Toll Free: (800) 690-7887
t: (604) 886-7300
info@toursexplore.com

China: Classical China and Yangtze River Cruise (19 days)

Qutang Gorge

A 5000-year history of civilization helps China be one of the world's most sought after destinations.  Enjoy the classical sites on this 15 day journey of discovery.

Even in the midst of modern innovation, cities like Beijing and Shanghai explode with traditional culture. Enjoy a Yangtze River Cruise, along a river that has cleaved its way through mountains and gorges sided by forest and waterfalls.


2017 Departure dates & costs

Departures are daily based on 2 persons from Beijing
Tour cost: $2,975 USD


Itinerary

Forbidden CityDAY 1  Arrive Beijing

DAYS 2/3  In Beijing, full day at Great Wall. Another full day for the sites of Beijing

DAY 4  In Beijing, train to Xian

DAYS 5/6  In Xian, Enjoy the classical sites of ancient Xian.
overnight train to Chengdu

DAY 7  In Chengdu, afternoon sightseeing

DAY 8  Transfer to Chongqing to board your first class ship for a 4 days/3 night Yangtze River Cruise including the famous Three Gorges

DAYS 9/10  Yangtze River Cruise

Terra Cotta WarriorsDAY 11  Arrive Yichang, fly to Shanghai

DAYS 12/13  In Shanghai exploring the classical sites of the city and sourrnding area.
Oernight train to Huangshan (The Yellow Mountains)

DAYS 14/15  Huangshan. Two days hiking and exploring the Yellow Mountains including an overnight on top of the mountain.

DAY 16  In Huangshan, fly to Guilin, transfer by River cruise to Yangshuo

DAYS 17/18  In Yangshuo. Cylcing and walking to explore this fascinating pocket of SE China.

DAY 19 In Yangshuo, trip concludes

Ask for full day by day details.

From the bustle of Beijing to the awe-inspiring scenery of Guilin and Yangshou, this itinerary traverses China from north to south. Our journey begins in the majestic city of Beijing and takes us to the Great Wall where we explore the vastness of this man-made wonder away from the main tourist route. We board our overnight train to the historic city of Xian where we will see China’s famous Terracotta Warriors. Another overnight train journey takes us into the Sichuan Province where the city of Chengdu allows us to sample this region’s architecture, art and spicy cuisine. We then enjoy a cruise down the Yangtze River and the site of the largest construction project in China since the building of the Great Wall – the Three Gorges Dam. This spectacular $24 billion dam is the world’s largest man-made water reservoir and an unforgettable sight.

Qutang Gorge

After our cruise we have a few days to explore Shanghai, set on the picturesque Bund where modern skyscrapers co-exist alongside fabulous colonial style architecture. Travelling further south to Huangshan we marvel at the soaring peaks and picturebook landscapes, and soak up the atmosphere amidst the quaint cobblestoned streets of Yangshou. Our exploration of China's highlights comes to an end alongside the natural beauty of the Li River in the picturesque city of Guilin.

Splendid China with the Yangtze River Cruise

15 day tour to Beijing, Yichang, Yangtze Cruise, Chongqing, Xian, Suzhou & Shanghai

 

Cost: $1,920 - $2,025 CAD (depending on departure date)

Single supplement: $315 CAD

 

Day 1 Beijing (Fridays)

Arrive Beijing. You will be met and transferred to your hotel for three nights.

 

Day 2 Beijing (B/L/D)

Today you visit Tiananmen Square, the largest City Square in the world. From Tiananmen Square, visitors enter the gates of the Forbidden City. This massive complex was the centre of the Ming and Qing dynasties. With almost 10,000 rooms, this remarkable, well-preserved imperial palace is the largest palace in the world. After lunch, take a tour to the Temple of Heaven, a Ming Temple where the Emperors performed annual rites essential for the well being of their land. Dinner is served at your hotel.

 

Day 3 Beijing (B/L/SD)

Today you visit the Great Wall of China. This is the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is one of the most amazing man-made structures. After climbing the Great Wall, you then head off to the 2008 Beijing Olympic venues of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube for a photo stop. Then you take trishaw ride to visit the Hutongs, which is an ancient city alley, to experience the life of the local people. Afterwards you take a traditional Chinese sculled cruise on Houhai Lake, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery while listening to Chinese music played by a local musician (available from April to October). Dinner tonight is the famous Beijing Duck Banquet.

 

Day 4 Beijing – Yichang (B/L/D)

This morning you visit the Summer Palace, which is the largest and best preserved of all the imperial palace gardens, and boasts such delights as the “Marble Boat” and the ornately painted “Long Corridor”. Next you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Yichang where you board your 5 star deluxe river vessel the MV Century Star Cruise. (All off-shore excursions are included except one optional tour to White King Town)

 

Day 5 Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

Depart from Yichang on your voyage upstream. Passing through the five-stage ship lock system on the north bank, the boat will be lifted through the locks more than 500 feet. Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam site, passing through Xiling Gorge, followed by tonight’s Captains welcome dinner.

 

Day 6 Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

Today you pass through Wu Gorge in the morning and take a shore excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream. This afternoon you pass through the Qutang Gorge. (Optional tour to White King Town or you can relax on board.)

 

Day 7 Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

This morning you take a shore excursion to the Snow Jade Cave or Fengdu Ghost. This afternoon relax onboard. Tonight is a farewell dinner on the cruise.

 

Day 8 Chongqing – Xian (B/L/D)

After disembarking in Chongqing this morning, you visit Erling Park, where you get a bird’s eye view of this amazing city, then onto Chongqing Zoo to see the Pandas. This afternoon you fly to Xian, the former capital of ancient China for 11 dynasties. You spend two nights in Xian.

 

Day 9 Xian (B/L/SD)

Today you visit the “Terra-cotta Warriors”. They are found at an archaeological site which so far has yielded some 8000 ancient terra-cotta soldiers and horses, each a unique, finely detailed sculpture. You then visit the famous ancient City Gate, followed by a delicious dumpling banquet and Tang Dynasty Show.

 

Day 10 Xian – ShanghaiSuzhou (B/L/D)

Take a morning flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you board your coach to Suzhou, referred to as the “Venice of the East” because it is built around a network of canals and bridges which fan out from the Grand Canal. Suzhou is also famous for its charming gardens. Dinner is served at your hotel.

 

Day 11 Suzhou (B/L/D)

The Suzhou tour will begin with a visit to Tiger Hill with its Cloud Rock Pagoda. The pagoda is the symbol of Suzhou; it leans a bit to one side like the “Leaning Tower of Pisa” in Italy. You also visit the picturesque “Humble Administrator’s Garden”, which is the best-known garden in Suzhou. The next stop will be a silk factory where you can witness, step by step, the production of the finest silk in China.

 

Day 12 SuzhouShanghai (B/L/D)

On the way to Shanghai, you visit the small historical water town of Tongli, where you board a cruise along its zigzag waterways. This afternoon you board the coach to travel to China’s largest city, Shanghai. Spend two nights in Shanghai. After dinner, you head to the theatre to see the amazing display of the Shanghai acrobats.

 

Day 13 Shanghai (B/L/WD)

Today you tour the city of Shanghai visiting Yu Yuan Garden, a classical Ming Dynasty garden with pavilions, towers and terraces, followed by the Chenghuangmiao Bazaar. After lunch, you head to the new district across from the Bund called Pudong to experience the economic boom of China. Afterwards you visit the Bund and Nanjing Road, the longest shopping street in China. You can also do your last minute shopping at the Longhua Market or Taobao Market before you head back to your hotel. A western dinner is served tonight.

 

Day 14 Shanghai – Departure (B)

Today is at leisure. A late checkout till 6pm, then your tour guide will accompany you on the Shanghai Maglev, the fastest train in the world, to the airport for your flight home.

 

Day 15 Home

Arrive home, sweet home today.

 

Guaranteed Departure Dates with Cost

 

Tour Code

Start Beijing

Friday

End Shanghai

Thursday

land cost

2-5/6-9/10+Pax

Hotel

Single Supplement

 

CS110304

4/03/2011

17/03/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

 

CS110318

18/03/2011

31/03/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

 

CS110401

1/04/2011

14/04/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS110401

1/04/2011

14/04/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS110408

8/04/2011

21/04/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS110422

22/04/2011

5/05/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS110506

6/05/2011

19/05/2011

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS110513

13/05/2011

26/05/2011

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS110527

27/05/2011

9/06/2011

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS110610

10/06/2011

23/06/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS110624

24/06/2011

7/07/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS110708

8/07/2011

21/07/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS110722

22/07/2011

4/08/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS110805

5/08/2011

18/08/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS110819

19/08/2011

1/09/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS110905

2/09/2011

15/09/2011

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS110909

9/09/2011

22/09/2011

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS110923

23/09/2011

6/10/2011

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS110930

30/09/2011

13/10/2011

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS111014

14/10/2011

27/10/2011

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS111021

21/10/2011

3/11/2011

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS111028

28/10/2011

10/11/2011

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS111111

11/11/2011

24/11/2011

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS111125

25/11/2011

8/12/2011

10286/8739/7720

1595/1595/1480

 

CS111223

23/12/2011

5/01/2012

10286/8739/7720

1595/1595/1480

 

CS120309

9/03/2012

22/03/2012

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS120323

23/03/2012

5/04/2012

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS120406

6/04/2012

19/04/2012

12810/11010/9965

1945/1945/1480

 

CS120420

20/04/2012

3/05/2012

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

CS120504

4/05/2012

17/05/2012

13398/11576/10518

2095/2095/1650

 

                   



Remarks:

  • This is a guaranteed departure tour. All prices above include airport taxes and fuel surcharges.
  • Triple share on cruise not recommended, one of the passengers could stay in a single room with surcharge of US$350.

 

Hotels used for this tour:
4*Beijing Park Plaza at Science Park,

5*Deluxe MV Century Star Cruise,

4*Suzhou Glamour Hotel,

4*Shanghai New Century Hotel,

or similar.

Inclusions of Full Package Group Tours

  • Fully inclusive tour with all transfers between airports / piers / stations and hotels in each city; daily sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary; evening entertainment; English speaking local guides, most meals (breakfasts are western/Chinese style buffet at hotel, while lunches and dinners are mostly Chinese meals served at selected restaurants, please refer to meal code on itinerary, (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, BD=buffet dinner, SD=specialty dinner, WD=western dinner);
  • Twin share superior class accommodations, most of our hotels are 4 star international standard located in the city centre; all rooms are with private facilities, telephone, colour TV and some are with swimming pool or even room internet facilities etc.
  • professional English speaking National guide, who will accompany the group throughout China, in association with the local tour guides, this is subject to the minimum of 10 clients for each tour;
  • Beautiful gift in memory of this trip.