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13 Days from Li River to the Yangtze Tour

Destination:  

Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Chongqing-Yangtze River Cruise-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$ 2474 2226 P/P
6-9 persons: US$ 2048 1843 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 or Wanzhou, Shibaozhai at own expense
10 Yangtze River Cruise White Emperor City at own expense, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Shennv Stream or Less Three Gorges
11 Disembark, Yichang - Shanghai Three Gorges Dam, Disembark Yichang, 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 
► Your Chongqing local guide will help you to get on board but not be accompany with your when cruising time. Because the cruise ship is equipped with professional guides on the cruise ship to serve for you.
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! Around 8:00, you will have a short visit to Fengdu (or Wanzhou according to the river condition, 2.5 - 3 hours) - known as the 'Ghost City' to most Chinese people. Around 16:00, there is an excursion to Shibaozhai (around 1 - 2 hours, at your own expense) - 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 breakfast08:00 Fengdu Ghost City (or Wanzhou) visiting (2.5 - 3 hours)
   11:30 back to the ship12:00 lunch time
   16:00 optional excursion to Shibaozhai (around 1 - 2 hours)
   18:00 back to the ship and join the welcome banquet and Capitan’s party
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 Shennv Stream (or Less Three Gorges according to the river condition. 4.5 - 5 hours) around 12:30.
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)
   06:30 breakfast07:30 optional excursion the White Emperor City (2 hours)
   10:00 back to the ship, pass through the Qutang Gorge and appreciating the magnificent scenery of Kuimen
   11:30 pass through Wu Gorge, lunch time
   12:30 change into a small-size sightseeing boat to visit Shennv Stream or Less Three Gorges (4.5 - 5 hours)
   17:30 back to the ship and pass through Xiling Gorge
   19:00 dinner time
   23:00 pass through the ship lock of Three Gorges Dam
► 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 13:30. Your tour guide will wait for you at the wharf and help you to 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)
   07:00 breakfast
   07:30 visiting Three Gorges Dam (2.5 - 3 hours)
   10:00 back to the ship
   13:30 after lunch time and disembark
► Yichang wharf - Yichang airport: 37km, 50 min driving
   Shanghai Pudong airport - Shanghai downtown: 50km, 1.5 hours driving
   Shanghai Hongqiao airport - Shanghai downtown: 15km, 30min driving
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   3802 3422   4131 3718   4680 4212
2-5 persons 2474 2226 3079 2771 2651 2386 3408 3068 2933 2640 3957 3561
6-9 persons 2048 1843 2653 2388 2226 2003 2983 2684 2508 2257 3531 3178
10 persons & above 1771 1594 2296 2067 1927 1735 2582 2324 2214 1993 3141 2827
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   3917 3526   4267 3841   5004 4504
2-5 persons 2561 2305 3195 2875 2749 2475 3545 3190 3136 2822 4281 3853
6-9 persons 2136 1922 2769 2492 2324 2091 3119 2807 2710 2439 3855 3470
10 persons & above 1840 1656 2402 2162 2002 1802 2701 2431 2308 2078 3299 2969
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   4065 3659   4511 4060   5247 4722
2-5 persons 2655 2390 3342 3008 2894 2605 3788 3410 3272 2945 4524 4072
6-9 persons 2230 2007 2917 2625 2468 2222 3363 3027 2846 2562 4098 3688
10 persons & above 1943 1749 2569 2312 2156 1940 2963 2667 2527 2275 3686 3318

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   3802 3422   4131 3718   4680 4212
2-5 persons 2474 2226 3079 2771 2651 2386 3408 3068 2933 2640 3957 3561
6-9 persons 2048 1843 2653 2388 2226 2003 2983 2684 2508 2257 3531 3178
10 persons & above 1771 1594 2296 2067 1927 1735 2582 2324 2214 1993 3141 2827
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   3917 3526   4267 3841   5004 4504
2-5 persons 2561 2305 3195 2875 2749 2475 3545 3190 3136 2822 4281 3853
6-9 persons 2136 1922 2769 2492 2324 2091 3119 2807 2710 2439 3855 3470
10 persons & above 1840 1656 2402 2162 2002 1802 2701 2431 2308 2078 3299 2969
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   4065 3659   4511 4060   5247 4722
2-5 persons 2655 2390 3342 3008 2894 2605 3788 3410 3272 2945 4524 4072
6-9 persons 2230 2007 2917 2625 2468 2222 3363 3027 2846 2562 4098 3688
10 persons & above 1943 1749 2569 2312 2156 1940 2963 2667 2527 2275 3686 3318

Recommended Hotels:

City Economy Hotel ★★★ Comfortable Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
Beijing Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of HeavenRoyal Phoenix Hotel BeijingCrowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U Town
Xian Skytel Hotel XianDays Hotel & Suites Xinxing XianSofitel on Renmin Square Xian
Guilin Guilin Osmanthus HotelGuilin Bravo HotelSheraton Guilin Hotel
Yangtze River CruisePresident No.1Victoria Cruises (USA)Century Legend/Paragon
Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza ShanghaiCourtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi HotelHoward Johnson Plaza Hotel

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

Remarks:
1. The prices quoted here are only valid from March 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015. TCT reserves the right to adjust the prices of any portion of the tour due to the reasons beyond our control without prior notice.
2. All quotation is in US dollar (per person), and based on the exchange rate between CNY and USD in effect at the time of publishing. It is subject to change.
3. The quotation on our website is also subject to change during some Chinese festivals, national holidays, fairs or events, when hotels may levy higher rates which will be advised on a case by case basis.
4. The availabilities of rooms, flights and etc. are subject to change until the actual booking is been made.
5. Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs should be subjected to reconfirm upon your arrival. We would put on your request to the Hotel.
 
Price includes:
1. Airport/railway station welcome and private transfers between airports/railway stations, hotels and sightseeing spots. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
2. Domestic airfare of economic class or train ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary. Airport construction fee and fuel surcharge are included.
3. Accommodation (if include Yangtze cruiser) based on two adults sharing one standard twin-bed room (cabin); solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed room/cabin of their own are required to pay additional charge of single supplement rate (S.SUPP in above price table). A single room (cabin) is subject to availability based on prior request at an additional cost; if the recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted by a similar one.
4. Driver and English-speaking guide service on normal sightseeing activities noted in the itinerary.
5. All entrance fees to scenic spots as shown in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by local tour guides based on the local circumstances which are beyond the control of TopChinaTravel. TCT will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.
6. Meals as specified in the itinerary.
7. Government taxes.
 
Price excludes:
1. Round way International airfare or train tickets, unless otherwise noted.
2. Visa fee, passport application or renewal fee.
3. Any Meals not specified in the itinerary.
4. Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc.
5. Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
6. Optional meals and shows mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
7. Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of TopChinaTravel and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
8. Any items not specified in the plan.

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