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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.
Welcome to join this small group tour to take a deep exploration in China. Upon landing at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), our experienced guide will pick you up outside the customs, and then take you to the well-arranged hotel. You can either have a good rest or tour around the city a bit on your own in the rest of the day. 

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)
Badaling Great Wall
Tian'anmen Square is the first stop of your today's small group tour. Lying on the central axis of Beijing City, it is the largest city square in the world. You can find the Monument to the People's Heroes in the square center and Tian'anmen Tower in the north of the square. Afterwards, the guide will take you to visit Forbidden City, which is the most completed and largest wooden structure buildings in China, even in the world. Around noon, we will serve you a rich a la carte lunch at an elegant restaurant with the authentic Chinese food, which values CNY150/ person and is included in our price.

In the afternoon, you will move to the Temple of Heaven, which was the original place for worshiping gods or ancestors in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911). It is currently served as a park for the tourists both at home and abroad. We will provide you with a wonderful and lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre in the evening.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Forbidden City
After having a big breakfast at hotel, our guide will take to visit the famous Badaling Great Wall this morning, which can be a highlight of your small group tour. Badaling Great Wall is the best preserved and representative section of Great Wall of China. Stretching about 3.7 kilometers (2.3 miles), this section lies along the steep and grand mountain ridges. It is worth mentioning that we will specially provide the red wine for a group-toasting on the Great Wall. Meanwhile, you can have a great view of the scenery when you are toasting. Today's lunch is on your own and our guide will give you some advice on the restaurants.

Later, we will escort you to visit Sacred Way. You can appreciate the earliest archway in China and diverse stone statues there. When you finish this part, you will be sent back to the hotel in downtown. En route, you can enjoy the appearance of the National Stadium, also known as Bird's Nest in a distance.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Our clients visiting the Terracotta Warriors Museum
Our guide will accompany you to visit Summer Palace this morning. Summer Palace, an imperial garden used as the political and diplomatic center in the Qing Dynasty, has witnessed many important historical events. After that, you can enjoy an a la carte lunch at a fancy restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere, and our price has already covered the cost of CNY150/ person.

In the afternoon, please follow our guide to take an exploration to Hutongs by local rickshaw. During this time, you can appreciate the oldest gray brick courtyard residence and capture the lifestyles of local families. Later, our driver will send you to the airport to catch the flight to Xian. Upon arrival, our Xian guide will wait you at the Arrival Hall, and then take you to the hotel for check-in. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Cycling on the ancient City Wall
Your small group Xian tour will start with the Terracotta Army. You will find each terracotta figure wearing different appearances and standing in diverse gestures. Apart from these warriors, the pottery horses and chariots will come into your sight as well.

Afterwards, our guide will take you to visit a local family and you will enjoy a special and authentic home cooked a la carte lunch at the local family. If interested, you can learn to cook some Chinese dishes from the hosts. In the afternoon, continue your visit to Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Museum. In the evening, you will enjoy a splendid dumpling dinner with the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show

Tip: 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 during this period and clients can enjoy a free night by themselves.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
Day 6 Xian
City Wall, Provincial History Museum, A la carte lunch, Great Mosque, Free time at the Muslim Bazzar. (B+L)
Li River
Xian City Wall will be the first destination this morning, which is the most completed ancient city wall in China. You can have a panoramic view of the city on the wall. Afterwards, our guide will take you to Shaanxi History Museum, which is a comprehensive history museum holding various relics and artifacts. You can appreciate Shaanxi's history, culture and ancient civilization in this museum. We'll serve an a la carte lunch at a well-known restaurant for you this noon. Again, tour price has covered the cost of CNY120/ person for this meal.

After lunch, we will proceed to the Great Mosque decorated with carved beams and painted pillars in Islamic style. This mosque is just located in the Muslim Quarter. When you finish visiting the mosque, the rest of the day will be free for you to stroll around the quarter. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Xian - Guilin
Fly to Guilin and airport-hotel transfer. Reed Flute Cave. (B)
After breakfast, our driver will send you to the airport to take a plane to Guilin. Upon arrival, our Guilin guide will accompany you to the hotel for check in. After a short break, visit the Reed Flute Cave. Regarded as the "Natural Palace of Art", Reed Flute Cave is full of stalactites in different sizes and shapes, such as flowers, forest, waterfall, mountains and so on. 

Meals: 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)
Rural Yangshuo
You will have a wonderful Li River cruise tour from Guilin to Yangshuo this morning, which will be an unforgettable experience during your small group Guilin tour. You can enjoy the beautiful rolling mountains and waters along the cruise. Then we will disembark at Yangshuo for the rural scenery sightseeing and take a chance to visit a local villager's home on the way.

After that, we will transfer you back to Guilin and visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, where you can find a hill in the shape of the elephant stretching its trunk to drink the water. Later, we will send you back to the hotel.

Tip: The lunch served on the cruise today is simple box Chinese food, which cannot be up to your taste and also fails to meet our serving standard, so we kindly suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Meals: 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)
Captain's Welcome Party
We'll send you to the railway station to catch a morning bullet train to Chongqing. The train trip takes about 5 hours. Your small group tour in Chongqing will start with the People's Liberation Monument, the CBD around which is the most prosperous pedestrian street in west China. Afterwards, the guide will take you to visit the Ci Qi Kou Ancient Town. You will be immersed in this town with its ancient buildings, delicate artifacts and streams. Then our guide will take you to check in the luxurious President Cruise Ship to visit the Yangtze River. As the cruise departs from Chongqing at about 22:00, your relaxing Yangtze River cruise of this small group tour begins. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: President No. 8 with balcony
Day 10 Shibaozhai
An excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
During today's Yangtze River cruise trip, you will have a shore excursion to Shibaozhai. There is a huge stone beside the river at this place, which is said to be the rest materials when Nvwa, a goddess in Chinese mythology patching up the sky. That is the reason why this place gained the name "Shibaozhai", meaning "treasured stone" in Chinese. Shibaozhai built along the mountain is in the rare wooden structure. You can also find an ancient temple on the top of Shibaozhai. When you finish this excursion, you will continue your cruise trip and the Captain's Welcome Party will be held in the evening.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Badong - Xiling Gorge
Yangtze Three Gorges with an excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Boat trackers on Shennong Stream
This day the Yangtze River Cruise Ship will first enter Qutang Gorge, the beginning passage of the Three Gorges, which is the shortest but the grandest one. Later, we will pass the Wu Gorge with famous lofty and misty peaks on two sides. It is the largest and the longest gorge along the way. This gorge is full of craggy grotesque rocks, and the entire pass looks like a winding natural gallery. Afterwards, you will disembark at Badong for an excursion to the Shennong Stream, which originates from the south slope of Shennongjia. You will take a pea boat ride drifting along the crystal stream to have a close look at mossy rocks, verdant plants, plank roads, ancient hanging coffins and precious animals. Moreover, the unique songs of the local Tujia people will leave you a deep impression.

After that, you will go back to the ship and continue the cruise to the west section of Xiling Gorge, which is famous for torrential water.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise, Three Gorges Dam. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
After breakfast, please pack you luggage and check out the cruise. The cruise company will arrange an excursion to visit the Three Gorges Dam, which is the largest water power project in the world. Then they will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and take you to have a rich lunch. After lunch, accompany you to the airport to catch the flight to Shanghai, the last destination of your small group tour. Upon arrival, our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the comfortable hotel for a good rest. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
Day 13 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund and a cruise tour on Huangpu River. (B+L)
The Bund, Shanghai
Your Shanghai small group tour will begin with Shanghai Museum this morning, which collects many bronze potteries, calligraphies, paintings, Buddha statues and some artifacts of the minority nations. After that, we'll proceed to Yuyuan Garden, one of famous classic gardens in Shanghai. You can appreciate the exquisite ancient construction art in the garden. An a la carte farewell lunch at a cost of CNY120/person will be well-arranged for you at a popular local restaurant this noon, which is included in our price.

In the afternoon, our guide will lead you to visit the Bund, where you can wander around to enjoy the diverse western style architecture. This is also one of the best sites to appreciate various skyscrapers in the city. You will also take a cruise tour along the Huangpu River. After that, our driver and guide will escort you back to the hotel and to say goodbye at the lobby.

Meals: 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 small group tour in China will come to an end today. After packing up your own belongings and checking out the hotel, you need to travel to the airport for your onward flight by yourself. Due to different flight schedules, the hotel-airport transfer service is not included in this tour. You can take a taxi at a cost of CNY180 or a little bit more to Pudong International Airport (PVG) and around CNY50 to Hongqiao Airport (SHA). Have a nice journey!

Meal: 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 
Oct. 2018Oct 04(Thu) Oct 17(Wed) $2199$809
Oct 11(Thu) Oct 24(Wed) $2199$809
Oct 18(Thu) Oct 31(Wed) $2199$809
Oct 25(Thu) Nov 07(Wed) $2229$839
Nov. 2018Nov 01(Thu) Nov 14(Wed) $2099$819
Nov 08(Thu) Nov 21(Wed) $2009$729
Nov 15(Thu) Nov 28(Wed) $1959 $1861$689

Remark: 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
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2018; 10% off - book by Jan 31, 2019
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Mar. 2019Mar 26(Tue) Apr 08(Mon) $2159 $1899$749
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 17(Wed) $2269 $1996$749
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 24(Wed) $2269 $1996$749
Apr 18(Thu) May 01(Wed) $2269 $1996$749
Apr 25(Thu) May 08(Wed) $2319 $2040$749
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 22(Wed) $2319 $2040$749
May 16(Thu) May 29(Wed) $2319 $2040$749
May 23(Thu) Jun 05(Wed) $2319 $2040$749
May 30(Thu) Jun 12(Wed) $2239 $1970$709
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 19(Wed) $2239 $1970$709
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 26(Wed) $2239 $1970$709
Jun 20(Thu) Jul 03(Wed) $2239 $1970$709
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 10(Wed) $2239 $1970$709
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 17(Wed) $2269 $1996$709
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 24(Wed) $2269 $1996$709
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 31(Wed) $2269 $1996$709
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 07(Wed) $2269 $1996$709
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 14(Wed) $2269 $1996$709
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 21(Wed) $2269 $1996$709
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 28(Wed) $2269 $1996$709
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 04(Wed) $2269 $1996$699
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 11(Wed) $2319 $2040$809
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 18(Wed) $2329 $2049$809
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 25(Wed) $2329 $2049$809
Sep 19(Thu) Oct 02(Wed) $2329 $2049$809
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 16(Wed) $2329 $2049$809
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 23(Wed) $2329 $2049$809
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 30(Wed) $2329 $2049$809
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 06(Wed) $2279 $2005$759
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 13(Wed) $2139 $1882$749
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 20(Wed) $2139 $1882$749

Remark: The prices in red reflect 12% 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
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Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings!
10% off - book 60 days in advance
5% off - book 30 days in advance