Highlights of China

Tour departs: 13 May 2018
Tour length: 21 Days


Tour Departs: 13 May 2018.

Tour Length: 21 Days.

We are delighted to again offer this comprehensive tour to China as part of our 2018 tour programme. China, as one of the largest and most populous nations on earth has so much to offer the traveller. A journey through China is a journey through 5000 years of history with the ancient and the modern standing side-by-side. And of course the history and culture is just so different from our own. As was evidenced during the very successful Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China is changing rapidly. The last 20 years has seen this vast country progress to become a major player in the industrial and commercial world. But let’s not forget the history and mystery of ancient China spanning 5000 years – it is never far away…

The itinerary for the 2018 tour is similar to the very successful tours of the last few years with a few minor refinements to enhance the experience.

  • Beijing – the nation’s capital and heart and soul of Chinese politics and society for over 5000 years.
  • Xi’an – home to the incredible “Terracotta Warriors” – they must be seen to be believed.
  • Shanghai – the most prosperous city in China where the old and the new sit side by side.
  • Guilin – famous for its scenic rivers and limestone peaks covered with lush greenery.
  • Hong Kong – one of the world’s great cities where East truly meets West.
  • Yangtze River Cruise – The tour will spend 4 nights on board a first class river cruise ship (MV Century Legend) cruising on China’s longest river. The three great gorges in Sichuan and Hubei provinces are regarded as one of the greatest scenic attractions in China. Sit back in comfort and enjoy the passing dramatic scenery and rushing waters.


Sunday 13 May

Home – Hong Kong

This afternoon we join our flight to Hong Kong, where will overnight at our airport hotel to rest before continuing on to Beijing.

Monday 14 May

Hong Kong – Beijing (B/D)

We continue our journey this morning with a flight to Beijing where we are met on arrival and transferred to our hotel for a 4 night stay. We have time to relax in the afternoon and rest up after our flight. A leisurely dinner is at the hotel tonight.

Tuesday 15 May

Beijing (B/L/D)

Our full day tour takes us 40 miles north of the city to the Great Wall. The original construction of the Great Wall started in the 7th century B.C. to keep out the warring invaders. Additional sections were added for nearly 4,000 miles. A walk along this Great Wall is truly inspiring. The afternoon is equally as memorable but of a different era as we visit the icons of the Beijing Olympics – Bird Nest and Water Cube. This evening, enjoy a traditional Kung Fu performance.

Wednesday 16 May

Beijing (B/L/D)

Beijing has been at the heart and soul of Chinese culture, politics and society for over 5000 years. We commence our sightseeing programme of this fascinating city with a walk through the landmark Tiananmen Square followed by a visit to the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world, Thereafter, we spend time at the Summer Palace, once a summer retreat for the emperors and their families and now one of China’s best-preserved imperial gardens. Enjoy this masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. Tonight enjoy a western dinner.

Thursday 17 May

Beijing (B/L/D)

This morning we visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshiped. The surrounding grounds of the Temple will give us an insight into the locals daily activities. In the afternoon we visit Beijing’s famed Hutongs near Houhai Lake. This evening, we get together to enjoy the traditional Peking duck dinner at a local restaurant.

Friday 18 May

Beijing – Xian (B/L/D)

We have the morning free for further exploration or some shopping before transferring back to Beijing West Train Station in time for our high speed train to the ancient city of Xi’an, home to one of China’s most famous tourist attractions. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel for 2 night stay.

Saturday 19 May

Xian (B/L/D)

Today, we visit the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century, the life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses as they guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. The life-size terracotta soldiers and their horses were discovered in 1974 having been preserved in an underground vault of earth and timber for 2000 years. At the completion of our visit, we return to the city and see the ancient City Wall and Grand Mosque. This evening, we enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner and cultural show featuring music, dance, and traditional costumes.

Sunday 20 May

Xian – Hangzhou (B/L/D)

Today we have a free morning, before transferring to the airport for our flight to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to the hotel.

Monday 21 May

Hangzhou (B/L/D)

A full day tour visiting the Hua Gang Park and West Lake. You will appreciate the fabled scenery such as ‘Broken Bridge’, ‘Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake’ and ‘Three Pools Mirroring The Moon’. We take a short cruise tour on the West Lake, then visit the Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum. The museum presents visitors with a style of antique architecture alongside a treasury of traditional Chinese medical science and technology. With Hangzhou being famous for Longjing Green Tea; we visit a tea plantation to taste its famous tea and learn about the ancient tea making process.

Tuesday 22 May

Hangzhou – Suzhou (B/L/D)

Enjoy some free time this morning until we depart by coach for Suzhou a small town often called the “Oriental Venice” and famous for its classic gardens. We visit the Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets and the Humble Administrator’s Garden, two of the finest and most recognised gardens in China. Later, we board a traditional boat in Suzhou and cruise the canals that date back 1,000 years. We overnight in Suzhou.

Wednesday 23 May

Suzhou – Tongli – Shanghai (B/L/D)

After a leisurely morning and lunch, we drive to Shanghai. En route, we visit Tongli, a river village known for its ancient bridges. This is the China of picture books, complete with narrow streets, simple homes, teahouses and intriguing shops. We arrive into Shanghai late afternoon for a 2 night stay.

Thursday 24 May

Shanghai (B/L/D)

Stroll the Bund promenade along the Huangpu River, where the old meets the modern in Shanghai; then to the Old Town with its winding alleyways lined with shops, tea houses and restaurants, and to the elegant and tranquil Yu Garden. Xintiandi is a new attraction in downtown Shanghai, featuring the city’s unique “Shikumen” houses and a maze of narrow alleys which have been converted into cafes, restaurants, bars, art retail shops. In the evening, enjoy the breathtaking Shanghai Acrobats whose circus-like acts originated during the Han Dynasty more than 2,000 years ago.

Friday 25 May

Shanghai – Yichang – Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

We have some free time available this morning before transfer to Shanghai Airport in time to join the flight to Yichang. There is time for a city tour and dinner at a local restaurant before we transfer to our first class river ship for the start of our 4 nights on the Yangtze River.

Saturday 26 May

Three Gorges Dam (B/L/D)

After breakfast, enjoy a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site. The Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man. The Dam is 2,335 metres long, 185 metres high, 18 metres wide on the top and 130 metres wide at the bottom. The Dam has raised the river to a level of 175 metres above sea level. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and power generation began in 2005. We return to the ship and enjoy lunch, then this afternoon sail through the 5 stage ship lock at the Three Gorges Dam. Time of entry into the first stage is variable, and once entered, total passage takes 3-4 hours.

Sunday 27 May

Qutang & Wu – Lesser Three Gorges (B/L/D)

Before breakfast the ship approaches the entrance of the second of the Three Gorges – Wu Gorge. Below Wushan is the 25 mile long Wu Gorge, with cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. This middle gorge is best known for twelve unique peaks. Often hidden in swirls of mist, six line the north side of the river and six staggered peaks stand to the south. After breakfast, arrival in Wushan where you will disembark for a shore excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges. A motorized vessel will carry you through the picturesque Lesser Gorges, along a tributary of the Yangtze, the Daning River. Return to the ship, and lunch is served. Continue sailing upstream to the Qutang Gorge – the last, shortest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges. Passage through this 8-km long gorge takes about 30 minutes.

Monday 28 May

Fengdu (B/L/D)

After breakfast, disembark for a shore excursion to visit the “City of Ghosts”, the number one tourist attraction on the upper reaches of the Yangtze. The temple area on top of Ming Mountain plays tribute to the “King of the Underworld”. Your local guide will introduce the legends surrounding Fengdu, as well as many displays portraying interpretations of the Afterlife. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy the afternoon at leisure cruising on the scenic Yangtze River

Tuesday 29 May

Fuling – Chongqing – Guilin      (B/L/D)

We disembark from our river cruise ship in Chongqing after breakfast and then onto Chongqing Zoo to see the Pandas before joining the flight to Guilin.  Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon before we meet up for dinner.

Wednesday 30 May    

Guilin – Yangshuo      (B/L/D)

Today we enjoy a cruise with lunch on the Li River. See the mist-covered mountains that loom above the river, and quaint villages on its banks. Throughout this cruise, we see the most extraordinary limestone peaks, lush bamboo along the riverbank and fishermen in small boats working the river which provides a transport route for a mix of vessels. At the end of our leisurely cruise, we will check in to our hotel before meeting for dinner this evening.

Thursday 31 May      

Guilin – Yangshuo      (B/L/D)

After breakfast we will take a leisurely walk around Yangshuo with a stop included for lunch. Our guide will then lead us through the Yangshuo market before we get the chance to take part in a cooking class. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner followed by the River Li light show. This show will leave you mesmerized at how the performers seem to be floating on the river as they portray life and culture of the local Yangshuo people.

Friday 1 June       

Yangshuo – Guilin – Hong Kong – Home       (B/L)

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we check out of our hotel and journey back to Guilin, upon arrival, we will visit Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo Hill before heading off to the airport to join our flight to Auckland, via Hong Kong.

Saturday 2 June       

Arrive Home

Welcome Home!




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Tour Costs

Share Twin Per Person: $8,950
Single Supplement Cabin/Room: $1,500

Costs Include
  • Economy class air travel from Auckland – cost for upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class provided on request.
  • Prepaid airport/government/airline/ security charges and taxes (as at 01/09/2017).
  • First Class hotel accommodation throughout.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
  • First Class air conditioned coach transportation for all touring.
  • Executive Superior Cabin with executive privileges on the Yangtze River cruise ship.
  • All sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Services of Local and regional guides for all sightseeing.
  • Tips and gratuities to local and national guides, coach drivers, cruise staff and baggage handlers.
  • Fully escorted by a Maher Tours Leader.

Costs Exclude 
  • Passport and visa fees, travel insurance (advice and assistance given).
  • Any optional sightseeing tours offered in the course of the tour.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, room service, drinks, telephone charges etc.

“A first class tour to visit ancient and modern China.

There were many highlights. Main ones were walking the Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors, silk factory, Yangtze Cruise and River Li light show, Shanghai river cruise at night.”
– Meredith Crawford

“I thought we saw a great variety of sights. Loved all places. This was my first escorted tour and I would go again anytime.”
– KH

“A very interesting and exciting tour. We were amazed at the building and roading being done.”
– M&E S

“I recommend China as a holiday destination and Mahers have put together an excellent programme.  So many highlights, and exceeded my expectations.” 
– CO, Auckland

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