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13 Day Imperial China

Travelmarvel Tour & River Cruise starting in Beijing and finishing in Shanghai

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 13 Day Imperial China. China is a vast and varied land that uniquely blends the past and present. Explore culturally fascinating ancient wonders, and marvel at modern architecture. Explore iconic wonders and cruise...read more


Operator: Travelmarvel
Type: Tour & River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 13 Days
From: Beijing to Shanghai
Tour Code: CHTY13
Visits: China
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$ 5,285
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day


Arrive Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception. Stay Three Nights: Beijing, Capital Hotel

Beijing, Forbidden City

Begin a day of included sightseeing activities with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest city squares. Continue on to the Forbidden City, the former home to an ancient line of Chinese Emperors during the Ming dynasty through to the Qing dynasty for a duration spanning nearly 500 years. As you explore, admire the superbly preserved traditional Chinese palatial-style architecture. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure to explore the diverse city centre. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Tonight sample the most iconic dish of Beijing with a delicious banquet of Peking Duck at a local restaurant.

Beijing, Great Wall of China

Today discover China's greatest icon, the Great Wall of China. Winding from the Yellow Sea into the Gobi Desert for over 6,000 kilometres, become immersed in the stunning architectural mastery. During a cable car ride to the Mutianyu section, one of the best-preserved parts of the wall, you can absorb breathtaking views. Later, return to the city via Beijing National Stadium (the Bird's Nest). This evening, you may wish to attend a dramatic kung fu show (own expense). (B/L)

Beijing, Yichang, Embark Cruise

Head to the airport for your included flight to Yichang and transfer to your river ship for a four-night cruise along the Yangtze River. Stay Four Nights: a premium Victoria Cruises river ship (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: This morning, enjoy a pedicab tour of Beijing's old hutongs (alleys) and stop along the way to visit the home of a local Chinese family.

Three Gorges Dam, Xiling Gorge

Take in the stunning scenery of the Yangtze River on a relaxing cruise through the Three Gorges region, considered by many to be China's most picturesque area. Disembark to tour the Three Gorges Dam this afternoon before continuing through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges. (B/L/D)

Three Lesser Gorges, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge

Maybe this morning you'd like to rise with the sun and enjoy a tai chi class on board. Today's excursions takes you along the Daning River, home to the smaller but equally spectacular Three Lesser Gorges: Dragon Gate, Misty and Emerald Green. Your cruise continues on through Wu Gorge, a stunning region well known for its picturesque sheer peaks and towering cliff faces. After lunch, pass between two mountains, Chijia and Baiyan, en route to the narrowest of the Three Gorges, Qutang Gorge. (B/L/D)


Today discover Shibaozhai, a striking red pagoda built into the base of a steep hill. Disembark and explore the pagoda's 12 floors, each of which contains a range of historic artefacts. There may also be an option to visit the 'Ghost City' of Fengdu (own expense), where you'll have the opportunity to further explore a number of traditional shrines, temples and monasteries. This evening, sample a delightful dinner on board as you enjoy your final night cruising the Yangtze River. (B/L/D)

Chongqing, Disembark Cruise, Xi'an

Farewell your Victoria Cruises ship this morning in Chongqing. From here, head to the Chongqing Zoo, where more than 200 varieties of rare animals are on display, including the country's famous giant pandas. Later, board an included flight to the time-worn city, Xi'an. Stay Two Nights: Xi'an, Xingxing Days Hotel (B/D)

Insider Experience: This evening, enjoy a quintessential Chinese experience as you indulge in an authentic dumpling banquet and be captivated by a Tang Dynasty show.


Known for its remarkable collection of Terracotta Solders, a discovery of Xi'an awaits today. Travel to the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses via a clay factory where the creations are still made to this day. While at the open-air museum, admire the three excavation pits that housed the sculptures since around 210 BC. (B/L)

Insider Experience: Tonight, head to Xi'an's Muslim Quarter where stalls are brimming with exotic treats and various souvenirs for sale.

Xi'an, Shanghai, Wuzhen

After a morning at leisure, make your way to Shanghai on an included flight. Upon arrival, travel to the ancient water town of Wuzhen, home to a network of beautiful canals and cobblestone streets. Enjoy further leisure time this evening after checking into your hotel. Stay: Wuzhen, Tong'an Guesthouse (B)

Insider Experience: Tonight, check in to the Tong'an Guesthouse for your special overnight stay.

Wuzhen, Shanghai

Board a boat for a cruise along the peaceful canals of Wuzhen. Back in Shanghai, enjoy the evening to yourself for relaxation or exploration. Stay Two Nights: Shanghai, Hotel Equatorial Shanghai (B/L)


Visit a silk factory and enjoy a Farewell Dinner of contemporary Yunnan cuisine at Lost Heaven restaurant. Later this evening, perhaps see a thrilling acrobatic show (own expense). (B/D)

Insider Experience: This morning, take part in a tea ceremony at a traditional teahouse in Yu Garden.

Depart Shanghai

Enjoy a day at leisure, then transfer to the airport for your flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Indulge in a sumptuous Peking Duck banquet at a local restaurant in Beijing
  • Take a pedicab tour through Beijing's old hutongs (alleys) and stop to visit the home of a local family
  • Enjoy a dumpling banquet and take in an enthralling Tang Dynasty show in Xi'an
  • Wander amid the street food stalls in Xi'an's Muslim Quarter
  • Stay at Tong'an Guesthouse in the water town of Wuzhen
  • Take part in a traditional tea ceremony in Shanghai's beautiful Yu Garden

Included Experiences

  • Four nights on a premium Yangtze River cruise with Executive Lounge privileges
  • Eight nights in premium accommodation
  • All flights within China
  • Services of a Cruise Director, Tour Director and local guides
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day


  • 26 delicious meals - 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Travelmarvel Reviews: (180)
Tours on Sale: 179
Tour Accommodation: 4 Star
Tour Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & River Cruises
Budget: Premium & Affordable
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, New Zealand, South & Central America, USA

Reviews (1)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Imperial China with Travelmarvel.
SA, Australia
Jun 2015
1 Trip
“Very much enjoyed our tour to China”
Booking With Global Journeys
We very much enjoyed our tour to China. Accommodation and food were very good and safe. Nothing was to much trouble for our Tour guide Bruce Li, he was flexible, knowledgeable and a good sense of humour. Thank you TravelMarvel for making our China experience so enjoyable. Even the group were lovely people. I'm recommending you to everybody.
Apr 2018 - Nov 2018

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