Unmissable China & Mighty Yangtze Cruise
This 16-day tour is an ideal opportunity to explore China. It even includes a Yangtze cruise.
Your holiday begins with a flight to Shanghai where you have the opportunity to see the many highlights this spectacular city has to offer. During your 3-night stay you will have free time to become acquainted with this dazzling city. From here we travel to Suzhou to visit the incredible landscaped gardens and then a short flight to Yichang where we embark on our Yangtze River Cruise. Enjoy your time onboard to relax and take in scenic views of the Three Gorges Dam and Xiling Gorge before transferring to another vessel and cruising through the Wu and Qutang Gorges. Optional shore excursions and spectacular views at every turn make this cruise a journey to remember. We disembark and travel by train to Chengdu where you will visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre. From Chengdu, you fly to Xian for a day of historical sightseeing followed by a flight to Beijing the next day for a 3-night stay. Visit the many highlights including The Great Wall and Tiananmen Square before your holiday comes to an end with a flight back home.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Return flights from Heathrow with China Eastern or British Airways and internal flights
- 10 nights full board in 4-star hotels
- 4 nights Yangtze Gorges cruise including full board on your ship
- 41 meals; 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
- Tour of Shanghai
- Discover Suzhou
- Shanghai Acrobatics show
- The Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre
- Th Han Tombs and Xian City Wall
- The Terracotta Army
- The Small Wild Goose Pagoda
- Visit the Summer Palace in Beijing
- The Great Wall of China and Avenue of Statues
- Tiananmen Square
- Visit the Three Gorges Dam, Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Qutang Gorge
Day 1 – UK/Shanghai
Depart on your scheduled flight to Shanghai
Day 2 – Shanghai
On arrival in Shanghai today, your Local Guide will transfer you to your hotel, where you'll stay for three nights.
Shanghai by night is dazzling, so after dinner you can admire its highlights or choose to join an optional excursion.
Day 3 – Shanghai
Shanghai is also pretty special by day too, and offers many sightseeing possibilities. Your included tour squeezes plenty in, with highlights including the thronging shopping thoroughfare of Nanjing Road and the Old Town, with its ancient Wu Xing Ting Teahouse. You'll also see the classic Yu Yuan Gardens, visit the Jade Buddha Temple and stroll along the Bund. The city's famous riverside boulevard is lined with magnificent former colonial buildings.
Tonight, we'll get together to watch an exciting acrobatic show.
Day 4 – Suzhou
You're going to spend the day exploring Suzhou, located on China's historic Grand Canal. This beautiful 2,500-year-old city is famed for its landscaped gardens and traditional Chinese architecture. Many of the gardens you will see date back as far as the 10th century and are still intact, with some listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
As you wander around you'll see narrow canals crossed by stone bridges and lined with rickety wooden houses. Other highlights will be the Lingering Garden, the Humble Administrator's Garden, a canal cruise and a visit to the Institute of Silk Embroidery.
Day 5 – Yichang
We'll travel by many modes today, starting with a flight to Wuhan. From here, we'll catch the train to Yichang, where we'll board our ship and embark on a scenic Yangtze River cruise. One of the Victoria fleet, this comfortable vessel has been specially designed to navigate the Yangtze and is our base for the next four nights. Relax on board this evening and discover its facilities which include a restaurant, reading room and beauty salon. Your outside cabin has a private balcony, so be sure to soak up the views.
Day 6 – Three Gorges Dam & Xiling Gorge
Today we cruise to the site of the Three Gorges Dam – the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. We then sail through the Three Gorges Dam locks to experience the spectacular scenery of the Xiling Gorge, the deepest and longest of the three, stretching for 41 miles.
If river conditions are favourable, an optional 'Tribe of the Three Gorges' shore excursion will give you a fascinating glimpse of life in this region.
Day 7 – Wu and Qutang Gorges
This morning we're going to transfer to another vessel, which will enable us to cruise through the picturesque Goddess Stream, which flows into the Yangtze. Back on the ship, we'll sail into the tranquil beauty of the Wu Gorge, famed for its forest-covered mountains and sheer cliffs, then through the Qutang Gorge. Although this is the smallest of the three, measuring just 500 feet wide and five miles long, it's also the most dramatic. River conditions permitting, you might be tempted to join an optional shore excursion to White Emperor City. This ancient temple located on the top of a mountain affords spectacular views.
Day 8 – Shibaozhai
Today we'll step ashore to visit the 'Pearl of the Yangtze', Shibaozhai, a wooden temple and pavilion standing 12 storeys high set into a huge rock. Later, an optional shore excursion will take you to Fengdu Ghost City, known for its shrines, temples, statues and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife.
Day 9 – Chengdu
Our cruise is now at an end, so we'll disembark the ship and explore further by land. We start with visits to Chongqing's Eerling Park and Qicikou Old Town, before travelling by high-speed train to Chengdu
Day 10 – Chengdu
A fantastic morning tour takes us to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre to view these endangered creatures. Our afternoon will be spent exploring Jinli Street. Here you can sample local delicacies and visit tea houses and silk workshops.
If you want so soak up more of China's traditions, you've the option to attend a Face Changing show tonight.
Day 11 – Xian
We're going to fly to Xian today, where our sightseeing begins right away with visits to the Han Tombs and Xian City Wall.
Day 12 – Xian
The first highlight of today is our visit to the incredible Terracotta Army at Li Shan Mountain. This staggering collection of at least 6,000 life-size terracotta figures representing the Imperial Guard were interred in 200 BC with the first Qin emperor. This is followed by a visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda.
A special dumpling dinner rounds off the day perfectly, and you've even got the option to see a Tang Dynasty Folklore show later.
Day 13 – Beijing
Your day begins with a flight to Beijing. This is a city of bustling street markets, ancient temples and exquisite palaces, which stand beside vast 20th century civic buildings created by Chairman Mao and his people. With three nights here, there's plenty of time to discover all its highlights. Today we're going to visit to the Summer Palace and, if weather conditions are in our favour, we'll cruise on Kunming Lake.
We'll get together this evening for dinner in one of the city's restaurants.
Day 14 – Beijing
The chance to walk along the ramparts of the Great Wall of China at Badaling is an incredible start to your day. After lunch you'll see the Sacred Way, also known as the Avenue of Statues. This path is slightly curved to fool evil spirits and is lined by willows and carved stone statues.
This evening you could choose to see more on an optional Hutong rickshaw ride around the Old Town.
Day 15 – Beijing
You can cross another of China's iconic highlights off your list today, as we head to Tiananmen Square. This is bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and the Gate of Heavenly Peace. We'll go through the gate, which forms the entrance to the incredible Forbidden City, to admire the magnificent buildings that house the Imperial Palace. The fabulous Temple of Heaven is another of today's highlights.
This evening you can choose to watch an optional Kong Fu show.
Day 16 – Beijing/UK
Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK. On departure dates which fly with China Eastern you will travel via Shanghai.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel accommodations include the Jin Jiang Tower Hotel, Shanghai, Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine, Grand Noble Hotel, Xian, and Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town.
Your cruise ship, part of Victoria’s fleet, boasts well-furnished, comfortable cabins, all of which are outside and feature private balconies and bathrooms with shower. Excellent facilities on board also include a restaurant, reading room, fitness centre, gift shop and beauty salon. Your cruise includes all meals, with Western and Chinese-style buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a captain’s farewell banquet. Please note: The cabin size and decor will vary dependent on the vessel. There is a mandatory one-off service charge of US$25 per person, which is payable locally.
Dates & Prices
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|22nd April 2019||£2,699||Please call for availability.|
|5th May 2019||£3,049||Book Now|
|24th June 2019||£2,699||Book Now|
|5th August 2019||£2,899||Book Now|
|9th September 2019||£3,149||Book Now|
|16th September 2019||£3,119||Book Now|
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|11th November 2019||£2,399||Book Now|
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: Departs 22nd April 2019 from £2,699 - Please call for availability 5th May 2019 (£3,049), 24th June 2019 (£2,699), 5th August 2019 (£2,899), 9th September 2019 (£3,149), 16th September 2019 (£3,119), 21st October 2019 (£3,099), 11th November 2019 (£2,399)
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