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Best of China with Yangtze Cruise

15 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

China’s exquisite natural splendour takes centre stage on this epic journey from the cityscapes of Beijing to Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors, Shanghai to the meandering Yangtze River.

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    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: The departures of 24 March 2019 and 09 June 2019 include a discount of up to 24% on our standard single supplement.
    • Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Beijing to Xi'an and Yichang to Shanghai and are accurate as of 1st June 2018.
    • A secret spot that I like to visit is the west gate of the city wall of Xi'an to see the life size model of an Akhal Teke horse. Here, I explain to my guests its special relationship with the world-famous Silk Road.Hubert, China Travel Director
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      • Special Rate Solo Rooming: The departures of 24 March 2019 and 09 June 2019 include a discount of up to 24% on our standard single supplement.
      • Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Beijing to Xi'an and Yichang to Shanghai and are accurate as of 1st June 2018.
      • A secret spot that I like to visit is the west gate of the city wall of Xi'an to see the life size model of an Akhal Teke horse. Here, I explain to my guests its special relationship with the world-famous Silk Road.Hubert, China Travel Director
      • Visas are required for China. Please contact the consulate/embassy for further information.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Discover the cityscapes of Beijing and Shanghai, Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors and the rare giant pandas of Chengdu on this mesmerising encounter with China, which includes a leisurely cruise along the Yangtze River.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: CLBY

      14 Nights

      accommodation

      28 Meals
      • 14 buffet breakfasts

      • 9 lunches (including Connect with Locals)

      • 5 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • CITY TOUR of Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shanghai

        • CRUISE the Yangtze River

        • SEE local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Shanghai Acrobats.

        • VISIT Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, the Great Wall of China


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 buffet breakfasts

        • 9 lunches
          (including Connect with Locals)

        • 5 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      ARRIVE BEIJING (3 NIGHTS)

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      CHENGDU - CHONGQING - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (3 NIGHTS)

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      YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

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      YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

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      YICHANG - SHANGHAI (3 NIGHTS)

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      ARRIVE BEIJING (3 NIGHTS) Day 1 - ARRIVE BEIJING (3 NIGHTS)

      Journey to the "Northern Capital" - a land of emperors, epic monuments and the cultural heart of China. On arrival in Beijing, you'll be transferred to your hotel where you can relax before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.

      Hotel

      Novotel Peace

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Novotel Peace

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      • Welcome Reception

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      BEIJING SIGHTSEEING Day 2 - BEIJING SIGHTSEEING

      Surround yourself with the grandeur of Beijing's landmark Great Hall of the People, Qianmen Gate and the mausoleum of Mao Zedong as you walk through one of the world's largest public areas, Tiananmen Square. Delve into China's imperial heritage, passing the south gate into the frozen-in-time Forbidden City - once home to emperors and their households and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, indulge in a relaxing foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre to ease you into an evening at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
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      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL Day 3 - BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL

      The iconic Great Wall of China beckons this morning - its stone ramparts and walls snaking thousands of miles into the distance to defend the empire against nomadic invaders since 5th century B.C. The afternoon is yours to enjoy on your terms. Consider strolling through the imperial gardens of the Summer Palace or visit one of the outdoor markets. This evening, indulge in a Regional Meal of succulent Peking Duck for dinner - a must during any visit to Beijing.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 4

      BEIJING - XI'AN (2 NIGHTS) Day 4 - BEIJING - XI'AN (2 NIGHTS)

      Navigate the ancient alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences, weaving through lively neighbourhoods on the back of a traditional rickshaw. Stop at the home of a local family where you'll 'Connect with Locals', enjoying a Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine, then visit a nearby tea house. Here, you'll delve into the art of chayi, joining a 'Local Specialist' who'll share first-hand the age-old ritual of tea-making. Leave Beijing behind, bound for Xi'an, an ancient departure point on the Silk Road.

      Hotel

      Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      Day 5

      XI'AN SIGHTSEEING Day 5 - XI'AN SIGHTSEEING

      Engage with the children and teachers of a local primary school (during term-time) where you will learn a few words of Chinese and 'Make a Difference' by donating much-needed supplies. Next, descend into the subterranean tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang to view his legendary army of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, followed by a delicious traditional meal of Chinese noodles. Your final stop today is to a Jade factory where you'll admire the favoured stone of emperors, more precious to the Chinese people than gold.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      • Buffet Breakfast
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      XI'AN - CHENGDU (3 NIGHTS) Day 6 - XI'AN - CHENGDU (3 NIGHTS)

      This morning, your choice of activities gives you an opportunity to join a 'Local Specialist' in their T'ai Chi practice or embark on a cycle tour around part of the ancient City Wall of Xi'an. Get stuck in to the ancient art of dumpling making next, with an opportunity to sample the juicy results for lunch, then transfer to the railway station for your high-speed bullet train trip to Chengdu. On arrival in the hometown of the giant panda, you'll check in to your hotel and savour the leisurely pace of local life on your terms.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      Day 7

      CHENGDU SIGHTSEEING Day 7 - CHENGDU SIGHTSEEING

      Witness the ground-breaking work being done by the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding this morning. Join a 'Local Specialist' and learn how your visit Makes a Difference to this non-profit research breeding facility which rescues and protects the endangered giant panda, of which fewer than 2,000 remain.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 8

      CHENGDU SIGHTSEEING Day 8 - CHENGDU SIGHTSEEING

      Indulge in the bold and spicy flavours of local cuisine as you 'Dive into Culture' and learn about regional cooking practices at the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine. Learn how to crush chilli into powder using a Qing Dynasty pestle and mortar, then view ancient kitchenware, books and manuscripts faithfully recording the history of Sichuan culinary cultures. Immerse yourself in the intoxicating scents wafting through Restaurant Alley then, pay tribute to the Kitchen God before attempting to create your own culinary magic with the guidance of a local chef. Stomach and soul sated after a delicious encounter with Chengdu, you'll have an afternoon to relax, explore further or perhaps fit in some last-minute shopping.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      • Lunch

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      CHENGDU - CHONGQING - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (3 NIGHTS) Day 9 - CHENGDU - CHONGQING - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (3 NIGHTS)

      Rub shoulders with the locals during a visit to People's Park with its beautiful Chinese gardens, lake and tea houses. Gain insights into the day-to-day lives of the locals who spend their free time in tranquil surrounds indulging in a leisurely game of mah-jong, a quiet nap or neck massage. Venture to lively Jinli Old Street next, crossing beneath the imposing archway into a world of intricate handicraft, paintings and calligraphy. Stroll along the narrow street whose façades were modelled on the architectural style of a traditional old town in western Sichuan Province, then transfer to the railway station for a high-speed bullet train ride to Chongqing. Here, you'll enjoy a city orientation tour with dinner before boarding your Yangtze River Cruise.

      Hotel

      Victoria Jenna (cruise ship)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Victoria Jenna (cruise ship)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Day 10 - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

      Disembark this morning for a short visit to Shibaozhai to admire its 12-storey cliff-top temple, built in the 19th century. Stretch your legs and climb up to the temple, tackling the red pavilion which leans against the side of the steep peak, now an island due to the rising waters of the Three Gorges Dam. Return to the Yangtze, cruising to Fengdu's 'Ghost City' to explore the mystical shrines, temples and monasteries that are dedicated to the afterlife.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

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      • Buffet Breakfast
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      YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Day 11 - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

      Connect with your exquisite natural surrounds as you cruise gently down the Yangtze to the imposing Three Gorges. Squeeze through the narrow Qutang Gorge, admiring its dramatic vistas, before your journey takes you through Wu Gorge, renowned for its quiet beauty, forest-clad mountains, and cliffs so sheer the sun barely penetrates their precipices. A small motor boat will ferry you through the magical landscape of the Goddess Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze - its limestone cliffs covered in greenery provide a tranquil backdrop for your relaxing encounter with this mighty river.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
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      • Dinner

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      Day 12

      YICHANG - SHANGHAI (3 NIGHTS) Day 12 - YICHANG - SHANGHAI (3 NIGHTS)

      We disembark the ship in Yichang, where we'll get a close-up view of the world's largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam. Witness this engineering marvel first-hand as you tour the colossal dam that was designed with great expense for the dual purpose of generating power to fuel China's economic growth and control flooding on the Yangtze. After lunch, visit the Yichang Museum with its collection of more than 30,000 cultural relics before continuing to Riverside Park, which has peace as its central theme. Later, you'll have some time for shopping and a bite to eat at Wanda Plaza before transferring to the airport for your evening flight to Shanghai.

      Hotel

      The Portman Ritz-Carlton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      The Portman Ritz-Carlton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING Day 13 - SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING

      Shanghai's famous 'Bund' waterfront is the first stop on a day of sightseeing with a 'Local Specialist'. Admire the ornate neoclassical colonial buildings and skyscrapers that have sprung up from this former marshland, then Dive into Culture during a visit to a silk museum. Embrace the tranquillity of the famous Yu Garden next, with its pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters. Then, enjoy some free time for a local lunch of soup dumplings perhaps and shopping in the Old Town, a treasure trove of winding streets and vibrant markets that was once enclosed by the ancient walled city of Shanghai. Our final stop this afternoon is a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1928 after the original temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Admire the beauty of its precious jade Buddha statues made out of crystal-clear white jade, before you settle into an evening performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING Day 14 - SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING

      Ascend to the 88-storey Jinmao Tower for panoramic views of the skyscrapers that loom over the most populous city on earth. Then embark on a walking tour with a 'Local Specialist' through the Shanghai French Concession, for an exhilarating encounter with the opulent age of French colonial China. Wander through the narrow alleyways, past elegant villas and apartments dating back to the early 1900s when the territory was proclaimed a French settlement. Later this morning, you'll see where the First Conference of the Communist Party took place in Xin Tian Di, whose charming antique façades hide a 21st century world of bars, cafés, boutiques and theme restaurants. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure, letting the sights and sounds of Shanghai infuse every sense or consider joining an Optional Experience. Say a fond farewell to newfound friends this evening during a Farewell Dinner.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 15

      DEPART SHANGHAI Day 15 - DEPART SHANGHAI

      Our epic encounter with China at its end, take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      • Buffet Breakfast

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      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        Visit and have lunch with a local family in their home in one of Beijing's hutongs and gain a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle. (Day 4)

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        Indulge in a foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre (Day 2). Discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making, indulging in an opportunity to sample them (Day 6). Learn about Sichuan cuisine at a cooking class in Chengdu and taste some of your creations (Day 8).

      • LOCAL SPECIALIST
        in Xi'an (Day 4), Chengdu (Day 6 & 7) and Shanghai (Day 13 & 14)

      • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
        In Xi'an, you'll get to know the students and teachers at a local primary school and find out how your visit helps support their education in the local community. Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and learn how your visit contributes to their conservation efforts. (Day 5)

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        • CITY TOUR of Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shanghai

        • CRUISE the Yangtze River

        • SEE local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Shanghai Acrobats.

        • VISIT Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, the Great Wall of China


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      Dining

        • 14 buffet breakfasts

        • 9 lunches
          (including Connect with Locals)

        • 5 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


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