China Essential & Cruise

Duration: 11 nights escorted tour

Price from: £2548pp

Beijing 3 nights
Xi'an 2 nights
Chongqing 1 night
Yangtze River Cruise 3 nights
Shanghai 2 nights

Days 1-6 Beijing & Xi'an: As China Essential itinerary.

Day 7 Xi'an/Chongqing: The day begins with a visit to the Shaanxi Museum before a chance to stroll or cycle the ancient city wall in Xi'an. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing.

Day 8 Chongqing/Yangtze River Cruise: Enjoy the adorable pandas in Chongqing Zoo and a brief city tour. As the day draws to a close transfer to your ship for a cruise through China's heartland.

Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise: Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river and the facilities on board before a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, appropriately named "The Pearl of the Yangtze".

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise: Cruise through the dramatic Three Gorges beneath soaring limestone cliffs rising sheer from the water. Next, travel by small motorboat through the tranquil Daning River and Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream.

Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise/Shanghai: Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site before continuing to Yichang to disembark. Transfer to the airport and fly to the modern metropolis of Shanghai.

Day 12 Shanghai: As day 8 in China Essential itinerary.

Day 13 Shanghai: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Departures: All of our escorted coach tours are operated by Links Travel & Tours. Tours depart on fixed departure dates. Please ask for details.

Accommodation: 4* hotels are used on each tour. Yangtze River Cruise is aboard the 5* Victoria Cruise.

Meals: All meals (excluding beverages) are included except days 5 & 11 when dinner is not included.

Tour prices: The prices shown are based on the best value travel dates in low season and include return international flights from the UK, onward internal flights throughout the tours, transfers and sightseeing by coach, services of an English speaking guide, entrance fees and accommodation in tour hotels. All of the featured tours are escorted coach tours. Private tours and upgraded accommodation options are available at a supplement.

Guides & tipping: Groups of 10 people or more will be provided with the services of a Tour Manager who will accompany you throughout the tour in combination with the local guides in each city. For your convenience, a compulsory amount to cover tips for guides, drivers and porterage will be collected from you by your guide at the start of the tour. This is generally around GBP4 per person per day.

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