Duration
10 Nights
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2019
Destination
China
Discover the beauty and history of China as you explore The Forbidden City, The Great Wall and Tiananmen Square on this 12-day tour. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will discover China’s imperial treasures, such as the ancient city of Luoyang or the UNESCO-listed Longmen grottoes.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Return economy airfares included 
  • Select meals and excursions throughout the tour
  • Journey through China’s most famous sites including Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall of China and Shaolin Temple

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
International roundtrip airfare
All domestic and international transfers
Roundtrip transfer to and from airport
Sightseeing admissions as specified
Private coach with air conditioning
Experienced English speaking guided
Tour tipping (valued at $200/person)
10 nights’ accommodation: Three nights in Beijing, two nights in Luoyangand, one night in Zhengzhou and four-night Yangtze River Cruise
Meals: 10 breakfasts, six lunches and seven dinners

TRAVEL DATES 
Departure dates in 2019:
  • May: 05, 12, 19, 26
  • Jun:  02, 09, 16
  • Jul: 28
  • Aug: 18, 25
  • Sep: 08, 15
  • Oct: 13, 20, 27
  • Nov: 03, 10, 17, 24
  PLEASE NOTE: Due to flight schedules and departing times, you may depart Australia one day earlier or later. Itinerary may vary slightly for 2019 departures.
ITINERARY
  • Day 1 Beijing
  • Day 2 Beijing – The Great Wall of China, 2008 Olympic Games Sites / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 3 Beijing – Gubei Water Town  / Meals: Breakfast.
  • Day 4 Beijing – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Luoyang/ Meals: Breakfast.
  • Day 5 Luoyang – Longmen Grottoes, Old Town / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 6 Luoyang to Zhengzhou – Shaolin Temple, Kung Fu Show  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 7 Zhengzhou to Yichang  / Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges Dam  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise, Lesser Three Gorges  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise, Fengdu Ghost City / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 11 Flight from Chongqing to Australia
For Full Itinerary information CLICK HERE
MAP
HOTELS
  • 1 night in Beijing: Chunhuiyuan Resort or Similar
  •  2 nights in Beijing: Gubei Water Town Resort or Similar
  • 2 nights in Luoyang: Luoyang Hyatt Place or similar
  •  1 night in Zhengzhou: Zhengzhou Innside Hotel or similar
  • 4 nights in Yangtze River Cruise

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT 
  • Multiple departure dates in 2019 available to choose from.
  •  Please note all dates are subject to availability at time of booking. Rest assured, should your dates not be available, the Booking Guarantee applies.
  • Dates are subject to availability at time of booking. We recommend you be quick to redeem your holiday and increase your chances of getting your preferred dates locked in!
  • Voucher is for one person based on single or twin /double occupancy.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • A service charge of AUD $350 applies if any change is made after the booking has been confirmed and the vouchers have been redeemed.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees.
  • The tour is non-refundable after your air ticket has been issued.
  • Children: There is no child discount on this tour deal, however, they can come on the tour if they pay the adult fare. Adults must supervise children responsibly during all excursions and the tour.
  • Rooms are subject to availability. If the desired hotel is not available, we will book an alternate and inform you about the supplement/reduction in costs.
  • We cannot provide a refund if we are unable to accommodate a special request Itinerary scheduled activities are subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover. Members receive 10% off any travel insurance policy – simply mention the promo code: DISCOVERY10.
  • Our valued up to pricing in our offers are based on the ‘rack rate’ of the room and the inclusions at the time of publication of the offer (that’s hotel-speak for ‘Recommended Retail Price’). Supplier pricing /charges are dynamic and therefore constantly changing depending on peak seasons, low seasons and events so we use the rack rate which is consistent year round and 100% verifiable. The value and comparative savings have been determined based on the supplier’s shared rack rates and the value of inclusions. Rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of value.
  • Excludes: China Visa, travel insurance (highly recommended), single supplement upgrades, add-ons and excursions, anything not listed above i.e.: laundry, personal item

VISA INFORMATION To enter China, Australian passport holders must have a valid and appropriate visa.
A full visa must be obtained prior to travel. The website of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Australia has detailed information on the eligibility of Australians for various visa types and is linked above. Alternatively you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more information or to arrange a visa.

TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Beijing

Your China holiday will begin with an international flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel to prepare for your tour tomorrow.
2

Beijing The Great Wall of China & 2008 Olympic Games Sites

Today, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games sites (outside). Then visit Jade factory to learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. After lunch, travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, but the views are magnificent, and the experience is truly unforgettable. Afterward heading to Gubei Water Town and stay overnight and enjoy the night scene of the Great wall.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
3

Beijing – Gubei Water Town

Today, you’ll enjoy and experience an old-fashioned simplicity and elegance. Row upon row of houses, old quartzite streets and long narrow alleyways show the style and features of the old ancient town. River channels are scattered between streets; houses near the river are bathed in sunlight. Besides sightseeing, you can experience unique local customs and participate in native activities.
MEALS: Breakfast
4

Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Luoyang

Set out with your trip leader to discover Beijing’s imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world before progressing on to the Forbidden City. Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an exclusive tour through this vast complex of courtyards and lanes. Afterward, experience the oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult with a Chinese Medical professional. Then you will be transferred from Beijing to Luoyang via bullet train. The city of Luoyang is widely considered the birthplace of Chinese civilization and is one of the four great ancient capitals of China.
MEALS: Breakfast
5

Luoyang – Longmen Grottoes, Old Town

Today, you’ll discover the Longmen Grottoes, densely scattered along the cliffs on both banks of the Yi River. Construction began in 493AD during the Northern Wei Dynasty, and there are now 2345 caves with 2680 statues, over 70 stupas and 2680 inscribed stone tablets. Continue to explore the traditional shops and cuisine of Luoyang Old Town, with its stunning ancient architecture and imposing city gate dating back to 600 AD.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
6

Luoyang to Zhengzhou - Shaolin Temple, Kung Fu Show

Today you will visit the Shaolin Temple, situated in Songshan Mountain, it is the most reputable and longest standing temple in China. It is also the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu. The main scenic spots in the temple are the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, the Sutra Depository, Hall of Thousands of Buddha and the Pagoda Forest. After enjoying a special Shaolin vegetarian lunch you will visit a local martial arts school. This tour will bring you face to face to know about a group of kids who are dedicated to Chinese Kung Fu. Later this afternoon you will be transferred to Zhengzhou city.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner.
7

Zhengzhou to Yichang

Today, you will be transferred to Yichang by bullet train. Upon arrival, you will board the Yangtze River Cruise ship and settle in before tomorrow’s departure. The expansive Yangtze River is the largest river in Asia and the third largest in the world. It is renowned not only for its impressive size but also for the natural beauty of its surrounds. The river begins in the remote mountainous regions and winds its way through stunning gorges, lush and fertile regions and connects with numerous lakes and waterways.
MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner
8

Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges Dam

Start the morning with an exercise on board in the presence of the beautiful Gorges. Spend your day out on an optional excursion or relax on board the cruise ship. This evening you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening entertainment with a Chinese dancing ball.
Optional Activity: Excursion – Three Gorges Dam Site. The Three Gorges Dam Site is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. Fitness level: Relaxed Optional Activity: Excursion – Tribe of the Three Gorges. You may also want to visit the Tribe of the Three Gorges, the only large scenic spot that has not been influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, which showcases the abundant Ba culture and Shu culture. Fitness level: Moderate
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
9

Yangtze River Cruise, Lesser Three Gorges

Today, you may choose to embark on the exciting optional excursions or for a leisure day on board the ship. The afternoon you will continue to cruise into the western section of Xiling gorge.
Optional Activity: Excursion – Lesser Three Gorges. Explore the Lesser Three Gorges, a shining pearl hidden in remote mountains. You will leave your cruise ship and board smaller vessels to sail through the narrower and breathtaking Lesser Three Gorges region, lined by sheer cliffs and mountains. Along the Yangtze River, you will appreciate the beauty of the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge and visit the ancient plank road, Meng Liang Stairway and the Hanging Coffins.  Fitness level: Relaxed Optional Activity: Excursion – White Emperor City. You may also choose the optional excursion to visit the White Emperor City, an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County.  Fitness level: Active
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
10

Yangtze River Cruise, Fengdu Ghost City

Today you will pass through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan. Participate in the optional excursions or pamper yourself with a massage and make the most of the last full day on your ship. Tonight, enjoy the farewell dinner and pack your bags in preparation for disembarking tomorrow. Optional Activity: Excursion – Fengdu Ghost City. Today’s optional excursion is the Fengdu Ghost City, where you will see why it’s regarded as the “City of Ghosts.” The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the Chinese people’s imagination of hell.  Fitness level: Moderate MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
11

Flight from Chongqing to Australia

Today, you will disembark the cruise ship and be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight to Australia!
DESTINATION
China is a wonderful country in terms of culture, history and food. You will never be bored and you will be immersed in an atmosphere, which is far from our standards. Experience the real concept of ‘travel’ in this amazing Authentic China Tour. Read more about China CLICK HERE
THE SHIP  Yangtze Gold 6 is one of the latest sightseeing ships on the Yangtze River. Yangtze Gold 6 was built in 2012 and offer comfortable facilities onboard such as open-air golf course, pedestrian street, outdoor swimming pool, open-air barbecue, double-layer theatre, billiards and wifi is available in common areas. Guest staterooms feature a private bathroom; television and other cruise ship amenities. Every stateroom aboard the Yangtze Gold 6 opens onto a private balcony for unparalleled views of the gently passing river scenery. Optional excursion can but purchased on board or prior to departure through the tour operator SNA.

FLIGHT
  • Departures from Sydney & Melbourne: Sichuan Airlines or Xiamen Airlines
  • Departure from Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide: Cathay Pacific or China Southern Airlines
Please note: Airlines cannot be confirmed until three weeks prior to departure and changes in airline may be made to accommodate tour requirements. 

TRANSFER
  • All domestic transfers are included

MYDISCOVERIES VIP PACK
  • Start your holiday before you’ve even stepped on the plane with MyDiscoveries exclusive VIP package.
  • Arrive at Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane airport in the comfort and style of a privately chauffeured luxury SUV or sedan, complete with complimentary water and WiFi.
  • Relax and unwind away from the usual airport hustle and bustle with premium lounge access complete with an array of amazing facilities at your disposal.
Read more CLICK HERE

WEATHER
  • China is a huge country with diverse climates.
  • Spring, from March to May, and Autumn, from September to early November, are the best months to travel.

VISA 
  • To enter China, Australian passport holders must have a valid and appropriate visa.
  • A full visa must be obtained prior to travel. The website of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Australia has detailed information on the eligibility of Australians for various visa types and is linked above.
TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Discovery10 for a 10% discount.
Once you have purchased your voucher, you will automatically get an email from My Discoveries reconfirming next steps including completing your SNA online booking form.  You can also contact us on 1300 404 606 and we will happily assist you with purchasing your holiday online or over the phone. 
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
When will I get my ticket(s)?
  • Our partner operator negotiates great deals with airlines ahead of time, purchasing tickets in bulk at different times throughout the year to provide you with the very best value for money. Unfortunately, this means there is no pre-set time when you will get your tickets other than in advance of your travel. Sometimes this can occur months in advance while in others, it’s 30 days or less prior to travel. Rest assured we have everything under control and no one has ever missed their flights in their 6-year history.
  • Your tickets will be issued electronically, but are no longer needed by the airlines. Upon check-in, you just need to show your passport and visa.
Where will I have a stopover on my flight?
  • We are not able to confirm if there will be a stopover or where that might be on your way to and from your chosen destination.When you purchased your group tour, we endeavour to find the best path to get you from your origin city (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide) to your destination.Most of the time, this means we need to go through a large hub airport to then connect with a domestic flight. We always seek to ensure the minimum amount of layover time that meets with the required transfer times set by the airlines and/or designated airports.If you wish to pay an additional cost to upgrade to a better, more direct flight path or to business class, you may contact SNA customer service and we can discuss the options available.
When will I get my itinerary? 
  • This My Discoveries Voucher you will receive post purchase serves as your tour itinerary. A detailed day-by-day summary of your hotels and other travel details will be sent to you at least one week prior to travel to ensure it is complete and accurate. Your confirmed hotel list is sent out seven days prior departure. This is because sometimes small details change at the last minute due to the complexity of travel to developing countries.
What about visa(s)?
  • Our Operator SNA will be happy to assist you with any Visa requirements you may have. Should you wish SNA to organise visas for you, SNA will be processing your visa in bulk, based on travel tour dates and group sizes. Each country has its own visa process which unfortunately can vary widely beyond our control. Developing countries are notorious for inconsistent processing, which is why we strongly suggest you leave it up to us to deal with it.
  • We have dedicated customer service personnel to hand-hold your visa application through each step to ensure nothing goes wrong. Unfortunately, there is no pre-set schedule we can confirm other than you will receive them ahead of your travel. Please contact SNA if you have concerns about your visa.
  • Alternatively, you are able to process your own visas directly with the countries consulate closest to you.
What are the refund and cancellation policies? 
  • My Discoveries and SNA Tours have partnered together to bring you the best value-for-money deal possible. This means that once the 30-day Booking Guarantee Period ends, there will be penalties for cancelling. Once the 30-day period ends a minimum of $350 SNA Tours & $100 My Discoveries fees apply per person & will be charged to cover administrative costs incurred.
  • Once airtickets are issued, no refund is possible. Should there be a health or other serious issue, please contact My Discoveries and SNA with supporting documentation and we will assess the claim on compassionate grounds. My Discoveries strongly recommends Travel insurance and we can organise this. Simply email mydiscoveries@boundround.com to receive 10% off your travel insurance.
Can I decide my travel flight path?
  • SNA facilitate hundreds of travellers across dozens of dates and half a dozen origin cities. This means they need to have the flexibility to manage across multiple airlines and cannot provide each passenger or travel group with their own preferred flight path. The more direct flight path, the higher the cost. Admittedly, this is a trade-off when traveling at this amazing price.
Can I upgrade my flights? 
  • Yes, you can upgrade your International flights to Business Class for $3,000 per person. Please contact the SNA Customer Service team to discuss the details and update your booking. Please note domestic flights can only be booked in EconomyHow do I book shore excursions?
How do I book shore excursions?
  • Shore excursions are listed throughout the itinerary. These can be booked through SNA Tours or on board the cruise. We recommend booking prior to departure to ensure availability. Please keep in mind that you are unable to get off the cruise ship if you unless you are booking a shore excursion.
Can I take alcohol on my cruise?
  • Yes, you are able to take alcohol on board
What will I pay for on board?
  • You are able to purchase additional drinks packages and dining packages onboard.
TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606