Three Gorges Discovery

China
14 Days

From AUD $ 4,365

Duration
14 Days
Departure Day
Monday
Group Size
16 (maximum)
Tour Type
Group Journey
Trip Grading
Moderate
Meals
Daily Breakfast
10 Lunches & 5 Dinners
Hotel Category
3 - 5 Star Hotels
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Our Insider Experience

  • Wander through the narrow laneways of Beijing’s ancient ‘hutongs’ where its people have lived and traditions have evolved for centuries.
  • Visit the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base to learn about these endangered animals, and the conservation and breeding initiatives that have been implemented to protect them.
  • Marvel at the beautiful scenery along the Yangtze River whilst you relax and unwind.
  • Travel by high-speed train to marvel at the splendour of the World Heritage Listed Classical Chinese Gardens of Suzhou.

Travel Itinerary

DAY 1

Welcome to Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

DAY 2

Beijing

Spend a full day exploring Beijing’s impressive sites. Walk through Tiananmen Square before continuing to the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park. At a local restaurant, try zha jiang mian, a noodle dish of pork or beef topped with soybean paste. Gain a glimpse into the lives of the local people as you go off the beaten path and wander through the traditional residential alleyways known as ‘hutongs’, where you will get to seesome of the lesser known yet spectacular sights.

DAY 3

Beijing

Travel to Mutianyu, a less crowded section of the Great Wall of China. Take the cable car up to the wall and enjoy exploring independently. This evening, savour Beijing’s world famous Peking duck with your fellow travellers.

DAY 4

Beijing to Xian

Visit the Summer Palace to discover the temples and pavilions. As you wander through the grounds, see local people exercising and practising Tai Chi. In the afternoon, take the high-speed train to Xian. Visit the 14th century city walls which stand 12 metres above the city.

DAY 5

Xian

Discover Xian’s highlights on a full day tour. Drive to the Army of Terracotta Warriors and see the life-sized warriors which are unique both in facial features and expression. Return to Xian and see the Small Wild Goose Pagoda before visiting the Xian Museum. Gain insights at the Great Mosque with its fusion of Islamic and Chinese architecture before wandering through the Muslim Quarter to enjoy its lively street markets and fascinating local foods.

DAY 6

Xian to Chengdu

Travel by high-speed train from Xian to Chengdu. On arrival, visit People’s Park to observe the relaxed local Chengdu tea house lifestyle before spending the evening at leisure.

DAY 7

Chengdu

Visit the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base to see Giant pandas and learn about these incredible animals. For lunch, sample a Wenshuyuan Buddhist meal before visiting Wenshu Temple, the best preserved Tang Dynasty Buddhist Temple in Chengdu. Enjoy free time to walk around the surrounding colourful market streets and in the evening, you have the option to see a Sichuan opera face-changing performance.

DAY 8

Chengdu to Yangtze River

Enjoy a leisurely morning before taking the high-speed train to Chongqing located on the Yangtze River and the embarkation point for your cruise. Stay the next three nights onboard Victoria Sabrina (or similar).

DAY 9

Yangtze River Cruise

Leave Chongqing behind as you cruise pass small towns whose existence is tied to the waters of the Yangtze. Stop at Shibaozhai, an impressive structure built against a steep hill with a name which means ‘precious stone fortress’.

DAY 10

Yangtze River Cruise

Rise early and be rewarded with magnificent river landscapes as the ship passes through towering cliffs and mountains of the first and second gorges, Qutang and Wu Gorge. Later in the day, the ship enters the third of the main gorges called Xiling Gorge. This evening, join the Captain’s Banquet for dinner as the ship makes its way through the impressive five level shiplock and moors downstream of the Three Gorges Dam.

DAY 11

Yangtze River to Yinchang

Take an early morning excursion to the site of the Three Gorges Dam Project before returning to the ship and continue cruising to Yichang, where the cruise ends. After an included lunch spend a free afternoon in Yichang.

DAY 12

Yinchang to Shanghai

Take a morning flight to Shanghai before embarking on a full day tour discovering the secrets of Shanghai, from the modern buildings of Pudong and the China Art Palace to the colonial French Concession. Venture through the backstreets to experience the local Shanghai lifestyle before meandering through Yu Yuan in the Old Town area. In the evening, enjoy a performance by world famous Chinese acrobats.

DAY 13

Shanghai

Take the high-speed train to the World Heritage Listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou where you will visit two outstanding gardens. The Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest in Suzhou and the Master of Nets Garden is known as one of the finest in China. Stop at the Suzhou Museum before returning to Shanghai to enjoy a farewell group dinner.

DAY 14

Depart Shanghai

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.

Hotel Description

Day 1, 2 and 3
Day 4 and 5
Day 6 and 7

Beijing

Xian

Chengdu

5/5
5/5
4/5

Novotel Xinqiao

Grand Dynasty Culture

Dorsett Hotel

Day 8, 9 and 10
Day 11
Day 12 and 13

Yangtze River

Yichang

Shanghai

Victoria Sabrina

Gezhouba Hotel

Penta Hotel

5/5
3/5
4/5

What´s included

Excluded

Departure Dates and Rates

MONTHSTART DAYPRICE TWIN ROOMPRICE SINGLE ROOMPROMO
March2143655675
April1145756049
May945756049
June643655675
July444155775
August844155775
September545896085
October1045896085

MONTHSTART DAYPRICE TWIN ROOMPRICE SINGLE ROOMPROMO
March2043655675

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Three Gorges Discovery
Three Gorges Discovery

From AUD $ 4,365

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