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Highlights Of The Yangtze
MONDAY DEPARTURE ONLY. TOUR CLOSED IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY. Visit three of China's most interesting cities, including the Great Wall of China at Badaling near Beijing and Xian's Terracotta Warriors; then fly to Chongqing where you will board the MS Sunshine China cruise boat or similar. Cruising along the world's third longest waterway you will take in the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges, before finishing with a few days in the fascinating Shanghai. Tuesday Departures.
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This 10 night sample itinerary includes:
  International round-trip airfare
  Flight into Beijing and out of Shanghai
  Air Flight Transfers between Cities within China
  Airport transfers
  3 nights in Beijing at Novotel Xinqiao (Superior)
  2 nights in Xi An at New World (Superior)
  3 nights at Yangtze River Cruise
  2 nights in Shanghai at Rayfont Xuhui (Superior)
  Service charges and hotel taxes
  Breakfasts served in hotels with western or buffet style
  lunch and dinner mostly served in local Chinese restaurants
  Deluxe motorcoach with air-conditioning
  Sightseeing with local guides
  Beijing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall and Summer Palace
  Xian: Terracotta Warriors
  Yangtze River: Three Gorges
  Shanghai: Yu Garden, Bund and Jade Buddha Temple
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Beijing (37)  China (70)  Chongqing (5)  Shanghai (26)  Xi An (9)  
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10 nights - Highlights of the Yangtze
From Beijing
Day 1 to Day 11

Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival at Beijing airport, you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel, the Novotel Xinqiao, which takes approximately 45 minutes. After check-in, you will have some time at your own leisure, before departing the hotel between 5.30 - 6.00pm for a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight: Novotel Xinqiao

Day 2: Day in Beijing

After breakfast in the hotel, depart at 8.30am for a full day sightseeing, including a walk through Tiananmen Square, one of the largest squares in the world, where you can see the Great Hall of the People and other historical monuments. The Forbidden City, located directly behind the Tiananmen tower gate, and where the Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors and empresses lived and ruled from 1420 to 1924. You will spend the whole morning in the Forbidden City. After lunch you will spend about 2 hours visiting the Temple of Heaven where the Emperors worshipped and prayed during the Ming and Qing Dynasties for a good harvest. Between 4.30-5.00pm, return to your hotel for a short rest (subject to the traffic situation, you may not have time to go back to your hotel before dinner) before departing for dinner and the Peking Opera. The Opera starts at 7.30pm and lasts for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Return to your hotel at around 9.30 pm.

Overnight: Novotel Xinqiao

Day 3: Beijing

After breakfast in your hotel, depart at 8.30am for a full day of sightseeing including the Great Wall at Badaling, which lies 45 miles northwest of Beijing, about one and a half hours drive. This provides a good opportunity to see the countryside surrounding Beijing. Approximately two hours will be spent at the Great Wall, along which you will be able to walk and climb or travel by cable car (price not included). Lunch is at 1.00pm in a local restaurant. After lunch, you will walk along the beautiful Sacred Way guarded by stone statues of the emperors? officers and officials and stone animals, dating from the 15th century. A stop at a Jade workshop is included. At about 5.00pm return to your hotel for a short rest before departing for a Peking Duck Dinner in a local restaurant (subject to traffic situation and availability of Duck Restaurant, you may go to dinner directly).
Total mileage for the day is approximately 110 miles.

Overnight: Novotel Xinqiao

Day 4: Beijing/Xian

After breakfast, check out of the hotel (We suggest that you pay your bill for personal incidentals the evening before to avoid a possible queue at reception in the morning. Please request a receipt at reception). Depart the hotel at 8.30am for the Summer Palace, approximately 50 minutes drive. (Subject to the flight availability, you may have some time at leisure in the morning). Morning visit the Summer Palace, and lunch is at 11.30am. After lunch, you will be transferred to Beijing airport for your flight to Xian. The flight time is 1 hour 40 minutes. Upon arrival at Xian you will be transferred to the New World Xian Hotel for 2 nights. Dinner will be en route to your hotel. The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is 1 hour.

Overnight: New World Xian

Day 5: Day in Xi An

After breakfast in the hotel, a full day of sightseeing will start at 9.00 am, with 1 hour drive to the Terracotta Warrior Museum in the suburbs of Xian - Lintong. The visit to the Museum usually begins with a presentation film explaining the period of history during which the Terracotta Warriors were constructed. A visit of about 2 hours will be spent studying the thousands of Terracotta Warriors and their chariots. Lunch is at 12.30pm. The Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall are the last 2 points of interest on your return to Xian. You will have dinner followed by the Tang Dynasty Show in a local theatre. Return to the hotel at 10:20pm.

Overnight: New World Xian

Day 6: Xian/Chongqing

After breakfast in the hotel, you will depart for the airport for your flight to Chongqing, which takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. Upon arrival at Chongqing, you will have half day city tour to visit Erling Park, Chongqing Zoo (which is home to hundreds of rare animals and has an excellent panda enclosure) and the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell. Both lunch and dinner are in local restaurants. And then you will be transferred to the M.S. Sunshine China or similar cruise for 3 nights.

Overnight: M.S. Sunshine China or similar cruise

Day 7-8: Cruising the Yangtze

Considered one of China`s iconic experiences, the next two days are a river journey through the breathtaking Three Gorges with a variety of shore excursions included en route. It is the perfect way to explore in comfort this rather inaccessible part of the country. See thriving riverside towns, temples, pagodas, dramatic cliff faces and sheer peaks and of course the impressive Three Gorges Dam, China`s biggest construction project since the Great Wall.
Breakfast / lunch / dinner on board
Daily shore excursions - Shibaozhai, Shennong Stream, Three Gorges Projects

Overnight: M.S. Sunshine China or similar cruise

Day 9: Arrive Shanghai

11:00am disembark at Yichang pier. After lunch at local restaurant, you will be transferred to the airport for your 1 hour 30 minutes flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at Shanghai you will be transferred to the Rayfont Xuhui Hotel. Dinner is in a local restaurant.

Overnight: Rayfont Xuhui

Day 10: Day in Shanghai

After breakfast in the hotel, a full day sightseeing starts at approximately 9.00am. Morning visit to the Yu Garden with typical pagodas and classic architecture from the Qing Dynasty.Lunch is at 12.30pm. After lunch you will visit a functional Buddhist temple -the Jade Buddha Temple. The rest of your time will be spent in Nanjing Road and the famous Bund. Dinner is at a local restaurant at around 6.00pm. You will return to your hotel by 8.00pm.

Overnight: Rayfont Xuhui

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Shanghai Pudong airport for your flight home.


  • Private transfers, tours with English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals mentioned at local restaurants
  • Twin-sharing accommodation with daily breakfast at 4-star hotels
  • 4 days / 3 nights Yangtze River Crusie
  • Domestic air tickets with taxes (Beijing-Xian-Chongqing,Yichang-Shanghai)
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