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China Escape Tour

Route

AU - Shanghai (1N) - Wuxi (1N) - Huangzhou (1N) - Suzhou - Shanghai (3N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N)

Tour Highlights

  • Explore China to the fullest, from ancient historical sites to modern bustling city sights
  • Be amazed by the China's iconic attraction - the Great Wall
  • Explore the cosmopolitan paradise of Shanghai, known across the world as a food and shopping paradise
  • Discover the charm of beautiful Suzhou and Wuxi
  • Visit the stunning West Lake in the beautiful city of Hangzhou

Tour Cost:

  • $2899 (per person / twin-share)
  • Minimum Group Size: 10 people

Inclusions:
  • International flights (economy class)
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights cruise accommodation
  • Intra-China transportation including flights, speed-train, buses
  • Tours, transfers and admissions as per itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • 24-hour emergency support in China
Exclusions:
  • Visa to China
  • Travel insurance
  • Applicable surcharge, i.e. upgrades and optional activities, single supplement surcharges etc.
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary, i.e. laundry, personal items, alcoholic drinks and etc.

Surcharges:

  • Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $280 per person
  • Single Supplement: $890 per person
  • Brisbane interstate Surcharge: $350 per person
  • Adelaide Interstate Surcharge: $480 per person

2017 Tour Dates: 2018 Tour Dates:
All closed Mar: 18*, 25*
Apr: 01*, 08*, 15*, 22* 29
May: 06*, 13*, 20, 27
Jun: 03, 10, 17, 24*
Jul: 01*, 08*, 15*, 22, 29
Aug: 05, 12, 19, 26
Sep: 02, 09, 16, 23*, 30*
Oct: 07*, 14*, 21*, 28*
Nov: 04, 11*

Departure Cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane*  or Adelaide*

Hight-season Surcharge: Dates/months with a * incur a surcharge of AU$280 per person


Accommodation:

Shanghai (1 Nights): Regal Plaza Hotel & Residence or similar
Wuxi (1 Night): Grand Kingtown Hotel or similar
Hangzhou (1 Night): Jinma Palace or similar
Shanghai (3 Nights) : Fudan Crowne Plaza or similar
Yangtze River Cruise (4 Nights): President Number 7 or similar


Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below prior to booking a trip with us. We strongly recommend that you also read the essential trip information relating to your tip prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the trip you are undertaking.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

DAY 1-2: AUSTRALIA-SHANGHAI

Depending on your flight schedule, you will be flying out from Australia either in the evening of Day 1 or on the following day. On arrival, you'll be met by one of your friendly tour guides and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI & WUXI (B/D)

This morning, you'll travel to Wuxi. When you arrive in Wuxi, your local representative will meet you and then take you to see the LingShan Grand Buddha, one of China's largest Buddha statues that stands over 80m tall. The whole Lingshan area is a tourist attraction, with a musical fountain which plays out the story of the birth of the Buddha, as well as the as Little Potala palace, a very good place to learn more about the wonders of Chinese Tibetan Buddhism.

DAY 4: WUXI & HANGZHOU (B/D)

Today, you will tour the brilliance of Lake Lihu, located at famous Lake Taihu, followed by visit to a freshwater pearl farm. Later today you will be taken to the magnificent city of Hangzhou, also known as the "Paradise on Earth". It has been iimmortalized by countless poets and artists, and the West Lake Cultural Landscape has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
Optional Activities: #In the evening, treat yourself to the Impression West Lake Show, an optional open-air performance created by Zhang,Yi-Mou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games

DAY 5: HANGZHOU & SUZHOU & SHANGHAI (B/D)

This morning, make a visit to the well-known Dragon Well Tea Village. After treating yourself to some Dragon Well Tea, you will be taken to Suzhou the city of paradise, also known as the Venice of the East for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens. In the afternoon, tour the luxurious Master of Nets Garden, a historical monument designated as a World Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO. From there you will be driven to the wonderful city of Shanghai.

Optional Activities: # Grand Canal Cruise: Enjoy a cruise along the ancient canal from the city to the picturesque Grand Canal

Optional Activities: # Chinese Acrobatic Show: Treat yourself by seeing the amazing ERA The Intersection of Time acrobatic show in the evening

DAY 6: SHANGHAI (B/D)

Your day begins with a visit to the Shanghai Silk Factory, the largest silk factory in the country, to discover the mysterious art of silk making. This will be followed by a visit to City God Temple Bazaar, which is composed of specialty stores selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine and souvenirs. The rest of the day will be filled with exciting activities that will allow you to see all the wonders that Shanghai has to offer. Tour Shanghai Museum, to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade, and walk along the famous Bund, lined by the colonial architecture of European design now the dubbed the Wall Street of the East.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES (not included):
# Huangpu River Night Cruise: At night, you may enjoy the Huangpu River Night Cruise and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai

DAY 7: SHANGHAI

Today is at your leisure if you wish to discover more of Shanghai at your own pace or get some shopping done at the markets.


OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES (not included):
# Shanghai Half-day City Tour: On this tour, visit Xin-tian-di, a unique precinct filled with world-class
restaurants, retail outlets, entertainment, culture and more. Afterwards you will be taken to Lujiazui Finance District where you will visit the 88 stories Jin-mao Tower, reaching a height of 420.5 meters and 290,000 square meter construction area

Day 8: SHANGHAI & YICHANG (B)

Today you'll travel from Shanghai to Yichang Pier where you'll check-in to your 5-star cruise ship on Yangtze River.

Day 9: THREE GORGES PROJECT (B/L/D)

Your first day on the Yangtze River will begin with a beautiful buffet breakfast before setting out on your first shore excursion to the Three Gorges Project. This is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. Throughout the day, there are also other optional shore excursions (not included) available and the cruise staffs will assist you with the arrangements if you are willing to join. This evening you will return to the ship and attend the Captain's Welcome Banquet and enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 10: SHENNONG STREAM (B/L/D)

Today you'll enjoy a shore excursion to the mesmerizing Shennong Stream. The stream flows through three beautiful gorges including the Mianzhu Gorge, Parrot Gorge, and Longcangdong Gorge. each gorge is renowned for its unique and stunning scenery. the Shennong Stream is also home to the Hanging Coffins, which are ancient coffins containing the remains of descendants of the Tujia people. Throughout the day, there are also other optional shore excursions (not included) available and the cruise staffs will assist you with the arrangements if you are willing to join. In the afternoon, you'll return to the ship in time for lunch and enjoy the crew's performance in the evening.

Day 11: SHIBAOZHAI (B/L/D)

Today your shore excursion will take you to the legendary Shibaozhai. This site has a history of over 400 years when it was built into the side of a 200-metre-tall hill. The striking 9 stories red pagoda was built in 1819 to make it easier for people to reach the Buddhist temple at the very top of the hill. Throughout the day, there are also other optional shore excursions (not included) available and the cruise staffs will assist you with the arrangements if you are willing to join. This evening you'll enjoy a Farewell Dinner with the rest of the travelers and crew and prepare for disembarkation tomorrow morning.

DAY 12: TOUR ENDS & FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA (B)

Today you will disembark the cruise at Chongqing, which is known as the Mountain City in China before you are transferred to airport to board your flight home.

  • Beijing (Day 2): Hutong Life Tour 250 RMB per person (approximately AU$50*)
  • Beijing (Day 3): Peking Duck Banquet Dinner 200 RMB per person (approximately AU$40*)
  • Beijing (Day 4): "The Golden Mask Dynasty" Show 350 RMB per person (approximately AU$70*)
  • Hangzhou (Day 6): "Impression West Lake" Show 500 RMB per person (approximately AU$100*)
  • Suzhou (Day 7): Grand Canal River Cruise 250 RMB per person (approximately AU$50*)
  • Shanghai (Day 7): Chinese Acrobatic Show 400 RMB per person (approximately AU$80*)
  • Shanghai (Day 8): Huangpu River Cruise 300 RMB per person (approximately AU$60*)
  • Shanghai (Day 9): Shanghai Half Day Tour 250 RMB per person (approximately AU$50*)

*The amount in AUD is subject to the currency exchange rate and it may change at any time without advance notice.

  • Airlines: China Southern, Sichuan Airlines or similar
  • Arrive Early: additional cost applies (subject to availability)
  • Stay Behind: additional cost applies (subject to availability)
  • Flight Class Upgrades: AU$2800 per person (subject to availability)
  • Pre-tour Accommodation: AU$250 per room per night (subject to availability)
  • Post-tour Accommodation: AU$180 per room per night (subject to availability)
  • Maximum Room Capacity: 2 people
  • Child Policy: no child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents
  • Unaccompanied Minors: not allowed
  • Bedding Configuration: double or twin (subject to availability)