Group Journeys Bargain Escapes: Wall & Yangtze River Cruise

From AUD $1,299.00
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Product code: WY

Day 1 AUSTRALIA / BEIJING

Depart Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane for Beijing. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel for three nights at the Friendship Hotel or similar. (Brisbane passengers surcharge $250 applies)

Day 2 BEIJING - Forbidden City

Your exploration of Beijing begins at the vast open Tiananmen Square in the heart of the city. Stroll through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and enter the Forbidden City, the world’s best preserved imperial palace complex and the residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming through to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years and is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax at the hotel or continue exploring Beijing. Optional Tour: See the charm of old Beijing through the ‘Hutongs’ – the back alleys. (Cost: $52 per person)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 BEIJING - Jade Museum & The Great Wall

Today, the first stop will be at a local jade carving workshop to learn about the history of Chinese jade culture. Then an exciting visit to China’s most iconic symbol – the Great Wall. Once you set foot on the wall, you will be impressed by the longest, oldest and most labour-intensive projects in mankind’s history. Climb the ramparts of this ancient wonder to view the beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from atop this 7th century defensive fortification. Optional Tour: ‘The Golden Mask Dynasty’ performance. (Cost $60 per person)

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 BEIJING / YICHANG (High-speed train experience)

This morning visit Tong Ren Tang to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. Enjoy some free time to shop in Wangfujing, one of the most famous shopping streets in Beijing. Then transfer to the railway station and enjoy a 6.5 hour high-speed train journey to Yichang where you will board the ‘China Goddess 2’ cruise ship and begin your memorable 4 night cruise up the Yangtze River.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 THREE GORGES DAM SITE SHORE EXCURSION

The landscape of the Yangtze River has been changed since the completion of the Three Gorges Dam where you will make an excursion to the site this morning. Then enjoy your spectacular day sailing through Xiling Gorge.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 LESSER THREE GORGES SHORE EXCURSION

One of the highlights of the cruise is today when detouring by small boat up the ever-narrowing waters to the Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream (subject to water level and navigation authority advice). Return to the ship and be impressed by the steep walls and tight channels when your cruise ship passes through the Wu and Qutong Gorges.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 SHIBAOZHAI EXCURSION

Visit Shibaozhai – a beautiful 12-storey red pavilion leans against the side of the hill. Back to the cruise and enjoy day activities on board. Enjoy the farewell dinner and pack your baggage in preparation to disembark the cruise in the morning.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 CHONGQING / AUSTRALIA

Disembark this morning at Chongqing, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 ARRIVE AUSTRALIA


WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Economy class airfare to/from China
  • Economy class high-speed train from Beijing to Yichang
  • 3-nights 4-star Hotel accommodation
  • 4-nights on board China Goddess
  • 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 3 dinners
  • Shore excursions as specified
  • Specified sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Air-conditioned coach transportation
  • Taxes, security and fuel surcharges
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel kit