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Gorges Of The Yangtze

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  • 15 Days 14 Nights
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Apr 09, 23; May 14; Jun 04; Sep 10; Oct 15
  • Min Age : 10+
  • Pickup: Airport

This small group tour combines the iconic sights and cities of China, from the sophistication of Shanghai and the history of Beijing to the wonders of the Terracotta Warriors in ancient Xi’an. Head further afield to discover the famous Giant Panda in Chengdu, and see the dramatic scenery of the legendary Three Gorges on an unforgettable cruise along the Yangtze River.

Departure & Return Location

United Kingdom

Price Includes

  • Quality Accommodation
  • Insightful local tour leaders
  • Hand-picked itineraries
  • Flexible arrival times
  • Small group
  • Porterage and guide tips
  • Meals where most convenient
  • All specified flights.

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
What to Expect
  • Special diets, including vegetarianism and gluten free, cannot be adequately provided for in China
  • With many stairs and steep slopes at monuments and the Great Wall, the tour is not suitable for those with walking difficulties
  • There are early mornings and late evenings throughout to help maximise your sightseeing opprortunities and experiences
  • Expect crowds at the main sights
  • Baggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20kg; excess luggage fees will apply locally
  • Optional cruise excursions are bookable locally and payable once on board
  • A compulsory cruise tipping fee of approx. RMB150 per person is payable locally.
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Itinerary

Day 1UK to Shanghai

Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Shanghai

Day 2Shanghai (Dinner)

Transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay. An early check-in is guaranteed so you’ll be able to head to your room as you arrive. Freshen up and spend the rest of the day relaxing or sightseeing at leisure. This evening, meet your group and tour leader at a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Stay: Central Hotel Shanghai (or similar).

Day 3Shanghai (Breakdast, Dinner)

This morning, head out for a guided tour around the city. Begin in the Old Town, which sits inside the ancient city walls, before continuing to the beautiful Yu Garden and the leafy tree-lined streets of the French Concession. This afternoon, take a stroll along the famous Bund waterfront ahead of a private cruise along the Huangpu River. Stay: Central Hotel Shanghai (or similar).

Day 4Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today, you’ll drive to the waterside city of Suzhou (approx. 1½ hours west of Shanghai). Known for its culture, canals and classic gardens, a morning tour starts at the UNESCO-listed Administrator’s Garden and takes in sights like historic Pingjiang Road, Garden of the Master of Nets and the famous Pan Gate. After lunch, head back to Shanghai where the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. Stay: Central Hotel Shanghai (or similar).

Day 5Shagnai to Yichang (Breakfast)

Spend this morning exploring the city at your own pace before transferring to the airport for your afternoon flight to Yichang. On arrival, transfer to Maoping Pier to board the luxurious Century Glory for your four-night cruise along the Yangtze River. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Century Glory.

Day 6Yangtze Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Start the day with tea, coffee, pastries and t’ai chi on deck before having breakfast in the dining room. This morning visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest ever hydroelectric dam. After a buffet lunch on board, you can join an optional tour exploring the Tribe of the Three Gorges; a beautiful spot along the river where dramatic landscapes, local people and historic cultures thrive. Tonight, a buffet dinner will be followed by the captain’s welcome party. Stay: Century Glory.

Day 7Yangtze Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Early risers can start the day with tea, coffee, pastries and t’ai chi on deck. Enjoy breakfast as the Century Sun sails through the beautiful Wu Gorge. This morning, head out for a small boat cruise along the Shennv Stream, a scenic tributary of the Yangtze. After lunch, there’s an optional shore excursion to the White Emperor City; an ancient temple complex that overlooks the spectacular Qutang Gorge. Stay: Century Glory.

Day 8Yangtze Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Awake to a final early morning of t’ai chi, pastries and a hot drink on deck. After breakfast, there’s an optional shore excursion to the striking hill fortress of Shi Baozhai. Have lunch on the ship and enjoy some time at leisure – perhaps joining in with a selection of fantastic on-board activities. Tonight, rejoin the group for your final dinner on board. Stay: Century Glory.

Day 9Chongqing to Chengdu (Breakfast, Dinner)

Following breakfast, the Century Glory will arrive into Chongqing. Disembark the ship and transfer to the station for your high-speed train journey to Chengdu. This afternoon visit the Wenshu Monastery, an ancient Buddhist temple built in the Tang Dynasty, and enjoy a stroll down the city’s historic Jinli Street. This evening have dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Tibet Hotel (or similar).

Day 10Chengdu to Xi’an (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today starts with a visit to the Chengdu Panda Base; a famous research centre that specialises in the breeding and conservation of baby pandas. Enjoy some time to explore before heading out for lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to the station for your first-class, high-speed rail journey to Xi’an. Head to your hotel where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Approx. journey time: 3¾ hours. Stay: Grand Mercure Xi’an on Renmin Square (or similar).

Day 11Xi'an (Breakfast, Dinner)

It’s an entire day of sightseeing, starting with an early morning visit to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors (approx. 1½ hours from the city). You’ll arrive just as the doors open to avoid the crowds that head here later in the day. If an archaeologist is available, a meet and greet session will give you the chance to chat about their current work. This afternoon, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda – a landmark temple set in beautiful gardens – and join a cooking class where you’ll learn how to make traditional Chinese dumplings. This evening, you’ll have the chance to watch a dramatic Tang Dynasty Show. Stay: Grand Mercure Xi’an on Renmin Square (or similar).

Day 12Xi'an to Beijing (Breakfst, Lunch)

Start today in the city’s busy Muslim Quarter; a historic neighbourhood and foodie heaven famed for its market stalls and unusual culinary creations. Continue to the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and largest mosques in China, and have lunch at a local restaurant. Later, transfer to the station for your first-class, high-speed train journey to Beijing. On arrival, the rest of the evening is free to spend at your own leisure. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Park Plaza Wangfujing (or similar).

Day 13Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Your tour of the capital begins with an early morning visit to Tian’anmen Square, followed by a wander around the Forbidden City. After lunch, the tour continues at the classic Summer Palace, which is home to a huge number of lakes, gardens and palaces. A boat ride on one of the lakes is included here (subject to weather conditions). This evening, experience a classic Peking duck dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Park Plaza Wangfujing (or similar).

Day 14Beijing to Mutianyu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Begin your final day with an early morning visit to the Temple of Heaven; arriving early means that you’ll avoid the crowds that head here later in the day. Join a local t’ai chi lesson before you continue to the Mutianyu section of the iconic Great Wall (approx. 1¾ hours from Beijing). This evening you’ll stay at the stylish Brickyard Retreat; a small converted tile factory where each room overlooks views of the Great Wall. Tonight, join a farewell dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Stay: Brickyard Retreat (or similar).

Day 15Mutianyu (Breakfast)

After bearkfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. End Service.

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Accommodation on tour

We’ve selected quality hotels that are perfectly located for local and independent sightseeing. The luxurious Century Glory is your home on the Yangtze River. This elegant ship is the newest ship to sail on the river, each with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony. On land, you’ll spend your final night at the Brickyard Retreat in Mutianyu Village; a converted tile factory where all rooms look out to stunning views of the Great Wall.

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Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

– Austria – Euro (EUR)
– France – Euro (EUR)
– Germany – Euro (EUR)
– Italy – Euro (EUR)
– Netherlands – Euro (EUR)
– Switzerland – Swiss franc (CHF)
– United Kingdom – Pound sterling (£)

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