13 Days from Li River to the Yangtze Tour

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, 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 $ 2051

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Tour Feature

  The Best seller tour of Top China Travel.
  Fine-designed itinerary and hand-picked tours combination.
  Not only present the long history and rich culture in China, but also the breathtaking scenery of Li River in Guilin and
      relaxing voyage  along Yangtze River.
 

What to Expect

Day Destination Highlights
01 Beijing Transfer service to hotel
02 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Back Lakes and Nanluoguxiang Alley
03 Beijing Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall
04 Beijing Xian Summer Palace
05 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter
06 Xian Guilin Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb
07 Guilin Yangshuo Li River, West Street, Yulong River
08 Guilin Chongqing Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill
09 Yangtze River Cruise Fengdu(optional), Shibaozhai
10 Yangtze River Cruise White Emperor City (optional), Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Goddess Stream
11 Yichang Shanghai TGD ship-locks, Three Gorges Dam Site
12 Shanghai Shanghai Old Street, Shikumen, the Bund, Lujiazui CBD, Shanghai Tower
13 Shanghai Transfer service to airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Beijing

Meals: No Meals
Hotel: Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Your journey will begin in Beijing, one of the most mysterious cities in the world. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by TCT tour guide at Beijing international airport and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, free at leisure and have a good sleep to get over the jet lag.
Over the next several days, you’ll explore this ancient city which is also the political and cultural heart of China. Get ready for that.



Forbidden City
 

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Back Lakes and Nanluoguxiang Alley
 

[09:00-09:30] You will be met by our guide 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 well selected Dumpling Restaurant and experience the real Chinese food, dumpling and local dishes.
[14:00-16:30] Drive to Back Lakes (Houhai), the marvelous place to discover the history of Beijing City and the endless charm. Walk into Nanluoguxiang Alley which is one of the most famous Hutong districts in Beijing and mix of history, fashion and Souvenir Boutique.
[16:30-17:30] Back to your hotel after today leisure tour. You are free to ask your guide for suggestion of evening activities, such as the night show and place to have Peking duck dinner.



Temple of Heaven
 

Day 3Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing ★★★★
Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall
 

[08:00-08:30] You will be met by our guide at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Great Wall.
[08:30-10:00] Before going to the Great Wall, you will visit Temple of Heaven, where the local resident will do morning exercises in the square. You will have chance to watch Chinese Kongfu, Taichi, square dancing, etc. and get to know the real folk master there.
[10:00-13:30] Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, which section is more popular among foreign visitors. Upon arrival, enjoy your lunch at Xiaolongpu Restaurant, famous for the vegetable food, such as fried vegetables, dry-fried beans, and sweet corn cake.
[13:30-16:00] Enjoy your half day exploration at Mutianyu Great Wall. You can choose to hike or take cable car up and roam around. The Mutianyu Great Wall has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall. Take the Toboggan down from the top is also unique experience there.
[16:00-17:30] 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
 

Day 4Beijing Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★
Sightseeing: Summer Palace

[09:30-10:00] You will be met at the hotel lobby and enjoy half day leisure tour before leaving Beijing.
[10:00-11:30] Visit Summer Palace which is China existing largest and best preserved imperial garden.  It is also a large natural landscape garden which used Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill as based address, modeled on the Hangzhou West Lake scenery. Enjoy boat ride on Kunming Lake is also a pleasant experience.
[11:30-12:30] Lunch time at Da Wan Ju Restaurant, Chinese local food, famous for the braised eggplant, vegetable ball, and diced chicken with peanuts in soya sauce.

After lunch, be transferred to the airport for the 2 hours flight to Xian. Your Xi'an tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.


Summer Palace
 

Day 5Xian

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Atour Hotel Xian Nanmen ★★★★
Sightseeing:Terracotta Warriors, Tang Bo Art Museum, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter
 
[09:00-09:30] You will be met at the hotel lobby and start today’s tour for 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] Afternoon visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. The calligraphy lesson will be arranged and you will be taught how to write a couple of Chinese characters. After that, visit the Bell tower which is the largest bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there.
[17:00-17:30] Back to the hotel. Tonight, we highly recommend you watch the Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner at your own cost.

Terracotta Warriors
 

Day 6Xian Guilin

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel ★★★★★
Sightseeing: Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and north square, Hanyang Tomb

[09:30-10:00] You will have enough time to pack up and check out. Be met at the hotel lobby and have one day leisure tour in Xian before leaving for Guilin.
[10:00-12:30] Visit the Ancient 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 tour around. After that, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It’s the landmark building of Xian and symbol of China ancient capital and you will also have chance to watch the North plaza fountain show.
[12:30-16:30] Lunch will be arranged at Baixin Kitchen restaurant for local special food. After lunch, drive to Xian airport, on the way visit the Hanyang Mausoleum, the largest museum with largest floor space in China. Fly to Guilin. Your Guilin tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Fly to Guilin. Your Guilin tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.

 
Ancient City Wall
 

Day 7Guilin Yangshuo

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel ★★★★★
Sightseeing: Li River, West Street, Yulong River

[08:00-08:30] You will be met at the hotel lobby and start to explore the Li River on Cruise.
[09:30-14:00] Enjoy Li River Cruise tour with buffet lunch on board. Deluxe cruise will be arranged with decent facility and good service. Savor the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. You can go on the sundeck or just sit and appreciate the picturesque scenery from the window. After disembarking, walk through the West Street or take sightseeing car to the parking lot.
[14:30-16:00] Drive to Yulong River area. Hike on the Yulong footpath at Yulong riverside leisurely and appreciate the clear river with countless hills surrounded.
[17:00-17:30] Drive back to Guilin. We highly recommend you take the Night Cruise sailing on Li River , where will be illuminated at night.



Li River Cruise
 

Day 8Guilin Chongqing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
On Board: Victoria Cruise ★★★★★
Sightseeing: Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill
 
[09:00-09:30] You will be met at your hotel lobby and start to discover this beautiful city.
[09:30-12:30] Visit Reed Flute Cave which is a famous scenic spot offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites in fantastic shapes and colors. After that, drive to Elephant Trunk Hill, the badge of Guilin city. The hill looks exactly like a huge elephant stretching its trunk drinking water of the Li River. You could climb up to the top and take full view of Guilin’s hills and rivers. Walking along the Li River and enjoy a short visit to the Golden and Silver Twin Pagodas.
Fly to Chongqing. Your Chongqing tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to Chaotianmen wharf and check-in at the Victoria cruise, which Set sail from Chongqing at 9:00 p.m.


Chongqing City View
 

Day 9Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch& Dinner
On Board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★
Sightseeing:Fengdu (optional), Shibaozhai
 
[06:30-08:30] Early Bird Coffee and Tea; Practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast.
[09:00-13:30] Activities on board as you like. Or take Additional Shore excursion to Fengdu with extra cost. Buffet lunchis served on board.
[16:00-21:00] Shore excursion to Shibaozhai. Late afternoon Captain's Welcome Reception with buffet dinner. Evening, enjoy the Minorities and Dynasty Costumes Show


Yangtze River
 

Day 10Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch& Dinner
On Board: Victoria cruise ★★★★★
Sightseeing:White Emperor City (optional), Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Goddess Stream
 
[06:30-08:30] Early Bird Coffee and Tea; Practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast.
[07:30-10:15] Activities on board as you like. Additional Shore excursion to White Emperor City with extra cost.
[10:45-13:00] Sailing through Qutang Gorge & Scenic cruising of Wu Gorge, buffet lunch is served on board.
[15:15-21:45] Shore excursion to Goddess Stream. Evening enjoy Captain's Farewell Banquet and the Crew cabaret.


Yangtze River
 

Day 11Yichang Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Shanghai Narada Boutique Bund ★★★★
Sightseeing: TGD ship-locks, Three Gorges Dam Site
 
[06:00-07:45] Buffet breakfast
[08:15-12:3] Board sightseeing boat and reach to the TGD Ship Elevator. The Elevator is the up-to-date project and takes just 40 minutes to sail through the TGD ship-locks. It is the unique experience nowadays and Victoria Cruise offers this tour for free. After that, enjoy shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site and take shuttle bus to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal.
[12:30-15:30] Disembark in Yichang, Your Yichang tour guide will wait for you at Yichang dock and help you to transfer to the airport.
Fly to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.


Three Gorges Dam
 

Day 12Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Shanghai Narada Boutique Bund ★★★★
Sightseeing: Shanghai Old Street, Shikumen, the Bund, Lujiazui CBD, Shanghai Tower

[09:00-09:30] You will be met at the hotel lobby and start to explore the New and Old Shanghai.
[09:30-12:30] Visit Shanghai Old Street where you will find the 100-year-ago Shanghai here. The people, the hanging red lanterns, the ancient memorial arch, all of these form into a picture that describe the old Shanghai. And then, walk into the Shikumen, The old alley is also a blend of Western and Chinese traditional culture, where the local residents still live there. Enjoy orientation walk on the Bund which was a foreign trade center from the late 19th century.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time for the local special food, Dim Sum and Steamed Bun
[13:30-16:30] Reach to the Lujiazui CBD new area and enjoy your leisure time on the Riverside Promenade. Have a cup of coffee and take a short break. In conclusion, visit Shanghai Tower which is the city skyline and Shanghai tallest building. Enjoy your Top of Shanghai journey and panoramic view of Shanghai city.
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel. We highly recommend you watch the ERA Acrobatic Show, which is one of the most popular evening entertainments in Shanghai.



The Bund
 

Day 13 Departure Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for return flight. We can arrange the Maglev train ride to Pudong airport if you are interested in, or we will drive you directly to the airport.

Service Ends

 

Day 1Arrival Beijing

Meals: No Meals
Hotel: Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Your journey will begin in Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by TCT tour guide at Beijing international airport and transferred to your hotel.


Forbidden City

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Be met at your hotel lobby and you will reach the Tian’anmen Square first. Walk through the square and visit 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. After lunch, drive to Back Lakes, the marvelous place to discover the history of Beijing City and the endless charm. Walk into Nanluoguxiang Alley which is one of the most famous Hutong districts in Beijing.
 


Temple of Heaven
 

Day 3Beijing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing ★★★★

Bet met at your hotel lobby and visit visit Temple of Heaven, where the local resident will do morning exercises in the square. You will have chance to watch Chinese Kongfu, Taichi, square dancing, etc. and get to know the real folk master there. 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 roam around.


Mutianyu Great Wall
 

Day 4Beijing Xian

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

You will be met at the hotel lobby and enjoy half day leisure tour before leaving Beijing. Visit Summer Palace which is China existing largest and best preserved imperial garden. After lunch, be transferred to the airport for the 2 hours flight to Xian. Your Xi'an tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.


Summer Palace
 

Day 5Xian

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

Hotel pick up 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. After lunch time at Lanchi Restaurant, visit Tang Bo Art Museum, where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. Then visit the Bell tower, the largest bell tower in structure and shape and the best-preserved one in China. Continue to visit Muslim Quarter and enjoy your shopping time there.
 


Terracotta Warriors

Day 6Xian Guilin

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel ★★★★★

Pick up and check out from hotel  and morning visit to the Ancient City Wall, which represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Thenvisit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at the North plaza. After dumpling banquet lunch, drive to Xian airport. Visit the Hanyang Mausoleum on the way, the largest museum with largest floor space in China. Fly to Guilin where the airport pick up service is arranged. 

 
Ancient City Wall

 

Day 7Guilin Yangshuo

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel ★★★★★

Be met at your hotel lobby and enjoy Li River Cruise tour with buffet lunch on board. Deluxe cruise will be arranged with decent facility and good service. Savor the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarking, walk through the West Street. Drive to Yulong River area. Hike on the Yulong footpath at Yulong riverside leisurely and appreciate the clear river with countless hills surrounded.


Li River Cruise
 

Day 8Guilin Chongqing

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
On Board: Victoria Cruise ★★★★★

Be met at hotel lobby and visit Reed Flute Cave which is a famous scenic spot offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites in fantastic shapes and colors. After that, drive to Elephant Trunk Hill, the badge of Guilin city. The hill looks exactly like a huge elephant stretching its trunk drinking water of the Li River. After lunch, fly to Chongqing. Your Chongqing tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to Chaotianmen wharf and check-in at the Victoria cruise, which Set sail from Chongqing at 9:00 p.m.


Chongqing City View
 

Day 9Yangtze River Cruise

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

Early Bird Coffee and Tea; Practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast. Activities on board as you like. Or take Additional Shore excursion to Fengdu with extra cost. Buffet lunchis served on board. Shore excursion to Shibaozhai. Late afternoon Captain's Welcome Reception with buffet dinner. Evening, enjoy the Minorities and Dynasty Costumes Show


Yangtze River
 

Day 10Yangtze River Cruise

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

Early Bird Coffee and Tea. Practice Tai Chi on board and Buffet breakfast. Activities on board as you like. Or take Additional Shore excursion to White Emperor City with extra cost. Sailing through Qutang Gorge & Scenic cruising of Wu Gorge, buffet lunch is served on board. Shore excursion to Godness Stream. Evening enjoy Captain's Farewell Banquet and the Crew cabaret.
 

Yangtze River
 

Day 11Yichang Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Shanghai Narada Boutique Bund ★★★★

Board sightseeing boat and reach to the TGD Ship Elevator. It is the unique experience nowadays and Victoria Cruise offers this tour for free. After that, enjoy shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site and take shuttle bus to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal. Your Yichang tour guide will wait for you at Yichang dock and help you to transfer to the airport.


Three Gorges Dam
 

Day 12Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Shanghai Narada Boutique Bund ★★★★

Be met at your hotel lobby and visit Shanghai Old Street where you will find the 100-year-ago Shanghai here. And then, walk into the Shikumen, The old alley is also a blend of Western and Chinese traditional culture. Enjoy orientation walk on the Bund. After lunch, reach to the Lujiazui CBD new area and enjoy your leisure time on the Riverside Promenade. Pay a visit to Shanghai Tower, the city skyline and Shanghai tallest building.


The Bund

 

Day 13 Departure Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Free day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for return flight. We can arrange the Maglev train ride to Pudong airport if you are
interested in, or we will drive you directly to the airport.

Service Ends

Prices (per person in US$)

Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
2 ~ 5 pax $2415 $2680
6 ~ 9 pax $2051 $2316

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
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckPeking Opera
Guilin Rice NoodleCormorant Fishing Show
Shanghai Xiao Long BaoAcrobatics Show

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