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Golden Triangle & Yangtze

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
11 days
From: $ 1,529 $ 139 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors 
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges 
  • 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

Short Description

This 11-day China small group tour is a collection of highlight cities - Beijing, the capital city for several dynasties; Xi'an - the starting point of the world-renowned Silk Road; Shanghai, an international modern metropolis; and the most importantly, the Three Gorges Dam, the 'crossthe-century' project and the Yangtze River cruise, just as classical as it sounds.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Beijing
End City Shanghai

Trip Includes

  • Domestic airfares 
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts 
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specify 
  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton (5 stars)

As the flight lands at Beijing Capital Airport, your long-anticipated 11 days guided tour of China starts with a warm welcome by our guide. We will transfer you to the hotel and the rest of the day remains free for you to relax and recover from jet lag. A full day of scheduled sightseeing awaits you tomorrow. 

Day 2: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast, you will meet your guide and other group members at the orientation briefing held in the hotel. The exciting trip begins with a visit to the world-famous Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in the morning. In the Forbidden City, the world's biggest imperial palace complex, 24 emperors ruled continuously for 490 years. Nowadays, travelers can trace its gorgeous history from the well-preserved majestic palaces and valued collections. Lunch will feature an authentic a la carte Chinese meal at a nice restaurant, avoiding the tourist eateries arranged by most agencies.

In the afternoon, you will visit the historically significant Temple of Heaven. After today's sightseeing, you will enjoy a fabulous Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre. 

Day 3: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast

Have a big breakfast at the hotel today and then head for the majestic Badaling Great Wall and a jade factory. Only a small section of the Great Wall, Badaling has embodies the best of this wonderful military project. Climbing the great wall is energy-consuming but memorable, so we specially prepares red wine for a group toasting on the Great Wall to celebrate and commemorate this moment. Lunch is not included in today's itineraries as the restaurants nearby are not up to our standards. You can have some fast food for lunch by yourself.

The exploration continues with a visit to the Sacred Way in the afternoon. The day's sightseeing will come to an end after seeing the Bird's Nest on the way back to the city. Our driver will stop there for a few minutes for you to take pictures. 

Day 4: Beijing - Xian

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (5 stars)

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch 

This morning you will first visit the Summer Palace, which offers a harmonious combination of Chinese royal buildings, a Buddhist pagoda, classical garden design, man-made hills and lakes. After paying a short visit to a pearl store, you will enjoy a delicious a la carte lunch at an elegant local restaurant.

Continue your visit to the old Hutongs this afternoon. After that, our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Xian. The local guide in Xian will pick you up at the airport and help you check in at the hotel for a two-night stay. 

Day 5: Xian

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

After breakfast, you visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and a pottery-making factory. The large quantity of life-size and vivid terracotta statuaries made 2,200 years ago will definitely amaze you. An authentic home-cooked a la carte lunch awaits you at the home of a local family in downtown Xian, which avoids the tourist restaurants near the warrior site and also is a good opportunity for you to learn about the local people's life. Also, there is a good chance for you to learn about one or two Chinese dishes from the host.

In the afternoon, go on to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xian Museum. Tonight, feast your eyes on the famous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show after you enjoy the local specialty -- a Dumpling Dinner. (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 starting during this period. Clients will enjoy a free night by themselves.) 

Day 6: Xian - Chongqing

Accommodation: President No.6 with balcony (5 stars)

Meals: Breakfast 

A morning excursion will take you to one of Xian's landmarks, the City Wall. You can rent a bicycle and enjoy a special ride on the old wall (bike rental fee is on your own).

Afterwards, you will fly to Chongqing. Our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town. Then you will head for Chaotianmen Ferry Terminal to board the luxurious Yangtze River cruise ship, which is the most relaxed journey of your 11 days China itinerary. The ship sails at 22:00. 

Day 7 – Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

As the cruise ship sailing, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Yangtze River and have onshore excursions to Shibaozhai and Shennv Stream. 

Day 9: Yichang - Shanghai

Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai (4 stars)

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch 

After breakfast, you will disembark for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Before that, you should pack your luggage and complete check-out procedures. After finishing the excursion, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and take you to have lunch.

After that we will see you off in the airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you in the airport and transfer you to the hotel. 

Day 10: Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning, visit the Shanghai Museum, the beautiful Yuyuan Garden, and a silk shop. In the museum, there are over 120,000 historical collections from ancient China. Yuyuan Garden, which was a private residence constructed 400 years ago, is one of the best combinations of ancient Chinese buildings, water, mountain and natural scenery. Around noon, a luxurious farewell a la carte lunch will be served at a famous restaurant with the best Shanghai cuisine.

In the afternoon, you will be guided to stroll along the Bund to experience the thrills of old and modern Shanghai. You will also have a cruise tour along the Huangpu River. In the end, our guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel and say goodbye to you at the lobby. 

Day 11: Departure from Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Pack your luggage after breakfast and check out before 12:00. Please be aware that the transfer cost from the hotel to the airport is not included in the quotation. You can book a taxi or airport shuttle bus on the day prior to your departure. Have a smooth journey home!

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