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Classic China & Yangtze River Cruise

16 Days From £2599*
Departing September 2014 - May 2015
* Price shown: 11 Nov 2018 from London Heathrow - LHR
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Spellbinding China

Join us for a mesmerising mix of man-made sights and astounding natural wonders. From Shanghai's glass and steel to centuries-old Beijing, this tour takes in Giant Pandas, Xi'an's legendary Terracotta Warriors and the 'silk city' of Suzhou. On a cruise down the ageless Yangtze, you'll witness the spectacular Three Gorges Dam - an engineering marvel - and discover a land rich in myth, legend and stunning scenery.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A Shanghai city tour and a visit to the Pearl Tower
  • Explore Shanghai's Old City and Yuyuan Chinese Gardens
  • Journey to ancient Suzhou and enjoy a canal cruise and a visit to the old city and the silk embroidery institute
  • Experience Beijing - including visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace
  • Journey to the Great Wall, and see the Olympic Stadium
  • Entrance to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre in Chengdu
  • A guided city tour of Xi'an and a visit to the Terracotta Army excavations
  • A four-night, five-star, full-board Yangtze river cruise, visiting the Three Gorges Dam
  • 10 nights' breakfast and lunch half-board accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Shanghai (2 nights), Suzhou (1), Beijing (3), Chengdu (2) and Xi'an (2)
  • Eight dinners, including a Peking Duck dinner
  • High-speed train journeys from Suzhou to Beijing, and from Chongqing to Chengdu
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Shanghai
  • All internal flights in China
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • The services of expert, English-speaking guides in China
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)

Itinerary

Day One

Board your overnight flight to Shanghai.

Day Two

Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel, before enjoying a guided introduction to this amazing city. The colonial grandeur of the buildings that line the west bank of the Huangpu River, on the famous Bund, hint at past glories, and are now surrounded by the modern city's gigantic skyscrapers.

Your tour will include a visit to the rocket-shaped Pearl TV Tower, which surveys the city, and the fascinating Shanghai City History Museum.

Day Three

This morning tour Shanghai's Old City, at the heart of which is the 16th-century Yuyuan classical Chinese garden, with its pools, walkways and bridges - a haven amongst the bustling bazaars and street markets.

After a fascinating morning, board the coach for the 90-minute journey to the ancient city of Suzhou and your next overnight stay.

Day Four

With its silk trade associations, tree-lined waterways and thousand-year-old classical gardens, Suzhuo, set on the Grand Canal, is a breathtaking gem. Discover the Old City's charms, visit the beautiful Lingering Garden and the Silk Embroidery Institute, and enjoy a canal cruise as this fascinating place is brought to life by your guide.

Late this afternoon, board a high-speed train for the journey north to Beijing, where you'll spend three nights.

Day Five

Tour the Chinese capital with your guide, visiting some of its most famous attractions. You'll see Tiananmen Square, site of Chairman Mao's tomb and gateway to the great Imperial Palace (the iconic Forbidden City). In the Palace's ceremonial halls and living quarters, as well as in part of the vast museum, you'll gain an insight into the extraordinary lives led by its privileged occupants - 24 Chinese emperors.

You'll end your day in Beijing with a traditional 'Peking Duck' dinner.

Day Six

The Great Wall of China is famously (though not entirely accurately) the only man-made structure visible from space. Travel to Badaling, where, amid steep, forested hills, part of the wall has been lovingly restored, and it's easy to appreciate the immensity of this marvellous feat of engineering.

Your day will also include the opportunity to see the exterior of the amazing 'Bird's Nest' stadium from the 2008 Olympic Games for yourself. This evening, you might choose to join an optional excursion to the world-famous Beijing Opera, to discover its mix of song, dance and acrobatics.

Day Seven

The majestic and tranquil Summer Palace at Yiheyuan is today's destination. You'll also have the opportunity to step back in time on an optional rickshaw tour of the ancient hutongs, Old Peking's fast-disappearing labyrinth of narrow alleyways.

Bid farewell to Beijing, transferring to the airport to fly to the port of Yichang. There you'll meet a five-star ship for your cruise on the Yangtze, the third longest river in the world. The journey upstream is highly enjoyable, not least for the change of pace.

Day Eight

Spend three unforgettable days enjoying the ever-changing vistas from your ship, as you cruise the mighty Yangtze River. Rest and relax on board, join early morning Tai-Chi sessions and hear the legends of the Three Kingdoms.

First off, you'll visit the immense Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectricity project - a controversial feat of engineering that has wrought drastic change on the riverscape. You'll then sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges, which together stretch over 200km and vary from 100 to 300 metres in width.

Day Nine

The 'Small Three Gorges' on the Daling River are a stunning backdrop for an excursion by boat. Sail through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge, admiring the sights of one of China's most dramatic regions. Though changed forever by the famous dam's construction, the landscape retains the spectacular grandeur of its 900-metre cliffs and jagged peaks.

Day 10

Early risers can join in the on-deck Tai Chi session before a buffet breakfast. This morning's port of call is the 2000-year-old 'Ghost City' of Fengdu, a place shrouded in ancient legend and Taoist teachings about the afterlife.

For your last evening on board, join the Captain for a Farewell Dinner and crew show.

Day 11

Disembark in Chongqing, and enjoy a guided introduction to one of modern China's fastest-growing cities. Visit the contrasting 100-year-old streets of Ciqi Kou and explore beautiful Goose Neck Park, before boarding a fast train into Sichuan province and the relaxed, modern city of Chengdu, where you'll stay for the next two nights.

Day 12

In Eastern Sichuan's capital, modern developments contrast with the traditional tea-houses and colourful shops of old Jinli Street. One of the highlights of your stay in Chengdu will be a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre - learn about these wonderful creatures and the steps being taken to ensure their future survival.

Dinner this evening will give you an opportunity to sample traditional Sichuan cuisine.

Day 13

Today you'll fly to China's ancient capital, Xi'an, for a two-night stay. You'll visit the ancient city walls of this fascinating treasure trove, with its Great Mosque in the Muslim Quarter and its Tang dynasty monuments. This evening, enjoy a traditional Dumpling Dinner.

Day 14

An unforgettable day awaits, as today brings a chance to marvel at the legendary Terracotta Army - some 8,000 lifelike foot-soldiers, horsemen and charioteers discovered in 1974 - now one of the world's greatest tourist attractions. Close by, the yet-to-be-excavated tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huang is said to contain a vast underground city.

You'll complete your tour of Xi'an's ancient treasures with a visit to the Small Goose Pagoda, before an evening in the city.

Day 15

You'll fly back to Shanghai for a final evening in modern China's most vibrant metropolis. Discover the preserved streets of the former French Concession, also home to some of Shanghai's most chic boutiques. This evening, complete your visit to China with an optional City Nightscape Cruise.

Day 16

Transfer to the airport, early this morning, for the daytime flight back to the UK at the end of a truly wonderful holiday.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Aberdeen16 Apr 2017 £2899.00
Aberdeen30 Apr 2017 £2899.00
Aberdeen14 May 2017 £2899.00
Aberdeen10 Sep 2017 £2999.00
Aberdeen17 Sep 2017 £2999.00
Aberdeen15 Oct 2017 £2949.00
Aberdeen12 Nov 2017 £2799.00
Aberdeen22 Apr 2018 £2899.00
Aberdeen20 May 2018 £2899.00
Aberdeen10 Jun 2018 £2799.00
Aberdeen09 Sep 2018 £2999.00
Aberdeen16 Sep 2018 £2999.00
Aberdeen14 Oct 2018 £2949.00
Aberdeen11 Nov 2018 £2799.00
Edinburgh16 Apr 2017 £2899.00
Edinburgh30 Apr 2017 £2899.00
Edinburgh14 May 2017 £2899.00
Edinburgh10 Sep 2017 £2999.00
Edinburgh17 Sep 2017 £2999.00
Edinburgh15 Oct 2017 £2949.00
Edinburgh12 Nov 2017 £2799.00
Edinburgh22 Apr 2018 £2899.00
Edinburgh20 May 2018 £2899.00
Edinburgh10 Jun 2018 £2799.00
Edinburgh09 Sep 2018 £2999.00
Edinburgh16 Sep 2018 £2999.00
Edinburgh14 Oct 2018 £2949.00
Edinburgh11 Nov 2018 £2799.00
Glasgow16 Apr 2017 £2899.00
Glasgow30 Apr 2017 £2899.00
Glasgow14 May 2017 £2899.00
Glasgow10 Sep 2017 £2999.00
Glasgow17 Sep 2017 £2999.00
Glasgow15 Oct 2017 £2949.00
Glasgow12 Nov 2017 £2799.00
Glasgow22 Apr 2018 £2899.00
Glasgow20 May 2018 £2899.00
Glasgow10 Jun 2018 £2799.00
Glasgow09 Sep 2018 £2999.00
Glasgow16 Sep 2018 £2999.00
Glasgow14 Oct 2018 £2949.00
Glasgow11 Nov 2018 £2799.00
London Heathrow16 Apr 2017 £2699.00
London Heathrow30 Apr 2017 £2699.00
London Heathrow14 May 2017 £2699.00
London Heathrow10 Sep 2017 £2799.00
London Heathrow17 Sep 2017 £2799.00
London Heathrow15 Oct 2017 £2749.00
London Heathrow12 Nov 2017 £2599.00
London Heathrow22 Apr 2018 £2699.00
London Heathrow20 May 2018 £2699.00
London Heathrow10 Jun 2018 £2599.00
London Heathrow09 Sep 2018 £2799.00
London Heathrow16 Sep 2018 £2799.00
London Heathrow14 Oct 2018 £2749.00
London Heathrow11 Nov 2018 £2599.00
Manchester16 Apr 2017 £2899.00
Manchester30 Apr 2017 £2899.00
Manchester14 May 2017 £2899.00
Manchester10 Sep 2017 £2999.00
Manchester17 Sep 2017 £2999.00
Manchester15 Oct 2017 £2949.00
Manchester12 Nov 2017 £2799.00
Manchester22 Apr 2018 £2899.00
Manchester20 May 2018 £2899.00
Manchester10 Jun 2018 £2799.00
Manchester09 Sep 2018 £2999.00
Manchester16 Sep 2018 £2999.00
Manchester14 Oct 2018 £2949.00
Manchester11 Nov 2018 £2799.00
Newcastle16 Apr 2017 £2899.00
Newcastle30 Apr 2017 £2899.00
Newcastle14 May 2017 £2899.00
Newcastle10 Sep 2017 £2999.00
Newcastle17 Sep 2017 £2999.00
Newcastle15 Oct 2017 £2949.00
Newcastle12 Nov 2017 £2799.00
Newcastle22 Apr 2018 £2899.00
Newcastle20 May 2018 £2899.00
Newcastle10 Jun 2018 £2799.00
Newcastle09 Sep 2018 £2999.00
Newcastle16 Sep 2018 £2999.00
Newcastle14 Oct 2018 £2949.00
Newcastle11 Nov 2018 £2799.00

Highlights of China and Yangtze Cruise Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of good hotels, of at least a European three-star standard.

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Board arrangements

The tour includes full-board accommodation except for Days Four and Six, when only breakfast and lunch are included.

Cruise excursions

Please note that optional excursions during your cruise can be booked on board, and are not available in advance.

Yangtze River water levels

The water level of the Yangtze can change. If the level becomes too high or too low your ship's sailing schedule may have to change, and the ship's crew reserve the right to do this at any time.

Passports and Visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for six months beyond the entry date to China. A visa is also required for entry to China. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. The current visa charge is £151 for British Citizens.

On your flight

All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day. All return flights leave in the morning and land in the UK on the same day. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast on outbound flights, and lunch and a snack on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Classic China and Yangtze River Cruise Reviews collected by Reevoo

Highlights of China & Yangtze Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Highlights of China & Yangtze CruiseScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 71 reviews
(9 out of 10)

ANNE

Couple
We really enjoyed this holiday but it was quite tiring. Huge distances were covered and lots seen. You need to be reasonably fit to keep up the pace. We were surprised at how much we were expected to pay in tips. I feel these should have been included in the holiday price. They certainly were not optional. It was good that there was a certain flexibility in seeing sights, eg when the Forbidden Palace was closed for a day we went to the wall and the palace the next day. The hotels were fine and the food was very good. I understand that eating in restaurants rather than the hotels gave us a much better idea of regional Chinese food and probably kept the price down.
Confirmed traveller: 01 November 2016
Published on: 13 November 2016
(6 out of 10)

MARIA

West wickham Couple
Fine but the number in the group 38 was too many. During excursions unable always to hear guide. Too big a group to trail around. This is why I would not recommend your company that and that you obviously lump on one tour anyone booking a date around the tour date.
Confirmed traveller: 19 September 2016
Published on: 18 October 2016
(4 out of 10)

JOANNE

Family
Dreadful food with no opportunity to "opt-out". Very controlled with no opportunity to see the real china. Some excursions unnecessary and boring. Poor accommodation on boat, non-descript accommodation elsewhere. Tour manager was a good organiser but unable to make the tour into an enjoyable holiday. I don't think Newmarket should run this tour as it is. I will not book another Newmarket holiday following this experience.
Confirmed traveller: 19 September 2016
Published on: 05 October 2016
(8 out of 10)

Liz

Friends
Good holiday, though too many on the tour(38).

More hauling of cases/bags than anticipated-difficult for some other people on tour.

Only hotel that was poor and sub-standard was the Hilton, othres all great.

Some place on the tour we should have had more 'free time'-- we felt rushed and unable to see all that we wanted, e.g. Forbidden City.
Confirmed traveller: 19 September 2016
Published on: 04 October 2016
(9 out of 10)

MARY

Bolton Couple
The experience was very good but the group of 38 was much too big. Getting on/off coaches and trains always took a longer time not to mention toilet visits. Having spoken to at least 3 couples in the group, they too had booked for October and they too had their booking cancelled due to"not enough people on the trip". I wonder is this a cost cutting exercise on your part!!!
There was too much emphasis on eating but I doubt if this could be avoided.
Confirmed traveller: 19 September 2016
Published on: 01 October 2016