Day 1 Overnight Flight
Set out on a journey to exciting Shanghai, affluent Chengdu, fascinating Xian and historic Beijing. Your tour also features a 4-night cruise on the captivating Yangtze River.
Day 2 Shanghai, China - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in booming Shanghai, the economic capital of the People’s Republic of China. This bustling city’s futuristic skyline will leave you speechless.
Day 3 Shanghai
Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager shares a few key phrases of the native language. Then, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. Set out for the waterfront district, known as the Bund, which runs along the Huangpu River. Famous for its impressive colonial buildings, you’ll feel as though you have stepped back into 19th-century Europe. Explore Old Town’s narrow streets and relax in the tranquil Yuyuan Garden. Enjoy lunch at a celebrated local restaurant known for its xiao long bao soup dumplings. Get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner before enjoying an amazing acrobatics show. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 4 Shanghai
Discover the treasures of the Shanghai Museum, home to artifacts that span China’s rich history. Visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and view the centerpiece of the museum, a vast scale model of Shanghai as it will look in 2020. The afternoon is yours to explore as you wish. (Breakfast)
Day 5 Shanghai - Yichang - Board Cruise Ship
Visit a silk factory and learn how artisans create this luxurious fabric. All aboard the Mag Lev train where magnetic levitation technology allows you to reach speeds over 260 miles per hour! Next, board your flight to Hubei province. Touching down in Yichang, embark your ship for a 4-night upstream Yangtze River cruise. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 6 Cruising - Three Gorges Dam - Xiling Gorge
Begin your day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck. Sail into dramatic Xiling Gorge, the longest section of the Three Gorges. Discover the state-of-the-art site of the Three Gorges Dam. The dam, inside the first of the three gorges, is the world’s largest hydroelectric project. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s welcome dinner and cabaret. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 7 Cruising - Shennong Stream - Wu Gorge - Qutang Gorge
Take in the tranquil surroundings on a ride up the remote Shennong Stream in traditional pea boats. Upon returning to your ship, enjoy the majestic vistas as you sail through Wu Gorge, well-known for its 12 forest-covered peaks. This afternoon, be amazed as you sail by the dramatic steep cliffs that surround the Qutang Gorge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 8 Cruising - Shibaozhai
Arrive at Shibaozhai, an imposing hill along the banks of the Yangtze River. Adorning the hill is a 9-story red pagoda where you can climb the stairs to the top of Shibaozhai, the perfect place to take in the view of the river and surrounding area. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 9 Chongqing - Disembark Cruise Ship - Chengdu
Disembark this morning in the mountain city of Chongqing and travel to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. Spend time on your own strolling through its ancient streets with a blend of historic and modern architecture. Come to know the leisurely lifestyle and teahouse culture that makes this city captivating. Tonight, sample the fresh, bold flavors of the local cuisine. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 10 Chengdu
Your morning begins with a visit to the Panda Breeding Sanctuary to learn how China’s national treasure is being protected from extinction. Your guided tour allows you the rare opportunity to see the Giant Panda in its natural environment. The sanctuary is also home to the Red Panda. Enjoy an afternoon visit to Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the former home to one of China’s famous poets who was often referred to as the "Shakespeare of China." End your day by exploring Jinli Old Street with its traditional-style buildings. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 11 Chengdu - Xian
This morning we fly to the ancient city of Xian, surrounded by the best-preserved city wall in China and where the illustrious Silk Road concludes. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Xian dumpling banquet. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 12 Xian
Today, explore the incredible excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors. This vast clay army, 8,000 strong, was created to guard China’s first emperor in the afterlife. You'll be amazed at the detail – each soldier has a different face. Lunch today is a Xian specialty – hand-pulled noodles. Tonight you may choose to enjoy an optional Tang Dynasty dinner and show, complete with Imperial cuisine. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 13 Xian - Beijing
This morning, fly to the capital of China – Beijing. Contemplate history during a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public spaces in the world. Next, discover the Forbidden City, an awe-inspiring 15th-century complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens that were once home to the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 14 The Great Wall
Discover the Great Wall, China’s legendary landmark. Live out a lifelong dream as you visit the picturesque Juyongguan section to walk along this celebrated structure. Next, visit a jade workshop to learn how local artists create these masterpieces. On your way back to Beijing, relive the excitement of the 2008 Summer Olympics when you view Olympic Park, the Water Cube and the famous Bird’s Nest Stadium. Tonight, you may opt to attend the Peking Opera and explore the Donghuamen night market. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 15 Beijing
Visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperor came twice each year to pray. Relax amidst the locals doing their morning exercises. Later, take a thrilling rickshaw tour through the oldest part of Beijing. With an interpreter, learn about a local family’s way of life and share lunch with them in their Hutong home. They will also teach you the art of dumpling making. Next, spend time with a Chinese calligraphy master and learn about this ancient art. Your final stop features a traditional tea ceremony. Later, enjoy a special farewell dinner including Peking Duck. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 16 Beijing - Tour Ends
River Cruise Highlights
Take your seat at an amazing acrobatics show.
Discover the treasures of the Shanghai Museum, spanning China’s rich history.
All aboard the Mag Lev train - reach speeds over 260 miles per hour!
Meet a Chinese calligraphy master and learn how to write using this ancient art.
All This Included
Experience China’s marvels, ancient and modern, rural and cosmopolitan, on this fantastic 16-day tour that features a relaxing 4-night upstream cruise of the Yangtze River. Float by the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges and steep cliffs of the Qutang Gorge. Explore the booming city of Shanghai, including Yuyuan Garden. Marvel at an acrobatic show. Stand before the 8,000 warriors in the life-size terracotta army in Xian. Interact with China’s national treasure at the Panda Breeding Sanctuary. Try your hand at the art of Chinese calligraphy and take a tai chi lesson. Discover for yourself the mysterious Forbidden City and the immense Tiananmen Square. Walk a section of the Great Wall, tour the old, narrow streets of Beijing by rickshaw and share lunch with a local family in their Hutong home.
Accommodations for 14 nights.
34 meals. (Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.)
A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip.
Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.
Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees."
Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.
Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour.
Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway).
Accommodations on this Tour
Shanghai: Shanghai Mingde Grand Hotel
Cruising: Victoria cruises
Chengdu: Chendgdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
Xian: Xian Grand New World
Beijing: Beijing Zhongle Six Star Hotel
Pre and Post Add-ons
5-Night Shangri-La Extension
$1,399 per person
Shangri La Extension – Travel to the Yunnan province, home to one third of China’s minority people and the former terminus of World War II’s famed Burma Road. Behold the unique geographic formations known as the Stone Forest before traveling to Lijiang, known as Shangri La. A utopia in legends, but in reality a quaint town with stunning mountainous vistas and a Tibetan cultural heritage.
Pre Night: Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai
$140 per night
The Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai Hotel is located in the heart of Hongqiao, Shanghai's upscale business district. With 5 award-winning restaurants and 2 lounges, indulge yourself with gastronomic temptations ranging from classical Chinese cuisine to modern Western fare. The Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai Hotel delightfully indulges every guest with an unparalleled stay experience by combining savvy service with a home-away-from-home feel.
Post Night: Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
$150 per night
Would you like to end your vacation with an additional Hotel in Beijing?
Cabin upgrades are available.
Intra-tour air is not included in the prices above.
Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking.
Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
For your comfort, we recommend bringing walking shoes.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.