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SG28: 12 Days Small Group Tour to Shanghai - 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
  • 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
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to China! Our English-speaking guide will meet you at the Airport Arrival Exit according to your flight number and time of arrival. 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 we arrange no guided sightseeing in Shanghai at the beginning.

If you arrive in the morning, 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 shopping street - Nanjing Road is also a good option. You can take subway Line 2 next to your hotel to the destinations, or you can take a taxi. Taxi in China is not quite expensive.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day 2 Shanghai - Beijing
Hotel-railway station transfer. A high speed train to Beijing, Railway station to hotel transfer. (B)
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will get you to the railway station for a high-speed train bound for Beijing. It is a fantastic experience to ride the 5.5 hours train, which has a top speed up to 186 miles per hour. On arriving, our local guide 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
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven, Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Forbidden City, Beijing
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.

We then take you to a nice restaurant to have an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price). 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 in the Red Theater.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 4 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Badaling Great Wall
It is advisable to have a big breakfast so that you can get sufficient stamina to challenge the splendid Great Wall. We will climb Badaling, the most representative and well-preserved part of the Great Wall. A jade factory visit is scheduled later. Lunch today is not included. Our guide is happy to recommend a good restaurant.

In the afternoon, we walk along the Sacred Way, which is lined with lifelike stone statues. On the way back to downtown, we stop for a while at the Bird's Nest, the Olympic National Stadium, to appreciate its distinctive appearance and take photos at close quarters.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
This morning we visit the Summer Palace, where you can enjoy both pleasant natural beauty and gorgeous royal gardens. Next we visit a pearl store. 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.

Afterwards, we will take you to the airport and help you board a flight to Xian. Again, you will find our excellent local guide awaits you at the Airport 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 Xian
Day 6 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)
Terracotta Warriors, Xian
In the morning, we will drive out of Xian city to show you the awe inspiring Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The thousands of life-sized pottery soldiers, horses, as well as bronze chariots and weapons that have been unearthed here will definitely impress you. After that, we visit a pottery-making factory. 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 chance to learn about the locals' daily life.

Following the morning activities, we will take you to visit the Xian 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
Day 7 Xian - Chongqing
City Wall. Fly to Chongqing. Ciqikou if time permits. Yangtze River tour begins at 22:00. (B)
After breakfast, you will be escorted to admire the well-maintained City Wall. You can rent a bicycle on the spot to get great views of the ancient city. Then you will head to Chongqing by flight. Our local guide is ready to meet you at the airport and transfer you to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town. After that, 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 Chongqing - Shibaozhai
An excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
After breakfast, you will attend a briefing on the cruise. Today's onshore excursion is to visit Shibaozhai, the main construction of which is Shibaozhai tower. Built leaning on the Jade seal mountain with upturned eaves and unique appearance, it is one of the rare existing wood structure buildings. 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 Badong - Xiling Gorge
Yangtze Three Gorges with an 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, Three Gorges Dam. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Shennong Stream Excursion
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. After having lunch, you will take a flight to Shanghai. Our local guide will greet you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day 11 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, 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 features bronze, pottery, calligraphy and panting articles. Then go to visit the Yuyuan 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. Then a silk store is scheduled. 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 have a relax walking along the Bund, where you will also have a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Afterwards, our guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel and bid farewell in the lobby.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement. A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your pleasant 12-day China group tour from Shanghai will come to an end today. If your flight takes off from Hongqiao Airport, we suggest you take subway Line 2 or a taxi to the airport. If it leaves from Pudong Airport, you can either take a taxi or the Airport Shuttle Bus Line 2 nearby your hotel.

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 06(Wed) Jun 17(Sun) $2009$729
Jun 13(Wed) Jun 24(Sun) $2009$729
Jun 20(Wed) Jul 01(Sun) $2009$729
Jun 27(Wed) Jul 08(Sun) $2029$729
Jul. 2018Jul 04(Wed) Jul 15(Sun) $2029$729
Jul 11(Wed) Jul 22(Sun) $2029$729
Jul 18(Wed) Jul 29(Sun) $2029$729
Jul 25(Wed) Aug 05(Sun) $2029 $1927$729
Aug. 2018Aug 01(Wed) Aug 12(Sun) $2039 $1937$739
Aug 08(Wed) Aug 19(Sun) $2039 $1937$739
Aug 15(Wed) Aug 26(Sun) $2039 $1937$739
Aug 29(Wed) Sep 09(Sun) $2089 $1880$799
Sep. 2018Sep 05(Wed) Sep 16(Sun) $2089 $1880$799
Sep 12(Wed) Sep 23(Sun) $2089 $1880$799
Sep 19(Wed) Sep 30(Sun) $2089 $1880$799
Oct. 2018Oct 03(Wed) Oct 14(Sun) $2089 $1880$799
Oct 10(Wed) Oct 21(Sun) $2089 $1880$799
Oct 17(Wed) Oct 28(Sun) $2089 $1880$799
Oct 24(Wed) Nov 04(Sun) $2089 $1880$799
Oct 31(Wed) Nov 11(Sun) $1969 $1772$769
Nov. 2018Nov 07(Wed) Nov 18(Sun) $1939 $1745$739
Nov 14(Wed) Nov 25(Sun) $1939 $1745$719

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 03(Wed) Apr 14(Sun) $2079 $1871$729
Apr 10(Wed) Apr 21(Sun) $2079 $1871$729
Apr 17(Wed) Apr 28(Sun) $2079 $1871$729
Apr 24(Wed) May 05(Sun) $2079 $1871$729
May. 2019May 08(Wed) May 19(Sun) $2139 $1925$729
May 15(Wed) May 26(Sun) $2139 $1925$779
May 22(Wed) Jun 02(Sun) $2139 $1925$779
May 29(Wed) Jun 09(Sun) $2069 $1862$719
Jun. 2019Jun 05(Wed) Jun 16(Sun) $2069 $1862$719
Jun 12(Wed) Jun 23(Sun) $2069 $1862$719
Jun 19(Wed) Jun 30(Sun) $2069 $1862$719
Jun 26(Wed) Jul 07(Sun) $2069 $1862$709
Jul. 2019Jul 03(Wed) Jul 14(Sun) $2089 $1880$699
Jul 10(Wed) Jul 21(Sun) $2089 $1880$699
Jul 17(Wed) Jul 28(Sun) $2089 $1880$699
Jul 24(Wed) Aug 04(Sun) $2089 $1880$699
Jul 31(Wed) Aug 11(Sun) $2089 $1880$699
Aug. 2019Aug 07(Wed) Aug 18(Sun) $2089 $1880$699
Aug 14(Wed) Aug 25(Sun) $2089 $1880$699
Aug 21(Wed) Sep 01(Sun) $2089 $1880$699
Aug 28(Wed) Sep 08(Sun) $2129 $1916$759
Sep. 2019Sep 04(Wed) Sep 15(Sun) $2149 $1934$789
Sep 11(Wed) Sep 22(Sun) $2149 $1934$789
Sep 18(Wed) Sep 29(Sun) $2149 $1934$789
Oct. 2019Oct 02(Wed) Oct 13(Sun) $2149 $1934$789
Oct 09(Wed) Oct 20(Sun) $2149 $1934$789
Oct 16(Wed) Oct 27(Sun) $2149 $1934$789
Oct 23(Wed) Nov 03(Sun) $2149 $1934$789
Oct 30(Wed) Nov 10(Sun) $1999 $1799$739
Nov. 2019Nov 06(Wed) Nov 17(Sun) $1999 $1799$739
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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