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.
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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 & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|May: 04, 25||$3,406.00||$4,267.00|
|September: 07, 21||$3,436.00||$4,318.00|
|October: 05, 19||$3,436.00||$4,318.00|
|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.