Duration
14 Days
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2020
Destination
China
China has plenty of gems in its bucket-list-worthy crown. This tour ticks many boxes especially for the first time traveller beginning with Beijing’s imperial treasures with visits to the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. Included is a visit to the historical city of Xi’an which served as China’s capital for 13 dynasties. Nothing can prepare you for the  archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors  discovered in 1974, with its 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots. Then onto Shanghai, a melting pot of culture and high energy and lastly an exploration of multiple Chinese provinces as you cruise the majestic Yangtze River in comfort and style.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Learn about China’s most precious and celebrated stone and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory
  • Join a Tai Chi Lesson in the Temple of Heaven
  •  Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City
  • Visit the factory where you will learn about the creation, conservation and history of the Warrior vaults
  • Travel by high speed train from Shanghai to Yichang then board your Yangtze River Cruise ship

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Return international flights from Melbourne/Sydney
Sightseeing and entry fees as listed on the itinerary
Airport taxes and tour tipping
Transportation by private A/C vehicles
Roundtrip airport Transfer
All domestic transportation
English speaking local guides

TRAVEL DATES
Departure dates in 2020: 
  • Mar: 06, 13, 20
  • Apr: 03,10, 24
  • May: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
  • Jun: 05, 12
  • Jul: 17, 24, 31
  • Aug: 07, 14, 21, 28
  • Sep: 04, 11
  • Oct: 09, 16, 23, 30
  • Nov: 06, 13, 20

PLEASE NOTE: Due to flight schedule and departing times, you may depart one day earlier. 


ITINERARY 
  • Day 1: Beijing Arrival
  • Day 2: Beijing – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City/ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 3: Beijing – Temple of Heaven/ Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 4: Beijing – The Great Wall / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 5: Beijing to Xi’an / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 6: Xi’an – Terracotta Warriors/ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 7: Xi’an to Shanghai – Nanjing walking district, The Bund / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 8: Shanghai / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 9: Shanghai – Yichang/ Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise/ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13: Chongqing Departure / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 14: Arrive Home
*  Tour Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition, and other unforeseen occurrences. Optional tours/activities are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions. Some tours require minimum numbers to operate. * Note: prices departing ex Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide are also listed. For Full Itinerary information CLICK HERE
HOTELS
  • Beijing: Riverside Hotel Beijing, Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort Huailai or similar
  • Xi’an: Grand Noble Hotel or similar
  • Shanghai: Wassim Hotel Zhoupu Pudong Shanghai or similar
  • Yangtze River: Victoria Cruise line or Yangtze Gold 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 2020 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!
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • Surcharges apply for departures from Adelaide, Perth & Brisbane.
  • Price is for one person based on double occupancy on departure from Sydney or Melbourne.
  • Cancellation prior to flight ticket issue will incur a cancellation fees and there will be no refund after the flight ticket is issued.
  • For changes to the return date price changes are subject to airline availability  and will incur a minimum change fee of $200 per person along with any class difference incurred by the carrier for reissue of air ticket/s.
  • Itinerary scheduled activities are subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, a traffic condition, and other unforeseen occurrences.
  • All currencies are in AUD Dollars unless stated otherwise.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Excludes visa, travel insurance, single supplement upgrades, add-ons, and excursions, anything not listed above i.e.: laundry, personal item.

VISA INFORMATION A visa gives non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here
To book your 10 Day Golden China Tour, buy online at mydiscoveries.com.au or call us on 1300 404 606
1

Beijing Arrival

Begin your journey with your international flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at the Beijing International Airport you will be greeted by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. MEALS: n/a
2

Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

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.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
3

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Today you will visit Temple of Heaven – the largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings. You will join and Tai Chi Lesson in the Temple of Heaven. Tai Chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi (Consciousness) energy within the body. You might not find a better place to approach locals dazzling lives here in the temple of heaven! Then you will 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. Today’s optional tours: Continue your day with an optional rickshaw tour of the traditional Hutong area, famous for the old-style buildings, and time-honored workshops. Enjoy a meal with a local family here before retiring to your hotel.
MEALS: Breakfast
4

Beijing - The Great Wall

This morning travel to China’s most iconic sight – The Great Wall. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, however, the views are magnificent, and the experience is truly unforgettable. You will then learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
5

Beijing to Xi’an

Today you will be transferred from Beijing to Xi’an by bullet train. Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your tour tomorrow.
MEALS: Breakfast
6

Xi’an - Terracotta Warriors

Today you will learn about over 1000 years of Xi’an history, which served as China’s capital for 13 dynasties and visit the Terracotta Warriors Site, considered the eighth wonder of the world and discovered by accident in 1974. Wear comfortable shoes today as, you will explore the army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots that has guarded Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique and the painstaking repair and evacuation continues to this day. On the way to the Terracotta Warriors, you will also visit an excellent factory where you can learn more about the creation, conservation and history of the Warrior vaults.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
7

Xi’an to Shanghai - Nanjing walking district, The Bund

Today you will be transferred to Shanghai by flight. Upon arrival, you will visit the Nanjing walking district and discover the history and culture of Shanghai. You will then continue to the Bund by the Huangpu River, and witness the old meeting the modern side of the city. Today’s optional tours: Enjoy an optional evening on the Huangpu River Cruise, allowing you to take in the famous sites of Shanghai including; the People’s Hero Monument, the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the dramatic skyline of the Pu Dong business district, the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbour, the docks and the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics.
MEALS: Breakfast
8

Shanghai

After breakfast, you are free to explore Shanghai at your own pace.
MEALS: Breakfast
9

Shanghai - Yichang

Today you will be transferred from Shanghai to Yichang by high speed train. After dinner, you will board the Yangtze River Cruise ship and begin your memorable cruise trip on the Yangtze River.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
10

Yangtze River Cruise

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 of a Chinese dancing ball. Today’s Optional tours: 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. 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. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
11

Yangtze River Cruise

Today, you may choose to embark on the exciting optional excursions or for a leisure day on board the ship. In the afternoon you will continue to cruise into the western section of Xiling gorge. Today’s optional tour: Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream Explore the Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream, a shining pearl hidden in the remote mountains. You will leave your cruise ship and board smaller vessels to sail through the narrower and breathtaking Lesser Three gorges region or Shennong Stream, lined by sheer cliffs and mountains. 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. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
12

Yangtze River Cruise

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. Today’s Optional tour: Fengdu Ghost City Today’s optional excursion is the Fengdu Ghost City to see why it’s regarded as the “City of Ghosts.” The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the instruments of punishment and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. Shibaozhai Shibaozhai is a 12-story wooden pagoda built against the rock in the 18th century. It is located in Zhong County on the south bank of the Yangtze River. There are steles and inscriptions of past dynasties on each floor. Visitors may also appreciate the spectacular Yangtze River from the windows of each floor during climbing. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
13

Chongqing Departure

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. We hope you enjoyed your journey to China with us! MEALS: Breakfast
14

Arrive Home

DESTINATION
One of the strongest economic powerhouses in the world. One of the oldest continuous civilisations in the world. Definitely the most populous country in the world. It is little wonder that fascinating, multi-faceted China tops many an intrepid bucket list.
Read more about China CLICK HERE

FLIGHT
  • Return international flights are included in your package
  • Departures from Sydney & Melbourne: Sichuan Airlines or Xiamen Airlines or similar
  • Departures from Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide: Sichuan Airline, China Southern Airline, Air China, Xiamen Airlines or Similar
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
  • Private air-conditioned coach

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  A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. Australian travellers require a visa to enter China on holiday. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.
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.
China:  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 arrange a visa.
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 there will be penalties for cancelling. Once the 30-day period ends a minimum of $350 SNA Tours. A $100 My Discoveries fees will apply per person & will be charged to cover administrative costs incurred following cancellation.
  • Once air tickets 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 travelling at this amazing price.
Can I upgrade my flights? 
  • Yes, you can upgrade your International flights to Business Class. Please contact the SNA Customer Service team to discuss the details and update your booking. Please note domestic flights can only be booked in Economy.
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.
  • 3 Tour Shore Excursions packs can be booked with SNA for $170pp. Excursions include Lesser Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam Site and Fengdu Ghost City.
  • otherwise, excursions can be individually bought for $85pp from SNA Tour or onboard
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 or with SNA Tours.
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