Wonders of China & The Yangtze River

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

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Collette's 15 Day Wonders of China & The Yangtze River. Experience China’s marvels, ancient and modern, rural and cosmopolitan, on this fantastic tour that features a relaxing 4-night upstream cruise of the Yangtze River. Discover for yourself the mysterious Forbidden City and...read more

     
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Guided Tour & River Cruise Starts In
Starts In
Beijing
Guided Tour & River Cruise Ends In
Ends In
Shanghai
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 Star
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
River Cruise
Trip Style
River Cruise
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
China
Trip Operated By:
Collette
Collette
26 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
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Trip Code:
COL88

Itinerary

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1 Beijing, China - Tour Begins
Arrive in the ancient capital of China. As the political center of China for the past 800 years, and the world’s second most populous city, Beijing is rich in history with both modern and traditional architecture. Stay: Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel (4 Nights)
2 Beijing
We begin our day with a stroll through iconic Tiananmen Square. Afterwards, set out to discover the Forbidden City, an awe-inspiring 15th-century complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens that were once the home of the Ming and Qing emperors. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B/L/D)
3 Beijing
Today’s destination is the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s most incredible wonders. Learn about the wall’s history before taking a memorable walk on the Juyongguan section, one of the most famous passes along this epic structure. After this bucket list event, visit a jade museum to learn about the jade-making process. Finally, return to the city, driving past the Olympic Village. (B/L)
4 Beijing
Your day begins at the spiritual Temple of Heaven (a UNESCO World Heritage site), a complex of buildings that symbolizes the connection between the earth and heaven. Afterwards, take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs, the traditional alleys of Beijing. Meet a local family and enjoy a dumpling-making class before a traditional calligraphy lesson. Then, share a simple lunch with them. Later, take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Tonight, dine on delicious Peking Duck, a favorite of the emperors. (B/L/D)
5 Beijing - Xian
Fly to the ancient city of Xian where the legendary Silk Road comes to an end. This evening, dine on delicious Shui Jiao dumplings. Stay: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel (2 Nights) (B/L/D)
6 Xian
Today, explore the incredible excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors. This vast clay army of 8,000 soldiers was created to guard China’s first emperor in the afterlife. You'll be amazed at the detail – each statue has a different face. Next, visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic exhibition center to see life-sized models of the warriors being made. At lunch enjoy a Xian specialty – hand-pulled noodles – with a demonstration on how they are made. Later, enjoy a walk on the Ancient City Wall of Xian. (B/L)
7 Xian - Yichang - Board Cruise Ship
After a short flight to Yichang, board your ship for a 4-night cruise up the Yangtze River. Relax as this exciting leg of your journey gets underway. Stay: Century Paragon, Century Cruises (4 Nights) (B/D)
8 Cruising - Three Gorges Dam - Xiling Gorge
Begin your day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck as we sail towards the dramatic Xiling Gorge, the longest section of the Three Gorges. Discover the state-of-the-art site, Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s welcome dinner and show. (B/L/D)
9 Cruising - Shennv Stream - Wu Gorge - Qutang Gorge
Take in the tranquil surroundings on a ride up the remote Shennv Stream in traditional pea boats. Upon returning to the ship, enjoy the majestic vistas as we sail through Wu Gorge, known for its 12 forest-covered peaks. This afternoon, continue on past the dramatic cliffs that surround the Qutang Gorge. (B/L/D)
10 Cruising - Shibaozhai
Arrive at Shibaozhai (Precious Stone Fortress). This imposing hill along the banks of the river is adorned with a 9-story red pagoda. You may climb the stairs to the top for a picture perfect view of the river and surrounding countryside. (B/L/D)
11 Chongqing - Disembark Cruise Ship - Chengdu
We disembark this morning in the mountain city of Chongqing and travel to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. Spend time on your own strolling through its ancient streets. Come to know the leisurely lifestyle and teahouse culture that make this city so captivating. Tonight, sample the fresh, bold flavors of the local Sichuan cuisine. Stay: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel (2 Nights) (B/L/D)
12 Chengdu
Your morning begins with a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Learn how China’s national treasure is being brought back from the edge of extinction. Your guided tour allows you the rare opportunity to see the Giant Panda in its natural environment. The sanctuary is also home to the rare Red Panda. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the former home to the poet known as the "Shakespeare of China." End your day by exploring Jinli Ancient Street with its traditional-style buildings. (B/L)
13 Chengdu – Shanghai
Board a flight to Shanghai, the economic capital of the People’s Republic of China. This bustling city’s futuristic skyline will leave you speechless. Experience the modern side of China as you take the super-fast Maglev train into central Shanghai. Later this evening prepare to be amazed at a Chinese acrobatics show. Stay: Hongqiao Jin Jiang Hotel (2 Nights) (B/L)
14 Shanghai
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. Famous for its impressive colonial buildings, you’ll feel as though you have returned to 19th century Europe. Explore Old Town’s narrow streets and relax in the tranquil Yuyuan Garden before discovering ancient Chinese art and historical treasures during a visit to the Shanghai Museum. Set out for the waterfront district, known as the Bund, which runs along the Huangpu River. Enjoy lunch at a celebrated local restaurant known for its xiao long bao soup dumplings. Then explore the past as we visit a silk museum. Later, celebrate your adventure with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B/L/D)
15 Shanghai - Tour Ends
Your adventure comes to an end today. (B)
1 Beijing, China - Tour Begins
Arrive in the ancient capital of China. As the political center of China for the past 800 years, and the world's second most populous city, Beijing is rich in history with both modern and traditional architecture.
2 Beijing
We begin our day with a stroll through iconic Tiananmen Square. Afterwards, set out to discover the Forbidden City, an awe-inspiring 15th-century complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens that were once the home of the Ming and Qing emperors. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B/L/D)
3 Beijing
Today's destination is the Great Wall of China, one of the world's most incredible wonders. Learn about the wall's history before taking a memorable walk on the Juyongguan section, one of the most famous passes along this epic structure. After this bucket list event, visit a jade museum to learn about the jade-making process. (B/L)
4 Beijing
Your day begins at the spiritual Temple of Heaven (a UNESCO World Heritage site), a complex of buildings that symbolizes the connection between the earth and heaven. Afterwards, take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs, the traditional alleys of Beijing. Meet a local family and enjoy a dumpling-making class before a traditional calligraphy lesson. Then, share a simple lunch with them. Later, take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Tonight, dine on delicious Peking Duck, a favorite of the emperors. (B/L/D)
5 Beijing - Xian
Fly to the ancient city of Xian where the legendary Silk Road comes to an end. This evening, dine on delicious Shui Jiao dumplings. (B/L/D)
6 Xian
Today, explore the incredible excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors. This vast clay army of 8,000 soldiers was created to guard China's first emperor in the afterlife. You'll be amazed at the detail – each statue has a different face. Next, visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic exhibition center to see life-sized models of the warriors being made. At lunch enjoy a Xian specialty – hand-pulled noodles – with a demonstration on how they are made. (B/L)
7 Xian - Yichang - Board Cruise Ship
After a short flight to Yichang, board your ship for a 4-night cruise up the Yangtze River. Relax as this exciting leg of your journey gets underway. (B/D)
8 Cruising - Three Gorges Dam - Xiling Gorge
You may choose to begin your day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck as we sail towards the dramatic Xiling Gorge, the longest section of the Three Gorges. Discover the state-of-the-art site, Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project. Tonight, enjoy the Captain's welcome dinner and show. (B/L/D)
9 Cruising - Shennv Stream - Wu Gorge - Qutang Gorge
Take in the tranquil surroundings on a ride up the remote Shennv Stream in traditional pea boats. Upon returning to the ship, enjoy the majestic vistas as we sail through Wu Gorge, known for its 12 forest-covered peaks. This afternoon, continue on past the dramatic cliffs that surround the Qutang Gorge. (B/L/D)
10 Cruising - Shibaozhai
Arrive at Shibaozhai (Precious Stone Fortress). This imposing hill along the banks of the river is adorned with a 9-story red pagoda. You may climb the stairs to the top for a picture perfect view of the river and surrounding countryside. (B/L/D)
11 Chongqing - Disembark Cruise Ship - Chengdu
We disembark this morning in the mountain city of Chongqing and travel to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. Spend time on your own strolling through its ancient streets. Come to know the leisurely lifestyle and teahouse culture that make this city so captivating. Tonight, sample the fresh, bold flavors of the local Sichuan cuisine. (B/L/D)
12 Chengdu
Your morning begins with a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Learn how China's national treasure is being brought back from the edge of extinction. Your guided tour allows you the rare opportunity to see the Giant Panda in its natural environment. The sanctuary is also home to the rare Red Panda. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the former home to the poet known as the "Shakespeare of China." End your day by exploring Jinli Ancient Street with its traditional-style buildings. (B/L)
13 Chengdu - Shanghai
Board a flight to Shanghai, the economic capital of the People's Republic of China. This bustling city's futuristic skyline will leave you speechless. Experience the modern side of China as you take the super-fast Maglev train into central Shanghai. Later this evening prepare to be amazed at a Chinese acrobatics show. (B/L)
14 Shanghai
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. Famous for its impressive colonial buildings, you'll feel as though you have returned to 19th-century Europe. Explore Old Town's narrow streets and relax in the tranquil Yuyuan Garden before discovering ancient Chinese art and historical treasures during a visit to the Shanghai Museum. Set out for the waterfront district, known as the Bund, which runs along the Huangpu River. Enjoy lunch at a celebrated local restaurant known for its xiao long bao soup dumplings. Then explore the past as we visit a silk museum. Later, celebrate your adventure with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B/L/D)
15 Shanghai - Tour Ends
Your adventure comes to an end today. (B)

Collette Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Take your seat at an amazing acrobatics show.
  • All aboard the Maglev train - reach speeds over 260 miles per hour!
  • Interact with China’s national treasure at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.
Trip Inclusions
  • Expertly crafted itineraries
  • 4-star+ accommodation
  • Skilled and engaging tour managers
  • Expert local guides with insider knowledge
  • Attraction entrance fees with preferential access
  • Many meals full of local flavour
  • Unparalleled sightseeing
  • Enriching cultural experiences
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Plus, access to Wi-Fi hotspots on tour
Activity Level
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Arrival & Departure
  • Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is Beijing Airport (PEK) Airport, Please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
  • Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Shanghai Pu Dong Airport (PVG) Airport, Please do not book flights departing earlier than 12:00am on the last day
Private Airport Transfers
  • Chauffeur service is included for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
Journey Highlights
  • Take your seat at an amazing acrobatics show.
  • All aboard the Maglev train - reach speeds over 260 miles per hour!
  • Interact with China's national treasure at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.
  • Walk on the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall.
  • Explore Old Town Shanghai and tranquil Yuyuan Garden.
  • Take a relaxing 4-night upstream cruise on the Yangtze River.
  • Savor traditional Chinese food including dumplings, noodles and Peking Duck.
  • Share lunch with a local family in their Hutong home.
  • Partake in a traditional tea ceremony.
Trip Inclusions
  • Expertly crafted itineraries
  • 4-star+ accommodation
  • Skilled and engaging tour managers
  • Expert local guides with insider knowledge
  • Attraction entrance fees with preferential access
  • Many meals full of local flavour
  • Unparalleled sightseeing
  • Enriching cultural experiences
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Plus, access to Wi-Fi hotspots on tour
Activity Level
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Arrival & Departure
  • Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is Beijing Airport (PEK) Airport, Please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
  • Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Shanghai Pu Dong Airport (PVG) Airport, Please do not book flights departing earlier than 12:00am on the last day
Private Airport Transfers
  • Private, chauffeur service is included for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee.
Trip Notes
  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.

Optional Inclusions

These optional activities can be pre-booked & included in your trip quote.

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Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show
  • Location: Xian. Cost: $143.
  • Relive the glory and grandeur of the Tang Dynasty with a performance at the opulent Tang Dynasty Theater and Restaurant. Through music, dance and lavish costumes, highly gifted performers celebrate the history of Xian, a cultural crossroads on the Silk...read more

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