Classic China Including Yangtze River Cruise

About Trip:

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing

Day 2 Beijing

Day 3 Beijing

Day 4 Beijing - Xian

Day 5 Xian

Day 6 Xian

Day 7 Xian - Guilin

Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin

Day 9 Guilin - Chongqing 

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise

Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise

Day 12 Yichang - Shanghai

Day 13 Shanghai

Day 14 Departure from Shanghai


  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Fantastic cruise tour on the Li River from Guilin to rural Yangshuo
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance performance

Trip Fact

  • Trip Name: Classic China Including Yangtze River Cruise
  • Trip Code: TL-180-136
  • Country: China
  • Type: Group Tour,Escorted Tour
  • Activities: Culture & History Tours,River Cruises
  • Starting Point: Beijing International Airport
  • Ending Point: Shanghai Hotel

Trip Grade
  • Difficulty
What to expect ?
  • English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
  • Small Group of 1-18 persons, guaranteed departures
  • No Shopping Stops! Authentic Tours, Best Experience


Day 01: Arrival in Beijing

Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, our guide will be waiting for you outside the customs of Beijing Airport, and then transfer you to the hotel. Relax during the remainder of the day.  

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

(Add: 10 North Dong San Huan Road, Chaoyang District , Lufthansa Commercial Area, Beijing; Tel; 86-10-65905566)  

Day 02: Beijing

Visit the world famous Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City this morning. To avoid the cheap tourist restaurant as the most are doing now, we specially serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous and elegant restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven. The evening will be highlighted by a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre (Green Seats Area). (B+L)

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

Day 03: Beijing

Visit the Badaling Great Wall in the morning. Moreover, we specially provide red wine for a group-toasting on the Great Wall. The restaurants nearby the site are in low quality, so we do not arrange the lunch today. It may be the best that you have a big breakfast at the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Our guide will show you some restaurants. In the afternoon, following our guide, you will take the local rickshaw to explore the original Hutong alleys, appreciate the oldest gray brick courtyard residence and capture the lifestyles of local families. (B)

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

Day 04: Beijing - Xian

Visit the Summer Palace. We will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere. Your Beijing tour will come to an end after seeing the appearance of Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). Take a flight to Xian and check in at the hotel. (B+L)


Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Xian (5 stars) - deluxe room

(Add: 262 East Feng Hao Road, Lianhu District, Xian; Tel: 86-29-84261888)

Day 05: Xian

Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. After a special and authentic home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a local family, you will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xian Museum. A splendid evening is in store when you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show when partaking of the famous Dumpling Dinner. (B+L+D)

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Xian (5 stars) - deluxe room

Day 06: Xian 

You will visit the City Wall and the Provincial History Museum in the morning. After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a well-known restaurant, continue to visit the Great Mosque. We will leave you some free time at the nearby market. (B+L)

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Xian (5 stars) - deluxe room

Day 07: Xian - Guilin  

Take a flight to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Cave. Our tour guide in Guilin will help you check in at the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (5 stars) - elegant room

(Add: Bin Jing Nan Road, 541001, Guilin; Tel: 86-773-2825588)

Day 08: Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin

Appreciate the Li River scenery by cruising down from Guilin to Yangshuo. Disembark at Yangshuo for the rural scenery sightseeing. You also have a chance to visit a local villager's home on the way. Transfer you back to Guilin and visit the Elephant Trunk Hill.(B+L)

Tips: The lunch served on the cruise today is simple Chinese box lunch. It cannot be up to your taste and also fails to meet the serving standard of our TravelChinaGuide, so we kindly suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (5 stars) - elegant room

Day 09: Guilin - Chongqing

Take a morning bullet train for around 5 hours to Chongqing. Visit the Liberation Monuments and Ci Qi Kou ancient town. Check in at the luxurious President Cruise Ship. As the cruise departs from Chongqing at about 22:00, your relaxing Yangtze River cruise begins. (B)

Accommodation: President No. 8 with balcony (5 stars) 

Day 10: Shibaozhai

At about 14:00, have a shore excursion to Shibaozhai. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held this evening. (B+L+D)


Day 11: Badong - Xiling Gorge 

Begin the passage with Qutang Gorge, the shortest and the grandest of the Three Gorges. Later we will pass the Wu Gorge with its famous lofty and misty peaks. Disembark at Badong for an excursion to the Shennong Stream. The trip features natural beauty and an exciting boat ride drifting along the crystal stream. The pea boat allows you to experience a speedy adventure and have a close look at mossy rocks, verdant plants, plank roads, ancient coffins and precious animals. The unique songs of the local Tujia people are very impressive. Then continue sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge. (B+L+D)

Friendly Tips:

You will go through the disembarking procedure before leaving for the Three Gorges Dam visit tomorrow morning. Only small luggage that not exceed 20×40×50 centimeters (8×16×20 inches) and less than 5 kilograms (11 pounds) can be carried on your own. Luggage exceed that size or weight need to be checked in under the instructions of the cruise ship. And you will retrieve it at Yichang Three Gorges Tourists Service Center after you pay luggage delivery fee of CNY25/piece on your own.

Day 12: Yichang - Shanghai

Disembark for an excursion to the under constructed 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 and take you to have lunch. Then you will board the flight to Shanghai, where the guide in Shanghai will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. (B+L)


Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai (4 stars) - deluxe room  

(Add: No.65 West Yan'an Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai; 86-21-62481688)  

Day 13: Shanghai

Visit Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden. An a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a popular local restaurant.After lunch, we will transfer you to the Bund area, where you will take a one hour cruise tour on the Huangpu River. Enjoy some free time to explore the Bund area. Upon returning to the hotel our tour guide will see you into the lobby to say bon voyage. (B+L)  

Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Shanghai (4 stars) - deluxe room   

Day 14: Departure from Shanghai

Today you will travel to the airport for your departing flight by yourself. Due to different flight schedules, the hotel-airport transfer service is not included. We wish you a nice journey home. (B)


B-- Breakfast    L-- Lunch    D-- Dinner

(Note: The prices exclude the service charge of CNY150.00 per person recruited by the cruise company, you need to pay on the spot when you board the cruise.)

Cost Details

Price Include:
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Exclude
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

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No charge for any cancellation made 30 days prior to tour start date. If not canceled prior to 30 days, no refund will be issued.

Trip Notes

  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Not recommended for participants with wheelchair
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Tour group size is less than 18 persons
  • A current valid passport and visa is required on the day of travel

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This tour is organised by Xian Marco Polo International Travel Service Co., Ltd

Xian Shaanxi, China
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