12 Days Yangtze River Cruise & Panda Tours

Tour Route: Beijing, Chengdu, Yangtze River, Shanghai

The No.1 River in Asia and the Third Longest River in the World-Yangtze River,Residence of China Emperor & One of The Five World Palaces-Forbidden City,The Highest Tower in Asia & The Symbol of Shanghai-Oriental Pear Tower,Reasonable Tour Arrangement & Meals Quality Guarantee

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Daily
Private Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

After you arrive in Beijing, our local guide will pick you up and then drive to hotel for a good rest.

Meals: No meal
Day 2 Beijing

Pick up service by your tour guide and driver in the morning.

First visit the Tiananmen Square including Tiananmen Rostrum, the symbolic landmark of Beijing and China and other main buildings such as National Museum of China, Great Hall of the People, parliament building of China, etc. (30 minutes)

Afterwards, visit the Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace complex in the world. (2 hours)

After lunch, you will visit Summer Palace, the largest, most beautiful and exquisite imperial garden in the world. (1.5 hours)

When tour is over, you will be transferred back to your hotel by tour guide and driver, free on your own at the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Beijing

Pick up service by your tour guide and driver in the morning.

First visit Badaling Great Wall, which is the best preserved section of the Great Wall. Climb up the Great Wall, well-known for the longest defense wall in the world. What a great experience! You will become “a true man, heroes and heroines on the Great Wall” as the old Chinese saying goes. (Cable Car is optional). (2 hours)

After lunch, visit Ming Tombs – Changling, the mausoleum of Emperor Yongle who was the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty.  He was the most famous historical figure among the Ming Emperors. (1 hour)

Then you will be driven back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Beijing to Chengdu

Pick up service by your tour guide and driver in the morning.

Early travel to Temple of Heaven, the largest building complex for worshiping the God of Heaven in the world.  You may see the Taichi exercises(1.5 hours).

Then experience the Hutong by rickshaw. Sitting in a rickshaw, the means of transport in the Qing Dynasty, you can see the ancient Beijing lanes and quadrangle houses that have been preserved for 700 years. (1.5 hours)

After these activities, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Chengdu in the late afternoon.

Upon your arrival in Chengdu, you will be picked up by our local guide and taken to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Chengdu to Leshan to Emei Mountain

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel.

Then transfer to Leshan to see the 71-meter tall Leshan Giant Buddha. Then take a cruise to have a better view. The charm of the Buddha lies not only in its size but also in its architectural artistry. There are 1,021 buns in the Buddha's coiled hair. These have been skillfully embedded in the head. The skill is so wonderful that the 1,021 buns seem integral to the whole.

Afterwards, you will be driven to Emei Mountain.

After arrival , you will be taken to the hotel and have a good rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Emei Mountain to Chengdu

In the morning, you will be pciked up from your hotel.

Then take a cable car to visit the Emei Mountain and Temple of Thousands of Years on the mountain. Mt. Emei is like a huge green screen standing in the southwest of the Chengdu Plain. Looking its winding and beautiful figure, you will find that it resembles very much an eyebrow of a girl. It is the highest one among all the famous sight-seeing mountains in China.

Aftrewards, you will be driven back to your Chengdu hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Chengdu to Chongqing to Yangtze River

In the morning, picked up from the hotel.

Then pay an interesting visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.  You will see the lovable China treasure there.

 Afterwards, you will visit the the Wuhou Temple, which  was built in the sixth century to commemorate Zhuge Liang (Kongming), known for his great wisdom.

Next proceed to  Dufu Thatched Cottage.  Du Fu, a very famous poet, lived in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Just as its name implies, the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu was his home more than a thousand years ago.

Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chongqing and embark the ship to enjoy your yangtze river trip.

19:00-21:00 Check into and pre-board.
21:00 Depart Chongqing.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 Yangtze River

07:30 Announcement on itinerary.
08:30-10:00 Shore excursion to Fengdu City. Having nearly two thousand years' history and combines the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts.
13:00-17:00 Participate activities on board.
17:30 Sailing through the Qutang gorge, the first of the Three Gorges encountered when cruising downstream along the Yangtze River, and it is the most imposing and steepest gorge among the Three Gorges.
18:00 Welcome Cocktail By Captain.
18:30 Welcome Dinner.
20:00 Singing & Dancing Concert.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yangtze River

08:00-10:00 Sailing through the Wu gorge, the second gorge of the Three Gorges system on the Yangtze River, the Gorge has been known as the Wu Gorge since at least the Three Kingdoms Period.
10:00-13:30 Shore Excursion For Shennong Stream or (mini three gorges), is one of the most important ports of call for Yangtze Three Gorges tour, the crystal clear and unpolluted water flows swiftly.
18:00 Farewell Dinner.
20:00 Singing & Dancing Concert.
20:00-24:00 Pass the ship locks of the Gorges Dam.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Yangtze River to Yichang to Shanghai

08:00-10:00 Shore Excursion For Three Gorges Dam, it is the largest hydropower station in the world with an annual energy output of 84.7 billion kilowatt-hours.
10:00-11:00 Sailing through the Xiling gorge, the longest of the three gorges that make up the Three Gorges "corridor" of the Yangtze River.
13:00 Arriving at Yichang, disembark the cruise.

Your driver will meet you in Yichang and help you take the airport transfer to Shanghai.Then your China cruise tours will turn to experience the fast step in the popular metropolis, Shanghai. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, the local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Shanghai

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel.

Firstle explore the Jade Buddha Temple. It is a must-see because it provides a great sanctuary from the active city of Shanghai(40 minutes).

Then have a discovery in the Yuyuan Garden, a famous classical garden with unique pavilions, halls, rock gardens and ponds(1 hour).

Next relax yourself in the Bund, a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai(40 minutes).

At last , have a look at the Oriental Pearl Tower.

After today's tour, you will be transfered back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Depart from Shanghai

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport, your grand China tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Period 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers
Dec.1- Feb.28 US$2732 US$2541
Mar.1- Nov.30 US$2859 US$2668

1. The price is based on stay in China four star hotels. If you want to deduct, upgrade or downgrade the hotel, please indicate this while sending the inquiry.
2. You will enjoy more discounts if there is more people join the tour.
3. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Labor's Day (Apr 30-May 2, 2016) , China National Day Holiday (Sep 30-Oct 7, 2016), and Chinese Spring Festival (Jan 27-Feb 3, 2017).

1. All arrangements and first admission/entrance fees of scenic spots specified in the itinerary.
2. Buffet breakfast, Chinese lunch or dinner as listed in the itinerary.
3. Well-equipped commercial vehicle with excellent private guide and driver accompanied on your tour between airports, train stations, scenic spots and hotels. 
4. Four-Star Hotel based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast unless specified. 
5. Airfare of Beijing-Chengdu, Chengdu-Chongqing, Yichang-Shanghai. Four-Star yangtze river cruise from Chongqing-Yichang.
6. Travel Agency’s Liability Insurance with your tour inside China.
7. Chinese government taxes and the city construction fees on your travel tour.

1. China entry visa fees.
2. International or domestic airfare or train tickets not included in the itinerary.
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary and extra and alcoholic or beverages during meals.
4. Tips for guides and drivers.
5. Personal expense: e.g. mini bar, personal telecommunications, laundry, excess baggage charges etc.
6. Excursions and activities not included in itinerary.
7. Single room supplement.

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It is flexible to change the duration, attractions, starting and ending cities according to your interests. Also the tour can be extended or shorten as your preference, just let your trip consultant know.
All of the tour packages exclude the international airfares. We suggest you can book it one your own. You can compare the price between OTAs (Expedia, Priceline, Sky scanner...) and the airlines. When you have a confirmed date, set alarm and compare it always.
As the China Visa, we cannot apply for you as we are an China inbound travel company. However, we can send you our invitation letter with our company's official seal to you after you booked the tour from us, which could assist you to get China Visa from China embassy easily. Usually, we suggest you to apply the visa about one month or one month and a half before your travel date.
For the breakfast, it is offered by the hotel you stay, usually Chinese and Western buffet breakfast. As for the lunch, we offer 80RMB per person for a standard Chinese meal at a nice tourist restaurant. If you want to order other kind of meals, such as vegetarian, Muslim meals, Indian Meals, please let your trip consultant know. Dinner usually will be left for you to choose the food you prefer. Our guide will help you to balance each meal such as your taboo, your preference and avoid repeated food. You have to pay for the extra cost if you want to take better or more. The meals on Yangtze Cruise are fixed Chinese and Western Buffet.
All the hotels can be replaced by your favorite ones or you can book your own hotels. And the hotel room we offered here usually is standard with twin beds. If you want to have king-size bed room or suite, please let your trip advisor know. Besides, all the accommodation are quoted on two persons sharing one room. The room supplement must be paid if you want to have a single room.
* Most hotels we offered in our tour package have WIFI in the lobby, and some of which have WIFI in hotel rooms. If you need the WIFI in your room, please make sure with your trip advisor.
We have non-shopping private tour and tour with carefully selected shops. For tour with shops, the price will be lower, and you will enter one or two shops in every tourist city. The shops could be jade, silk, pearl, Chinese tea etc., all of which have strong China's character and is worthy to buy. Each shop will take you around 45 minutes. We promise there is no compulsory consumption at all. You get the situation in your hands.
* Department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, hotel and restaurants in most cities of China do accept the credit card with the sigh of MasterCard, VISA and JCB. However, it does generate commission charge. Please check the regulations with your bank manager.
All domestic flight we offered is the economic class, which you can carry one hand-on luggage no more than 5 kg for free. The total of free registered luggage is no more than 20kg. Excess luggage will charge you some extra fees, be aware of that. The free registered luggage allowance in China domestic train is 20kg.
The insurance provided by us is called Travel Agencies' Liability Insurance, which covers accidents occurring during the activities arranged by travel agency. It does not cover mishaps or physical problems occurring outside the guided tour period or caused by clients themsevles, so we highly suggest you purchase the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin.
For group of 1-4 passengers, recommend US$ 4-8 per tourist per day for guide, and US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide; for group of 5 and above, recommend US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide, and US$2-4 per tourist per day for driver. Besides, we highly recommend you to tip every day to encourage better service from them in the next coming days. However, if you have genuine reason not to tip, don't.
Usually, the deposit of tour package accounts for 30% of the total quotation, and the balance should be paid 30 days before your tour date. Payment methods we accept include Bank Transfer and PayPal, Credit Card and so on. More details you can check the Payment Guide page. Moreover, Children who are less than 12 y/o have their own discounts, please contact with your trip advisor.

Is it suitable for me to go on travel to Hangzhou and Suzhou after enjoying the trip in Shanghai? Could you arrange it for me?
Asked by Jessie (Aug.26, 2012)

Lead To China Trip Advisor (Aug.26, 2012) replied:
Yes, that's wonderful! We will book a ticket to Suzhou for you after we have your schedule. Then you can have the trip at http://www.leadtochina.com/tour/suzhou-tour/szs-03.html

I'am planing to enjoy the cruise. How is the number of tourists now? Does it attract lots people now?
Asked by Taylor (Aug.12, 2012)

Lead To China Trip Advisor (Aug.12, 2012) replied:
Generally speaking: April, May, September and October is the peak season of the cruise's. But the number of tourists also relys on cruise ships.

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