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L-401: 12 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style, 2 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Walk into a local family, learn to cook Chinese food & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Savor the majestic beauty of Yangtze Three Gorges & see the amazing Dam Project
  • View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Our guide will greet you outside the customs of the airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear the customs, and then transfer you to the hotel. The remaining time of the day is free for your individual activities. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
As our guide pick you up in the hotel lobby, your 12 days guided tour of china starts. In the morning, after a short stay on the world's largest city square, Tiananmen Square, you will visit the famous Forbidden City, namely the Palace Museum, where you will be fascinated by the gorgeous imperial architecture and cultural relics of more than 600 years ago. 

To ensure that you can taste the authentic and diversified Chinese food, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant. That's quite a different experience than having lunch at the cheap tourist eateries as the most are doing now. For our a la carte meals, we will pay at least 3 to 4 times' price higher than that of the tourist food. 

In the afternoon, continue your private visit to the Temple of Heaven, the altar where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship for gods of heaven. 

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Our clients at the Mutianyu Great Wall
Today you will visit one of the greatest world heritage sites - the Mutianyu Great Wall. As one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, Mutianyu gained its fame for its solidity and strategic importance. When walking on the Great Wall, you will be impressed by the winding but majestic walls. We will also arrange the round trip cable car to save your time and energy to walk on the wall. Lunch is arranged on your own. Our guide will give you some advice upon request.

On the way back to downtown, you can see the full view of the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). It's the major venue for 2008 Olympic Games. Today’s exploration will be concluded after you spending some free time at a featured local market.

Meals: American breakfast
 Friendly Tips

The round-trip cable car fare at Mutianyu Great Wall is included in this tour price. We can also arrange for you to take the chairlift up and toboggan down the wall. Please contact your travel consultant if you are interested.
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace with boat ride on Kunming Lake, Hutong visit, 798 Art Zone. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Terracotta army
Photo by our clients Mr. Frank and Hilde van Diest
This morning, visit the Summer Palace. In this 800-year-old but well-preserved imperial garden, you will be fascinated by the examples of the ancient art, graceful landscapes and magnificent constructions. A joyful boat trip on Kunming Lake is also arranged for you. Then you will have a Hutong tour to experience the original Beijing culture by taking a special rickshaw riding through the various Hutongs and to know about old local manners and customs. Lunch is on your own arrangement. 

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to the 798 Art Zone. Then continue driving to the airport and you will fly to Xian. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the appointed hotel.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
City Wall Park
Local retired people playing Tai-chi in the City Wall Park
In the morning, you will explore the World's Eighth Wonder, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museums. You would be deeply impressed when you find out that all the figures and horses have distinct facial expressions and positions. We do not provide lunch today. You can ask your guide to suggest you some nice restaurants for you to have lunch. 

In the afternoon, you will visit one of the symbols of the city, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It is a 64.5-meter (211 feet) high square cone-shaped tower, which was built 1,300 years ago to house the Buddhist statues, relics and scriptures from India. The next stop will be the Provincial History Museum, to learn about our history of the past 1,000,000 years from the vast storage of cultural relics. 

Meals: American breakfast
Day 6 Xian
City Wall, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque, Free time at the Muslim Bazaar. (B+L)
Today's schedule will start from the City Wall. If time permits, you can either walk or rent a bicycle to ride around the wall, discovering the history of this ancient capital of 13 dynasties from every brick and tile. Around noon, you will have a local family visit and a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged in the home of the family that you visit, to taste the authentic home cooked dishes. If interested, you may join our Chinese food cooking class and learn to cook one or two dishes with the host for free.

In the afternoon, continue to visit the Great Mosque, which is one of the four most famous Islamic mosques in our country. It perfectly compromises the merits of Chinese and Islamic culture and is said to be the only Islamic mosque in Chinese style in the world.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Xian - Chongqing
Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Fly to Chongqing, Ciqikou Village. Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
Captain's welcome party
In the morning, you will visit Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Xian Museum is composed of three parts, which are Museum, Jianfu Temple and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. In the museum, there are many cultural and historical relics exhibited. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is a famous well-preserved Buddhist pagoda of the Tang Dynasty. The extant pagoda has thirteen stories and it still keeps the primitive features. With delicate appearance, it is reputed to be the exquisite artistic heritage of Buddhist architecture in the Tang Dynasty. Surrounded by tranquil environment, this museum has become a historic garden for leisure activities and cultural appreciation. 

Then you will go to the airport to take a flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you with a comfortable transfer service. You will have a brief city view to Ciqikou Village. Many of houses in Ciqikou could date from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Then on-board the luxurious ship. As the ship departs from Chongqing at about 21:30, your relaxing tour begins.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai or Shuangguishan National Forest Park, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
After breakfast, the river guide will give you a brief introduction of the cruise and the schedule. Then you will disembark and visit the Shibaozhai. After walking through a long suspension bridge, a spectacular 12-floor tower covered with red color will come into your eyes. It was originally built to be nine floors with the implication of "heaven" in ancient Chinese mythology. For travelers who take President Cruises, you will visit the Shuangguishan National Forest Park, which is a great place to enjoy a leisurely walk and melt into nature. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held tonight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream
Shennong Stream
The highlight part of your cruise is coming today. You will appreciate the unique scenery of the Three Gorges. After admiring the majestic Qutang Gorge and the Wu Gorge, you will disembark and take an interesting adventure by motorized ferry along Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. Sitting on the ferry, you will travel along the zigzagging watercourses and enjoy the grotesque rocks and picturesque scenery along the banks, accompanied by the folk songs from the trackers. The adventure will last about 3 to 4 hours. Then sailing into the Xiling Gorge, which is the longest gorge among the three and renowned for the numerous shoals, swift currents and grotesque peaks.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Today your amazing ship journey will end with an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, which is the major construction of the Three Gorges Project, the world largest irrigation project. Before disembarking, you should pack you luggage and check out the ship. After the excursion, the cruise ship company will transport you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city, where our local guide will meet you and transfer you to Yichang East Railway Station to catch a 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai. Upon your arrival, our local guide will expect you at the train station and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 11 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
The Bund
The Bund
Today, your private trip starts with the Shanghai Museum, which houses large collections of historical items. Then you will visit one of the most famous gardens in the Southern part of our country, Yuyuan Garden, which is well known for the delicate buildings, exquisite layout and beautiful landscapes. 

After that you will enjoy your a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) of the authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisine at a fancy and famous local restaurant. 

After lunch, your will take a short cruise on Huangpu River. The huge mansions on the east bank of the river and the old western buildings on the west bank will show you the history and the modernness of the city simultaneously. Then you will visit an old street.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
Bid farewell at the airport. Thank you for travelling with us. (B)
Today you will prepare for your homebound flight. Our guide will meet you in the hotel at the appointed time and see you off at the airport. If you wish to extend your 12 days China tour package, please contact your travel consultants.

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
XianCrowne Plaza Xi'an Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
Yangtze RiverNew Century Cruises with balconyPresident No.7/No.8 with balcony
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2759 $2427$2569 $2260$2289 $2014
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
Why Travel With Us
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    4.846 Reviews
    Linda Hall
    Posted on December 21, 2019
    I wish to thank you for the wonderful excursion I had. I wish to say it was very comforting to know that someone was waiting for me at the airport to take care of my transportation to the boat, and also to take me to the airport after the 4 day cruise. The total experience was really great. At the end of the trip, I found out that my prearranged ticket I purchased to fly to Shanghai from Yichang had been postponed. The tour guide who was with me at the airport, was wonderful. She assisted me in obtaining another airflight. It turned out to be a perfect flight because I arrived 3 hours earlier to my destination than my original plan. The guide was very dilligent and worked very hard to help me in this predicament. Thanks to her. ... More
    Judy Florence
    United States
    Posted on December 18, 2019
    All in all we had a good time. Came home with 748 pictures.
    The guides: All the guides were competent, some had excellent English, some less so, but all more than adequate. We had a chance to meet quite a number of people this way, that certainly added to the enjoyment of the trip. The best ones were good companions as well, not just guides. The outstanding ones were: Lee in Guilin and Roger in Xian. We were impressed that we were met everywhere right on schedule.
    The negative side: occasionally the itinerary was arranged at the guides convenience rather than ours. Going through the program without a stop, but leaving us at the hotel in the early afternoon. Could one have a short rest in between? In some places that was offered and found it very nice.
    Transportation: They were all fine. Our guides joked about China Air not being on time, but we experienced only one slight delay.
    Hotels: Our hotels were outstanding, mostly well chosen for location and quality. We appreciated the one in Shanghai for its ambiance.
    Food: We had many good meals, a number of them chosen by our guides with care. In that respect the girl guides were better than the men, may be a coincidence. We did not like the tourist restaurants catering to the large crowds with bland tastes. The worst of these was the first day in Shanghai. We begged our guides to avoid these places, but sometimes they did not find any alternative. In Xian at least our guide took us to the Chinese part of the same restaurant instead of the western buffet. We enjoyed the company of the guides who ate with us. Sharing food is a great way to make friends and part of the cultural experience. All of the guides had to be invited, which is considerate. Some refused, quoting "regulations". We had a suspicion that they were getting real Chinese food instead of the tourist fare. In their place I would not have touched the tourist food either. But of course they were individuals, we could not force our company on them.
    Having a choice of breakfast at the hotels was great. Having only lunch (no dinner mostly) was also a good arrangement, we could not eat another big meal every day. We had snacks instead.
    While I will be organizing another trip to China, I will be taking the journey again with TCG.
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    Lin Shuzhen
    Posted on December 10, 2019
    The cruise was great. I look forward to joining more of your tours in the future. Maybe one to Jiuzhaigou. It's been a pleasure dealing with you.
    David and Paddy Vincent
    Posted on December 06, 2019
    All your arrangements worked well. We really enjoyed all that we did. Everything worked well, the flight to Chongqing was good. We were met at Chongqing and taken to the Yangtze cruise ship by your local guide. The cruise was good, and very interesting. The food and service on the ship were of high quality, and it was well worth doing. The visit to Chongqing was also very interesting. The guide (Coffee) was an amusing and helpful person, who took a great pride in her city. The meal we had in Chongqing was very good indeed, we wish we had a restaurant like that near to our home! The flight to Shanghai was fine, and the guide who looked after us there was very efficient. The hotel was a good place to stay. We would recommend it. All the drivers and their vehicles were good and as they should be, and all the guides, although only with us for a short time, were of a high quality. We would recommend your service to anyone, indeed we have done so several times. Thank you very much for all you did for us. ... More
    Dave Broughton
    Posted on December 02, 2019
    Thanks for a great vacation. We embarked on our journey on time and were very pleasantly surprised by the nice room on board our ship. The flowers in the cabin were especially nice, they lasted all week long 4 days! The on board food was excellent and a great variety to choose from. Entertainment by the ship's crew was awesome, what a talented bunch of young folks. We enjoyed the quiet times on the deck with the sun shining down as the river and shoreline past by us on each side. The river traffic was amazing to see and every turn of the river brought new and different looks to record. We shot over 250 pictures with many shots bringing back good memories after viewing them again and again. The view of the Yangtze Three Gorge Dam was incredible. The day was fairly clear and warm, with visibilty good. We had a great time with staff and passengers, getting to know 2 great couples from the United States. Certainly an adventure to remember and one we will treasure in our photo albums. All the arrangements on board were top notch and no problems at all were encountered. we had 4 delivered each morning to us. Quite a nice touch. I unfortunately developed a cold on the last 2 days of the cruise, but the medical staff were excellent with their diagnosis and presciption of good medications. I was able to enjoy the last 2 days very comfortably. Great service. ... More
    Barbara Nash
    Posted on November 28, 2019
    I returned from my trip. I thoroughly enjoyed this China travel, and that all the arrangements worked out perfectly. All the guides and staff who helped me were completely professional, courteous and well-informed. The cruise was excellent . . . they had enough excursions and activities to keep things interesting, but also allowed us "down time" to simply sit on deck, watch the scenery and relax. The kids who work on the boat are amazing & talented. Cici is not only beautiful, but also works very hard and is a very bright young woman. A young woman named Vicky served our table in the dining room, and she was just delightful. I most want to compliment Ruan (Oscar) who was my guide in Yichang. Oscar was a fantastic & knowledgeable guide. I am a person who asks many questions, and he had answers for all of them. We visited the museum in the midst of a crowd of 10-year old school children, and he was as good with the children (and helping to introduce me to them). I very much enjoyed my time in Yichang. Thank you for a trip well done! ... More
    Linda Hauck
    Posted on November 24, 2019
    Our tour in China was a wonderful success! We have already told many friends of our good experience with your company.
    -We found the accommodations very comfortable.
    -The pace of the tours was exactly right for us and we particularly appreciated the free time we had in Shanghai and Beijing.
    -Most of our guides were quite good. Jennifer (Shanghai) was very well informed and an absolute delight with her cheery, friendly demeanor! JoAnn in Chongqing knew quite a lot about the area and the city; it is too bad we had so little time to spend with her. Our guide in Yichang was adequate, but seemed quite bored. Rita, in Xian, was excellent! She was so well informed and taught us so much of the history and culture of China. She did not limit herself to Xian, but brought all of China to life for us. Rita was definitely our favorite guide. Lina in Beijing showed us all the important sites and was very hospitable. I think she was new to the job, as she did not know the answers to many of our questions and was not familiar with the international airport procedures.
    -The vans provided were roomy and the air conditioning was very welcome. Flying from city to city afforded us extra rest and time to enjoy more of the wonderful places offered.
    -The cruise aboard the Century Legend was excellent. The ships staff were courteous and knowledgeable. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. The layout of the ship was excellent, offering us many different vantage points along the Yangtze River. Thank you so much for suggesting we upgrade to this 5 star cruise.
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    Caroline Pratt
    New Zealand
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    I would thoroughly recommend your company to anyone in future. The service provided by your company was excellent and I thank you for that. The guide provided us with an excellent service to find transport when we disembarked the ship. The service on the cruise was excellent - the staff were very courteous and knowledgable and the cruise itself was the highlight of my whole trip. They provided drinking water every day for us. Many thanks for all of your help.
    Sue Henderson
    Posted on November 19, 2019
    The whole tour was memorable. 1) Meals - very good, with a tasty selection of both western and chinese foods. 2) Guides - all guides, in attitude, pronunciation and knowledge were excellent and were happy to answer the many questions from individual tourists. The guide on the bus was able to add a personal touch to the information she provided, which was greatly appreciated. 3) Cars - were exceptionally clean and service from drivers was very considerate. The inclusion of the 'Lesser Gorges' tour was a delightful opportunity to appreciate more closely the beauty of the Yangtze. ... More
    Jean-Marc Ratovoson
    Posted on November 12, 2019
    Thanks a lot for organizing one French-speaking guide for me on the cruise, that was a very good surprise! Though he pretended not having travelled so far to France or any French-speaking country, his skills were very good. All of the guides/managers who were in charge of the foreign tourists used to speak English fluently. Besides they translated the comments for us while passing through the Yangzi gorges, it was very helpful. The meals were really tasty and various so that we could taste lots of different flavours. Nice experience! Regarding the beverages, it should be clearly mentioned -before booking- that the cruise company suggests extra one or two packages of beverages, otherwise it is only allowed to drink water, tea or coffee and a glass of soft drink at every meal... which is quite poor. My favorite dish was actually the fish fillet, which was be deep-fried on reverse and served in a sour-sweer sauce. The car in Yichang was kept clean, the driver was discrete while the guide was talking to me. All was fantastic! ... More
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