12 September 2019 • 12 Day Highlights of China • Solo Only Escorted Tour

  • Pricing

    $5,637 per person


    $6,267 per person inclusive of return economy class airfares from Brisbane – ask us about departing from other capital cities

    Inclusions

    • Private single rooms in quality accommodation
    • Meals as per itinerary – 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 3 Dinners
    • Sightseeing tours and transfers* by private vehicle
    • Tour Escort – travels with group from/to Brisbane
    • Local English Speaking Guide

    Excludes
    • Tipping for guides/drivers – Optional Pre Pay $110
    • Any meals other than mentioned above
    • Items of a personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc
    • Travel Insurance – don’t have any travel insurance? Ask us for a quote
    • Chinese Single Entry Visa

    *Please note: Airport Transfers are only available with the group flights.

  • Itinerary 

    Day 1: Brisbane – Shanghai via Singapore

    Today we will meet our Tour Escort and fellow travellers at Brisbane International Airport for our flights to Shanghai. On arrival, at Shanghai Airport, we will be met by our Tour Director who will accompany us to the awaiting vehicle to take us to our hotel. Hotel – Grand Mingde Hotel or similar

    Day 2: Shanghai  (B-L)

    After breakfast we will visit the Bund, a popular promenade along the Huangpu River, where the old meets new in Shanghai. We may see the local people performing Tai Chi during our stroll along the Bund. Afterwards, we will visit the Old Town, with its winding alleyways lined with shops, tea-houses and restaurants, and then to the elegant and tranquil Yu Garden. Then, we visit a Silk Spinning Mill. In the late afternoon we will go to Shanghai Xintiandi, which is a unique tourist attraction in downtown Shanghai, featuring the city’s unique “Shikumen” houses and a maze of narrow alleys which have been converted into cafes, restaurants, bars, art retail shops. Dinner this evening will be at leisure. Hotel – Grand Mingde Hotel or similar

    Day 3: Shanghai – Guilin  (B)

    This morning after breakfast, we have the day at leisure to explore Shanghai until the afternoon. We will then be transferred to the airport for our flight to Guilin. Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel. Hotel – Park Hotel or similar

    Day 4: Guilin  (B-L)                                         

    The highlight of our trip to Guilin is a spectacular cruise down the meandering and picturesque Li River. The scenery is breathtaking – witness the jagged mist-covered mountains and quaint villages that dot the riverbanks; drift past humped limestone peaks, fishermen aboard bamboo rafts and water buffalo grazing in the water. We will also have a chance to roam Yangshuo’s local market in the afternoon. The well-known West Street in Yangshuo, also called Foreigner Street, has been standing for almost 1400 years. Hotel – Park Hotel or similar

    Day 5: Guilin – Xian  (B-L)

    This morning after breakfast we will enjoy a visit to the Reed Flute Cave, a site of wonderful limestone caves showcasing a dazzling variety of stalactite and stalagmite stone formations. If time permits, we will visit the Guangxi Normal University Art Gallery to see Guilin landscape paintings and also listen to a short lecture on Chinese Art. We take a night flight this evening to Xian and upon arrival are transferred to our hotel. Hotel – Titian Times Hotel or similar

    Day 6: Xian (B-L-D)

    After breakfast today we will depart on our morning tour to the greatest archaeological discovery in 1974 by local farmers. The Terracotta Army, or the “Terracotta Warriors and Horses”, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. On the way to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum we visit Xi’an Art Ceramic and Lacquer Ware Factory, which focuses on the reproductions of terracotta warriors, horses and lacquer ware products. Expert craftsman in the factory, make replicas of terracotta warriors and horses that are popularly accepted as souvenirs and gifts by both Chinese and foreign visitors. In the afternoon we walk through the lively Muslim Quarter and market, visit the Great Mosque, the best-preserved Islamic mosque in China and the focus for the 30,000 Chinese Muslims of Xi’an.

    During the evening, we will sample a Xi’an dumpling dinner and afterwards experience the magnificent Tang Dynasty Show. Hotel – Titian Times Hotel or similar

    Day 7: Xian – Beijing  (B-L)

    This morning after breakfast we will take a visit to the Ancient City Wall. The wall is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. We will then transfer to the airport for our flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel. Hotel – Jianguo Garden Hotel or similar

    Day 8: Beijing  (B-L-D)

    After breakfast today we will be collected from our hotel to depart on our tour of Tian’anmen Square, the biggest public square in the world. We will also be able to have a photo stop at The National Centre for the Performing Arts, formerly known as the National Grand Theatre, and colloquially described as The Egg. Then we visit the Forbidden City, the vast complex of palaces which was home to successive Emperors for more than 500 years. Included is admission to the living quarters, museum and jewellery sections. Then we get to enjoy a Pedi-cab tour of Hutong – the ‘old city’ neighbourhood of narrow alleyways and courtyard gardens. We also experience life of an era past with a visit to, and lunch with, a local family living in the traditional way. Afterwards, we will visit Liulichang Culture Street, a traditional cultural market selling jewellery, antiques and ancient calligraphy and paintings. Established over three hundred years ago, the best-known shop in this street is Rong Bao Zhai, which sells authentic works of paintings, calligraphy, carvings and seals. At night, we indulge in the famous Beijing Duck banquet for dinner. Hotel – Jianguo Garden Hotel or similar

    Day 9: Beijing  (B-L-D)

    This morning we will depart on a tour to the Great Wall of China at Juyongguan section. Stretching almost 4,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the sands of Central Asia it is befittingly crowned one of the ten wonders of the world. Along the way, we stop over at a Jade Carving factory where we can watch artisans at work. Also, we will have a photo stop by the Olympic Village and see the innovatively designed Beijing Olympic stadiums. Herzog & de Meuron designed the National Stadium, frequently referred to as the “Bird’s Nest”, while the National Swimming Center, better known as the “Water Cube,” was designed by the firm PTW. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner together at the hotel. Hotel – Jianguo Garden Hotel or similar

    Day 10: Beijing  (B-L)

    In the morning we first visit the Beijing Zoo to see lovely pandas. Then we continue to the Summer Palace, the largest and best preserved of all imperial palace gardens, which boasts such delights as the famous Marble Boat and the ornately painted ‘Long Corridor’. If weather permits take a boat ride on its Lake Kunming. After lunch, we will take a tour to the Temple of Heaven. The 500 year old Temple houses altars on which sacrifices and offerings were laid to the gods in a glorious setting of gardens, trees and sculptures. This evening, we will witness the amazing Beijing Acrobatic Show. Hotel – Jianguo Garden Hotel or similar

    Days 11 & 12: Beijing – Brisbane via Shanghai & Singapore  (B)

    This morning, after we check out of our hotel, we will have some leisure time before we are transferred to the airport for our flight home to Brisbane.

     

  • Only one date available for this special solo only

    escorted group tour – 12 to 23 September 2019

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