Shanghai Bund

Golden Triangle & Yangtze

SG07: 11 Days Small Group Tour of 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: 7 nights at good 5-star hotels, 3 nights on Yangtze River cruise
Meals: 10 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
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
  • Meet a local Chinese family, interact & taste delicious home-cooked Chinese food
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to Beijing today! Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), our experienced guide will pick you up and then our driver will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free to relax.
 
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Our group at the Great Wall
Today your small group Beijing tour will begin. Our guide will lead you to Tiananmen Square first, and then after about 30 minutes in the square, you will take a short walk directly to the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, where you can appreciate the numerous collections of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). Once was the imperial palace for 24 emperors, the Forbidden City is grand in size and exquisite in design. It is the essence of the ancient Chinese architecture, symbolizing the imperial power.

After visiting the two attractions, we will arrange an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price), providing you with a chance to taste the real Chinese food and the signature Peking Roast Duck.

In the afternoon, our guide will escort you to the Temple of Heaven, a place where the emperors used to hold the Heaven Worshipping Ceremony. Nowadays, it has become a large park, where you can see many local people are spending their leisure life. A real life scene of the Chinese! The evening will be highlighted by a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
In the morning, you will be accompanied to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, a must for any Beijing tour. In order to save your energy and leave you more time to enjoy the magnificent views of the Great Wall, we will arrange a round-trip cable car for you. Moreover, we will provide red wine for a group toast there. Lunch will not be offered today, as the nearby restaurants cannot meet our serving standard. We suggest you have a good breakfast and have a simple meal for lunch at our guide’s assistance.

Afterwards, we will go to a well-known local market in the city center and leave you some free time there. In the end, we will take you back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
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)
Today our guide will escort you to the Summer Palace, the best-preserved royal park in China, where man-made architecture and natural scenery exist harmoniously. Next, we will pass by the Bird's Nest, which was the main venue of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. You can take pictures of this landmark building.

After that, we will serve you an a la carte lunch at a fancy restaurant, and the cost of CNY150.00 per person for this meal has been included in our price.

In the afternoon, following the guide, you will have a rickshaw trip to explore the Hutongs. It is a good opportunity to see the traditional alleys and the old residential houses. Moreover, you will experience an interesting Chinese paper cutting, which is one of the popular Chinese traditional folk arts. Then you will fly to your next destination, Xi'an. Upon your arrival, our Xi'an guide and driver will pick you up outside the baggage claim area of the airport and transfer you to the hotel for a comfortable stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 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
After breakfast, your small group Xi'an tour begins. Our guide will accompany you to visit one of the Eight Wonders in the world, the Terracotta Army. Next, we will arrange a local family visit for you. Home-cooked lunch will be served. If interested, you can learn to cook Chinese dishes from the hosts for free.

After lunch, you will be accompanied to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a peaceful building built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). With a few minutes' walking, you will come to Xi'an Museum, storing about 130,000 cultural relics and showing the rich history of Xi'an. In the evening, the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will entertain you when you enjoy a famous Dumpling Dinner.

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

Since the theater is usually closed in Dec, Jan, Feb and Mar, if travelling during one of these months, clients will have free time to relax in the evening.
Day 6 Xi'an to Chongqing by Flight
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)
Yangtze River cruise
In the morning, we will escort you to the City Wall Park to see the local people's morning life and you will have an opportunity to learn to practice Tai Chi with a master. Then the guide will take you to the City Wall, the most complete city wall survived in China, as well as one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. It is highly recommended that you may rent a bike and enjoy the excitements of riding on the wall.

After that, you will fly to Chongqing. Our Chongqing guide and driver will be waiting for you at the airport. And then, the guide will take you to visit Jiefangbei CBD, where you may have dinner on your own. Later, the guide will take you to the dock and help you check in a luxurious Yangtze River cruise ship. In the evening, with the city lights on, you will see the splendid riverside views of Chongqing on board. At about 22:00, your memorable Yangtze River cruise tour begins.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: President No.6 with balcony
Day 7 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 be invited to take part in a Yangtze River cruise orientation. It is a good chance for you to know more about the culture and history of the Yangtze River. The daily schedule of the cruise will be sent to your room. If you are interested, you can attend some cultural activities held on board. At around 12:30pm, you will have a shore excursion to the Shuangguishan National Forest Park. The Captain's Welcome Party will be waiting for you to participate tonight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream Excursion
The most splendid part of your Yangtze River cruise tour comes today. The ship will first enter the Qutang Gorge, the shortest but grandest of the Three Gorges. Later, we will pass by the Wu Gorge with famous lofty and misty peaks.

After that, you will disembark at Badong to have a boat ride drifting along the Shennong Stream. During the trip, you will enjoy the amazing natural scenery of the deeper gorge, accompanied by the fair-sounding local Tujia people’s singing. Afterwards, return to the cruise ship and keep cruising along the Xiling Gorge.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yichang to Shanghai by High Speed Train
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour high speed train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
This morning you will disembark and have an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project. Then you will be transferred to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and transfer you to the railway station for an onward 7.5-hour high speed train to Shanghai. As the flight to Shanghai usually departs in the morning, which conflicts with your sightseeing to the Dam, therefore, we arrange the high speed train for you to experience.

It is a good idea to pack some cookies, prepare music, a book or a movie device for this train journey. The free hot water is served on the train, so the instant noodles, coffee or tea are also good company. Upon your arrival, our Shanghai guide and driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the well-arranged hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 10 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 area
Your small group Shanghai tour begins today. In the morning, we will lead you to the Shanghai Museum, a place for you to enjoy the ancient Chinese art. Then, proceed to the famous Yu Garden, the largest of Shanghai's ancient gardens with Ming and Qing architectural styles. Outside the garden, there is a traditional bazaar, popular for both local people and travelers, so we will leave you some free time there.

An a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged in a popular local restaurant.

After lunch, our guide will accompany you to the Former French Concession to appreciate European architecture and get to know about modern Chinese history. Then we will visit the Bund, the symbol and highlight of Shanghai. You will also have a cruise tour along the Huangpu River. When night falls, the banks are bright with lights and the scenery is even more beautiful. At the end of the day, our guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel and it's time to say goodbye.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 11 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)
Today you will travel to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination. Due to different flight schedules, the hotel-airport transfer service is not included in this small group journey. If your flight leaves from Pudong International Airport (PVG), you can take a taxi with the cost of around CNY200 per cab from your hotel. Alternatively, you may choose to experience the maglev train from Longyang Road Station to Pudong airport. If it is Hongqiao Airport (SHA), a taxi costs around CNY100. Both your guide and the hotel reception are happy to offer you the transportation information needed. Please talk with them beforehand. Wish you a nice journey!

Meals: 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
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jun 17(Thu)Jun 27(Sun)$2419$729
Jun 24(Thu)Jul 04(Sun)$2399$729
Jul 01(Thu)Jul 11(Sun)$2439$729
Jul 08(Thu)Jul 18(Sun)$2439$729
Jul 15(Thu)Jul 25(Sun)$2439 $2317$729
Jul 22(Thu)Aug 01(Sun)$2469 $2345$729
Jul 29(Thu)Aug 08(Sun)$2439 $2317$729
Aug 05(Thu)Aug 15(Sun)$2439 $2317$729
Aug 12(Thu)Aug 22(Sun)$2439 $2317$729
Aug 19(Thu)Aug 29(Sun)$2439 $2195$729
Aug 26(Thu)Sep 05(Sun)$2469 $2222$789
Sep 02(Thu)Sep 12(Sun)$2489 $2240$829
Sep 09(Thu)Sep 19(Sun)$2489 $2240$829
Sep 16(Thu)Sep 26(Sun)$2489 $2240$829
Sep 23(Thu)Oct 03(Sun)$2519 $2267$829
Oct 07(Thu)Oct 17(Sun)$2489 $2240$829
Oct 14(Thu)Oct 24(Sun)$2489 $2240$829
Oct 21(Thu)Oct 31(Sun)$2489 $2240$829
Oct 28(Thu)Nov 07(Sun)$2329 $2096$779
Nov 04(Thu)Nov 14(Sun)$2329 $2096$779
Nov 11(Thu)Nov 21(Sun)$2419 $2177$769

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • 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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    4.65 Reviews
    Sheldon
    United States
    Posted on January 20, 2019
    We were extremely pleased with our entire experience. The guides that impressed us the most were: David, Wendy and Lucy. We had another guide for a half day, a woman in her mid-30's with a young son whose name I can't remember who was very good and Tao in Chongqing. They are definitely an asset of tcg. Thank you very much for leaving us a o great memory in China.
    Jim and Dianne
    Canada
    Posted on January 01, 2019
    The tour was jam packed with all the main highlights one would want to see in China. We were busy! All the guides were well informed and personable, (esp. Tina in Beijing). The small group of 13 (one child) was a perfect size and everyone got along very well. The meal at a private home was delicious with an abundance of food. The dumpling evening was also good but we were disappointed in the positioning of the tables as could only see half of the beautiful and wonderful presentation. (unfortunately we were under the impression that we couldn't move to the seats in front as they would have provided the necessary view ).The karate evening was spectacular. Meals and hotels were very good.
    We enjoyed the Yantze River cruise but didn't find the ship to be of a five star quality. The beds were very hard and the meals were not of the standard that we were expecting of a five star. It was a worthwhile experience despite.
    Selina, the internet tour guide, answered all of our questions promptly and was very efficient. She is a definite plus for the company!
    We are very pleased to have taken the tour and will entertain our friends with stories such as climbing the Great Wall and so on.
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    Karyn T
    Australia
    Posted on December 15, 2018
    Information overload from the tour (female not male) guides which was Ok. Would have liked to see at least one market and had a chance to go shopping somewhere.

    The tour company gave us what was promised on the itinerary. Excellent hotels (but mostly in the financial districts away from everything.)and restaurants.
    Marion
    USA
    Posted on November 16, 2018
    Mrs. Hughes and I have returned home to the states. We want to say thank you for your excellent service and the delightful guides that met us at all points. The cruise was wonderful and we were quite surprised to have a guide met us in Yichang and take us safely to the Airport. When next we have an opportunity to visit Asia we can be sure we will contact your company again.
    David McCallum
    Australia
    Posted on October 15, 2018
    This China trip truely exceeded our expections due to the following factors:

    The quality of Tour Guides arranged by travelchinaguide was excellent. All Tour Guides spoke good English and could provide quality narrative about all places and attractions visited and also gave good insight into what China was like. Without exception they were totally responsive to the tour groups needs and wants. Please pass on our thanks in particular to Candy (Beijing), Ying (Xian) and Leo (Shanghai). The drivers provided were most capable and the buses provided were always clean, timely and comfortable. The standard of accommodation provided was outstanding. The quality of restaurants and meals provided was outstanding. All tastes were catered for and no one in the group was disappointed. The attention to detail demonstrated by their representatives was excellent and contributed to an excellent China tour. For example - transfer of luggage from airports to hotels "simply happened" and was ably handled by their staff. Airport checkins were completed by the representatives prior to our arrival at the airport saving considerable time and lenghty delays in queues. We simply collected our boarding passes from the representative and moved to the departure lounges.

    We commend this organisation and will recommend travelchinaguide to our friends, family and associates.
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