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Golden Triangle & Yangtze

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, 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. 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
$2659 $2339$2469 $2172$2209 $1943
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$2439 $2146$2249 $1979$1989 $1750
  • 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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    4.930 Reviews
    J A Pequegnat
    Posted on September 28, 2019
    Our experience with TCG was sensational! Do not hesitate to book with them!
    Due to my days off they couldn't set us up with a group tour so they built us a private tour based on where we wanted to go. We felt very safe and the guide and driver were with us all day long. They were very professional. Linda, our guide was very knowledgeable and a joy to be with. They picked us up in the airport in Beijing and took us to the hotel. We had the remainder of the 1st day to look around the hotel and do some shopping as we wished. The following 3 days they picked us up at the hotel and took us to all the attractions. It was very busy, most nights we weren't back at the hotel until 9 or 10 in the evening. The meals our guide ordered for us were fabulous! When we were due to leave Beijing they took us to the airport. The guide checked us in and made sure we got to the security gate. The whole time we were there someone was looking after our luggage.
    We got this kind of service at every stop we made. We went to Xian and saw the terracotta warriors and the walled city (another not to miss adventure!). The guide and driver on this leg of our journey were equally professional and knowledgeable. They then put us on a plane for the trip to Chongqing where we picked up the cruise ship. It was a 5 star ship but likely only 4 by our standards. The food was good and the trip very memorable. The room was a little dated but clean. We went through the gorges and saw the 3 gorges dam.
    Again there were porters to carry our luggage. A guide and driver picked us up at the cruise ship and took us to a museum where we were joined by other groups. This was the only part we didn't like. When you are in a group you frequently miss what the guide is talking about and it seems to take 3X as long to go through an attraction. I guess we were spoiled by having a private guide and driver. After that they put us on a flight for Shanghai. We loved this city. It was our second visit so there was something that the tour company wanted to send us to that we'd already seen. They tailored our trip to suit us!
    We were living in Korea at the time so the total cost for our trip would be cheaper than if we left from Ontario (our current residence). The 12 days trip with guides, drivers, airfare, most meals etc was only $5000 for my wife and I. Very inexpensive for what we saw and got. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. I have Yori, our travel consultant for Travel China Guide. He is very helpful!
    We recommend a "private" tour to all of you. That way you see the maximum in the limited time you have there and you get the personal service.
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    Lireva Soto
    Posted on September 17, 2019
    In general we were very satisfied with our guides. We had Barry in Beijing, Jackie in Xi'an, Johnny in Chongqing, Sally in Yichang, Bruce in Shanghai, en Hsu (or Xu) for the transfer from Shanghai to the Airport. Barry, Jackie, Sally and Hsu, I would all score 80 points out of a maximum of 100. All were helpful, knowledgeable and very good in English. The best guide was Johnny in Chongqing. He was very helpful, accompanying the ladies in their shopping spree of the Ciqikou village, helping with translation and much more.
    The vans were handy, but often they had difficulties handling the entire luggage for 5 people. One size larger would be handier. The drivers all were helpful and drove the car safely. My sons had much admiration for the way the DRIVER IN BEIJING handled the traffic.
    All hotels were GOOD to EXCELLENT. We liked the hotel in Shanghai the best, very conveniently located. I appreciated very much meeting Selina in person in Xi'an.
    We found the meals of GOOD to EXCELLENT quality. The lunches were EXCELLENT, especially in Beijing, including the lunch near the Great Wall. We especially loved the home cooked lunch in Xi'an. The dinners were good. I only expected that the Beijing Duck dinner would be in an old traditional building with a lot of history. Instead, we were in a branch in a modern building. A disappointment was the meal at the Tang Dynasty Show in Xi'an. An observation about the timing of the meals. The problem we had in China was, the lunches were almost too good! When dinner was planned, we were too tired from the day and too full from the lunch to fully enjoy the dinner. If I would book another private tour with you in the future, I would prefer to have my family dropped off at the hotel at about 4.30-5.00 pm. We would have time for to rest and to freshen up. We then would have our main meal at about 7.30-8.00 pm.
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    Brett C J
    United States
    Posted on September 13, 2019
    Very good service and great follow up! Overall, we loved the meals and enjoyed the food. All of the restaurants were very good. I think the best restaurant we went to was in the mall in Shanghai. The guides and drivers in Beijing, Xian, and Chongqing were amazing. Their knowledge and service was more than we could have ever asked for. The cars were clean and always stocked with water. Rocky in Beijing, Fred in Xian, and How (spelling) in Chongqing were some of the best guides I have ever had anywhere. I was very impressed that they all were so good. We learned so much from all of them and feel like we made good friends. Their conversation skills were superb. However, the guides in Shanghai were just average. Overall, the 3 guides I mentioned should be given all the praise in the world and the guides in Shanghai were ok. The drivers were all good and all the cars were very clean. All of the hotels were great and the breakfasts were very tasty. The room on the cruise was also comfortable. We wouldn't have changed a thing in regards to the hotels chosen. I will definitely contact you anytime I go back to China and will recommend you to everyone we know. ... More
    Anthony Olender
    Posted on September 06, 2019
    My husband and I were extremely pleased with the overall service provided by your company. All of our guides took very good care to see that we were comfortable. They were attentive to our needs.
    Peter Littlewood
    Posted on September 02, 2019
    I would like to send general comments as follows:

    Overall their service was excellent throughout our holiday. Hotels were good and the food was also very acceptable. All of the guides were excellent in their care and attention to detail. The only problems were the hotel pickup in Shanghai when I feel we were not given enough notice from the guide about pick up time which made it difficult to plan activities on pick up days. Apart from this we found our guides to be friendly and knowledgeable about China and ready to give advice on our holiday. The guides also made sure, before they left us, that our hotel reservations and air tickets were in order by accompanying us to the hotel reception and airport check-in desk. For our Yangtze cruise they booked the boat - New Century. We found this boat to be excellent. Although we were the only western passengers out of around 200 total passengers (mostly very friendly Chinese) we found the crew especially friendly and helpful although language was sometimes a problem. All announcements were in Chinese and English so we missed nothing. The food was an excellent mixture of traditional Chinese and western and the on board entertainment each night was very good. The boat was very clean. The boat had everything that we needed and the excursions were excellent. We would have no problem in recommending this boat to others. Finally we would thank you for the excellent overall service. ... More
    Posted on August 24, 2019
    I am happy to tell that I enjoyed my TCG Vacation very much! The Guides did a great job and the cruise company for my Yangtze River Cruise was excellent!
    Fields' family
    Posted on August 21, 2019
    We absolutely loved the hotel. It was in a wonderful location and was truly a 4.5 to 5 star hotel. The addition of breakfast was a great way to start our very busy day. The buffet had everything you could think of to satisfy visitors from every walk of life. The staff at the hotel could not have been more helpful. We had no problem with language difficulty. The only problem we noticed was a problem getting a cab at certain times, or when it rained. We found a wonderful restaurant right around the corner for Peking Duck and we voted it one of our top 3 restaurants visited. Unfortunately we used an independent guide in Beijing. After meeting the guides from your company, we were very sorry we did not book with your company for Beijing. This was my only regret during our 2 weeks.
    We were met again immediately at the airport by Cam (I am unsure of the spelling). He was a knowledgeable guide and we enjoyed talking to him about numerous topics. We were whisked away to the Zoo where we enjoyed a most pleasurable day. We requested a longer stay at the zoo because my daughters were enjoying all the animals so much. I appreciated that our guides were willing to change plans and not be kept to a regimented schedule. We miss the General Stillwell Museum but it was truly our choice. The driver was another safe driver and made sure we had bottled water. We laughed because we were given a case of water on arrival at the cruise ship. Little did we know we would use every bottle, and appreciated it ever so much. We were safely dropped off at the Gold Cruise Ship.
    Yangtze Gold Cruise:
    We were looking forward to the cruise for relaxing time. After the flight to Beijing we hit the ground running and were looking forward to leisurely days on a cruise ship. This was so different than what we have experienced on western cruises. The regimented short mealtimes, and the constant early loudspeaker announcements were not what we expected. We upgraded to the VIP dining room but were still disappointed that no one dressed for dinner. We were surprised to see people in pajamas at breakfast. We did have a great time, the ship was beautiful, the excursions memorable, the staff very helpful. There were only 9 westerners on board and that was nice when it came to guides. We felt we had our own personal guide whenever we disembarked. The only glitch was the night before we were to leave the ship, the English speaking young lady at the desk became upset when she found out what time our flight was the next day. It became quite a night of her calling your company, and calling the guide who was to pick us up. Very early the next morning after a not so good night sleep worrying, Sally called us and assured us we were in good hands. We could continue on with the trip to the hydroelectric plant and she would make sure we were 1st off the ship. Sally was there as promised as soon as the doors opened. We were so glad we did not cancel the trip to the plant. She whisked us away, got to the airport with time to spare, and checked us in for our flight to Hangzhou. We had a very nice time talking to Sally. She was a wonderful young woman with a great command of English. We apologized to her for her late night phone calls but she would not hear of it. I should never have doubted your company and the plans you made for our transportation.
    We stayed independently in Hangzhou, Shangyu and Shanghai, leaving on September 13th.
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    Ann Blo
    Posted on August 11, 2019
    Cindy was so helpful in setting up this trip and answering my questions. Thank you!
    Kumar Debal
    Posted on August 04, 2019
    I travelled to China for 12 days by using this company's service. Their excellent service made my trip a successful experience. All the meals were exceptional but the best was certainly the one we had at Xian at the residence of a local lady. She was most hospitable and an excellent cook. The guides were all well informed and articulate. The local guide at Shanghai could have been more friendly and polite. The drivers were all polite and helpful in loading and unloading our bags. The cars were well kept. However, the SUVs with only one rear door (as in Xian and Shanghai) were inconvenient to enter and leave. Would have definitely preferred four door vehicles. The hotels were very well appointed, with spacious rooms (Specially in Xian) and clean with all mod cons. Breakfasts served were of wide range and well cooked. We specially appreciated that the hotels in Beijing and Shanghai were centrally located with the major attractions within walking distance or a short taxi drive away which enabled us to explore the city in our free time. All in all, we were extremely pleased with all the arrangements and would definitely use them again should we come back. ... More
    Valerie and Chris Rowe
    New Zealand
    Posted on August 01, 2019
    All arrangements went to plan and we were always confident that our guides would meet our needs. Each guide showed loyalty and enthusiasm for the company. We were able to fill out the survey forms for each guide and only Candy seemed unaware of the need for us to have some private time to complete it. All Guides were of a high standard and we felt Ocean and Jennifer were the best of a very good group. We were disappointed with the late notice of cancellation of the bike tour but found the alternative satisfactory. The hotels and transport were all of good quality. We would happily recommend their services to any group wanting to travel to China. ... More
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