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Chengdu & Yangtze Cruise

404: 13 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - 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: 12 western buffet 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 Army, Giant Pandas
  • Walk into a local family, learn to cook Chinese food & dine with the hosts in their home
  • 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
Our guide will meet you outside the customs of Beijing Airport holding a board with your name on it, and then transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be on your own. You can either have a rest to recover from the journey or have a stroll around the hotel.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Our clients visiting Forbidden City, Beijing
Your 13 days China tour package begins this morning with a stroll on Tiananmen Square - the largest urban square in the world. Afterward, follow the guide to walk northward to reach the Forbidden City, where emperors of the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties lived and dealt with state affairs. 

At noon, we will offer you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a very nice local restaurant. You can also order the famous Peking Roast Duck in this restaurant.

In the afternoon, the guide will take you to the Temple of Heaven, where ancient emperors worshiped the God of Heaven and prayed for good harvests. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
You will be accompanied by our local professional guide to one of the greatest world heritage sites - the Great Wall, Mutianyu section. We will arrange the round trip cable car for you. Lunch is arranged on your own.

Later, on the way back to downtown, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You will see its appearance at a distance. Then, you will be taken to a featured local market and have some free time there.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong visit, A high speed train to Xian. Railway station pick-up. (B)
Terracotta Warriors Museum, Xian
In the morning, our guide will accompany you to the Summer Palace, one of the best royal gardens. It is a great place to relax and enjoy oneself leisurely. After that, you will experience a Hutong tour by rickshaw.

In the afternoon, the guide will see you off and help you board on a high-speed train to Xian. The high-speed trains are clean, comfortable and can take you to Xian in about 4.5 hours. Upon arrival, our Xian guide will transfer you to the hotel and help you check in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Provincial History Museum, Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter. (B)
Bicycle riding in Xian City Wall
The morning will be spent in the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. There are altogether three pits here and you can have a close observation of the warriors. Try to find out whether it is true or not that they are all different from each other. Today's lunch is on your own. You can ask suggestions for good local food from the guide.

In the afternoon, we drive back to downtown to visit Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, one of the four largest museums in China, and then visit the Great Mosque in the city center's Muslim Quarters.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xian - Chengdu
City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch. A high-speed train to Chengdu. Train station to hotel transfer. (B+L)
This morning, follow our guide to visit the landmark of Xian, the ancient City Wall. It is currently the most complete City Wall in China. After that, continue the visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a famous local Buddhist site dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). This noon, we arrange a special activity for you.

The guide will take you to visit a local family. You can have a close contact with the local people and enjoy an a la carte home cooked lunch there. If interested, you can join the hostess to learn some Chinese dishes.

This afternoon, we arrange for you a high-speed train to Chengdu. After around 4 hours, you will reach Chengdu and our local guide will wait for you at the railway station and help you settle down in a decent hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Chengdu
Giant Panda Breeding Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum. (B)
Playful Pandas
Today comes the highlight of your China panda tour! Our local guide will take you to visit the cute pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Located far from the noisy urban area, the Panda Base is quiet and planted with various kinds of bamboos. Pandas dwelling here include not only grownups, but also youths and babies. We will arrive early in the morning, when the pandas are most active. You can watch them having their bamboo breakfast, having fun with each other, climbing trees, or sleeping comfortably in their villas. There is also a panda hospital, delivery rooms, a museum, and a 4D cinema for you to know more about these cute creatures. 

Afterward, the guide will take you to the Wide and Narrow Alley to feel the daily lives of common Chengdu people, taste local snacks, and appreciate local art crafts. The schedule today ends with a visit to Jinsha Site Museum, which was built to exhibit the history and culture of Chengdu in ancient times.

Due to the canine distemper happened recently, hugging a panda with an extra pay is no longer allowed at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You can still enjoy the fun of watching them in a short distance and taking photos. We will update the information once the activities restart.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Chengdu - Chongqing
Free time in the morning, A 2-hour bullet train to Chongqing, Railway station pick-up, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
This morning will be spared for your own arrangement. You can either explore Chengdu more deeply or replenish energy for following days' travel. Our guide will be glad to offer you some helpful information. In the afternoon, you will take a bullet train to Chongqing for around 2 hours. Upon your arrival, our local guide will pick you up and send you to a Yangtze River cruise ship. One thing to be noted is that dinner is not offered on the ship tonight and you are suggested to have it in downtown before getting onboard. Your memorable Yangtze River cruise will begin as the ship departs at around 21:30. It will be the most relaxing journey in your 13 days China itinerary.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 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 cruise guide will introduce the cruise itinerary in both Chinese and English and the morning will be on your own. You can take a seat on the deck to appreciate the gorgeous hills, take photos, or just enjoy the sunshine. In the afternoon, guests on New Century Cruises will disembark to visit Shibaozhai. Famous for its unique architecture and interesting fairy tales, Shibaozhai is reputed as one of world's eight most unique architectures. For people who take President Cruises, you will be arranged to visit the Shuangguishan National Forest Park. Tonight, the captain will hold a welcome party and the staff will give fantastic performances.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
Today will be the highlight of the cruise as the ship will sail by the well known Yangtze River Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge. The lofty peaks, clear water, dense woods, and residences along the river form a picturesque scene in front of you. When sailing by Qutang Gorge, do not miss the scene on RMB10 note. When sailing to the border of Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, you will change to a motorized ferry to have a 3-4 hours' cruise into Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream. In this way, you can have a close visit to the beautiful karst landscape. If visibility is good, you could see hanging coffins and inscriptions on cliffs by ancient people. When getting onboard the original cruise ship, we will sail into Xiling Gorge, the most splendid among the three.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
In the morning, you will check out from the ship and disembark to visit the Three Gorges Dam, presently the world's largest hydropower project. Afterward, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang downtown. Our local guide will pick you up there and transfer you directly to the railway station for a bullet train to Shanghai. The train trip takes around 7.5 hours. Upon arrival, you will see our Shanghai guide there waiting for you. He/she will accompany you to the hotel and help you settle down.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, An a la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
Our guests in the Bund area, Shanghai
Today's private trip will start with a visit to Shanghai Museum, specializing in bronze wares, ceramics, and Chinese calligraphies and paintings. Afterward, the guide will take you to the Yuyuan Garden, a typical Chinese private garden boasting ponds, rockworks, and traditional architecture. 

At noon, we arrange an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price), where you can enjoy authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines. 

After a stroll on the beautiful Bund with architecture in western styles, and a cruise on the Huangpu River for about an hour, the guide will lead you to Tianzifang, a cultural block combing artistic studios, exotic restaurants and bars.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 13 Departure from Shanghai
Bid farewell at the airport. Thank you for travelling with us. (B)
Your private China tour ends today as our guide transfers you to the airport and helps you board the homebound flight. Farewell to you all and welcome to China again!

Meals: Western buffet 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
ChengduGrand Hyatt Chengdu Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Yangtze RiverNew Century Cruises with balconyPresident No.7/No.8 with balcony
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guide(s)
  • Private driver(s) & air-conditioned vehicle(s)
  • 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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    5.01 Review
    Dorit D
    United States
    Posted on November 20, 2018
    It was good to meet with Lexi, finally. The tour that she arranged for my husband and myself was very well organized. First, it was very nice to come to a new place, and to find that there was always a guide waiting for us with a sign. All the guides were on time, so we immediately could get in the car and drive to the city. I also think that starting from the north, which is the coldest place, Beijing, at this time of the year, and continue to the south was a very smart idea. In addition, we enjoyed having the Yangtze river cruise in the middle of the trip, which gave us a little of resting time was very thoughtful. I think that for a first time visit in China we saw most of the important and interesting sights in this beautiful country, and we were fascinated by the sceneries, people, art, rich history and culture. Overall it was an unforgettable experience, and I thank both Lexi and the company very much for making it so memorable for myself and for my husband. I highly recommend, and when I go back to China I will use their service again!! ... More
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