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11-Day Beijing-Xi’an-Yangtze River-Shanghai Tour

Combine the best that Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai have to offer and cruise the magnificent Yangtze River along the way

Witness the contrast of China’s old and new in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai as you visit sights of great historical and cultural significance. In Beijing, grab your bucket list, because you can tick off serious highlights: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Great Wall. Up the ante when you jump aboard one of China’s newest bullet trains and travel to Xi’an at speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour. Lively and lovely, Xi’an will surprise and delight with its more relaxed vibe, delicious food, and diverse cultural influences found in places like Muslim Quarter, the Great Mosque, and Xi’an Ancient City Wall. Enjoy three nights cruising the Yangtze River between Chongqing and Yichina. Stand in awe of the commanding views that encompass the spectacular gorges found on route, including Three Gorges, and Qutang and Wu Gorge. Capitalize on the chance to go ashore and visit historically significant sites along the way. Disembark and travel to Shanghai for a sensational finale to the tour. Take in both the modern and ancient in this bustling metropolis that has blended its cultural influences with Chinese heritage in highlights like The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, the Shikumen Museum and more. With all four or five star hotel and onboard accommodation, daily breakfasts and other meals as indicated, transfers, local guides included, you’ll be inspired to add on optional activities to make this a complete and memorable China tour experience.


Day 1 – Arrive in Beijing

On arrival into Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) or Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), you will be met by your dedicated tour guide outside the baggage claim area. On the way to your pre-booked four or five star inner city hotel, your guide will point out the highlights and history of Beijing. Spend the rest of the day exploring this incredible city.

Meals included: None

Day 2 – Beijing

After breakfast today explore Beijing with your guide who will collect you from the hotel. Visit the world’s largest city square, Tiananmen Square. Make your way across the road to the magnificent Forbidden City, a culturally historic landmark in China, which was the former residence of Chinese royalty for five centuries. After the Forbidden City tour, exploration continues with a visit to the Summer Palace. Appreciate the beautiful gardens and imagine the lifestyle of royalty  and courtiers who enjoyed this summer resort during imperial times. A stopover at Beijing’s stadium and pool – the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube – built for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics – provides a modern contrast to China’s ancient history. Return to the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Your tour guide may adjust your itinerary due to closure of the Forbidden City each Monday.

Day 3 – Beijing

Before heading to the Mutianyu Great Wall, sample the famous local food market Sanyuanli where you can stock up on fruit and snacks for today’s trip. Continue on and enjoy the drive to explore the Mutianyu Great Wall, a less frequented part of China’s 1,400-year-old iconic landmark, located approximately 70 kilometers from Beijing. Take a pleasant and comfortable round-trip cable car transfer over the picturesque scenery, then walk the wall to take in the Ming dynasty guard towers and sensational views. On return to the city in the afternoon, exploration continues with a visit to the Confucius Temple and Imperial College Museum. Stroll through Wudaoying Hutong and experience local life as you wander through quaint shops, enjoy a coffee, and gain an insider’s view of a real Beijing community.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 – Beijing – Xi’an

Start today with a visit to the remarkable Temple of Heaven, where emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties performed ceremonies and rituals to pray for good harvests and blessings for the country. Transfer to the Beijing West railway station and be checked in by your guide to travel by high speed rail train to Xi’an. Approximately a five hour trip, travelling at 300 kilometres per hour, you can relax and absorb the diverse landscape along the way. On arrival at the Xi’an North Station, your local tour guide will meet and escort you to your inner city four or five star hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 – Xi’an

Today’s tour highlight is the world-renowned Terracotta Army. Recognized as the largest underground military base in the world, take in this extraordinary archeological discovery, which houses thousands of unique life-sized figures. Return to the city and explore Xi’an’s ancient City Wall, currently the largest and best-preserved wall of its type in China. Enclosing China’s former capital city and almost 14 kilometres long, enjoy your free time by exploring on foot or bicycle. For a change of pace, take in the quiet of Xi’an’s Great Mosque, located in the middle of the city’s old block. Built mid seventh century, the Great Mosque is the oldest and largest Islamic mosque in China. Mix with locals and find food of every flavor in Muslim Quarter, which is bustling with authentic eateries and travel souvenirs. Today’s final destination is Xi’an’s famous Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square. Return to your hotel for a relaxed evening or book a dinner, show, or both for an evening of entertainment.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 – Xi’an – Chongqing

After breakfast and check out from your hotel, the tour guide will take you to Shaanxi History Museum where you’ll discover over 370,000 relics of Chinese history. Take in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of two iconic Buddhist pagodas in Xi’an. There may be an opportunity to explore the top of the pagoda and look out over Xi’an’s 1,400 years of history, before enjoying a contemplative walk through the temple and gardens. Following on from the morning’s activities, you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival in Chongqing, your local guide will meet you and take you through the Ciqikou Old Town if the travel schedule permits. You’ll then be escorted to embark your Yangtze River cruise ship, which finally weighs anchor at 9.30pm. Watch the spectacular Chongqing city lights go by from the deck as you cruise on by.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Your tour guide may alter your itinerary as the Shaanxi History Museum is closed on Mondays. You will be required to attend a safety, orientation and river briefing when you board the ship.

Day 7 – Yangtze River Cruise

Sail along the Yangtze today and soak in the relaxing pace of traveling this magnificent river, which has inspired poets and peasants alike. Go ashore for an excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City or Shibaozhai (will depend on water level and cruise company). Join the crew at the Captain’s Welcome Party held in the evening. Sit back and enjoy the Chinese folk dancing and music performance – or get up and be part of it!

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Note: Shore excursions may vary due to different cruise lines and some are optional tours.

Scenic spots along the way: In Chinese mythology, Fengdu Ghost City is considered the final resting place for all souls. Visit this ancient ghost town while on your Yangtze River Cruise. Shibaozhai is a tower nearly 56 metres in height leaning against the Yuyin Hill and is now encircled by a moat after completion of the Three Gorges Dam project in 2003.

Day 8 – Yangtze River Cruise

Continue sailing past the beautiful river scenery and admire the impressive view of the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Following this stretch of the river, take an excursion to Badong and experience a small wooden boat trip on the magnificent Shennong Stream or Goddess Stream (Shennv Stream). Return to the ship and enter the western section of the Xiling Gorge. Enjoy a relaxing evening on board the river boat by taking advantage of the entertainment or enjoy the view from the deck.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 – Yichang – Shanghai

After breakfast, disembark from the cruise boat at Maoping Pier in Yichang. Board a bus and drive to the largest hydroelectric project in the world, the Three Gorges Dam where you’ll take a tour to learn how the dam was designed, built, and how it now serves the local people and region. After the tour, you’ll be transferred by shuttle bus to the Yichang Three Gorges Tourism Center and met by your guide who will escort you to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. In Shanghai, your local guide will meet and transfer you to the hotel pointing out this bustling city’s local landmarks along the way. Enjoy a free evening in downtown Shanghai.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Guests may also choose an optional tour when disembarking at Maoping Pier. On this tour, you will board a ferry and sail through TGP ship’s elevator where you’ll have a chance to explore the Three Gorges Dam. Arrangements for this tour are to be made onboard the cruise prior to disembarking.

Day 10 – Shanghai

Commence your tour of Shanghai with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, a massive museum housing over 140,000 artifacts, presenting the full history and culture of this cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a walk along The Bund, iconic and prestigious, one of the most well-preserved examples of old Shanghai glamour. Walk Nanjing Road, the busiest shopping precinct in China. Change tempo and visit Yuyuan Garden, where you can marvel at the artistically designed traditional Chinese gardens; then stroll around the nearby Chenghuangmiao bazaars and make a worthwhile detour and visit the Shikumen Museum in New Spot (XinTianDi) for a true taste of old world Shanghai. Make the most of your afternoon by wandering the quieter streets of Dongping Road or Sinan Road in the Former French Concession, where you will find the essence of classic Shanghai.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: As the Shanghai Museum is closed to public on Mondays, a visit to the Shanghai History Museum is arranged as an alternative.

Day 11 – Depart Shanghai

Your tour guide will collect you at the hotel and drive you to the airport for your flight home.

For small group tour travelers, a transfer service from your hotel to Hongqiao or Pudong Airport can be arranged on request.

Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Important Information
  • Important information – PRIVATE TOUR
  • • This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. There will be no other travelers in the group apart from you.
  • • Smart casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • • Prices based on twin occupancy.
  • • The prices shown are not valid during China’s Official Holidays (such as National Day and Chinese Spring Festival).
  • • The tour guide may adjust the itinerary due to the closure of the museums each Monday.
  • • Optional tours to Suzhou, Hangzhou or nearby Watertown, and other destinations are also available
  • • Any city not included in the existing tour package can be added to this tour and taken as an addition to this Private tour.
  • • Entering and exiting China from Hong Kong and Taipei are also available.
  • • Stays at entering and exiting cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei) can be extended.
  • Important information – SMALL GROUP TOUR
  • • This is a small group tour with a fixed itinerary and guaranteed departures.
  • You will travel with other people (maximum of 12).
  • • Smart casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • • The tour guide may adjust the itinerary due to closure of the museums each Monday
  • • At the conclusion of the tour, a transfer from your hotel to Hongqiao or Pudong Airport in Shanghai is available upon request at a surcharge.
  • • Stays at entering and exiting cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei) can be extended.
  • • Prices based on twin occupancy.
  • • The prices shown are not valid during China’s Official Holidays (such as National Day and Chinese Spring Festival).
  • • The maximum number of passengers in a small group tour is 12 people.
  • • Booking Information
  • After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation email with a Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of the purchase.
  • • Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
  • • On purchasing this tour product, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
  • • Surcharges
  • Please note: online credit card payment and PayPal payments incur surcharges.
  • • Tour Start Dates
  • Private and custom tours can be scheduled to commence on any day. Multi-day small group tours start on set dates as indicated in the booking calendar for the specific tour.
  • • Cities for Commencement of Tours
  • Beijing is the city in which multi-day small group tours start. Multi-day tours with set itineraries booked as a private tour, commence in Beijing unless otherwise arranged with Tours booked as custom tours can start in any destination listed on the website.
  • • Flights
  • Full-service flights included, where applicable. For international flights: full-service flights included only if the tour includes travel to/from Hong Kong, Taiwan, North Korea, or as part of Indochina tour packages. Domestic flights included as part of a tour package are provided by select Chinese domestic airlines. Flight carriers will be specified in itinerary provided on the finalization of booking. Note: the maximum baggage allowance for domestic in China is 20 kilograms for economy class domestic flights, 30 kilograms for business class, and 40 kilograms for first class. Flight class upgrades are available on request at an additional charge
  • • High Speed Trains
  • First class seat for five star (Luxury) tour packages and second class seat for four star (Superior) tour packages.
  • • High Speed Train Seat Upgrades
  • Seat upgrades are available on high speed trains on request at an additional charge and subject to availability. A limited number of first class seats are available on high speed trains. cannot guarantee high speed train seat upgrades due to third party or supplier’s shortage.
  • • Destination Transfer
  • Transfers from airport to the hotel provided as air-conditioned vehicle with driver.
  • • Post Tour Airport Transfer
  • At the completion of your tour, a transfer service from your hotel to Hongqiao or Pudong Airport can be arranged on request. Additional charges apply
  • • Arrive Early
  • Accommodation options for early arrival prior to commencement of tour are available. Bookings can be made online prior to checkout or arrangements can be made with a travel consultant.
  • • Stay Behind
  • Accommodation options for stay behind after completion of the tour are available. Bookings can be made online prior to checkout or arrangements can be made with a travel consultant.
  • • Tour Guide
  • All tour guides are bilingual speakers with intimate knowledge of an area/city, its culture, history, people, and food, which they will share on tour. does not operate commission-based shopping tours which means our tour guides do not receive commissions for commission-based shopping stops. Small group and private tour groups of 1-2 (<3) people will be provided with a guide/driver rather than a driver and a guide.
  • • Small Group Size
  • The maximum number of passengers in a multi-day small group tour is 12 people
  • • Optional Tours/Activities
  • Optional tour activities are available on request. Please contact directly to customize your optional tour activities and destinations.
  • • Accommodation
  • selects international four star and five star hotels located in the inner city centre. In small, regional destinations, selects the best available hotel.
  • • Bedding Configuration
  • Bedding included in accommodation is double or twin bedding (subject to availability). Special arrangements available on request; additional charges may apply due to third party or hotel request.
  • • Adjoining/Interconnecting Rooms
  • Adjoining/Interconnecting rooms are available subject to passenger’s request. Additional charges may apply due to third party or hotel request
  • • Child/Infant Policy
  • Pricing for child and infant can be quoted separately.
  • Infant price is valid for children 0 to 2 years. Child price is valid for children aged 2 to 11 years. Adult pricing apply for passengers aged 12 years and over. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18 years or over. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
  • • Meals
  • All breakfasts included. Lunch and dinner are excluded allowing passengers to make their own selection for lunch and dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided on the Yangtze River Cruise only. Lunch provided on the Li River Cruise. Local guides can be consulted to provide recommendations and assist with eating arrangements on request.
  • • Passport
  • Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or within 72 hours of purchase. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
  • Passport validity should be at least six months for entering China.
  • • Visas
  • A tourist visa for China is a strict requirement if travelling on a foreign passport.
  • Please make arrangements for your visa as soon as you receive your documentation to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours and visa processing times.
  • • Gratuities/Tipping
  • Gratuities (tips) for services of the tour guide and driver throughout the tour are not included in the tour package price.
  • Insurance
  • tour packages do not include travel insurance. We strongly recommend purchase of comprehensive travel insurance prior to departure to protect for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Schedule of Fees
  • For changes to travel arrangements:
  • • First change – No charge.
  • • For all subsequent changes – USD50.
  • • Any charges applied by a third party (for example, airline, cruise company, accommodation provider, other travel provider) cannot be waived.
  • Cancellation
  • For China tour Packages, charges cancellation fees at a percentage of the total tour package price, which are stated as follows:
  • • More than 60 days prior to tour start date: 15 percent cancellation fee
  • • 45 – 59 days prior to tour start date: 20 percent cancellation fee
  • • 30 – 44 days prior to tour start date: 30 percent cancellation fee
  • • 15 – 29 days prior to tour start date: 50 percent cancellation fee
  • • Within 14 days prior to tour start date: 100 percent cancellation fee
  • Any charges applied by a third party (for example, airline, cruise company, accommodation provider, other travel provider, credit card fee, bank fee) cannot be waived.

  • Admission fees: to sightseeing spots and activities specified.
  • Accommodation: hotels based on double/twin occupancy as specified.
  • Meals: as specified in the itinerary.
  • Tour guide: excellent private English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation: high-speed train of Beijing/Xi’an (First class seat for Luxury tours. Second class seat for Superior tours). Economy class domestic flights between Xi’an/Chongqing, Yichang/Shanghai, and Yangtze River cruise ship.
  • Transfers: land transfer with drivers as specified.
  • Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour.
  • Government taxes and fees.
  • International flights to/from China.
  • China visa fees.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers and any expense of a personal nature.
  • Our tour package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance before your trip to protect for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • CNY150.00/per person of the service charge on the Yangtze River cruise.
  • Small group tour travelers – Airport transfer service from hotel to Hongqiao or Pudong Airport in Shanghai.

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