Classic China with Yangtze Cruise
- Spectacular scenery along the Yangtze River on a luxurious cruise.
- The wonders of China: Forbidden City, Great Wall.
- Experience trishaw ride in Hutong
- Visit the World Heritage Site of Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the ancient capital city of China.
- Get amazed by the incredible contrast of Shanghai’s past and present.
Day 1 | Beijing (B, L)
On arrival at Beijing Airport, our local representative will be waiting outside the customs area to welcome you and take you to your hotel.
Day 2 | Beijing (B, L)
Summer Palace – Xi'an – Muslim Square - Forbidden City - Tian'anmen Square - Summer Palace
Today, you will enjoy a full-day tour of this vibrant city today, starting with Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming architecture and where the emperors performed annual sacrificial rituals for good harvests. Next, you will visit Tiananmen Square. This 100- acre expanse is the largest public square in the world. From here we enter the Forbidden City, the ancient palace at the center of modern Beijing.
Later, you will explore the local people’s life by trishaw tour in Hutong.
Day 3 | Beijing (B, L)
Great Wall - Imperial Ming Tombs - Olympic Game Park
After breakfast, we will take you to Great Wall of China. This 6,400 Kilometers long wall is a symbol of China's ancient civilization and ranks among the greatest ancient monuments in history. Next, we walk through the Sacred Way to see the Imperial Ming Tombs - the mausoleums of 13 emperors. See the Underground Palace and enjoy the rustic setting of the Tombs. In contrast, the most modern sights are the iconic Olympic buildings. These include the National Aquatics Centre, better known as the Water Cube, and the National Stadium, better known as the Bird's Nest. After the whole day tour, treat yourself an optional dinner to taste famous Beijing Roasted Duck in Quanjude.
After the whole day tour, treat yourself a great dinner to taste famous Beijing Roasted Duck in Quanjude.
Day 4 | Beijing - Xi'an (B, L)
Summer Palace – Xi'an – Muslim Square - Huton Tour - Silk Market
In the morning, we will take you to Summer Palace and its immense garden, where the Imperial Court resided during summer. After lunch, you will take the high-speed bullet train to Xi’an in first class (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes). Xi’an was once the largest city in the world and China’s capital for 11 dynasties. You’ll be welcomed by a local guide and will be taken to visit city’s Muslim Square. You can explore local life there and have a dinner at one of the many food stalls.
Day 5 | Xi'an (B, L)
Terracotta Warriors – City Wall of Xian
After breakfast, we begin with a full day tour to visit Xian’s main attraction, the Terracotta Warriors. Even if you have researched about these ancient models made over two thousand years ago, nothing can prepare you for their sheer scale and number. Next, we head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Small Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most famous buildings in the temple.
Later, visit the ancient City Wall of Xian, the most completed city wall survived in China, which was built during the Tang dynasty. Here you can take a relaxing cycle along the wall as an option.
Day 6 | Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze Cruise (B, L)
Ciqikou – Yangtze Cruise
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for flight to Chongqing. There you’re met by the local guide. You’ll visit Ciqikou ancient town, which is a great place to explore local food and find unique souvenirs (wooden knickknacks, porcelain, clothes, foods to bring home, etc.). The area is also very suitable for picture taking and enjoying traditional architecture and street performers.
Later, you’ll be transferred to Chongqing Port to board for the 5-star Yangtze River cruise ship.
Day 7 | Xi'an - Yangtze Cruise Shore Excursion of Fengdu (B, L, D)
Relax on the deck and marvel at the scenic beauty as your cruise ship sails into Fengdu. Enjoy an optional shore excursion of Fengdu - the City of Ghosts on the Ming Hill. You may climb the winding cobblestone road a- take a cable car to reach the 288 meter-high Ming Hill. Have an enjoyable time at Captain's Welcome Party as you ship anchors at Wanxian for an overnight halt. Enjoy Buffet breakfast, western style lunch and set menu dinner on board the cruise.
Day 8 | Three Little Gorges (B, L, D)
As you enjoy breakfast, we pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. We proceed on an excursion of the Three Little Gorges. The magnificent Qutang Gorge extends 8 km and leads us to the splendor of Wu Gage. We disembark for a shore excursion of the Shennong Gorge. Enjoy the sight of clear crystal stream flowing swiftly from oath to south through deep gages. We sail into the west section of the third gorge of the Yangtze River - the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Yangtze gorges, after which your ships passes through the 5 stage ship lock. As you pass through the gorge the river varies from 200 meters wide at its broadest to just 10 meters. The thundering waters and towering crags make the most breathtaking sights.
Day 9 | Three Gorges Dam Yichang- Shanghai (B)
After breakfast on board the cruise, enjoy a shore excursion of the Three of the Three Gages Dam, the largest project of its kind in the world. The dam is 1983 meters long and 185 meters high. Its construction involves the relocation of 13 cities, 140 towns and 1.3 million people and the enormity of the project is quite staggering. We drive across the Three Gorges Bridge, which takes us to the observation deck. See the five-step ship lock, the diversion canal, the dam in construction and the power station.After the ship sails into Yichang, we disembark the cruise and proceed to the airport for our flight to Shanghai.
Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a driver and you’ll be taken to the hotel by private transfer.
You can start exploring Shanghai independently.
Day 10 | Shanghai (B)
Continue to explore Shanghai at your own pace, we suggest you visit the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum and visit the waterfront of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis.
Day 11 | Shanghai (B)
Today, we suggest you visit Yu Yuan gardens, home to beautiful pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards, and flowers. Later at night, you may wish to take a river cruise or watch Shanghai Acrobatics Show.
Day 12 | Shanghai (B)
Today you’ll be taken by a private transfer from the hotel to the airport for your return flight.
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