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Delightful Yangtze Upstream plus Essence China

Tour Code: WT-L/S407
18 Days Luxury Tour in China to Shanghai, Suzhou, Yichang, Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Lhasa and Beijing
Starting from US per person
Departure: Based on the cruise sailing date, please click for Luxury series  and Standard series.
  • Day
    Entry Shanghai

    After your arrival at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) by your own-booked international flight, our guide will pick you up there and transfer you to the hotel. If time permits, you will spend the rest of the day to explore the world famous commercial street, Nanjing Road and an old street in Shanghai and then tour the Bund along Huangpu River.

  • Day
    Shanghai/ Suzhou

    Humble Administrators Garden, Suzhou

    Spend the daytime in Shanghai to see the large and great collections in the Shanghai Museum and then visit the Yuyuan Garden which is the most lavish and finest Chinese Garden in the old city area in Shanghai. After an a la carte lunch at a well-selected restaurant, have a short cruise trip on the Huangpu River. The Shanghai tour today ends here and then head for Suzhou by soft seat train. The guide in Suzhou will come to the Railway Station to meet you and transfer you to the hotel. (B, L)

  • Day
    Suzhou/ Shanghai

    Visit the three most representative gardens in Suzhou, the Tiger Hill, the Humble Administrators Garden and the Garden of the Master of the Nets. The Suzhou City is celebrated around the world for its elegant private gardens with a history of 2600 years. The gardens were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000, so the tour today may be considered as a World Heritage Tours. Get back to Shanghai by soft seat train and transfer you to the hotel. (B, L)

  • Day
    Shanghai/ Yichang

    Visit the famous sitting Buddha and sleeping Buddha in the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai. After that, fly to Yichang and be picked up by the guide in Yichang. If there is enough time, visit the Yichang Museum. Then, the guide will transfer you to the cruise and help the check-in. (B)

  • Day
    Three Gorges Dam

    Pea boat ride of the
    Three Little Gorges,
    Yangtze River cruise

    The cruise sets sail around 07:00 in the morning along the eastern Xiling Gorge. The first ashore visit is to the Three Dam Site. You will see the water project site and learn more under the explanation of the land guide arranged by the cruise company. Then, return the cruise and continue sailing. If interested, you may watch the cruise passing the Five Level Ship Lock on deck. After dinner, have fun in the Captains Welcome Party and get a chance to take pictures with the Captain. (B, L, D)

  • Day
    Shennong Stream or Three Little Gorges

    In the morning, the cruise will pass the middle gorge named the Wu Gorge which is famous for its elegance. After breakfast, travelers will change to take ferry boat to visit the Shennong Stream or Three Little Gorges. Watch carefully and listen to the loudspeaker on the ferry boat, or you may miss to see the hanging coffins placed on the distanced steep cliffs. They may arouse your interesting in the special burial way in the ancient time. Then the ferry stopped and changed to seat in the small pea-boat on the Shennong Stream. When the water became shallower and shallower, you will experience the boat trackers pulling the boat for a short time. Turn back with the same way and enjoy the scenery of the shortest gorge-the Qutang Gorge. (B, L, D)

  • Day

    The ashore visit today will be the "Ghost City". After the visit, the cruise continues sailing ahead for Chongqing. After dinner, the farewell party will be hold and have the last happy night on the cruise. (B, L, D)

  • Day
    Chongqing/ Guilin

    Rural life in Yangshuo, Guilin

    Usually, the cruise will arrive at Chaotianmen Dock in Chongqing city between 08:30 and 09:00. The luggage need to be packed in advance, for more information, you may follow the notification on the cruise. The guide will pick you up at the dock. Visit the lovely and precious pandas in the Chonqging Zoo. Then, trace the life of General Joseph W. Stilwell by visiting his former residence in Chonqging city. After lunch at the local famous restaurant, take flight to Guilin and transfer to the hotel. (B, L)

  • Day
    Guilin/ Yangshuo/ Guilin

    Start the unforgettable cruise trip to Yangshuo and fully enjoy the spectacular views along the Li River. Lunch will be served on the cruise ship although it is poor than the meals on land. Upon arrival, you will start a countryside trip by cycling (or car transfer). It is sure the best way to relax yourself in the stunning scenery. Transfer back to Guilin and check in the hotel. The evening is on your own. (B, L)

  • Day
    Guilin/ Xian

    Daytime will be scheduled for the sightseeing in Guilin city. You will have about one hour in the Reed Flue Cave- a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations formed by carbonate deposition. Then drive to visit the Seven Star Park which is the largest comprehensive park with various scenery and landform in Guilin. The last stop will be the landmark of the city-the Elephant Trunk Hill. Do not miss taking a picture with the background of the vivid elephant trunk hill. Fly to Xian. Meet the Xian guide and transfer to the comfortable hotels. On the way, get your first impression of the ancient world-famous city. (B, L)

  • Day

    Great Mosque, Xian

    Drive to Lintong District which is on the east of Xian city and start the exciting tour to the Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum. Enjoy your time by visiting the unearthed worksite lobby including the Pit one, Pit Two, Pit Three one by one. On the right side of the gate, you will find the Bronze Chariots and Horses Hall with large collection of the relevant cultural relic and the Bronze Chariots and Horses are the highlights. Have a nice a la carte lunch at a well-known restaurant. Then, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the Da Ci En Temple and the best preserved City Wall in China. For dinner tonight, you will enjoy the local specialty Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Dance and Music Show at Shaanxi Opera Theatre (Address: No. 165 Wenyi Road). (B, L, D)

  • Day
    Xian/ Lhasa

    On the way to the airport, visit the Hanyangling Museum which is the Mausoleum of Western Han Emperor Liu Qi. Fly to Lhasa. Our guide in Lhasa will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest day is for you to relax in the hotel. (Tip: As breath may become difficult for some people in Lhasa with a high altitudes of 3,650 meters above sea level as well as foreigners are not allowed to visit Tibet on their own, staying in the hotel will be the best choice for the rest day.) (B)

  • Day

    Tibetan people ploughing the field

    The highlights tour today will first cover the Tibet Museum and the Carpet Factory. Later, when visiting the Sera Monastery, the relevant legend of it may arouse your interest in this monastery which was once built for housing treasures by in 1419. The last stop to the Norbulingka Park will focus on the eye-catching buildings there with a mixture construction style of Han Dynasty and traditional Tibetan architecture with its interior modern facilities. When finishing the day tour today, you will have a good rest and dinner is on your own. (B, L)

  • Day

    What must visit sites in Lhasa is the significant Potala Palace as it was the religious and political center of old Tibet and the winter palace of Dalai Lama. You will stay one hour inside without taking pictures, which are the local rules. Then visit the Jokhang Temple which is the most important and a must-see temple in Lhasa. Then have some free time visiting the bustling bazaar along the Barkhor Street which is a ideal place o buy some souvenirs. The next stop will be the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital. A rough lecture on the Tibetan Traditional Medicine may deepen your impression on the mysterious Tibet.  (B, L)

  • Day
    Lhasa/ Beijing

    The mysterious Lhasa travel ends with a visit to a Tibetan family. After a homey chatting with the family members in the traditional house, a deeper and vivid experience of the original local life will impress on you. Then the comfortable private drive will send you to take the flight to Beijing. Our guide in Beijing will meet you upon your arrival and transfer you to the hotel.(B, L)

  • Day

    Badaling Great Wall, Beijing

    City tour today includes the worlds largest and grandest Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City of Ming and Qing Dynasties and the former royal temple named the Temple of Heaven. The Forbidden City is a rectangular city encircled in a 52-meter-long, 6-meter-deep moat and a 10-meter-high, 3,400-meter-long city wall which has one gate on each side. There are four unique and delicate structured corner towers overlooking the city inside and outside on the four corners. You will enjoy an a la carte lunch at a nice restaurant and the guide will show the city by the most classic travel route. And in the evening you will enjoy a lively Chinese Kungfu Show in the red theater. (B, L)

  • Day

    Drive northeastward to visit the Great Wall which runs across the northern part of Beijing for over six hundred kilometers with various passes and towers. The section you visit will be the best-preserved Badaling section. To avoid eating at the shopping site tourist restaurants, drive to try the popular Sichuan food in our well-selected restaurant. Afterwards, you will have a chance to walk by the Sacred Path and get into Dingling and you will feel surprised at the wonders in the Underground Palace of Ming Dynasty. Drive back to the downtown and see the appearance of the Birds Nest (Olympic National Stadium) at a distance. (B, L)

  • Day
    Exit Beijing

    Visit the Summer Palace and see off by your homeward flight. The happy tour ends here. (B)

City Luxury Standard
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel  Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya  
SuzhouSuzhou Marriott  Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou  
Yangtze RiverYangtze Gold Cruises  President No.1  
GuilinSheraton Hotel  Guilin Bravo Hotel  
XianShangri-la Golden Flower Hotel - South Wing  Bell Tower Hotel  
LhasaFour Points by Sheraton Lhasa  Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel  
BeijingCrowne Plaza Hotel  Holiday Inn Central Plaza  
Private Tour Prices
Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
Luxury Standard
Travelers High Season Low Season High Season Low Season
Room Occupancy Room Occupancy Room Occupancy Room Occupancy
Double Sole Double Sole Double Sole Double Sole
2-5 $4530 $5800 $4490 $5730 $4010 $4800 $3970 $4730
6-9 $3940 $5220 $3900 $5140 $3420 $4220 $3380 $4150
10 & above $3600 $4800 $3560 $4730 $3090 $3800 $3050 $3730

The above private guided tour is tailored for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other participants will be in your group. In other words, others will not join in your tour and you will not take part into any tours of others on our land services.

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