Panda & Palaces

11 Day Guided Tour & River Cruise from Beijing to Chengdu with Scenic

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Scenic's 11 Day Panda & Palaces. This itinerary is your opportunity to discover a China many modern travellers don't get to witness first-hand. It's the China beyond Beijing and Chengdu - a charming wonderland where ancient crafts are still applied in the time-honoured fashion....read more

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Guided Tour & River Cruise Starts In
Starts In
Beijing
Guided Tour & River Cruise Ends In
Ends In
Chengdu
Accomodation
Accomodation
4.5 - 5 Star
24
Max Group Size
24
River Cruise
Trip Style
River Cruise
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
China
Trip Operated By:
Scenic
Scenic
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Trip Code:
CHPA-1

Itinerary

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1 Beijing
Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your hotel for the next four nights is located close to the Forbidden City and many shopping malls. (D)
2 Beijing
Start your tour with a special highlight as you visit China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Freechoice: Spend an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show. (B/L)
3 Beijing
Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways. Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western dishes at The Exchange. (B/L/D)
4 Beijing
Freechoice: Hunt for ingredients at the wet markets for a wonderful interactive cooking class. Alternatively, learn the ancient art of writing Chinese calligraphy or visit the incredible 15th century Temple of Heaven. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to perhaps shop at the Silk Markets. (B/L)
5 Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River Cruise
Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake. Later, fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner. (B/L/D)
6 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)
7 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)
8 Yangtze River Cruise
Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit. (B/L/D)
9 Yangtze River Cruise - Chongqing - Chengdu
Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Experience China’s new high-speed train network on the way to Chengdu and settle in for a two night stay. Freechoice Dining: Dinner is a delicious choice between traditional Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace, western ribs and burgers at Mooney’s Irish bar, or international fare at Café Z. (B/L/D)
10 Chengdu
Enrich: A special day with an enchanting encounter with rare giant panda cubs. You’ll even get to have a photo taken with these endangered creatures, truly a moment to cherish forever. Wander through the old quarter of town and visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the second century Wuhou Temple. (B/L/D)
11 Chengdu
Depart after breakfast today and transfer to Chengdu airport. (B)
1 Beijing
Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Enjoy a four night stay in Beijing. (D)
2 Beijing
Start your tour with a visit to China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.  Freechoice: Spend an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show. (B/L)
3 Beijing
Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Enrich: Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. It was once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, and this section is not usually open to the general public. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the Hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways. Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at The Exchange. (B/L/D)
4 Beijing
Freechoice: Hunt for ingredients at the wet markets for a wonderful interactive cooking class. Alternatively, learn the ancient art of writing Chinese calligraphy or visit the incredible 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B/L)
5 Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River Cruise
Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake. Later, fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.  (B/L/D)
6 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)
7 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)
8 Yangtze River Cruise
Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China Gala Dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit. (B/L/D)
9 Yangtze River Cruise - Chongqing - Chengdu
Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Experience China’s new high-speed train network on the way to Chengdu and settle in for a two night stay. Freechoice Dining: Dinner is a delicious choice between traditional Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace, Western ribs and burgers at Mooney’s Irish bar, or international fare at Café Z. (B/L/D)
10 Chengdu
Enrich: A special day as a member of the Panda Volunteer Training Program. Enjoy an enchanting encounter with rare Giant panda cubs as you help staff at the Dujiangyan Panda Base prepare food to feed and care for them. Wander through the old quarter, visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the 2nd-century Wuhou Temple.  (B/L/D)
11 Chengdu
Depart after breakfast today and transfer to Chengdu airport. (B)

Scenic Inclusions

Scenic Five Star Luxury
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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
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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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Wednesday 01 Apr 2020 Saturday 11 Apr 2020 222per person 7,568per person Enquire
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