Its modern face is dazzling, but China is no one-trick pony. The world’s oldest continuous civilization isn’t all smoked glass and brushed aluminum and while you won’t be tripping over artifacts – three decades of round-the-clock development and rash town planning have taken their toll – rich seams of antiquity await. Serve it all up according to taste: collapsing sections of the Great Wall, temple-topped mountains, villages that time forgot, languorous water towns, sublime Buddhist grottoes, and ancient desert forts. Pack a well-made pair of traveling shoes and remember the words of Laotzu: “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

What’s included

•  3 nights in Beijing at Presidential Hotel or similar
•  2 nights in Xi’an at Tianyu Gloria Hotel or similar
•  1 nights in Chengdu at Xinliang Hotel or similar
•  2 nights in Shanghai at Ambassador Hotel or similar
•  3 nights on China Goddess No. 2 Cruise or similar
•  17 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 1 dinner
•  Meet & greet at airport
•  Transfer from airport/hotel/airport
•  Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
•  Visit Summer Palace
•  Excursion to the Great Wall of China
•  Photo stop at Olympic Stadium
•  Visit Temple of Heaven
•  Visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda
•  Visit a Chinese calligraphy demonstration and the Jade Atelier
•  Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors & Bronze Chariots
•  Visit Panda Research Base
•  Excursion to Shibaozhai Temple
•  Passage of Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge
•  Tour of Shennong River in a small boat
•  Excursion of Three Gorges Dam
•  Passage of Xiling Gorge
•  Visit to Mandarin Yu Garden
•  Visit Jade Buddha Temple and Bund
•  All transfers and transportation for sightseeing in air-conditioned vehicles
•  High-speed train ticket in 2nd class from Beijing – Xi’an
•  High-speed train ticket in 2nd class from Chengdu – Chongqing
•  High-speed train ticket in 2nd class from Xi’an – Chengdu
•  High-speed train ticket in 2nd class from Yichang – Shanghai
•  Entrance fees
•  English-speaking guide

Not Included

• Porterage
• Compulsory gratuity per person for cruising (Approximately $25.00 per person)
• Optional tours
• Visa fee for China
• Tips for services of local guides and drivers
• Any personal expenses


Duration: 12 days & 11 nights

Travel Style: Guaranteed Departures

Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Full itinerary
Please Note

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour you will be advised of any amendments.


Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.

DAY 1 | (ARRIVAL) Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, our representative will meet you at airport and assist you in transferring to your hotel. Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, one of the largest and most populated cities in the world that is full with monuments and great points of interest. Once you check-in, the rest of the day is open at leisure.

| Overnight in Beijing
DAY 2 | Beijing

Following breakfast, you will visit the Tian An Men Square which is the largest public square in the world, which can hold one million people. You will then visit the Imperial Palace known as the Forbidden City, China’s traditional symbol and a masterpiece of classical architecture. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the Summer Palace, the summer residence of the emperors located about ten kilometers northeast of the city. In the evening, you will be treated to a roasted duck in Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant.

| Overnight in Beijing
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 | Beijing

After breakfast, you will head off to the world famous Great Wall, a colossal architectural work designed for defensive purposes and communication over 6,000 kilometers. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, you will make a photo stop at the Olympic Stadium, known as the “Bird’s Nest” for its characteristic shape of a bird’s nest, and the “Water Cube” Aquatic Center opened at the forefront during the 2008 Olympics.

| Overnight in Beijing
|  Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 | Beijing – Xi’an

Have breakfast at your hotel before leaving to visit the Temple of Heaven, the immense construction of blue glazed roofs topped by golden balls. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to the train station to travel in a high speed train from Beijing to Xi’an (2nd class). Upon arrival in Xi’an, you will start you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight. Enjoy the rest of your morning to do as you please.

| Overnight in Xi-an
|  Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5 | Xi’an

Following breakfast, you will start the day with a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building and regarded as the city’s symbol and a Chinese calligraphy demonstration to have an understanding of the Chinese characters. Then, you will have time to stop at the Jada Atelier. In the afternoon, you will visit the world famous Terracotta Army, a large number of statues depicting the wagons and warriors of the Imperial Army, each one looks distinctly unique. Enjoy a ravioli lunch at Defachang Restaurant.

| Overnight in Xi’an
|  Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6 | Xi’an – Chengdu

Begin your morning by having breakfast. You will be transferred to the train station to head to Chengdu. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and the hometown of the world famous pandas. Upon arrival in Chengdu, you will be met by one of our representatives that will help you in transferring to your hotel.

| Overnight in Chengdu
|  Breakfast
DAY 7 | Chengdu – Chongqing – Cruise

Following breakfast, you will visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. It is a non-profit organization engaged in wildlife research, captive breeding, conservation education, and educational tourism. Following lunch at a local resturant, you will be transferred to the train station where you will board a high speed train as you travel to Chongqing. Upon arrival in Chongqing, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the port where you will board your cruise. The cruise will depart in the late evening.

| Overnight aboard cruise
|  Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8 | Chongqing – Cruise

After breakfast in the early morning there is an optional tour. The optional tour will take you to the City of Ghosts, Fengdu. Lunch will be served on board. In the evening, you will head towards the Shibaozhai Temple.The temple is ared wooden 12-story pagoda rising stunningly against a 30 meter high rock outcropping along the banks of the Yangtze River. Following the excursion, you will be treated to a welcome dinner begins that is hosted by the crew on board.

| Overnight aboard cruise
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9 | Cruise

Begin your morning with breakfast. In the early morning, there is an optional tour. The optional tour is an excursion to Baidicheng. Baidicheng is an ancient temple complex on a hill on the northern shore of the Yangtze River in China. Around noontime, you will pass the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Lunch will be served on board. Later in the day, you will tour the Shennnong River in a small boat. If you are lucky, you may be able to see 3 small gorges. In the evening, you will be treated to a farewell dinner will be hosted by the crew on board. The cruise will pass through the locks of the Grand Dam in the late evening.

| Overnight aboard cruise
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10 | Yichang – Shanghai

Following breakfast, you will head to an excursion of the Three Gorges Dam. The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River and it is the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity. In the morning, the cruise will pass the Xiling Gorge. You will continue to Yichang before having lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, you will be transferred to the train station for your high speed train to Shanghai. Shanghai is a multicultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features in the city. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.

| Overnight Shanghai
|  Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11 | Shanghai

Following breakfast, you will visit Mandarin Yu Garden, 16th-century Ming style masterpiece which reproduces the typical landscape of the South of the country with small lakes and streams, rocks and the bazaars around it. You will also enjoy the Jade Buddha Temple, with the statue in the precious white material coming from Myanmar, and the Bund, the symbol of Shanghai, where you can view the history of the city. You will also visit the Silk Factory. Enjoy a lunch buffet at local restaurant before you are transferred to your hotel for overnight. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

| Overnight Shanghai
|  Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 12 | (DEPART) Shanghai

ave breakfast at your hotel on your final day. You will be transferred to the airport at the appropriate time, depending on your departure time, to take your flight home.

|  Breakfast
The Presidential Beijing

The Presidential Beijing is located in Xicheng District, a 20-minute drive from Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing and the Forbidden City. The hotel offers an indoor pool, 4 dining options and free internet access in public area.

Beijing Presidential Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Fuchengmen Subway Station (line 2) and a 40-minute drive from Beijing Capital International Airport. Beijing West Railway Station is a 15-minute drive away.

The comfortable guestrooms at Presidential Hotel Beijing come with both air conditioning and heating. A mini-bar and cable TV are included. Hot drinks can be prepared with the electric kettle.

Relaxing sauna facilities and massage services are available. Guests can exercise at the fitness center or enjoy a game of table tennis. Presidential Beijing also provides laundry services and luggage storage.

Tianyu Gloria Hotel

From the presidential suites to the standard rooms, the tastefully decorated and spacious rooms at Tianyu Gloria Grand Hotel Xian are a truly inspirational find in Xian. Located just outside the city walls, a tourist attraction in itself, this hotel has great views of the old city. All the major tourist sites are easily accessed by taxi, and these can be arranged by the very helpful staff. As visitors are probably already aware, Xian is the home of one of the Eight Wonders of the World – The Terra-Cotta Warriors – which definitely should not be missed. The city is rich in ancient Asian culture, and the staff of the Gloria Plaza have a reputation for getting guests to and from all of the locations effortlessly. The 328 rooms of the establishment are second-to-none in their class, so why not have a look? Please enter your dates on our secure online booking form to make a reservation at Tianyu Gloria Grand Hotel Xian.

Ambassador Hotel

The 26-story Ambassador Hotel is in Jing’an District of Shanghai, a 5-minute drive from Longde Road subway station (Line 11). It houses a fitness center, 3 dining options and accommodations with free internet access.

Ambassador Hotel is a 15-minute drive from the hotel to Shanghai Train Station, a 20-minute drive from Hongqiao Airport. The Bund is 4 miles away. Pudong International Airport is a 40-minute car ride away.

The air-conditioned guest rooms feature warm lighting and modern interiors. Each unit comes equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and has a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries.

Guests can enjoy soothing massage treatment, or rent a car to explore the surroundings. For convenience, fax, printing and photocopying facilities are provided.

The Grand Palace Restaurant serves a fine selection of local and Cantonese dishes, and international dishes are available at Clivia Coffee Shop. Alternatively, the Japanese Restaurant & Teppanyaki YAWARA provides a variety of the Japanese cuisine.

Xin Liang Hotel

Located in the central business district of the city, close to Chunxi Road, a time-honored street, Chengdu Xinliang Hotel is within touching distance of the fashionable shopping landmark – IFS (International Financial Centre) and Taikoo Li, and within walking distance of Tianfu Square – the traffic hub of the city center. It serves as a great base for exploring Chengdu because of its perfect location. The hotel’s design is inspired by the Ba-Shu culture featured in leisurely life, incorporating elegant modern styles to create an oasis in the middle of a prosperous city. The warm personalized service makes you feel perfectly at home and enables you to enjoy all the comforts of life. A total of 345 tranquil, comfortable and modern guestrooms, abundant in Shu charm and equipped with the latest facilities, afford you a wonderful picture of the magnificent landscape of Chunxi Road.

China Goddess No. 2

China Goddess 2 is one of the newest 5 star cruises launched in Nov, 2014. With the theme-“Chinese Civilization, Three Gorges & Goddess Culture”, the cruise is like a moving Three Gorges culture exhibition center. On the whole ship, the passengers can enjoy not only the spectacular Three Gorges scenery, but also the culture and stories of the China Goddess.


Useful info about our trips

  • UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)

  • All tours and entrance fees are included

  • All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES

  • International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates

  • Alterations

    A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

  • Price are based on double occupancy

    Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.

  • All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.

  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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