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16 Day Fly & Rail Small Group Tour from Beijing to Shanghai including unique experiences, exclusive sightseeing, enhanced inclusions and premium accommodation

  • Low Deposit $499* pp
  • Bonus Savings | $6000
  • Travel in Feb 25 - Nov 25

Book By 31 July 2024

Select Dates Feb 2025 - Nov 2025

Product Code: MT-1621

16 Day Premium China Small Group Tour

16 Day Fly & Rail Small Group Tour from Beijing to Shanghai including unique experiences, exclusive sightseeing, enhanced inclusions and premium accommodation

  • Low Deposit $499* pp
  • Bonus Savings | $6000
  • Travel in Feb 25 - Nov 25

Package Inclusions Open All

Economy flights to Beijing, returning from Shanghai with Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or similar
(subject to availability)

Embark on an extraordinary 16-Day Small Group Tour that goes beyond the ordinary, offering a perfect blend of China’s iconic landmarks with hidden treasures. Uncover unique sightseeing experiences, indulge in premium accommodation, and enjoy the guidance of a dedicated English-speaking Tour Leader throughout your journey from Beijing to Shanghai.

Tour Inclusions

  • Small Group with an average size of 20 passengers
  • Economy flights to Beijing, returning from Shanghai
  • 12 Nights accommodation based on 4-5 star hotels
  • 3 Night Yangtze River Cruise in a Balcony Cabin
  • Victoria Cruises Luxury Amenities Program & Tipping
  • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 6 dinners
  • English speaking Tour Leader from Day 1 to Day 16
  • Local English-speaking tour guide (s) in each region
  • Touring & transport by deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • 4 Bullet Trains travelling in the comfort of 1st Class
  • Sightseeing and shore excursions as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers in Beijing on Day 1 & in Shanghai on Day 16

Tour Highlights & Unique Experiences:

  • Explore the crimson heart of Beijing at Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City
  • Dine with a local family for dinner in the historic Hutongs district and experience Chinese customs firsthand
  • Avoid the crowds and explore the remarkable Simatai Great Wall for an authentic Great Wall experience
  • Experience an overnight stay amidst Beijing’s lush countryside at Gubei Water Town
  • See The Great Wall at night as you ascend by cable car to the Simatai summit for an unforgettable view
  • Delve into Chinese tea culture with a visit to an authentic teahouse located in Beijing’s countryside
  • Discover the ancient architectural wonders of the sacred Songshan Mountain
  • Visit the legendary Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou, birthplace to the art of Kung Fu
  • After exploring the Terracotta Army in Xian, enjoy time to admire the ancient City Wall
  • Be captivated by the thrilling Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show in Xian
  • Immerse yourself in Sichuan culture with a Chengdu dinner and Opera Show
  • Cruise three rivers and marvel at the world’s largest sitting Buddha in Leshan
  • Set sail on the legendary Yangtze River aboard the five star Victoria Cruises
  • Explore the renowned gardens, charming canals and streets of Suzhou
  • Discover Shanghai and its illuminated skyline with an evening river cruise

Why travel to China with a Small Group Tour?

Embarking on a journey through the bustling and dynamic landscapes of China with a smaller group offers many advantages. Although it may entail a slightly higher cost compared to larger groups exceeding 45 passengers, the intimacy of a small group of no more than 24 passengers unlocks unparalleled touring flexibility and delivers exclusive and unique experiences. These moments are not just memorable; they’re priceless!

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Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, you will be greeted by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel where check-in commences from 3:00pm. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Note: Due to flight times and schedules, some customers may be required to depart the day prior on an overnight flight from Australia.

Hotel: Wyndham Beijing North or similar
Meals included: None

 
Beijing

This morning you will visit Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and the venue of the infamous 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. Acclaimed as the ‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’, it is the foreground to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Otherwise known as the Imperial Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is the citadel of China’s last 24 Emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties and was the political and ritual centre of China.

After lunch at a local restaurant, discover Beijing’s 700-year-old Hutongs (narrow lanes) by traditional pedicab. On this cultural encounter, you will visit a local family living in a courtyard style-home where you will immerse yourself in the local customs firsthand and enjoy an authentic and delicious home cooked dinner.

Hotel: Wyndham Beijing North or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 
Beijing - Great Wall - Gubei Water Town

Leave the vibrant city of Beijing and journey north to Gubei Water Town. En route, stop at the Jade Factory where skilled artisans sculpt intricate designs from the revered gemstone. With more than four thousand years of history, jade in Chinese culture symbolises preciousness and beauty, and embodies the Confucian virtues of courage, wisdom and compassion.

Make a stop for lunch (at your own expense) and drive through the mountainous countryside to visit the spectacular Simatai Great Wall. This section previously served as a vital military base and is one of the only ancient architectural sites in China that has been preserved in its original form during the Ming Dynasty. Explore the rugged terrain and enjoy the rewarding views on display. As this section was built to suit the mountain, there are some parts of the Wall with steep inclines and narrow stairs should you wish to explore further. With fewer crowds, Simatai Great Wall offers guests a peaceful and authentic Great Wall experience.

This afternoon you will arrive at Gubei Water Town, located at the foot of Simatai Great Wall and surrounded by majestic mountains. Enjoy time to wander through charming streets and canals, and be enchanted by its old-world charm. There are many colourful restaurants where can have dinner (at your own expense) or your Tour Leader will be available to offer suggestions.

Often regarded as the highlight of the tour, return to Simatai Great Wall this evening for a magical night viewing. Ascend via 5min Cable Car to the top where you will marvel at the mesmerising view of illuminated watchtowers meandering along the magnificent mountain range. Set against the backdrop of the night sky and the vibrant lights of Gubei Water Town below, this is an unforgettable moment that captures the enduring beauty of this historic masterpiece.

For those guests who would prefer not to revisit Simatai Great Wall in the evening, you may choose to rest in your comfortable hotel or view the thrilling Great Wall Light Show which is held in town most nights from 730pm.

Hotel: Gubei Water Town Hotel or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

 
Gubei Water Town - Zhengzhou (Bullet Train)

After breakfast, travel back through the countryside where you will learn about China’s tea culture at an authentic Chinese Teahouse. Continue to Beijing where you will board the Bullet Train and travel by high-speed to Zhengzhou. This rail journey will take approximately 2.5 hours. Please ensure you pack a day bag as your luggage will not be easily accessible from your first-class seat. Food and beverages can be purchased in the dedicated dining cart or purchased on a food trolley. Alternatively, you may wish to pre-purchase snacks from Beijing Railway Station before boarding the train.

Upon arrival into Zhengzhou, transfer to your accommodation in Zhengzhou where you will enjoy this evening to relax or head out and explore the bustling markets and eateries at Erqi Square or visit the Yellow River Scenic Spot.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Zhengzhou or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

 
Zhengzhou

Begin your day with a visit to the historic monuments of Dengfeng, where you’ll explore the ancient architectural complex nestled at Songshan Mountain. Revered as the central sacred mountain of China, this site boasts a rich cultural heritage and breathtaking scenery.

No trip to Zhengzhou is complete without experiencing the iconic Shaolin Temple, evered as the birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism. Explore the vast ancient Pagoda Forest, which stands as the largest in China, and marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of its historic pagodas.

Conclude your day with a thrilling Kung Fu Show at the Shaolin Martial Arts Training Centre, where skilled performers showcase the ancient art of martial arts in a mesmerizing display of agility, strength, and precision.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Zhengzhou or similar
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

 
Zhengzhou - Xian (Bullet Train)

After breakfast, travel by 2hr Bullet Train in first class to the historical city of Xian.

Upon arrival in Xian, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will have the evening at leisure or opt to join a colourful sightseeing tour.

Optional sightseeing: The Datang Everbright City from RMB300 per person
The Great Tang Dynasty Everbright City is a nocturnal scenic area themed around the culture of the Tang Dynasty, located north of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square. It showcases the splendid culture, architecture, and lifestyle of that era.

Hotel: Sofitel on Renmin Square Hotel or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

 
Xian

Step into history on a captivating tour to Xian’s Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second of China’s Big 3 Icons. Behold the meticulously crafted clay soldiers, horses, and chariots, guarding the ancient tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Explore this 2,000-year-old archaeological wonder, a testament to the rich heritage of ancient China.

After exploring the site, visit a terracotta replication factory where you can gain further insight into the intricate craftsmanship and techniques used to create these remarkable artifacts.

Enjoy lunch and return to the city where you can admire the ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved city wall in China. Enjoy time at this site to marvel at its bold history or you may wish to rent a bike and cycle along the wall.

This evening be enthralled by Xian’s Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, a mesmerising spectacle blending poetry, song, dance, and exquisite costumes. This modern presentation transports you to ancient China, showcasing its splendid history, vibrant arts, rich traditions, and provides a glimpse into the cultural heritage of the Tang Dynasty

Hotel: Sofitel on Renmin Square Hotel or similar
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

 
Xian - Chengdu (Bullet Train)

Leave the ancient city of Xian and travel by 4-hour Bullet Train to Chengdu.

Travel over 600km in approximately 4hrs by modern train. If you travel during spring (Mar-Apr), you may have the chance to see the breathtaking spring colours including the golden rapeseed flowers to the sea of pink from the cherry blossoms and the rich red of the plum blossoms. During autumn, the scenery is equally beautiful as you may see the native ginkgo trees with fan-shaped leaves turn a vibrant shade of yellow, which offers a stunning contrast to the clear blue sky and green Sichuan valleys.

Please ensure you pack a day bag as your luggage will not be easily accessible from your first-class seat. Food and beverages can be purchased in the dedicated dining cart or purchased on a food trolley. Alternatively, you may wish to pre-purchase snacks from Xian Railway Station before boarding the train.

Upon arrival in Chengdu, immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant culture and culinary delights with an exciting two-night stay.

This afternoon, tantalize your taste buds with the fiery flavours of Sichuan cuisine during a delectable dinner at a local restaurant. Then, prepare to be dazzled by the renowned Sichuan Opera Show. Unlike traditional opera performances, this 70-minute live entertainment extravaganza features mesmerizing acts such as face changing, rolling light, fire spitting, singing, and much more.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza City Centre Chengdu or similar
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

 
Chengdu

Prepare to be mesmerized by the majestic Giant Buddha, the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue, located two hours south of Chengdu at the convergence of three rivers in Leshan. Carved into a cliffside, this remarkable cultural treasure offers a breathtaking sight.

Experience the magnificence of the Giant Buddha from a unique perspective with a serene 30-minute cruise along the three rivers, providing an unparalleled view of its immense size without the crowds typically found on hiking trails.

Following the cruise, enjoy a delightful lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Chengdu. En route, make a stop at Jinli Ancient Street, one of the largest traditional streets in Chengdu. Here, immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture as you explore traditional houses, sample street food delicacies, and browse through a wide array of souvenir options.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza City Centre Chengdu or similar
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

 
Chengdu - Chongqing – Yangtze River Cruise

After breakfast, set out on an extraordinary visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Immerse yourself in this enchanting sanctuary, where conservation efforts and cutting-edge research blend to offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of these beloved national treasures.

Leave Chengdu and travel by scenic coach approximately 4 hours to Chongqing, the embarkation point for your 3 Night Yangtze River Cruise to Yichang.

Upon its inauguration in 2006, the Victoria Anna cruise ship elevated the standards of luxury cruising on the Yangtze. With a capacity to accommodate 266 passengers, its onboard amenities encompass two restaurants, two elevators, a grand three-story atrium lobby, two lounges, three bars, a fitness centre, lecture room, reading area, massage facility, and gift shop.

Cruise: Victoria Anna in a Balcony Cabin
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

 
Yangtze River Cruise

Embark on a captivating shore excursion to the mesmerising Mt Shuanggui, nestled near Fengdu. Should river conditions prove challenging, an alternative adventure awaits with a visit to the remarkable wooden pagoda of Shibaozhai.

Additional shore excursions may be available for purchase onboard including Fengdu’s Ghost City and Fengyan Sanguo Evening Show.

Cruise: Victoria Anna in a Balcony Cabin
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 
Yangtze River Cruise

Explore the Three Gorges, a masterpiece crafted by nature herself. Today’s journey will take you through the first two—Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge, measuring just 5 miles in length and 500 feet in width, is renowned for its breathtaking drama. Wu Gorge stretches over 25 miles, captivating travellers with its serene beauty, lush forests, and towering cliffs that barely allow sunlight to penetrate. Transition to another vessel for a leisurely excursion through the enchanting gorges of Goddess Stream. In case of unfavourable river conditions, an alternative excursion to the gorges of Shennong Stream may be arranged. Finally, enter Xiling Gorge, the longest among the Three Gorges, stretching over 41 miles and boasting remarkable depth.

Additional shore excursions may be available for purchase onboard including White Emperor City and Three Gorges Peak

Cruise: Victoria Anna in a Balcony Cabin
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 
Yichang - Suzhou (Bullet Train)

Disembark this morning and partake in a tour of the Three Gorges Dam, situated in Xiling Gorge along the Yangtze River. Renowned as the world’s largest power station, it stands as an impressive testament to engineering prowess.

Proceed to Yichang Railway Station where you will board the 5hr Bullet Train to Suzhou in the comfort of first class. A gentle reminder to ensure you pack a day bag as your luggage will not be easily accessible during the high-speed train journey.

Suzhou is renowned for its magnificent gardens, picturesque canals, and status as the world’s largest silk producer. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the ancient water town.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Suzhou or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

 
Suzhou - Shanghai

Marvel at the intricate process of silk production at the Silk Spinning Factory, where you’ll witness the transformation from silkworm cocoons to delicate fabric. Experience the remarkable lightness of handmade silk quilts firsthand.

Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, adorned with pavilions, ponds, rockeries, and exquisite architectural details.

Indulge in a delightful lunch before embarking on a serene cruise along the Grand Canal, offering a glimpse into the ancient lifestyle of water-based transportation.

Later in the afternoon, return to Shanghai, a dynamic metropolis renowned for its soaring skyscrapers, bustling street scenes, iconic Bund waterfront, and harmonious blend of Eastern and Western influence.

Optional Sightseeing: Chinese Acrobat Show from 380RMB
Complete a memorable evening with the option to attend a spectacular Chinese acrobatic show, “ERA: The Intersection of Time” widely praised as the best acrobatic show in Shanghai.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Yangtze River or similar
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

 
Shanghai City & River Cruise

Delve into the heart of Shanghai City, immersing yourself in its rich tapestry of culture and history. Explore the historic Bund, a symbol of Shanghai’s past and present, and wander through the vibrant City God Temple, where local vendors offer tantalizing cuisine and traditional goods.

Enjoy the afternoon to relax or opt to explore with an on-tour optional sightseeing.

Tonight, indulge in a delightful farewell group dinner, savouring delectable cuisine and sharing fond memories of your journey with fellow travellers. Following dinner, embark on a mesmerizing cruise along the Huangpu River, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of Shanghai’s iconic skyline illuminated by dazzling lights.

Optional sightseeing: JinMao Tower & Shanghai Market RMB350
Explore further with a visit to Jin Mao Tower, an iconic symbol of modern architecture. Rising 421m in height, this skyscraper boats 88 floors and a striking octagonal design. Adjacent to the Tower is the Shanghai Asia Pacific Event Market, a bustling marketplace showcasing the rich diversity of products and cultures from across the Asia Pacific region. Here you can purchase a wide array of goods including crafts, artwork, textiles, and souvenirs.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Yangtze River or similar
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

 
Depart Shanghai

After breakfast and checkout, transfer to Shanghai Airport to meet your flight.

Note: Check-out time is 10am. Should your flight be departing in the afternoon/evening, you will be required to check-out of your hotel room and may choose to head to the airport early or use the hotel facilities until an appropriate transfer time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Important Info Open All

Price based on tours starting:

  • 24 February 2025
    Special Offer
  • 10 March 2025
    Special Offer

Extra charges apply for:

  • 24 March 2025 ($600pp)
  • 12 May 2025 ($600pp)
  • 26 May 2025 ($600pp)
  • 9 June 2025 ($600pp)
  • 18 August 2025 ($700pp)
  • 1 September 2025 ($800pp)
  • 13 October 2025 ($800pp)
  • 27 October 2025 ($700pp)
  • 3 November 2025 ($600pp)

Price based on departing from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Optional sightseeing/programs are special unique experiences that you may add to your tour. Optional sightseeing are payable directly to the Tour Leader in AUD or the local currency (RMB) and cannot be prepaid. In the event that some programs or venues may not be available, alternative programs may be offered or the Tour Leader. For any passenger not participating in optional programs, they will be directed by the Tour Leader with where to remain until the optional program with other passengers attending is complete.

Itinerary

This meticulously crafted small group itinerary aims to provide you with an insight into China’s top attractions, while also venturing off the beaten path to uncover hidden treasures and immerse yourself in cultural and natural wonders. Each day promises a unique blend of guided sightseeing led by knowledgeable Tour Leader and free time for further exploration or relaxation, tailored to your preferences.

Pace

This Small Group tour maintains a moderate pace, encompassing various prefectures across China, which may entail early starts and lengthy travel days. It’s important to note that many renowned attractions in China can be crowded and bustling, so please stay with your designated Tour Leader/Guide(s) for guidance and assistance.

Fitness

A medium level of fitness is required. You are required to move about unassisted, including boarding and alighting vehicles and other forms of transportation, walking up and down flights of stairs, and navigating uneven terrain and footpaths.

Tipping in China

Tipping in China is a firm and customary element of the tourism industry and is therefore strongly recommended. The expected tipping amount is $12 AUD or 60 RMB per person per day – paid locally to your local English-speaking Tour Leader/Guide per destination/region.

Visa requirement for China

As of 01 July 2024, ordinary Australian and New Zealand passport holders can enter China visa-free for visits of up to 15 days or less. Travellers do not need to complete any pre-departure documents; however it is advised that you print a copy of your travel documents, including your return flight itinerary, as you may be asked to show this at customs and immigration upon arrival into China.

Travellers entering China on a foreign passport, or any Australian or New Zealand passport holder travelling China for more than 15 days, must apply for a full visa before travelling to China. A single-entry fee for Australian passport holders starts from $95 AUD per person, however this can vary depending on the required visa type, validity and other additional fees imposed by the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre or other visa service provider. Along with a valid passport, you must provide all required documentation, including a printed visa application form, digital and printed photographs, a photocopy of your passport bio page, and a travel itinerary including flight details. For eligibility requirements, latest costs and visa types, please see the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Full travel advice for China can be found on Smartraveller.

Transfers

Group tour airport transfers are included providing you are arriving on the first and last day of the tour.

Chinese culture

Chinese culture tend to honour tradition, but they also embrace many parts of Western popular culture. Thanks in part to the lasting influence of Confucianism, Chinese customs include a strong sense of family, a deep respect for hierarchy, and an appreciation for harmony over conflict.

Baggage

Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, superseding any other baggage allowance. One of the reasons is due to the Bullet Train limited luggage space – you must store your luggage in the designated luggage racks onboard the train. Excess baggage is not permitted. You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly.

Group size

You will meet like-minded travellers on tour and may even make lifelong friends. This holiday will proceed with a smaller group size based on a minimum 10 passengers and a maximum group size of approximately 24 passengers. If the tour does not operate, you will be offered a credit.

Beijing 5* – Wyndham Beijing North or similar

Gubei 5* – Gubei Water Town Hotel

Zhengzhou 5* – Radisson Blu or similar class

Xian 5* – Sofitel on Renmin Square Hotel or similar

Chengdu 4*- Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar

Yangtze River Cruise 4*- Victoria Anna in a Standard Balcony Cabin

Suzhou 4* – Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Suzhou or similar

Shanghai 4* – Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Yangtze River or similar

Note: The accommodation and cruise mentioned above is listed for visa purposes and is subject to change. Please refer to your confirmed Hotel List provided to you at the time of Final Documentation sent no later than two weeks prior to departure.

Important Information 

Exclusions

Meals not stated, beverages, optional programs, travel insurance (strongly recommended), China Visa (single entry from 95 AUD pp), tipping, personal expenses and anything not explicitly specified are at your own expense.

Payment

A first deposit from $499 per person is required to secure your booking. A second deposit (partial payment) is due 10 months before departure – the amount to be advised at the time of booking. The final balance will be due 5 months before departure. Full payment is due at the time of booking for departures within 5 months.

Fitness

A medium level of fitness is required. You are required to move about unassisted, including boarding and alighting vehicles and other forms of transportation, walking up and down flights of stairs, and navigating uneven terrain and footpaths. You will be required to carry your own baggage to and from hotels, terminals and stations. This trip is not suitable for travellers requiring wheelchair, mobility scooters or facilities for disabled guests. Other walking aids may be permitted if you are able move about unassisted at the required pace. For advice on whether this trip is suitable for you, you must disclose physical ailments at the time of booking.

Pace

This Small Group tour maintains a moderate pace, encompassing various prefectures across China, which may entail early starts and lengthy travel days. Some iconic attractions in China can be overcrowded and busy, so please ensure you remain with your dedicated Tour Leader. Free time mentioned in the itinerary allows for downtime, or alternatively, you have the flexibility to explore further and book optional programs (at your own expense and paid to your Tour Leader).

Tipping

Tipping is a firm and customary element of the tourism industry and is therefore strongly recommended. The expected tipping amount is $12 AUD or 60 RMB per person per day. While tipping is not mandatory, it is a common practice in China and a gesture of appreciation which is shared amongst the local guides and drivers who have serviced your tour. The tipping amount can be paid in AUD or RMB to your expert Tour Leader. As most tour guides in China consider tipping a part of their income, please don’t feel intimidated should the tour guides approach you as they bid you farewell.

Solo Occupancy

A single supplement from $1,200 per person is payable in addition to the twin share price for solo occupancy. Single rooms are typically smaller than twin/double rooms in China.

Triple Share

Triple share is not available.

Extra Accommodation

Pre-tour accommodation in Beijing can be added from $400 AUD total, based on one or two persons (subject to hotel availability). This rate includes breakfast and arrival Beijing Airport to Hotel Transfer with an English speaking guide. This rate is valid for travel from Feb 2025 – Nov 2025.

Post-tour accommodation in Shanghai can be added from $400 AUD total, based one one or two persons (subject to hotel availability). This rate includes breakfast and departure Shanghai Hotel to Airport Transfer with an English speaking guide. This rate is valid for travel from Feb 2025 – Nov 2025.

Child

This tour is best enjoyed to adult travellers and is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Children 12 years and above are subject to the adult price and must be accompanied by an adult.

Price

Surcharges may apply for select travel periods. Prices are correct at time of publication and are subject to availability, change, cancellation or withdrawal without notice. All prices are in Australian dollars per person twin share unless stated otherwise.

Amendment

Each amendment is subject to a fee from $75 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.

Cancellation

Cancellation is subject to a fee from $550 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.

Deviation

Any request to deviate from the original dates or routing, including early arrival and stay behind, is subject to a flight deviation fee from $150 per person plus applicable airfare and tax difference. Packaged tour extensions are not subject to the deviation fee (applicable airfare and tax difference may still apply) if booked according to the original advertised dates and routing.

Passport

For international travel, each customer must provide a copy of the passport photo page at the time of booking. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure all names are full names exactly matched to the passport with six months validity beyond trip completion. The customer is liable for all fees due to incorrect names, invalid passport information and expired passports.

Visa

As of 01 July 2024, ordinary Australian and New Zealand passport holders can enter China visa-free for visits of up to 15 days or less. Travellers do not need to complete any pre-departure documents; however it is advised that you print a copy of your travel documents, including your return flight itinerary, as you may be asked to show this at customs and immigration upon arrival into China.

Travellers entering China on a foreign passport, or any Australian or New Zealand passport holder travelling China for more than 15 days, must apply for a full visa before travelling to China. A single-entry fee for Australian passport holders starts from $95 AUD per person, however this can vary depending on the required visa type, validity and other additional fees imposed by the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre or other visa service provider. Along with a valid passport, you must provide all required documentation, including a printed visa application form, digital and printed photographs, a photocopy of your passport bio page, and a travel itinerary including flight details. For eligibility requirements, latest costs and visa types, please see the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Full travel advice for China can be found on Smartraveller.

Health

It is the responsibility of the customer to check and comply with the health, vaccination, COVID-19 and immigration requirements of each origin and destination country, and health requirements imposed by air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers. Vaccinations, testing and quarantine costs are the expense of the customer. Comprehensive travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is strongly recommended. Tap water in China may not be safe to drink. Drink only bottled water with intact seals.

Money

The currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB). ATMs are widely available in major Chinese cities. They accept major credit cards including at international hotels and restaurants. In some smaller cities, using international cards will be limited and local currency is suggested.

Shopping

China is a treasure trove for those looking to shop. From busting markets to large shopping centres. Famously known for silk and jade products, China is also known for its pearl and tea produce, along with traditional Chinese medicine. Your itinerary will allow for stops at English speaking shops where you can browse/purchase products. Any purchase of products are at your own discretion. Please do not make any purchases if you are not comfortable or feel pressured into. Should you require any assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Leader.

Baggage

Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, superseding any other baggage allowance. Excess baggage is not permitted. You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly. An additional light day bag or backpack is permitted on the coach. Due to high-speed train baggage restrictions, you may wish to pack a separate light bag or backpack containing essentials – your luggage will also be stored in the designated luggage racks located on the train and not easily accessible once the train is moving. All porterage is not included, and you are required to carry your own bags. Luggage and personal effects are your own risk, and we hold no liability for lost or damaged belongings.

Transfers

Seat in coach airport transfers on group tour arrival and departure days are included.

Meals

Breakfasts offered by the Chinese accommodation providers and are typically buffet style, with limited vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options. For meals not included, your Tour Leader will escort you to preferred Western friendly restaurants or suggest dining options nearby. Please notify us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements and allergies. We endeavour to pass on your dietary requirements but cannot guarantee that they can be met as certain choices may be limited or not catered for. You are required to reconfirm dietary requests with your Tour Leader whilst on tour.

Accommodation

All accommodation featured in this itinerary is based on 4-5 star hotels. Please note most hotels in China are either self-rated or locally rated based on Chinese standards. All hotel rooms will feature either a twin room (two single beds) or a double room (1 Queen bed). All bedding requests cannot be guaranteed however all special requests should be made known at time of booking. All rooms are lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise specified. All hotel rooms will be requested as non-smoking, however please be aware that some hotels offer smoking rooms and smoking floors. Hotel names mentioned are indicative and subject to change based, with final group tour hotels being confirmed on your final documentation. The standard check-in time is from 3pm and check-out is prior to 10am.

International Flights

The outbound flight may depart one day prior to day 1 shown on the itinerary. The inbound flight may arrive one day after the final day shown on the itinerary. Flights are booked approximately 8 to 10 months prior to departure. The flights included in your package are based on Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific with a specific predetermined airfare allowance. Should there be a significant increase in airfares, fuel levies, taxes or government fees at the time of booking flights, then an airfare supplement may be imposed. The flights team will discuss options with you prior to ticketing, should this situation arise. Flights may not operate daily or directly to your destination. No show of any flight sectors will result in the automatic cancellation of all onward flights by the airline.

Fuel

In the unlikely event of a significant increase in fuel costs levied by third-party air, land and cruise transportation operators before travel, a fuel supplement may be passed on to the customer.

Group Size

You will meet like-minded travellers on tour and may even make lifelong friends. This holiday will proceed with a minimum group size of 10 passengers and a maximum group size of approximately 24 passengers. If the tour does not operate due to minimum numbers, you will be offered a credit or alternative date.

Optional Programs

Optional programs are special unique experiences that you may add to your tour. Optional programs are payable directly to the Tour Leader in AUD or the local currency (RMB) and cannot be prepaid. In the event that some programs or venues may not be available, alternative programs may be offered or the Tour Leader. For any passenger not participating in optional programs, they will be directed by the Tour Leader with where to remain until the optional program with other passengers attending is complete.

Victoria Cruises – Yangtze River Cruise

The itinerary featured is based on a 3 night cruise operated by Victoria Cruises from Chongqing to Yichang. The itinerary includes the Luxury Amenities Program and Cruise Tipping (Cruise Service Fee).

All Victoria’s ships are specially designed to navigate the Yangtze River, and are all officially rated five stars by the China Ministry of Culture and Tourism (its highest rating). Enjoy all the comfort and elegance of river cruising: attentive and professional staff, delicious onboard meals and spectacular scenery from every stateroom and public area.

The Victoria Anna raised the bar for luxury cruising on the Yangtze when it was inaugurated in 2006 with a total of 133 cabins onboard. Each cabin features twin bedding (2 singles), private balcony and ensuite bathroom. Facilities onboard Victoria Anna include two restaurants, two elevators, a three-story atrium lobby, two lounges, three bars, a gym, lecture room, reading room, massage room, and gift shop.

Victoria Cruises – Luxury Amenities Program

The itinerary includes the Luxury Amenity Program offered by Victoria Cruises. The program offers a welcome fruit basket, complimentary house wine and beer during dinner, select shore excursions as per itinerary, complimentary happy house in the Executive Lounge and much more.

Itinerary

The operating schedule and itinerary may be impacted without notice by adverse weather, seasonal factors, closures, local conditions, COVID-19 or other factors beyond our control including force majeure. This includes the multi-night Yangtze River Cruise which is also subject to water levels. If attractions are not available due to reasons beyond our control such as closures or adverse weather, alternatives will be provided where possible. The itinerary and its order, sightseeing and transportation may be adjusted as deemed appropriate by the operator for optimum safety, enjoyment and operation. Any reference to ‘optional’, ‘not included’ or ‘exclusions/excluded’ means at your own expense.

Train Transportation

All train transportation featured in the itinerary is based on 1st class seating onboard the Bullet Train (High-Speed Rail). Due to factors outside of our control, such as operational changes, last-minute track maintenance, or unfavourable weather conditions, train travel may be substituted with a flight to maintain the continuity of the itinerary while prioritising the safety of all passengers. In this unlikely event, there will be no refund or additional charge applied.

Breakaway

Customers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not leave the tour unless written approval is provided before departure.

Documentation

Final documentation will be emailed within two weeks of departure. An itinerary/flight details are required for China visa requirements, a preliminary itinerary will be provided to you at least 30 days prior to departure to ensure you can complete necessary visa documentation forms.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included and is strongly recommended. Ask our holiday experts for great coverage options.

Force Majeure

Force majeure means any natural disaster, accident, fire, act of God, act of war, terrorism, legally binding judgment, injunction, action of a court or other relevant authority, emergency, unplanned repairs, maintenance, strike, industrial dispute, work ban, blockade or picketing, travel ban, pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, or other event beyond our reasonable direct or indirect control. In case of force majeure or other extraordinary event that prevents safe travel, the supplier reserves the right to adjust, postpone or cancel the trip.

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