China's Harbin Ice Festival

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0% 9 months interest free†
Weekly
$39*
Monthly
$169*
This deal expires on the 25th Aug 2019

    Availability

    From 05/01/2020 to 02/03/2020

    Departure dates & prices

    Dates Availability Price
    • Jan Sun 05 2020 to Jan Thu 09 2020
      Sold Out
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      $1,635*
    • Feb Sun 16 2020 to Feb Thu 20 2020
      Available
      From
      $1,515*
    • Feb Thu 20 2020 to Feb Mon 24 2020
      Available
      From
      $1,515*
    • Feb Thu 27 2020 to Mar Mon 02 2020
      Available
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      $1,515*

    What's included

    Built to accommodate Russian engineers working on the Trans-Siberian Railroad in the 19th century, discover Harbin’s Russian and Jewish heritage on a guided walking tour.
    Experience Harbin’s International Ice & Snow Festival, a vast winter wonderland of the biggest and most elaborate ice sculptures in the world.
    Tour the festival with a local guide during the day and again at night, when the frosty re-creations of famous buildings, monuments and characters are lit up in technicolour.
    Train travel is intrinsic to Chinese life.
    Bunk up with locals and other travellers on an overnight sleeper train from Beijing to Harbin, and experience a high speed train back the other way.
    Hotel (3 nights),Overnight Hard Sleeper Train (1 night).
    Overnight Sleeper Train,Private Bus,Public Bus,High Speed Train,Subway.
    Age: min 15.
    Group Size: 1 - 12.
    Harbin - Walking Tour & Saint Sophia Cathedral.
    Harbin - International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival.
    Harbin - Snow Park.
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    Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Beijing - Overnight train Welcome to China. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. Perhaps arrive into Beijing a few days earlier to explore the city. Visit Tiananmen Square, shop for arts and crafts at Panjiayuan Flea Market or check out the Forbidden City (the largest palace complex in the world). Board an overnight sleeper train to Harbin in the early evening.
    • Day 2 - Harbin Arrive into Harbin this morning. Make sure you layer on the warm clothes, as Harbin is colder than Beijing and you’ll be outside exploring the city for a lot of the day. Transfer from the train station to the hotel, where you may be able check in early and freshen up if the rooms are ready. Enjoy a walking tour of Harbin, visiting Saint Sophia Cathedral and the busy central street of Zhongyang Dajie. Your guide will provide a history of the city during the tour, including Russia’s influence on Harbin. In the evening visit a local restaurant and try a hearty stew meal that'll surely warm you up and typical to northern China.
    • Day 3 - Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival Today explore the Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival with your local guide. Winters are very long and very cold in Harbin, and for entertainment a tradition of ice carving developed, said to date back to the Qing dynasty when fishermen would pull ice from the Songhua river to carve into lanterns. This has evolved in to an epic winter festival, with artists and sculptors competing to create the largest, most extravagant and intricately detailed structures. Entire buildings - cities, almost - are reimagined in frozen form. The festival is the largest of its kind in the world. Tour the various exhibitions of sculptures made from snow and ice, which is sourced from the nearby Songhua River. The sculptures are life-size re-creations of famous buildings, structures and characters, created by master sculptors and artists. Every year, the ice and snow sculptures in exhibit vary, but in the past, the festival has featured ice Kremlin, enormous seated Buddha and a supersized Chinese fishermen. Observe the sculptures during the day, and engage in other optional activities such as sledding, ice hockey and ice mini golf. Revisit the festival at night, when the ice is lit up with colourful lights, keeping warm with a coffee or hot chocolate from one of the festival stands.
    • Day 4 - Beijing In the morning, board a high speed train for the comfortable journey back to Beijing (approx 7-8 hours) across the winter landscapes of China's north. Transfer to your hotel on arrival and enjoy a free evening to explore the city. Perhaps catch an acrobatic performance at the Chaoyang Theatre or wander through busy street markets. Beijing boasts a world-class gastronomic scene. Feast on roast duck in a traditional restaurant, eat dumplings and noodles in a backstreet eatery or enjoy some of the best international dining in China. Ask your leader for local food recommendations and farewell your group tonight with a feast.
    • Day 5 - Beijing This winter wonderland adventure comes to an end today. There are no activities included, so you may depart the city at any time
    Travel now, pay later
    0% 9 months interest free†
    Weekly
    $39*
    Monthly
    $169*
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