Spirit of China & the Yangtze River


  • 13 days

  • China

  • Active pace

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£1,930 pp

Tour only

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From

£2,494 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

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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

YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Four-night cruise through the Three Gorges, including a tour of the Three Gorges Dam Site, a boat excursion on Shennong Stream, and a shore excursion to the Jade Emepror Scenic Area

CHONGQING–CHENGDU Travel by bullet train

CHENGDU Visit the Giant Panda Research Base

XI’AN Sightseeing with Local Guide including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors and the City Wall; walking tour through Muslim quarter

BEIJING Guided city sightseeing 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, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

SHANGHAI, CHINA

Day
1

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

SHANGHAI

Day
2

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDENS, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore Nanjing Road, the city’s main pedestrian and shopping area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SHANGHAI–YICHANG (EMBARKATION)–YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Day
3

Enjoy your morning at leisure before a short flight brings you to Yichang. Upon arrival, board your 4-night CRUISE through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CRUISING: THREE GORGES DAM.

Day
4

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
5

Today, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Shennong 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 Goddess Stream.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: JADE EMPEROR SCENIC AREA

Day
6

Your SHORE EXCURSION today takes you to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, featuring a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism. Return to your ship where the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activities.
NOTE: Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be offered.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: CHONGQING (DISEMBARKATION)–CHENGDU

Day
7

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing, and transfer to the train station to board your BULLET TRAIN to Chengdu. On arrival, visit the GIANT PANDA RESEARCH BASE and marvel at these beautiful animals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CHENGDU–XI’AN

Day
8

Today, fly to Xi’an, the former ancient capital. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

XI’AN

Day
9

Today, enjoy a visit to the first emperor’s funeral vault to see the amazing TERRACOTTA 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. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

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 center of politics.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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.

Pre 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 neighborhood and visit the DRIED SEAFOOD MARKET. Savor 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 remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

HONG KONG.

Day
3

Enjoy free time for independent exploration.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

HONG KONG-SHANGHAI, CHINA.

Day
4

Fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city and center of trade. 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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£1,930 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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£2,494 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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