11 Days Odyssey of the Yangtze
Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai
Code: YC01
Tour Type: Private Tour
This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. No other travelers will join you. It's always available for your schedule!
Departure: Daily
Fixed departure Group Tour for this itinerary pricing USD1851+
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Dining

All breakfasts included. Lunches are excluded for your freedom to choose cuisines while guides will give recommendations and guide you there. Dinners are left to your own arrangement.

Note: Averagely, the cost per meal is around USD10 per person.

Transport

Within a City: Private Air-conditioned Vehicle

Between Cities: Economy Class Flight / High-speed Rail / Cruise Ship

Accommodations

Detail Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Beijing

Your guide will greet you outside the baggage claim area at the Beijing Capital Airport with a welcoming sign and then take you to the pre-booked hotel. The rest of the day will be left on your own to explore this amazing city.

Day 2

Beijing

Begin your explorations in Beijing today by paying a visit first to the largest city square across the world, Tiananmen Square. The square is one of the most beloved sites among Chinese citizens, especially the flag raising and lowering ritual held here at dawn and dusk, draws in scores of spectators every day. Opposite to the square across the road is the magnificent Forbidden City, one of the most recognizable landmarks and cultural symbols of China as the former royal residence for five centuries. After your tour of the Forbidden City you will continue your day with a visit to Summer Palace, the massive garden and summer resort for royal members only during the imperial times. (B)

Summer Palace Forbidden City Tiananmen Square
Day 3

Beijing

Today, the first stop is the Mutianyu Great Wall, a comparatively less tourist-trodden part of the 1,400-year-old fortification system. An easy, comfortable round-trip cable car transfer over the picturesque scenery is included while certain amount of time would be given for you to climb the wall. On the way back to downtown, you will have a stopover at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. You will hop on a rickshaw for a Hutong Tour through the most characteristic, maze-like neighborhood. Back to the hotel after the trip. (B)

Temple of Heaven Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4

Beijing - Xian

The sightseeing today starts with a visit to the remarkable Temple of Heaven, where emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties performed ceremonies and rituals to pray for good harvest and blessing on the country. Afterwards, you would be taken to the railway station for the high speed rail train to Xian, which takes approximately 5 hours, and along the way, feel free to admire a totally different scenery of the countryside. Upon arriving at the Xian North Station, the tour guide would pick you up and escort you to the hotel. (B)

Hutong Tour
Day 5

Xian

The highlight of the tour today lies in the world-renowned Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. It is reputed as the largest underground military base in the world. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to explore the ancient Xian City Wall, the largest and best-preserved wall extant in China now, running 13.75km, enclosing the old capital. In the middle of the old block of Xian stands the Great Mosque, the oldest and biggest Islamic mosque in the country, determined to have been built in mid-7th century. Around the mosque is the Muslim Street that is bustling every day with loads of the most authentic fine eateries and souvenirs shops. Also we would stop at the nearby Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square for some great photo opportunities. (B)

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Xian City Wall
Day 6

Xian-Chongqing

After breakfast at the hotel, the tour guide will take you to the Xian Museum, a museum housing 130,000 pieces of archeological items, located right at the foot of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the two most significant Buddhist pagodas in Xian, which was built around early 8th century. Then, head for the airport and take a flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival in Chongqing, our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to Ciqikou Old Town if time permits, which is an old town dating back to the turn between 10th and 11th century. Afterwards, embark the luxurious Yangtze River cruise ship which will weigh anchor at 10.30pm. There will be a necessary Safety, Orientation & River Briefing presentation waiting for you upon embarkation. (B)

Day 7

Yangtze River Cruise

Sail along the Yangtze River today. Go ashore for an excursion to Fengdu Ghost City or Shibaozhai, depending on the water level condition or different cruises. The exciting Captain's Welcome Party will be held in the evening. Just sit back and enjoy the Chinese folk dancing and music performance, and be a part in it. (B+L+D)

Scenic Spots: Fengdu Ghost City is dubbed as the final resting place for all souls in Chinese mythologies, hence the series of temples and grotesque images ubiquitously found in town. Shibaozhai is a 56m or so tower leaning against the Yuyin Hill. The tower and the land around it were specially isolated and encircled by a moat after the Three Gorges Dam project in 2003, rendering it a gargantuan bonsai besides the Yangtze.

Day 8

Yangtze River Cruise

Continue sailing pass the jaw-dropping view of the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Disembark for an excursion to the Small Three Gorges, also known as Lesser Three Gorges, consisting of Longmen, Bawu and Dicui Gorges. Or take an excursion to Badong and experience a small wooden boat trip on the magnificent Shennong Stream. Return to the ship and enter the western section of the Xiling Gorge. In the evening, the cruise ship is slated to pass through the massive ship locks if weather permits. (B+L+D)

Shennong Stream
Day 9

Yichang - Shanghai

After breakfast, you will disembark for a visit to the grandest hydroelectric project in the world, the Three Gorges Dam. Indulge yourself with a tour around the colossal dam and perhaps the phenomenal scene of millions of tons of water being discharged if it happens to be rain season. As the ship arrives at Yichang, your guide will meet you on board. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight towards Shanghai. Upon arrival, your Shanghai guide will meet you and transfer to the hotel. (B)

Three Gorges Dam
Day 10

Shanghai

This morning commence your tour of Shanghai with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, a massive museum housing over 140,000 pieces of artifacts, displaying the history and cultural scene of Shanghai. Later you would take a walk at The Bund, the most prestigious landmark and best-preserved demonstration to the glamour of the old Shanghai, and Nanjing Road, the busiest shopping area in the metropolis or even across the whole China. Afterwards, visit Yuyuan Garden, where you can marvel at the stunning view of the garden and have the most local experience by strolling around the nearby Chenghuang Miao bazaars, and New Spot (XinTianDi).(B)

Yuyuan Garden Shanghai Museum The Bund
Day 11

Depart from Shanghai

Your guide will pick you up at the hotel according to your flight schedule and drive you to the airport for the flight to your next destination. (B)

Tour Price

Departure: Daily 2017/2018

Prices (USD/PP) Based on Twin Occupancy (2-5 Persons)
High Season Shoulder Season Low Season
Boutique USD3072 USD3001 USD2838
Luxury USD2700 USD2629 USD2452
Superior USD2415 USD2344 USD2168
  May 01, 2017 - May 31, 2017
Sep 01, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017
May 01, 2018 - May 31, 2018
Sep 01, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Jun 01, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017
Nov 01, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Mar 01, 2018 - Apr 30, 2018
Jun 01, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018
Nov 01, 2018 - Nov 30, 2018
Dec 01, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018
Dec 01, 2018 - Feb 28, 2019
Note: The prices shown above are not valid during China's Official Holidays (such as National Day - 01 to 07, Oct. Chinese Spring Festival - 15 Feb to 21 Feb, 2018, etc.).

Price Inclusions

• Admission fees: to sightseeing spots & activities specified;

• Meals: as specified above;

• Tour guides: excellent private English-speaking guide;

• Accommodations: hotels based on double/twin occupancy as specified;

• Transportation: economy class domestic flights; high speed train(First Class Seat for Luxury and Boutique tours & Second Class Seat for Superior tours); land transfers with drivers as specified;

• Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;

• Government taxes & fees.

Price Exclusions

• International flights to/from China;

• China visa fees;

• Gratuities to guides & drivers and any expense of personal nature;

• Our tour package does not include Travel Insurance. Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip to against any unforeseen circumstance.

• CNY150.00/per person of the service charge on the Yangtze River cruise.

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11 Days Odyssey of the Yangtze
  • Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai
  • Code: YC01
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Departure: Daily
  • Fixed departure Group Tour for this itinerary pricing USD1851+
Itinerary Breakdown

Detail Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Beijing

Your guide will greet you outside the baggage claim area at the Beijing Capital Airport with a welcoming sign and then take you to the pre-booked hotel. The rest of the day will be left on your own to explore this amazing city.

Day 2

Beijing

Begin your explorations in Beijing today by paying a visit first to the largest city square across the world, Tiananmen Square. The square is one of the most beloved sites among Chinese citizens, especially the flag raising and lowering ritual held here at dawn and dusk, draws in scores of spectators every day. Opposite to the square across the road is the magnificent Forbidden City, one of the most recognizable landmarks and cultural symbols of China as the former royal residence for five centuries. After your tour of the Forbidden City you will continue your day with a visit to Summer Palace, the massive garden and summer resort for royal members only during the imperial times. (B)

Summer Palace Forbidden City Tiananmen Square
Day 3

Beijing

Today, the first stop is the Mutianyu Great Wall, a comparatively less tourist-trodden part of the 1,400-year-old fortification system. An easy, comfortable round-trip cable car transfer over the picturesque scenery is included while certain amount of time would be given for you to climb the wall. On the way back to downtown, you will have a stopover at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. You will hop on a rickshaw for a Hutong Tour through the most characteristic, maze-like neighborhood. Back to the hotel after the trip. (B)

Temple of Heaven Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4

Beijing - Xian

The sightseeing today starts with a visit to the remarkable Temple of Heaven, where emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties performed ceremonies and rituals to pray for good harvest and blessing on the country. Afterwards, you would be taken to the railway station for the high speed rail train to Xian, which takes approximately 5 hours, and along the way, feel free to admire a totally different scenery of the countryside. Upon arriving at the Xian North Station, the tour guide would pick you up and escort you to the hotel. (B)

Hutong Tour
Day 5

Xian

The highlight of the tour today lies in the world-renowned Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. It is reputed as the largest underground military base in the world. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to explore the ancient Xian City Wall, the largest and best-preserved wall extant in China now, running 13.75km, enclosing the old capital. In the middle of the old block of Xian stands the Great Mosque, the oldest and biggest Islamic mosque in the country, determined to have been built in mid-7th century. Around the mosque is the Muslim Street that is bustling every day with loads of the most authentic fine eateries and souvenirs shops. Also we would stop at the nearby Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square for some great photo opportunities. (B)

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Xian City Wall
Day 6

Xian-Chongqing

After breakfast at the hotel, the tour guide will take you to the Xian Museum, a museum housing 130,000 pieces of archeological items, located right at the foot of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the two most significant Buddhist pagodas in Xian, which was built around early 8th century. Then, head for the airport and take a flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival in Chongqing, our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to Ciqikou Old Town if time permits, which is an old town dating back to the turn between 10th and 11th century. Afterwards, embark the luxurious Yangtze River cruise ship which will weigh anchor at 10.30pm. There will be a necessary Safety, Orientation & River Briefing presentation waiting for you upon embarkation. (B)

Day 7

Yangtze River Cruise

Sail along the Yangtze River today. Go ashore for an excursion to Fengdu Ghost City or Shibaozhai, depending on the water level condition or different cruises. The exciting Captain's Welcome Party will be held in the evening. Just sit back and enjoy the Chinese folk dancing and music performance, and be a part in it. (B+L+D)

Scenic Spots: Fengdu Ghost City is dubbed as the final resting place for all souls in Chinese mythologies, hence the series of temples and grotesque images ubiquitously found in town. Shibaozhai is a 56m or so tower leaning against the Yuyin Hill. The tower and the land around it were specially isolated and encircled by a moat after the Three Gorges Dam project in 2003, rendering it a gargantuan bonsai besides the Yangtze.

Day 8

Yangtze River Cruise

Continue sailing pass the jaw-dropping view of the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Disembark for an excursion to the Small Three Gorges, also known as Lesser Three Gorges, consisting of Longmen, Bawu and Dicui Gorges. Or take an excursion to Badong and experience a small wooden boat trip on the magnificent Shennong Stream. Return to the ship and enter the western section of the Xiling Gorge. In the evening, the cruise ship is slated to pass through the massive ship locks if weather permits. (B+L+D)

Shennong Stream
Day 9

Yichang - Shanghai

After breakfast, you will disembark for a visit to the grandest hydroelectric project in the world, the Three Gorges Dam. Indulge yourself with a tour around the colossal dam and perhaps the phenomenal scene of millions of tons of water being discharged if it happens to be rain season. As the ship arrives at Yichang, your guide will meet you on board. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight towards Shanghai. Upon arrival, your Shanghai guide will meet you and transfer to the hotel. (B)

Three Gorges Dam
Day 10

Shanghai

This morning commence your tour of Shanghai with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, a massive museum housing over 140,000 pieces of artifacts, displaying the history and cultural scene of Shanghai. Later you would take a walk at The Bund, the most prestigious landmark and best-preserved demonstration to the glamour of the old Shanghai, and Nanjing Road, the busiest shopping area in the metropolis or even across the whole China. Afterwards, visit Yuyuan Garden, where you can marvel at the stunning view of the garden and have the most local experience by strolling around the nearby Chenghuang Miao bazaars, and New Spot (XinTianDi).(B)

Yuyuan Garden Shanghai Museum The Bund
Day 11

Depart from Shanghai

Your guide will pick you up at the hotel according to your flight schedule and drive you to the airport for the flight to your next destination. (B)

Dining
Accommodations
Transport
Inclusions
Exclusions
Dates & Prices (USD/PP)
Departure:Daily 2017/2018
Based on Twin Occupancy (2-5 Persons)
  • High Season
  • Shoulder Season
  • Low Season
May 01, 2017 - May 31, 2017
Sep 01, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017
May 01, 2018 - May 31, 2018
Sep 01, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Boutique USD 3072
Luxury USD 2700
Superior USD 2415
Note: The prices shown above are not valid during China's Official Holidays (such as National Day - 01 to 07, Oct. Chinese Spring Festival - 15 Feb to 21 Feb, 2018, etc.).