruise ship
ESCORTED GROUP DEPARTURE (escorted from Auckland)
(Tour guaranteed for minimum of 2 - Minimum 6passengers required for escort)
Depart Auckland October 8, 2014.
Cost per person: 2 per room $9,680... Single $11,540
Return from Shanghai
20 days.. 2 per room $8,980
Tour cost includes:
Day 1.Wednesday. AUCKLAND DEPART
Depart Auckland late evening for our flight to Beijing.
Day 2. Thursday. ARRIVE BEIJING
Arrive Beijing late 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. Accommodation at Novotel Peace Hotel or similar.
Day 3. Friday. BEIJING (BLD)
Explore Tian an Men Square, the Summer Palace and visit the amazing Imperial Palace (Forbidden City).
Day 4. Saturday. 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. Sunday. BEIJING - XIAN. (BLD
Explore the ancient Hutong residential area and visit the Drum and Bell Towers. This evening we fly to Xian, first capital of all China, dating back to 200 BC. Transfer to accommodation at Aurum International Hotel or similar.
Day 6. Monday. XIAN. (BLD)
A highlight of your tour will be a visit to the Terracotta Warriors. This afternoon visit Famen Temple, Maoling Museum, city wall and Grand Mosque. This evening enjoy the Tang Dynasty show and dinner.
Day 7. Tuesday XIAN (BLD)
This morning visit the Ban Po Neolithic Village, Bell Tower, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to the beautiful mountain area of Jiuzhaigou. Transfer to the New Jiuzhaigou hotel or similar.
Day 8. Wednesday. JIUZHAIGOU (BLD).
Full day enjoying the mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and forests in one of the most beautiful parts of China. Also see, and maybe visit, one of the Tibetan Villages in the area.
Day 9. Thursday. JIUZHAIGOU - CHENGDU. (BLD)
Visit the Huanglong Nature Reserve this morning and this afternoon fly to Chengdu.
Day 10. Friday. CHENGDU - CHONGQING. (BLD)
This morning tour the city including the provincial museum and bazaar. A highlight will be a visit to the Panda breeding centre where usually baby panda's are to be seen. For an additonal charge you can have your photo op with a real Panda! Enjoy the rural scenery late afternoon as we take the train to Chongqing.
Day 11. Saturday. CHONGQING. DEPART (BLD)
Transfer to the pier to join our 5 star Victoria Cruise ship, Victora Sophia, sailing at 10am. Enjoy the river life cruising downstream with a shore excursion at Fengdu late afternoon. All cabins have private balconies.
Day 12. 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 pass through the Three Gorges Dam shiplock system.
Day 13. Monday. CRUISING. (BLD)
Morning excursion by bus to the Three Gorges Dam information centre and reboard your ship to continue our cruise downstream.
Day 14. Tuesday. CRUISING. (BLD)
Arrive Wuhan at noon for an excursion ashore to the Hubei provincial museum
Day 15. Wednesday. CRUISING. (BLD)
Arrive Guichi for a full day excursion by coach to beautiful Mt Huangshan.
Day 16. 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 17. 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 Oriental Tower upper sphere, and Shanghai history museum. Accommodation at Shanghai Mansions Hotel. Enjoy a special Shanghai dim sum dinner before the included world famous acrobatic show.
Day 18. 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 19. Sunday. SHANGHAI - GUILIN. (BLD).
Free time to explore at your leisure before flying south to beautiful Guilin. Transfer to the Park Hotel or similar.
Day 20. Monday. GUILIN - YANGSHUO. (BLD)
Cruise down the beautiful li River among the amazing karst limestone formations and see the Cormorant Fishermen. Arrive in Yangshuo and explore the markets and paddy fields among the amazing karst mountains. Accommodation at the Guifu hoel or similar. Enjoy a fabulous show this evening.
Day 21. Tuesday. YANGSHUO - GUILIN. (BLD)
Drive back to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute cave and an art gallery. This evening visit the night market if you wish.
Day 22. Wednesday. GUILIN DEPART. (B)
Transfer to the airport for departure.
Day 23. Thursday. AUCKLAND ARRIVE.
Full tour cost per person - 23 days
2 per room $9,680.....Single room $11,540
RETURN FROM SHANGHAI, Sunday Day 19. Arrive Auckland monday 30 September.
Day 19. Sunday. SHANGHAI DEPART (B)
Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Auckland.
Day 20. Monday. AUCKLAND ARRIVE. Tour cost per person
Two per room.......$8,980
Single room .......$10,790
Economy class air fares from Auckland, all transfers and comprehensive sightseeing with English speaking guide including admissions where necessary, 12 nights 4 star hotels, 6 nights Victoria Cruises luxury cruise ship, usually Victoria Sophia, Three meals daily in China, services of tour escort from Auckland subject to minimum of 10 travelling.
Tour cost includes: