See for yourself the ancient and modern aspects of this fascinating and flourishing country. To stand on the Great Wall of China is a dream shared by many. Accomplish this, and more, on our very affordable tour.
China Essentials 11 days
- Group Tour Itinerary and Tour Map
Day 1 – Australia to Beijing
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Beijing and transfer to your hotel.
Stay three nights at the Jianguo Garden Hotel in a superior room.
Day 2 – Great Wall excursion
Travel north from the city to the Great Wall of China where you can walk on top of the wall and appreciate the scale of this remarkable structure as it snakes down valleys and along ridge lines as far as the eye can see. On the way back to Beijing stop at the Ming Tombs and stroll along the Sacred Way lined with animal statues. This evening be entertained by a Kongfu Show. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Beijing
Today you will visit the famous sights of Beijing including the majestic Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Olympic Green to see the “Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube”. In the evening enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Depart Beijing
In the morning tour the Hutongs, Beijing’s ancient, narrow streets, by rickshaw. Stop at one of the courtyard homes for lunch. See the panda house at Beijing Zoo, then visit the Summer Palace, the summer retreat of the imperial court set in beautiful gardens with lakes and pavilions. Transfer to the rail station to board the overnight train to Xian.
Stay one night on the overnight train. (B,L)
Day 5 – Arrive Xian
Arrive Xian early this morning and transfer to your hotel for breakfast. Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, one of the best museums in China, the Muslim Quarter, the Great Mosque, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built to house Buddhist scriptures.
Stay two nights in Xian the Grand New World Hotel. (B,L)
Day 6 – Xian
Today you will see another amazing sight; the Terracotta Warriors and Horses still standing in battle formation as placed 2000 years ago. Included is a full circle movie presentation providing the historical perspective for the main exhibition halls where excavation and restoration work is on-going. Later walk along the top of 500 year old City Wall. This evening try a Dumpling Banquet and see the colourful Tang Dance Show. (B,L,D)
Day 7 – Xian to Suzhou
Transfer to the railway station for the high speed train to Suzhou, a city famous for its exquisite gardens and traditional canal living. Visit the old town and take boat ride on the small canals.
Stay two nights at the Garden Hotel. (B)
Day 8 – Suzhou
Visit the classical Lingering Garden then learn about silk production and see highly skilled textile work at a silk factory. Visit Tongli, an ancient water town, in the afternoon. (B,L)
Day 9 – Suzhou to Shanghai
Travel back to Shanghai. Take a guided stroll along the Bund, enjoy a panoramic view over the city from the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and see the thriving waterfront on a Huangpo River cruise.
Stay one night at the Grand Mercure Shanghai Central in Shanghai. (B,L)
Day 10 – Depart Shanghai
Time at leisure until transfer to the airport for the overnight flight home. (B)
Day 11 – Arrive Australia
Why stop there?
We offer our China Essentials tour combined with some great add-ons. See our website or call us for details.
China Essentials plus Yangtze – 14 days from $4429 twin share, land only. Enjoy a relaxing three night cruise on the 5* Century Sun.
China Essentials plus Huangshan & Hangzhou – 14 days from $4700 twin share, land only. Explore misty mountains and tranquil lakes.
China Essentials plus Guilin – 13 days from $4151 twin share, land only. Includes the unforgettable Li River cruise.
China Essentials with Harbin – 8 Jan and 15 Jan 2017, 7 Jan and 14 Jan 2018, 6 Jan and 13 Jan 2019 – 12 days from $4788 twin share, land only. Our special departures include a visit to the winter wonderland of Harbin during the Ice Festival.
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- Group departure dates and prices
Departure Date Twin share ex Aust Twin share Land Only Single supp 25 Mar 17 $3289 $2875 $664 15 Apr 17 $3237 $2881 $699 06 May 17 $3299 $2942 $761 27 May 17 $3299 $2942 $761 10 Jun 17 $3237 $2881 $699 19 Aug 17 $3237 $2881 $699 16 Sep 17 $3299 $2942 $761 14 Oct 17 $3299 $2942 $761 04 Nov 17 $3299 $2942 $761 24 Mar 18 $3237 $2881 $699 14 Apr 18 Register now Prices to be advised 12 May 18 ” ” 02 Jun 18 ” ” 18 Aug 18 ” ” 15 Sep 18 ” ” 13 Oct 18 ” ” 03 Nov 18 ” ” 30 Mar 19 ” ”
Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.
- Price Includes:
- International air travel with Singapore Airlines, economy class, ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth (based on wholesale N class fare)
- 8 nights in quality, well located 4 star hotels.
- 1 night on overnight train Beijing-Xian, soft class, four-share sleeping compartments.
- High speed train Xian-Suzhou, second class seat
- 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners, plus a glass of local beer, tea or bottled water with lunch and dinner
- All transfers, sightseeing, entrance fees, evening entertainment
- InterAsia China guidebook
- International air taxes and fuel surcharges of approximately $790 and subject to change – actual amount at time of ticket issue will apply.
- Visa fees
Tour prices and inclusions based on a minimum of 2 passengers.
- Walk on the Great Wall
- Visit Forbidden City
- See amazing Kongfu Show
- Terracotta Warriors
- Suzhou’s gardens, canals and silk crafts
- See Shanghai’s skyline from the river and the TV Tower