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
Day 1: Fly to Beijing.
Day 2 Beijing: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. If time allows step out to explore the surrounding area before meeting your fellow travellers at dinner.
Days 3-6 Beijing & Xi'an: As per days 3-6 of China Essential itinerary.
Day 7 Xi'an/Chongqing: Start the day with a visit to the Shaanxi Museum, which has over a quarter of a million artefacts on display. The next stop is the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, where you will discover China’s unique architectural style. Proceed next to the Muslim Quarter for a glimpse of local life before you are transferred to the airport for the flight to Chongqing. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 8 Chongqing/Yangtze River Cruise: This morning, see the pandas at the local zoo and this afternoon, visit the ancient market town of Ciqkou. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding the ship for your cruise along the majestic Yangtze River, arguably the most picturesque in China.
Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise: Relax as the ship meanders along the river and soak up the scenic views. Later, there is an excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”.
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise: During today you will journey by small motorboat through the tranquil Goddess Stream, marvelling at the soaring limestone cliffs that rise from the water.
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise/Shanghai: On your way to Yichang, you will visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station. Disembark at Yichang and transfer to the station for the bullet train to Shanghai.
Day 12 Shanghai: Begin at the centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens to see its beautiful pavilions, walkways, streams, courtyards and flowers. Continue to the Jade Buddha Temple, the Shanghai Museum and the waterfront Bund. Finally, take in the views from atop the Shanghai World Financial Centre.
Day 13 Shanghai: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Departures: Tour departs on fixed departure dates and is operated by Links Travel & Tours.
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, 7 & 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, bullet train travel, transfers and sightseeing by coach, services of an English speaking guide, entrance fees and accommodation in tour hotels. 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 the tour throughout in combination with local city guides. 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 (generally around GBP4 per person per day).