Scenic Yangtze Discovery

Scenic Yangtze Discovery

  • 16 Days / 14 Nights
  • CODE: RDR
  • From: $2699

Capture China’s stunning landscapes, iconic cities, and historical wonders in one journey with this comprehensive 16-day tour, complete with a 4-night cruise along the legendary Yangtze River. Wander through Beijing’s labyrinthine Forbidden Palace, stride along the Great Wall of China, see the pandas at Chongqing Zoo, and admire the sheer gorges, mountain vistas, and extraordinary Three Gorges Dam on a comfortable cruiseboat voyage on the Yangtze. From there, it’s on to Xian to view the Terracotta Warriors, sail through the dream-like landscapes of Guilin’s River Li, and soak in the energy, glamour, and towering skyline of Shanghai.

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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
USA – Beijing, China
DAY 2
Arrive in Beijing
DAY 3
Beijing
DAY 4
Beijing
DAY 5
Beijing-Yichang-Yangtze River Cruise
DAY 6
Yangtze River Cruise
DAY 7
Yangtze River Cruise
DAY 8
Yangtze River Cruise
DAY 9
Yangtze River Cruise - Chongqing - Xian
DAY 10
Xian
DAY 11
Xian - Guilin
DAY 12
Guilin
DAY 13
Guilin - Shanghai
DAY 14
Shanghai
DAY 15
Shanghai
DAY 16
Shanghai – USA

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From $2899 a person - Your customized trip will draw on the expertise of our travel consultants, each of whom has a deep knowledge of the places you wish to explore.

Beijing (3 nts) YichangYangtze river (4 nts) ChongqingXian (2 nts) Guilin (2 nts) YangshuoGuilinShanghai (3 nts)
day
1

USA – Beijing, China

Fly to Beijing, China’s capital and one of the world’s most populous cities.


day
2

Arrive in Beijing

Meet your guide at the airport and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.


accomodation:

New Otani Hotel or Similar - ★★★★★

day
3

Beijing

Ancient and modern sit side-by-side in China’s remarkable capital in the form of genteel teahouses, stark Mao-era monuments, tiny backstreets and imposing palaces. Today, discover the principal sights of Beijing, including immense Tiananmen Square and the fascinating Forbidden City, a walled maze of palaces, halls and gardens that kept the Ming and Qing emperors hidden from outside world. Also, visit the Summer Palace, whose wonderful gardens circle the serene Kunming Lake, and stop for photos at two of Beijing’s 2008 Olympic stadiums — the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube Aquatic Centre.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

accomodation:

New Otani Hotel or Similar - ★★★★★

day
4

Beijing

This morning brings a tour highlight as we travel toward China’s mountainous north and arrive at the Great Wall. Take a walk along a section of this world-famous edifice, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and learn how it was constructed to defend China from Mongol invaders. Next, drive onward to the Sacred Way, a curving road bordered by astonishing marble statues of animals and humans, and once thought to provide a route to heaven for China’s dead emperors.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

New Otani Hotel or Similar - ★★★★★

day
5

Beijing-Yichang-Yangtze River Cruise

After breakfast, visit the Temple of Heaven, whose medieval halls, temples and gardens were the scene of animal sacrifices and prayers for successful harvests. Afterward, take a short flight to Yichang. Shuttle from Yichang to the ship in Maoping. Board your Yangtze cruise ship, the Victoria Jenna. Settle into your Superior cabin for your four-night cruise.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

day
6

Yangtze River Cruise

Your river odyssey begins with a visit to the incredible Three Gorges Dam, the world’s biggest hydroelectric dam. Wonder at the magnitude of the dam and the breathtaking Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
7

Yangtze River Cruise

Depending on the weather today, enjoy a memorable excursion to cruise along the serenely beautiful gorges of the Shennong Stream or the Goddess Stream , two tributaries of the Yangtze. Afterward, rejoin your main ship to glide past the sheer cliffs of mountainous Wu Gorge and navigate the slender Qutang Gorge through its terraced hillsides.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
8

Yangtze River Cruise

After breakfast, visit Xiaoguanshan Ancient Folk Culture Park near Fengdu. It is a noted site for the relocation and reconstruction of architectural and cultural relics, after the water level rose on the Yangtze as a result of the Three Gorges Dam project. The park reproduces historic ancient residential buildings, courtyards, temples, wood carvings and city gates in the Fengdu region, providing a deep sense of its history and ancient way of life. Performances here include Sichuan opera, acrobatics, folk music, and puppet shows.
Mount Shuanggui faces the Yangtze River, and is a national forest park known for its picturesque scenery, which integrates history, culture and modern art. Mt. Shuanggui has for centuries been a favorite destination for literati and artists. There are cliff brush writings of calligraphists here from the Song Dynasty to the present day, and pavilions are named for notable historic figures.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
9

Yangtze River Cruise - Chongqing - Xian

Disembark your cruise ship this morning at Chongqing. See the rare pandas at Chongqing Zoo and admire the city’s People’s Grand Hall before flying to Xian, once the capital of the Middle Kingdom.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner at hotel

accomodation:

day
10

Xian

Best known for its Terracotta Warriors, Xian is a bustling city whose origins go back 3,000 years. Today, begin your explorations with a viewing of the remarkable clay-carved warriors, buried with China’s first Qin emperor in 200 BC. Marvel at the individually sculpted figurines, which include archers, infantrymen and chariots. Later, see Xian’s Big Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy an exhilarating Tang Dynasty Dinner Show tonight.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner and show

accomodation:

day
11

Xian - Guilin

Follow breakfast with trips to Xian’s City Wall and later, fly to Guilin, whose surrounding countryside is described by the Chinese as ‘unmatched under heaven’. Check in at your hotel for two nights and enjoy the rest of the day free.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

Sheraton Hotel or Similar - ★★★★★

day
12

Guilin

Admire Guilin’s magical landscapes as you cruise on the Li River today. Pass rice fields, conical-shaped karsts and waters dotted with bamboo fishing rafts — some with fishermen who use cormorants to catch their prey. After lunch on board, disembark at Yangshuo to take in the quintessential Chinese buildings along its main thoroughfare, West Street.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

accomodation:

Sheraton Hotel or Similar - ★★★★★

day
13

Guilin - Shanghai

Today, travel to the remarkable Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cavern named after the nearby beds of reeds that can be sculpted into melodious flutes. Explore the dramatic caverns and chambers to witness their beautifully illuminated stalagmites, stalactites and other bizarre rock formations. Afterward, fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

day
14

Shanghai

Shanghai was once known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, a heritage built on its important trading role in goods such as tea, silk and opium. Today, immerse yourself in this pulsating city, a mass of glass skyscrapers, colonial-era architecture, teahouses and temples. Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights, including the handsome Bund waterfront, busy shopping boulevard of Nanjing Road, City God Temple Bazaar and Shanghai Museum. Tonight, dinner is followed by an unforgettable Chinese Acrobatic show.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner and show

accomodation:

day
15

Shanghai

Free at leisure for the whole day. You may enjoy shopping or relaxing or join one day Suzhou excursion tour.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

day
16

Shanghai – USA

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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What's included

Beijing - New Otani Hotel (5*)

Yangtze River Cruise - Victoria Cruises Jenna (5*) superior cabin with luxury amenities

Xian - Sheraton Xian North City (5*)

Guilin - Sheraton Guilin Hotel (5*)

Shanghai - The Kunlun Jing'an Hotel  Shanghai (5*)

14 hotel or cruise ship buffet breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 Chinese or Western dinners

Services of an expert tour manager throughout China (for groups of 10 or more)

Specialist English-speaking local guides

Deluxe air-conditioned coach touring

Comprehensive sightseeing tours including entrance fees as per itinerary

3 shore excursions on board: The Three Gorges Dam, Shennong Stream or Goddess Stream depending on river condition, Jade Emperor Scenic Area near Fengdu or Shibaozhai depending on river condition.

All international and China domestic flights (if applicable)

Airport transfers on arrival and departure in China with purchase of Land+Air Package

Tang Dynasty Dinner Show in Xian

Chinese Acrobatics Show in Shanghai

Beijing: New Otani Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong, a five-star international hotel with a distinctive exterior, is located in the heart of Beijing, China. A long history of exceptional service assured by the New Otani Hotel Management of Japan, your Beijing experience begins at the moment you enter the oriental garden designed courtyard adjacent to the lobby.

Yangtze River: Victoria Cruises Lines or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Xian: Xian Sheraton North City Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Step into one of our 491 inviting guest rooms and suites, and escape the stresses of the day. Special, updated touches such as an ergonomic chair, generous work area and High Speed Internet Access—as well as our signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper? Bed—will make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Guilin: Sheraton Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ideally located alongside the Li River lies the five-star Sheraton Guilin Hotel. Guilin has been an inspiration to Chinese poets and artists throughout the centuries. Today, the hotel sits in the heart of this enchanting city. Retreat to the 430 guest rooms, including 19 suites. Make it a night in, with your favorite satellite TV shows, dinner ordered in and sending the day s adventures over email. Explore the city s famous limestone crags and deep caves, cruise the majestic Li River, or just hang out – by the pool, in the fitness center, or on the nearby golf course.

Shanghai: The Kunlun Jing An Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Located in the heart of the former French Concession, the Kunlun Jing An hotel is within walking distance of many popular shanghai attractions and offers 714 well-appointed rooms and suites with magnificent sweeping views of the city. Choose from one of the 18 meeting rooms to host your Shanghai conference, meeting or wedding reception. Shanghai airports and train stations are easily accessible from the hotel. In Shanghai's business, entertainment districts.

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Scenic Yangtze Discovery (RDR)

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