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Charms of China

18 Days  |  Departing Saturday 6th May 2017 and returning Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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Highlights

  • Visit Temple of Heaven in Beijing
  • Walk through Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
  • Bargain Shopping in Silk Markets
  • Visit to a Jade Carving Factory
  • Traditional Hutong rickshaw ride
  • Tour of the Glorious Summer Palace
  • Visit to the Ancient Terracotta Warriors
  • Visit to a Pottery Workshop in Xian
  • Tang Dynasty Show
  • Cycle Ride along Xians ancient City Wall
  • Visit to Old Muslim Quarters in Xian
  • Visit to the world’s largest Buddha in Chengdu
  • Visit to the Panda Research Centre in Chengdu
  • 3 Night Yangtze River Cruise sailing through Three Gorges
  • Glorious Shopping in Shanghai

Inclusions

  • Your Sisterhood tour hostess is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one        
  • Return economy airfares ex Melbourne with Singapore Airlines to China including taxes #
  • Domestic Flights as per itinerary
  • Quality 4 Star Accommodation
  • English Speaking Specialist Guides
  • Breakfast and other meals as per itinerary
  • Comprehensive and Unique sightseeing
  • 3 Night Yangtze River Cruise (Superior Cabins)
  • Other transportation as specified in itinerary
  • Document Distribution day prior to departure ‐ subject to minimum numbers attending
  • Willing to Share Option (Subject to availability)
  • Sisterhood Documentation & Travel Wallet
  • Tips and gratuities for drivers & guide
  • Single Entry Chinese visa processing fees for Australian Passport Holders
  • # Taxes are subject to change

Other departure cities available on request - please contact Sisterhood Womens Travel.

Notice

TOUR PACE - Medium Paced Tour This tour is not strenuous but does include several days where long periods of sightseeing on foot, climbing of stairs and in/out of boats will be necessary. Anyone with a good level of fitness should be able to complete the itinerary.

Itinerary Open Printable Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 6 May 2017

Melbourne/ Beijing (Meals Inflight)

Join our Sisterhood Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport at your designated time for our flight to Beijing. Sit back, relax and enjoy your Singapore Airlines Flight. 
 

Day 2 - Sunday 7 May 2017

Beijing

Upon arrival into Beijing, we will be met by our local guide and transferred to our hotel.  The rest of our day is at leisure to explore. 

Day 3 - Monday 8 May 2017

Beijing (B,L,D)

Morning visit to the Temple of Heaven, where we will see local people practicing Tai Chi, singing and calligraphy in the neighboring park, then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to  the Forbidden City.  We’ll climb up to Jingshan Hill to enjoy the panoramic views and dinner tonight will have us trying the famous Peking duck.

Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017

Beijing - Great Wall (B,L,D)

A morning walk along the famous 2000 year old Great Wall at the Mutianyu section.  Here you can admire the panoramic views and gaze in awe at the bridge which extends more than 5,000kms.  Afterwards we will visit a Jade carving factory to learn Chinese traditional craftsmanship where we can pick up one or two Jade items at bargain prices, with afternoon shopping at the Silk Market we’ll end our day with a 30 minute relaxation foot message.

Day 5 - Wednesday 10 May 2017

Beijing/Xi'an (B,L,D)

Today starts with exploring the alleyways – “Hutong” by riding on traditional rickshaws, we will then visit local families. After this, we will enjoy an afternoon tour of Summer Palace, before being transferred to the airport for our flight to Xian.

Day 6 - Thursday 11 May 2017

Xi'an (B,L,D)

After breakfast and refreshments at our hotel, we will visit the amazing Terra-Cotta Warriors and we’ll visit a pottery workshop to learn how to make these mystical statutes.

This afternoon you will learn how to make dumplings. Later, you will enjoy a local specialty - dumpling dinner before the fantastic Tang Dynasty show.
 

Day 7 - Friday 12 May 2017

Xi'an/Chengdu (B,L,D)

This morning we’ll enjoy a stroll on the original City Wall, where we have the opportunity to cycle along this ancient masterpiece. Afterwards, we’ll explore the back streets of the Old Muslim Quarters and the Old Mosque, before flying to Chengdu the capital of Sichuan Province.
 

Day 8 - Saturday 13 May 2017

Chengdu (B,L,D)

Today we’ll enjoy a scenic drive to the world’s largest Buddha statue, 71 metres high, at Leshan County, walk down to the foot of the Buddha and hop on a river cruise to appreciate its full stature and splendour from the River.

Day 9 - Sunday 14 May 2017

Chengdu/Chongqing/Yangtze River (B,L,D)

Today we will visit the fascinating Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre to learn more about these amazing endangered animals and the programs that are being implemented to protect them.  Afterwards we’ll explore bustling teahouses and the lively People’s Park before transferring to the airport for our flight to Chongqing.  Upon arrival we’ll transfer to our Yangtze River Cruise ship (price is based on a superior cabin main deck twin share)

Day 10 - Monday 15 May 2017

Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)

Early this morning we’ll arrive at Fengdu where we’ll enjoy an excursion to the ‘Ghost City’.  Here we will visit temples dedicated to the underworld and Heaven.  We can also participate in several tests and tasks to help predict our future, fidelity and fortune.

Day 11 - Tuesday 16 May 2017

Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)

This morning we’ll enter the Three Gorges passing through the first two - Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge.  Further up river we’ll enjoy an excursion heading up Danang River entering a series of narrow gorges with steep cliffs and lush scenery.

Day 12 - Wednesday 17 May 2017

Yichang/Shanghai (B,L,D)

This morning we’ll visit the site of the Three Gorges Dam before disembarking at Yichang.  We’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Shanghai. We will be met and transferred to our hotel where we will have the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Day 13 - Thursday 18 May 2017

Shanghai (B,L,D)

Today’s sightseeing begins at the historical riverfront area known as the ’Bund’, home to an impressive collection of buildings from the early trade houses of the 1850’s to the glamorous Art Deco of the 1920’s.    After lunch we’ll continue on onto the Old Town (Yuan Bazaar) where cobbled streets are lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, Chinese tea and a variety of tantalizing snacks.  Take a walk through moon gates and latticed pavilions in the peaceful Yu Gardens.  This evening we’ll enjoy a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Day 14 - Friday 19 May 2017

Shanghai (B,L,D)

A free day to indulge ourselves in some wonderful Shanghai shopping, We can try Dong Tai Road Antique Market or one of the popular pearl jewellery factory outlets.  Maybe the Yatai Market for “designer” bags and clothes or South Bund fabric market, China’s most famous shopping district – Nanjing Pedestrian Street.  Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 15 - Saturday 20 May 2017

Free Day in Shanghai (B,D)

Another free day in Shangahi to continue to explore.  We’ll regroup for dinner tonight with plenty of time to chat about the day’s experiences. 

Day 16 - Sunday 21 May 2017

Shanghai (B,L,D)

Today we’ll meet our guide and transfer to the old water town of Zhujiajiao.  We’ll visit Ke Zhi Garden, North Street, Fang Sheng Bridge and the many surrounding ancient buildings.   We’ll enjoy our last dinner tonight with time to reflect on great memories shared.

Day 17 - Monday 22 May 2017

Shanghai/Melbourne (B)

Today, our last day in China.  We will observe local people as they go about their day to day life at People’s Square, and then visit superb Shanghai Museum.  We’ll enjoy a cup of coffee at modern Xintiandi, a restored area of old residential houses.  Finally we’ll take the high speed Maglev train to the airport for our flight home to Australia.

Day 18 - Tuesday 23 May 2017

Welcome Home (Meals Inflight)

Arrive back into Melbourne early this morning.  Say goodbye to your fellow travellers.  We thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you again.

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18 Day Charms of China

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