13 Days from Li River to the Yangtze Tour

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

Tour Code: TCT-Yangtze-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

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

Price from $ 1961 1765

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This trip is the taste of river lovers. The Yangtze River is famous for its length and grandeur as well as its important role in Chinese history and culture, while the Li River is reputed for its serenity and grace. These two rivers have been the dream for many International friends who want to visit China for a long time. From Li River to the Yangtze, you will know the magical power of water.

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, High-speed Train to Xian
05 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall
06 Xian - Guilin Flight to Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave
07 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, Yangshuo West Street, Back to Guilin
08 Guilin - Chongqing, Embark Flight to Chongqing, Eling Park, Chongqing People Gran Hall, Ancient Town of Ciqikou, Yangtze River Cruise
09 Yangtze River Cruise Fengdu at own expense, Shibaozhai
10 Yangtze River Cruise White Emperor City at own expense, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Goddess Stream
11 Disembark, Yichang - Shanghai Three Gorges Dam, Disembark Yichang, Three Visitors Cave, Flight to Shanghai
12 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road, the Bund
13 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 (Beijing Capital International Airport) by tour guide and transferred to your comfortable hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No Meals
Accommodation: In Beijing


Beijing City View
 


Day 2 Beijing

Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tiananmen 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: About Forbidden City sightseeing information can be found in 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 - 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 that, be transferred to the Beijing West Railway Station for the 5.5 hours' high-speed train to Xian. Your Xian tour guide will wait for you at Xi'an North Railway Station and help you to transfer to the hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian
Tips: About Beijing Hutong sightseeing details can be found on Beijing Hutong Tour Tips

 

Beijing Hutong Tour
 


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  Guilin

Finish the breakfast, your Xi’an tour will be finished by connecting the 2 hours flight to Guilin. Your Guilin tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel. Continue to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill (1 hour) – the symbol of Guilin. After that, have a trip to Reed Flute Cave (1 hour) - the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin


Reed Flute Cave
 


Day 7 Guilin  Yangshuo Guilin

In the morning you will be driven to the Zhujiang Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours, lunch served on board). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation and check-in hotel with help of your tour guide, you can have a walk along the famous West Street and enjoy the free leisure time there. And then, drive back to your hotel in Guilin downtown and free of the leisure in the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin
Optional Night Activities: Landscape Show Impression of Liu Sanjie 1 hour (daily around 20:00, time will be changed in different seasons)

Tips:
1) Click Li River Trip Tips to know more information about that
2) Recommended things to do in Yangshuo: Yangshuo Countryside Biking Tour (renting a bike to cycle around Yangshuo, a leisure way to see the countryside scenery there.)


Li River Cruise
 


Day 8 Guilin  Chongqing, Embark

After your breakfast, be transferred to airport and take a 1.5 hours flight to Chongqing - so called ‘Mountain City’. Your Chongqing tour guide will wait for you at the airport. Before getting up to cruise ship, you may firstly have a visit to Eling Park (1 hour) - displays the layout of Suzhou gardens. And then, continue to have a viewing of the Chongqing People Grand Hall (1 hour) - looks like the enlarged version of the sacramental Temple of Heaven in Beijing. After that, have a leisure walk on the Ancient Town of Ciqikou to get touch with the local lifestyle. When it is the time to have Yangtze River Cruise embark, you will be transferred to the wharf and get on board.

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


Ancient Town of Ciqikou
 


Day 9 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 10 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 (near 10:00) - considered the most dramatic by many visitors, Wu Gorge (near 11:30) - known for its deep valleys and forest covered mountains, and then after lunch, you will have a 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 (or Shennong 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 11 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 and lunch time, 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

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 Gorges Dam
 


Day 12 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 13 Departure Shanghai

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

Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Prices (per person in US$)

January, February, December
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
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Using Comfortable Hotel
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Using Deluxe Hotel
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Double
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1 person   3596 3236   3720 3348   4364 3927
2-5 persons 2320 2088 2900 2610 2382 2144 3024 2722 2723 2451 3668 3301
6-9 persons 1961 1765 2541 2287 2023 1821 2666 2399 2364 2128 3309 2978
≥10 persons 1722 1550 2222 2000 1782 1604 2342 2108 2105 1895 2949 2654
March, June, July, August
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
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Using Comfortable Hotel
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Using Deluxe Hotel
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Double
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1 person   3698 3328   4007 3607   4661 4195
2-5 persons 2399 2159 3003 2703 2564 2307 3312 2981 2910 2619 3965 3569
6-9 persons 2040 1836 2644 2380 2205 1984 2953 2658 2551 2296 3607 3246
≥10 persons 1787 1608 2324 2091 1942 1748 2613 2352 2195 1975 3099 2789
April, May, September, October, November
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
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Using Comfortable Hotel
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Using Deluxe Hotel
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Double
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1 person   3831 3448   4243 3819   4912 4421
2-5 persons 2485 2237 3136 2822 2704 2433 3548 3193 3050 2745 4216 3795
6-9 persons 2126 1914 2777 2499 2345 2110 3189 2870 2691 2422 3858 3472
≥10 persons 1885 1697 2482 2234 2078 1871 2843 2559 2423 2181 3508 3157


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
GuilinHotel Universal Guilin
Add: No. 1, Jiefang East Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin
Guilin Bravo Hotel
Add: 14 South Ronghu Road, Guilin
Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Add: No. 15, Bin Jiang Road, Guilin
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

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