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AUTHENTIC CHINA 12 Day Tour - Luoyang, Zhengzhou & Yangtze River Cruise

$1,999 or 5 monthly payments of $399.80
12 days/10 nights
Per Adult

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12 Day Authentic China - Valued up to $3999

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, the UNESCO-listed Longmen grottoes, and the Shao...



  • Return economy airfares included 
  • Travel with English speaking guide
  • Journey through China's most famous sites including Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall of China and Shaolin Temple
  • Select meals and excursions throughout the tour
  • Departure dates valid until November 


DAY 1 Beijing 
Arrival: 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 in preparation for your tour tomorrow. 

DAY 2 Beijing The Great Wall of China & 2008 Olympic Games Sites
Today, you will travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. On top of this ancient defensive structure, you'll enjoy a truly unforgettable experience amongst magnificent views. You will then learn about jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. Furthermore, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games Sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Before returning to your hotel, experience an oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult a Chinese medical professional.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

DAY 3 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

DAY 4 Beijing to Luoyang
Today you will be transferred from Beijing to Luoyang via bullet train. The city of Luoyang is widely considered the birthplace of Chinese civilisation and is one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 Luoyang to Longmen Grottoes
Today you will visit the Longmen Grottoes, which are densely scattered along the cliffs on both banks of the Yi River. Construction began in 493 AD during the Northern Wei Dynasty, and there are now 2345 caves with 2680 statues, over 70 stupas and 2680 inscribed stone tablets. Continue to spend the day exploring 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 

DAY 6 Luoyang to Zhengzhou to Shaolin Temple & Kung Fu Show
Today you will visit the Shaolin Temple on Songshan Mountain, 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 with a group of kids who are dedicated to Chinese Kung Fu. before being transferred to Zhengzhou city later in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 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 

DAY 8 Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges Dam
Start the morning with a Thai Chi lesson on board in the presence of the beautiful Three Gorges Dam. Spend your day out on an optional excursion or relax on board the cruise ship. In the evening, you will return to the ship to attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening entertainment with an on board dancing ball. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

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.

DAY 9 Yangtze River Cruise, Lesser Three Gorges
Today, you may choose to embark on the exciting optional excursions or opt for a leisure day on board the ship. The afternoon will see you continue to cruise into the western section of Xiling Gorge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

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.

DAY 10 Yangtze River Cruise, Fengdu Ghost City
Today you will pass through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan. Participate in the optional excursion or relax by the pool, 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

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.

DAY 11 Chongqing Departure
Today, you will disembark the cruise ship and be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight home.


The Yangtze Gold Cruise fleet has been designed with concepts and technology that you would expect to see on an ocean cruise.
Yangtze Gold Cruise ship has a capacity of 570 passengers, and measures 24 metres wide and 150 metres long. It offers 181 luxury cabins which are 24sqm, with some featuring a private balcony.
Large two-tier movie theatre
Hydraulic pressure lifting chimney and retractable sunshades
Children’s playground
Mini golf-course
Helicopter Pad
Retail strip complete with luxury stores, a supermarket of local products, a dessert shop and a coffee bar

Beijing: Park Plaza Science Park or similar
Luoyang: Luoyang Hyatt Place or similar
Zhengzhou: Zhengzhou Innside Hotel or similar

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. 

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



  • 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 guides
  • Tour tipping (valued at $200/person)
  • 10 nights’ accommodation: Three nights in Beijing: Park Plaza Science Park or Similar, two nights in Luoyang: Luoyang Hyatt Place or similar, and one night in Zhengzhou: Zhengzhou Innside Hotel or similar
  • Four-night Yangtze River Cruise 
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, six lunches and seven dinners
  • China Visa application fee 
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature 
  • Trip delays or interruptions caused by airline schedule change 
  • Travel insurance coverage
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above


fine print

  • Multiple departure dates in 2018.
    As a minimum mobility guideline from SNA Tours, passengers should be able to walk unassisted for 30-45 minutes or the equivalent of four flights of stairs, as well as manage own luggage and be able to embark and disembark from bus or coach.
    Please note, all dates are subject to availability at time of booking. Rest assured, should your dates not be available, the Booking Guarantee applies. 
    The 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.
    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.
  • Service charge of $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 alternative hotel 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 is 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.

booking essentials

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. 


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. 
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 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 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 Economy.

booking guarantee

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, no questions asked.

travel period

2018 Departures

OCT: 14, 21, 28
NOV: 04, 11, 18, 25
PLEASE NOTE: Due to flight schedule and departing times, you may depart one day earlier or later 

pricing options

Maturity Room Type Departure City Price
adult Twin Share Sydney $1,999.00
adult Twin Share Melbourne $1,999.00
adult Twin Share Brisbane $2,499.00
adult Twin Share Perth $2,499.00
adult Twin Share Adelaide $2,499.00
adult Single Sydney $2,599.00
adult Single Melbourne $2,599.00
adult Single Brisbane $3,099.00
adult Single Perth $3,099.00
adult Single Adelaide $3,099.00

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