Classic China & Yangtze cruise

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Explore Shanghai’s French Concession by bicycle. Trek through the rice terraces and stay overnight in Longji. Cruise along the Yangtze river to discover lost cities and the Three Gorges Dam.
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Trip type
Private Guided
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
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Trip pace
Full schedule

What's this trip about?

    Explore Shanghai’s French Concession by bicycle. Trek through the rice terraces and stay overnight in Longji. Cruise along the Yangtze river to discover lost cities and the Three Gorges Dam.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Asia
  • China


  • Beijing
  • Chongqing
  • Shanghai
  • Xian
  • Yangshuo


  • History
  • Nature
  • River cruise

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Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Beijing.

Day 2 : Beijing

Once landed in Beijing, you will be met by your guide for your private transfer to your hotel. Depending on your flight time, you might have time to visit Tiananmen Square with your guide, or just relax at your hotel.

Day 3 : Beijing

This morning you'll be collected from your hotel and driven to the charming Temple of Heaven complex for a private Tai Chi lesson followed by a visit the park and temple with your guide. Following this you will be transferred to the Forbidden City for a private tour s...

Day 4 : Beijing

Take a full day excursion out to the magnificent Great Wall at its most dramatic today with your private guide to the less touristy Jinshanling section. Depending how energetic you are feeling you have the option of taking a gondola up to the wall or a circular walk along the wall and returning to entrance.

Day 5 : Xian

This morning you will be taken to the station to take the high speed train to Xian a journey of around five and a half hours.. On arrival you will be met at the station and driven to your hotel. Later this afternoon your guide will collect you from your hotel to visit the bustling Muslim Quarter and Grand Mosque.

Day 6 : Guilin

This morning you'll be taken to the iconic Terracotta Army with your private guide. Only discovered in 1974, you'll be amazed by the number and scale that have been excavated. In the afternoon you will have a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. ...

Day 7 : Yangshuo

This morning travel down the River Li to the town of Yangshuo on a shared cruise of around 120 people (though still accompanied by your private guide). En route, you'll sail past towering Karst peaks, bamboo groves and rice fields. Upon arrival in Yangshuo you're met ...

Day 8 : Yangshuo

Your guide will meet you at your hotel this morning for a guided bike ride through the local area, the more energetic can go further afield to Xingping village. In the afternoon you'll have a Chinese cookery class sampling the local dishes as part of a small group exc...

Day 9 : Longji

Leaving Yangshuo behind this morning you'll take a three hour private transfer to the village of Longji. Cosseted among ancient rice terraces, a visit to Longji is a great way of getting a sense of rural China. Your private guide will lead you on visit to the various viewing platforms to admire this agricultural landscape.

Day 10 : Chongqing

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and after the short walk to the car park, driven by private transfer to Guilin airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival into Chongqing you will be met by your guide and driven to a restaurant for a local speciality; a sichanese hot pot. You will then be driven to the dock to begin your Yangtze cruise.

Day 11 : Chongqing

Today you will be taking an onshore excursion in Shibaozhai also know as "Pearl of the Yangtze" and visit its splendid pagoda, you also have the option to visit the ghost city of Fengdu.

Day 12 : Chongqing

This morning you awake to your first sight of the dramatic Three Gorges. The ship stops at Wushan, allowing you to board a smaller boat which takes you through some narrow, imposing ravines towards the beautiful and impressive farmland that surrounds the river. The af...

Day 13 : Shanghai

This morning before you arrive into Yichang, you will be taken to see the Three Gorges dam project. Upon docking into Yichang you'll have a private transfer to the airport for your flight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. On arrival you will be met by your guide for the private transfer to your hotel.

Day 14 : Shanghai

Today you'll have a private tour of some of the city's highlights including The Bund, the Jade Buddha and the Yuyuan gardens today. This evening you will be going out to see the Shanghai acrobatics performance. You will have a private transfer to and from the venue.

Day 15 : Shanghai

You will have the full day at leisure in Shanghai. We'd suggest visiting the French Concession or the modern Pudong district opposite the Bund across the Huangpu River.

Day 16 : International return flight

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for your private transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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