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IN PURSUIT OF PANDAS
• The iconic sites of Beijing and Xian - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors and ancient city walls
• Zoom through the countryside on a bullet train
• Visit a panda conservation centre near Chengdu
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TRAILS OF JAPAN
• Hike around iconic Mt Fuji
• Experience an onsen (hot springs) hotel in Takayama
• Walk through the tranquil Bamboo Forest in Kyoto
• Stay overnight in a mountain-top Buddhist monastery
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• A wildlife experience in Ranthambore National Park
• The romantic ‘pink city’ of Jaipur
• The Taj Mahal at sunrise
• Sacred ghats and temples of Pushkar
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*Terms and conditions apply: Valid for sale until 21 September 2018 unless sold out prior. Early Bird sale is available for travel on selected flight inclusive group tours on selected dates to 30 November 2019. It is available from selected Australian cities. Pricing is applicable on twin share basis and single supplements apply. Valid for new bookings only and is not transferrable. Subject to availability of airline, special economy class fare and specific airfare class. Surcharges apply once airfare is sold out. Advertised prices include applicable early bird savings to existing dates. Pre-flight seat allocation is not available. Blackout dates apply. Tour itinerary was taken from the supplier, correct at 12 July 2018. For more information please contact your itravel agent.
IN PURSUIT OF PANDAS
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly to Beijing for a three-night stay.
DAY 2: IMPERIAL BEIJING
Begin in Beijing’s symbolic heart with a stroll across Tiananmen Square, flanked by imposing government buildings and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao. At the head of the square the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City is a monument to dynasties past. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex of a thousand rooms and many imperial treasures. Later soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking Duck, after which there is an option to enjoy a Kung Fu show (at your own expense).
DAY 3: THE GREAT WALL
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Stretching thousands of kilometres from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert, over all sorts of dramatic landscapes, it is one of the world’s most impressive feats of engineering. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the magnificent scenery that it crosses. Drive back to Beijing, then savour a relaxed afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional gardens and admire exquisite architecture. Jade is revered throughout China; it is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. You will have an opportunity to visit a jade factory, where you will be able to buy a small handcrafted piece. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.
DAY 4: FLY TO XIAN
Fly to Xian. An illustrious and age-old city, Xian is one of the four great ancient capitals of China. It is also the capital of Shaanxi province, and the starting point of the fabled Silk Road with a history spanning 3,100 years. Take a leisurely stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town to get your bearings, before a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
DAY 5: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
After their fortuitous discovery by local farmers in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-like warriors who stand in their original formations at the exact location where they were excavated. Visit the workshop of the craftspeople who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Take a bullet train to Chengdu.
DAY 6: DUJIANGYAN PANDA BASE
Visit one of the world's finest panda conservation centres where you’ll gain a real insight into the hard work that goes into caring for and boosting the population of this endangered species. The pandas here are kept in conditions very close to their natural habitat. Later enjoy the atmosphere of Nanjiao Park and then Jinli Street – a lively road lined with antique shops and restaurants before sampling a delicious Sichuan meal.
DAY 7: GIANT PANDAS
A visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears. See them up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat as they chomp through piles of bamboo. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve’s breeding programme. Later, visit the Shu Brocade Embroidery Museum, then enjoy a hot beverage in a traditional tea house before visiting Matchmaker’s Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children.
DAYS 8-9: CHENGDU TO AUSTRALIA
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
TRAILS OF JAPAN
DAYS 1-2: FLY TO TOKYO
Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, for a three-night stay. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
DAY 3: DISCOVER TOKYO
Explore the two sides of Tokyo, the modern and the traditional. The city tour begins at the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcasting tower at 634 metres. Close by is Asakusa, at the heart of which is Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, and the vibrant Nakamise shopping street. This afternoon stop at the famous Shibuya crossing, the tranquil Meiji Shrine and the vibrant district of Harajuku. Finally, it’s time for a unique Tokyo experience – the Robot Restaurant. Experience what can only be described as a sci-fi cabaret! Dinner is at your own expense. (B)
DAY 4: JAPANESE DRUMMING
This morning, try your hand at traditional Japanese drumming with a Taiko class. Learn the fundamental techniques of beating the ‘wadaiko’ with ‘bachi’. Next, head to Akihabara, known as Tokyo’s electronics district. Wander the neon-bill-boarded streets and visit a Maid Café, one of Tokyo’s most popular types of themed establishments. Lunch is at your own expense. In the afternoon, explore Tokyo’s past at the Edo Tokyo Museum or Tokyo National Museum. (B)
DAY 5: MT. FUJI
The perfectly symmetrical cone of mighty Mt Fuji is the iconic image of Japan. This morning journey out of Tokyo into some of Japan’s picturesque rural landscapes. Pick up a hiking trail and walk through alpine forest, across meadows and around lakes at Fuji’s base, pausing often to gaze on the peak towering above you. (B,D)
DAY 6: SNOW MONKEYS
Travel to Matsumoto and explore the Matsumoto Castle.Continue to Nagano stopping in Yudanaka to visit the Japanese Macaques, or Snow Monkeys, at the Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Monkey Park). These creatures make use of the area’s natural hot springs, bathing and playing in and around the water. (B)
DAY 7: JAPANESE ALPS
Travel to Hotaka and ride up into the Japanese Alps on the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway, reaching an observation platform at 2,156 metres, which gives breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains (weather permitting). Drive to Takayama where you will be staying at an onsen hotel. Here you can relax and bathe in the natural hot spring pools and experience this most traditional pastime. This afternoon you will have time to explore Kamisannomachi Street and sample the street food on offer (at your own expense). (B,D)
DAY 8: SPIRITUAL KYOTO
Take a Limited Express train to Nagoya, where you will change onto a Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto. This afternoon, start discovering Kyoto’s rich heritage with a visit to the enchanting Fushimi Inaritaisha Shrine with its pathway of torii gates before admiring the views over the city from Kiyomizudera Temple. Stroll around the old neighbourhoods of Higashiyama and Gion, the geisha district, with a stop at Gion Corner. (B)
DAY 9: JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY
Take a half-day bicycle tour of Kyoto, starting at Kinkaku-ji, the ‘Golden Pavilion’, before contemplating Zen at Ryoan-ji, Japan’s most famous classical garden. Continue to the Arashiyama district for some free time to explore the Bamboo Forest. Later in the afternoon, witness the rituals involved in the preparation and pouring of matcha tea in a traditional tea ceremony. (B)
DAY 10: KYOTO CULTURE AND KOYASAN
Spend the morning discovering the craft of kimono creation at Nishijin Textile Centre, before learning the paper-folding art of origami and the complicated process of dressing in a traditional kimono. This afternoon, travel by road to Koyasan, where you will spend the night in a 13thcentury temple in a traditional tatami room. (B,D)
DAY 11: MORNING PRAYERS
Rise early to join the monks for their morning service – hearing the recitation and chanting is a magical experience. After breakfast, take a walking tour of Koyasan. Visit Kongobu-ji and Okunoin before travelling to Osaka. (B)
DAY 12: HIMEJ & SAKE BREWERY
Take a day tour to Himeji, visiting the 17th-century Himeji Castle. Continue on to a sake brewery, where you can learn about the brewing process of this potent rice wine and enjoy some tasters. Return to Osaka and experience the vibrant Dotonbori district. (B)
DAYS 13-14: FLY OSAKA TO AUSTRALIA
Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO DELHI
Fly to Delhi for a two-night stay.
DAY 2: DISCOVER DELHI
A city equally chaotic and charming, Delhi grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go! Spend a full day exploring the sights of Old Delhi: pass the colossal Red Fort, browse the bustling bazaar of Chandni Chowk, visit India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid, and view the 1930s Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple. Cross over into New Delhi to make a brief stop at India Gate, and visit Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutab Minar, before some time to browse in Connaught Markets.
DAY 3: AGRA
Drive to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. On arrival, visit the Itmad-ud-Daulah, nicknamed the Baby Taj, an exquisite marble tomb that predates the Taj Mahal and is thought to have inspired it. You’ll also explore the hulking mass of red sandstone that is Agra Fort, which sits on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Fort was established in the 16th century but has been much added to over time, making it an eclectic mix of architectural styles.
DAY 4: TAJ MAHAL
Rise early to see the sun rise over India’s most iconic sight. At dawn, the Taj Mahal is swathed in mist and tinged pink by the rising sun – seeing it is a magical experience. Head to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, a spectacular, abandoned array of Mughal palaces and temples. Continue by road to Ranthambore National Park.
DAY 5: TIGERS OF RANTHAMBORE
Enjoy both morning and afternoon canter safaris through the national park, keeping your eyes peeled for tigers! There are around 50 majestic Bengal tigers that are living amongst Ranthambore’s undulating landscapes, as well as leopards, nilgai, sloth bears, wild boar, hyena and over 300 species of bird.
DAY 6: BUNDI'S STEPWELLS
Travel to one of Rajasthan’s hidden gems, the captivating Bundi, a town that is dominated by its immense fort. Within the fort walls is a beautiful palace, Badal Mahal, famous for its painted murals. Stroll through the town to the unique step wells – a vital source of water in the past, and a breathtaking sight today.
DAY 7: CHITTOR FORT
Depart Bundi and drive to Udaipur, with a stop en route at Chittor Fort. One of the largest forts in India, Chittor sprawls across a hilltop overlooking the town of Chittorgarh. Its precinct contains grand old palaces, gates, temples and towers – its magnificence has been inspiring travellers and artists alike for centuries. Continue to Udaipur where, later this afternoon, you’ll cruise on Lake Pichola, admiring the city’s palaces from the water, including the incredible Lake Palace.
DAY 8: DISCOVER UDAIPUR
Today you will explore the city, starting with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake and stops at the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden. Later visit the ornate City Palace and take a stroll through the local shops.
DAY 9: TRAVEL TO PUSHKAR
Travel by road to Pushkar. Sat on the banks of one of India’s most sacred lakes, there are 52 ghats built on the edge of the water, used for bathing by Hindu pilgrims, which are backed by hundreds of blue-washed temples. Take a walking tour of the vibrant market and admire the Brahma Temple, the city’s most important temple, and one of few in the world dedicated to the deity many Hindus believe is the creator of the universe.
DAY 10: JAIPUR
Travel to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and Rajasthan’s capital. On arrival, visit two of the city’s top sights, the Maharaja’s City Palace, still the home of the city’s royal family, and Jantar Mantar Observatory, a fascinating collection of instruments designed to measure the heavens.
DAY 11: AMER FORT
Begin the day with a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the iconic ‘Palace of the Winds’, before travelling out of the city to admire the majestic Amer Fort, the colossal 16th century yellow and pink sandstone fort just 11 kilometres out of Jaipur. Back in the city, head to a craft centre to learn about traditional artistries such as block printing and carpet weaving before browsing the local bazaar at Choti Choper.
DAY 12: KINGDOM OF DREAMS
Travel to Gurgaon near Delhi, where tonight you will visit the Kingdom of Dreams to watch a magical Bollywood performance.
DAYS 13-14: GURGAON – DEPART DELHI FOR AUSTRALIA
After breakfast visit the Delhi Haat and enjoy some free time to shop and pick up last minute souvenirs. Return to your hotel where you will some time at leisure and a late check-out before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.