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Classic China & Yangtze River Cruise

16 days from £2199*
Departing: November 2016 - June 2018
* Price shown: 13 November 2016 from London Heathrow - LHR - WYE
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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.
Departure Airport Date Price From Code
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 13 November 2016 £2349.00 NF6WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 16 April 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 30 April 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 14 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 04 June 2017 £2549.00 NF7WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 10 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 17 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 15 October 2017 £2699.00 NF7WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 12 November 2017 £2599.00 NF7WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 22 April 2018 £2699.00 F18WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 20 May 2018 £2699.00 F18WYH14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 10 June 2018 £2599.00 F18WYH14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 13 November 2016 £2349.00 NF6WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 16 April 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 30 April 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 04 June 2017 £2549.00 NF7WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 10 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 17 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 15 October 2017 £2699.00 NF7WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 November 2017 £2599.00 NF7WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 22 April 2018 £2699.00 F18WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 20 May 2018 £2699.00 F18WYC14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 10 June 2018 £2599.00 F18WYC14
Glasgow
Glasgow 13 November 2016 £2349.00 NF6WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 16 April 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 30 April 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 04 June 2017 £2549.00 NF7WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 10 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 17 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 15 October 2017 £2699.00 NF7WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 November 2017 £2599.00 NF7WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 22 April 2018 £2699.00 F18WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 20 May 2018 £2699.00 F18WYD14
Glasgow
Glasgow 10 June 2018 £2599.00 F18WYD14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 13 November 2016 £2199.00 NF6WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 April 2017 £2499.00 NF7WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 30 April 2017 £2499.00 NF7WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 May 2017 £2499.00 NF7WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 June 2017 £2399.00 NF7WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 September 2017 £2599.00 NF7WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 September 2017 £2599.00 NF7WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 October 2017 £2499.00 NF7WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 November 2017 £2399.00 NF7WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 22 April 2018 £2499.00 F18WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 May 2018 £2499.00 F18WYE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 June 2018 £2399.00 F18WYE14
Manchester
Manchester 13 November 2016 £2349.00 NF6WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 16 April 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 30 April 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 14 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 04 June 2017 £2549.00 NF7WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 10 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 17 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 15 October 2017 £2699.00 NF7WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 12 November 2017 £2599.00 NF7WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 22 April 2018 £2699.00 F18WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 20 May 2018 £2699.00 F18WYF14
Manchester
Manchester 10 June 2018 £2599.00 F18WYF14
Newcastle
Newcastle 13 November 2016 £2349.00 NF6WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 16 April 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 30 April 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 04 June 2017 £2549.00 NF7WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 10 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 17 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 15 October 2017 £2699.00 NF7WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 November 2017 £2599.00 NF7WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 22 April 2018 £2699.00 F18WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 20 May 2018 £2699.00 F18WYG14
Newcastle
Newcastle 10 June 2018 £2599.00 F18WYG14

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.

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.

Highlights of China & Yangtze Cruise reviews verified by Reevoo

Highlights of China & Yangtze CruiseScores 9.0 out of 10 based on 63 reviews
(9 out of 10)

ELIZABETH

London England Couple
It was the best planned holiday of my life. There was no time wasted at all. No delays with pickups and the tour manager Peter was fantastic. We saw all the relevant sites in China and the inclusion of bullet trains and flights were great. The Yangtze cruise was relaxing after a busy few days and very enjoyable also the entertainment on board was very good. I really enjoyed going to the Jade outlet and silk and Pearl factories. I probably would have liked less parks but enjoyed Tianamen Sq and Forbidden city. It was a great experience but you need to be fit to go.
Confirmed traveller: 20 June 2016
Published on: 21 August 2016
(9 out of 10)

NIGEL

Wadhurst Couple
Overall this was an excellent holiday. We had a brilliant tour manager who ensured that we were well looked after. A lot was packed in to the time that we had. We were at times a little exhausted and we would have appreciated a little more time to relax and enjoy the excellent hotels that we stayed at. We enjoyed eating Chinese food but might have appreciated some western food (as an option) and more to drink with the meals. The cruise was unquestionably the high point. Most of the visits were very good and informative but possibly there were to many that were very similar to what we had already done e.g. some gardens/houses, too many crowded streets for shopping, too many factories with pressure to buy at the end. The coaches were mostly good but some tour guides talked a bit too much and often too quickly. We were especially appreciative of Peter our tour manager who made us feel very safe and comfortable and explained everything very clearly. Many of the party felt that we should not be expected to tip for aspects of the programme and for which we had already paid. If tipping is expected, this should have been made clear as an added expense when we booked for the tour and an indication given of the amount of cash for this that we would need to have in order to do so. Excellent value for money which we will recommend to others.
Confirmed traveller: 20 June 2016
Published on: 15 July 2016
(10 out of 10)

STEPHEN

Beddington Surrey Single traveller
Thank you Newmarket. I enjoyed every minute of my holiday .
I saw everything I wanted to and more. I did two optional tours
And they are worth every penny I pay for them
I look forward to travelling with you again
Once again thank you for a lovely holiday
Confirmed traveller: 20 June 2016
Published on: 09 July 2016
(10 out of 10)

BRENDA

Newcastle Upon Tyne Couple
Cannot praise our Tour Manager Peter Mo enough he was really helpful informative and
professional who made this trip an unforgettable experience. The best way to see a lot of China and all its beautiful gardens/cities etc. Fully recommend
Confirmed traveller: 20 June 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(9 out of 10)

KEITH

Todmorden Couple
Not to be missed,a once in a lifetime holiday.Quite tiring,but worth it for the experience.The tour manager looked after us like we were all his family.
All in all Newmarket put together a fantastic holiday,well done!
Confirmed traveller: 20 June 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(9 out of 10)

MICHAEL

Couple
Food was a bit repetitive some meals were cold. One hotel not up to stratch (Shanghai) . Carpets dirty and furniture grubby. Organisation was very good indeed. Rep was fabulous.
Very hectic tour sometimes no time to shower before going out for meal. Went straight there from tour. Overall very good tour.
Confirmed traveller: 30 May 2016
Published on: 16 June 2016
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Worcester Couple
We were very impressed overall and the timing and skill of both coach drivers and guides was impressive. We would feel confident booking with Newmarket for future holidays.
Confirmed traveller: 30 May 2016
Published on: 15 June 2016