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*12 days Yangtze River Tour

  • Destination: Shanghai-Yichang-Sanxia-Chongqing-Xian-Beijing
  • Tour code: YR01
  • Days:12
  • Price:from US$1652
  • Summary: Unique natural wonders, awe-inspring scenery, tradition, beauty, culture and history along the Yangtze River.

B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Day 01 Arrival Shanghai (No meal)
Upon arrival, you will find that our guide is waiting for you outside the customs of the airport. We will transfer you to the appointed hotel in downtown area and help you checkin. The remaining time of the day is free for your individual activities.
Accommodation: 4* Shanghai Hotel (or the same class)

Day 02 Shanghai (B/L)
Your first stop today is Shanghai Museum, which houses large collections of historical art items like bronze ware, chinaware, calligraphies and paintings. Then go to the famousYuyuan Garden, where the pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters all have unique Chinese characteristics. You may especially pay attention to their delicate design andfine layout. In the afternoon, you will take a short cruise along the Huangpu River. From the cruise, you will see the best part of Shanghai urban landscape, such as western-style buildings on the west bank of Huangpu River and modern skyscrapers on the east bank. Then you will have some free time to stroll on the Bund. You can see that buildings inGothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance style stand in a row along the Bund.

Day 03 Shanghai – Yichang (B/L)
This morning you will pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple. The highlights of this temple are a Sitting Buddha and a Recumbent Buddha both carved with whole white jade. Thenyou will take a flight to Yichang, we will drive you to board the reserved cruise ship for your Yangtze River tour. If time is available, you will visit Yichang Museum, whichmainly displays the local cultural relics with the earliest exhibitions dating back to 400,000 years ago.
Accommodation: 5*Yangtze River Cruise

Day 04 Three Gorges Dam (B/L/D)
Your Yangtze River cruise commences at 07:00 this morning. Sailing along the eastern Xiling Gorge, you will first disembark and pay a visit to the magnificent Three Gorges DamSite. You may climb on the Viewing Platform located on Tianzi Mountain and have a panoramic view of the dam. Then you will be back to the ship and the cruise continues sailing into the western Xiling Gorge. Passing through this gorge is a kind of adventure because it is known for numerous torrents and dangerous shoals, but you do not need to worry about. You may also see many cultural relics in this gorge, such as hanging coffins. Afterwards, the cruise will pass through the Five Level Ship Lock, which takes at least twoto three hours. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held on board. You are invited to participate.

Day 05 Three Little Gorges or Shennong Stream (B/L/D)
Sail through the Wu Gorge in the morning. Here, you will see twelve peaks standing in different postures and manners, among which the Goddess Peak in swirls of mist is the mostcharming and lively. Then according to the schedule of your cruise company, you will take a side trip to the Three Little Gorges or Shennong Stream, both of which are tributaries of Yangtze River. The highlight is that you will take a pea boat drifting along the river, accompanied by the beautiful singings from the guide and boat trackers, who are all local Tujia minority people. Back to the ship and the cruise will pass through the Qutang Gorge. It is the most dangerous and shortest of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River. Standing on the deck of the cruise ship, you will see the steep precipices standing on both banks of this narrow stretch of water.

Day 06 Fengdu (B/L/D)
Today you will disembark at Fengdu for an excursion. According to the schedule of your cruise company, you will go to visit the Fengdu Ghost City. Fengdu is one of the mostdistinctive and famous historical towns since ancient times. As the netherworld in Chinese legend, the Ghost City is well-known for its ghost culture. After that, you will be back to the ship and the cruise continues sailing to the destination Chongqing. Tonight, you will feast on a farewell party on the cruise. Please enjoy yourself thoroughly.

Day 07 Chongqing – Xian (B/L)
The cruise is scheduled to arrive in Chongqing at around at 09:00am when your Yangtze River trip will end. Our guide will meet you to airport and take a flight to Xian. Our  local guide will be waiting for you at the Xian airport. A private transfer will take you the appointed hotel for two nights.
Accommodation: 4*Le Garden hotel (or the same class)

Day 08 Xian (B/L)
Today you will pay a visit to the Terracotta Warriors which is famed as the Eighth Wonder of the world. Life-sized terracotta figures of warriors and horses were arranged rderly in battle formations, and each has its unique characteristic. They are replicas of what the imperial guard should look like more than 2,200 years ago. To avoid the mass produced food at the tourist eateries near the warrior site, we will serve. This afternoon, you will first tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Built mainly of bricks and woods more than 1,300 years ago to collect Buddhist scriptures, the pagoda is in a shape of square pyramid and gradually decreases upwards. Then, you will travel to the ancient City Wall.Standing on the wall, you will see an ancient Xian inside while a modern developing city outside. You can enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner for your optional night show and meal.

Day 09 Xian/Beijing (B/L)
At Leisure In the morning, the guide will met you at noon 12:00 for you lunch, and then will visit Shaanxi History Museum, and then you will take overnight rain to Beijing.

Day 10 Beijing (B/L)
The train arrives in Beijing at around 07:20 if on time. The guide will take you for breakfast and then visit Tiananmen Square - one of the largest and grandest city squares in the world. After a stroll on the square, you will pass the Meridian Gate and enter the imperial palace – the Forbidden City. First built in the Ming Dynasty about 600 years ago, it is the world's largest palace complex. Now it is a tourist site as well as a museum exhibiting imperial architecture, culture relics and court lives. As is our practice to avoid the poor food at the cheap tourist eateries, Take a leisure Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways for your first impression of the city. In the afternoon get ready to visit Summer Palace.
Accommodation: 4* Super House international hotel (or the same class)

Day 11 Beijing (B/L)
Today you will visit one of the greatest world heritage sites - the Badaling Great Wall. Badaling is the best-preserved and most famous section among all the existing Great Wallof China. Standing on it, you will see the long wall, like a huge dragon, winding up and down the mountain ranges. To avoid the shopping site restaurants near the Great Wall, explore the Temple of Heaven, which was once the royal temple for the emperors to offer sacrifices to God of heaven. On the way back to the downtown, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You can see the full view of the nest and take some pictures.

Day 12 Departure Beijing (B)
Today you will take your international flight back home. Our guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport..

Dates & Price

Group Departure Dates

Starting Date Ending Date Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy

Tailor Made Departures

No. of Pax Price Single Supplement
2 traveler ¥11570 $1944 £1217 ¥1660 $278 £174
3-5 travelers ¥10840 $1821 £1141 ¥1660 $278 £174
6-9 travelers ¥9830 $1652 £1034 ¥1660 $278 £174
¥=RMB or CNY (Chinese Yuan, Renminbi)
  $=USD, US Dollars
  £=GBP, Great Britain Pound

*Price is for per person, based on two persons sharing one room.
* If one person uses one room, he/she is required to pay additional charge named single supplement.

Price Includes:
1. All internal transportations and transfers in China, including internal flights from Shanghai to Yichang, Chongqing to Xian.
2. Domestic airport taxes.
3. 6 night accommodation in 4* hotels with private facilities
4. 4 nights twin accommodation on the luxurious 5*Yangtze Cruise ship with private facilities
5. All meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking guide and all entrance fees
7. Soft sleeper overnight train from Xi’an to Beijing.

Price Excludes:
1. Flights arriving Shanghai and departing Beijing.
2. Chinese visa fee.
3. Your own international travel insurance.
4. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
5. Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.
6. Other personal expenses. 

Note: Remember, you can change this itinerary to the way you want or to extend this tour to visit other Chinese cities or even neighboring countries, please do contact us, we will be happy to arrange it for you!
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