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13 Days from Li River to the Yangtze Tour

Destination:  

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

Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: TCT-Yangtze-04
Tour Ratings: Comfort    Culture    Natural Scenery
Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.
Price from
2-5 persons: US$ 2356 2121 P/P
6-9 persons: US$ 1992 1793 P/P
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Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Chongqing-Yangtze River-Shanghai Tour

  • Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Chongqing-Yangtze River-Shanghai Tour

    Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Chongqing-Yangtze River-Shanghai Tour

  • Beijing Great Wall

    Beijing Great Wall

  •  Beijing Forbidden City

    Beijing Forbidden City

  • Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda

    Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda

  • Xian Terracotta Warriors

    Xian Terracotta Warriors

  • Xian Shaanxi History Museum

    Xian Shaanxi History Museum

  • Guilin Li River

    Guilin Li River

  • Yangshuo Country View

    Yangshuo Country View

  • Yangtze Qutang Gorge

    Yangtze Qutang Gorge

  • Yangtze Wu Gorge

    Yangtze Wu Gorge

  • Yangtze Wu Gorge

    Yangtze Wu Gorge

  • Shanghai Huangpu River

    Shanghai Huangpu River

  • Our Clients in Shanghai

    Our Clients in Shanghai

  • The Bund Shanghai

    The Bund Shanghai

Summary: 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.

Tour Overview

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

Day-by-day 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 meal
Accommodation: In Beijing
Beijing City View Travel to Beijing Beijing Capital City
Beijing City View Our Clients in Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
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  
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven
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 Bird Nest Peking Roast Duck
Mutianyu Great Wall Bird Nest Peking Roast Duck
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 China High Speed Train Xian City View
Beijing Hutong Tour China High Speed Train Xi'an City View
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 Small Wild Goose Pagoda Xian City Wall
Terracotta Warriors Small Wild Goose Pagoda Xian City Wall
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
Guilin Liangjiang Airport Guilin City View Elephant Trunk Hill
Guilin Airport Guilin City View Elephant Trunk Hill
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 Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street
Li River Cruise Li River Cruise Yangshuo West Street
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 
Chongqing City View Ancient Town of Ciqikou Yangtze River Cruise Ship
Chongqing City View Ancient Town of Ciqikou Yangtze River Cruise Ship
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)
Yangtze Cruise Ship Fengdu Ghost City Shibaozhai
Yangtze Cruise Ship Fengdu Ghost City Shibaozhai
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 Wu Gorge Less Three Gorges
Qutang Gorge Wu Gorge Less Three Gorges
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 Yichang City View Shanghai City View
Three Gorges Dam Yichang City View Shanghai City View
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. 
Yuyuan Garden The Bund Shanghai Shanghai Acrobatics Show
Yuyuan Garden The Bund Shanghai Shanghai Acrobatics Show
Day 13
Departure Shanghai
Free at leisure until be transferred to the airport for the return flight.
Meals: Breakfast
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.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):

  • JAN, FEB, DEC
  • MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG
  • APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   3653 3288   3779 3401   4433 3990
2-5 persons 2356 2121 2946 2652 2419 2178 3072 2765 2766 2490 3726 3354
6-9 persons 1992 1793 2582 2324 2055 1849 2708 2437 2402 2162 3362 3026
10 persons & above 1749 1575 2257 2032 1810 1629 2379 2142 2138 1925 2995 2696
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   3757 3381   4071 3664   4735 4261
2-5 persons 2437 2194 3050 2745 2604 2344 3364 3028 2956 2661 4028 3626
6-9 persons 2073 1866 2686 2417 2240 2016 3000 2700 2592 2333 3664 3298
10 persons & above 1815 1634 2360 2124 1972 1775 2654 2389 2229 2007 3148 2834
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   3892 3503   4311 3880   4990 4491
2-5 persons 2524 2272 3185 2867 2746 2472 3604 3244 3098 2789 4283 3855
6-9 persons 2160 1944 2821 2539 2382 2144 3240 2916 2734 2461 3919 3527
10 persons & above 1915 1724 2521 2269 2111 1900 2888 2600 2461 2215 3563 3207

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):

  • JAN, FEB, DEC
  • MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG
  • APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   3653 3288   3779 3401   4433 3990
2-5 persons 2356 2121 2946 2652 2419 2178 3072 2765 2766 2490 3726 3354
6-9 persons 1992 1793 2582 2324 2055 1849 2708 2437 2402 2162 3362 3026
10 persons & above 1749 1575 2257 2032 1810 1629 2379 2142 2138 1925 2995 2696
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   3757 3381   4071 3664   4735 4261
2-5 persons 2437 2194 3050 2745 2604 2344 3364 3028 2956 2661 4028 3626
6-9 persons 2073 1866 2686 2417 2240 2016 3000 2700 2592 2333 3664 3298
10 persons & above 1815 1634 2360 2124 1972 1775 2654 2389 2229 2007 3148 2834
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   3892 3503   4311 3880   4990 4491
2-5 persons 2524 2272 3185 2867 2746 2472 3604 3244 3098 2789 4283 3855
6-9 persons 2160 1944 2821 2539 2382 2144 3240 2916 2734 2461 3919 3527
10 persons & above 1915 1724 2521 2269 2111 1900 2888 2600 2461 2215 3563 3207

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

Optional Local Specialties & Night Shows:

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckSee the Peking Opera
Xian Dumpling BanquetTang Dynasty Show with Dinner
Guilin Rice Noodle BanquetSee the Cormorant Fishing Show
Shanghai Tea CeremonyAcrobatics Show

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 accommodtion 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

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