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Classic China

S-402: 14 Days Private Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Fantastic cruise tour on the Li River from Guilin to rural Yangshuo
  • Enjoy the Three Gorges scenery on Yangtze River cruise & feel totally relaxed
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon your arrival in Beijing today, your two weeks China tour package gets started. Our outstanding guide and experienced driver will be ready at the airport according to your flight schedule. You will find the guide effortlessly after getting back your checked luggage and going through the customs. Drive to the well-found hotel for registration. For the rest time of the day, you may relax or disposal by yourself.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Our clients at the Badaling Great Wall
Our capital city always has much more to offer. Tiananmen Square, the largest urban square in the world, will be your first stop to get familiar with the city. Half an hour is reserved for you to walk along the square and take some nice photos. Getting across the Changan' street, you can find the Forbidden City, which was the imperial palace of 24 emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties. You will know more about Chinese history and majestic imperial power through visiting this ancient palace complex. 

Lunch will be served with a la carte menu (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven. It was the sacred place, where the emperors used to hold ceremonies to sacrifice the God and bless abundant harvest. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Ming Tomb, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Our Travel Consultant Kelly with her clients
People who come to our capital should not miss the Great Wall. Today we will arrange you to visit the most elite part of the Great Wall at Badaling section. We kindly remind you to wear a pair of comfortable shoes since you need to hike on the wall for about two hours. Standing on it, you will see the long wall under your feet snakes along the mountain ranges, just like a huge dragon creeping on the undulations of the mountains, what a spectacular view! Lunch is arranged on your own. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Sacred Way and Ming Tomb. After that, transfer you back to the hotel. On the way, you will have a chance to see the Bird's Nest at close quarters and take some photos. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong visit, A hight speed train to Xian. Railway station to hotel transfer. (B)
In the morning, you are scheduled to visit the Summer Palace. Mainly for the amusement of the royal families, it was constructed by adopting the architectural skills' essence of those Chinese classical gardens. As for Hutong, we suppose you have seen it on TV or films for many times, but never have an experience to go through it yourself. Today, you will take a rickshaw through the traditional Hutong alleys, where you will appreciate the scenes that you can not obtain from the other sightseeing attractions or flourishing areas of the city. The unique courtyards of Hutong and people living there endow the city a sense of 'old' and tranquility, but it is the real image of the local people. Lunch is on your own arrangement.

After that, you will take a high speed train to Xian. Our local guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel we have reserved for you in advance.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Provincial History Museum, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter. (B)
Terracotta Warriors
Xian is an ancient city boasting profound culture and many historic legacies. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, whose discovery astonished the world, is absolutely the highlight for your private Xian tour today. Whatever its large scale, mighty scenes, exquisite warriors and horses in battle formations make visitors exclaim in great surprise. Lunch is not provided today.

In the afternoon, we will first visit the Provincial History Museum. Reputed as the symbol of the long history and culture of Shaanxi Province, the museum exhibits more than 370, 000 relics, mainly including bronze vessels, mural paintings, potteries, porcelains, bronze mirrors, jade articles and currencies of different dynasties. After that, we will show you the Great Mosque and the nearby Muslim Street. This street is an ideal place to taste the various delicious local foods and pick the interesting handicrafts or souvenirs.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xian - Guilin
City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch. Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Bicycle riding on Xian City Wall
Your private sightseeing visit today covers the ancient City Wall and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The City Wall is the existing largest and the most completed one in the world. With four gates directing east, south, west and north, the wall is quadrate from east to west. If time permits, you can also ride bicycles on the wall for a while. The bike rental fee is on your own.

Afterwards, you will come to visit a local family and enjoy an a la carte lunch at the home. Here you will have the chance to taste the real home-cooked dishes, which cannot be found anywhere else. Besides, you can also learn to cook Chinese food with the host if you are interested.

In the afternoon, you will take a flight to Guilin. Our local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. (B+L)
Our clients on the Li River cruise, Guilin
Full of amazing landscapes and historic culture, this world most celebrated scenic city never let visitors down. The Li River is just like a painting gallery with the elegant mountains of different postures on both sides. A cruise along it to Yangshuo is no doubt the most splendid part of your memorable vacation. Peasants on their bamboo rafts fishing, children in the riverside skylarking and women washing clothes, singing and laughing, all these lively scenes add more colors and interests to the natural scenery. Lunch is available on board, but the basic Chinese box lunch may fail to meet with your approval. So we recommend you prepare for the cruise with a generous breakfast at the hotel.

After about four hours' cruising, you will come to Yangshuo, a small town but impressive and romantic. Firstly, our guide will accompany you to check in at the hotel. Then transfer you to the countryside of Yangshuo to experience the tranquil rural scenery. En route, you will pay a visit to a villager's home to get acquaint with the local farmer's life there.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Yangshuo - Guilin
Free time in the morning. Yangshuo-Guilin transfer, Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill. (B)
Yangshuo scenery
Before returning to Guilin, you will have a whole morning free in Yangshuo to explore this small town leisurely on your own. The afternoon city sightseeing begin with the visit to the Reed Flute Cave, the art palace of nature. Inside the cave, there are stalactites, stalagmites and stelae of various shapes remarkably true to life. It is really full of beautiful things in eyes. After that, turn to the Seven Star Park, the largest park of the area and a miniature of the city's landscape. The Elephant Trunk Hill, the last stop for your journey today, is like a huge elephant drinking water with its long trunk in the river.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Guilin - Chongqing
A bullet train to Chongqing. Railway station pick-up. Jiefangbei CBD, Ciqikou Old Town. Yangtze Cruise starts at about 22:00. (B)
Fantastic Yangtze cruise
Today, you will board a bullet train to the mountain city, Chongqing. The train journey takes around 5 hours. Our guide will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to Jiefangbei CBD, a bustling business street in Chongqing and then Ci Qi Kou, an ancient town lined with the constructions in Ming and Qing style decoration on both sides. Afterwards, we will transfer you to board the deluxe cruise ship. Your memorable Yangtze getaway will begin as the ship starts sailing at 22:00. This river is not only the longest one in China but also in Asia. As same as the Yellow River, it is also reputed to be the Mother River of China. It runs through our country like a huge winding dragon.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 10 Chongqing - Shibaozhai
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
This morning you will have a Safety, Orientation & River Briefing to learn the geography & river lore on board. After lunch, disembark for a shore excursion at Shibaozhai, which is reputed as one of the eight world fantastic architecture. According to a legend that it is originated from a multicolored stone left by Nv Wa (a goddess in Chinese mythology) when she was mending the Sky. Therefore, it is called "Shibao", means "precious stone" in Chinese. Around 20:00, the Captain's Welcome Party which presents Chinese folk dancing and music performances will invite all the guests to participate.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Badong (Shennong Stream) - Xiling Gorge
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream excursion
Shennong Stream excursion
Begin the passage with Qutang Gorge, the shortest and the grandest of the Three Gorges. View the exquisite peaks and grotesquely shaped rocks. Then pass the Wu Gorge to see its famous lofty and misty peaks. Among the Three Gorges, Wu Gorge in the middle is the most beautiful one because of its elegant and graceful views. Also known as Da Xia (Large Gorge), Wu Gorge starts from the estuary of Daning River (Wushan County, Chongqing) in the west and ends at Guandukou (Badong County, Hubei) in the east, altogether 40 kilometers. Passing through Wu Gorge by the cruise, it is like putting yourself in a gallery which has the biggest stage in the world. You will disembark at Badong for an excursion to Shennong Stream. A pea-boat floating along the verdant Shennong Stream is scheduled for you, which can be quite a different experience. As the whole junk adventure will last about 3 to 4 hours, you will have lunch a little bit late in the early afternoon. We suggest you have a big breakfast today or bring some snacks with you. When you disembark for the excursion, you can also buy some fruits from the vendors along the way. Then get back to your ship and continue sailing into western section of the Xiling Gorge, the last part of the downstream cruise. It was once the most dangerous part of the river because of the numerous reefs, riffles, decharges and rocks. But after years of rectification and improvement on the riverway, and the built of the Gezhou Dam, the current became gentle and mild.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise, Three Gorges Dam. Yichang Museum if time peimits. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
After breakfast you will check out from the ship and disembark to visit the Three Gorges Dam, the most magnificent hydroelectric project in the world. Then they will transport you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang downtown and our local guide will meet you there. You will have lunch and then visit Yichang Museum if schedule allows. Finally our guide and driver will accompany you to the airport and you will fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by another guide and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
Huangpu River cruise
Shanghai is a city that represents the modern development of the country, so you will find everything here is quite different from what you have imagined. People like the city, not only because of its modernity, but also lying on its potential development, offering people many good opportunities. Today you will have a chance to witness its splendid treasures. Shanghai Museum, which houses more than 120,000 historic relics, is a comprehensive ancient art museum. Yuyuan Garden, one of the masterpieces of the classical gardens in southern region of our country, nowadays has become a very popular tourist resort. The elegant and beautiful landscape inside the garden and the bustling and lively atmosphere around it make the garden a must-go destination. 

As a farewell lunch, we will offer you an a la carte meal (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) of genuine Shanghai cuisine at a reputed local restaurant. Then, you will come to the Bund and experience a short cruise journey on Huangpu River to appreciate different scenes along both sides of the river. After having a leisurely stroll on the Bund, our guide will accompany you to an old street in the city.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 14 Departure from Shanghai
Bid farewell at the airport. Thank you for travelling with us. (B)
Your private China itinerary for 2 weeks will come to an end today. Our private transfer will take you to the airport for your homebound flight. Wish you a pleasant journey!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsStandard HotelsBudget Hotels
BeijingPentahotel Beijing Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel
XianHoliday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda Days Inn City Centre Xi'an
GuilinGrand Link Hotel Hotel Universal
YangshuoNew Century Hotel New Century Hotel
Yangtze RiverPresident No.7/No.8 with balconyPresident No.7/No.8 with balcony
ShanghaiOcean Hotel Shanghai Golden River-view Hotel
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings on 2019 tours
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2018; 10% off - book in January, 2019
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2849 $2507$2599 $2287$2249 $1979
Tour Prices with Budget Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2759 $2427$2499 $2199$2149 $1891
  • 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 fares
  • 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
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