Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, the capital of China, depending on your time of arrival the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3 Explore Imperial Beijing
Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Finally, soak up the harmonious ambiance of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. Enjoy an evening Chinese acrobatic show and savour Beijing’s best known delicacy – Peking Duck.
Day 4 The Great Wall
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Jade has been long cherished by the Chinese. At the Jade Museum you can understand and appreciate the delicate process of carving the stone and buy a piece if you wish. Savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander amongst traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture.
Day 5 Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian and visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing in the evening.
Day 6 Enigmatic Terracotta Warriors
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of these life-like warriors. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Take an afternoon stroll on Xian’s beautifully preserved 14th century city walls.
Day 7 Fly to Guilin
Fly to the scenic city of Guilin and explore the Reed Flute Caves, admiring the stunning colours of the stalagmites and stalactites.
Day 8 Li River Cruise
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to charming village of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen.
Day 9 Explore Rural Yangshuo
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of jewel-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside before having an afternoon at leisure. There are many activities available including cycling, rafting, and walking though you may prefer to relax in the town. In the evening see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Day 10 Fly to Kunming
Visit the Pearl museum before flying to Kunming, one of China’s most pleasant cities. Tonight dine on the famous Across the Bridge Noodles.
Day 11 Visit the Stone Forest
Explore the fascinating formations of the picturesque Stone Forest.
Day 12 Fly to Lijiang
Fly to Lijiang in Yunnan province. The quintessential Chinese ‘old town’, Lijiang’s old quarter is a jumble of cobbled streets, precarious wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges – in short, a delightful place to aimlessly wander. There will also be a visit to Black Dragon Pool where there are wonderful views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain massif.
Day 13 Discover Tiger Leaping Gorge
Over 3,000-metres deep, Tiger Leaping Gorge with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains is one of China’s most dramatic sights. The whole area is spectacular –prepare for breath-taking views. You will also visit a local embroidery school where young tribes-people learn vital skills and create handcrafts.
Day 14 Ascend Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
A magnificent mountain massif, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, incorporates several peaks, the tallest of which soars 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the gorgeous high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. On the way back to Lijiang, visit Baisha Naxi Village and admire the fascinating Ming Dynasty frescoes.
Day 15 Fly to Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Wander through the People’s Park to Matchmaker’s Corner and tonight enjoy a typical Sichuan dinner.
Day 16 Giant Pandas
Visit China’s most famous resident, the Giant Panda before travelling to Chongqing to board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
Days 17-18 Fly Yangtze River Cruise
Over the next two days prepare for one breath-taking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy a shore excursion to the Shibaozhai Temple.
Day 19 Fly to Shanghai
Disembark from your cruise vessel and fly to the vibrant city of Shanghai.
Day 20 Discover Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th century temples. Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Gardens, the Silk Mill and the atmospheric alleys of the old town before admiring the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise before enjoying traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Day 21 Depart Shanghai
Fly home, arriving there the same or following day.
Cruise along the Yangtze and Li Rivers and let the spectacular landscapes of Yunnan province take your breath away. Saunter around the cobbled streets of old Lijiang, gaze on the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge and explore the mysterious Stone Forest on this diverse adventure.
Touring with guides and entrance fees
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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.