11 Days China Tour with Yangtze River

Tour Route: Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River, Shanghai

If you want to have an ideal experience of China not only natural but also history and cultural landscape in one tour, you should not miss this one. It covers two ancient cities of China-Beijing and Xian both as capitals of many dynasties in China history, as well as the most developed cities in modern time. Moreover, the Yangtze River Cruise will offer you a chance that you can enjoy the marvelous beauty of Yangtze River-the longest River in China. For the 11 days stay, you will climb on the Great Wall, find the Royal Palace in Forbidden City, marvel the Terracotta Army and Ancient Wall in Xian, have a over view of Yangtze River and explore the most prosperous and modernized scene of China in Shanghai.

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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 drive to your hotel in Beijing downtown. The rest time is free on your own.

Meals: No meals
Day 2 Beijing

A buffet breakfast & real fresh coffee will kick start your day. Your private guide will be on time and waiting in arrivals.
First stop, Tiananmen Square. It is the third largest city square in the world. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.
Next visit the Forbidden City, which is 24 emperor's palace in Dynasty Ming and Qing. It is called Gu Gong in Chinese, located in the Center of Beijing. It is the ancient palace which has the largest scale, most magnificent, and best reservation in the world.
Explore the construction art and royal dignity in the largest, most beautiful and exquisite imperial garden--Summer Palace.

Free-time Ideas(Optional): Kungfu Show/Peking Opera is highly recommended in Beijing. Your guide can help you get tickets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Beijing

In the morning, you take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China's most renowned monument—Great Wall(Mutianyu section, less crowed). Take a cable car up to the Great Wall, climbing up the venerable ramparts,you will marvel at this great constructions. On the way down,those of you feeling adventurous can choose the gravity-propelled toboggan!
After a lunch stop, visit Ding Tomb, mausoleum of the 13th emperor of Ming Dynasty.
Drive back to Beijing city, have an exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Village (Bird's Nest and Water Cube).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Beijing to Xian

In early morning visit the Temple of Heaven, the sacred altar for worshiping the God of Heaven in the world. Watch local people playing Taichi morning exercises.
Take a rickshaw ride to visit old Hutong, you can see the ancient Beijing lanes and quadrangle houses that have been preserved for 700 years, you also have a chance to visit a local family and have lunch there.
In the afternoon, be transferred to Beijing West Railway Station, your Beijing tour ends here. Take Chinese new G High Speed Train to Xian, which costs about 4.5 hours, You will have a view of the countryside between Beijing and Xian.
After arrival at Xian North Railway Station, be welcomed by our Xian guide and transfer to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Xian

In the morning, visit one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world-Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The terracotta warriors and horses of life size are arranged in battle formations at the museum.
After lunch, be driven back to city area to visit Ancient City Wall--the best preserved ancient city wall in China. The wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide encircles the city and is perfect for panoramic view of the city.
Followed by a relaxing wandering around the bustling and lively Muslim Street, where you can taste the most famous Xian food and experience local culture.

Free-time Ideas(Optional): Enjoy the Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Dance Show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Xian to Chongqing

First site to visit today is Shaanxi Historical Museum, where over 300,000 invaluable historical items are on exhibition. 
After sightseeing, be transferred to Xian airport and fly to Chongqing. Be met by our Chongqing guide and take you to have half day tour of ancient town- Ciqikou. Finally,transfer you to your cruise ship. Yangtze River Cuise starts at 09:30pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Yangtze River

07:30 Announcement on itinerary.
08:30-10:00 Shore excursion to Fengdu City (or Shibaozhai).
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 8 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 9 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.
After your arrival in Yichang our driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, our local guide will welcome you at airport and help you check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Shanghai

Today you will taste the feature of Shanghai both "Classic and Modern". First stop is Yu Garden,which reflects a very typical southern China garden style. Jagged pavilion with elegant decoration, glittering pools with roving fish, sprouting pine trees, all these pleasant scenes refresh your mood.
Drive to Pudong New Area to explore the modern Shanghai. Visit Oriental Pearl Tower to have a bird view of Shanghai.
Lastly, enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund to appreciate the historical architecture and the skyline of this modern city along the Huangpu River.

Free-time Ideas(Optional): a night cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy a fantastic view of Shanghai or a breathtaking Acrabatic Show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Shanghai Departure

Your private car, driver and guide will be ready and waiting at your hotel lobby to get you to the airport on time. Sit back and relax as they help you check-in and escort you to the correct security gate.

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Period 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers
Dec.1- Feb.28 US$2050 US$1710
Mar.1- Nov.30 US$2240 US$1900

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 (May 1, 2019) , China National Day Holiday (Oct1-Oct7, 2019), and Chinese Spring Festival (Jan 24-Jan 31, 2020).

1. All arrangements and first admission/entrance fees of scenic spots specified in the itinerary.
2. Meals as listed in the itinerary.
3. Well-equipped private 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.
5. Yangtze River cruise: Based on 2 persons using one standard cabin (two twin beds) with a balcony in 5 star cruise.
6. The above price already includes the service charge of CNY150.00 per person recruited by the cruise company
7. Beijing-Xian high speed train, Xi'an-Chongqing/Yichang-Shanghai airfare with airports taxes, fuel charges.
8. Travel Agency’s Liability Insurance with your tour inside China.
9. 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.

Can you arrange for us to take the Maglev train from Shanghi to the airport on the last day instead of driving?
Asked by Jim Dower (Mar.21, 2015)

Trip Cousultant (Mar.21, 2015) replied:
Yes, we can arrange that for you. We will send you to Longyang Road of Pudong, you can take the Maglev train to Pudong airport from there.

How I can book trip if I am not sure I will have visa. Have you ever been denied a visa somebody.
Asked by Andy (May.13, 2013)

Lead to China Trip Advisor (May.13, 2013) replied:
Dear Andy, thanks for your question. It's definitely true that we cannot guarantee that all of our guests can get China Visa successfully even with our invitation. So, we do suggest you consult China's embassy in your country before you settle down China tour with us. Besides, booking tour with us won't cause any loss from your side for we guarantee 100% refund and Paypal does have refund system to protect your benefits. As the China Visa, you can check the Official Website of China embassy-http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/hzqz/zgqz/t84246.htm

I like traveling very much. And dreamt of visiting the terracotta. Can you give me more time with them?
Asked by Hannah (Aug.05, 2012)

Lead To China Trip Advisor (Aug.05, 2012) replied:
Two hours is enouth. If you really want to extend the time, you can short time of other attractions. Or Let your guide know your thoughts, she or he would satisfy your requirements.

No Meal in the classic tour of China including the yangtze river cruise. Can passengers have to eat outside or on the Yangtze reiver cruise one can eat in restaurants.
Asked by Raj Murthy (Apr.23, 2012)

Lead to China Trip Advisor (Apr.23, 2012) replied:
We can arrange it according to your needs,you can also pay in cash local

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