14-day highlights of China with Yangtze Cruise

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This 14-day essential tour is packed with the must-see tourist attractions in China and you will be able to enjoy the popular Yangtze River Cruise at the meantime.

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Arrive in Beijing

Upon arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport, your guide will meet you at the arrival hall and then you will be transferred to the hotel in Beijing. The rest of the day is at leisure

Meals/Accommodation


Imperial Architectures

Today, while fixing your eyes on this huge Tiananmen Square, symbol of historical changes in China, be sure to also soak up the Chinese patriotic atmosphere. Take a symbolic picture in the center of the square before walking along its underpass, which leads to the Forbidden City. Then, pass the Tiananmen Gate and begin the tour of Forbidden City. Stroll between the walls steeped in history and this huge imperial palace touched by the footsteps of emperors from past Chinese dynasties. Pass by the Palace interiors and courtyards to see how past will reveal its treasures and mysteries. Enjoy the Palace museum to relax in a unique atmosphere. 
In the afternoon, you will climb the small slope of the Jingshan Park to access area with the Wanchun Pavilion. From here you experience memorable views of the golden roofs of the Forbidden City, the National Grand Theatre and the central axis of the capital. Then, experience a tour back to a time of ancient worship by visiting the Temple of Heaven. A shrine of Heaven and symbol of Beijing, the Temple is believed to be as important as the Forbidden City, or even more because the emperor is the son of Heaven. If there is not too crowded, a stroll through the extensive gardens and corridors of the park will immerse you in the lives of old Beijing.
Time for an evening at the Peking Opera, you will plunge into the legends of ancient China. After an early dinner, if you wish, enter backstage at the theater to see the actors apply their makeup and get ready for their performance. The acting, costumes and music are set with such finesse that you forget the English subtitles on both sides of the stage. You will be surprised by the staging and colors, but especially those sounds that are so different from ours.
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 


Come and explore one of the most important symbols of China: The Mutianyu Great Wall. This wonderful site offers a stunning landscape of the surrounding nature. Having access to the ramparts by cable car, you may enjoy of exclusion from the rest of the world, as this area is a slightly less touristy section of the Great Wall. To return, you can choose between some walking or tobogganing or cable car.

,After the Great Wall tour, stop at the cloisonne factory where this ancient art will be revealed. You will explore artisans welding on a piece of copper inlaid with colored enamels.

,Visit the architectural treasures of the largest imperial garden in China, the Summer Palace. Built based on models of the most beautiful gardens of Suzhou and the shores of West Lake in Hangzhou, this huge garden is full of history and will make you forget all your worries. There is even a chance for a short cruise on the calm Kunming Lake.

,Enjoy one of the most delicate Chinese cuisine dishes: the Beijing Roast Duck. You will enjoy this ancient dish in one of the best restaurants in Beijing.

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 


Overnight Soft Sleeper Train

Local Life

This morning, as you ride in a rickshaw in the Hutongs, prepare to dive deeper into this unique atmosphere of old Beijing. The doors of the famous courtyard houses are open to you, as you experience being around working-class families as they enjoy life in these old homes. When sharing a meal with a typical Beijing Hutong family, you will learn about the customs and traditional ways of life in these neighborhoods.
After then, meet the faithful Buddhist in the Yonghe Lama Temple. This Lamasery is still active and considered the most beautiful Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. This temple has also been the Office of Tibet which for the Dalai Lama's communication directly with the central government in Beijing. Over its five halls, you soak in the sacred atmosphere and feel enchanted by the huge, wooden statue of Buddha Maitreya.
In the afternoon, learn more about the history of Beijing through the Capital Museum. Within its five floors, this museum appears so modern yet opens the doors to the past of the capital of China. Then, discover the National Grand Theater, a world famous architectural work close to the Forbidden City. Unless there is any special event, this gigantic egg enthroned in the midst of artificial waters will open the doors of its theaters and its mysteries. This is a visit definitely worth experiencing.
Tonight, you will be transferred to the train station for the overnight train to Xi'an.

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


The Eighth Wonder of the World

In the morning, you guide will meet you at the exit of the overnight train and then you will be transferred to the hotel for check in and breakfast. Then, go a few miles outside of city wall and discover one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas. As a symbol of Xian, you could admire the city and realize Xian at the seventh floor of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. After visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, stop at a Jade Factory -the Chinese favorite treasure. Enjoy being with professionals to discover how jade is carved and the difference between real and fake.
In the afternoon, get away downtown Xian to visit the eighth wonder of the world, the Terracotta Army. From the passage of the door, prepare to marvel at the craziest project by the first emperor of China. Although the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi is never ever open, a few rooms containing objects have been observed as having accompanied the deceased. In an annex building, watch the story of the emperor and the construction of this magnificent tomb. The real size of the Terracotta Warriors will definitely leave you speechless and make you Xian tour unforgettable.

 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included in the hotel

Lunch Included 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe

In the morning, dive into the history of the province of Shaanxi. The huge Shaanxi History Museum is a treasure of China that leaves you speechless. From prehistory to the discovery of the Terracotta Army, you will figure out the constant changes that the people of the ancient capital Chang'an had made. Then, climb up a few stone steps and then you are on the Xian City Wall. Enjoy a stroll or even bike on the city wall to admire the city view with an overlook. Although it is impossible to make a complete tour of the city on the wall, the ride will be interesting.
In the afternoon,immerse yourself in the culture by visiting the Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter. Open your senses in the Muslim Quarter of the city and discover spices and dishes typical of the Hui ethnic group. Arrive at the Great Mosque of Xian, one of the four largest ancient mosques of China. Gardens and buildings open to non-Muslims will give you an overview of the Sino-Arab cultural mix in which many places are impregnated.
Tonight, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the arrival hall and then will be transferred to the hotel in Guilin.

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included Chinese Dumplings

Dinner onboard 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe

Li River Cruise

This morning, you'll be driven to the pier to take the Li River Cruise where lunch will be served. Over the 4-hour drive, drive of an enchanting world made up of karst peaks in the form of Sugar Loaves. It's as if a Chinese painting paraded before you. The landscape of the Shanshui (water and mountains) is extraordinary. You may be lucky to admire buffalo while you're peacefully grazing the water.
Upon arrival, go to a cycling in the countryside of Yangshuo. Pedal amid the surrounding rice fields and soak up the unique atmosphere of the place, lost in the deep Chinese countryside. This breath of fresh air will make you look bigger after the visit of Chinese cities. 
In the dusk, wander along the banks of the Li River to watch the cormorant fishing. This ancient method is still used in the Guangxi region to catch fish. Admire as the trained cormorants dive into the Li River to pick up the fish that they then bring back to their master. The Cormorant Fishing has remained an active activity in some remote areas of China. It is possible to attend a meeting of fishing using this ancient method in the small villages of Yangshuo and Guilin.
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included Lunch Onboard


morning flight to Chongqing

Inside Chongqing

Take the morning flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the arrival hall and then head towards the Old Chongqing and take a walk in the old town of Ciqikou. Nicknamed small Chongqing, Ciqikou is a reflection of this provincial capital a hundred years earlier. Stroll in the neighborhood of the Hongya cave where the traditional architectures of Bayu culture is quite characteristic. A visit to Chongqing will never be ended without a cable car trip on Yangtze River. You will have an impressive view of the city and its buildings on a hillside. To observe the old traditions, Chongqing is now far too developed to provide a realistic view of the situation. The best is to go out a little out of the city and go to the small villages in the suburbs. Keeping an old layout, Hongya Cave and Ciqikou allow you to explore into the past of the city.
In the afternoon, in the city center, stop at the Three Gorges Museum, which is actually the Museum of Chongqing. Inside you will discover with amazement as the region was before the construction of this huge dam. But you will also get a glimpse of the phenomenal development of the city during the twentieth century. The consequences of the war against Japan are not forgotten. You can even see a long-lost civilization in the region. As you become more interested, you can also explore sculptures, paintings, and many other pieces of art from different periods.
After an early dinner, you will be taken to the pier for Yangtze River Cruise. Boarding takes place before 7:00pm. Once installed in your cabin, you will first be informed on the equipment of the boat and safety rules. At 21:30, the ship will leave the port and you're off for four days enjoying the Downstream Yangtze River Cruise (Day 1).
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included 

Overnight on board


Yangtze River Cruise

Wake up at 7am with the sound of Chinese music played on the boat for your second day cruise on the Yangtze River. After your breakfast, you can take a course of tai chi as your wish. At 8:30, the boat will make its first stop at the ghost town of Fengdu. You will soon understand the meaning of the name while you're visiting the scattered temples and wandering. After a buffet on board, you will have the whole afternoon on board free. Take the opportunity to relax and watch the mountain world around you or participate in activities offered on the ship. At 18:00am, attend the welcome cocktail ball organized by the captain. After your early dinner, you can attend a fashion show.

Notes: Options onboard
Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included serve onboard

Lunch Included serve onboard

Dinner Included serve onboard

Overnight on board


Yangtze River Cruise Day 3

Today, on the third day cruise on the Yangtze River. After breakfast, you can attend a Chinese Painting course at 9am if you wish. Then do not forget to go to the deck for the passing of the first of the Three Gorges, Qutang Gorge or Kui Gorge. It is 8 kilometers' long, you can see beautiful landscapes of the shortest bur most precipitous gorge. After lunch, you will take a smaller boat to go on cruise on Lesser Three Gorges of the Yangtze River (Day 3). On the Daning River, lesser gorge are sometime more impressive than the larger ones. Much narrower, the cliffs on each side are breathtaking. You'll be back on your cruise ship after 4pm. Once continue cruising, then you will pass the Wuxia Gorge including peak Shennu, one of the most revered goddesses of China. Tonight, a farewell dinner is planned followed by a dancing ball. If you want to stay up late, do not miss the passage of the 5-level ship lock around midnight.
 

Notes: Options onboard
Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included serve onboard

Lunch Included serve onboard

Dinner Included serve onboard

Overnight on board


Afternoon flight to Shanghai

Three Gorges Dam

In the morning, you will have breakfast before 7:30 am in order not to miss the last day of the downstream Yangtze cruise to the Three Gorges Dam (Day 4). Until 10:00 am, you will visit the room with the history of the Three Gorges Dam. Although you can't enter the dam site, as it is too dangerous for visitors, a model will be presented to understand the layout of the site. Then you will ride the boat to discover the Xiling gorges, past the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River. Around noon, you'll arrive at the port of Taohuacun, near Yichang. Thus, the trip on the Yangtze River is ended with ease and in style!
Then, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at the Pudong International Airport, the guide will meet you at the arrival hall an then you will be driven to the hotel.
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included serve onboard

Lunch Included serve onboard

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


Modern and Traditional Shanghai

You begin today with exploring the Shanghai Museum to discover one of the most important collections of Chinese art in the world. From room to room, let yourself be amazed within the history of this country's millennial culture. Get there by first crossing the People's Square and its Park. Then,take a nice walk along the Huangpu River on the Bund. Historic buildings in this street are a style that combines Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque to the New York of the 1930s and the Sino-Western. As a symbol of Shanghai since the 1920s, the Bund is considered “Chic Avenue of China”. With modern skyscrapers on the other side of the river, a walk on the Bund mixes old and renewal in a sumptuous setting. Close to the Bund, go to do some shopping in the stores of Shanghai on West Nanjing Road. Enter the crowds of shopaholics strolling around the long pedestrian street of several kilometers. As you do your shopping on the Nanjing Road, enjoy and admire some of the historic buildings in their various styles.
In the afternoon,reach at the top of the second tallest skyscraper in Shanghai, the Jin Mao Tower. From the top of its 88 floors you will admire the panorama of the Bund and the Huangpu River in the front with the symbol of the city, the Oriental Pearl Tower. The Jin Mao Tower opened its doors in 1998 and at the time was the highest skyscraper in the city with a height of more than 420 meters. According to Chinese Numerology, the Tower consists of 88 floors, each of them losing an eighth of height from bottom. If you look good, the Jin Mao Tower also recalls the shape of a Chinese pagoda. And yet, it is art deco.
This evening, go for Huangpu River Cruise. Discover the city as the aliens did before 1949. The cruise is indeed along the Bund and its Gothic, Baroque and romantic frontages. On the other side, admire the modern Pudong New Area and its huge skyscrapers. The cruise will makes a U-turn near the Yangpu Bridge and you are provided then the most beautiful view on this cable-stayed bridge which is one of the longest in the world.
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


In the morning, first visit the breathtaking, beautiful garden of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden. As one might notice while strolling through the shops and restaurants, this area has been restored in a very typical style of ancient China. Cross the bridge with nine turns and finally go to the Yuyuan garden, a haven of peace in the economic capital-Shanghai. Then, visit the Shanghai 1933 Old Millfun which today hosts important events in the field of design and fashion. In a residential district of Shanghainese, enter this place which is so special in history and has a very original design.
In the afternoon,take a stroll around the old town of Shanghai and enjoy the Tianzifang Shikumen. These traditional houses are in Shanghai as the Courtyards in Beijing. Stroll in the middle of shops, the art galleries and cafes in the small and classic alleys of the neighborhood. Then stroll in the Old French Concession of Shanghai and discover some of the most beautiful villas of the pre-war in this area. Pass by Huaihai Street and the hotel Jinjiang, which today represents the heart of this old French Concession.
Wrap up the with a stop in the trendy Xintiandi district in the heart of old French concession. Admire the past and future of Shanghai. On one hand, you have the old architecture of the Shikumen and on the other hand, enjoy the hustle and bustle atmosphere of the local people after work. You even pass the site of the first National Congress of the CCP. You will stop in the Museum of the Shikumen where you will discover the lifestyles of the Shanghai before 1949.

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe


End of the trip

Free until be transferred to Pudong International Airport for the flight home.

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe

7 destinations

Travel 5500km

40 attractions and activities

Include

  • Natural and cultural heritage ( 29 )
  • The Constructions ( 23 )
  • Chinese Lifestyle ( 29 )
  • Chinese Art ( 14 )
  • Culture of Ethnic Minority ( 5 )


Arrive in Beijing

 

 

 

Activities:Beijing Airport

Accommodation

Economy: Dongfang Hotel

Superior: Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel

Deluxe: Regent Beijing


Imperial Architectures

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City,Jingshan Park,Temple of Heaven

Activities:Peking Opera

Accommodation

Economy: Dongfang Hotel

Superior: Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel

Deluxe: Regent Beijing


Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Mutianyu Great Wall,Cloisonne Factory,The Summer Palace

Activities:Beijing Roast Duck

Accommodation

Economy: Dongfang Hotel

Superior: Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel

Deluxe: Regent Beijing


Local Life

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Yonghe Lama Temple,Beijing Capital Museum,National Grand Theatre

Activities:Beijing Hutong

Accommodation


The Eighth Wonder of the World

Breakfast Included in the hotel

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Big Wild Goose Pagoda,Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army,Jade Factory

Accommodation

Superior: Titan Times Hotel

Deluxe: Mercure Xian on Renmin Square

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included Chinese Dumplings

 Dinner onboard

Sights:Shaanxi History Museum,Great Mosque

Activities:Xian City Wall

Accommodation

Economy: Fubo Hotel

Superior: Park Hotel

Deluxe: Guilinyi Royal Palace

Li River Cruise

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included Lunch Onboard

 

Sights:Li River Cruise

Activities:Cormorant Fishing,Cycling in the Countryside of Yangshuo

Accommodation

Economy: New Century Hotel

Superior: Leisure Inn Yangshuo

Deluxe: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

Inside Chongqing

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Old Chongqing, Ciqikou Old Town,Three Gorges Museum,Downstream Yangtze River Cruise

Accommodation

Overnight on board


Yangtze River Cruise

Breakfast Included serve onboard

Lunch Included serve onboard

Dinner Included  serve onboard

Activities:Second Day Cruise on the Yangtze River

Accommodation

Overnight on board


Yangtze River Cruise Day 3

Breakfast Included serve onboard

Lunch Included serve onboard

Dinner Included  serve onboard

Sights:Third Day Cruise on the Yangtze River

Accommodation

Overnight on board

Three Gorges Dam

Breakfast Included serve onboard

Lunch Included serve onboard

 

Sights:Three Gorges Dam,Pudong International Airport

Accommodation

Economy: Greenland Jiulong Hotel

Deluxe: Pullman Shanghai Skyway


Modern and Traditional Shanghai

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Shanghai Museum,The Bund,Nanjing Road,Jin Mao Tower

Activities:Huangpu River Cruise at night

Accommodation

Economy: Greenland Jiulong Hotel

Deluxe: Pullman Shanghai Skyway


Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Yuyuan Garden,Old French Concession,Xintiandi,Tianzifang Shikumen,1933 Old Millfun

Accommodation

Economy: Greenland Jiulong Hotel

Deluxe: Pullman Shanghai Skyway


End of the trip

Breakfast Included 

 

 

Sights:Pudong International Airport

Accommodation

  • Forbidden City

  • Peking Opera

  • Mutianyu Great Wall

  • Temple of Heaven

  • The Summer Palace

  • Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army

  • Downstream Yangtze River Cruise

  • Second Day Cruise on the Yangtze River

  • Third Day Cruise on the Yangtze River

  • Li River Cruise

  • Three Gorges Dam

  • Cycling in the Countryside of Yangshuo

  • Jingshan Park

  • Cormorant Fishing

  • Beijing Hutong

  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  • Yuyuan Garden

  • Yonghe Lama Temple

  • Xian City Wall

  • Great Mosque

  • Tianzifang Shikumen

  • Beijing Capital Museum

  • 1933 Old Millfun

  • Tiananmen Square

  • National Grand Theatre

  • Beijing Roast Duck

  • The Bund

  • Shanghai Museum

  • Jin Mao Tower

  • Shaanxi History Museum

  • Three Gorges Museum

  • Cloisonne Factory

  • Jade Factory

  • Old Chongqing, Ciqikou Old Town

  • Xintiandi

  • Beijing Airport

  • Pudong International Airport

  • Old French Concession

  • Nanjing Road

  • Huangpu River Cruise at night

Prices

Prices: Price may vary depending on the season, the price of transport and other external reasons. (Quoted in U.S. dollars and based on per person)

Classes 1 person 2 persons 3-5 persons 6-9 persons
Economy 3,0512,2192,1241,826
Superior 3,5642,4742,3632,167
Deluxe 4,0782,7002,6592,392

General Price Inclusion of Private Tours

1. The entrance fees as stated in the itinerary.(Including any cruise). 
2. Professional and private english-speaking guide for airport transfer (train station transfer) and sightseeing. 
3. Private and well-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver for airport transfer (train staion transfer) and sightseeing. 
4. Meals as stated in the itinerary. Chinese meal in a tourist restaurant or a local restaurant. The number of dishes varies according to the number of persons in the group. The meal also includes a glass of softdrink or beer.
5. Accommodations usually with breakfasts as state in the itinerary. Prices given are calculated on the basis of a double room or a twin-bed room for one night. When requesting a single room, a supplement will be required. Usually,the room is available from 11 am and must be vacated by noon the next day. 
6. Domestic flights (economy class) or internal trains as mentioned in the itinerary. All taxes such as airport and fuel are included. 
7. Service Charge and government taxes. 
8. Travel Agency Liability Insurance. 
Your entire tour is covered by the travel agency's liability insurance, the insurance is directly regulated by the National Tourism Administration of China. This insurance covers accidents that transpire as a result of any services caused by a travel agency. It doesn't cover any incidents or physical problems occurring outside of the tour period caused by clients themselves. We, therefore, recommend you purchase additional travel insurance in your home country before departure. 


Excluded from the General Price of Private Tours

1. Chinese visa application fee. 
2. International flights fee 
3. Overload luggage fee. 
4. Tips for guides and drivers. 
5. Personal expenses. (such as room service, laundry, telephone bill...). The settlement of these expenses will be done when you check out. The deposit, which will be requested when you check in, will be returned on departure.

 


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