Three Gorges Discovery

14 day Small Group Tour - from £2315

With flights from £2915

Journey through time as you explore the classics sights and sounds of China. Enjoy a cruise along the Yangtze River and learn all about endangered Pandas.

Highlights:

  • Admire the stunning scenery as you sail down the Yangtze River
  • View the impressive Terracotta Warriors
  • Visit the Panda Research centre to get a glimpse of the iconic panda
  • Explore the modern city of Shanghai
  • Discover the the impressive Great Wall of China
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao, Beijing or similar

Day 2 - Beijing

Spend a full day exploring Beijing’s impressive sites. Walk through Tiananmen Square before continuing to the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park. At a local restaurant, try zha jiang mian, a noodle dish of pork or beef topped with soybean paste. Gain a glimpse into the lives of the local people as you go off the beaten path and wander through the traditional residential alleyways known as ‘hutongs’, where you will get to see some of the lesser known yet spectacular sights.

Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao, Beijing or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3 - Great Wall of China

Travel to Mutianyu, a less crowded section of the Great Wall of China. Take the cable car up to the wall and enjoy exploring independently. This evening, savour Beijing’s world famous Peking duck with your fellow travellers.

Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao, Beijing or similar
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 - Xian

Visit the Summer Palace to discover the temples and pavilions. As you wander through the grounds, see local people exercising and practising Tai Chi.

In the afternoon, take the high-speed train to Xian. Visit the 14th century city walls which stand 12 metres above the city.

Hotel: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5 - Xian

Discover Xian’s highlights on a full day tour. Drive to the Army of Terracotta Warriors and see the life-sized warriors which are unique both in facial features and expression. Return to Xian and see the Small Wild Goose Pagoda before visiting the Xian Museum. Gain insights at the Great Mosque with its fusion of Islamic and Chinese architecture before wandering through the Muslim Quarter to enjoy its lively street markets and fascinating local foods.

Hotel: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6 - Chengdu

Travel by high-speed train from Xian to Chengdu. On arrival, visit People’s Park to observe the relaxed local Chengdu tea house lifestyle before spending the evening at leisure.

Hotel: Dorsett Hotel, Chengdu or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Chengdu

Visit the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base to see Giant pandas and learn about these incredible animals. For lunch, sample a Wenshuyuan Buddhist meal before visiting Wenshu Temple, the best preserved Tang Dynasty Buddhist Temple in Chengdu. Enjoy free time to walk around the surrounding colourful market streets and in the evening, you have the option to see a Sichuan opera face-changing performance (booked locally).

Hotel: Dorsett Hotel, Chengdu or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8 - Chongqing

Enjoy a leisurely morning before taking the high-speed train to Chongqing located on the Yangtze River and the embarkation point for your cruise.

Boat: Victoria Sabrina Cruise or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise

Leave Chongqing behind as you cruise pass small towns whose existence is tied to the waters of the Yangtze. Stop at Shibaozhai, an impressive structure built against a steep hill with a name which means ‘precious stone fortress’.

Boat: Victoria Sabrina Cruise or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Yangtze River Cruise

Rise early and be rewarded with magnificent river landscapes as the ship passes through towering cliffs and mountains of the first and second gorges, Qutang and Wu Gorge. Later in the day, the ship enters the third of the main gorges called Xiling Gorge. This evening, join the Captain’s Banquet for dinner as the ship makes its way through the impressive five level shiplock and moors downstream of the Three Gorges Dam.

Boat: Victoria Sabrina Cruise or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Yichang

Take an early morning excursion to the site of the Three Gorges Dam Project before returning to the ship and continue cruising to Yichang, where the cruise ends. After lunch enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Gezhouba Hotel, Yichang or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 12 - Shanghai

Take a morning flight to Shanghai before embarking on a full day tour discovering the secrets of Shanghai, from the modern buildings of Pudong and the China Art Palace to the colonial French Concession. Venture through the backstreets to experience the local Shanghai lifestyle before meandering through Yu Yuan in the Old Town area. In the evening, enjoy a performance by world famous Chinese acrobats.

Hotel: Penta Hotel, Shanghai or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 13 - Shanghai

Take the high-speed train to the World Heritage Listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou where you will visit two outstanding gardens. The Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest in Suzhou and the Master of Nets Garden is known as one of the finest in China. Stop at the Suzhou Museum before returning to Shanghai to enjoy a farewell group dinner.

Hotel: Penta Hotel, Shanghai or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14 - Farewell

Enjoy breakfast before saying goodbye to this magical place. Transfer to the airport for your return home or onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

14 day Small Group Tour - from £2315

With flights from £2915

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All prices are per person and based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Prices are subject to seasonal changes.

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YOUR TOURING EXPERIENCE

Make friends along the way as you discover the sights and experience the culture of this fascinating region.

Your small group tour includes:

  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • 3 night cruise
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Highspeed train
  • Internal domestic flight
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Max 16 passengers
  • Breakfasts daily, 10 lunches, 5 dinner
  • Expert local guides

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Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2021-03-22

To confirm availability call 0333 234 3112

For advice or to start planning your holiday

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