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15 Days China Memorable Tour with Yangtze Cruise

Shanghai / Yichang / Yangtze Cruise / Chongqing / Guilin / Yangshuo / Xian / Beijing

Tour Code:
YRC-SH-04
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:
Architecture Culture Photograph ship
Features:
You will literally be impressed after spending 15 days on this all-around China tour. With a focus on historic and cultural splendors and the most breathtaking natural sceneries, including 3 days cruising on China's longest and most spectacular river where also locates numerous historic and cultural relics and modern man-made marvels along its way, this China is going to be a life-time memory.

Price from$2440

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

Shanghai (2 nights), Yichang, Yangtze Cruise (4 nights), Chongqing, Guilin (3 nights), Xian (2 nights), Beijing (3 nights)

Highlights of the Trip

  • Take classic itinerary to visit the icons and must-sees
  • Get a glimpse of Shanghai's modern life
  • Relax on a luxury Yangtze River cruise from Yichang to Chongqing
  • See history, man-made & natural wonders, local lifestyle of rural village

Trip Summary

Day 1-2: Fly to Shanghai & Shanghai

Your lifetime Yangtze Cruise tour begins with welcome from your local guide at the Shanghai airport. In the metropolis Shanghai, you'll visit Yu Garden and its bazaar, Nanjing Road, The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, Jinmao Tower and more sites.

Day 3: Shanghai & Fly to Yichang to board Yangtze River cruise

Have an depth exploration in Shanghai by visiting Shanghai Museum on the People’s Square; fly to the Yichang city and transfer to the cruise port to board your Yangtze River cruise.

Day 4-6: Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy the relaxing leisure life on Yangtze cruise, take shore excursions to Three Gorges Dam Site, Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream, appreciate breathtaking scenery along Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge.

Day 7-9: Disembark in Chongqing & Fly to Guilin & Guilin

On day 7, disembark your Yangtze River cruise in Chongqnng and take a flight to Guilin. Driven to Zhujiang Pier to take Li River Cruise to Yangshuo; visit Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill and Red Flute Cave and more attractions in Guilin.

Day 10-11: Fly to Xian & Xian

Fly to the ancient capital Xian and have deep explorations by visiting Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, Shanxi History Museum, the Grand Mosque.

Day 12-15: Fly to Beijing & Beijing

Fly to Beijing from Xian and explore the capital of China by visiting Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Ming Tombs.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Welcome to Shanghai, the Oriental Paris in China! Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the airport/train station or cruise port. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. The guide will help you check in. The rest of today is on your own to explore the west-meet-east city.

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Day 2 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.

Night View of The Bund

Day 3 Shanghai & Flight to Yichang from Shanghai (B, L)

Today will visit the People's Square and the Shanghai Museum. Then after the lunch, you will be escorted to the airport and take the flight to Yichang.

After Yichang arrival, our guide will take you to visit Yichang Museum if time permits. And then be transferred to the cruise pier, and board your ship in the late afternoon. Your lifetime Yangtze cruise starts! (Note: the boarding time changes based on the cruise ships, seasons, water level, weather, etc.)

Shanghai Museum on the People's Square

Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Today's onboard activities include: Taichi exercise in the morning; shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site, the world-famous project; Captain's Welcome Banquet at 18:00; Evening entertainment at 20:00 to enjoy the Chinese folk dancing and music performance.

Three Gorges Dam Site on the Yangtze has been a dream for generations and is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken by mankind. This great dam, the biggest hydropower project in the world, provides China with tremendous power generation and flood control service.

World-famous Three Gorges Dam

Day 5 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. Shennong Stream is a collection of local culture. The nature scenery, boat tracker, local sampan, ancient hanging coffins, unique ethnic minority Tujia culture… all is worth your exploration. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Breathtaking Wu Gorge Scenery

Day 6 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!

Shibaozhai Pagoda, a Pearl of Yangtze River

Day 7 Flight to Guilin from Chongqing (B)

You will disembark in Chongqing at around 9:00am, and your local tour guide will meet and escort you to the Chongqing airport from the cruise pier. Take the flight to Guilin.

Transferred to your hotel in Guilin, and rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful city on your own.

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Day 8 Guilin Li River Cruise & Yangshuo Town (B, L)

After breakfast today, you’ll be driven to Zhujiang Pier (40-minute drive) to start your boat cruise down the picturesque Li River, which is the highlight of any visit to Guilin, until you get to Yangshuo County. Along the river, you’ll be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and picturesque pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes. Visitors feel they have stepped into a traditional Chinese painting.

After checking into your hotel in Yangshuo, free to explore the beautiful town and its famous West Street.

Guilin Li River Landscape

Day 9 Guilin (B, L)

Today, you will be driven back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive), where you will tour Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill and Reed Flute Cave.

Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin, got its name because it looks like an elephant drinking water. The round opening that would be under the elephant’s trunk is known as Water-Moon Cave because at night the reflection of the moon can be seen through the arch and it looks like it is under the water and floating on the surface of the water at the same time.

Fubo Hill is a solitary peak, standing elegantly half on land and half on water, situated to the west of Li River and the north of Guilin. Reed Flute Cave known as the Palace of Natural Arts is is a fantastic cave decorated by peculiar-shaped stalactites, stalagmites, and rock, being in Guilin urban area.

The Famous Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 10 Flight to Xian from Guilin (B, L)

Today will be free until your guide picks you up to the airport and flight to Xian.

Welcome to Xian, the Ancient Capital of China! After arriving in Xian be met and transferred to your hotel. After a little bit rest and having a local lunch, head to visit the Shanxi History Museum and the Grand Mosque.

the Grand Mosque in Xian

Day 11 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.

Evening Idea: enjoy the local specialty Dumpling Dinner served in a fine restaurant in this evening.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Eighth Wonder of the World

Day 12 Flight to Beijing from Xian (B, L)

Today will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport and take a flight to Beijing. After arrival in the Capital city, be transferred to your hotel in Beijing.

After check in and having a short rest, you will marvel at the splendid Summer Palace, the former royal garden, it is the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. After the tour, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Longevity Hill & Kunming Lake of Summer Palace

Day 13 Beijing (B, L)

Today our tour guide will meet you and pick you up from your hotel around 8:00 am. Then drive to the beautiful Mutianyu Great Wall (80km away from Beijing downtown), it is known for its beautiful surroundings. It is a superb location to appreciate the grandness of the Great Wall as well as to avoid the crowds at Badaling.

After hiking on the Mutianyu Great Wall for about 1 or 2 hours, then move on to the Ming Tombs (Changling or Dingling) and its Sacred Way.

On the way back, you may make a stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to take some pictures of the world-famed "Bird’s Nest" and the "Water Cube" from the outside. Later you will be taken to Beijing Liyuan Theatre to enjoy the Beijing Opera.

Autumn Scenery of Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 14 Beijing (B, L)

Today our guide will pick you up at your hotel around 8:00 a.m. Firstly you will visit the world's biggest city plaza, Tiananmen Square (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace). Subsequently you will move on to the Forbidden City, the most complete imperial palace in China.

After having Chinese lunch, you'll visit the Temple of Heaven - the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world where the ancient Emperors prayed for peace and harvest.

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests of Temple of Heaven

Day 15 Beijing Departure (B)

Today will be free until you are escorted to the airport for your flight back home or to your next destination.

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Recommended Add-on Options

+ 3 more days to immerse in the World Spiritual land of Tibet

Tibet is the highest region on earth, widely referred to as the Roof of the World. It is home to Tibetan people and the Tibetan Buddhism. In Tibet, you can enjoy the snow-capped mountain ranges and vast grassland, and immerse yourself into the Tibetan Buddhism and all its mysteries.

Spectacular Buddhism Debating in Sera Monastery

+ 2 more days to shop in the world's shopping paradise - Hong Kong

Expansive skylines and deep natural harbor nurtured the world financial and trade centre. It is the most densely populated area in the world. Highly developed social system make Hong Kong an optimal destination for many tourists. And Hong Kong is frequently described as a place where "East meets West".

Hong Kong Shopping

+ 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.

Lijiang Black Dragon Pool

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