Spirit of China & the Yangtze River

Spend 13 spellbinding days on your affordable tour of China, including a picturesque 4-night Yangtze River cruise. Your holiday in China begins in the exciting city of Shanghai on the Yangtze River delta. You’ll marvel at the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum—with works of art dating 6,000 years old. Then, fly to Yichang to embark on your 4-night cruise on the legendary Yangtze River.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Shanghai, China

Welcome to Shanghai, China’s largest city and centre of trade. Hotel rooms are available for a midafternoon check-in.

Hotel: Golden Tulip New Bud Asia, 2 nights

Day 2:  Shanghai

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful Yu Yuan Gardens, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the Shanghai Museum, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture, and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style Shikumen buildings. You will also visit a Silk Factory to learn about the silk-making process. Tonight, join your travelling companions for dinner at your hotel.

Day 3:   Shanghai – Yichang (Embarkation) – Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy your morning at leisure before a short flight brings you to Yichang. Upon arrival, board your 4-night Cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Cruise: Victoria Lianna, 4 nights

Day 4: Cruising: Three Gorges Dam

Start your day with a visit to the Three Gorges Dam site. Afterward, watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze’s longest.

Day 5: Cruising: Wu Gorge – Qutang Gorge

Today, disembark for a Boat Excursion down Shennong Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. Later, sail through two of the three gorges-Wu Gorge, known for its forest-covered mountains, and Qutang, the shortest but most dramatic gorge.

Please Note: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Goddess Stream.

Day 6: Cruising: Jade Emperor Scenic Area

Your Shore Excursion today takes you to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, featuring a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism. Return to your ship where the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activites.

Please Note:  Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be offered.

Day 7: Cruising: Chongqing (Disembarkation) – Chengdu

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing, and transfer to the train station to board your Bullet Train to Chengdu. On arrival, visit the Giant Panda Research Base and marvel at these beautiful animals.

Hotel: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

Day 8: Chengdu – Xi’an

Today, fly to Xi’an, the former ancient capital. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Hotel: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, 2 nights

Day 9: Xi’an

Today, enjoy a visit to the first emperor’s funeral vault to see the amazing Terrcacotta Warriors. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots, and horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall, built in 1378 and surrounding the city. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 10: Xi’an – Beijing

This morning, take a Walking Tour through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets before flying to Beijing, the capital of China.

Hotel: Novotel Xin Qiao, 3 nights

Day 11: Beijing

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tian’anmen Square past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum and to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the centre of politics.

Day 12: Beijing

The Great Wall Of China once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Day 13: Depart Beijing

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 20$3,406.00$4,267.00
May: 04, 25$3,406.00$4,267.00
June: 08$3,406.00$4,267.00
July: 06$3,406.00$4,267.00
August: 10$3,406.00$4,267.00
August: 31$3,436.00$4,318.00
September: 07, 21$3,436.00$4,318.00
October: 05, 19$3,436.00$4,318.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Flights:Air Ticket: Shanghai - Yichang / Chengdu - Xi'an - Beijing
Rail:Bullet Train Ticket: Chengdu - Chongqing
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation & 4 nights cruising
Guide:Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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China Panorama

Known as the Dragon’s Backbone, spend time taking in the spectacular rice terrace scenery of Longsheng during an overnight stay at a beautiful lodge. Visit a village in the southern countryside for an interactive experience to learn about rural life in China as you pick vegetables for a simple lunch. Venture high into the mountains to visit an ancient village and see local tea pickers at work in the plantation. Taste the flavours of an iconic Sichuan hotpot as you cook fresh vegetables and meat in the spicy, simmering soup.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao or similar, 4 nights

Day 2: Beijing

Walk the expanse of Tiananmen Square and walk to the marvellous Forbidden City on a full day city tour. Visit the beautiful gardens of Jinshan Park before venturing deep into the alleyways of Beijing known as ‘hutongs’ to observe the traditional way of life which has remained relatively unchanged for centuries.

Day 3: Beijing

Visit the iconic Temple of Heaven which stands 38 metres high and 30 metres in diameter. Continue to Panjiayuan Antique Market, Beijing’s largest market. After an included lunch, visit the ornate World Heritage Listed Summer Palace, where the Imperial family once  spent the warmer months, and discover its temples, pavilions and decorated corridors that were home to China’s ruling families.

Day 4: Beijing

Visit one of the world’s most famous man-made sites, the Great Wall of China. At Mutianyu, a less crowded section of the wall, travel by cable car up to the wall and enjoy exploring independently. This evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner of world famous Peking duck.

Day 5: Beijing to Xian

Travel by high-speed train to Xian. This evening, join an optional dumpling banquet to sample the different flavours these little bundles of food joy come in.

Hotel: Grand Dynasty Culture or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Xian

On a full day tour of Xian, discover the city’s highlights. Drive to the Army of Terracotta Warriors and marvel at the spectacular scenes of countless life-size warriors. Return to Xian and visit the city walls before continuing to the Great Mosque, an interesting fusion of Middle Eastern and traditional architectural styles. Wander through the Muslim Quarter to
Yongxingfang as you take in the lively street markets and exotic local foods.

Day 7: Xian to Chengdu

Take the high speed train to Chengdu and visit the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base to see the countries cutest residents before immersing yourself in the local life of bustling People’s Park by joining the locals for a cup of tea in a teahouse as you watch a game of mahjong.

Hotel: Dorsett Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Chengdu

From Chengdu, drive south to Leshan to see the World Heritage Listed Giant Buddha, also known as Da Fo – the largest Buddha statue in the world. Cruise past this amazing structure for some great views. Drive to an ancient village before visiting a tea plantation to see China’s best known export being picked high in the mountains. Experience the atmospheric night market before enjoying the spicy flavours of a traditional Sichuan hotpot feast

Day 9: Chengdu to Longsheng

TFly to Guilin and drive to Ping An in Longsheng. Stay overnight in a lodge overlooking the famous Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terrace.

Hotel: Longji Ping An Hotel or similar

Day 10: Longsheng to Guilin

In Longsheng, admire some of China’s most stunning scenery with row upon row of rice terraces clinging precariously to the slopes of neighbouring mountain peaks and valleys. Enjoy a simple lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant before driving to Guilin.

Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar
Day 11: Guilin to Yangshuo

Cruise along the Li River with stunning limestone karsts towering above the river. Arrive in Yangshuo and spend the afternoon enjoying the colourful atmosphere of this enchanting town.

Hotel: Days Inn Frontier Yangshuo or similar, 2 nights

Day 12: Yangshuo

Venture to the farmlands surrounding Yangshuo for a fascinating village experience and help the farmers pick fresh vegetables to be used in your lunch. In the afternoon, ride a tranquil bamboo raft along the Yulong River. This evening, you have the option of joining a cooking class and preparing local dishes for dinner.

Day 13: Yangshuo to Hong Kong

Transfer to Hong Kong by high speed train and enjoy an evening at leisure to experience this vibrant cities sights, sounds and tastes.s.

Hotel: Metropolis Hotel or simila, 2 nights

Day 14: Hong Kong

Enjoy a half day tour exploring Hong Kong Island. Visit famous Victoria Peak for breathtaking panoramas of Victoria Harbour before continuing to sun-drenched Repulse Bay to take in the relaxed beachside atmosphere of Kwun Yum Temple. Discover the floating villages of Aberdeen during a sampan ride to see locals living on the fishing junks. This afternoon, enjoy free time.

Day 15: Depart Hong Kong

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 29$4,525.00$5,829.00
April: 12$4,525.00$5,829.00
May: 03, 17$4,525.00$5,829.00
June: 07$4,465.00$5,715.00
July: 05$4,555.00$5,895.00
August: 09$4,555.00$5,895.00
September: 06, 20$4,615.00$6,015.00
October: 04, 18$4,615.00$6,015.00
2021 Dates & Prices
March: 28$4,525.00$5,829.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
Flights:Flight Ticket: Beijing - Xi'An / Chengdu - Guilin
Rail:Train Ticket: Xi'An - Chengdu / Yangshuo - Hong Kong
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide:English-speaking Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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