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13 Days China Cruise Tour with Water Town Visit

Beijing / Xian / Chongqing / Yangtze River / Yichang / Shanghai / Hangzhou / Wuzhen / Shanghai

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Tour Code:
YRC-BJ-13
Tour Style:
Private Tour (personal guide, driver, private car/van and more service)
Group size:
You, your family, friends or group
Departure:
You Choose!
Experience:
Photograph ship
Features:
This culture tour takes you to discover the heart and soul of China! Encounter history, both ancient and modern in Beijing & Xian, witness the unbelievable splendor of Yangtze River, soak in the vibrant pulse of Shanghai and explore gorgous scenery straight out of a painting in Water Town Wuzhen...Just relax and take it all in.

Price fromrequest

1. This price is based on a group (2 to 5 travelers) accommodated in 3-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your group members and traveling time. Usually more travelers, lower the price; higher price in high seasons, lower in low seasons.

3. This price is valid until February 28th, 2018.

Places Visited

Beijing (3 nights), Xian (2 nights), Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise (3 nights), Yichang, Shanghai (3nights), Hangzhou (1 night)

Highlights of the Trip

  • Visit the historial cities: Bejing & Xian
  • Enjoy the leisure Yangtze River Cruise and shore excursions
  • Visit the metropolis city of Shanghai and enjoy the modern pace
  • Have great fun in classic water town - Wuzhen Water Town

Trip Summary

Day 1-4: Fly to Beijing & Beijing

Beijing is a treasure city with profound heritage sites of Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace. Following our local guide and driver, your China Tour & Yangtze Cruise can have a pleasant beginning from here.

Day 4-5: Fly to Xian & Xian

Come to the ancient city ramparts of Xian and meet the mighty Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, etc, accompanying with local guide and personalized service.

Day 6: Fly to Chongqing & Board Yangtze River Cruise

Transfer to Chongqing for your late afternoon Yangtze Cruise. With local guide, you have chance to visit Chongqing Zoo and Ciqikou Old Town before getting onboard.

Day 7-9: Yangtze River Cruise & Yichang-Shanghai

Enjoy the Yangtze Cruise tour from Chongqing to Yichang with the famous Three Gorges Dam and various shore excursion sites included. Disembark at Yichang and fly to Shanghai and meet your local guide, who escorts you to your hotel of Shanghai.

Day 10: Shanghai

Combined with east and west aspects, Shanghai shows you different personality, but the same hospitality with private guide and drive for you to tour. You'll visit Yu Garden, Nanjing Road, The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple and more sites.

Day 11-12: Shanghai - Hangzhou - Wuzhen - Shanghai

Take side trip to Hangzhou and visit West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Dragon Well Tea Plantation and Wuzhen Water Town. After water town trip, return back to Shanghai.

Day 13: Shanghai Departure

On this day, catch your flight to get back home from Shanghai.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Welcome to Beijing, the Capital of China! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who is holding a sign on which says your name; transferred by your private car/van to your hotel downtown. The rest of the day is your own time.

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Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

After breakfast, you will first visit the world's biggest city plaza, the Tiananmen Square; then walk to the marvelous "Egg" (National Center for the Performing Arts) to take some pictures from its outside; subsequently, go to the Forbidden City, where you can hear the echo of the ancient ages as you walk down the porch; and later proceed to the impressive Temple of Heaven, a complex of Taoist building where emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties visited for annual ceremonies of pray for good harvests. After the sightseeing tour, drive back to your hotel and have a good rest.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)

After breakfast, drive to the Badaling Great Wall (about 80 km, 1.5hours) where you will experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. For lunch you'll sample some delicious fare in a local restaurant. Afterwards, visit the Sacred Way and Changling, one of the Ming Tombs; on the way back to your hotel, you might make a stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to take some photos of the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube from the outside。

In the evening, enjoy Peking Roast Duck dinner that you will complete today's tour!

Day 4 Beijing & Flight to Xian (B, L)

After breakfast, take a leisurely walk in the enchanting royal garden to appreciate the masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design Summer Palace, the imperial garden.

Then head to visit the Drum Tower dating from 1420. Ascending the big Drum Tower, you will have a bird's eye view of the surrounding communities of Hutongs and Siheyuan from here. And then move on to an ordinary family courtyard home for a tea break. Afterwards, take a rickshaw to visit the most famous Hutongs keeping the original layout in the Shichahai area. Then move on to the Prince Gong's Mansion.

After the tour, our guide will escort you to the airport and take the flight to Xian.

Day 5 Xian (B, L, D)

In the morning be picked up at your hotel then driven to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses; the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, It is one of the most popular tourist spots not to be missed by any visitor to China. After lunch, move on to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Ancient City Wall.

In the evening, enjoy the local specialty Dumpling Dinner served in a fine restaurant.

Day 6 Flight to Chongqing from Xian (B, L)

Today will be free until your guide picks you up to the airport and flight to Chongqing. After arriving in Chongqing city be met and transferred to the Chongqing downtown. Your tour guide and driver will take you to the Chongqing zoo to see the Giant Panda, and then visit the Ciqikou Old Town, if time permits.

Then, you'll be transferred to the Chongqing Chaotianmen Cruise Port, and board the ship from 17:00 to 20:00. Your lifetime Yangtze River Cruise starts in Chongqing at arond 22:00. (Note: the aboarding time changes based on the cruise ships, season, water level, weather, etc.)

Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Take shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda. Shibaozhai, like a pearl on Yangtze River, is 278 kilometers away from Chongqing. As the gem of Chinese Architecture, the 12-story, 18th Century red wooden temple is an architectural delight full of Legends and beautiful stories.

Please Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City. Reach the top of Ming Mountain to check why it has been regarded as the "City of Ghosts". It is where the devil lives according to Chinese legend. The temples shows punish instruments and demon paintings, depicting the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Shore excursion to Shennv Stream by smaller vessels. Shennv Stream, called Goddess Stream, is reputed as the Original Virgin Valley of Yangtze where you could see extraordinary view.

Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Shennong Stream. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise & Flight to Shanghai from Yichang (B, L)

Today's highlight is your morning excursion to the world-famous Three Gorges Dam. Be prepared for your check-out procedure and the ship will arrive in Yichang at about 11:30. Our guide will expect you on board and visit the Yichang Museum if time permits. After lunch at a local famous restaurant, drive to the Yichang airport and take the flight to Shanghai.

After arrival in Shanghai, our local tour guide and driver will escort you to your hotel in Shanghai. Rest of the day is free to explore the metropolis on your own.

Day 10 Shanghai (B, L)

Today you will first visit the magnificent Yu Garden. Right out of the Yu Garden, you can observe local people's life at the Yuyuan Market (Yu Garden Market). Proceed to the Temple of Jade Buddha. Take a stroll or shop in the famed Nanjing Road and then down to the Bund alongside the Huangpu River to explore the modern aspect of Shanghai. Drive to the Pudong New Area to enjoy a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Jinmao Tower.

Day 11 Shanghai - Hangzhou (B, L)

After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Hangzhou. Stay overnight in Hangzhou.

After arriving in Hangzhou, you’ll first visit Linyin Temple. Founded in AD 326, this temple once housed 3,000 monks who worshiped in more than 70 halls. Hui Li, an Indian monk, thought it was the spitting image of a hill in India and asked whether it had flown here. FeilaiFeng (Flying Peak) us known for the dozens of Buddhist sculptures carved into the rock, many dating from the 10th Century.

After lunch, you’ll enjoy the leisure cruising time on West Lake. Long considered one of the scenic wonders of China, West Lake situated at the Heart of Hangzhou. Fairy Island is worth it to see one the Ten Best Views of West Lake – Three Pools Reflecting the Moon.

Finally, drive to Dragon Well Tea Plantation in Dragon Well Village. It produces one of the China’s most famous varieties of green tea. You could wander around the tea terraces, catching glimpses of the different stages of production – cutting, sorting, and drying – and also buy the tea.

Day 12 Hangzhou - Wuzhen - Shanghai (B, L)

Today after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Wuzhen Water Town. Located in the center of six ancient towns south of Yangtze River, Wuzhen Water Town displays its two-thousand-year history in its ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, its stone pathways between the mottled walls and its delicate wood carvings. It gives a unique experience through its profound cultural background.
The famous attractions in Wuzhen are: Former Residence of Mao Dun, Fanglu Pavilion, and Bridge in Bridge.

After visiting Wuzhen, drive back to Shanghai and escort to hotel. The rest of today is free on your own.

Day 13 Shanghai Departure (B)

Our guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

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Recommended Add-on Options

+ 3 more days to feel a real Chinese white & black painting - Mt.Huang

“No mountain is worth seeing after a trip to Mount Huang”. It features the “Four Wonders” - beautifully-shaped pines trees, fantastic rock peaks, sea of clouds and hot springs. Besides, the poetic Hongcun and Xidi old villages are also extremely popular for its ancient Hui style structures, local culture and peaceful sceneries, which makes them the favorite of photographers home and abroad.

Yellow Mountain

+ 2~3 more days to step into the World Geological Park - Zhangjiajie

Reputed as “a miniature fairyland” and “a maze of nature”, Zhangjiajie is a surreal world with hundreds of grotesque peaks, beautiful waters, towering trees, deep valley, marvelous caves and exuberant forest. In Zhangjiajie, you’ll fully explore Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to catch the outstanding landscape and experience the world’s longest and highest glass bridge in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.

Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain

+ 2 more days to explore the world's last unsophisticated old town - Lijiang

Once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road, the Old Town of Lijiang is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The uniqueness of Lijiang Old Town makes it another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and its culture of the traditional residents the Naxi people.

Black Dragon Pool Park

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Klaus
-September 3, 2017

Hello Tracy,
Over all it was a very nice tour. Especially the staff was friendly and very helpful. The cleanliness in the cabin was very good....

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