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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$ 2394 2155 P/P
6-9 persons: US$ 2024 1822 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 (FM9366, 1810-1955 for reference)
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   3712 3341   3840 3456   4504 4054
2-5 persons 2394 2155 2994 2695 2458 2213 3122 2810 2811 2530 3786 3408
6-9 persons 2024 1822 2623 2361 2088 1879 2751 2476 2441 2197 3416 3075
10 persons & above 1778 1600 2294 2065 1840 1656 2418 2176 2173 1956 3044 2739
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   3817 3436   4136 3723   4811 4330
2-5 persons 2477 2229 3100 2790 2646 2382 3419 3077 3004 2704 4093 3684
6-9 persons 2106 1896 2729 2456 2276 2048 3048 2743 2634 2370 3723 3351
10 persons & above 1845 1660 2398 2159 2004 1804 2697 2428 2265 2039 3199 2879
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   3955 3559   4380 3942   5070 4563
2-5 persons 2565 2309 3237 2913 2791 2512 3663 3296 3148 2834 4352 3917
6-9 persons 2195 1975 2866 2580 2420 2178 3292 2963 2778 2500 3982 3584
10 persons & above 1946 1752 2562 2306 2145 1931 2935 2642 2501 2251 3621 3259

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   3712 3341   3840 3456   4504 4054
2-5 persons 2394 2155 2994 2695 2458 2213 3122 2810 2811 2530 3786 3408
6-9 persons 2024 1822 2623 2361 2088 1879 2751 2476 2441 2197 3416 3075
10 persons & above 1778 1600 2294 2065 1840 1656 2418 2176 2173 1956 3044 2739
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   3817 3436   4136 3723   4811 4330
2-5 persons 2477 2229 3100 2790 2646 2382 3419 3077 3004 2704 4093 3684
6-9 persons 2106 1896 2729 2456 2276 2048 3048 2743 2634 2370 3723 3351
10 persons & above 1845 1660 2398 2159 2004 1804 2697 2428 2265 2039 3199 2879
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   3955 3559   4380 3942   5070 4563
2-5 persons 2565 2309 3237 2913 2791 2512 3663 3296 3148 2834 4352 3917
6-9 persons 2195 1975 2866 2580 2420 2178 3292 2963 2778 2500 3982 3584
10 persons & above 1946 1752 2562 2306 2145 1931 2935 2642 2501 2251 3621 3259

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

Remarks:
Validity: Quotations above are valid between Mar 1, 2015 to Mar 1, 2016. Except for periods of Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
Exchange Rate: TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by the exchange rate
Guide Service: No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise.
Hotels Change: Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
Specific Requests: requirements of adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary should inform us in advance.
TCT Right to Interpret: TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control
 
Price includes:
Vehicle: Private vehicle transfer in the itinerary
Flights Tickets: Domestic flights of economic class in the itinerary.
Train Tickets: Domestic train tickets in the itinerary.
Accommodation: Two adults sharing one standard twin-bed room (or cabin on Yangtze cruise ship) listed in the itinerary.
*Solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed room/cabin of their own, single supplement rate (Sole Occupancy in above price table) is needed.
Driver & Guide: Licensed driver and English-speaking guide service based on the itinerary
Entrance fee: All entrance fees to scenic spots as shown in the itinerary
Dining: Meals as specified in the itinerary
Taxes: Airport taxes and fuel fees, Government taxes, etc.
Travel insurance: China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance, see insurance terms & conditions
 
Price excludes:
1. Round way International airfare or train tickets
2. Visa fee
3. Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc.
4. Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
5. Optional scenic spots, meals and shows in the itinerary
6. Any other changes caused by force majeure incidents or accidents beyond the control of TopChinaTravel
7. Any items not specified in the plan.

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