Classic China & The Yangtze River

12 Day Guided Tour & River Cruise from Beijing to Shanghai with Globus

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Globus 12 Day Classic China & The Yangtze River. This tour through China, including a Yangtze River cruise, offers you opportunities to see some of China’s most historic sites, learn about the local culture, and witness spectacular scenery. You’ll stay three nights each in Beijing...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 - 4.5 Star
River Cruise
Trip Style
River Cruise
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
China
Trip Operated By:
Globus
Globus
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Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Arrive In Beijing, China
Welcome to China! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
2 Beijing
Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to TIAN'ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Next, explore the FORBIDDEN CITY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's largest palace complex. Once the home of China's great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore on your own. This evening, savour a special PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER. (B/L/D)
3 Beijing. Great Wall Excursion
The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China's barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Return to Beijing for some time at your leisure. Tonight, you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, a traditional form of Chinese theatre, or attend the Legend of Kung Fu Show, with a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics. (B/L)
4 Beijing - Xi'an
This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing's HUTONGS, the city's ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighbourhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family's home to learn more about their life. A short flight brings you to Xi'an. (B)
5 Xi'an
One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi'an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. Enjoy your evening at leisure. Perhaps attend the "Tang Dynasty" dinner show, featuring a colourful assemblage of classical performances. (B/L)
6 Xi'an - Chongqing (Embarkation) - Yangtze River Cruise
This morning, visit the Xi'an City Wall South Gate and attend a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS. You may also see some local residents practicing morning tai chi. Next, fly to Chongqing, China's capital during World War II. Here, board your ship for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. (B/D)
7 Cruising: Jade Emperor Scenic Area
Your SHORE EXCURSION today takes you to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, featuring a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism. Return to your ship where the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activites. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Fengdu, known by many Chinese as the "Ghost City," to visit the mountaintop shrines. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship's crew. (B/L/D) Please Note: Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.
8 Cruising: Qutang Gorge - Wu Gorge - Goddess Stream

Early this morning, you may choose to start your day with a tai chi session on the Sun Deck or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Later, sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges-Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap.

After lunch, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emeraldgreen waters surrounded by densely forested hills. (B/L/D) Please Note: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream.

9 Cruising: (Disembarkation) Three Gorges Dam Site - Yichang - Shanghai
This morning, make a brief visit to the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. Then, transfer to the airport in Yichang for your flight to Shanghai, China's most populous city and centre of trade and industry. The balance of the day is at your leisure. (B)
10 Shanghai

Start your day with a stroll along the Bund, the city's riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a SILK FACTORY to learn about the silk-making process. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant featuring XIAOLONGBAO, Shanghai's most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top.

The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show. (B/L)

11 Shanghai
This morning, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai's leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure-from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B/D)
12 Shanghai
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Globus Inclusions

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Trip Inclusions
  • BEIJING: Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven; hutong tour by rickshaw; Peking Duck welcome dinner
  • XI'AN: Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstration; "Tang Dynasty" dinner show; calligraphy class
  • YANGTZE RIVER: Three-night cruise through the Three Gorges including a walking tour in Shibaozhai, a boat excursion on Goddess Stream, and a tour of the Three Gorges dam site
  • SHANGHAI: Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Yu Yuan Gardens and a silk factory; xiaolongbao lunch; walking tour of the French Concession; farewell dinner
  • MEALS: American breakfast (B) daily, 6 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai
  • Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
Included Meals
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
Accommodation
  • Hotel Classifications: Superior First Class (SF)
  • Beijing Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (SF), Xi’an Crowne Plaza Xi’an (SF), Yangtze Cruise Victoria Anna, Shanghai Grand Central Hotel Shanghai (SF)
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included
Sightseeing & VIP Access
Sightseeing & VIP Access
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Culture Through Cuisine
Culture Through Cuisine
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Expert Local Guides
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Superior Hotels
Superior Hotels
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We Handle all the Details
We Handle the Details
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