Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Harbin Ice Festival Express - 5 Days

  from USD $1,750

Let it snow! See the world's largest and most elaborate ice sculptures this New Year at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Magical, other-worldly and with New Year's Eve spent exploring the brilliantly illuminated Ice Lantern Show in Zhaolin Park, this is a holiday like no other.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Beijing - ready to explore

Friday 29 December 2017. Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Arrive Beijing Airport and included transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore. Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven are all located within the vicinity of our hotel.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

This morning, we set off to see the UNESCO protected Great Wall of China at Juyongguan Pass. At one time perhaps nearly 9700 kms long, the wall was garrisoned by 1 million soldiers and featured over 1,000 fortified passes and 10,000 beacon towers. Juyongguan is one of the three great mountain passes of the Great Wall. Built during the Ming Dynasty the fortified structure stands as the first line of defence for protecting Beijing. Big battles were fought here against Jurchens and Mongols. Genghis Khan also led his army to the pass in 1213. Juyongguan Pass offers a different perspective of the wall than that of Badaling. Aside from far less tourists visiting the area, Juangguan is incredibly scenic and offers picture perfect views of the ruinous wall zigzagging into the distance. After plenty of time to explore we return to Beijing, have time for a meal before flying to Harbin this evening.
Overnight: Harbin  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Snow Sculpture Expo & Harbin Snow & Ice World

Today, we hit Sun Island Park for the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo. The festival is open to visitors from 20 Dec, (though the official festival opening occurs on 05 Jan). This is a wonderful time to visit as sculptors will still be adding final touches to their masterpieces.

This afternoon is filled with thrills and spills as we make our way to the dreamlike theme park known as Harbin Snow and Ice World today. Imagine sliding down a huge ice luge resembling the Great Wall of China or climbing to the top of a replica of the Emperor’s Summer Palace in Beijing, complete with towers, guard house, moat and seven arched bridge. You could also sail away on Empress Dowager Cixi’s ice marble boat. The creations of Snow and Ice World are beyond imagination, enchanting, inspiring, otherworldly and often a little bizarre. What will be on offer this year is anyone's guess.

This evening we include dinner at hotpot restaurant before returning to our hotel to take a position our hotel bar to ring in the New Year. With plenty of lights, ice and ‘Maitai firewater', (the local alcoholic spirit) we welcome in the coming year.
Overnight: Shangri La Hotel - 5 star  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Happy New Year - Harbin Ice Lantern Show

Harbin - Beijing. Happy New Year! This morning offers free time before we visit Zhaolin Park to see the enchanting Ice Lantern Show, also known as the Ice Lantern Art Fair. The small and sometimes giant frozen displays (ice lanterns as they are known) change from year to year but often include both modern and ancient spectacles and supernatural creations. There is time to marvel at the magnificence of the beautifully illuminated ice sculptures, many incorporating Traditional Chinese lanterns and revel beneath the thousands of fairy lights adorning the park. This evening we bid farewell to Harbin boarding the express overnight sleeper train bound for Beijing.
Overnight: Soft Sleeper Train to Beijing  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Beijing - your way

Tuesday 02 January 2018. Arrival into Beijing we return to our holiday start hotel to enjoy a nice hot breakfast. You are welcome to leave your luggage at our hotel and head out head out to explore Beijing, returning prior to your included departure transfer to the airport arranged to coordinate with your international flight. Please ensure that flights departing Beijing are booked after 2pm, in case of delays. Post tour accommodation is also available if you require.
Breakfast

See the Terracotta Warriors

If you would like to see more of China on your holiday, opt for our Harbin Ice Festival - 11 day tour that includes touring of the Forbidden City and a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing, the Great Wall at both Badaling and Juyongguan Pass, Luoyang - home to the giant Buddhist statues at Longman's Caves and Xi'an - home to the UNESCO listed, famed Terracotta Warriors.

See our Harbin Ice Festival - 11 day itinerary for more info.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

We welcome families with youngsters over 12 years of age on this trip. Please contact us for further details.

Families are welcome on this departure.
Families Welcome
Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1750
USD $810
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1750
USD $810

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Beijing - Pre-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $80
Beijing - Post-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $80

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Yong An Hotel, Beijing

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Just a 5 minute walk from the Agricultural Exhibition Centre, the Yong An hotel is a modern hotel with great amenities. Guest rooms are classically decorated with large windows allowing lots of natural light. The hotel has a restaurant that serves up both Chinese and western dishes. Complimentary wi-fi is available and the popular buzzing bar street is just a 15 minute taxi ride away.

Harbin Shangri-la Hotel, Harbin

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Overlooking the Songhua River and city centre, the luxury 5 star Shangri-La Hotel is a fantastic place to enjoy the city of Harbin whilst enjoying world-class service. The comfortable guestrooms are tastefully furnished with large windows from which to enjoy the views and equipped with all the amenities you would expect of a 5 star hotel. All guests can enjoy 24 hour room service, complimentary Internet access and the state-of-the-art fitness centre. There is also an indoor swimming pool, outdoor tennis court and health club with three dining options including fine Cantonese dining at the Shang Palace, delicious desserts at the Coffee Garden and cocktails at the Lobby Lounge.

Trip Highlights

HARBIN INTERNATIONAL ICE & SNOW FESTIVAL including Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Harbin Ice and Snow World and Harbin Ice Lantern Show at Zhaolin Park.
BEIJING - free time to explore
GREAT WALL OF CHINA - the mountainous Juyongguan Pass section of the UNESCO listed Great Wall of China

Included

4 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Flight from Beijing – Harbin
Escorted by an experienced English speaking Chinese Tour guide
All relevant transfers and transportation in private heated vehicles
2 nights 5 star hotel in Harbin and 1 overnight train Harbin - Beijing (soft sleeper cabin)
Touring of the Juyongguan area of Great Wall of China and Harbin Ice Festival
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 5
A very good holiday!

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$115-125, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$40-50, paid in local currency
Tour Details
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Beijing
Departs
29 Dec 2017
Hotel Rating
4 & 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 4, Dinner: 1

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