CHINA | Yangtze Cruise

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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.”

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What’s Included

 Arrival and departure transfers
 3 nights in Beijing at Pentahotel Beijing or similar
 2 nights in Xi’an at Tianyu Gloria Hotel or similar
1 nights in Chengdu at Xinliang Hotel or similar
3 nights on Century Sun Cruise or similar
 2 nights in Shanghai at Ambassador Hotel or similar
20 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 2 dinners
 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

Tour Details

Duration: 12 days & 11 nights

Travel Style: Local Experiences

Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy

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

VISA Requirements: Yes
A visa is required for travelers with a valid US passport.

Physical Rating: 3 – Moderate
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.

Service Level: Standard
Tourists class accommodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included.

Not Included

 Arrival transfer from Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX)
Cable car at Great Wall
 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

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.

DAY 1 | Arrival - Beijing

Upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), one of our representatives will meet and assist you in transferring to your hotel.

Please note: Arrival transfer is based on arrival in PEK. If your arrival flight is incoming from Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), a supplement will be applied. 

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore on your own or relax at your hotel.

| 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. Tiananmen Square is the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses.  You will also see legendary landmarks including the Great Hall of the People and the towering 125 foot granite obelisk, Monument to the Peoples Heroes, honoring those who died in revolution.

You will then visit the Imperial Palace known as the Forbidden City, China’s traditional symbol and a masterpiece of classical architecture.  It has 9000-room maze of courtyards, places, and ceremonial halls, where 24 emperors used to live.  Forbidden City was indeed a forbidden place, where commoners were kept out for nearly 500 years in the past.  Tour the palace and imagine the mystery, intrigue and incredible power that reigned here.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. You will visit the Summer Palace, the summer residence of the emperors located about ten kilometers northeast of the city before returning to your hotel.

| Overnight in Beijing

|  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 | Beijing

After breakfast, you will head off to the world-famous Great Wall at Mutianyu (cable car is not included), a colossal architectural work designed for defensive purposes and communication over 6,000 kilometers. The Great Wall, one of the most remarkable feat of mankind, whose segments were built as long ago as 500 B.C. Archaeologists estimate that the wall once ran 6200 miles; today it is still impressive at 3,750 miles.  Serious work began in 220 B.C, when China’s first emperor Qin Shihuang, conscripted millions of soldiers and peasants to participate in this dangerous undertaking.  Constructions continued over the centuries, with the most impressive portions built during the 14th century Ming Dynasty.

You will have 3 hours to wander around Mutianyu Great Wall. It is very exciting to take the cable car up and down (at your own cost).

Mutianyu section is a bit more rugged and slightly less crowded than the more famous Badaling. Moreover, 96% of Mutianyu is covered with greenery, more than any other section of the Great Wall. This section of the Great Wall holds a prominent place in Chinese military history and now, it is equipped with cable car.

Enjoy a local lunch at a restaurant near by Great Wall. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

|Overnight in Beijing

|  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 | Beijing – Xi’an

Following breakfast, you will visit the Temple of Heaven. This temple was built in 1420 A.D., specifically for worship of heaven and prayers for good harvests during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is much bigger than the Forbidden City and smaller than the Summer Palace with an area of about 2,700,000 square meters.

After lunch at local restaurant, you will be transffered to the train station for a high speed train from Beijing to Xi’an (2nd class – 5.5 hours). Upon arrival in Xi’an, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

|Overnight in Xi’an

|  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 | Xi’an

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

We will depart to head to Banpo Neolithic Village for an hour and continue onto Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, where work is ongoing at the site. UNESCO listed it in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages. The State Council authorized to build a museum on site in 1975. Altogether over 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from the site.

Following lunch at a local restaurant, we will make a short stop at the Terracotta Replication Factory on the way back to the hotel.

| Overnight in Xi’an

|  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 | Xi’an – Chengdu

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to your hotel to take your flight to Guilin (economy class tickets).

The modern town of Guilin is an oasis of color with lush gardens, colorful flowerbeds and osmanthus trees lining the streets. However, the attraction of Guilin is the stunning scenery that surrounds it.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

| Overnight in Chengdu

|  Breakfast, Lunch

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 (2nd class – 2.5 hrs).

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.

The Yangtze River extends for a colossal 3900 miles, generally the section between Chongqing and Yichang is the most popular for cruise. Here the Three Gorges slice their way through the mountainous topography, leaving an unforgettable trail of natural wonder in their wake. At their conclusion stands the imperious Three Gorges Dam, a marvel of modern construction techniques that is becoming as much an attraction as the Gorges themselves.

| 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 a red 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 a shore 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.

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 (2nd class – 8 hrs). 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.

Please note: Those taking the cable car and golf car options to the Three Gorges Dam will have to pay the surcharge directly and is not included in the price of the package.

| Overnight in Shanghai

|  Breakfast

DAY 11 | Shanghai

Following breakfast, you will be picked up and head to Shanghai Old Street for sightseeing.

You will also visit the Yu Garden. Yuyuan Garden is the only fully restored classical Chinese garden in Shanghai. It was inaugurated in the Ming dynasty and has a total area of 20,000 square meters.

Although the garden occupies less than five acres, demonstrates perfectly the sophisticated art of combining several different elements to create a world in miniature – ingeniously mingling pavilions and corridors, small hills and carefully selected and well-placed rocks, lotus ponds, bridges, winding paths, and trees and shrubs.

A short stop will be made at the Yu Garden Typical Shanghai Tea House. You will also have the opporunity to stroll along Bund. Bund is still evocative of Shanghai’s past where, during the city’s riotous heyday, these buildings housed the great foreign enterprises. Your guide will point out the most prominent buildings of old Shanghai’s commercial heart including the former British and Russian Consulates, the former Jardine Matheson Company, the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank and the Shanghai Club.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. We continue the tour at the Shanghai Museum, a large museum of ancient Chinese art with collection of over 120,000 items of cultural relics displayed on a floor space of 12,000 sq. The museum style and presentation surround visitors with artifacts demonstrating ancient wisdom and philosophy. The exterior design of the round dome and the square base symbolizes the ancient idea of a round heaven and a square land.

We will also visit Pearl City and Tianzigang. The tour’s final stop will be the Old French Concession for sightseeing. Afterward, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

| Overnight in Shanghai

|  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12 | (DEPART) Shanghai

Enjoy 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

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Pentahotel Beijing

Occupying a central location in Beijing’s business district, pentahotel Beijing is around a 2-minute walk from the 2 subway lines at Chongwenmen Metro Station. It features a business center. Both free wired internet access and free Wi-Fi are provided in the entire property.

Located beside New World Shopping Mall, Beijing pentahotel is about a 10-minute drive from Tiananmen Square and popular shopping areas like Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. Beijing International Airport is around a 35-minute drive away.

Air-conditioned rooms offer the comfort of over-sized windows, a sofa and carpeted floors. Decorated in neutral shades, they have a 37-inch flat-screen TV and a safe.

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.

Century Sun

This deluxe cruise vessel, MV Century Sun is designed and equipped according to world class standards. There are 153 cabins on board, including 6 deluxe suites and 4 junior suites, accommodating 306 passengers. Each cabin has a private balcony with full-length observation window and a European style bathroom, and is furnished with a unique and refined interior.

Important Notice

Some useful info about our tours (land packages).

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


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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