Style : River cruise
Museum View of Shanghai, China

Majestic China & Yangtze River 14 Days 12 Nights

Affordable World
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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
14 days
From: $ 1,999 $ 143 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Visit the Great Wall, which is one of the man-built architectures
  • Visit to the world-famous and historic Tiananmen Square
  • Explore Yichang,the cultural and economic center of the western Hubei Province
  • Explore the Three Gorges Dam Site, located in the middle of the Xiling Gorge
  • Enjoy a memorable excursion to cruise along the serenely beautiful gorges of the Yangtze
  • Visit the extraordinary Shibaozhai pagoda
  • Enjoy the tour to witness the famous "Terra Cotta Warriors"
  • Visit the Shanghai Museum and view the exhibits of ancient Chinese art.

Short Description

Join us on an epic 12 night journey to China to see the best of this vast and intriguing nation, past and present.  Experience the bustling capital of Beijing where skyscrapers tower over ancient hutongs, visit the awe-inspiring Great Wall, and sail along the storied Yangtze River on a luxury cruise boat. Cap your adventures with a visit to the 2,000 year old Terracotta Army at Xian and time in energetic Shanghai, China’s powerhouse.  Discover the best of China with Affordable World Tours.

Style River cruise
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Beijing
End City Shanghai

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: USA - Beijing

Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing or similar

Depart from the US and head overseas for an adventure of a lifetime. Spend the night aboard as the jetliner glides across the International Date Line.

Our local guide is there to greet us as we arrive in Beijing, the economic and political center of the nation. Transfer to the luxury accommodations provided for a good night’s rest.

Day 3: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing or similar

Spend the day free or take the tour to visit the Great Wall, which is one of the man-built architectures that can be seen from the low orbit of the earth. The Great Wall is a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from invading the mainland. It stretches an impossible 4000 miles across China's north, covering nine provinces. An enormous undertaking that originally began under Qin Shi Huang (first emperor of China) in 200 B.C., the Great Wall was not completed until the Ming Dynasty in 1640. This morning you have plenty of time to walk along its ancient path and experience part of China's fascinating history.

Optional Tours: Great Wall & Sacred Way $49 pp

Day 4: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing or similar

Optional Tours: Forbidden City (only available for purchase prior to trip departure date**) $28 pp

Today, we start our Beijing Capital tour with Qianmen Street. Qianmen Street was a commercial and entertainment hub due to its convenient location, connecting the Imperial Palace with other communities in Beijing. In the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, the street underwent a rejuvenation to restore the streetscape to that of the early 20th. A visit to Tiananmen Square, the world-famous and historic Tiananmen Square, or “Gate of Heavenly Peace”. Located in the heart of Beijing, Tiananmen Square was once the main gate to the Imperial Palace during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Today, it is home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, National Museum of China, and the Great Hall of the People. Afterwards, we drive by the famed Olympic Site and have a photo stop at Olympic National Stadium (the Bird's Nest), Olympic National Aquatics Center (the Water Cube) and National Center for the Performing Art. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to explore the home to Ming and Qing emperors, Forbidden City. Comprised of 800 buildings covering 720,000 sq. meters, it is the world's largest palace complex.

**For those travelers joining the Forbidden City optional tour - your passport is required for entry.  Please note if your passport does not match the passport on file for your reservation, you will be denied entry at the Forbidden City and your ticket will be nonrefundable**.

Day 5: Beijing-Yichang-Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Victoria Anna

Board a short flight to Yichang,the cultural and economic center of the western Hubei Province. Upon arrival , we board our ship sets for our Yangtze River adventure.

Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast at hotel or on cruise , Lunch and Dinner at Local Restaurant

Accommodation: Victoria Anna

Arrive at Sandouping, you can stay on board and rest or take the optional shore excursion to explore the Three Gorges Dam Site, located in the middle of the Xiling Gorge. Wonder at the magnitude of the dam and then cruise upstream, traversing the 5-stage Three Gorges Dam locks and breathtaking Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges.

Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast at hotel or on cruise , Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Anna

Depending on the weather today, enjoy a memorable excursion to cruise along the serenely beautiful gorges of the Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream, two tributaries of the Yangtze.  Afterwards, rejoin the cruise ship to glide past the elegant Wu Gorge, renowned for its vertical cliffs and 12 mist-shrouded mountains. Enter the final gorge, Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most impressive of the three.

Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch and Dinner at Local Restaurant

Accommodation: Victoria Anna

Today, you can choose to stay on board or go ashore to visit either the Jade Emperor scenic area near Fengdu or the extraordinary Shibaozhai pagoda*, a 12-story wooden pagoda built 400 years ago without the use of a single nail and filled with Chinese art that rises from the banks of the Yangtze. 

*Visting site will be determined by local weather conditions.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise-Chongqing-Xian

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Grand Noble Xian or similar

Our Yangtze River journey comes to an end as we dock in Chongqing, a scenic cliff-side city that overlooks the conflunece of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. Transfer to Xian, the capital of Shannxi Province, one of the oldest cities in China. Xian is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China with more than 3100 years of history. The city was known as "Chang'an" before Ming Dynasty. Xian is the eastern teminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terra Cotta Warriors. Upon arrival in Xian, we will drive into town, passing through its massive City Wall, the best preserved defensive wall structure on earth and have a picture stop at Drum Tower and Bell Tower. In the evening, don't miss the chance to taste the local famous dumpling banquet.

Optional Tours: Dumpling Banquet $28 pp

Day 10: Xian

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Grand Noble Xian or similar

Spend the day free or take the tour to witness the famous "Terra Cotta Warriors." The serendipitous discovery of the Terra Cotta Warriors in 1974 has drawn throngs of visitors to Xian each year, and ranks as one of the world's most important recent archaeological finds. Three excavation pits have been opened to the public with a fourth underway. Spend some time admiring the fine troops, horses, and carriages in battle formation. After lunch, the motorcoach takes us back inside city limits to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is rated as a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction. Tonight, take the opportunity to enjoy the cultural musings of the Tang Dynasty Show, a song and dance performance which reflects the rich cultural history and prosperity of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

Optional Tours: Terracotta Warriors, First Qin Emperor's Mausoleum & Big Wild Goose Pagoda $55 pp

Tang Dynasty Dinner Show $59 pp

Day 11: Xian-Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Pullman Shanghai Jing'an Hotel or Similar

Board a flight to Shanghai, the largest metropolitan center of China. She is a bright pearl at the mouth of the Yangtze River and China's largest economic center.

Day 12: Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Pullman Shanghai Jing'an Hotel or Similar

This morning, we visit the Shanghai Museum and view the exhibits of ancient Chinese art. Designed by a local Shanghai Architect, the current building was completed in 1993 and resembles the shape of a bronze cooking vessel. Afterwards, we visit City God Temple Bazaar, the Nanjing Road and the Bund. Spend the afternoon to relax at the hotel or take the optional tour to Lujiazui Finance and Trade Development Zone and a ride on Huang Pu River Cruise. In the evening, do not miss the opportunity to experience the exciting Chinese Acrobatics Show (with dinner).

Optional Tours: Lujiazui FTDZ & Huang Pu River Cruise $25 pp

Acrobatics Show with Dinner $40 pp

Day 13: Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Pullman Shanghai Jing'an Hotel or Similar

Spend the day free at leisure or take an optional excursion to the charming water village of Suzhou. Suzhou, often known as the “Venice of the Orient”, is a historic city located at the heart of the Yangtze Delta in the southern part of the Jiangsu Province. Beautiful stone bridges, pagodas, and classical gardens line the canals that cover 42 percent of the city.

Optional Tours: Suzhou One Day tour (min 6 pax) $62 pp

Day 14: Shanghai-USA

Meals: Breakfast

All good things come to an end. Board a return flight back home and bid farewell to China.

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  • Single Supplement: $ 850

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accommodations

Your included accommodation will be at one of the below hotels or a hotel of a similar category; we will notify you of your final hotel list before departure.

  • Classic Category Accommodation
  • Beijing: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing or similar
  • Yichang - Chongqing 5D4N: Victoria Anna
  • Xian: Grand Noble Xian or similar
  • Shanghai: Pullman Shanghai Jing'an Hotel or Similar

Cancellation policy

The following fee will be assessed per person accordingly when you cancel your reservation:

$100 120 or more days prior to departure

$200 60 - 119 days prior to departure

$300 30 - 59 days prior to departure

$500 15 - 29 days prior to departure

$1000 3 - 14 days prior to departure

100% of Tour fare Within 48 hours prior to departure

Written notice of cancellation must be received by Affordable World either by mail, or email. Oral cancellation by phone will not be acceptable.

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