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TS-C-EW-05 Yangtze Highlights

SHANGHAI ► YANGTZE ► XIAN ► BEIJING

10 nights from UK £ 2,275 per person

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

A classic China tour starting in SHANGHAI and its amazing cityscapes before a flight on to Yichang to join a 4 night cruise to CHONGQING along the famous YANGTZE RIVER.

After the cruise fly on to XIAN, home to the extraordinary Terra Cotta Warriors and vast City Walls. An overnight sleeper train to BEIJING concludes the trip to see the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and more.

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Day 1 - Arrival 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 Included: None today.

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 Included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

Day 3 - Shanghai to 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 Included: Hotel Breakfast & Dinner on the Ship.

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on the Ship.

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on the Ship.

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on the Ship.

Day 7 - Chongqing to Xian

Arrival 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 Included: Breakfast on the Ship.

Day 8 - Xian to Beijing

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.

Transfer on to the station for the overnight sleeper train service to Beijing.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

Day 9 - Beijing

Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace

Early morning arrival in China’s cultural and political capital of Beijing with it’s extraordinary blend of ancient and modern sights. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Please note that the check-in time is 12 noon but if a room is available or you have pre-booked early check-in you can go straight to your room. We have booked an extra breakfast for you today due to your early arrival.

Today you will see the main highlights of Beijing starting with the Temple of Heaven, considered by many to be the most beautiful building in China. On to vast Tiananmen Square, home to the Mao Mausoleum (it may be possible to visit if open) and Monument to the People’s Heroes before walking to the huge palace complex of the Forbidden City. We’ll walk up the middle axis from South to North taking in the splendour of the most important central buildings before finishing in a small and ancient garden by the north gate.

The last stop today is at the Summer Palace to the west of Beijing. Dominated by Kunming lake it is as popular an escape from the city for todays Beijingers as it was for the Imperial court over the centuries.

Return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free or just ask us for suggestions of shows or cultural activities.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

Day 10 - Beijing

The Great Wall at Stunning Mutianyu & the 2008 Olympic Venues

Today we will be showing you one of China’s most famous sights – the Great Wall. We visit the dramatic and less crowded Mutianyu section 70 km from Beijing set amongst spectacular mountain scenery. Dating back to the 6th Century and largely rebuilt in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty, it is one of the best preserved sections of the wall largely due to the high standard of construction.

On the way back to the city we stop at the 2008 Olympic sites of the spectacular Bird’s Nest Stadium and the aquatics centre known as the Water Cube – external viewing only.

Return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free or just ask us for suggestions of shows or cultural activities.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

Day 11 - Depart Beijing

Depart Beijing & Start Your Trans-Siberian Rail Adventure

Free time this morning until a transfer to the train station to begin your Trans-Siberian adventure!

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

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Hand-picked Accommodation for this Trip

The hotels & accommodation used for this trip are from our hand picked selection and all are excellent for their class. We also offer upgraded hotels in most locations. If you would like to explore additional hotel options please the button below and let us know of any changes you wish to make.

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What is included?

Air and / or train transport as described.

All accommodation as specified under the accommodation tab

All private transfers and any other transportation as described

All meals as specified in the itinerary

All tours as specified in the itinerary

All entrance fees to sights toured in the itinerary

24 hour emergency assistance

Visa Paperwork you need in order to obtain the visas

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected

Our exclusive 200+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip

What is not included?

International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip – we can book these flights on request

The Chinese visa – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend ABTASure (UK residents only)

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment

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