Legendary China & Yangtze River Cruise

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Experience the mystique and culture of the Far East with YMT’s new China Tour which includes a Yangtze River cruise!  You’ll spend 3 nights and see all the main sights in Beijing including Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. Visit the Great Wall of China where you’ll walk along an ancient path and discover one of the world’s most intriguin...
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Visit the Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square in Beijing
    • Stroll along the Great Wall of China
    • See the Terra Cotta Warriors at Xi’an, dubbed the “8th Wonder of the World”
    • See Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo
    • 3-night Yangtze River Cruise & 3 included shore excursions

What's this trip about?

    Experience the mystique and culture of the Far East with YMT’s new China Tour which includes a Yangtze River cruise!  You’ll spend 3 nights and see all the main sights in Beijing including Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. Visit the Great Wall of China where you’ll walk along an ancient path and discover one of the world’s most intriguing architectural marvels. Then it’s on to Xi’an to see the more than 8,000 figures that make up the Terracotta Warriors. Then, fly to Chongqing to see Giant Pandas before embarking on a remarkable 3-night Yangtze River Cruise with panoramic views of the world’s third longest river, complete with three included shore excursions. The final stop is Shanghai for 2 nights and more included sightseeing featuring the French Concession and Shanghai Museum. Three internal flights in China.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityBeijing
End CityShanghai

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife


  • Asia
  • China


  • Beijing
  • Chongqing
  • Great Wall of China
  • Shanghai
  • Xian


  • Culture

Trip includes

    • 7-Night Hotel Accommodations: In moderate hotels
    • 3-Night River Cruise on Yangtze River: Aboard the Victoria Anna in a deluxe cabin
    • Three internal flights: Within China and one piece of checked baggage (44 lbs) per person
    • Sightseeing: Special events as listed on land portion
    • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners/4 dinners(2017)
    • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of checked baggage per person
    • Service: A professionally trained tour director who is knowledgeable on the local area and will provide you with a wealth of information

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Day 1

Depart for Beijing China

✦ Overnight in flight

Note: Depending on the time of your outbound flight, you may depart one day earlier.

Day 2

Arrive Beijing

Those who booked air with YMT will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

✦ Beijing International Hotel, Beijing or similar

Note: 2017 tours will not have the included welcome dinner due to later arriving flights.

Day 3

Full Day Beijing Sightseeing

Today we’ll show you the highlights of Beijing, (sometimes referred to as Peking, which was its old name), and the capital city of The People’s Republic of China. This is one of the most populous cities in the world with over 20 million inhabitants. You’ll visit Tiana...

Day 4

Full Day Excursion to the Great Wall of China

Today we visit a section of the Great Wall at Badaling. Enjoy an included Chinese lunch at a nearby restaurant and a photo stop at the “Birdsnest” Stadium and the “Watercube” from the 2008 Olympics. (B, L)

✦ Beijing International Hotel, Beijing or similar

Day 5


This morning transfer to Beijing airport for your early flight to Xi’an (flight approx. 2 hours). Visit the Tang Dynasty Art Museum and, after an included lunch, enjoy a Chinese calligraphy lesson. (B, L)

✦ Aurum International, Xi’an or similar

Day 6

Full Day Xi’an Sightseeing

Xi’an was once the most important city in Asia as the end of the Silk Route. Today it is home to the world-famous Terracotta Army, considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World; Discovered by farmers in 1974, there are over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots ...

Day 7


This morning you will fly to Chongqing (flight approx. 90 mins). You will take a panoramic sightseeing tour and visit Ciqikou, where travelers and locals alike mix in the steep and narrow pedestrian streets. Here shops sell porcelain, other handicrafts, and gifts, whi...

Day 8

Yangtze River Cruise

This morning wake up to the sights and sounds of the Yangtze River, the third-longest river in the world, and history and culture thrive along its banks.. This morning, there is an included shore excursion to visit Fengdu Ghost City. This afternoon we also stop at Shibaozhai where you may take an optional excursion. (B, L, D)

✦ Yangtze River cruise ship, Victoria Anna

Day 9

Yangtze River Cruise

Today is the day of the gorges – the 3 Gorges to be precise; Guang, Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. You cruise by some spectacular scenery today and enjoy an included excursion to a nearby stream or tributary. Later there is an optional excursion to visit the White ...

Day 10

Yangtze River Cruise & Shanghai

This morning there is an included shore excursion to visit The Three Gorges Dam. At over 600 feet high and 1.5 miles long, this is the largest hydroelectric complex in the world. Late morning you disembark in Yichang and after an included lunch at a local restaurant, ...

Day 11

Shanghai Sightseeing

You will visit the French Concession (a French territory of the city until 1946), Old Shanghai, and the Shanghai Museum to see some of its collection of ancient Chinese art. After lunch on your own, it’s over to the Pudong area, famous for its skyscrapers and night ti...

Day 12


Transfer to Shanghai airport for your flight back to the U.S. (B)

Important notes:

Yangtze River cruise ships: Victoria Cruises' Victoria Anna. All on board accommodation is superior cabin(Victoria Anna) with private facilities. All of our tours feature cruises aboard Victoria Anna. Victoria Cruises have an excellent reputation and specialize in ser...

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Price From $1,499
Price per day$125
Single supplement (single occupancy)$700
Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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