Best of China

15 Day Guided Tour & River Cruise from Beijing to Shanghai with APT

Read 5 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 15 Day Best of China. Discover the best of China including Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and a Luxury Yangtze River cruise on board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

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1 Arrive Beijing
Welcome to China! We'll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. You'll have plenty of time to settle in, explore or relax. Tonight, celebrate the start of your journey with a welcome reception. Stay Three Nights: Regent Hotel Beijing
2 Beijing
There's so much to see and do in China's capital. Your first full day in Beijing begins with a tour of Tiananmen Square, the world's largest city square. You'll then enjoy your first Signature Experience. The afternoon is at leisure before an evening indulging at an authentic Peking duck banquet. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. Once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, this section is not usually open to the general public.
3 Beijing, Great Wall of China
Today you will make your way to the Great Wall of China. Tonight, there is an option of sightseeing. (B/L)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Attend a Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, or to watch a Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.
Signature Experiences:
  • Along an unrestored stretch of the Badaling section along the Great Wall of China, feast on a private lunch with free-flowing drinks.
4 Beijing, Yichang, Embark Cruise
Seize the day with a choice of sightseeing. Later, on your way to the airport, explore the modern 798 Art Zone, a contemporary art district in Beijing. Fly to Yichang. On arrival, we will transfer you to your ship – the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Stay Four Nights: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven to explore the place of worship. Or, perhaps head to the Hutong district by rickshaw and visit a local calligrapher's home.
5 Three Gorges Dam, Xiling Gorge
Draw back the curtains this morning to the spectacular scenery of the Three Gorges region. At the Three Gorges Dam, take a tour of the Three Gorges Project and exhibition. Back on board, pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple. Toast the journey with a captain's welcome reception and a special welcome dinner. (B/L/D)
6 Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge
At Badong, a ferry takes you to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). Paddle down the river, looking around at the rich surrounding forest and towering rock formations. The nose of your sampan touches the shore at a local riverside village, where you'll sneak a glimpse of rural Chinese life. Continue to Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Later, you might like to attend an arts and crafts lesson on board. (B/L/D)
7 Fuling
Start your day with a Tai Chi class up on the ship's observation deck. Drop anchor at Fuling, a sleepy town along the Yangtze. Here, visit the 816 Underground Project, an old nuclear site hidden in the mountains. Shape your afternoon with a choice of activity. Perhaps attend a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy demonstration. You may prefer to play Mahjong, the ancient tile-based game. Or learn a little Mandarin. If you're feeling peckish, opt for a dumpling making lesson run by the ship's chef. Tonight, the Emperor's farewell dinner includes a Chinese banquet feast. (B/L/D)
8 Chongqing, Disembark Cruise, Chengdu
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing where you'll board your high speed train to Chengdu. Upon arrival, head out for a stroll along the lantern-lined Jinli Old Street to peruse the local stalls and cafes. Choose where in your hotel you'd like to dine tonight. Stay Two Nights: Chengdu, Grand Hyatt Hotel (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • You might like to sample a range of different dishes with a buffet at the Grand Café, or feast on a Sichuan hotpot at #8 restaurant.
9 Chengdu
The morning is off to a delightful start with a Signature Experience. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to spend how you wish. (B/L)

Signature Experiences:
  • Visit the famed Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Cuddly and curious, the giant panda is China's national treasure, and this facility is dedicated to their conservation through education.
10 Chengdu, Xi’an
After breakfast head to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. This afternoon, join a city tour. Visit the ancient city wall, constructed in the 14th century during the early Ming Dynasty. Tonight, choose your sightseeing. Stay Two Nights: Xi'an, Shangri-La Hotel (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Stroll through the market stalls of the Muslim Quarter, sampling authentic street food. Or, dine on dumplings before a Tang Dynasty performance.
11 Xi’an, Terracotta Army
Today you will explore one of the oldest cities in China. Head to a clay factory where terracotta soldiers are still being made. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • For dinner, choose from a range of restaurant options.
12 Xi’an, Shanghai
Today you'll fly to Shanghai. On arrival, jump on the high-speed Maglev train which travels at an exhilarating 300 kilometres per hour. From Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues and Buddhist temples, you'll notice right away the diverse range of architectural styles in Shanghai. Stay Three Nights: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel (B/L)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Tonight, choose from three restaurants for dinner.
13 Shanghai
This morning, head down to Shanghai's waterfront for a Tai Chi lesson taught by a master. Veer off the beaten path and discover a new side to Shanghai with a vintage convertible Jeep ride. Later, stop at the Jin Mao Tower and take an elevator to the 88th floor viewing deck, where you'll be whipping out your camera to capture those panoramic views of the city. This evening, enjoy your final Signature Experience. (B/L)

Signature Experiences:
  • You'll have the best seats at an acrobatic show, a highlight for today.
14 Shanghai
Craft your day with a choice from three sightseeing experiences. A special farewell dinner is the perfect way to end your trip. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city, then explore Yu Garden and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony before a dim sum lunch. Or, you may prefer to join a walking tour through the French Concession area. Your final option is a full day excursion to Jinxi, an ancient water town. Discover the 36 bridges which arch over the town's many water alleys, all built over several different dynasties. You'll have time at leisure to explore before returning to the city.
15 Depart Shanghai
Your incredible journey through China draws to an end. We'll transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home. (B/L/D)

APT Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Be the envy of your friends with a private chef-prepared buffet lunch along a quiet stretch of the Great Wall of China
  • View the famous endangered species and learn about the plight of this national treasure
  • View the life-sized clay soldiers of the ancient Terracotta Army in Xi'an
Trip Inclusions
  • Experiences in seven destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and gratuities
Included Meals
  • Luxury dining - a total of 36 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages on board cruise
  • Admire stunning natural landscapes on a cruise through the Three Gorges region aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • Stay in some of China's finest hotels, including Raffles Beijing and Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel
  • Luxury accommodation with a second to none location, the Regent Beijing is the perfect base for your China adventure
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail and internal flights as specified

Reviews (5)

15 Day Best of China reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Excellent tour”
- Vic, Australia Sep 2016 3 Helpful Votes View Photo

From booking the trip through Global Journeys to arriving home this was an awesome holiday. We were looked after so well at every step. Our tour director (Vivian Deng) made sure we had the trip of a lifetime in her home country. All the local guides were excellent and the hotels we stayed in were all sensational. Two highlights (in a tip that was full of highlights) was climbing the Great Wall then having a leisurely lunch in the shadow of the Wall and the Terracotta Warriors in Xián. We more

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“Excellent tour”
- NSW, Australia Oct 2015 1 Helpful Vote

Excellent tour. Although Fairmont Peace is in an excellent location, I would not rate this as a 5 star. Housekeeping fair and food cold at breakfast. There was no choice how you would like your eggs and they were ice cold every morning. Raffles and Sofitel outstanding.

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“Wonderful memories”
- NSW, Australia Apr 2015 1 Helpful Vote

Once again, thank you very much Yvonne for your attention to our trip. We went, knowing that we were in for a great & exciting time. Wonderful memories.

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“Very well organised and very enjoyable”
- Australia May 2014 1 Helpful Vote

It was very well organised and very enjoyable tour from the time we touched down at Beijing Airport to the time we flew out of Shanghai. Accommodation, food and services on the Yangtze Explorer were excellent. Our Tour Director, Phyllis, was very professional, efficient, friendly and attentive; we could not wish for a better tour director or a better local tour guide in Shanghai.

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“We had a wonderful time”
- Australia Apr 2014

Our thanks must go to Hannah for organising our trip. Everything was taken care of and ran well. We had a wonderful time. We are looking forward to booking our next trip with Global Journeys again.

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  • Stateroom size 333 sq ft/ 31 sq m
  • Comfortable king or twin-sized beds
  • Individual climate control
  • Spacious ensuite with a hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and quality toiletries
  • A spacious wardrobe and personal safe
  • Flat-screen television with Satellite Channels and Video on Demand
  • A well-stocked minibar

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