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Yangtze River Crossing Gorges

12-Day Classic China and Yangtze Cruise Tour

Tour Highlights

  • An upstream Yangtze River cruise creates a memorable journey.

  • Have a close contact with the cute pandas in Chongqing Zoo.

  • A la carte meals - taste the authentic and diversified Chinese food

  • A local family visit - close to the local people’s life and learn how to make true Chinese dishes in Xian.

Tour Facts

  • Tour Days: 12 days
  • Tour Code: CH-6
  • Tour Price: From US$2158/Person
  • Destination: Shanghai, Yichang, Chongqing, Xian, Beijing

Detail Itinerary

12 Days China Yangtze River upstream cruise including the visit to Shanghai, Yichang, Chongqing, Xian, Beijing, with deluxe hotels and a la cart meals. The itinerary can be tailor-made based on your taste and budget.

  • According to your flight schedule, our professional guide and experienced driver will be ready at the airport. After you reclaim your luggage and clear the customs, you will find our guide is waiting for you outside the customs, holding a sign on which your name is written. Then we transfer you to the appointed hotel in downtown area and help you check in. The remaining time of the day is free for your individual activities.

    Meals: No meals

  • After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel. Your Shanghai tour will begin with Shanghai Museum. It is a comprehensive ancient museum, housing more than 120,000 historical art items including bronze ware, chinaware, calligraphies and paintings. Getting out of the museum, we will pay a visit to Yuyuan Garden. Renowned as one of the masterpieces of the classical gardens in southern region of our country, Yuyuan Garden will fascinate you with the delicate buildings, exquisite layout and beautiful landscapes. After visiting a Silk Factory, we will invite you to an a la carte lunch at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which boasts real Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines. In the afternoon, a short cruise along the Huangpu River will be scheduled for you. Cruising on the river, you will see the magnificent views of Shanghai with great contrast, western-style buildings on the west bank and modern skyscrapers on the east bank. After that, you will have some free time to stroll on the Bund, which features the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Baroque, Gothic, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The remaining time is free for you to explore an old street, where you can buy some souvenirs.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • This morning we will drive you to pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, a venerable and famous Buddhist temple. In the temple, you will see two jade Buddha statues: one is sitting and the other is recumbent. They are both carved with whole white jade. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Yichang. Our local guide will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim area of the airport. A comfortable private transfer will take you to downtown Yichang. If time permits, the guide will accompany you to visit Yichang Museum. The museum houses a large number of local cultural relics and some of them have a history of 400,000 years. After that, we will drive you to board the reserved cruise ship for your Yangtze River tour.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Your cruise journey will start at 07:00 this morning. Sailing along the eastern Xiling Gorge, you will first disembark and visit the magnificent Three Gorges Dam Site. To have a bird’s view of the dam, you can climb on the Viewing Platform located on Tianzi Mountain. Later, you will get back to the ship and the cruise continues sailing into the western Xiling Gorge, which was once the most dangerous part of the river because of numerous torrents and dangerous shoals. But after years of rectification and improvement on the riverway, passing through this gorge is not a risk. You can deeply immerse yourselves in the beautiful landscapes and cultural relics. Afterwards, the cruise will pass through the Five Level Ship Lock, which takes at least two to three hours. In the evening, the Captain's Welcome Party will be prepared for you.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • This morning, the cruise will sail through the Wu Gorge, the most beautiful one among the three gorges. Passing through this Gorge is like putting yourself in a gallery with verdant peaks standing in different postures and manners. Then you will disembark to take a side excursion to the Three Little Gorges or Shennong Stream, both of which are tributaries of the River. You will have a different experience to take a pea boat drifting along the river. You can get into touch with the natural beauty and enjoy the nice singings from the guide and boat trackers. Then return back to the ship and the cruise will pass through the Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most majestic of the Three Gorges. It stretches for 4 miles and presents you with the steep precipices standing on both banks.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Today, you will disembark at Fengdu for an excursion. According to the schedule of your cruise company, you will go to visit the Fengdu Ghost City. Dating back to nearly two thousand years ago, the Ghost City is famous for its ghost culture, combining the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts. After that, you will be back to the ship and the cruise continues sailing to the destination Chongqing. Tonight, you will enjoy a farewell party on the cruise.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • According to the cruise schedule, the cruise will arrive in Chongqing at around 08:30 to 09:00. It is the end of your memorable Yangtze cruise journey. Our guide will meet you on board and transfer you to downtown Chongqing. One of the highlights of Chongqing tour is to have a close contact with the cute pandas in Chongqing Zoo. Getting out of the zoo, we will take you to visit the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell. Joseph W. Stilwell, an American general, made a big contribution to Chinese people during the World War Two. The museum was founded to in memory of the hero. Around noon, your lunch with a la carte menu will be served at a nice local restaurant. Then you will take a flight to Xian. Our local guide in Xian will be waiting for you at the airport. A comfortable private transfer will take you the appointed hotel in downtown area.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel. The first stop of Xian will be the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, renowned as the World’s Eighth Wonder. In the huge underground military museum, you will be deeply impressed by the large number of life-sized terracotta figures of warriors and horses with distinct facial expressions and positions. They were arranged orderly in battle formations to guard Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of all China. Later you will see how to make the terracotta soldiers at the Pottery-making Factory. To avoid the mass-produced food at the tourist eateries near the warrior site, we will serve you an a la carte lunch at a famous local restaurant. This afternoon excursion will start with the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. With a long history of more than 1,300 years, the pagoda was constructed to collect Buddhist scriptures, relics and scriptures from India. Our tour will be extended to the ancient City Wall, which is the existing largest and the most completed one in the world. Standing on it, you can not only learn about the history of ancient Xian, but also have a nice panoramic view of the modern developing city. For dinner tonight, you will enjoy the local specialty Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Dance and Music Show at Shaanxi Opera Theater (Addr: No. 165, Wenyi Road).

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • After breakfast, we will transfer you to pay a visit to Shaanxi History Museum, which is regarded as ‘the best museum in the country’. You will learn about our history of the past 1,000,000 years from more than 370, 000 cultural relics. Afterwards, we will head to pay a visit to a local family. The host will be very friendly to talk with you and invite you to enjoy a homely cooked a la carte lunch at her home. It is a good chance for you to close to the local people. If you are interested, you can learn to cook your favorite Chinese dish with the help of the host. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, our local guide will meet you at the airport. A comfortable private transfer will take you to the appointed hotel in downtown area. The remainder of the day is free for you.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • In the morning, we will drive you to visit the greatest man-made military defense project in ancient China-the Great Wall. You will be scheduled to visit Badaling section, which is the best-preserved and most famous section among all the existing Great Wall of China. When walking on Badaling, you will be impressed by the majestic walls, like a huge dragon winding up and down the mountain ranges. Later you will visit a Jade Store. After that, we will drive you to have a pleasant lunch of Sichuan cuisine at the best local restaurant, which is to avoid the shopping site restaurants near the Great Wall. On the way back to the downtown, we will stop by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You can have a nice bird’s view of the nest and take some pictures. Today’s excursion will end with the Temple of Heaven. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, it functioned as an inviolable altar for the emperors to offer sacrifices to God of heaven.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • After breakfast, pay a visit to Tiananmen Square, which is one of the largest and grandest city squares in the world. After strolling for a while on the square, we will pass the Meridian Gate and enter the Forbidden City. With a long history of about 600 years, it is the largest as well as best-preserved imperial palace complex. Now it also functions as a museum housing a large scale of imperial architecture, culture relics and court lives. To ensure that you can taste the authentic and diversified Chinese food, we will serve you an a la carte lunch at a famous local restaurant to avoid the poor food at the cheap tourist eateries. In the afternoon, we will continue to explore the Summer Palace and a nearby Pearl Store. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill (Wanshou Shan) and Kunming Lake, it was a classical mountain and water garden. It is famed as the largest and most well-preserved imperial garden in China. Tonight, our guide will take you to Red Theatre to watch a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show. The show, Legend of Kung Fu, incorporating acrobatics and dancing, will give you a better understanding of Chinese Kung Fu.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • It is the end of your wonderful China tour. According to your international flight schedule, our guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

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Price includes

  • 11 nights' accomodation

  • All meals listed

  • Private English-speaking guide

  • Private vehicle during the trip

  • Entrance to all sites listed