On this Three Gorges Discovery, experience the awe-inspiring beauty and history of one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Wander through the narrow laneways of Beijing‘s ancient ”hutongs“ where its people have lived and traditions have evolved for centuries. Visit the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base to learn about these endangered animals, and the conservation and breeding initiatives that have been implemented. Marvel at the beautiful scenery along the Yangtze River whilst you relax and unwind. Travel by high-speed train to marvel at the splendour of the World Heritage Listed Classical Chinese Gardens of Suzhou. The Humble Administrator‘s Garden is the largest in Suzhou and the Master of Nets Garden is one of the finest in China.
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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, 3 nights
Day 2: Beijing
Spend a full day exploring Beijing’s impressive sites. Walk through Tiananmen Square before continuing to the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park. At a local restaurant, try zha jiang mian, a noodle dish of pork or beef topped with soybean paste. Gain a glimpse into the lives of the local people as you go off the beaten path and wander through the traditional residential alleyways known as ‘hutongs’, where you will get to see some of the lesser known yet spectacular sights.
Day 3: Beijing
Travel to Mutianyu, a less crowded section of the Great Wall of China. Take the cable car up to the wall and enjoy exploring independently. This evening, savour Beijing’s world famous Peking duck with your fellow travellers.
Day 4: Beijing to Xian
Visit the Summer Palace to discover the temples and pavilions. As you wander through the grounds, see local people exercising and practising Tai Chi. In the afternoon, take the high-speed train to Xian. Visit the 14th century city walls which stand 12 metres above the city.
Hotel: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel or similar, 2 nights
Day 5: Xian
Discover Xian’s highlights on a full day tour. Drive to the Army of Terracotta Warriors and see the life-sized warriors which are unique both in facial features and expression. Return to Xian and see the Small Wild Goose Pagoda before visiting the Xian Museum. Gain insights at the Great Mosque with its fusion of Islamic and Chinese architecture before wandering through the Muslim Quarter to enjoy its lively street markets and fascinating local foods.
Day 6: Xian to Chengdu
Travel by high-speed train from Xian to Chengdu. On arrival, visit People’s Park to observe the relaxed local Chengdu tea house lifestyle before spending the evening at leisure.
Hotel: Dorsett Hotel or similar, 2 nights
Day 7: Chengdu
Visit the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base to see Giant pandas and learn about these incredible animals. For lunch, sample a Wenshuyuan Buddhist meal before visiting Wenshu Temple, the best preserved Tang Dynasty Buddhist Temple in Chengdu. Enjoy free time to walk around the surrounding colourful market streets and in the evening, you have the option to see a Sichuan opera face-changing performance.
Day 8: Chengdu to Yangtze River
Enjoy a leisurely morning before taking the high-speed train to Chongqing located on the Yangtze River and the embarkation point for your cruise.
Cruise: Victoria Sabrina or similar, 3 nights
Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise
Leave Chongqing behind as you cruise pass small towns whose existence is tied to the waters of the Yangtze. Stop at Shibaozhai, an impressive structure built against a steep hill with a name which means ‘precious stone fortress’. This evening, enjoy a buffet dinner on board.
Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise
Rise early and be rewarded with magnificent river landscapes as the ship passes through towering cliffs and mountains of the first and second gorges, Qutang and Wu Gorge. Later in the day, the ship enters the third of the main gorges called Xiling Gorge. This evening, join the Captain’s Banquet for dinner as the ship makes its way through the impressive five level shiplock and moors downstream of the Three Gorges Dam.
Day 11: Yangtze River to Yichang
Take an early morning excursion to the site of the Three Gorges Dam Project before returning to the ship and continue cruising to Yichang, where the cruise ends. After an included lunch spend a free afternoon in Yichang.
Hotel: Gezhouba Hotel or similar
Day 12: Yichang to Shanghai
Take a morning flight to Shanghai before embarking on a full day tour discovering the secrets of Shanghai, from the modern buildings of Pudong and the China Art Palace to the colonial French Concession. Venture through the backstreets to experience the local Shanghai lifestyle before meandering through Yu Yuan in the Old Town area. In the evening, enjoy a performance by world famous Chinese acrobats.
Hotel: Penta Hotel or similar, 2 nights
Day 13: Shanghai
Take the high-speed train to the World Heritage Listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou where you will visit two outstanding gardens. The Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest in Suzhou and the Master of Nets Garden is known as one of the finest in China. Stop at the Suzhou Museum before returning to Shanghai to enjoy a farewell group dinner.
Day 14: Depart Shanghai
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|2021 Dates & Prices|
|Meals:||13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 5 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Transport in air-conditioned vehicles|
|Flights:||Flight Ticket: Yichang - Shanghai|
|Rail:||Rail Ticket: Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Chongqing|
|Accommodation:||10 nights in hotels & 3 night cruise|
|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.