A Journey through China including the Yangtze River Cruise

What the tariff includes:
Airport transfers in China, all transportation in China as per the itinerary, twin sharing accommodation in 4 & 5 star hotels as indicated with full breakfast, excursions as indicated, meals as indicated, twin sharing cabins on board Yangtze Cruise vessel,  services of local English speaking guides, pre-tour information pack.

What the tariff does not include:
International flights (Please enquire if you require assistance), travel and cancellation insurance, visa fees, (approximately £65.00), optional excursions, meals as shown on the programme, tips to guides and drivers, incidental expenditure and personal items.

A Journey through China including the Yangtze River Cruise

This programme works very well for couples and families, as well as larger groups.

The great rivers of China have always played a key role in its culture and development. From time gone by when the mythical Da Yu created them to today when controversial dam projects are nearing completion to meet the needs of a modern China. This journey from burgeoning Chongqing in landlocked Sichuan province through the Yangtze Gorges to the Central Plain of China is as dramatic as ever.

We will be using the Five Star Vessel MV President 1 (or similar), with facilities and capacity for up to 188 passengers. Standard twin cabins facing outside.  There are on board activities, on shore excursions, access to the internet, with all meals on board included.

Day 1 Departure

Depart London Heathrow on flight to Beijing.

Day 2: Arrive Beijing

Morning arrival in Beijing and transfer to Beijing International Hotel. Own arrangements for lunch. In the afternoon orientation tour and Hutong tour. Dinner in hotel, table d’hôte menu.

Day 3: In Beijing

Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu and return via the Summer Palace. Lunch is taken at the Great Wall. Own arrangements for dinner.

Day 4: In Beijing

Today visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Own arrangements for lunch. Afternoon visit to Temple of Heaven, remainder of the afternoon free for independent sightseeing or shopping. Peking duck banquet in the evening.

Day 5: Beijing – Xian

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Xian (1hour 45 minutes). On arrival lunch en route and visit the City Wall, Mosque and Drum & Bell Tower. Stay in Grand Noble Hotel. Western style dinner in the hotel.

Day 6: In Xian

Today visit the Terracotta Army to the north east of Xian in Lintong county & the Lesser Wild Goose Pagoda. Lunch included. Own arrangements for dinner.

Day 7: Fly to Chongqing

Morning visit to Provincial Museum. Lunch and departure for the airport visiting the Yang Ling tomb museum. Arrive Chongqing in the late afternoon panoramic city sightseeing tour before boarding the MV President 1.

Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise

On Yangtze River – shore excursion to Shibaozhai and pass through the Qutang gorge and Wuxia Gorge. All meals on board.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise

On Yangtze River – shore excursions – travel by dinghy along the Shennong Stream – this is a small tributary of the Yangtze, usually the water is very clear and the scenery dramatic. Return to MV President 1 In the afternoon sail through the Xiling Gorge, followed by the 5 level locks and dock at Yangjiawan after midnight. All meals on board.

Day 10: Three Gorges Dam - Disembark

Morning visit to Three Gorges Dam Project, shortly before midday arrive Yichang. Disembark and transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai (one and a half hours) On arrival in Shanghai – transfer to the Hua Ting Hotel. Dinner in nearby restaurant.

Day 11: Shanghai

After breakfast sightseeing will be arranged in Shanghai taking in the Bund, the City Temple area and the Yuyuan Garden, as well as Pudong with its dizzying skyscrapers. Own arrangements for lunch and dinner.  Optional acrobatics show or theatre visit in the evening.

Day 12: Suzhou

Visit the garden city of Suzhou by train (40 minute journey) Visit two of the major gardens. Lunch will be taken in a local restaurant. There will also be a short boat ride on the ancient Grand Canal followed by a visit to a Silk Reeling Factory. Return to Shanghai in the evening.

Day 13: Shanghai

Visit the Shanghai Museum, with its excellent layout and clear displays. We also take in the Temple of the Jade Buddha. Farewell lunch in local restaurant. Afternoon free for last minute shopping or independent sightseeing. Farewell dinner.

Day 14: Depart Shanghai

Morning departure from the hotel, for check-in at Pudong International Airport for the return flight to London, same day arrival.

Schedule 2015/2016  

Dates shown are for arrangements commencing in Beijing on day 2.
Departure from UK/Europe should be one day earlier.

Cost pp 2-5 SRS 6-9  SRS       10+  SRS
£1945.00 / 675.00
£1995.00 / 755.00
£2015.00 / 785.00
£1960.00 / 685.00
£1960.00 / 685.00
£2015.00 / 780.00
£2040.00 / 790.00
£1980.00 / 720.00
£1670.00 / 685
£1715.00 / 722
£1750.00 / 755
£1695.00 / 680
£1695.00 / 680
£1775.00 / 775
£1795.00/ 785
£1675.00/ 645

SRS = Single room supplement

*This departure is based on using the MV Yellow Crane (also part of the President Fleet)

Please let us know if you wish to travel on a different date or include other stops in China in your programme.