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*15 Days Classic Yangtze Cruise

  • Destination: Beijing-Xian-Shanghai-Yangtze Cruise-Guilin
  • Tour code: YC17
  • Days:15
  • Price:from US$3148
  • Summary: Unique natural wonders, awe-inspring scenery, tradition, beauty, culture and history. See what China can offer you in just 16 days.

B: Breakfast       L: Lunch        D: Dinner

Day 01 – Saturday

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a four night stay. Afternoon at leisure to overcome any jetlag. D
Accommodation: 5* Kuntai Royal Hotel (Or the same class)

Day 02 – Sunday
Full day tour to the magnificent Great Wall at Badaling, the Changling of the Ming Tombs, and Sacred RoadPeking Duck Dinner has been arranged this evening. B/L/D

Day 03 – Monday

A day tour visit the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City. This afternoon visit Panda Hall and the Summer Palace. Have dinner in Old Beijing restaurant. Enjoy an evening of Traditional Chinese Culture with the Legend Kung Fu Show.  B/L/D

Day 04 – Tuesday

Morning visit the Temple of Heaven, afternoon at leisure B/L/D

Day 05 – Wednesday
Taking the Hutong tour by rickshaw to see the real life of China, we will visit the Drum Tower. You will have chance to have your lunch with the local family and learn how to make dumplings. Transfer to the airport in the afternoon for the flight to the ancient city of Xian. Two nights stay in Xian. Tonight’s dinner will be the local specialty of Mutton Paomo which is a tasty Xian specialty that consists of a mutton soup served with wheat flour flat bread. B/L/D
Accommodation: 5* Grand Park Hotel (Or the same class)

Day 06 – Thursday
Day tour to the most important archaeological discovery the life-size and lifelike Terracotta Warriors. Also visit the Great Mosque and Muslim quarter. Dumpling Banquet dinner has been arranged tonight. B/L/D

Day 07 – Friday
Morning tour the City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, take the afternoon flight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Two nights stay in Shanghai. B/L/D
Accommodation: 5* Shanghai Grand Hotel (Or the same class)

Day 08 – Saturday
Morning tour to the Shanghai Museum, and then visit the classical Yu Garden which was built in 1559 in both Ming and Qing styles, stroll in the Old Town. After lunch visit the Bund, and the Jade Buddha Temple.  Evening Acrobatic Show has been arranged.  B/L/D

Day 09 – Sunday
Morning at leisure in Shanghai. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Yichang. After dinner you will be transferred to your Cruises for a four night upstream cruise to Chongqing.  B/L/D
Accommodation: 5* Yangtze River Cruise

Day 10 – Monday

Morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam. Sailling through the Three Gorges Shiplocks, sailing through Xiling Gorge. B/L/D

Day 11 – Tuesday

Sailing through Wu Gorge, excursion to the Lesser Three, sailing through Qutang Gorge.   B/L/D

Day 12 – Wednesday

Shore excursion of Fengdu or Wanxian. B/L/D

Day 13 – Thursday

Arrive in Chongqing. Transfer to the airport for the flight to the Limestone Mountain Region of Guilin. Two nights stay in Guilin. B/L/D
Accommodation: 5* Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (Or the same class)

Day 14 – Friday

Full day Li River Cruise. The 45-mile journey to Yangshuo glides through a landscape of natural beauty of mist shrouded crags and bamboo groves that have inspired painters and poets for centuries. Lunch on boat. Sightseeing in Yangshuo, transfer back to Guilin in the afternoon. Dinner has been arranged at Longze Restaurant which is famous for its local dishes. B/L/D

Day 15 – Saturday
Morning tour to the Reed Flute Cave and Fubo Hill for a picturesque view of the city and countryside. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B/L

Dates & Price

Tailor Made Departures

No. of Pax Price Single Supplement
1 traveler ¥30240 $5082 £3183 ¥0 $0 £0
2-5 travelers ¥21618 $3633 £2275 ¥6858 $1152 £721
6-9 travelers ¥18732 $3148 £1971 ¥6858 $1152 £721
¥=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.
* When there are 10 or more paying pax in your group, a national guide will travel with you from city to city, upon your arrival in China up to your departure

Price Includes:
1. All internal transportations in China, including flights from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Shanghai, Shanghai to Yichang, Chongqing to Guilin .
2. All domestic airport taxes.
3. Hotels as specified in the itinerary with private facilities
4. 4 nights twin accommodation on Victoria Cruise ship with private facilities
5. All meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees
7. English speaking guide
8. Special arrangement for Peking Duck Dinner, Kungfu Show, Old Beijing Restaurant, Mutton Paomo, Dumpling Dinner, Acrobatic Show and Longze Dinner

Price Excludes:
1. Flights arriving 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.


Yangtze Cruise is very enjoyable.

Rachel and Brian

Just came back our home. Everthing was first class. Thank you all.

Isabella and Andrea

We liked the meal in a Beijing hutong house. It was summer when pomegrantes were in full blossom. And the kids were giggling and chasing each other in the courtyard. I loved the stir-fried aubergine. Their hand made dumplings were the best ever I've had in my life!

I liked the dumpling in Hutong too. And the dishes are very authentic.

Here is a feedback from our clients:

Tour name: 17 Day Yangtze Cruise tour
Travel dates: 18 April to 2 May 2009

Dear Sir or Madam:

We have had a superb holiday which we attribute largely to China Holidays' planning, preparation and management – well done.
In particular we want to thank Jenny Chen who was patience personified helping with all our queries and providing what proved to be very useful advice and help.

Sincerely yours,



Beijing Section:
Hotel: Particularly impressed with the executive breakfast room recommended by guide on 16 floor which provided marvellous views over Beijing.

Day Tours: All the tours were excellent except for the Ming Tombs tour which was a little disappointing as the tombs lacked focus and interest. Can the authorities not come up with something better than a series of red wooden boxes as the centre piece?
Also enjoyed the Kung Fu show

Tour Guide: Bat, an exceptionally focused and well organised guide who made clear from the offset that our enjoyment was his objective and who then fulfilled his objective. In retrospect he stands out as the best of all our guides.

Meals: All the meals were excellent, enhanced by the thoughtful way the guide had arranged each venue to give us a very varied experience of Chinese cuisine.

Xi'an Section:
Hotel: Ana Grand Castle, excellent facilities but the view from the hotel window which was at the rear of the building was disappointing as it was overlooking an empty building site.

Day Tours: Terracotta warriors tour was excellent and the undoubted highlight of this part of the holiday. We also enjoyed the Huaging Hot Springs – particularly as in retrospect it proved to be one of the unique elements of the whole tours.

It would be helpful if the number of temple or mosque visits could be managed at an overall level to ensure that tourists only see the best. Once we had seen one temple/ mosque there was little to be gained from seeing more.

Tour Guide: Pong,a pleasant relaxed guide – but perhaps too relaxed. Would benefit from a little more interest and drive
Meals: Meals were good. The Dumpling Dinner was too specialist (single topic- too many dumplings in one go for our taste). Similarly the Muslim lunch was too different for our taste. Dinner on first night (after flying from Beijing) not necessary – we were too tired.

Shanghai Section:
Hotel: New Jinjiang Tower, excellent hotel – liked the views from the revolving restaurant on the 41st floor which were magnificent. Skyline amazing. Good choice.

Day Tours: The Yu Garden was an oasis in a very busy city. We enjoyed an hour's visit to the Museum and this was sufficient. Enjoyed Acrobatic show in the evening - a good touch particularly as we were tired and welcomed the sit down entertainment.

Tour Guide: Tom, an interesting guide who used his age and experiences to good effect telling interesting stories of the way China has developed.

Meals: Meals were very good

Victoria Cruise Section:
Cruise: Victoria Katarina, excellent cruise, wonderfully managed boat and crew. We enjoyed the break from the busy sightseeing tours and the crews entertainment was excellent. The highlight of the holiday for us.

Day Tours: It was hard to improve on the everyday 3 Gorge views but the lesser gorge tour was exceptional. The other visits, (the dam and Fengdu) were less impressive and of less interest. The onboard activities were all excellent. Add an optional visit to the 3 Gorge dam generating site to spice up that tour would be more attractive.
Tour Guide: All 5 guides were excellent.

Meals: Meals were all exceptional and were presented and served in a first class manner. Top marks.

Guilin Section:
Hotel: LiJiang Waterfall, well positioned and lovely hotel

Day Tours: The Li Valley cruise was excellent and the highlight of this part of the holiday. Enjoyed the side visits to see a rice farmer preparing and planting his crop and the night time cruise on the Guilin lakes (both arranged by our 2 guides).
Our trip to the top of one of the highest mountains by chair lift was disappointing as the weather was poor so the visibility non existent and the cost was expensive. The guide's advice on this occasion would have been appreciated! I'd like to add seeing a rice farmer managing his crop to the itinery.

Also consider adding the night time cruise on the Guilin lake.

Tour Guide: Pan was an excellent guide - discreet with his very informative interventions when on the cruise and helpful in arranging for us to see the rice farmer. Jenny was also helpful and suggested the night time cruise on the Guilin lake but a little self-centred.

Meals: Meals were all very good . Again we didn't have the dinner on first night (after flying from Chongqing) – we were too tired. I think this meal is not necessary.

Hong Kong Section:
Hotel: Marco Polo Hong Kong, ideally positioned with great facilities. However, we upgraded to rooms with a view over the harbour which may influence our judgement.

In particular we want to thank Jenny Chen who was patience personified helping with all our queries and providing what proved to be very useful advice and help.

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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