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S-401: 11 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 3 to 5-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

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Day 1: Arrival in Beijing
Once you pass the customs of Beijing airport, our local guide and driver will be waiting there for you. Then we will take you to your hotel. The remaining day is for you to have a good rest after the long flight to China and get refreshed for the tour which follows.
Day 2: Beijing
After breakfast, we will take a morning walk at the Tiananmen Square, the world's largest city square which can contains one million people when holding national ceremonies. Walking across the square, we will come to Forbidden City, the largest and most complete wooden imperial palace complex with a history of almost 600 years. You can see majestic palaces, appreciate fine ancient artworks and trace the life of past imperial families.

About noon, we will go to a renowned local restaurant and enjoy a tasty a la carte lunch there.

After a short rest, we will continue our journey to the Temple of Heaven. Emperors in the past would make their offerings to the heaven there and pray for an abundant year here. The architectural complex there is unique and impressive.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

  • The Forbidden City in Beijing
    Ancient Palace in the Forbidden City
  • Temple of Heaven at Beijing
    Visiting Temple of Heaven
Day 3: Beijing
This morning we will go to Mutianyu Great Wall. Criss-crossing the rolling mountains, this section of the Great Wall attracts tourists not only with its grandeur but also with the picturesque scenery on both sides of it. We will get to the wall by a round-trip cable car so that your time and energy will be saved for the pleasurable experience on the Wall.

In the afternoon, we will go back to the city and stop by the Olympic National Stadium which looks like a bird's nest from the outside. We shall stop for a while in case you want to take some pictures there. Then you can spend some time hanging out at a traditional market before heading back to your hotel.

Friendly Tips:
The fees for round-way cable car at Mutianyu Great Wall are included. However, if you are more interested in taking the chairlift up and luge sliding down, we can also arrange that for you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

  • Mutianyu Section of Great Wall
    Mutianyu Section of Great Wall
  • Chairlift at Mutianyu Great Wall
    Chairlift at Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an
In the early morning, we will go for a walk to the Summer Palace. It is the largest imperial garden in China and is praised as the museum of royal gardens for its great influence on Chinese garden construction. After that, we will take a rickshaw ride to visit Beijing Hutong where we will see old alleys and featured dwellings while observing daily life of real Beijingers.

Then the local guide will guide you to the railway station and help you take the 4.5-hour bullet train to Xi'an. Upon arrival, the local guide in Xi'an will pick you up at the train station and accompany you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Day 5: Xi'an
Today we will spend the whole morning visiting the Terracotta Army Museum. It is the biggest ancient military museum in China and was built on the original site of unearthed terracotta warriors. There are together over 8,000 life-size sculptures of ancient warriors, war horses and chariots standing in battle formation. Looking carefully, you will find each warrior has distinct and unique features.

In the afternoon, we will visit Shaanxi History Museum. Through its collected pieces, which record over one million years of history, we will get a better insight into the profound culture of China. Then we will go to Xi'an City Wall and have a stroll on this ancient military defense system.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

  • Terracotta Army Museum
    No.1 Pit of Terracotta Army Museum
  • Ancient Xian City Wall
    Yongningmen of the City Wall
Day 6: Xi'an - Chongqing
After breakfast, we will pay a visit to Xi'an Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist tower with a history of more than 1,300 years. Then our guide will escort you to the airport to catch your flight to Chongqing. The Chongqing guide will greet you at the airport and then accompany you on a visit to Ciqikou Village. After that, the local guide will transfer you to the ship and our Yangtze River cruise tour will start at about 22:00.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Day 7: Chongqing - Shuangguishan National Forest Park
After a short briefing on the cruise ship, you can sit on the deck to enjoy the picturesque scenery on all sides. Later, we will have an onshore excursion to Shuangguishan National Forest Park. After that, return to the ship and prepare for the welcome party held by the captain at night.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Badong - Xiling Gorge
On the second day of the Yangtze River cruise tour package, we will admire the breathtaking scenery of steep Qutang Gorge and then the winding Wu Gorge. When we disembark at Wu Gorge we shall go on an excursion to Shennong Stream. We will take a smaller boat to the destination and then transfer to a pea-boat, a primitive boat used by natives. As the boat sails down the stream, you will see beautiful waterfalls, mysterious coffins hung on cliffs, and the primitive village of Tujia minority on the way. Then we will go back to the ship and continue our journey to Xiling Gorge, the last gorge of Yangtze River cruise tour.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Li River Guangxi
    Having a relaxing Yangtze River cruise
  • Shennong Stream China
    Tourists sightseeing the Shennong Stream
Day 9: Yichang - Shanghai
The Yangtze River cruise tour package comes to an end today. After breakfast, pack up your luggage and check out from the ship. The cruise guide will take you to the Three Gorges Dam. It is the largest hydroelectric project in the world, breaking several records. The surrounding scenery is extremely beautiful.

The cruise guide will take you to Three Gorges Tourist Center located in Yichang city. Our local guide will see you there and transfer you to the station for the high speed train ride to Shanghai. It will take you about 7.5 hours to get there. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, our guide will pick you up and send you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

Day 10: Shanghai
In the morning, we will leave for the Shanghai Museum. The ancient artworks displayed in the museum such as bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy works and paintings are exquisite and fascinating. Then we will spend some nice time at Yu Garden, absorbing its peaceful and elegant landscape.

After an a la carte lunch, we will proceed to the Bund where you can see numerous examples of classical architecture in exotic styles. Later we will get on the Huangpu River cruise ship to explore the history and culture of this international metropolis while enjoying the pleasant scenery along the river. Afterwards, take a leisurely walk along an ancient cultural street before returning back to your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch

  • the Bund in Shanghai
    Exotic buildings at the Bund
  • Pudong Shanghai
    Enjoying a cruise on the Huangpu River
Day 11: Departure from Shanghai
Today this 11 days private tour comes to an end. After breakfast, our guide will lead you to the airport and help you take the flight back home. We wish you a pleasant flight and hope you take away many happy memories of your encounter with our lovely country.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

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DestinationsStandard HotelsEconomy Hotels
BeijingPentahotel Beijing
Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel
XianHoliday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
Days Inn City Centre Xi'an
Yangtze RiverPresident No.7/No.8 with balcony
President No.7/No.8 with balcony
ShanghaiOcean Hotel Shanghai
Golden River-view Hotel
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  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
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