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12-Day Shanghai, Yangtze Cruise, Xi'an, Beijing Tour

Code:YT01
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
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Classic China & Yangtze River

Starting from Shanghai, travel upstream along the Yangtze River to enjoy a relaxing cruise from Yichang to Chongqing and discover the ancient history and imperial culture in China's two most famous old capitals in 12 days.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Delight in China's mega city Shanghai and soak up the spectacular view in the Bund.
  • A leisurely cruise takes you to absorb the grandeur of Yangtze and visit the world's largest hydropower project Three Gorges Dam.
  • Admire the most prestigious historic wonders of Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the incredible full sized underground troop Terra-cotta Army.

Classic China & Yangtze River

12-Day Shanghai, Yangtze Cruise, Xi'an, Beijing

Code:YT01
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$2084
Tour Highlights
  • Delight in China's mega city Shanghai and soak up the spectacular view in the Bund.
  • A leisurely cruise takes you to absorb the grandeur of Yangtze and visit the world's largest hydropower project Three Gorges Dam.
  • Admire the most prestigious historic wonders of Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the incredible full sized underground troop Terra-cotta Army.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Shanghai
Airport pickup and hotel transfer. Free day for you to explore the neighborhood.
Luxury: Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai Superior: Central Hotel Shanghai

Welcome to China! Upon your arrival, your friendly tour guide holding your name sign will greet you at the arrival hall, then transfer you to the hotel. Have a rest to recover from jet lag and get ready for your exciting China trip. 

Day 2
Shanghai
Visit the Yu Garden, stroll down Nanjing Road and The Bund, appreciate the panoramic view on the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center, relax yourself at Xintiandi and seek tranquility in the Jade Buddha Temple.
Breakfast

Visit the essence of traditional Chinese garden Yu Garden and enjoy the beautiful layout which also presents the philosophy of Chinese people's life.

Then head to the bustling Nanjing Road and the Bund which is granted World Architecture Museum.

Get on top of Shanghai World Financial Center to get a bird's view of Shanghai, which may change your impression of China.

Continue to visit Xintiandi (New World of Shanghai) to see Shanghai's traditional Shikumen constructions.

At last, visit the peaceful Jade Buddha Temple built in 1882, housing the famous Reclining Jade Buddha statue imported from Burma.

Xintiandi of Shanghai
Day 3
Shanghai-Yichang by Flight
Appreciate the tranquil Zhujiajiao Water Town. Then fly to Yichang and board the ship at Maoping Pier.
Breakfast
Luxury: Century Diamond / Century Sun Superior: Century Diamond / Century Sun

After a nice breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide and drive to Zhujiajiao Water Town. Walk through the old lanes along the bank of the watercourse and snap some photos from any angle that will turn out to be perfect. Enjoy a nice boat trip (your own expense) and catch sight of the old houses as cruising along on the watercourse.

Afterwards, you will be taken to airport for the flight to Yichang. Your local guide in Yichang will greet you with your name board at airport and then take you to check in on your luxury cruise ship. 

Day 4
Yangtze River Cruise
A shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Sail through the graceful Xiling Gorge. Enjoy the Captain's Welcome Party.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will first explore the largest hydroelectric project in the world, the Three Gorges Dam. Immerse in the stunning view of the width of the river, large amount of water and the grandeur of the Dam.

Then drive back to the port and the cruise ship will weigh anchor and sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest and historically the most dangerous one among the three gorges of the Yangtze River.

The Captain's Welcome Party will be held tonight. Enjoy the dancing, music performances and have a fun night!

Yangtze River
Spectacular Wu Gorge of Yangtze River
Day 5
Yangtze River Cruise
Cruise through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. A shore excursion to The Lesser Three Gorges or Shennv Stream by a small boat.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As the cruise ship continues sailing upstream you will pass the picturesque view of the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge.

Disembark for an excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges consisted of the grand Longmen Gorge, dangerous Bawu Gorge and its most charming Dicui Gorge. Or you could take an excursion to experience a small boat trip on the magnificent Shennv Stream.

Afterwards, return back to the vessel and continue sailing along the mighty river.

Day 6
Yangtze River Cruise
A shore excusion to the Shibaozhai. Relax yourself and join the Captain's Farewell Party.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Go ashore for an excursion to Shibaozhai, a 500-year old wooden construction on an isolated mountain along the Yangtze River. Follow your river guide to explore its famous unique architecture and learn the Chinese mythologies.

At night, the Farewell Party will be held and you will enjoy performances of the cruise staff.

Yangtze River Cruise
Day 7
Chongqing-Xian by Flight
Disembark at Chongqing and visit the Ciqikou Old Town. Then fly to Xi'an.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

This morning, you will need to prepare for disembarkation. Your memorable cruise tour ends in Chongqing. Meet your guide and pay a visit the Ciqikou Old Town, an old town built and around 1,000 years ago.

Afterwards head to the airport for your flight to Xian. Your Xian guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 8
Xi'an
Explore the greatest historical civilizations including the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum and the City Wall. Visit the Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque to get immersed into the Muslim culture.
Breakfast

About 1-hour drive from the downtown area, you will get to Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. ‘Incredible’ is the most frequently used word to describe the underground army after people see the vividly made clay figures, each owning distinctive facial expression, hair style, figure as well as uniform, protecting the emperor in his afterlife.

Then drive back to the city to visit the largest and best-preserved City Wall and have an overview of this old capital. Follow your guide to take a stroll on top and find some best angles to shoot some photos of the great architecture or cycle around a bit based on your preferences.

Afterwards, drive to the famous local Muslim Quarter and the ancient Great Mosque built in traditional Chinese style and enjoy some free time in the famous bazaar.

Day 9
Xi'an-Beijing by High Speed Train
Conclude your Xi'an exploration with a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. Take a high speed train to Beijing.
Breakfast
Luxury: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

After breakfast, approach to the famous Small Wild Goose Pagoda built in 8th century. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and learn about its architectural miracle.

Then move to Xi'an Museum and unveil the earlier history of China before 13th century from the treasures stored here.

Afterwards, enjoy a 4.5-hour high-speed train ride to Beijing and get ready to discover China's capital Beijing.

Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 10
Beijing
Set out for a morning exercises at the Temple of Heaven like the locals. Head to Tiananmen Square and wonder at the grandeur of the Forbidden City.
Breakfast

Visit Temple of Heaven in the morning, soak up the beautiful architectures where emperors used to hold ceremonies. Encounter the locals gathering here for morning exercise which is quite popular among locals. You are more than welcome to join these friendly local people to exercise together.

Afterwards, visit Tiananmen Square and then move to Forbidden City, the largest collection of wooden constructions preserved today. Housing over a million incomparable treasures, it is also known as Palace Museum. As imperial palace for both Ming and Qing Dynasty, Forbidden City witnessed the rise and fall of the two dynasties from the year 1420 to 1912. Walking through different halls and exquisite architectures of the Palace, travel back into the history of ancient China with your professional guide. Transfer back to your hotel.

Day 11
Beijing
Hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall with the cable car ride. Stop by a visit to the Bird's Nest and Water Cube on the way to the largest imperial garden Summer Palace.
Breakfast

No visit to Beijing would be complete without a hike on the Great Wall. Since it was built, the majestic fortification has successfully accomplished its mission to stop the northern nomad and protect central China. Today, a 2-hour drive will take you to soak up the grandeur of the Mutianyu, the less crowded and best preserved longest section of the Great Wall and marvel at the historic wonder winding its way up the towering mountains built by the ancient Chinese without any machinery. Round-trip cable car is included for you to enjoy more leisure time on the Wall.

Afterwards, drive back to the city and have a stopover to the iconic Bird's Nest and Water Cube to take some great photos.

Then, drive to the imperial garden Summer Palace and stroll along the peaceful lake. Immerse in the imperial garden and take in the picturesque scenery of gardens, halls, and pavilions. 

Mutianyu Great Wall
Winter view of Mutianyu Great Wall with fewer visitors
Day 12
Depart from Beijing
Transfer to the airport and have a nice journey home!
Breakfast

Farewell to China! Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your flight home. Your memorable trip with us finishes here.

Accommodations
ShanghaiYangtze River CruiseXianBeijing
Shanghai
Luxury

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.
Superior

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.
Yangtze River Cruise
Luxury

Century Diamond

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Drinkable water in every cabin Private outdoor balconies Excellent and professional service onboard

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff
Superior

Century Diamond

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Drinkable water in every cabin Private outdoor balconies Excellent and professional service onboard

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff
Xian
Luxury

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.
Superior

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.
Beijing
Luxury

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

3 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town enjoys perfect location in Chaoyang District with excellent service, great breakfasts and easy access for shopping and night life.
Superior

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.
Luxury
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Shanghai

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1. Jinling East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The hotel is located right on the bund with artistic design merged modern Shanghai with Art Deco of 1930s. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts with excellent service, amazing views and great breakfasts.

Yangtze River Cruise

Century Diamond

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Drinkable water in every cabin Private outdoor balconies Excellent and professional service onboard

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff

Xian

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.

Beijing

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

3 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town enjoys perfect location in Chaoyang District with excellent service, great breakfasts and easy access for shopping and night life.
Superior
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Shanghai

Central Hotel Shanghai

No.555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Located in the heart of the city, Central Hotel Shanghai featuring traditional Shanghai style rooms, good facilities and nice breakfasts is next to the Nanjing Road and 5-minute walk to the Bund.

Yangtze River Cruise

Century Diamond

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Drinkable water in every cabin Private outdoor balconies Excellent and professional service onboard

Century Sun

Century Cruises
5-Star rating cruise Launched in 2006, renovated in 2012 Spacious rooms with outdoor private balconies Great service from professional and warm-hearted staff

Xian

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.

Beijing

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$2342 US$2676
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$2084 US$2489
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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  • Experienced and knowledgeable guides from the areas you are visiting.
  • Comfortable and air-conditioned private vehicles.
  • Exceptional and conveniently located hotels with non-smoking rooms available.
  • Our 24/7 customer service throughout your trip, from planning until the end of the tour.
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