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Classic China with Luxury Yangtze Cruise

Explore China’s signature highlights, its amazingly colorful cultures and vibrant cities on a once-in-a-life-time journey. Tour Beijing, Xian & Shanghai with private guides and drivers to visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra-Cotta Warriors, a water town nearby Shanghai... Also enjoy a luxurious cruising adventure through legendary Yangtze River, to soak up the beautiful nature and discover China’s hidden historic sites.

CCT Advantages:

  • 1. Walk amidst Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, to unveil ancient Chinese emperors’ everyday life and religious life, and appreciate the cultural treasures and architectural gems;
  • 2. Wonder at the Great Wall of China - the iconic landmark and a must-visit sight of your China visit;
  • 3. Tour hutongs to experience the traditional Beijinger’s lifestyle and a dash of the old Beijing;
  • 4. Meet thousands of terracotta warriors and horses – a world-renown archaeological site in the world;
  • 5. Enjoy unforgettable Yangtze cruise at comfortable and relaxing pace, with fantastic shore extrusions;
  • 6. Witness the jaw-dropping skyscrapers of Shanghai and also discover its old streets;
  • 7. Taste unique Chinese foods, such as Beijing roast duck, dumpling, hot pot, etc.

12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 1, Beijing Arrival

Meals: No Meals

Welcome to China! Meet your private guide and driver at the Beijing Capital International Airport. Transfer to your luxurious hotel for relaxation. The rest of the day is for you to adapt to the new environment.

Recommended hotels:

  • - Beijing luxury hotels: Four Seasons, Peninsula, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, Regent Beijing or similar
  • - Beijing boutique hotels: Double Happiness Beijing Courtyard Hotel or similar
12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 2, Beijing City Highlights, Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Start Beijing city tour with a visit to Temple of Heaven, the shrine for ancient emperors to offered sacrifice to Heaven, thus its architectures are magnificent. Here you can witness the local people to do various kinds of morning exercise in a lively ambience.

Later come to Tiananmen Square at the heart of Beijing connecting some of China’s significant monuments and structures, as well as Forbidden City. Used to be the royal palace, Forbidden City is a distinguished symbol of ancient China. Marvel at world’s largest and best-preserved ancient wooden architecture cluster and the relics at Treasure House. Go across the avenue and ascend Jingshan Hill to overlook Forbidden City.

Enjoy Beijing Roast Duck for dinner(optional).

12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 3, Hutong Tour on Rickshaw, The Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Experience the authentic local way of living by riding a rickshaw winding through the Old Beijing hutongs. Also learn from your local guide about the legendary stories and traditional folklores. Proceed to the Mutianyu Great Wall constructed on the mountain summit (round way cable car included), very well preserved and with few tourist crowds. Walk around to admire the splendor of the Great Wall, embraced by lush vegetation.

A Kung Fu Show or a Peking Opera show is recommended for you to enjoy the night activities in Beijing (optional).

12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 4, Summer Palace, High Speed Train to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer to visit Summer Palace, known as the museum of royal garden in China, and designed and built by using the art techniques of Suzhou classical garden. Enjoy a short, relaxed boat trip on Kunming Lake in Summer Palace.

Transfer to the railway station and move to Xian with a high speed train journey. The former capital of ancient China for 13 Dynasties and a famous city on Silk Road, Xian has been steeped in history.

Recommended hotels:

  • - Xian luxury hotels: Wyndham Grand Xian South, Gran Meliá Xian, Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel or similar
  • - Xian boutique hotels: Grand Mercure Xi'an on Renmin Square or similar
12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 5, Terracotta Warriors, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the Museum of the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, actually a huge tomb of Qin Dynasty First Emperor’s terracotta “armada” to protect him afterlife. They are soldiers and military officers, wearing different kinds of armors and holding various weapons.

Explore the bustling Muslim Quarter packed with diverse food stalls and restaurants. And walk to the Great Mosque of Xian at Huaxue Alley, dating to around 1000 years ago. Its beautiful architecture blends both Arabic style and ancient Chinese style.

Enjoy an authentic dumping dinner with a night show of Tang Dynasty Dance (optional).

12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 6, Xian City Highlights, Flight to Chongqing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

During your last day in Xian, visit the perfectly preserved Ming Dynasty City Wall, the iconic structure of Xian and embracing the city with great historic atmosphere. Enjoy a bike ride on the Walls (optional). Thereafter, admire Big Wild Goose Pagoda inside Ci'en Temple - used to be the most famous and grandest temple in ancient Xian and built to keep the Buddhist classics brought back from India by Xuanzang.

Fly to Chongqing, pick up from airport and transfer to the port to embark on Yangtze cruise ship and set sail. If you love spicy food, don’t miss Chongqing hot pot for dinner (optional).

12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 7, Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a refreshing morning with tea or coffee, and clean air. Participate in the onboard leisure or cultural activities, such as Tai Chi practice (with the guidance of master) and attending the lecture of Yangtze River history. In the afternoon go ashore to visit Shibaozhai Pagoda, a spectacular wooden architecture wonder beside Yangtze River, with a history of about 400 years.

Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Party with great foods and drinks, and entertaining performances.

Optional shore excursion today: Fengdu Ghost City, the “home of the dead” for over 2000 years.

12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 8, Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Relax at the spacious sun deck and take in the beautiful “Three Gorge” landscape when sailing through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. And take small boats to slide into Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream) with primitive and serene natural scenery, and encounter local ethnic minority tribes.

Free at leisure and enjoy a delightful evening with Captain’s Farewell Party.

Optional shore excursion to White Emperor City is recommended to Chinese culture enthusiasts. It is known as a city of poem and boasts a wealth of Ming and Qing dynasties architectures.

12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 9, Yichang, Flight to Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast on board, check out and disembark. Before your Yangtze cruise finally ends, transfer to Three Gorge Dam, a highlight of the cruise voyage, to wonder at the largest hydropower project in the world. Afterwards, your Yichang local guide will pick you up and enjoy a leisure time at Yichang Riverside Park – and take another look at the Yangtze.

Then you will be escorted to the airport and fly to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai and melt into its enticing night view.

Recommended hotels:

  • - Shanghai luxury hotels: Peace Hotel, Les Suites Orient Bund, Peninsula or similar
  • - Shanghai boutique hotels: Hotel Indigo on the Bund, The Yangtze Boutique or similar
12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 10, Shanghai City Highlights

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The most bustling metropolis in China, Shanghai has traditions dating back hundreds of years ago. The city highlights tour allows you to experience the history, culture and art of Shanghai.

Visit Shanghai Museum, with a fabulous collection of ancient Chinese culture and art treasures. Then appreciate the superb ancient Chinese horticulture at Yu Garden. Right next to Yu Garden is the Town God Temple. The once shrine of Shanghai is a now a food center and connects with many quaint old streets.

Walk all the way to the Bund, where the historic colonial buildings make a significant contrast against the skyline on the other shore of Huangpu River. Ascend the observatory of Shanghai World Financial Center for a thrill.

12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 11, Tongli Ancient Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive out of the bustling Shanghai and enjoy peaceful hours in Tongli Ancient Town built in Song Dynasty. The 15 streams divide Tongli into seven islands, while 49 ancient arch bridges link the islands together. A boat trip will take you to sail through the bridges and discover the beautiful gardens, temples, former residences of celebrities in history.

Enjoy a wonderful acrobatic show in the evening (optional).

12 Days Beijing Xian Yangtze and Shanghai Tour

Day 12, Shanghai Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Here comes the end of your China vacation. Bid a farewell to this magic country and thelovely people. A departure transfer to the airport has been arranged for you. Fly home safely and soundly.

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