Classic China

SG03: 14 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
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
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance performance
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
When you arrive in Beijing today, your two weeks China group tour officially begins. Once you have claimed your luggage and cleared customs, you will find our guide waiting for you in the airport arrivals area, holding a welcome sign bearing your name. The guide and driver will take you to the hotel and help you register for three nights. The rest of the day is for your own use.

Meals included: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven, Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Badaling Great Wall
Photo by our client Mr. Max Leslie McFadzen
Commence your visit to Tiananmen Square and then to the Forbidden City, the home of emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nowadays, it houses the palace museum with numerous imperial treasures. Every detail of the palace tells its visitors a story of ancient royal life. Lunch is served at a celebrated restaurant with an a la carte menu (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, which used to be the altar where emperors worshiped heaven and prayed for a good harvest. Later, the highlight of the evening will be a brilliant Chinese Kung Fu Show performed at the Red Theatre.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Our group at the Temple of Heaven
We suggest you have a full breakfast this morning, as we will drive from downtown to climb the wondrous Great Wall at Badaling. Restaurants in the mountain area are of low quality and do not meet our service standard, so we suggest you have some fast food for lunch. A jade factory is scheduled later. 

Then you are going to visit the Sacred Way that was linking all the tombs in the cemetery. At the conclusion of today's trip, you will have a chance to take photos of the 2008 Olympic Games Bird's Nest Stadium when passing by.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Terracotta Army
This will be an exciting morning as you visit the scenic Summer Palace and go to a pearl store. Based on Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, its design embodies the solemnity and grace of a royal garden that incorporates the joy of nature, which is also a monument to classical Chinese architecture. Later, you will have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price).
 
After lunch, a visit to the old Hutongs follows. Then you are off to the next destination - Xian. Our local guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for a three-night stay.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Our clients learning to make dumpling at a local family house
The morning escorted tour is scheduled with a visit to the well-known Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and a pottery-making factory. It might be difficult for you to imagine the surprising moment when you see the great army of strong life-sized terracotta warriors assembled in their thousands to protect the tomb of the first Emperor Qin. Then we will transfer you back to the city and have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) cooked by the host at a local family's home

The afternoon will be spent visiting the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xian Museum. A splendid evening is in store when you are entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while enjoying a famous Chinese dumpling dinner.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
 Friendly Tips

Since the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will be closed in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we do not calculate the price of the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during this period. Clients will enjoy a free night by themselves.
Day 6 Xian
City Wall, Provincial History Museum, A la carte lunch, Great Mosque, Free time at the Muslim Bazzar. (B+L)
Li River cruise, Guilin
Morning visit to the well-preserved ancient City Wall and the Provincial History Museum are arranged today. You may wish to take an optional cycle ride on the wall (bike rental fee is your responsibility). 

After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price), a visit to the Great Mosque will be your adventure for the afternoon. It is noted for its unique architecture that perfectly combines traditional Chinese and Islamic styles. Around the mosque is the largest Moslem community, where you will see Islamic customs, intertwining alleyways, and countless Moslem snack shops. Finally we transfer you back to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Xian - Guilin
Fly to Guilin and airport-hotel transfer. Reed Flute Cave. (B)
Today, you will board a flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival, our local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for a two-night stay. Then you will visit the Reed Flute Cave.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. Yangshuo-Guilin transfer. Elephant Trunk Hill. (B+L)
Welcome Party on the Yangtze Cruise
Today will be a memorable experience as you cruise down the beautiful Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. The river, with its calm sparkling water, is the essence of the city's landscape and reputed as the "Hundred Mile Gallery". After docking at Yangshuo, you will enjoy the amazing rural scenery as we drive along the surrounding country roads. En route, you will be invited to visit a villager's home. After that, we will transfer you back to Guilin and visit Elephant Trunk Hill.

Tips: As the cruise company offers box lunch on the ship. It may fail to meet with your approval. We are ware of the shortcomings and suggests you prepare for the cruise with a generous breakfast at the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Guilin - Chongqing
A bullet train to Chongqing and railway station pick-up. Liberation Monuments, Ciqikou ancient town. Yangtze Cruise starts at about 22:00. (B)
Take a morning bullet train for around 5.5 hours to Chongqing. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you at Chongqing West Railway Station and take you to visit the Liberation Monuments and Ciqikou Ancient Town. After that you will board the President Series cruise ship for a three-night stay. It sets sail at 22:00, when your relaxing Yangtze cruise begins. Today's lunch and dinner are not included.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
Cruises: President No. 8 with balcony
Day 10 Shibaozhai
An excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
Our clients enjoying the charming scenery along the Yangtze River
You will gain some knowledge of the cruise ship and its activities schedule through the river guide's morning presentation. In the early afternoon, an onshore excursion is arranged when the ship anchors at Shibaozhai. Don't be surprised when you see some new buildings standing along certain sections of the river banks. They are purpose-built dwellings for those farmers who once led a hard life in the hills before the Three Gorges Project was constructed. In the evening, you will be invited to attend the Welcome Party hosted by the Captain.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Badong - Xiling Gorge
Yangtze Three Gogres with an excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Sampan adventure along the Shennong Stream
Today the ship will sail through the most splendid part of the Three Gorges. The first is the Qutang Gorge, which is only eight kilometers long but encompasses the most dangerous part. Then the ship will sail into a deep and attractive part, Wu Gorge. An excursion between three and four hours long along the Shennong Stream by sampan is arranged for you today. Afterwards, the ship will continue to sail into heavily-shoaled Xiling Gorge.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise, Three Gorges Dam. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
This morning, the onshore excursion will take you to visit the stunning Three Gorges Dam site, which plays an important flood control role. Before that, you should pack your luggage and check out. After finishing the excursion, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and take you to have lunch. Then you will board the flight to Shanghai, where the guide in Shanghai will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day 13 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
Today we will show you the most important commercial and financial hub in China. The first destination is Shanghai Museum. There are all kinds of collections, and some rarities even command world-wide attention. Next let's turn to the Yuyuan Garden and a silk shop. The farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a well-reputed restaurant featuring Shanghai dishes. 

Then continue your visit to the Bund and have a cruise tour on Huangpu River. You will also have some free time on the Bund.  After that, our guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel and bid farewell in the lobby.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 14 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement. A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your 2 weeks guided tours of China draws to a close today. You need to head to the airport for your homebound flight by yourself as your trip doest not include this transfer service. We suggest you book a taxi or the airport shuttle bus at the hotel concierge desk the day before your departure. We wish you a happy flight back home and hope we can serve you again in the future.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jun. 2018Jun 07(Thu) Jun 20(Wed) $2249$759
Jun 14(Thu) Jun 27(Wed) $2249$759
Jun 21(Thu) Jul 04(Wed) $2249$759
Jun 28(Thu) Jul 11(Wed) $2279$759
Jul. 2018Jul 05(Thu) Jul 18(Wed) $2279$759
Jul 12(Thu) Jul 25(Wed) $2279$759
Jul 19(Thu) Aug 01(Wed) $2279$759
Jul 26(Thu) Aug 08(Wed) $2279 $2165$759
Aug. 2018Aug 02(Thu) Aug 15(Wed) $2289 $2174$779
Aug 09(Thu) Aug 22(Wed) $2289 $2174$779
Aug 16(Thu) Aug 29(Wed) $2289 $2174$779
Aug 30(Thu) Sep 12(Wed) $2349 $2114$869
Sep. 2018Sep 06(Thu) Sep 19(Wed) $2349 $2114$869
Sep 13(Thu) Sep 26(Wed) $2349 $2114$869
Sep 20(Thu) Oct 03(Wed) $2349 $2114$869
Oct. 2018Oct 04(Thu) Oct 17(Wed) $2349 $2114$869
Oct 11(Thu) Oct 24(Wed) $2349 $2114$869
Oct 18(Thu) Oct 31(Wed) $2349 $2114$869
Oct 25(Thu) Nov 07(Wed) $2319 $2087$839
Nov. 2018Nov 01(Thu) Nov 14(Wed) $2159 $1943$799
Nov 08(Thu) Nov 21(Wed) $2149 $1934$779
Nov 15(Thu) Nov 28(Wed) $2089 $1880$749

Remarks: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Mar. 2019Mar 26(Tue) Apr 08(Mon) $2309 $2078$819
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 17(Wed) $2369 $2132$799
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 24(Wed) $2369 $2132$799
Apr 18(Thu) May 01(Wed) $2369 $2132$799
Apr 25(Thu) May 08(Wed) $2429 $2186$799
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 22(Wed) $2429 $2186$799
May 16(Thu) May 29(Wed) $2429 $2186$799
May 23(Thu) Jun 05(Wed) $2429 $2186$799
May 30(Thu) Jun 12(Wed) $2339 $2105$769
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 19(Wed) $2339 $2105$769
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 26(Wed) $2339 $2105$769
Jun 20(Thu) Jul 03(Wed) $2329 $2096$759
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 10(Wed) $2329 $2096$759
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 17(Wed) $2359 $2123$759
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 24(Wed) $2359 $2123$759
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 31(Wed) $2359 $2123$759
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 07(Wed) $2359 $2123$759
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 14(Wed) $2359 $2123$759
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 21(Wed) $2359 $2123$759
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 28(Wed) $2359 $2123$759
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 04(Wed) $2369 $2132$759
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 11(Wed) $2429 $2186$869
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 18(Wed) $2439 $2195$869
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 25(Wed) $2439 $2195$869
Sep 19(Thu) Oct 02(Wed) $2439 $2195$869
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 16(Wed) $2439 $2195$869
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 23(Wed) $2439 $2195$869
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 30(Wed) $2439 $2195$869
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 06(Wed) $2379 $2141$819
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 13(Wed) $2229 $2006$799
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 20(Wed) $2229 $2006$799
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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