Best of China with Yangtze Cruise Summer 2019

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Discover the cityscapes of Beijing and Shanghai, Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors and the rare giant pandas of Chengdu on this mesmerising encounter with China, which includes a leisurely cruise along the Yangtze River.

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • CITY TOUR of Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shanghai
    • CRUISE the Yangtze River
    • SEE local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Shanghai Acrobats.
    • VISIT Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, the Great Wall of China

What's this trip about?

    Discover the cityscapes of Beijing and Shanghai, Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors and the rare giant pandas of Chengdu on this mesmerising encounter with China, which includes a leisurely cruise along the Yangtze River.

Details

Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeOperator does not provide
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityBeijing
End CityShanghai

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning
  • Local Immersion & Homestays

Destinations

  • Asia
  • China

Attractions

  • Beijing
  • Chengdu
  • Shanghai
  • Three Gorges

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion

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Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE BEIJING (3 NIGHTS)

Journey to the "Northern Capital" - a land of emperors, epic monuments and the cultural heart of China. On arrival in Beijing, you'll be transferred to your hotel where you can relax before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.

Day 2: BEIJING SIGHTSEEING

Surround yourself with the grandeur of Beijing's landmark Great Hall of the People, Qianmen Gate and the mausoleum of Mao Zedong as you walk through one of the world's largest public areas, Tiananmen Square. Delve into China's imperial heritage, passing the south gate...

Day 3: BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL

The iconic Great Wall of China beckons this morning - its stone ramparts and walls snaking thousands of miles into the distance to defend the empire against nomadic invaders since 5th century B.C. The afternoon is yours to enjoy on your terms. Consider strolling throu...

Day 4: BEIJING - XI'AN (2 NIGHTS)

Navigate the ancient alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences, weaving through lively neighbourhoods on the back of a traditional rickshaw. Stop at the home of a local family where you'll 'Connect with Locals', enjoying a Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese c...

Day 5: XI'AN SIGHTSEEING

Engage with the children and teachers of a local primary school (during term-time) where you will learn a few words of Chinese and 'Make a Difference' by donating much-needed supplies. Next, descend into the subterranean tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang to view his legen...

Day 6: XI'AN - CHENGDU (3 NIGHTS)

This morning, your choice of activities gives you an opportunity to join a 'Local Specialist' in their T'ai Chi practice or embark on a cycle tour around part of the ancient City Wall of Xi'an. Get stuck in to the ancient art of dumpling making next, with an opportuni...

Day 7: CHENGDU SIGHTSEEING

Witness the ground-breaking work being done by the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding this morning. Join a 'Local Specialist' and learn how your visit Makes a Difference to this non-profit research breeding facility which rescues and protects the endangered giant panda, of which fewer than 2,000 remain.

Day 8: CHENGDU SIGHTSEEING

Indulge in the bold and spicy flavours of local cuisine as you 'Dive into Culture' and learn about regional cooking practices at the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine. Learn how to crush chilli into powder using a Qing Dynasty pestle and mortar, then view ancient kitchenware,...

Day 9: CHENGDU - CHONGQING - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (3 NIGHTS)

Rub shoulders with the locals during a visit to People's Park with its beautiful Chinese gardens, lake and tea houses. Gain insights into the day-to-day lives of the locals who spend their free time in tranquil surrounds indulging in a leisurely game of mah-jong, a qu...

Day 10: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Disembark this morning for a short visit to Shibaozhai to admire its 12-storey cliff-top temple, built in the 19th century. Stretch your legs and climb up to the temple, tackling the red pavilion which leans against the side of the steep peak, now an island due to the...

Day 11: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Connect with your exquisite natural surrounds as you cruise gently down the Yangtze to the imposing Three Gorges. Squeeze through the narrow Qutang Gorge, admiring its dramatic vistas, before your journey takes you through Wu Gorge, renowned for its quiet beauty, fore...

Day 12: YICHANG - SHANGHAI (3 NIGHTS)

Make an early start this morning to enjoy the views of the Three Gorges Dam from the top deck of the cruise ship – a great photo opportunity. After disembarkation at Maoping Port take another chance for photographs of the Dam before joining your coach for your transfer to Yichang Airport and your onward flight to Shanghai.

Day 13: SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING

Shanghai's famous 'Bund' waterfront is the first stop on a day of sightseeing with a 'Local Specialist'. Admire the ornate neoclassical colonial buildings and skyscrapers that have sprung up from this former marshland, then Dive into Culture during a visit to a silk m...

Day 14: SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING

This morning visit Shanghai Museum, one of the largest museums of ancient Chinese art in China. Then embark on a walking tour with a 'Local Specialist' through the Shanghai French Concession, for an exhilarating encounter with the opulent age of French colonial China....

Day 15: DEPART SHANGHAI

Our epic encounter with China at its end, take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Last Updated: 9/6/2019

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Meals Included
  • 14 buffet breakfasts
  • 9 lunches
  • 5 dinners
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
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  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
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  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
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