11 Days Best Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River Cruise(Chongqing-Yichang), Shanghai

Tour Code: TCT-Yangtze-02

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

Price from $ 1599

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What the first destination will flash into your mind when you are planning to visit China? The mysterious Great Wall in Beijing? The remarkable Terracotta Warriors in Xian? Or the romantic Bund in Shanghai? You will see them all in this 11-day tour. And of course, we will offer you a comfortable 3-night cruise along the mighty Yangtze River on one of the Three Gorges' top-rated floating hotels. You'll definitely be captivated by the sheer spectacle of your trip through the famous Three Gorges, and awe-struck by the modern engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam.

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Beijing Be transferred to the the hotel
02 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
03 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park (Bird Nest and Water Cube)
04 Beijing - Xian Hutong Tour by rickshaw, Summer Palace, Flight to Xian
05 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall
06 Xian - Chongqing, Embark Shaanxi History Museum, Flight to Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise
07 Yangtze River Cruise Fengdu at own expense, Shibaozhai
08 Yangtze River Cruise White Emperor City at own expense, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Godness Stream
09 Disembark, Yichang - Shanghai Three Gorges Dam, Disembark Yichang, Three Visitors Cave, Flight to Shanghai
10 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road, the Bund
11 Departure Shanghai Be transferred to the airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be met at the airport by tour guide and transferred to your comfortable hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In Beijing


Beijing City View


Day 2 Beijing

Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tian'anmen Square (40min) - the World's largest urban square, and the Forbidden City (2.5 - 3 hours) - the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven (1 hour) in the afternoon.  After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Opera 1.5 hours (daily 19:30)
Tips: How to visit Forbidden City can be found in page Forbidden City Tour Tips


Forbidden City



Day 3 Beijing

After breakfast, start to drive to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall (2 hours) - the section of the Great Wall which is more popular among foreign visitors. Have the lunch near the Mutianyu Great Wall, and then drive back to the downtown and have a short visit to see the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube (about 1 hour) - the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Roasted Duck around 1 hour

Tips:
1) Click What to pack for Great Wall Trips to find some tips when climbing the Great Wall of China
2) If you would like to have a tighter itinerary in this day, Xiushui Street (generally 1.5-2 hours) - known as the Leading Foreign Trade Market.


Mutianyu Great Wall



Day 4 Beijing  Xian

After breakfast, drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw (Short route, 40 min) - the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle. And then, a visit to the Summer Palace (about 1.5 hour ) - the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. After you lunchi in Beijing, be transferred to the airport for the 2 hours flight to Xian. Your Xi'an tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

Tips:
1) About Beijing Hutong sightseeing details can be found on Beijing Hutong Tour Tips
2) An alternative transporting method is the high speed train. Detailed information can be found in Beijing-Xian High-speed Train page.


Summer Palace



Day 5 Xian

Ample time will be provided for visits to Terracotta Warriors (2.5 - 3 hours) - one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. After lunch near the Terracotta Warriors area, drive back to the downtown for a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda (1 hour) - the site of the old Han and Tang capital Chang'an. After that, continue to visit the Xian City Wall (1 hour) - represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian
Optional Night Activities: Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner 3.5 hours (daily 18:00 - 20:30 for dinner, 20:30 – 21:35 for Tang Dynasty Show)
Tips: You can have a general idea after you read What is Terracotta Warriors page.


Terracotta Warriors



Day 6 Xian  Chongqing, Embark

Finish up Xi'an tour by visiting famous Shaanxi History Museum. After lunch in Xi’an be transferred to airport and take a 2 hours flight to Chongqing - so called ‘Mountain City’. Your Chongqing tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the wharf and start point of the Yangtze River Cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: On Yangtze cruise boat

Details in the itinerary:
► The embark time of Yangtze River Cruise is 19:00. And the depart time of the cruise is 21:00.
► If you have enough free time in Chongqing before embark, you can have a try of Chongqing Hot Pot


Shaanxi History Museum



Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy your Yangtze cruise! In ther morning, you will have a short visit to Fengdu (2.5 - 3 hours, at your own expense) - known as the 'Ghost City' to most Chinese people. Around 16:00, there is an excursion to Shibaozhai (around 1 - 2 hours) - a wooden architecture stands on the riverside.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On Yangtze cruise boat

Details in the itinerary:
► A general cruising time of this day (based on Victoria Cruise itinerary)
07:00 - 08:30 Breakfast (Buffet)
09:00 - 11:30 Optional Shore excursion---Fengdu (at your own expense)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch (Buffet)
16:00 - 18:00 Shore excursion---Shibaozhai
18:15 - 19:00 Captain's Welcome Reception
19:00 - 20:30 Dinner (Buffet)


Fengdu 'Ghost City'



Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise

Today, an optional excursion around 07:30 will be the White Emperor City (2 hours, at your own expense) - a place offers a view looking toward the Qutang Gorge is depicted on the back of the Chinese 10-yuan bill. Back to the ship and then pass through Three Gorges that namely Qutang Gorge - considered the most dramatic by many visitors, Wu Gorge - known for its deep valleys and forest covered mountains, and then after lunch, you will have an excursion to Goddess Stream (4.5 - 5 hours).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On Yangtze cruise boat

Details in the itinerary:
► A general cruising time of this day (based on Victoria Cruise itinerary)
07:00 - 08:30  Breakfast (Buffet)
07:30 - 10:15  Optional Shore excursion---White Emperor City (at your own expense)
10:45 (Est.)     Sailing through Qutang Gorge
12:45 (Est.)     Scenic cruising---Wu Gorge
12:00 - 13:00  Lunch (Buffet)
15:15 - 18:15  Shore excursion--- Goddess Stream
19:00 - 20:30  Captain's Farewell Banquet
22:00 (Est.)     Sails through the Three Gorge Dam ship-locks
► Excursion trip to White Emperor City, you would take the coach directly to Baidi Temple in 20 minutes’ drive. You will have two hours for your White Emperor City visit to appreciate the rich historic story and mysterious land.


Qutang Gorge



Day 9 Disembark, Yichang  Shanghai

Today around 07:30, you will firstly visit the Three Gorge Dam (2.5 - 3 hours) - planned to be by far the largest hydroelectric project in the world. After the visiting, disembark at Yichang around 12:30. Your tour guide will wait for you at the wharf. In Yichang, you will firstly visit Three Visitors Cave  in Yichang. After that, be transferred to the airport for your 2 hours’ flight to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai
Optional Night Activities: No

Details in the itinerary:
► A general cruising time of this day (based on Victoria Cruise itinerary)
06:30 - 07:45  Breakfast (Buffet)
07:45 - 10:45  Shore excursion---Three Gorges Dam Site
11:15 (Est.)     Scenic cruising---Xiling Gorge
12:30 (Est.)     Disembarkation in Yichang


Three Gorge Dam



Day 10 Shanghai

A full day sightseeing starts with Jade Buddha Temple (1 hour) - famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg. And then, go to Yuyuan Garden (1 hour) - a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit the nearby Chenghuangmiao Old Street (1 hour). After lunch time, you will have an exterior tour of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (30 min) - the most charming landmark of Shanghai. And then, go for shopping in Nanjing Road (1 hours generally) - the earliest commercial street in Shanghai, and have a leisure walk along the Bund (30 min) - famous as a group of building known as "a Gallery of world architecture". After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai
Optional Night Activities: Acrobatic Show about 2 hours (daily 19:30)
Tips: Traditional Dim-sum Banquet in Yuyuan Garden is recommended as today’s lunch choice.


The Bund



Day 11 Departure Shanghai

Free at leisure until be transferred to the airport for the return flight.

Meals: Breakfast
Tips: Besides coach transfer, we also can arrange meglev transfer service between Shanghai downtown and Shanghai Pudong Airport.

Service Ends

Note: Visiting time, transporting time, and duration of shows and meals in the itinerary are suggested and will be subject to change particular situations.

Prices (per person in US$)

January, February, December
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
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Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
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Double
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1 person   2790   3065   3469
2-5 persons 1814 2339 1964 2614 2173 3018
6-9 persons 1599 2124 1748 2399 1957 2803
≥10 persons 1397 1849 1546 2124 1732 2481
March, June, July, August
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
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Double
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Sole
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Double
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1 person   2884   3165   3748
2-5 persons 1893 2433 2043 2714 2353 3297
6-9 persons 1677 2217 1827 2498 2138 3082
≥10 persons 1457 1937 1599 2203 1815 2616
April, May, September, October, November
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
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Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
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1 person   3005   3375   3967
2-5 persons 1974 2554 2171 2924 2478 3516
6-9 persons 1758 2339 1955 2709 2263 3301
≥10 persons 1550 2083 1725 2408 2025 2985


Price includes:
★ Private transfer between airport(railway station), hotel and attractions
English speaking guide service
★ Domestic airfare or train fare based on economy class
 Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
 Entrance fee to attractions listed in the itinerary
 Meals as itinerary specifies
 China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance,  Insurance Terms & Conditions
 
Price excludes:
 International airfare
 Visa fee
 Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc. 
 Personal expenses
Optional tours, meals, activities and services
 
Remarks:
★ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2015 to Feb 29, 2016, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
★ TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
★ No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise.
 Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
★ Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
 TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

Recommended Hotels

City Economy Hotel ★★★ Comfortable Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
BeijingHoliday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven
Add: No.36 Nanwei Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China
Royal Phoenix Hotel Beijing
Add: No 17 Qianliang Lane, Dongchenng Dist, Beijing, China 100006
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U Town
Add: 3 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
XianSkytel Hotel Xian
Add: No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an
Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing Xian
Add: No.189 Jinhua North Road, Xi’an
Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian
Add: 319 Dongxin Street, Xian, China, 710004
Yangtze River CruisePresident No.1Victoria Cruises (USA)Century Legend/Paragon
ShanghaiKingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai
Add: 126 Xinzha Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi Hotel
Add: No.338 Hengfeng Road, Shanghai
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Add: No. 88, Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Optional Activities

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckPeking Opera
Xian Dumpling BanquetTang Dynasty Show with Dinner
Shanghai Xiao Long BaoAcrobatics Show

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