River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Shanghai
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Hangzhou
Visit the Shanghai Museum before boarding a bullet train to Hangzhou.
Day 3 Guilin/Yangshuo
Visit a tea plantation in Longjing village and the famous West Lake in Hangzhou. After, take an evening flight to Guilin and transfer to Yangshuo.
Day 4 Yangshuo
Spend two days enjoying the beautiful scenery in this region. Take a guided bike tour through the stunning countryside with an included local lunch. Opt to take a local cooking class, practice tai chi or see the Light and Sound show.
Day 5 Yangshuo
Enjoy a cycling tour through the countryside with an included lunch at a farmer's home. (1L)
Day 6 Yangtze River
Fly to Chongqing and prepare for a two-day boat journey along the Yangtze River, which cuts through the magnificent Three Gorges.
Days 7-8 Yangtze River
Opt to leave the boat and take small side trips on land to see villages and temples along the river. Or board smaller boats to visit tributaries along the way.
Day 9 Yangtze River/Xi’an
Pass through the Three Gorges and head to the train station for an overnight train to Xi'an. (1B)
Day 10 Xi'an
Enjoy all Xi'an has to offer. Take an orientation walk of the city and visit the Terracotta Warriors. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls.
Day 11 Xi’an/Beijing
Enjoy a free day to explore the city before an overnight train to Beijing.
Day 12 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and enjoy included tours of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Day 13 Beijing
Explore the Great Wall before our last night in the city.
Day 14 Beijing
Depart at any time.
River Cruise Highlights
Explore the Bund and the famous Shanghai Museum
Cycle Yangshuo's dramatic rice fields
Relax on a Yangzte cruise through the Three Gorges
Visit the Terracotta Warriors
Walk along the Great Wall
All This Included
Experience the towering achievements of China's rich history as you uncover its past along the Great Wall and reflect on its future among Shanghai’s gleaming towers. Explore the country’s great cities, magnificent architecture, gorgeous landscapes, and archaeological treasures. Float down the Yangtze River and wander among iconic limestone karsts. Our expert CEOs will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on experiencing all that China has to offer.
Shanghai orientation walk
Shanghai Museum entrance
West Lake orientation walk (Hangzhou)
Tea plantation visit
Yangshuo countryside bike tour with local lunch
Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges (2 days)
Terracotta Warriors tour
Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
Great Wall entrance
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transportation: Train, plane, bullet train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, metro, walking.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Accommodations on this Tour
Hotels (8 nts)
Sleeper train (2 nts)
Yangtze boat (3 nts)
Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
Allow USD $285-370 for meals not included.
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
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.