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Great Chinese Discovery with Majestic Yangtze River Cruise - 12 Days (CN-06)

Group size
2-12 people
All year
12 days
Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chongqing, Yichang, Suzhou, Shibaozhai, Yangtze
from £3,095
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Explore beyond the dazzling mega-cities of China and delve into the enchanting beauty of the Yangtze River. As one of the world's largest waterways, it meanders through diverse landscapes from its origin in Qinghai Province, spanning nearly 4,000 miles before reaching the East China Sea in Shanghai. This tour provides a captivating and enlightening journey, offering a glimpse of many of China's remarkable highlights, blending urban excitement with the natural majesty of the Yangtze.

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Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Hutong Neighbourhood by Rickshaw Guided Tour
Upon your arrival at the airport, our designated guide and a driver will be readily available at the arrival sector. They will seamlessly transfer you to your hotel. To immerse yourself in the charm of old, authentic China, your exploration begins with a guided rickshaw tour through a Hutong neighborhood. Hutongs, characterized by narrow alleys, offer a glimpse into a disappearing aspect of the city with the rapid pace of development. Some preserved old Hutong areas hold a special status, contributing to the conservation of Beijing's cultural heritage. This tour provides a nostalgic journey back in time, allowing you to capture the essence of Beijing's rich history. (D)
Day 2
Guided Tour of Tiananmen Square
Guided Tour of the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace
Summer Palace Guided Tour
Roast Duck Dinner
Commencing our day at Tiananmen Square, which gained global recognition when Mao Zedong declared the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, this expansive square remains a central focal point of the city. Ranking as the fourth largest city square in the world, it boasts an impressive area spanning 440,000 square meters. From here, our journey takes us to the illustrious Imperial Palace, widely known as the Forbidden City, which served as the residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties (1420-1924). Exploring its rooms reveals a wealth of one million treasures, with our seasoned guide highlighting the most captivating ones.

Later in the day, we visit the splendid Summer Palace, an exceptional showcase of Chinese landscape garden design. As the day concludes, indulge in a well-deserved roast duck dinner, savouring this iconic Beijing dish. (B,L,D)
Day 3
Guided Tour of the Badaling Great Wall
Visit to the Olympic Green
Embarking on a journey to witness the iconic Great Wall of China, a symbol of Chinese civilization dating back to the 7th century BC, our destination is the Badaling Great Wall in Yanqing County, approximately 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Beijing. Renowned as the most well-preserved section of the Wall, Badaling offers a captivating glimpse into this historical marvel.

Following this exploration, the itinerary takes you to the Olympic Park, a testament to Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Marvel at architectural wonders such as the "Bird's Nest" Beijing National Stadium, the Aquatics Centre known as the "Water Cube," and the Green Hockey Field.

As the day transitions into the evening, indulge in the cultural richness of Beijing with one of its finest Acrobatic Shows, a captivating display of skill and artistry. (B,L,D)
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Day 4 – Beijing
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Morning bullet train to Xian: Beijing - Xian
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Xian City Tour
Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Dinner Show
Embarking on an exhilarating railway journey aboard a state-of-the-art high-speed train to Xian, covering the impressive distance of 711 miles from Beijing in just 4 hours and 40 minutes, you'll experience the comfort and efficiency of modern travel. Launched in 2012, this train offers Business, First, and Second class tickets.

Upon a brief hotel transfer in Xian, your city tour begins with the exploration of the Big Goose Pagoda, a seven-story Buddhist temple dating back to the 7th century, and the Little Goose Pagoda. These temples were once part of a larger architectural ensemble and stand as beautiful examples of Tang dynasty masonry.

A short walk from the City Wall, discover the Bell Tower, a historic symbol signaling the city gates' dawn opening, and the Great Mosque, one of the earliest mosques constructed in China. Enjoy a local lunch, and in the evening, treat yourself to dinner accompanied by the cultural richness of the Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show. (B,L,D)
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Day 5 – Xian
Visit the Terracotta Warriors
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Flight Xian - Chongqing: Xian - Chongqing
Transfer from the airport to the ship
Cruise on Yangtze
Accidentally unearthed in 1974 by local farmers near the city, the Terracotta Army has since become a global attraction, drawing millions of tourists each year. This remarkable site, estimated to include over 8,000 soldiers, 520 horses, and 130 chariots, offers a fascinating glimpse into ancient Chinese history. Explore the excavation pits, ascend the burial mound of the emperor, and benefit from your guide's detailed insights into the site and its archaeological significance. Recognized for its cultural importance, the Terracotta Army has held a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list since 1987.

Subsequently, our driver will be waiting in the hotel lobby to transfer you to the airport for your flight to Chongqing, marking the beginning of your special cruise along the Yangtze River. (B,L,D)
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Along the Yangtze
Day 6
Cruise on Yangtze
Today, the cruise ship will make a stop in Shibaozhai. You have the option to participate in some of the excursions available on board or explore the city independently. Enjoy the flexibility to tailor your day to your preferences, whether it's joining guided activities or venturing out on your own. (B,L,D)
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Along Yangtze
Day 7
Cruise on Yangtze
Embarking on the eastward journey, your cruise will navigate through picturesque gorges, offering breathtaking scenery. The first, Qutang Gorge, spans a mere 500 feet in width and extends 5 miles, nestled between towering mountains. Following this, Wu Gorge, though less dramatic, stretches 25 miles with its enchanting green mountains seamlessly merging with the river. Optional excursions present opportunities to enhance your experience.

In the afternoon, the cruise will traverse the longest and deepest gorge on the river, Xiling Gorge, spanning an impressive 41 miles. As the day unfolds, the ship will reach the Three Gorges Dam locks, facilitating a crossing to the other side of the dam later in the evening. (B,L,D)
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Yichang - Shanghai
Day 8 – Along Yangtze
Cruise on Yangtze
Transfer from the ship to the airport
Flight Yichang - Shanghai: Yichang - Shanghai
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Commencing your day, you will explore the renowned Three Gorges Dam, recognized as the largest dam in the world. Following this visit, you will disembark upon arriving in Yichang late in the morning. Our attentive driver will be waiting at the ship's entrance, ready to transfer you to the airport.

Upon reaching the airport in Yichang, you'll catch your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be warmly welcomed at the airport's arrival sector and smoothly transferred to your hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 9
Shanghai Guided City Tour
Visit to Shanghai Museum
Shanghai, a perpetual highlight in any Chinese journey, stands as the largest and most bustling city in the country, offering a captivating blend of ultra-modern architecture and tranquil gardens. Embarking on a panoramic city tour by car, your first stop is the People's Square, a central hub that houses Shanghai's local government and serves as a popular meeting place for locals. The square is also home to the Shanghai Museum, which, with its new building, showcases the pinnacle of Chinese art, encompassing fine bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, and furniture.

Continuing the exploration, immerse yourself in the local experience by strolling along the renowned Bund, a mile-long riverside promenade adorned with European-style buildings. Capture the essence of Shanghai's vibrant energy while enjoying the picturesque views. (B,L,D)
Day 10
Guided Tour to Yu Garden & Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Embark on an exploration of Shanghai's highlights, delving into the enchanting Yu Garden, the iconic Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the modern New Bund, and the bustling Nanjing Road. Spread across five acres, Yu Garden captivates with its Suzhou-style design, featuring six main areas, including a rockery, a chamber of ten thousand flowers, multiple halls, and ponds.

Contrasting with the traditional charm of Yu Garden, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower stands as a modern marvel. Erected in 1994, it reigned as China's tallest building for over a decade. Today, its impressive 468-meter tower offers 15 viewing levels, providing spectacular opportunities for photography. Don't miss the chance to stop for coffee at the revolving restaurant located at 267 meters.

Concluding the tour, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Nanjing Road, Shanghai's main shopping street, historically known as Park Lane until the mid-19th century. Join the millions of visitors who flock to this bustling street daily, experiencing the lively pulse of the city. (B,L,D)
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Suzhou - Shanghai
Day 11 – Shanghai
Transfer by car / minibus: Shanghai - Suzhou
Guided Day Trip to Suzhou
Transfer by car / minibus: Suzhou - Shanghai
Experience a delightful contrast to the bustling city life as you venture into the greener landscapes of Suzhou, renowned as China's Garden City. Explore the city's striking landscape design, where walled gardens once served as havens from the outside world. A highlight of your visit includes a serene boat trip on the Grand Canal, offering a unique perspective of Suzhou from the water.

Concluding your Suzhou tour, delve into the intricate world of silk production with a visit to a fascinating silk factory. This stop isn't merely for shopping but serves as an educational experience, allowing you to learn about the delicate process of crafting this luxurious fabric.

As the day winds down, transfer back to Shanghai in the evening, reflecting on the natural beauty and cultural richness experienced in Suzhou. (B,L,D)
Day 12
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you to the airport to catch your flight home. (D)
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Dates and prices
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29/06/2024 - 10/07/2024 £3,095 / £3,995 £595 book now
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Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Including flight" is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
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