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Majestic Yangtze

13 day Guided Tour - from £2149

The highlight of this two week tour is a four night cruise on the Yangtze River. Sail through the Three Gorges where the vertical cliffs rise dramatically from the water and also visit a famous panda reserve in Chengdu.

Highlights

  • East meets West in Shanghai
  • The Three Gorges cruise
  • Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall
  • Panda viewing
  • Forbidden City and the Summer Palace
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Shanghai

On arrival in Shanghai transfer to your hotel for a welcome dinner and overnight stay.

Hotel: Greenland Jiulong
Meals: 1 Dinner

Day 2: Shanghai

Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and the atmospheric alleys of the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund and visit the
fascinating Silk Factory. Sightseeing today involves a full day of touring around the centre of the city including 3-4 hours on foot. In the evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic river cruise. Dine on a delicious Shanghainese meal in the evening.

Hotel: Greenland Jiulong
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3: Yangtze

Take the morning to see the sights of the ultra-modern Pudong area of the city with its sci-fi skyscrapers, before flying to Yichang to board the Yangtze River cruise vessel for the next four nights.

Hotel: Cruise Boat
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4: Yangtze

A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. But as we cruise up stream nature takes over, revealing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days prepare, for one breathtaking panorama after another. Take a trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai.

Hotel: Cruise Boat
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7: Chengdu

Disembarking the cruise vessel, explore old Ciqikou, a district known for its porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ciqikou’s narrow streets are perfect for a morning stroll to admire the historical, traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, where this evening there will be a delicious Sichuan meal to enjoy.

Hotel: Mercure Chengdu North
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8: Xian

Visit the famous Panda Reserve to see these rare animals being reared in wooded surroundings, reminiscent of their natural habitat. Later, take the bullet train to the former ancient capital of Xian where this evening you will enjoy a traditional dinner and dance.

Hotel: Grand New World
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9: Xian

Today’s highlight is a visit to the fascinating Terracotta Warriors, notice the detail on the statues faces, it is claimed that no two are alike! Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate warriors and watch the skilled production process with a chance to buy a souvenir. Later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.

Hotel: Grand New World
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10: Beijing

A fascinating morning includes a visit to the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the treasures of the Shaanxi Museum. Take time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Fly to Beijing, China’s capital city.

Hotel: Park Plaza Beijing West
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11: Beijing

A full day taking in the highlights of Beijing including Tiananmen Square, Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum and the Forbidden City. Later in the evening is a Chinese acrobatic display.

Hotel: Park Plaza Beijing West
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 12: Beijing

Visit the Great Wall and see why it is one of the wonders of the world as you walk along a section marvelling at the engineering feat and admiring the scenery. You will then visit the Jade Museum and then on to admire the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace. This evening savour Beijing’s best known delicacy – Peking Duck.

Hotel: Park Plaza Beijing West
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 13: Farewell

Transfer to Beijing Airport for your flight to the UK or elsewhere in the region.

Meals: 1 Breakfast

13 day Guided Tour - from £2149

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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. Tour departs selected Sundays & Mondays throughout the year. Hotels may on occasion need to be substituted for a similar standard.

Your Touring Experience

Touring at its very best with a private driver/guide and vehicle and time to explore at your own pace.

Your private tour includes:

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • All domestic flights
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Free visa service
  • English speaking guide
  • Maximum of 30 passengers

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