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Classic China & Yangtze River Cruise

16 days from £2499*
Departing: September 2017 - June 2019
* Price shown: 11 November 2018 from London Heathrow - LHR
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!

OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*

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.

China and Yangtze Cruise Highlights

  • 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
  • See giant pandas in their natural habitat
  • See the Terracotta Army in Xi'an
  • Sail along the Yangtze and visit the Three Gorges Dam

What does the price include?

  • 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
  • A Shanghai city tour and a visit to the Pearl Tower
  • Entrance to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre in Chengdu
  • A guided city tour of Xi'an
  • A four-night, five-star, full-board Yangtze river cruise
  • 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

Fly overnight to Shanghai.

Day Two

Upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel, before enjoying a guided introduction to the city. The colonial buildings of the riverside Bund, dwarfed by modern Shanghai's skyscrapers, hint at past glories, and surveying it all is the rocket-shaped Pearl TV Tower, a visit to which is included.

Day Three

Enjoy a tour of Old Shanghai, with its 16th-century Yu Yuan classical Chinese garden. After a fascinating morning, board the coach for the 90-minute journey to the ancient city of Suzhou, for an overnight stay.

Day Four

With its tree-lined waterways, UNESCO-listed classical gardens and its silk trade associations, Suzhou, on the engineering wonder of the Grand Canal, is a breathtaking treasure chest. Discover the charm of the old city, visit the beautiful Lingering Garden and the Silk Embroidery Institute, and enjoy a canal cruise as this fascinating place is brought to life. Late this afternoon, board a high speed train for the journey north to Beijing for three nights.

Day Five

Enjoy a guided tour of the Chinese capital, including Tiananmen Square, Chairman Mao's tomb, the Great Hall of the People, the museums of Chinese History and the Revolution, and the Forbidden City, home to 24 Chinese emperors, who lived in unimaginable splendour behind the imposing walls. End your day with a traditional 'Peking Duck' dinner, in the heart of 'Old Peking'.

Day Six

Travel out to Badaling, where amongst forested hills, part of the Great Wall has been lovingly restored. Your day will also include the opportunity to see for yourself the exterior of the amazing 'Bird's Nest' stadium from the 2008 Olympic Games, and this evening, an optional excursion is offered to the world-famous Beijing Opera.

Day Seven

Visit the tranquil Summer Palace at Yiheyuan, and step back in time on a rickshaw tour of the ancient hutongs, 'Old Peking's' fast disappearing labyrinth of narrow alleyways, before bidding farewell to Beijing, transferring to the airport to fly to Yichang, to meet a five-star ship for your Yangtze cruise.

Days 8-10

Beginning with a visit to the extraordinary Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectricity project, you'll spend the next three days cruising through the Xiling, Wuxia and Qutang gorges, through one of China's most dramatic and spectacular regions. Rest and relax on board, join early morning Tai-Chi sessions, learn about the legends of the Three Kingdoms, take in the ever-changing vistas, and enjoy a journey along the beautiful Shennong Stream. On the last evening, 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 beautiful Goose Neck Park, before boarding a fast train into Sichuan province and relaxed, modern Chengdu, for two nights.

Day 12

Enjoy the atmosphere of Eastern Sichuan's capital, where modern developments contrast with traditional tea-houses and colourful shops of old Jinli Lu street. A tour highlight will be the visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre, where you'll learn about these wonderful creatures. Dinner this evening will give you an opportunity to sample traditional Sichuan cuisine.

Day 13

Fly to China's ancient capital, Xi'an, for a two-night stay. Upon arrival, visit the ancient city walls, the Great Mosque in the Muslim Quarter and view some Tang dynasty monuments. This evening, enjoy a traditional Dumpling Dinner.

Day 14

An unforgettable day sees you visit the legendary Terracotta Army of first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang, an estimated 8,000 lifelike foot soldiers, horsemen and charioteers that were discovered in 1974. Close by, the yet-to-be-excavated tomb of the emperor is said to contain a vast underground city. The tour of Xi'an's treasures is completed with a visit to the Small Goose Pagoda.

Day 15

Fly back to Shanghai, perhaps to explore the preserved streets of the former French Concession, with its chic boutiques, or to complete your tour 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
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 10 September 2017 £2999
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 17 September 2017 £2999
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 15 October 2017 £2949
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 22 April 2018 £2899
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 20 May 2018 £2899
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 10 June 2018 £2799
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 09 September 2018 £2999
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 16 September 2018 £2999
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 14 October 2018 £2949
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 11 November 2018 £2699
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 21 April 2019 £2999
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 19 May 2019 £2999
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 09 June 2019 £2899
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 15 October 2017 £2949
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 22 April 2018 £2899
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 20 May 2018 £2899
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 10 June 2018 £2799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 September 2018 £2999
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 16 September 2018 £2999
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 October 2018 £2949
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 11 November 2018 £2699
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 21 April 2019 £2999
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 19 May 2019 £2999
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 June 2019 £2899
Glasgow
Glasgow 17 September 2017 £2999
Glasgow
Glasgow 15 October 2017 £2949
Glasgow
Glasgow 22 April 2018 £2899
Glasgow
Glasgow 20 May 2018 £2899
Glasgow
Glasgow 10 June 2018 £2799
Glasgow
Glasgow 09 September 2018 £2999
Glasgow
Glasgow 16 September 2018 £2999
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 October 2018 £2949
Glasgow
Glasgow 11 November 2018 £2699
Glasgow
Glasgow 21 April 2019 £2999
Glasgow
Glasgow 19 May 2019 £2999
Glasgow
Glasgow 09 June 2019 £2899
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 September 2017 £2799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 September 2017 £2799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 October 2017 £2749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 22 April 2018 £2699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 May 2018 £2699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 June 2018 £2599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 September 2018 £2799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 September 2018 £2799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 October 2018 £2749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 November 2018 £2499
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 21 April 2019 £2799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 May 2019 £2799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 June 2019 £2699
Manchester
Manchester 10 September 2017 £2999
Manchester
Manchester 17 September 2017 £2999
Manchester
Manchester 15 October 2017 £2949
Manchester
Manchester 22 April 2018 £2899
Manchester
Manchester 20 May 2018 £2899
Manchester
Manchester 10 June 2018 £2799
Manchester
Manchester 09 September 2018 £2999
Manchester
Manchester 16 September 2018 £2999
Manchester
Manchester 14 October 2018 £2949
Manchester
Manchester 11 November 2018 £2699
Manchester
Manchester 21 April 2019 £2999
Manchester
Manchester 19 May 2019 £2999
Manchester
Manchester 09 June 2019 £2899
Newcastle
Newcastle 10 September 2017 £2999
Newcastle
Newcastle 17 September 2017 £2999
Newcastle
Newcastle 15 October 2017 £2949
Newcastle
Newcastle 22 April 2018 £2899
Newcastle
Newcastle 20 May 2018 £2899
Newcastle
Newcastle 10 June 2018 £2799
Newcastle
Newcastle 09 September 2018 £2999
Newcastle
Newcastle 16 September 2018 £2999
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 October 2018 £2949
Newcastle
Newcastle 11 November 2018 £2699
Newcastle
Newcastle 21 April 2019 £2999
Newcastle
Newcastle 19 May 2019 £2999
Newcastle
Newcastle 09 June 2019 £2899

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

15th October 2017 departures

The tour will follow an adjusted itinerary on this date, flying into Shanghai and returning from Beijing. The cities and sights visited will remain unchanged, as will the total holiday duration and the number of nights in each city.

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.

*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Highlights of China & Yangtze Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Highlights of China & Yangtze CruiseScores 8.9 out of 10 based on 81 reviews
(10 out of 10)

ALAN

Hertfordshire Couple
Peter, our tour manager was excellent. Very organised and knowledeable in all aspects of the excursions and other places we visited. A true professional.
Confirmed traveller: 29 May 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(10 out of 10)

KEVIN

Sheffield. Couple
A great opportunity to see not only the 'old' China that I expected to see, but the new vibrant and quite exciting China of today
Confirmed traveller: 15 May 2017
Published on: 27 May 2017
(10 out of 10)

MICHAEL

Bristol Couple
I think this holiday represents excellent value, 2 international flights. 2 internal flights, 2 bullet trains. A river cruise, Nearly all the meals, entrances to all the attractions.

There is a lot of travel involved as China is such a huge country, very early starts and late finishes, but the sights that you see make it all worthwhile when you get there.

We were very well looked after by tour manager & local guides, all arrangements were taken care of for us so we had no worries, I believe this was the best way to see this awesome country.
Confirmed traveller: 01 May 2017
Published on: 11 May 2017
(8 out of 10)

TIMOTHY JON

Grange-over-Sands Couple
Overall a very enjoyable, albeit hectic tour of a vast country. The tour Manager (Peter) was excellent and had nothing but the care of his tourists and their enjoyment of his country as his priority. His sense of humour and willingness to share his view of China really made for a truly memorable and thoroughly enjoyable holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 28 November 2016
Published on: 07 December 2016