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 $ 1990 1791

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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 Summer Palace, Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park ( exterier view of Bird Nest and Water Cube )
04 Beijing - Xian  High-speed Train to Xian, Free time in Xian
05 Xian-Guilin Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Flight to Guilin
06 Guilin - Yangshuo Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, Yangshuo West Street
07 Yangshuo- Guilin-Chongqing Back to Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Evening flight to Chongqing
08 Chongqing, Embark Chongqing Zoo, Eling Park,Chongqing People's Great 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, a visit to the Summer Palace (about 1.5 hour ) - the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. Then 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, 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. Free at leisure for the rest of the day to explore Xian on your own. You could visit to Muslim Street or other pedestrain street.

Meals: Breakfast
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)
Optional Tour:  Beijing Hutong tour by richshaw, by biking or on foot. You can found some information about Beijing Hutong Tour Tips

 

Beijing Hutong Tour
 


Day 5 Xian Guilin

In the morning, we will have a short visit in the downtown of Xian. After breakfast, drive  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. Then left 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. After that, transfer to airport for an night flight to Guilin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin
Tips: You can have a general idea after you read What is Terracotta Warriors page


Terracotta Warriors
 


Day 6 Guilin  Yangshuo

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. Overnight in Yangshuo tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Yangshuo
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 7 Yangshuo  Guilin Chongqing

Finish the breakfast, drive back to Guilin for about 2 hours. 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, transfer to airport to catch a flight to Chongqing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Chongqing


Reed Flute Cave
 




Day 8 Chongqing , Embark

After your breakfast, you will have more than half day to explore Chongqing, a flourishing mountain city. At first, we will go to visit Chongqing Zoo, where you will have chance to see the adorable giant pandas. Then 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
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
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Using Deluxe Hotel
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Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
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Double
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1 person   3732 3359   4050 3645   4840 4356
2-5 persons 2371 2134 3002 2702 2535 2282 3320 2988 2944 2650 4110 3699
6-9 persons 1990 1791 2610 2349 2154 1939 2928 2635 2563 2307 3718 3347
≥10 persons 1716 1544 2239 2015 1918 1727 2634 2371 2238 2015 3247 2923
March, June, July, August
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
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1 person   3904 3513   4286 3858   5235 4712
2-5 persons 2493 2244 3173 2856 2690 2421 3556 3200 3181 2863 4505 4054
6-9 persons 2111 1900 2781 2503 2309 2078 3164 2848 2799 2520 4113 3702
≥10 persons 1823 1641 2413 2172 2052 1847 2859 2573 2419 2177 3570 3213
April, May, September, October, November
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
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Using Deluxe Hotel
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Double
Occupancy
Sole
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Double
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Sole
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Double
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1 person   3976 3578   4490 4041   5457 4911
2-5 persons 2544 2290 3245 2921 2814 2532 3759 3384 3307 2976 4726 4254
6-9 persons 2163 1947 2854 2568 2432 2189 3368 3031 2926 2633 4335 3901
≥10 persons 1880 1692 2495 2246 2174 1956 3059 2753 2568 2311 3827 3444


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, 2016 to Feb 28, 2017, 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
Beijing Hejing Fu Hotel
Add: 7 Zhangzizhong Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Add: 57 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng 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
ShanghaiHoliday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai
Add:843 Guang Fu Xi Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
Central Hotel Shanghai
Add:555 jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Add: No. 88, Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

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