13 day escorted tour itinerary

Treasures of China with Yangtze cruise and Shanghai

Three cities, one great river

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Why not combine the historic sights of Beijing and the former capital Xian with a cruise down the Yangtze River, one of the cradles of Chinese civilisation? Cover the must-see sights in three of China's most interesting cities, including the Great Wall of China at Badaling near Beijing and Xian's Terracotta Warriors, before flying to Chongqing where you will board the boat. Cruising along the world's third longest waterway you will take in the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges, visit ancient temples and learn more about the dam project and local life, before discovering Shanghai with its fascinating mix of ancient and modern. 

Departures 2017:                   Departures 2018:                     Departures 2019:
November 5, 12, 19                January 7, 14                           January 6
December 3, 17                      February 25
                                                 March 18, 25
                                                 April 8
                                                 May 6, 13, 20
                                                 June 3, 10, 17
                                                 July 8, 15
                                                 August 5, 12, 19
                                                 September 2, 9, 16
                                                 October 14, 21
                                                 November 4, 11, 18
                                                 December 2, 16 

Itineraries for departures after the dates shown above are subject to change, please call for more details.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Explore Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Climb the Great Wall of China
  • Cruise the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges
  • Pagodas, temples and skyscrapers in exciting Shanghai

Sample Itinerary Summary

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13 days
Destination Breakdown
Private or Group basis, Escorted
  • International flights.
  • Internal flights or train journeys as detailed.
  • Accommodation as detailed in double or twin room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • English speaking local driver/guide
  • Meals included as stated. Breakfast is usually a Western-style buffet in your hotel. Most other meals are taken in local restaurants.
  • All entrance fees as appropriate
Not included
  • International and domestic departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the driver and guide
  • Beijing

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walk along the Great Wall of China
    • See the most holy imperial temple - the Temple of Heaven
    • Visit the Summer Palace
    • Explore the Forbidden City
    • See the iconic Bird’s Nest National Stadium
  • Xian

    Itinerary Highlights

    • One of the oldest cities in China
    • Home to the striking Terracotta Army
    • Tour the Wild Goose Pagoda
    • See a Tang Dynasty show
  • Yangtze River

    Itinerary Highlights

    • The third longest river in the world
    • Panoramic scenery
    • See the Three Gorges Dam
  • Shanghai

    Itinerary Highlights

    • See Shanghai's most famous monasteries - Jade Buddha Temple
    • Hit the shops on Nanjing Road
    • See one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Jinmao Tower
    • Visit the waterfront area, the Bund