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Overview
Departure Every Saturday from March 21st 2020 to March 19th 2022 Travel Dates (Not available from December through early next March)

Program Type

Escorted Experience

Detailed Itinerary

Upon arrival, you need to pick up your check-in luggage and proceed to the exit to find your guide, who is waiting there to transfer you to the pier to board the 3-night Yangtze River Cruise. Settle into your cabin as the ship sails downstream to the stunning Three Gorges region.

Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast. Then, disembark and enjoy a shore excursion to Shibao Pagoda, where you take in local life on a visit to a village relocated to make way for the Three Gorges Dam Project. Meet with a local family, visit a kindergarten and enjoy a kaleidoscope of sights at the farmers market. This afternoon, learn about Chinese traditional medicine and reflexology and/or do another optional shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City at your own expense.

Early this morning, the ship navigates the Qutang and Wu Gorges before anchoring at Badong, where you board a ferry and travel up the Shennong Stream. Transfer to a 'pea pod' boats poled by Tujia boatmen to view the scenic Bamboo Gorge. The Tujia are members of a local minority culture famed for their boat-building skills and keen knowledge of the Yangtze. Return to the ship by ferryboat, accompanied by a Tujia boat tracker who shares insights into his daily life. Tonight, savour a 'Taste of China' dinner, followed by onboard entertainment.

Arrive at the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Center to learn the history of the world's largest dam, including the story of the resettlement of the 1.2 million residents of the cities submerged behind the 400-foot-tall engineering marvel.

Disembark in Yichang around midday, transfer to the train station to catch an afternoon high speed train to Shanghai and transfer onwards to the hotel upon arrival.

As the most developed city around China, apart from being the international financial hub and largest logistics port for international trade in the world, Shanghai is also the worldwide icon for fashion and lifestyle.

Your exploration in this metropolis begins with a visit to Xintiandi, a masterpiece of functional transformation from old dwelling quarter into a business complex home to many boutique hotels, luxury restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops and etc. A chic atmosphere is generated by the contract between the exterior with its original vintage look and luxury artistic interior of each building.

You will proceed with the exploration of the city’s past with an excursion to Yuyuan Garden. Owned originally by a government official in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD), the garden has been built with 20 years’ time. The courtyards, houses, ponds, pavilions and etc. are exquisitely laid out to create tiers of sceneries within the garden.

The Bund is the best place to exemplify the cultural diversity of this city. It refers to an area running along the western bank of Huangpu River with many historical buildings ever home to various financial institutions operating in China in the middle of 20th Century. The development of this area began in 1844, when it was officially ceded to British administration by the court of Qing Dynasty (1636 – 1912 AD) as a result of the defeat in the First Opium War. It witnessed the history of China being defeated by foreign military power, invaded and finally declaring independence after hundreds of years of flight. Now the Bund is known for the best place for promenade in China as well as in the world. The old buildings on the western bank and the new skyscrapers on the eastern side represent the past and the present Shanghai.

You will wind up your full day tour by a scenic drive among the skyscrapers on the other side of Huangpu River. You can access any of them for a panoramic view of the city by paying an additional cost on your own

Today will be a free day for you to continue exploration, do some shopping or simply take a rest at the hotel. We also offer you a couple of optional tours in case you still prefer to schedule some guided tours today.

You will be picked up from the hotel lobby and transferred to the airport to board your flight to the next destination. This is a private transfer and the pick-up time will be worked out exactly in accordance with your flight time.

Inclusions

High speed train Yichang/Shanghai on 1st Class basis..
Superior 4* or Deluxe 5* hotel accommodation at all the destinations in the itinerary incl daily breakfast.
4 days/3 nights Downstream Yangtze River Cruise including shore excursions.
11 to 35-seat van/coach throughout the itinerary for all transfers & day tours.
All admission to the attractions listed in the above itinerary.
Lunches & dinners specified in the above itinerary.
English-speaking local guides.

Exclusions

Chinese visa.
Flight/train/cruise into the first destination & out of the last in the above itinerary.
Personal expense.
Gratuities to the guides, the drivers, the hotel bellboys and etc.

Notes

Hotel Accommodations / Select Hotels
4-star Hotels & Cruise:
Yangtze River Cruise by Century Sky, 3 nights;
Central Hotel Shanghai, 3 nights.

5-star Hotels & Cruise:
Yangtze River Cruise by Yangtze Gold 1, 3 nights;
The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai, 3 nights.

Travel Dates (Not available from December through early next March)

2020 2021 2022
March 21, 2020 March 13, 2021 March 12, 2022
March 28, 2020 March 20, 2021 March 19, 2022
April 04, 2020 March 27, 2021  
April 11, 2020 April 03, 2021  
April 18, 2020 April 10, 2021  
April 25, 2020 April 17, 2021  
May 02, 2020 April 24, 2021  
May 09, 2020 May 01, 2021  
May 16, 2020 May 08, 2021  
May 23, 2020 May 15, 2021  
May 30, 2020 May 22, 2021  
June 06, 2020 May 29, 2021  
June 13, 2020 June 05, 2021  
June 20, 2020 June 12, 2021  
June 27, 2020 June 19, 2021  
July 04, 2020 June 26, 2021  
July 11, 2020 July 03, 2021  
July 18, 2020 July 10, 2021  
July 25, 2020 July 17, 2021  
August 01, 2020 July 24, 2021  
August 08, 2020 July 31, 2021  
August 15, 2020 August 07, 2021  
August 22, 2020 August 14, 2021  
August 29, 2020 August 21, 2021  
September 05, 2020 August 28, 2021  
September 12, 2020 September 04, 2021  
September 19, 2020 September 11, 2021  
September 26, 2020 September 18, 2021  
October 03, 2020 September 25, 2021  
October 10, 2020 October 02, 2021  
October 17, 2020 October 09, 2021  
October 24, 2020 October 16, 2021  
October 31, 2020 October 23, 2021  
November 07, 2020 October 30, 2021  
November 14, 2020 November 06, 2021  
November 21, 2020 November 13, 2021  
November 28, 2020 November 20, 2021  
  November 27, 2021  

Departure Period

21 Mar, 2020 to 19 Mar, 2022
AUD 1,880 P P twin share
AUD 2,830 P P single

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