Golden Triangle & Yangtze

SG07: 11 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing - Xian - 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
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
As the flight lands at Beijing Capital Airport, your long-anticipated 11 days guided tour of China starts with a warm welcome by our guide. We will transfer you to the hotel and the rest of the day remains free for you to relax and recover from jet lag. A full day of scheduled sightseeing awaits you tomorrow.

Meals: 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)
Our group at Badaling Great Wall
Photo by our clients David and Elizabeth Francis
After breakfast, you will meet your guide and other group members at the orientation briefing held in the hotel. The exciting trip begins with a visit to the world famous Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in the morning. In the Forbidden City, the world's biggest imperial palace complex, 24 emperors ruled continuously for 490 years. Nowadays, travelers can trace its gorgeous history from the well-preserved majestic palaces and valued collections. Lunch will feature an authentic a la carte Chinese meal (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice restaurant, avoiding the tourist eateries arranged by most agencies. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the historically significant Temple of Heaven. After today's sightseeing, you will enjoy a fabulous Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Chinese people in the village
Have a big breakfast at the hotel today and then head for the majestic Badaling Great Wall and a jade factory. Only a small section of the Great Wall, Badaling has embodies the best of this wonderful military project. Climbing the great wall is energy-consuming but memorable, so we specially prepares red wine for a group toasting on the Great Wall to celebrate and commemorate this moment. Lunch is not included in today's itineraries as the restaurants nearby are not up to our standards. You can have some fast food for lunch by yourself.

The exploration continues with  a visit to the Sacred Way in the afternoon. The day's sightseeing will come to an end after seeing the Bird's Nest on the way back to the city. Our driver will stop there for a few minutes for you to take pictures.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Terracotta warriors and soldiers, Xian
Photo by our client Mr. Bruce Malkin
This morning you will first visit the Summer Palace, which offers a harmonious combination of Chinese royal buildings, a Buddhist pagoda, classical garden design, man-made hills and lakes. After paying a short visit to a pearl store, you will enjoy a delicious a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at an elegant local restaurant.
 
Continue your visit to the old Hutongs this afternoon. After that, our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Xian. The local guide in Xian will pick you up at the airport and help you check in at the hotel for a two-night stay.

Meals: 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)
Chinese countryside people celebrating the traditional festival
After breakfast, you will set out for the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and a pottery-making factory. The large quantity of life-size and vivid terracotta statuaries made 2,200 years ago will definitely amaze you. An authentic home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) awaits you at the home of a local family in downtown Xian, which avoids the tourist restaurants near the warrior site and also is a good opportunity for you to learn about the local people's life. Also, there is a good chance for you to learn about one or two Chinese dishes from the host. 

In the afternoon, go on to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xian Museum. Tonight, feast your eyes on the famous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show after you enjoy the local specialty -- a Dumpling Dinner.

Meals: 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 - Chongqing
City Wall. Fly to Chongqing. Ciqikou if time permits. Yangtze River tour begins at 22:00. (B)
The Captain's Welcome Party on Yangtze cruise
A morning excursion will take you to one of Xian's landmarks, the City Wall. You can rent a bicycle and enjoy a special ride on the old wall (bike rental fee is on your own). 

Afterwards, you will fly to Chongqing. Our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town. Then you will head for Chaotianmen Ferry Terminal to board the luxurious Yangtze River cruise ship, which is the most relaxed journey of your 11 days China itinerary. The ship sails at 22:00.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: President No.6 with balcony
Day 7 Shibaozhai
An excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
In the morning, the river guide will give an introduction to the cruise schedule and the Yangtze River. At about 14:00, the ship will disembark at Zhongxian for an onshore excursion to Shibaozhai.  After that, you will re-board the ship and the cruise will continue towards the splendid Three Gorges. This evening, the cruise staff will invite you to join the Captain's Welcome Party.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Badong - Xiling Gorge
Yangtze Three Gorges with an excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream cruise, Yangtze River Three Gorges
The climax of your Yangtze River Cruise is coming today. The unique scenery of the Three Gorges will be unveiled in front of you. Among them, Qutang Gorge is the most dangerous and shortest. Wu Gorge is the most beautiful, renowned for its deep valley and elegant beauty. In Wu Gorge, you will change to a sampan to take a side trip along Shennong Stream for 3 to 4 hours. Shennong Stream features picturesque natural beauty, distinctive Tujia flavor, boat tracking culture and valued historical relics. After that, you will return to the ship and sail into Xiling Gorge

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise, Three Gorges Dam. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Clients' comments on our company
After breakfast, you will disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Before that, you should pack you luggage and complete check-out procedures. 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.  

After that we will see you off in the airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you in the airport and transfer you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Our group at the Bund, Shanghai
Photo by our client Ms. Elaine Law
Shanghai is an international metropolis with a blend of rich history and fashionable modernity. The short one-day trip will give you a panoramic view of the city. In the morning, visit Shanghai Museum, the beautiful Yuyuan Garden and a silk shop. In the museum, there are over 120,000 historical collections from ancient China. Yuyuan Garden, which was a private residence constructed 400 years ago, is one of the best combinations of ancient Chinese buildings, water, mountain and natural scenery. Around noon, a luxurious farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a famous restaurant with the best Shanghai cuisine. 

In the afternoon, you will be guided to stroll along the Bund to experience the thrills of old and modern Shanghai. You will also have a cruise tour along the Huangpu River. In the end, our guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel and say goodbye to you at the lobby.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement. A pleasant trip home! (B)
There are two airports in Shanghai: one is Pudong International Airport (PVG) and the other is Hongqiao Airport (SHA). Please check carefully to see which airport you will depart from. You can book a taxi (CNY180 to Pudong, and CNY50 to Hongqiao) at the hotel Bell Desk the day before by yourself as your tour charge does not include the transfer from hotel to airport. We wish you a safe, smooth flight and hope in the near future we can serve you again.

Meals: 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 17(Sun) $1729$579
Jun 14(Thu) Jun 24(Sun) $1729$579
Jun 21(Thu) Jul 01(Sun) $1729$579
Jun 28(Thu) Jul 08(Sun) $1759$579
Jul. 2018Jul 05(Thu) Jul 15(Sun) $1759$579
Jul 12(Thu) Jul 22(Sun) $1759$579
Jul 19(Thu) Jul 29(Sun) $1759$579
Jul 26(Thu) Aug 05(Sun) $1759 $1671$579
Aug. 2018Aug 02(Thu) Aug 12(Sun) $1769 $1680$599
Aug 09(Thu) Aug 19(Sun) $1769 $1680$599
Aug 16(Thu) Aug 26(Sun) $1769 $1680$599
Aug 30(Thu) Sep 09(Sun) $1819 $1637$649
Sep. 2018Sep 06(Thu) Sep 16(Sun) $1819 $1637$649
Sep 13(Thu) Sep 23(Sun) $1819 $1637$649
Sep 20(Thu) Sep 30(Sun) $1819 $1637$649
Oct. 2018Oct 04(Thu) Oct 14(Sun) $1819 $1637$649
Oct 11(Thu) Oct 21(Sun) $1819 $1637$649
Oct 18(Thu) Oct 28(Sun) $1819 $1637$649
Oct 25(Thu) Nov 04(Sun) $1819 $1637$649
Nov. 2018Nov 01(Thu) Nov 11(Sun) $1699 $1529$629
Nov 08(Thu) Nov 18(Sun) $1669 $1502$599
Nov 15(Thu) Nov 25(Sun) $1619 $1457$579

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 
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 14(Sun) $1819 $1637$599
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 21(Sun) $1819 $1637$599
Apr 18(Thu) Apr 28(Sun) $1819 $1637$599
Apr 25(Thu) May 05(Sun) $1819 $1637$599
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 19(Sun) $1879 $1691$639
May 16(Thu) May 26(Sun) $1879 $1691$639
May 23(Thu) Jun 02(Sun) $1879 $1691$639
May 30(Thu) Jun 09(Sun) $1809 $1628$579
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 16(Sun) $1809 $1628$579
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 23(Sun) $1809 $1628$579
Jun 20(Thu) Jun 30(Sun) $1809 $1628$579
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 07(Sun) $1809 $1628$579
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 14(Sun) $1839 $1655$579
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 21(Sun) $1839 $1655$579
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 28(Sun) $1839 $1655$579
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 04(Sun) $1839 $1655$579
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 11(Sun) $1839 $1655$579
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 18(Sun) $1839 $1655$579
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 25(Sun) $1839 $1655$579
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 01(Sun) $1839 $1655$579
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 08(Sun) $1879 $1691$639
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 15(Sun) $1889 $1700$649
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 22(Sun) $1889 $1700$649
Sep 19(Thu) Sep 29(Sun) $1889 $1700$649
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 13(Sun) $1889 $1700$649
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 20(Sun) $1889 $1700$649
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 27(Sun) $1889 $1700$649
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 03(Sun) $1889 $1700$649
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 10(Sun) $1739 $1565$609
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 17(Sun) $1739 $1565$609
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • 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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