Scenic Norway

Gorgeous fjords, breathtaking mountains, serene lakes, gleaming glaciers, and thundering waterfalls are yours to discover on this Scenic Norway escorted tour. You’ll experience Norway’s exciting cities and spectacular scenery you’ve only imagined until now.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Oslo, Norway

Welcome to Oslo! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Scandinavia, 2 nights

Day 2: Oslo

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent Frogner Park with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past—including 1,000-year-old Viking ships!

Day 3: Oslo–Heddal – Vemork – Telemark

Start your tour of the land of fjords, lakes, mountains, thundering waterfalls, and gleaming glaciers with a visit of Heddal Stave Church, the largest of the country’s remaining medieval wooden churches. Follow the narrow Rjukan Valley via Lake Tinnsjø, where saboteurs sank a ferry loaded with heavy water, dashing Nazi hopes of winning the race for the atomic bomb. Next is Vemork, scene of the daring sabotage action celebrated in The Heroes of Telemark and recently registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn all about the dramatic events of 1943 from your Local Guide, and gain an insight into the technology of hydroelectric power generation, one of the pillars of Norway’s economy. Arrive in rustic, unspoiled Telemark.

Hotel: Rauland Hogfjellshotell at Rauland

Day 4: Telemark–Låtefoss–Bergen

Enjoy scenic delights: the wild Hardangervidda mountain plateau, where Fridtjof Nansen prepared for his polar expeditions, and the thundering Låtefoss twin-waterfall. Then, drive through the orchards along Sørfjord, whose tranquil splendor inspired Grieg’s Morning Mood, and cross Hardangerfjord by Ferry. Meet the family that has owned the Steinstø Fruit Farm for eight generations and hear all about their history, while you taste home-made apple juice and cider. Continue to Bergen, known for its associations with the Hanseatic League.

Hotel: Scandic Ørnen

Day 5: Bergen – Voss – Stalheim

Time this morning to explore the narrow lanes of ancient Bryggen on your own and discover the colorful Bergen fish market. Later, travel via the popular lakeside resort of Voss to Stalheim. Why not join an exciting optional Flåm train ride?

Hotel: Stalheim

Day 6: Stalheim – Sognefjord – Fjaerland – Loen

This morning, enjoy a Cruise on spectacular Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord. Next, visit Fjaerland’s excellent Norwegian Glacier Museum and watch a thrilling 5-screen film. Then see Bøyabreen, one of the branches that radiate from Jostedal Glacier into the surrounding valleys, and enjoy the rugged mountain scenery as you approach the tunnel underneath Europe’s mainland largest glacier. After pristine Lake Jølster and the Våtedalen Valley, follow the shoreline of the innermost branch of Nordfjord and arrive in peaceful Loen.

Hotel: Alexandra, 2 nights

Day 7: Loen

Prepare for Norway’s latest spectacular tourism project: the Loen Skylift, a cable car that brings you from the fjord to the top of Mount Hoven (over 3,300 feet high) in just minutes. Time to enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Lovatnet, Mount Skåla, Jostedal Glacier, and the Nordfjord, or follow one of the hiking trails on your own. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Loen – Geirangerfjord – Dalsnibba – Lom – Lillehammer

Head north via Lake Hornindal to Hellesylt to embark for a leisurely Cruise on Geirangerfjord past the famous Seven Sisters cascade. Then, climb above the tree line to 5,000 feet for panoramic views from the Geiranger Skywalk, Mount Dalsnibba’s new platform above the fjord. Continue to Lom and take pictures of its lonely stave church. Drive through the wide Gudbrandsdal Valley, the lush dairy and timber land of Ibsen’s drama, Peer Gynt. Arrive in Lillehammer, proud host of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Hotel: Scandic Lillehammer

Day 9: Lillehammer – Eidsvoll – Oslo

Start your day with a picture stop at the Olympic ski jump, followed by a guided walking tour of the unique Maihaugen Open-Air Museum, an encounter with Norway’s culture and history and a fascinating collection of houses and farmyards. Enjoy a comfortable drive along lovely Lake Mjøsa to Eidsvoll, where the country’s democratic constitution was signed in 1814, before returning to Oslo. Tonight, celebrate the success of your journey with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Scandic Victoria

Day 10: Oslo

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$4,119.00$4,970.00
June: 07, 14$4,119.00$4,119.00
June: 21, 28$4,259.00$5,110.00
July: 05, 12 $4,139.00$4,119.00
July: 19, 26$4,199.00$5,050.00
August: 02, 09$4,139.00$4,119.00
August: 16, 23$4,209.00$5,060.00
August: 30$4,089.00$4,940.00
September: 06$4,089.00$4,940.00
September: 03, 20$4,049.00$4,900.00
September: 27$3,979.00$4,830.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach, cruises
Ferry:Ferry Ticket: Hardangerfjord
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Magic of Poland

The Magic of Poland tour is an introductory tour of the historically rich state of Poland. In 7 days we cover the main and major attractions of Poland lying between Warsaw and Krakow. Our visits include various sites in an and around the capital city of Warsaw, the hill resort of Zakopane and Wawel. At Krakow we also visit Auschwitz, Krakow city tour and the Wieliczka Salt Mines.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Warsaw

Upon arrival in Warsaw please make your own way to your hotel. In the evening, meet your fellow tour members for a drive along the Royal Route, a short walk through the Old Town and dinner at a local restaurant including typical Polish dishes and famous Polish vodka ‘Zubrowka’.

Hotel: Novotel Centrum, 2 nights

Day 2: Warsaw

A half-day sightseeing tour includes highlights such as the Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after WWII, the impressive Royal Castle, seat of Polish kings, and the former Warsaw Ghetto. In the late afternoon, enjoy a Chopin concert, performed by a pianist in a two-part recital.

Day 3: Warsaw – Czestochowa – Zakopane

Your journey continues south to Zakopane. En-route, you will visit Yasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, home to the famous Black Madonna. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and start your discovery of Zakopane, nestled at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, a popular winter and summer resort.

Hotel: Mercure Kasprowy

Day 4: Zakopane – Krakow

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this picturesque town, renowned for its many beautiful wooden churches and chapels, and take a cable car up Gubalowka Mountain for spectacular views of the High Tatra Mountains. Enroute to Krakow, enjoy a leisurely boat trip along the scenic Dunajec River.

Hotel: Novotel Krakow City West

Day 5 Krakow – Auschwitz – Krakow

Krakow, the ancient capital of Poland, is a royal city located on the Vistula River. Visit the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill and the Old Town with its Market Square. In the afternoon, drive to Auschwitz to visit the Martyrdom Museum of the former Nazi concentration camp, the infamous factory of death.

Day 6 Krakow –  Wieliczka – Krakow

The morning is at leisure. This afternoon drive to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an unforgettable tourist attraction with underground chambers, grottoes, and chapels carved from salt. Dinner with a folklore show will be served at a local restaurant in Wieliczka before returning to Krakow.

Day 7: Depart Krakow 

Your Magic of Poland tour concludes after breakfast.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 11$1,670.00$2,080.00
June: 01, 15$1,670.00$2,080.00
July: 06, 20$1,670.00$2,080.00
August: 10, 24$1,670.00$2,080.00
September: 07, 21$1,670.00$2,080.00
October: 05$1,670.00$2,080.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Transport by air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide: Services of an English speaking Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Top End Highlights

Encounter on this 6 Day Top End journey a vibrant Indigenous culture, friendly local characters and magnificent landscapes that will leave you spellbound. Cruise waterways teeming with wildlife. Stay in safari-style accommodation in idyllic locations. Immerse yourself in the culture of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the lands you’re exploring. A myriad of deep gorges, plunging waterfalls and tranquil rock-pools add to the drama of your Top End experience.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin

Life in cosmopolitan Darwin, Australia’s only tropical capital, is vibrant but unhurried. A former frontier outpost on the Timor Sea, Darwin rallied heroically after air raids by the Japanese during WWII and the devastation wreaked by tropical Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve in 1974. On arrival, you’ll take an afternoon tour of the city with its mix of old and new architectural styles and cultural influences. The city centre is characterised by wide streets, leafy parks, retail outlets and outdoor dining. Tall, modern structures have begun to replace the old colonial-style buildings, but they still retain a tropical flavour with overhanging eaves, corrugated iron and lush vegetation. Some of the best-known landmarks are Christ Church Cathedral; Brown’s Mart, a sandstone building erected in 1883 and now home to the Darwin Theatre Company; and Cavanagh Street – Darwin’s original Chinatown. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the colourful seasonal Mindil Beach Sunset Market and enjoy a cool drink under the coconut palms. There’s time to explore the marketplace before choosing something you like for dinner. You may like to try some fresh seafood, authentic Indian or Chinese cuisine or even Greek or Japanese.

Hotel: Adina Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Day 2: Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Katherine

Travel to Litchfield National Park. Pausing to examine the amazing phenomenon of hundreds of magnetic termite mounds standing up to two metres high in a wide swathe of otherwise empty terrain. Built with a north-south orientation by thousands of termites to control the interior temperature, some of these structures are over a hundred years old. Stop at Florence Falls, a spectacular double-plunge waterfall leading to a popular swimming hole. We then continue to tropical Wangi Falls for a swim in its large, waterhole. The peaceful and evocative Adelaide River War Cemetery provides a break in your journey to Katherine, a thriving town that was originally established as an outpost on the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine, 2 nights

Day 3: Katherine & Nitmiluk National Park

Today, enjoy a Be My Guest experience when you join indigenous guides for a fascinating walk, to follow the ‘Footsteps of our Ancestors’. Learn about local bush tucker and traditional bush medicines, before a barbecue lunch. This evening, relax in tranquil surroundings on a Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) dinner cruise. A series of thirteen deep gorges carved through ancient rock by the Katherine River. There are many Aboriginal paintings on the sandstone walls throughout the system, some of which are thousands of years old. Discover the history and culture of the Jawoyn people, the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, as you explore the magnificent gorges with a backdrop of stunning rock-faces that change colour with the setting of the sun. You may catch glimpses of a myriad of bird species including ospreys, red-tailed black cockatoos, great bowerbirds and red-winged parrots. Freshwater crocodiles are to found in most parts of the river as they nest along the banks, but they are harmless to humans.

Day 4: Katherine – Kakadu

This morning stop for a swim at Edith Falls (seasonal). A superb series of cascading waterfalls and pools, before passing through the old gold-mining town of Pine Creek. Then travel deep into Kakadu National Park, an enormous, biodiverse nature reserve extending over nearly twenty thousand square kilometres. The Park is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites. There are more than five thousand recorded art sites illustrating Aboriginal culture over thousands of years. The archaeological sites demonstrate Aboriginal occupation for at least 20,000 and possibly up to 40,000 years. Kakadu’s varied landscapes and the habitats they contain are features that contributed to its listing as a World Heritage Area. Its abundant wildlife, including 280 bird species and ten per cent of all the crocodiles in the Northern Territory, make it a nature-lover’s dream. After lunch, learn about the traditions of the Bininj and Mungguy people of Kakadu. We then takie a guided walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock paintings at Nourlangie. Regarded as one of the premier rock-art sites in the Top End.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Day 5: Kakadu – Mary River

This morning you may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Kakadu, or just relax and enjoy a sleep in. Later visit Ubirr, another of Kakadu’s foremost rock-art galleries. The paintings at Ubirr provide a fascinating record of Aboriginal life over thousands of years. Look for naturalistic paintings of animals, traditional x-ray art, and paintings of early contact with European people. Before leaving the site, climb to the top of a nearby rocky outcrop for superb views over the floodplains and escarpment country. Your accommodation tonight is in a private permanent safari tent situated in the Mary River floodplains. The Mary River Wetlands Area, with its billabongs, woodlands, paperbark stands and monsoon forests, is a region of outstanding natural beauty. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and travelling companions.

Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River National Park

Day 6: Corroboree Billabong – Farewell from Darwin

Take a safari cruise this morning on the renowned Mary River Wetlands and Corroboree Billabong. Your local guide will share the secrets of these ancient waterways as you enjoy fantastic views across the vast floodplains. Perhaps spotting wild buffalo and wallabies at the water’s edge. The Billabong teems with birdlife and also boasts the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Don’t panic, you can relax and view these awesome prehistoric creatures from the safety of your vessel as they swim and bask on the banks. Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning this afternoon.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 29$2,695.00$3,430.00
May: 13$2,695.00$3,430.00
June: 03, 17$2,695.00$3,430.00
July: 08, 19, 29$2,695.00$3,430.00
August: 26$2,695.00$3,430.00
September: 09, 23$2,695.00$3,430.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Kakadu National Park Pass, Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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Monkey Mia Dolphins & West Coast

Drive up the West Coast of Western Australia and discover the Batavia Coast and the wildflowers in Kalbarri National Park (seasonal). Be charmed by the famous Monkey Mia dolphins and the mysterious Stromatolites at Hamelin Pool will arouse your sense of wonder. Discover Aboriginal culture and traditions at Yanchep National Park, and the cosmopolitan cities of Perth and Fremantle.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Fremantle – Geraldton

Welcome to Western Australia! Today you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers to travel along the rugged coastline to the port of Geraldton. Aboriginal Cultural Icon Heading north to Yanchep National Park, you’ll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience in a bush setting. Meet your Aboriginal guide who’ll share with you their way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It’s a hands on experience where you’ll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools and it will have you rolling around with laughter. Continue along the coast to the seaside hamlet of Lancelin at lunchtime and then to Nambung National Park, home of the marvelous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. On arrival in Geraldton you’ll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and have the chance to discover the seaside township.

Hotel: Mantra Geraldton

Day 2: Geraldton – Monkey Mia

Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of Stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth! Later visit fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten meters deep. Continue to the crystal blue waters and the pristine white shell and sandy beaches of Monkey Mia.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights.

Day 3: Monkey Mia “Free Time”

Every morning, Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins swim to shore to be fed. After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the bay, watch the dolphins swim into shore (Note: As dolphins are wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Today is yours to do as you choose. Why not take a scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park or after a lazy morning take an afternoon wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran to spot sea creatures great and small. In the evening, there’s nothing like sitting back with a cocktail or a cool beer, watching the world go by as the sun goes down over the water.

Day 4: Monkey Mia – Kalbarri

Venture into Kalbarri National Park and view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge from the vantage point of Hawks Head Lookout. Keep an eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons hunting along the gorges and cliffs. Later visit Red Bluff Lookout overlooking the Indian Ocean. During wildflower season, the National Park is a bloom with many a variety of wildflower. You’ll spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Best Western Kalbarri Edge Resort

Day 5: Kalbarri – Perth

Today you’ll travel back to your final destination, Perth. On the way you’ll stop at New Norcia. A Benedictine community owned and operated by a group of Roman Catholic monks since 1847. It’s Australia’s only monastic town, where the monks live and work. You’ll have a chance to explore the town’s museum and art gallery. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. What a great opportunity to share a few laughs as you recount stories from the last week together!

Hotel: Travelodge Perth

Day 6: Farewell from Perth

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
May: 22$2,195.00$2,875.00
June: 19$2,195.00$2,875.00
July: 17$2,195.00$2,875.00
August: 21, 28$2,195.00$2,875.00
September: 4, 11, 18, 25$2,195.00$2,875.00
October: 2, 9, 16, 30$2,195.00$2,875.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 5 nights
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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Treasures of the Yucatan

Delve into the soul of the ancient Mayans. Cities of stone, the landmarks of Chichén Itza and Edzná now abandoned and creeping through the dense rainforests of the Yucatán-home to sun, sea and the glories of an ancient civilisation which once ruled Central America then mysteriously disappeared.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Cancun

Bienvenidos a Mexico. Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a private transfer to the hotel. Gather at 7 p.m. to meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

Day 2: Cancun – Ek Balam – Valladolid – Izamal – Merida

Begin your exploration of the Yucatan Peninsula with a visit to the great Maya acropolis at Ek Balam. The ruins here provide a window into the Mayan soul, with elaborate statues and grand architecture surrounded by a plethora of vegetation. Then it’s on to Valladolid, the Yucatan’s first capital, for lunch at a local restaurant and a stroll around its convivial central square. Next, visit the colonial jewel of Izamal with its yellow buildings glowing in the tropical sun. Visit the Franciscan Monastery before ending your day in “The White City” of Merida, one of Mexico’s loveliest colonial cities.

Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Merida, 2 Nights

Day 3: Celestun Excursion

Visit Celestun UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where you’ll travel by small boats through the lagoons and canals into protected wetlands to spot the local colony of pink flamingos. Relax during lunch under the palm-thatched roof of a local beach restaurant and enjoy some free time. This evening, gather for a Be My Guest experience hosted by Chef Don Miguel in the Chaya Maya Mansion kitchen. Upon arrival, you are greeted and served a welcome cocktail symbolic of the region, the “Mayita”, or Margarita de Chaya. Learn about the dishes that you’ll be making and sampling today, including the traditional processes with a modern twist used in their preparation.

Day 4: Mérida – Campeche

Immerse yourself in the history and passion of colonial Mexico in Mérida today. View the Paseo de Montejo lined with beautiful Spanish mansions. Visit the Mérida Museum. See the glories of the city as you venture around the Central Plaza, the ornate Casa Montejo, the massive Cathedral and the Palacio del Gobierno with its remarkable collection of murals. Continue on to Campeche. Stroll from the magnificent Puerta de Tierra-the main entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Campeche’s fortified old city-to the Puerta del Mar, which opens up to the Gulf of Mexico. The evening is yours to enjoy one of the many delicious local restaurants on your own.

Hotel: Plaza Campeche

Day 5: Campeche – Edzná – Uxmal

Travel to La Ruta Puuc for a further taste of Maya history and culture. Inhabited as early as 400 BC, the abandoned city of Edzná now reveals its secrets to modern-day visitors. Your Travel Director’s intimate knowledge of its fascinating history brings the ruins to life. A special treat awaits you at a Regional Meal lunch featuring Yucatecan specialities of pollo and cochinita pibil (chicken and pork wrapped in banana leaves and smoked underground). End the day at your historic hotel.

Hotel: Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum Authentic Accommodation

Day 6: Uxmal – Sotuta de Peón – Chichén Itzá

Few sites reflect the glories of Maya architecture better than the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal. From the Governor’s Palace to the majestic Pyramid of the Magician, you’ll be guided through one of the best-preserved ceremonial centres of any Maya city. At the living history museum of Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, step back in time to the age of the haciendas. Learn about the Cultural Insight of henequen (sisal fiber), the green gold of the Yucatán during the colonial era. Visit the main house and the still-active processing plant. Ride a picturesque mule-drawn rail cart out to one of the cenotes (natural wells) that dot the Yucatán countryside. Later this afternoon, travel to your hotel ideally situated next to Chichén Itzá, the most famous Mayan archaeological site. Enjoy the evening at leisure to relax on the shaded terrace or cool off in one of the pools.

Hotel: Mayaland Authentic Accommodation

Day 7: Chichén Itzá Sightseeing – Cancun

Rise early and be the first visitors as you take advantage of your hotel’s own private entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichén Itzá. Under the expert guidance of your Travel Director, explore the imposing El Castillo (The Castle), flanked by the Temple of the Warriors and the great Ball Court, the largest of its kind in Central America. This afternoon, return to Cancun to enjoy some free time by one of the hotel’s pools or at the beach. Tonight, celebrate your Yucatán adventure at a lively Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

Day 8: Depart Cancun

Bid adiós to your newfound amigos as you transfer to Cancun International Airport for your flight home or choose to extend your stay in Cancun.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 24$2,495.00$3,390.00
February: 21$2,525.00$3,420.00
March: 07$2,525.00$3,420.00
April: 04$2,525.00$3,420.00
May: 09$2,525.00$3,420.00
October: 10, 31$2,525.00$3,420.00
December: 05$2,525.00$3,420.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & deluxe air-conditioned moto coach while touring
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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The Wonders Of Mexico’s Yucatan

Home to one of the world’s most sophisticated ancient cultures, Mexico’s Yucatán offers fascinating archaeological sites and interesting colonial cities. On this Yucatán tour, you’ll explore many of these archaeological ruins and discover its fun cities with overnights in Cancun, Uxmal, Campeche, Mérida, and Chichen Itza.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Cancun, Mexico

Welcome to Cancun! At 6 pm, meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Hotel: Westin Resort & Spa

Day 2: Cancun – Valladolid – Uxmal

This morning, visit the colonial city of Valladolid, known for its charming streets and sun-splashed walls. After a short orientation tour, there’s time to explore on your own. Arrive later this afternoon in Uxmal. Tickets are included tonight for the exciting Sound & Light Show, full of magic and mystery.

Hotel: Hacienda Uxmal Hotel, 2 Nights

Special Feature: Your home for the next two nights is the Hacienda Uxmal. Set on lush tropical grounds and just a short walk from the Uxmal Archaeological Park, the Hacienda Uxmal has hosted royalty and celebrities, including Queen Elizabeth, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Henry Kissinger.

Day 3: Uxmal

Today, we visit the most famous ruins of the Puuc region, Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The existence of this city is a testament to the engineering abilities of the Maya who built reservoirs to provide water to it during the dry season. Later, visit the Choco-Story Museum, where you’ll learn the history of coca, its importance to the Mayans, and see how chocolate was prepared using an ancestral recipe. You’ll even have the chance to make your own Beverage with ingredients you choose.

Day 4: Uxmal – Campeche

This morning, a unique Cooking Demonstration is in store for you. Here, you will learn the traditions still practiced in most of the rural Mayan communities. Learn about the special ingredients and spices used and how the food is prepared. Continue to the coastal town of Campeche, once a fortified pirate haven and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll find a captivating port filled with history, baroque Spanish architecture, and natural beauty. This afternoon’s city tour includes visits to the vibrant malecon (waterfront) area, the historic fort of San Francisco De Campeche, and the historic downtown area. Have your camera handy, as Campeche has spent the last few years restoring hundreds of downtown buildings, making it one of the most photogenic colonial cities in all of Mexico. This evening is at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing.

Hotel: Hotel Plaza Campeche

Day 5: Campeche – Becal – Merida

Our first stop today is the village of Becal. For more than a century, the skilled hat weavers of Becal have been weaving Panama Hats using ancient Mayan techniques. We’ll visit a local Hat Maker to learn about the history and the hat-making process. Later, journey to Merida, capital of the Yucatan state and its colonial heart. Visit the Museum Of Anthropology, home to a collection of exclusive artifacts from the Maya civilization to present day. Your hotel this evening is a former colonial mansion that is within walking distance of shopping and the historic city centre.

Hotel: Hotel Casa del Balam

Day 6: Merida – Chichen Itza

This morning, enjoy a city tour including the cathedral, Governor’s Palace, and the tree-lined streets of Paseo de Montejo. On to Chichen Itza, where the renowned Hotel Mayaland is your home for the next two nights. You may wish to take a dip in the pool, stroll through the beautiful gardens, or just enjoy a cool drink. After dinner this evening, you are invited to attend the Sound & Light Show.

Hotel: Hotel & Bungalows Mayaland, 2 Nights

Special Feature: Located in the heart of Chichen Itza Archaeology Park, the Hotel Mayaland is set on 100 acres of tropical gardens and maintains its own private entrance to the park. Built in 1923, it’s the world’s oldest hotel inside an archaeological site, and has been named a “must see” by Conde Nast Traveller.

Day 7: Chichen Itza – Excursion To Ek’ Balam

Start the day with a visit to Chichen Itza, built by the Maya between 600 and 900 AD. It was abandoned by the end of the 10th century and re-established in the 11th and 12th centuries, possibly by the Toltecs. Visit the Ball Court, site of sacrifices; El Castillo, a formidable building dedicated to the high priest; and the Cenote Sagrado, the sacred well once filled with priceless treasure offered to the gods. Next, visit the enormous and elaborate pyramid inside the Mayan site of Ek’ Balam. Meaning “Black Jaguar,” Ek’ Balam was at the height of its importance as a Mayan city during the Late Classic Period (600-900 AD). When the Mayas abandoned the site, it went undercover as the dense low-lying jungle of the Yucatan engulfed it. Found by archaeologists and adventurers, its restoration has been ongoing since 1997. Return to Chichen Itza, where your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner. The perfect ending to your time in the Yucatan.

Day 8: Chichen Itza – Cancun

After breakfast this morning, depart for Cancun. Please schedule flights from Cancun International Airport after 1 pm.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
February: 18$2,589.00$3,143.00
March: 11$2,589.00$3,143.00
April: 15$2,589.00$3,143.00
September: 23$2,589.00$3,143.00
October: 21$2,589.00$3,143.00
November: 04$2,589.00$3,143.00
December: 02$2,589.00$3,143.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & deluxe air-conditioned moto coach while touring
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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Colonial Singapore & Malaysia

EExplore the colonial heritage of Singapore and Malaysia and discover the diverse culture of the region. A melting pot of religion and cultures, from Buddhism to Catholicism, the Dutch to the Chinese and the British, explore the colonial heritage of the region. Explore the bustling streets of Chinatown and Little India in Singapore and Malacca’s Dutch Square in Malaysia.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Singapore

A feast for the senses awaits in Singapore – a fantasyland of skyscrapers, lush gardens and an intoxicating mix of cultures and cuisines, from India to China. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Later meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with local appetisers.

Hotel: Parkroyal on Beach Road, 3 nights

Day 2: Singapore

Tread in the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles, launching your city tour on the spot where it all began for colonial Singapore – Raffles Landing Site. Stroll along the Singapore River through the Colonial District and see the landmarks that remain to this day, including the former Parliament House, the Victoria Theatre and the Old Supreme Court Building. ‘Dive into Culture’ and explore the contrasts of Singapore, from the red and gold façades of Chinatown to the intoxicating spice and vibrant flower garland vendors in Little India. Later, visit the UNESCO-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens and enjoy a leisurely stroll through its exquisite National Orchid Garden before spending the afternoon at leisure. This evening, a ‘Local Specialist’ demonstrates the delicate craft of Chinese Calligraphy before dinner at a local Chinese restaurant. Stroll through the narrow lanes of the Night Market and take a trishaw ride before returning to your hotel.

Day 3: Singapore

There are few things more important to the local Singaporeans than food and you’ll discover this as you ‘Dive into Culture’ and spend the morning sampling the city’s culinary delights that reflect its multi-cultural influences, including Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan. Rub shoulders with the locals at Geylang Serai market, which lies at the heart of the Malay community. Here you can indulge in all-time Singaporean favourites like Roti Prata and Thosai taken with a frothy glass of Teh Tarik. Continue to the Joo Chiat and Katong enclave, strolling past its pastel-hued pre-war shophouses. With a bit of luck, you may come across the popiah masters who stand over hot griddles twirling dollops of dough in mid-air to make paper-thin wrappers for fresh spring rolls. Enjoy an evening at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience.

Day 4: Singapore – Malacca

Leave the cityscape of Singapore behind bound for Malaysia, where your journey begins with a visit to Kampung Cantik village. Here you’ll ‘Connect with Locals’ and join a family for a Be My Guest lunch before a walk around the village with a ‘Local Specialist’. Admire the distinct Malacca kampong stilt houses and discover the scents and flavours of local fruits, herbs and spices that infuse the delicious regional cuisine. Immerse yourself in the local culture and participate in some of the villagers’ favourite pastimes such as top spinning and silat, a Malaysian art of self-defence. Then, continue to your hotel in Malacca and check-in for a relaxing evening.

Hotel: Casa del Rio, 2 nights

Day 5: Malacca

This morning, your ‘Local Specialist’ reveals the seamless fusion of Portuguese, Dutch, British and Malay influences that have shaped the UNESCO-listed historic city of Malacca. Embark on an informative walking tour past Dutch Square with its Stadhuys and clock tower, reflecting the multi-cultural heritage of this once vibrant trading port. Ascend to the top of Malacca Hill, then stroll along the river to Kampung Kuli where you’ll discover colourful shopfronts displaying traditional crafts. This afternoon, board a leisurely cruise along the Malacca River, sailing past historic buildings, old godowns (warehouses), churches and villages. After a day of exploration enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Day 6: Malacca – Kuala Lumpur

The commercial and culinary hub of Malaysia awaits – its skyscrapers and colourful street vendors yours to explore over the next two days. You’ll visit Independent Square and the grand 19th century Sultan Abdul Samad Building, with a final stop to see the city’s landmarks from the Sky Bridge perched between the imposing 88-storey-high Petronas Twin Towers that tower over Kuala Lumpur. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore Kuala Lumpur on your terms.

Hotel: Melia Kuala Lumpur, 2 nights

Day 7: Kuala Lumpur

We venture into the countryside this morning to visit a village inhabited by the Orang Asli, an ethnic group widely regarded as being Malaysia’s original inhabitants. We’ll delve into their history and traditions during a visit to the Orang Asli Museum, then stroll around the village with a ‘Local Specialist’, observing first-hand local traditions such as bamboo cooking and weaving. We return to Kuala Lumpur, where we’ll visit Chow Kit Market and watch how the locals haggle to get the best deals. Our next stop is the central Kuala Lumpur enclave of Kampung Baru, where the ethnic Malay lifestyle has been preserved. Sample traditional Malay sweets and cakes at the local food stalls before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 8: Kuala Lumpur – Batu Caves – Cameron Highlands

Journey deep into the Malaysian countryside, stopping briefly at the Selangor Pewter factory before continuing to Batu Caves, one of Malaysia’s most iconic sights and a popular Hindu shrine. En route to the Cameron Highlands, enjoy a quick photo stop at the Lata Iskandar Waterfall, then continue to Tanah Rata for a Trafalgar highlight – afternoon tea and scones with cream and locally produced jam. Discover the region’s strawberry farming heritage during a visit to a strawberry farm, then continue to your hotel for dinner.

Hotel: Strawberry Resort Park

Day 9: Cameron Highlands – Ipoh

Lush valleys and tea plantations provide a tranquil backdrop for today’s drive through the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s most extensive hill station. Snap a photo of the area’s emerald landscape before driving to Perak Cave Temple, an extensive cave complex in Ipoh. Venture into the cave temple and see its beautifully painted murals and golden sitting Buddha statue, which dominates the temple. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the charasmatic town of Ipoh and admire the colonial-style buildings which were once home to wealthy tin miners and today house trendy cafés and shops. Walk through the old town’s narrow laneways and admire the street art that adorn its façades. Spend the rest of your evening relaxing or consider visiting the night bazaar for some retail therapy.

Hotel: Weil

Day 10: Ipoh – Georgetown

This morning’s historical tour of Georgetown starts with a photo stop at Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light, the founder of the British colony in Penang, first landed in 1786. Continue to a local coffee shop where a Local Specialist will explain the traditional process of roasting the perfect coffee bean. Next visit Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house which is a building where Chinese families of the same surname gather together to worship their ancestors. It is a magnificent building embellished with intricate carvings and woodwork. Later enjoy a trishaw ride around the town to view the many colonial buildings followed by a visit to the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion with a Local Specialist. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure or take part in an Optional Experience.

Hotel: Penaga, 2 nights

Day 11: Georgetown

Immerse yourself in the Asia of yesteryear as you embark on a historical tour of Georgetown. Begin your journey back in time with a quick photo stop at Fort Cornwallis, where Captain Francis Light, the founder of the British colony in Penang, first landed in 1786. Continue with a visit to the small home of the local joss stick maker, a ‘Local Specialist’ who will demonstrate the almost-forgotten craft of making handmade joss sticks. Your next stop is to the intricately carved Chinese clan house of Khoo Kongsi, where Chinese families of the same surname gather together to worship their ancestors. Later, see the city’s splendid colonial architecture and famous street art from the comfort of a traditional trishaw, followed by an afternoon at leisure. Your epic journey across Singapore and Malaysia almost at its end, you’ll join your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the highlights of your trip.

Day 12: Depart Georgetown

Say farewell to newfound friends before taking a transfer to Penang International Airport for your onward flight.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
February: 24$4,495.00$6,095.00
March: 17$4,495.00$6,095.00
April: 07, 28$4,495.00$6,095.00
May: 19$4,495.00$6,095.00
June: 02, 30$4,495.00$6,095.00
July: 21$4,495.00$6,095.00
August: 11$4,495.00$6,095.00
September: 01, 22$4,495.00$6,095.00
October: 13$4,495.00$6,095.00
2020 Dates & Prices
February: 23$5,095.00$6,915.00
March: 15$5,095.00$6,915.00
April: 05, 26$5,095.00$6,915.00
May: 17$5,095.00$6,915.00
June: 07, 28$5,095.00$6,915.00
July: 19$5,095.00$6,915.00
August: 09, 30$5,095.00$6,915.00
October: 11$5,095.00$6,915.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director and Separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Southern Spectacular

Indulge in a delicious home-cooked barbecue lunch when you visit Morelea Farm and meet the Kiwi farming family of Angie and Stan Taylor. Make sure you have your camera battery charged to capture magnificent sights as you journey down into Milford Sound. Watch as master carvers create works of art out of the blocks of Pounamu.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car. Meet your Travel Director this evening for a welcome reception.

Hotel: Novotel Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch – Twizel

Visit Morelea Farm, a working sheep farm, the home of Angie and Stan Taylor. See sheep shearing and farm demonstrations before enjoying a Be My Guest BBQ lunch, and wait until you try Angie’s famous pavlova! See Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki and visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel.

Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel

Day 3: Twizel – Dunedin

Visit spectacular Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Then visit the stately historic town of Oamaru. This afternoon travel to Dunedin, where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 4: Dunedin Included Choice – Te Anau

Choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise or experience an interactive of tour Speight’s Brewery.

Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown

Be awestruck by the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. See ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on Milford Sound takes you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Then, travel the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown, for an orientation tour.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights

Day 6: Queenstown Included Choice

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for thrilling luge rides, or visit the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Or take a 4WD minibus tour through spectacular Skippers Canyon. Perhaps visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or journey deep into the mountains to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm for lunch. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Then enjoy an entertaining farm show.

Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Visit the gold mining village of Arrowtown, then enjoy stone fruit at Cromwell. See lakes Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls. Then it’s on to Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 8: Franz Josef – Punakaiki

This morning, walk among rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Explore Franz Josef Glacier – take a scenic flight or a glacier hike (both own expense). Then depart for Hokitika, for a greenstone (jade) factory tour. Later, at Punakaiki see the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Day 9: Punakaiki – Christchurch

Travel to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine. This spectacular train journey is rated as one of the world’s greatest. Join your Travel Director this evening for a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Novotel Christchurch

Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 01, 15, 29$3,995.00$5,185.00
June: 10$3,795.00$4,915.00
August: 05, 19$3,795.00$4,915.00
September: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,795.00$4,915.00
October: 07$3,795.00$4,915.00
October: 14, 21, 28$4,855.00$6,145.00
November: 04, 11, 18, 25$4,855.00$6,145.00
December: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$4,855.00$6,145.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Rail:Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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Captivating China

Mysterious, enigmatic and ancient: China is all these things and more. On this tour of China, you’ll start in Beijing, end in Shanghai, and overnight along the way in Xi’an, Chengdu, and three nights aboard your cruise ship on the mighty Yangtze River.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Welcome to Beijing, China’s second largest city and one of the most populous cities in the world. Join your Tour Director and travelling companions for dinner this evening.

Hotel: Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel, 3 nights

Day 2: Beijing

Enjoy the iconic sights of China’s vibrant capital city today, including Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world; the magnificent Forbidden City, a palace complex that housed successive emperors for over 500 years; and the glorious Summer Palace, a park of lakeside pagodas and ornate pavilions set among beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding Kunming Lake.

Day 3: Beijing

This morning, drive to Mutianyu to visit the legendary Great Wall Of China. The Great Wall of China once stretched 6,000 kilometres across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi desert. Walk along a well-preserved section of the wall for sweeping views of this huge fortress. Return to Beijing after lunch for a visit to the Jade Museum, before enjoying the remainder of your day at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner.

Day 4: Beijing – Xi’an

This morning, visit the Temple Of Heaven before your flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival in Xi’an, the remainder of your day is free to enjoy one of the greatest ancient capitals of China.

Hotel: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, 2 nights

Day 5: Xi’an

Today, enjoy a visit to the first emperor’s funeral vault to see the amazing Terracotta Warriors. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots, and horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall, built in 1378 and surrounding the old city; then visit the Xi’an Art Ceramics And Lacquer Exhibition Centre. This evening, sample a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal, followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty Dancing.

Day 6: Xi’an – Chengdu

Enjoy time at leisure this morning, then take a Walking Tour through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. This afternoon, fly to Chengdu, known as the “heavenly state.”

Hotel: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel, 2 nights

Day 7: Chengdu – Leshan – Chengdu

Journey to Leshan to see the Giant Buddha, the largest stone Buddha in the world. Carved into a mountain, it is said to date back to 713 AD. Return to Chengdu in the afternoon.

Day 8: Chengdu – Chongqing (Embarkation) – Yangtze River Cruise

Today, you are sure to enjoy a visit to the Chengdu Research Base Of Giant Panda Breeding, home to giant pandas, red pandas, golden monkeys, and other wild or endangered species. Here, you will have a chance to learn about the wonderful giant pandas while viewing them up close. Then, transfer to the train station where you will board a train to Chongqing. Upon arrival in Chongqing, visit the old town area before boarding your ship for an exciting 3-night Cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Cruise: Victoria Sofia, 3 nights

Day 9: Cruising: Shibaozhai

The morning is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activities. You may choose to start your day with a tai chi session on the Sun Deck, take a swim in the pool, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. After lunch, take a Walking Tour of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red-wooden pagoda perched high on a cliffside. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship’s crew.

NOTE: Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.

Day 10: Cruising: Qutang Gorge – Wu Gorge

Later in the morning, sail through the first and second of the three gorges- Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. After lunch, disembark for a Boat Excursion down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills.

NOTE: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream.

Day 11: Cruising: Three Gorges Dam Site (Disembarkation)-Yichang – Shanghai

Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site, before sailing through the east section of Xiling Gorge. Disembark your cruise at Yichang and transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Shanghai.

Hotel: Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel, 3 nights

Day 12: Shanghai

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful Yu Yuan Gardens, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the Shanghai Museum, where superb antiques and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore Nanjing Road, the city’s main pedestrian and shopping area. After dinner, enjoy a spectacular Acrobatic Show.

Day 13: Shanghai – Hangzhou – Shanghai

Board a Bullet Train for a day trip to Hangzhou. Set amid verdant greenery alongside West Lake, this 2,000-year-old city was the seat of China’s Song emperors and brims with historic relics and natural beauty. Begin with a Cruise On West Lake before visiting a Tea Garden famed for its green tea. Enjoy a taste of this renowned tea and learn about its production. After lunch, take a walk on the Ancient Street Of Hefang and visit a traditional Chinese Pharmacy. Then, visit the former residence of Mr. Hu Xueyan, the founder of traditional Chinese medicine in Hangzhou. Return to Shanghai in the early evening.

Day 14: Depart Shanghai

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 14, 21, 28$3,651.00$4,205.00
May: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,651.00$4,205.00
July: 07, 28$3,581.00$4,135.00
August: 11$3,581.00$4,135.00
September: 01, 08, 22$3,651.00$4,205.00
October: 06, 13, 27$3,651.00$4,205.00
October: 27$3,581.00$4,135.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Flights:Air Ticket: Shanghai / Xi'an / Chengdu - Yichang / Beijing
Rail:Rail Ticket: Chengdu / Chongqing
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation & 3 nights cruising
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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Classic China & The Yangtze River

This tour through China, including a Yangtze River cruise, offers you opportunities to see some of China’s most historic sites, learn about the local culture, and witness spectacular scenery. You’ll stay three nights each in Beijing and Shanghai, two nights in Xi’an, and three nights aboard your Yangtze River cruise ship.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Beijing

Welcome to China! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town, 3 nights

Day 2: Beijing

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Next, explore the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest palace complex in the world. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore on your own. This evening, savour a special Peking Duck Welcome Dinner.

Day 3: Beijing – Great Wall Excursion

The Great Wall Of China once stretched 4,000 miles (6437 kilometres) across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Return to Beijing for some time at your leisure. Tonight, you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, a traditional form of Chinese theatre, or attend the Legend of Kung Fu Show, with a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics.

Day 4: Beijing – Xi’an

This morning, visit the Temple Of Heaven and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s Hutongs, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighbourhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home to learn more about their life. A short flight brings you to Xi’an.

Hotel: Xi’an Grand Mercure on Renmin Square, 2 nights

Day 5: Xi’an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of Terracotta Warriors that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a Noodle-Making Demonstration by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD. This evening, attend the “Tang Dynasty” Dinner Show, featuring a colourful assemblage of classical performances.

Day 6: Xi’an – Chongqing (Embarkation) – Yangtze River Cruise

This morning, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and learn to write like a local during a traditional Chinese Calligraphy Class; you may even see some locals practicing their morning tai chi. Next, fly to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Visit a local ZOO to see pandas prior to boarding your cruise ship for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Cruise: Victoria Katarina, 3 nights

Day 7: Cruising: Shibaozhai

The morning is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activities. You may choose to start your day with a tai chi session on the Sun Deck, take a swim in the pool, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. After lunch, take a Walking Tour of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red-wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship’s crew.

NOTE: Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.

Day 8: Cruising: Qutang Gorge – Wu Gorge – Goddess Stream

Again, enjoy the morning at your leisure on the ship. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Fengdu, known by many Chinese as the “Ghost City,” to visit the mountaintop shrines. Later in the morning, sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges – Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. After lunch, disembark for a Boat Excursion down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills.

NOTE: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream.

Day 9: Cruising: (Disembarkation) Three Gorges Dam Site – Yichang Shanghai

This morning, take a specially designed boat through a lock followed by a visit to the Three Gorges Dam Site, the largest dam of its kind in the world. After lunch in Yichang, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and centre of trade and industry.

Hotel: Sofitel Hyland Shanghai, 3 nights

Day 10: Shanghai

Start your day with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit Yu Yuan Gardens, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a Silk Factory to learn about the silk-making process. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant featuring Xiaolongbao, Shanghai’s most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top. The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show.

Day 11: Shanghai

This morning, visit the Shanghai Museum, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a Walking Tour of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure- from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Day 12: Depart Shanghai

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 06, 20$4,039.00$5,069.00
May: 11, 25$4,039.00$5,069.00
June: 08$3,949.00$4,979.00
July: 06$3,949.00$4,979.00
August: 17$3,949.00$4,979.00
August: 31$4,039.00$5,069.00
September: 07, 14, 21$4,039.00$5,069.00
October: 05, 12, 19$4,039.00$5,069.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Flights:Air Ticket: Beijing / Xi'an / Chongqing - Tichang / Shanghai
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation & 3 nights cruising
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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