On the right track to reaching new heights

An exciting rail journey along the world’s highest-elevated track is followed by a leisurely three-day cruise through a scenic section of Asia’s longest river on a Helen Wong’s Tours visit of Tibet and Yangtze.

And the good news is that there are still spaces available for this 20-day group tour before the 2011 season’s end in November.

Priced from $6250 per person twin share, the tour begins with a Qantas flight from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth to Beijing for a four-night stay before guests fly to Xian to see, and marvel over, the amazing archaeological wonders: the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang.

The lifetime tour continues with a flight to Tibet’s Lhasa and visits to such inspirational sites as the Potala Palace during the three-night stay before travellers board the famous train for the overnight journey to Xining and a one-night stay.

A following flight has the group in Chongqing for the cruise of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges and the famous giant dam of the same name, aboard Victoria Cruises, to Yichang and a flight to shanghai for a four-night stay in this vibrant cosmopolitan city.

The tour culminates with a rail journey between shanghai and the city’s international airport on the world’s swiftest train, the Maglev, before checking in for the return flight home.

Helen Wong’s Tours Tibet and Yangtze program includes all air and rail travel, four to five-star accommodation, daily breakfasts and lunches, 11 evening meals, three cultural shows, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees where specified, assistance of english-speaking guides, the Yangtze cruise and shore excursions where specified, and China visa for Australian passport holders.

In addition, a travel kit including 424- page Odyssey China book and cabin bag are also included in the price along with departures taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges (subject to change).

Supplement for single travellers is $1720 for the departures in October and November.

While group tours of popular, Helen Wong’s Tours also thrives on offering a range of itineraries for independent travellers in its China encounters program.

Each tour – based on a minimum two people, ranges from four days to 13 days and offers flexibility with a personal touch. Travellers have the assistance of an english speaking guide and driver, hotels of deluxe and first class arranged to suit budget.

Among them is a seven-day Chengdu- Tibet tour, available between April and November and priced from $3050 per person, twin share, including all meals.

A particularly popular choice is a seven-day shanghai/Xian and Guilin tour, priced from $2000 per person, twin share.

Details: Helen Wong’s Tours, phone 1300 788328, www.helenwongstours.com

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