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SG34: 12 Days Small Group Tour of Shanghai - Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of maximum 6 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights at nice 5-star hotels, 3 nights on Yangtze River cruise
Meals: 11 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte style, 3 dinners

Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Soften and scent your body from head to toe on Yangtze River cruise
  • 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 Shanghai
Welcome to China! Our professional guide will meet you at the Airport Arrival Exit according to your flight. After a warm greeting, you will be escorted to the comfortable hotel for check-in. For the remaining time, you may take a good rest to get over the air travel fatigue. 

Tomorrow you will head to Beijing to meet your group first. All the highlight attractions in Shanghai will be arranged to visit when you come back with your group. So there is no guided sightseeing arranged in Shanghai at the beginning. 

If you arrive earlier, you can take a bit adventure to explore the city by yourself in the afternoon. Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall is the best site to present Shanghai's past, today and tomorrow. The famous pedestrian street - Nanjing Road is also a good option.
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 2 Shanghai - Beijing
Forbidden City, Beijing
After having breakfast at the hotel, our guide will escort you to the railway station for a high-speed train bound for Beijing. It is a fantastic experience to ride the 4.5 hours train, which has a top speed up to 186 miles per hour. There are many trains operating between Shanghai and Beijing every day. Normally we book morning trains. If you have any preferred time, please let your travel consultant know in advance. 

On arriving in Beijing, we will greet you at the railway station exit on time and escort you to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 3 Beijing
A tour briefing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch with Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
This morning, you will meet the fellow travelers in the group. A short briefing will be held before your China group tours from Shanghai. We start the exciting day with Tiananmen Square, which is located in the very center of the city. After admiring the remarkable buildings all around, we head north to the Forbidden City. Serving as the royal palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), it well presents the essence of ancient Chinese imperial court buildings. 

You will have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice local restaurant to taste the diversified Chinese food and try Peking Roast Duck.

In the afternoon, we continue on to visit the Temple of Heaven, which used to be the altar for emperors to offer sacrifice to the God of Heaven. When night comes, we will enjoy a marvelous Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch 
Day 4 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
It is advisable to have a big breakfast so that you can get sufficient stamina to challenge the splendid Mutianyu Great Wall. Although the round way cable car is included, climbing the Great Wall is not an easy activity. 

Lunch today is not included. Our guide is happy to recommend a restaurant as per your request.

In the afternoon, we drive back to downtown. Today's visiting comes to an end after having some free time at a local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest, A la carte lunch, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
This morning we visit the Summer Palace, where you can enjoy both pleasant natural beauty and gorgeous royal gardens. Then stop for a while at the Bird's Nest, the Olympic National Stadium, to appreciate its distinctive appearance and take photos at close quarters. Around noon, an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) is served at a decent restaurant. 

To learn about the essential culture and characteristics of old Beijing, you will ride a rickshaw to visit the Hutong area and have a chance to learn Chinese Paper Cutting. Afterwards, we will take you to the airport and help you board a flight to Xi'an. After arrival, you will find your local guide awaits you at the arrival exit. And then a comfortable transfer will take you to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 6 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
In the morning, we will drive out of Xi'an city to show you the awe inspiring Terracotta Army. The thousands of life-sized pottery soldiers, horses, as well as bronze chariots and weapons that have been unearthed here will definitely impress you.

Around noon, a home-cooked a la carte lunch will be served at a Chinese family. In addition to enjoying the delicious dishes, you also get a chance to learn how to cook Chinese dish

Following the morning activities, we will take you to visit the Xi'an Museum and then the Small Wild Goose Pagoda built in the Tang Dynasty. At night, we'll arrange you a dumpling dinner, and there are various kinds of dumplings available. After that, a feast for eye is prepared, the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

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

Clients visiting in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at that time.
Day 7 Xi'an - Chongqing
Observe local life in the park, Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, Fly to Chongqing, Jiefangbei CBD, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
After breakfast, you will be escorted to take a leisure walk at the City Wall Park to get to know more about the local people's daily life and try Tai Chi practice with our master. Then continue to admire the well-maintained City Wall. If you like, you can rent a bicycle to ride on the wall and get great views of the ancient city. 

Afterwards, you will head to Chongqing by flight. Your local guide is ready to meet you at the airport and transfer you to visit Jiefangbei CBD. After dinner arranged by yourself, you are helped to get on board the luxurious Yangtze River cruise ship. Your memorable cruise experience begins at 22:00 as the ship sets sail.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast 
Accommodation: President No. 6 with balcony
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shuangguishan National Forest Park, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
After breakfast, you will attend a briefing on the cruise. Today's onshore excursion is to visit Mount Shuanggui, which is a national forest park well-known for the beautiful natural scenery and a large number of cultural relics. If you happen to visit it during the important festivals like temple fair, you will have chance to see a variety of interesting activities including calligraphy demonstrations, Chinese traditional Hanfu clothing show, lion dancing, etc. Late in the afternoon, there will be a ceremonious Captain's Welcome Party waiting for your participation.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Yangtze River Cruise
The most essential part of your ship ride comes today. The ship will first sail through the short but grandiose Qutang Gorge and then the most brilliant Wu Gorge. In Wu Gorge, you will disembark at Wushan Daning River for an excursion to Shennong Stream. When you visit the verdant Shennong Stream, you will first take an electric boat for about 40 minutes. After that you will take a little pea-boat rowed by local boatmen. The local guide may sing melodious folk songs with the boatmen for you along the way. Please follow the guide's instruction to wear your life jacket properly even though the stream seems not to be dangerous at all. It is a scenic joy to roam among the green mountains and blue waters. 

Get back to the ship and the cruise continues sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge. Historically known for its tortuous channel, dense reefs and shoaly waters, Xiling Gorge is the longest and most dangerous gorge of the Yangtze River.

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)
In the morning, you will check out and disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydro-electric power station in the world.  Then the cruise ship company will transport you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city, where our local guide will come to meet you and escort you to the railway station to catch a bullet train to Shanghai with a duration of about 7.5 hours. Our local guide in Shanghai will greet you at the railway station and accompany you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 11 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and its traditional bazaar, A la carte farewell lunch, Former French Concession, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
Shanghai is regarded as the most dynamic and fastest-growing city in China. Today, you will first visit Shanghai Museum, one of the most renowned museums. It is a large treasure house of ancient Chinese art with a collection of 120,000 antiques which especially feature bronze, pottery, calligraphy and panting articles. Then go to visit the Yu Garden, a classical garden having a history of about 400 years. It is a quiet and elegant garden with the southern architectural features of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The surrounding bazaar is a good place for purchasing small gifts or souvenirs. 

An a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) is served at a nice local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will continue our visit to the Former French Concession, a very unique area in modern Shanghai. Then have a relax walking along the Bund, where you will also have a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Afterwards, our guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel and bid farewell to you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend the most efficient and money-saving way - taking a taxi by yourself from hotel to the airport, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your pleasant 12-day China group tour from Shanghai will come to an end today. Hotel-airport transfer is not included as group members have different departure flights. You are advised to get a taxi to the airport from the hotel. Thank you for travelling with us and we wish you a pleasant journey home.

Meals included: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
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Sep 01(Wed)Sep 12(Sun)$2749 $2474$969
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Oct 13(Wed)Oct 24(Sun)$2749 $2474$969
Oct 20(Wed)Oct 31(Sun)$2749 $2474$969
Oct 27(Wed)Nov 07(Sun)$2579 $2321$919
Nov 03(Wed)Nov 14(Sun)$2579 $2321$919
Nov 10(Wed)Nov 21(Sun)$2569 $2312$909

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

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
Why Travel With Us
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  • Questions & Answers
    5.02 Reviews
    Patricia Hawkey
    Posted on December 03, 2018
    All the guides were excellent, but Dragon in Beijing was the most outstanding. He is very friendly & was very flexible to our requirements when my travelling companion became sick on a couple of occasions & couldn’t attend the scheduled activities. He was very patient with us and a pleasure to be with.
    Chantal V
    Posted on November 06, 2018
    Thank you very much for such a nice arrangement. The distribution of the time was fairly done, we would like to add that an additional day in Shanghai (second morning, we paid to visit and rushed to the airport) would have been great. Meals were excellent in general. Since days were full, at times, if no event scheduled after supper, it would have been nice to be able to have supper back at our hotel(buffet). This would have given us time for shower and relaxation.

    All guides were knowledgeable of the place and able to answer our questions. The best one was Sarah in Beijing and Ruth in Xian. Sarah in Beijing and Ruth in Xian were always so helpful and well versed in their knowledge. The Guide (Jimmy) in Shanghai accepted and arranged for an additional tour of the < Shanghai Water Financial Centre building>. All guides versed in English. All drivers were fairly good. The hotels were very nice and excellent breakfast.
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