12 Days Upstream Yangtze Cruise Tour

Shanghai, Yichang, Yangtze Cruise, Chongqing, Xian, Beijing

Tour Code: TCT-Yangtze-03

Tour Type: Private Tour

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

Price from $ 1805

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Tour Feature

  Fine-designed China tour starts from the gateway city Shanghai
  Relaxing cruise trip along the might Yangtze River included
  A great combination with historical and cultural wonders of China by visiting to both Xian and Beijing
  Free enquiry and tour can be customized according to your personal requests and interests

What to Expect

Day Destination Highlights
01 Shanghai Transfer service to hotel
02 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple,  the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street, The Bund
03 Shanghai Yichang Zhujiajiao Water Town
04 Yangtze River Cruise Xiling Gorge, Tribe of The Three Gorges (optional), Three Gorges Dam Site, TGD ship-locks
05 Yangtze River Cruise Wu Gorge, Goddess Stream (or Shennong Stream), Qutang Gorge, White Emperor City (optional)
06 Yangtze River Cruise Shibaozhai, Fengdu (optional)
07 Chongqing Xian Hanyang Mausoleum
08 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall,  Muslim Quarter
09 Xian Beijing Beijing Hutong, Summer Palace
10 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Antique Market
11 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, the exterior of Bird Nest and Water Cube
12 Beijing Transfer service to airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Shanghai

Meals: No Meals
Hotel: Sunrise On The Bund Hotel ★★★★

Arrive in Shanghai, the modern city of China. You will be met by TCT tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, free at leisure for the rest of the day.


Shanghai City View

Day 2Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel:
Sunrise on the Bund Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing:
Jade Buddha Temple, the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden; Shanghai Old Street, The Bund
 

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Modern city of China.
[09:30-12:30] Visit Jade Buddha Temple, which is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg.Then visit the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, while walking on Riverside Promenade Bingjiang Da Dao.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time for the local special food, Dim Sum and Steamed Bun
[13:30-16:30] Visit Yuyuan Garden, which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, shopping time at Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Road which is the earliest commercial street in Shanghai, you could look for some special souvenirs and silk product there. After that, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund, famous for groups of buildings known as "a Gallery of world architecture".
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night Acrobatic Show, especially the ERA show, which is one of the most popular evening entertainments in Shanghai.
 
Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden

Day 3Shanghai Yichang

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
On board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★
Sightseeing: Zhujiajiao Water Town

Leisure breakfast in the hotel and check out in the morning. Then drive to visit Zhujiajiao Water Town, which is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. You will have a boat trip along the waterway. Lunch will be arranged at a restaurant along the waterway.
After lunch drive to airport to catch the 2-hour flight to Yichang airport where your local is waiting for you at the exit. Transfer service to the cruise terminal for Yangtze River Cruise. The cruise sets sailing next morning.
 
Zhujiajiao Water Town  
Zhujiajiao Water Town

Day 4Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
On board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★
Sightseeing: Xiling Gorge, Tribe of The Three Gorges (optional), Three Gorges Dam Site, TGD ship-locks

[06:30-08:30] Early Bird Coffee and Tea, Practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast
[08:30-12:30] Sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest gorge among the three. Then you can choose to take the optional shore excursion to Tribe of The Three Gorges for your own interests.
[12:30-13:30] Buffet lunch time on board
[13:30-17:15] In the afternoon, visit Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest project of its kind in the world. Later sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks.
[18:15-21:00] Captain's Welcome Reception is arranged before the buffet dinner. After that, enjoy the Minorities and Dynasty Costumes Show in the evening.
 

Three Gorges Dam

Day 5Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
On board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★
Sightseeing: Wu Gorge, Goddess Stream (or Shennong Stream), Qutang Gorge, White Emperor City (optional)

[06:30-08:45] Early Bird Coffee and Tea, Practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast, sailing through Wu Gorge
[08:45-12:45] Shore excursion to Goddess Stream (or Shennong Stream Stream)
[12:45-14:00] Buffet lunch time on board
[14:45-18:00] Sailing through Qutang Gorge and take optional Shore excursion to White Emperor City with extra cost
[19:00-21:00] After Buffet dinner, enjoy the Cabaret show.


Wu Gorge 

Day 6Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
On board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★
Sightseeing: Shibaozhai, Fengdu (optional)

[06:30-08:15] Early Bird Coffee and Tea, Practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast
[08:00-13:15] Shore excursion to explore Shibaozhai and buffet lunch on board
[14:00-23:00] Take the optional Shore excursion to Fengdu with extra cost. Buffet dinner is served on board. Tonight you will need to settle accounts at the reception.
 
Fengdu

Day 7Chongqing Xian

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★
Sightseeing: Hanyang Mausoleum

After buffet breakfast on board in the morning, our local guide will pick you up from the cruise terminal and transfer to Chongqing airport to catch the morning flight to Xian.

Upon arriving, you will be greeted by the local guide and drive to hotel in downtown. On the way visit the Hanyang Mausoleum, the largest museum with largest floor space in China.

Xian City View
Xian City View

Day 8Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★
Sightseeing: Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Ancient city.
[09:30-12:30] Drive to Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. Shuttle bus will be arranged for your convenience.
[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at Lanchi Restaurant, professional for buffet and local food, such as dim sum, noodles and Chinese hamburger
[14:00-17:00] Visit the Ancient Xian City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Bicycle or sightseeing car will be arranged on the wall to go around. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there
[17:00-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities, such as Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner
 

Terracotta Warriors

Day 9 Xian Beijing


Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing: Beijing Hutong, Summer Palace

Morning at leisure and be transferred to the airport for the 2 hours flight to Beijing. Your Beijing tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Visit to Summer Palace which is the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. Boat ride on Kunming Lake is included. Lunch will be arranged at nearby restaurant, named Xiangyangtun, with opera stage inside. In the afternoon drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw which is the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle.



Beijing Hutong

Day 10Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel:
Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing:
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Temple of Heaven, Panjiayuan Antique Market

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the historical city of Beijing.
[09:30-12:30] You will reach the Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Walk through the square and visit today’s highlight: Forbidden City , the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Hike to Jingshan Park, where gives a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill.
[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at Shi Yuan Restaurant, Chinese local food, famous for the braised eggplant, vegetable ball, and diced chicken with walnuts in soya sauce.
[14:00-16:30] Visit Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. It is China's existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven. Shopping time at Panjiayuan Antique Market and Pearl Market.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night show or the Peking duck dinner with your guide and ask for suggestions.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 11Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel:
Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing:
Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, The exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube

[08:00-08:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall.
[08:30-12:30] Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which section is more popular among foreign visitors. Upon arrival, you can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take cable car up and walk around.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at Xiaolongpu Restaurant, famous for the vegetable food, such as fried vegetables, dry-fried beans, sweet corn cake
[13:30-16:30] Drive back to Beijing city, while you can take a nap in the car. Visit the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube, the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. After that you will experience Chinese tea at tea house.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel, en route you can plan for the night activities, such as foot massage, houhai night bars and Sanlitun bar street.
 
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 12Departure Beijing

Meals: Breakfast

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

Service Ends

Day 1Arrival Shanghai

Meals: No Meals
Hotel: Sunrise On The Bund Hotel ★★★★

Arrive in Shanghai, the modern city of China. You will be met by TCT tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, free at leisure for the rest of the day.


Shanghai City View

Day 2Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel:
Sunrise on the Bund Hotel ★★★★

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Modern city of China. Visit Jade Buddha Temple, which is famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg.Then visit the exterior of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, while walking on Riverside. After lunch, visit Yuyuan Garden, which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, shopping time at Shanghai Old Street and Nanjing Road which is the earliest commercial street in Shanghai. After that, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund, famous for groups of buildings known as "a Gallery of world architecture".
 

Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden

Day 3Shanghai Yichang

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch
On board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★

Check out in the morning. Then drive to visit Zhujiajiao Water Town, which is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. You will have a boat trip along the waterway.
After lunch drive to airport to catch the 2-hour flight to Yichang airport where your local is waiting for you at the exit. Transfer service to the cruise terminal for Yangtze River Cruise. The cruise sets sailing next morning.
 
Zhujiajiao Water Town  
Zhujiajiao Water Town

Day 4Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
On board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★

Early Bird Coffee and Tea, practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast before sailing through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest gorge among the three. Then you can choose to take the optional shore excursion to Tribe of The Three Gorges.

After lunch on board, visit Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest project of its kind in the world. Later sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. Captain's Welcome Reception is arranged before the buffet dinner. Enjoy the Minorities and Dynasty Costumes Show in the evening.

Three Gorges Dam

Day 5Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
On board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★

Early Bird Coffee and Tea, practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast, sailing through Wu Gorge. Then Shore excursion to Goddess Stream (or Shennong Stream Stream).
Sailing through Qutang Gorge and take optional Shore excursion to White Emperor City with extra cost. Buffet lunch and dinner are served on board. Enjoy the Cabaret show at night.


Wu Gorge

Day 6Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
On board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★

Early Bird Coffee and Tea, practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast in the morning. Then shore excursion to explore Shibaozhai and buffet lunch on board. In the afternoon, take the optional Shore excursion to Fengdu with extra cost. Buffet dinner is served on board. Tonight you will need to settle accounts at the reception.
Fengdu

Day 7Chongqing Xian

Meals: Breakfast& Lunch

After buffet breakfast on board in the morning, our local guide will pick you up from the cruise terminal and transfer to Chongqing airport to catch the morning flight to Xian. Upon arriving, you will be greeted by the local guide and drive to hotel in downtown. On the way visit the Hanyang Mausoleum, the largest museum with largest floor space in China.

Xian City View
Xian City View

Day 8Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★

Pick up from hotel in the morning, then drive to Terracotta Warriors and explore one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation.
Lunch at Lanchi Restaurant before visit the Ancient Xian City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time ther
 

Terracotta Warriors

Day 9 Xian Beijing


Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Morning pick-up from hotel, transfer to airport for the 2 hours flight to Beijing where the guide will meet you at the airport.

Visit to Summer Palace which is the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. Lunch will be arranged at nearby restaurant, named Xiangyangtun, with opera stage inside. Then taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw, the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle.

Beijing Hutong

Day 10Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel:
Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the historical city of Beijing.
Morning visit Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world;today’s highlight: Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Hike to Jingshan Park for a nice panoramic view of the Forbidden City at the top of Coal Hill.

After Lunch time at Shi Yuan Restaurant, visit Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. Shopping time at Panjiayuan Antique Market and Pearl Market before back to hotel.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City
 

Day 11Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel:
Sunworld Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall.
Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which section is more popular among foreign visitors. Upon arrival, you can choose to hike on the Great Wall, or take cable car up and walk around.

After Lunch time at Xiaolongpu Restaurant, Drive back to Beijing city, while you can take a nap in the car. Visit the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube, the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. Experience Chinese tea at tea house before back to hotel.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 12Departure Beijing

Meals: Breakfast

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

Service Ends

Prices (per person in US$)

Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
2 ~ 5 pax $2002 $2279
6 ~ 9 pax $1805 $2082

Price includes:
  Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
  Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
  Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  All attraction entrance fees as specified
  Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
  China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Price excludes:
  International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  China Entry Visa Fees
  Personal expenses
  Optional tours, meals, activities and services

Remarks:
※   Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2017 to Feb 28, 2018, 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

Optional Activities

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Shanghai Xiao Long BaoAcrobatics Show
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckPeking Opera

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