Spirit of China & the Yangtze River


  • 13 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

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£2,219 pp

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£3,063 pp

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Spend 13 spellbinding days on your affordable tour of China, including a picturesque Yangtze River cruise. Your holiday in China begins in the exciting city of Shanghai on the Yangtze River delta. You’ll marvel at the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum—with works of art dating 6,000 years old. In Wuhan, explore beautiful East Lake—China’s second largest freshwater urban lake. Discover 200,000 cultural relics in the Hubei Provincial Museum, including ancient pottery, jades, artwork and coins. Next, board the bullet train to Yichang to embark on your 4-night cruise on the legendary Yangtze River.

Before passing through the dramatic vistas of the Xiling Gorge, you’ll visit the monumental Three Gorges Dam. Disembark briefly from your ship to glide on the mysterious emerald waters of Goddess Stream on a boat excursion, then continue on the Yangtze through its dramatic gorges lined with forested mountain views. You’ll tour Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red wooden pagoda perched high on the cliff side. Disembark from your Yangtze River cruise for more adventures, beginning with a visit to see the pandas at Chongqing Zoo. You’ll fly to Xi’an, one of China’s great ancient capitals, to see the emperor’s vault surrounded by the stunning find of its thousands of Terracotta Warriors, chariots, and horses guarding the tomb. In Beijing, take a guided tour of Tian’anmen Square past Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the Forbidden City—the largest collection of China’s ancient buildings and home to the historic Ming and Qing dynasties. Your budget-minded tour of China includes once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a visit to the iconic Great Wall of China. You’ll witness sweeping vistas from the wall that once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain.

Your value-minded tour of China and the Yangtze River is a journey into a spirit of history, beauty, culture, and natural wonders like no other.

Highlights

Shanghai Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum

Wuhan Visit East Lake and the Hubei Provincial Museum; travel by bullet train from Wuhan to Yichang

Yangtze River Cruise Four-night cruise through the Three Gorges, including a tour of the Three Gorges Dam Site, a boat excursion on Goddess Stream, and a walking tour in Shibaozhai

Xi’an Sightseeing with Local Guide including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors, city wall, and a lacquerware factory; walking tour through the Muslim quarter

Beijing Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall; Peking Duck dinner

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

Shanghai, China

Day
1

Welcome to Shanghai, China’s largest city and centre of trade. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Shanghai

Day
2

Sightseeing this morning includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDENS, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore Nanjing Road, the city’s main pedestrian and shopping area. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure before dinner at your hotel tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai - Wuhan

Day
3

Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display,before flying to the port city of Wuhan, one of China’s oldest metropolitan cities, located on the mighty Yangtze.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Wuhan - Yichang (Embarkation) - Yangtze River Cruise

Day
4

This morning visit picturesque EAST LAKE, before time at the HUBEI PROVINCIAL MUSEUM. The well-known museum contains over 200,000 cultural relics, including pottery, jades, lacquerwares, and ancient calligraphy, paintings, and coins. Hear musicians perform beautiful music using a replica of the ancient bronze chime bells. This afternoon, board a BULLET TRAIN for Yichang. Upon arrival, board your 4-night CRUISE through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Three Gorges Dam

Day
5

Start your day with a visit to the THREE GORGES DAM site. Afterward, watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze’s longest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Wu Gorge - Qutang Gorge

Day
6

Today, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. Later, sail through two of the three gorges—Wu Gorge, known for its forest-covered mountains, and Qutang, the shortest but most dramatic gorge.

NOTE: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Shibaozhai

Day
7

Today, take a WALKING TOUR of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Chongqing (Disembarkation) - Xi'an

Day
8

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing, where you will visit a local ZOO to see pandas. Enjoy time at leisure in the old town area of Cikikou before your flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, the evening is free to enjoy one of the great ancient capitals of China.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Xi'an

Day
9

Today, enjoy a visit to the first emperor’s funeral vault to see the amazing TERRCACOTTA WARRIORS. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots, and horses. Later, visit the ancient CITY WALL, built in 1378 and surrounding the city, then visit the XI’AN ART, CERAMICS AND LACQUER EXHIBITION CENTRE.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Xi'an - Beijing

Day
10

Take a WALKING TOUR through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. This afternoon, fly to Beijing, the capital of China and the country’s political, social, and historical hub.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Beijing

Day
11

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. You’ll also visit the treasure-filled FORBIDDEN CITY, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the centre of politics.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Beijing

Day
12

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, PEKING DUCK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

Tipping is an expected element in China's tourism  industry. Customarily every passenger pays on arrival to the guide and then it is distributed appropriately between the local guides and drivers. As a guideline we recommend 5- 7 USD per person per day.

Victoria Cruise ship will vary depending on departure date.

Shore excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions. A detailed itinerary will be handed out on the vessel each day. If you do not wish to take part in a shore excursion but you still wish to disembark the cruise ship, there is a mandatory port tax which must be paid by each customer. The port tax amount is approx. USD20-USD30 dollars per person however this amount can vary and for security reasons, it is not always possible to disembark at all ports of call.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+4 days Hong Kong extension

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Hong Kong, China

Day
1

Welcome to Hong Kong! Your hotel room is available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Hong Kong

Day
2

Your sightseeing tour begins with a ride on the popular STAR FERRY from Kowloon Island to Hong Kong Island. On arrival, take a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas. Then, explore the old Sheung Wan neighbourhood and visit the DRIED SEAFOOD MARKET. Savour a DIM SUM feast for lunch before traversing the Central District aboard the historic DOUBLE-DECKER TRAM, commonly referred to as the “Ding Ding” due to the sound of its bell. The evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hong Kong

Day
3

Enjoy free time for independent exploration.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hong Kong

Day
4

Fly to Shanghai and join day 1 of your China tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+6 days Mongolia extension

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Beijing

Day
1

Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China! Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Beijing - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Day
2

Today, fly to Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia. After some time in the hotel, enjoy a city tour that includes Sukhbaatar Square and the NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM with a rich collection of exhibits covering the history and people of Mongolia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Ulaanbaatar - Gobi Desert

Day
3

Early this morning, fly to the Gobi Desert. Covering most of southern Mongolia, the Gobi is the world’s fourth largest desert. Visit EAGLE VALLEY and marvel at stunning mountain scenery and the Gobi Glacier. The Gobi supports more than 300 varieties of flora and fauna and several endangered species, including the Snow Leopard and the Bactrian Camel.

Accommodations in the Gobi Desert.

You will be staying in a traditional ger, a round dwelling with a wooden frame. Your ger is comfortably furnished with twin beds and furniture. A natural ventilation system helps it stay cool in the heat of the day, and a stove provides heat at night. Please note – shared bathroom and shower facilities are located in a separate building.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gobi Desert

Day
4

This morning, stop at the largest SAND DUNES in the region en route to Bayan Zag. Here, explore the CEMETERY OF DINOSAURS, where the world’s best-preserved dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs were excavated. Then, visit a CAMEL BREEDERS CAMP to learn about the nomadic lifestyle and culture, and to try some traditional food.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gobi Desert - Ulaanbaatar

Day
5

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar early this morning. Upon arrival, visit the BOGD KHAN WINTER PALACE, the GANDAN MONASTERY, and Zaisan Hill, offering sweeping views of the city. This evening, enjoy a MONGOLIAN FOLKLORE PERFORMANCE featuring traditional musical instruments, throat singing, and dances.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

Day
6

Today, return to Beijing and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

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£2,219 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

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£3,063 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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