China Express

14 Day Small Group Tour & River Cruise from Beijing to Shanghai with Scenic

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Scenic's 14 Day China Express. Distil those aspects of China that make it such a delightful destination and you'll end up enjoying a journey such as this one, a seminal tour of Asia's most populated and influential nation, with all the essential ingredients included. You'll more

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River Cruise
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River Cruise
Small Group
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1 Beijing
Welcome to China. Begin your discovery with a welcome dinner of the famous Peking duck. Your home for the next three nights is Beijing, your hotel is located close to the Forbidden City and many shopping malls. (D)
2 Beijing
Start your journey with a visit to China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.  Freechoice: Look forward to an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show. (B/L)
3 Beijing
Wander through Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and enter the mysterious Forbidden City, completed in 1420 and home to 24 emperors until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924.  Enrich: 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. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home to experience what it would have been like to live in the Hutongs, before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways.  Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at the Exchange. (B/L/D)
4 Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River Cruise
Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, the last but largest of the summer palaces of the Chinese emperors. Cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise, the Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with lunch and dinner.  (B/L/D)
5 Yangtze River Cruise
Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception. (B/L/D)
6 Yangtze River Cruise
Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges.   (B/L/D)
7 Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling and 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China Gala Dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit. (B/L/D)
8 Chongqing - Xi’an
Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo to see the rare and treasured Giant panda before travelling by high speed train to Xi’an. Later, check into your historically located in Xi’an for a three night stay.  (B/L)
9 Xi’an
Enrich: Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an amazing opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process. Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.  Enrich: Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator.  Sundowners: Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset. (B/L)
10 Xi’an
Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings, and learn about his art before you enjoy lunch with his family. Later explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall on foot, by push bike or electric buggy. Tonight enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner.  (B/L/D)
11 Xi’an - Shanghai
This morning explore the Muslim Quarter, an integral part of daily life in Xi’an at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Later fly to Shanghai and experience the speed of the Maglev train from the airport before settling into your luxurious hotel for a three night Special Stay. (B/L)
12 Shanghai
Discover Shanghai’s stark historical contrasts. Stroll along the famous Bund before comparing its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, enjoy the agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats. (B/L)
13 Shanghai
Freechoice: Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square. Explore the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area and its unique 1920’s ‘shikumen’ buildings. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges, or cruise along Huangpu River. Later, spend your free time exploring shopping opportunities on Nanjing Road before enjoying your Chinese farewell dinner. (B/D)
14 Shanghai
It’s time to bid farewell to China and transfer to Shanghai airport for your onward flight. (B)

Scenic Inclusions

Scenic Five Star Luxury
Five Star Luxury
With Scenic, perks and privileges come included. Enjoy a full range of luxurious benefits that will enhance your experience throughout your journey Read more
Scenic Freechoice
Scenic Freechoice
These are hand-selected activities for you to choose from and enjoy at a pace that suits you. Read more
Scenic Enrich
Scenic Enrich
These are experiences that offer once-in-a-lifetime multi-sensory moments that are completely inaccessible to the ordinary traveller. Read more
Scenic nth Degree
The nth Degree
Scenic go above and beyond, making your trip a truly carefree, all-inclusive experience. Read more
Scenic European Hotels
Special Stays
Every carefully selected hotel on our tours has been handpicked by our expert Journey Designer to ensure it offers outstanding location and luxury. Read more
Scenic Rail Journeys
Rail Journeys
Both China and Japan have state-of-the-art high-speed rail systems, and Scenic's itineraries allow you to enjoy both. Read more
Yangtze Cruising
Yangtze Cruising
While cruising, you can look forward to private balcony cabins and on board inclusions exclusive to Scenic guests plus a dedicated Scenic Cruise Director. Read more

Deck Plans

Deluxe Cabin
Main Deck (Level 1)

Cabin Types

Deluxe Cabin
Deluxe Cabin  Deluxe Cabin  
  • 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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Thursday 11 Mar 2021 Wednesday 24 Mar 2021 906per person 7,584per person Enquire
Thursday 25 Mar 2021 Wednesday 07 Apr 2021 909per person 7,681per person Enquire
Thursday 08 Apr 2021 Wednesday 21 Apr 2021 921per person 8,069per person Enquire
Thursday 06 May 2021 Wednesday 19 May 2021 930per person 8,360per person Enquire
Thursday 11 Mar 2021 Wednesday 24 Mar 2021 296solo traveller 10,494solo traveller Enquire
Thursday 25 Mar 2021 Wednesday 07 Apr 2021 299solo traveller 10,591solo traveller Enquire
Thursday 08 Apr 2021 Wednesday 21 Apr 2021 326solo traveller 11,464solo traveller Enquire
Thursday 06 May 2021 Wednesday 19 May 2021 338solo traveller 11,852solo traveller Enquire
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