YANGTZE HIGHLIGHTS

SHANGHAI ● YANGTZE RIVER ● XIAN ● BEIJING

TOUR OVERVIEW

DURATION, PRICE, TOUR TYPE & DEPARTURES

8 nights from UK £ 1,725 / US $ 2,415 per person*

*Price based on 2 people travelling. These prices are based on 2021 rates and are here to give guidance. Final quotes vary by date, exchange rates and are subject to availability.

PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A GROUP TOUR - CAN BE TAILORED 

SEASON - March to November STARTING ANY DAY

TOUR CODE : TS-C-EW-05

MAP & DESTINATIONS

THE STOPS VISITED ON THIS TOUR

🇨🇳 SHANGHAI - 2 nights

China's bustling financial capital is full of energy and a glimpse into the future.

🇨🇳 YANGTZE RIVER - 4 nights

China’s famous river cruise through the mighty Three Gorges.

🇨🇳 XIAN - 2 nights

China’s Tang Dynasty Capital & home to the extraordinary Terra Cotta Army.

🇨🇳 BEIJING

This trip finishes on arrival in China's stunning capital of Beijing.

Note: This tour is designed to be booked in conjunction with our Trans-Siberian tours which already include accommodation, tours and transfers in Beijing. If booking this tour on its own we can add in the full Beijing section to this trip.

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OUR EXCLUSIVE TRIP GUIDEBOOK

This trip includes our exclusive 200+ page guidebook personalised to your trip with sections about the trains, destinations, timetables and emergency contacts and allowing you to be fully prepared for your trip of a lifetime - an invaluable resource!

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAILY DESCRIPTIONS OF ACTIVITIES, MEALS & OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION

DAY 1 - SHANGHAI

ARRIVAL IN SHANGHAI WITH TIME TO RELAX AT THE HOTEL AFTER YOUR FLIGHT

Welcome to Shanghai, China’s exciting and futuristic financial capital and living testament to China's phenomenal growth. Your guide will greet you at the airport with a transfer by private car to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax from the long flight or start to explore the city with the help of your personalised and exclusive Trip Guidebook we send you before the trip. The area around your centrally located hotel is perfect for an introductory walk.

MEALS: None Today.

OVERNIGHT: SSAW Boutique Bund ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 2 - SHANGHAI

YUYUAN GARDENS, OLD SHANGHAI, ANTIQUE MARKET, THE BUND & SKYSCRAPER VIEWPOINT & ACROBATS

Today you will have a full day private tour of some of Shanghai’s highlights starting with the classical Yuyuan Garden that dates back to 1577. Surrounding the garden is Old Shanghai, an area that has been a vibrant commercial centre for over a century. Here we visit Fuyou Road antique market, one of the best places for souvenir hunting and a fascinating experience even if not shopping. The tour continues with a walk down the Bund along which the Huangpu River runs and where some of Asia’s finest colonial architecture is located. From here we cross the River by ferry to Shanghai’s ultra modern Pudong Financial district for a bird’s eye view of the city from the top of one of the stunning skyscrapers.

There is no better way to round off this Shanghai experience than with a visit to the world famous Chinese Acrobats for a show filled with colour and excitement.

Return to your hotel or head out to sample Shanghai’s vibrant nightlife.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

OVERNIGHT: SSAW Boutique Bund ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 3 - YANGTZE CRUISE

FLIGHT TO YICHANG TO JOIN YOUR YANGTZE CRUISE SHIP

Free time to explore Shanghai before a transfer to the airport. Arrival in Yichang with a transfer to the wharf to join your Yangtze Cruise ship which usually departs late in the night.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast & Dinner on the Ship.

OVERNIGHT: Cruise Ship ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ click to learn more.

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DAY 4 - YANGTZE CRUISE

YANGTZE CRUISE THROUGH EAST XILING GORGE & VISIT THE THREE GORGES DAM

This morning you’ll be cruising along the East section of the 76km long Xiling Gorge, the first gorge of the Yangtze. After that a shore excursion to the gigantic and controversial Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest in terms of its ability to generate electricity through its 32 turbines before rejoining the ship to cruise up river.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on the Ship.

OVERNIGHT: Cruise Ship ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ click to learn more.

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DAY 5 - YANGTZE CRUISE

TRIBUTARY SIDE TRIP & CRUISE THE BEAUTIFUL WU & QUTANG GORGES

Today you have a shore excursion up the tranquil waters of the Shennong Lesser Gorges (occasionally this trip is replaced with a trip up another tributary). You will also sail through impressive Wu Gorge and the 8km long Qutang Gorge, the Third Gorge of the Yangtze on to the final stretch of your upstream adventure cruising towards Chongqing.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on the Ship.

OVERNIGHT: Cruise Ship ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ click to learn more.

DAY 6 - YANGTZE CRUISE

CONTINUE UP RIVER WITH A SHORE EXCURSION TO SHIBAOZHAI

Today is your last day on the river with a shore excursion to board, a temple complex perched on cliffs above the river with commanding views. Free time on board the ship with evening entertainment provided by the crew who usually put on a variety show on this last night.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on the Ship.

OVERNIGHT: Cruise Ship ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ click to learn more.

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DAY 7 - XIAN

ARRIVAL IN CHONGQING WITH A FLIGHT ON TO XIAN

Early morning arrival in Chongqing disembarking after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Xian, the once golden city of Emperors, soldiers, arts, culture and the capital of the prosperous Tang Dynasty. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

The rest of today is free to start exploring this giant of Chinese history with the help of your trip Guidebook. Alternatively, this comfortable hotel is an ideal place to relax.

MEALS: Breakfast on the Ship.

OVERNIGHT: Atour Nanmen Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 8 - XIAN

THE TERRA COTTA ARMY, BIG WILD GOOSE PAGODA, CITY WALLS & MUSLIM QUARTER

Today visit one of China’s most extraordinary sights, the Terra Cotta Army built by China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 246 BC. Several thousand of the life-sized soldiers are on display and, with no two soldiers looking alike, make for a truly impressive spectacle.

We also visit a relic of the Tang Dynasty, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, home to some of the most famous Buddhist scriptures in China. It is possible to climb the pagoda - you will need to buy a ticket locally if you wish to do this - for views over Xian. Continue to the 14 km Ming Dynasty City Walls which are up to 18 meters thick at the base and 12 meters in height. It is possible to hire bicycles and ride some sections of the wall - local rental payment required.

Finish the day with a wander through Xian’s vibrant Muslim quarter, including a visit to the Great Mosque, unusually built entirely in the Chinese architectural style. This area is an excellent place to souvenir shop.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

OVERNIGHT: Atour Nanmen Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 9 - XIAN TO BEIJING

BULLET TRAIN ON TO BEIJING TO START YOUR TRANS-SIBERIAN ITINERARY

After breakfast transfer to the station to catch a bullet train on to Beijing. Afternoon arrival in China’s cultural and political capital with its extraordinary blend of ancient and modern sights.

Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel as per day one of your Trans-Siberian itinerary.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

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