Inspirational China and Yangtze Cruise Extended Itinerary

From £3,599
Duration 15 Days
Departures from May 2021 - Sep 2021
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From £3,599
Duration 15 Days
Departures from May 2021 - Sep 2021
Tour Overview

This exciting journey through China begins in Beijing, where you'll discover highlights including the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Take in spectacular views as you walk along a section of the iconic Great Wall, then board a high-speed train to Xian, where you'll view the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army. Immerse yourself in Chinese traditions and visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre before embarking on a scenic three-night cruise of the Yangtze River. Finally, you'll head to Shanghai, an exciting city which showcases China's prosperity and development as well as its heritage and culture. You'll explore the main sights on a tour and take a cruise on the Huangpu River.​​

  • Classic Touring
  • Cruise
  • All Breakfasts

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Air China via Beijing on return
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 10 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 3 nights full-board cruise sailing on one of the American Victoria Fleet
  • 32 included meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners including a welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers, internal flight, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • ​Summer Palace
  • Beijing sightseeing tour
  • Great Wall including a cable car ride
  • Journey on the High-speed China Railway (CRH)
  • Yangling Mausoleum visit
  • Terracotta Army
  • Xian City Walls
  • Traditional Chinese dumpling-making experience
  • Chengdu tea ceremony with jasmine tea
  • Visit Chengdu's Jinli Street
  • Leshan Giant Buddha & Minjiang river cruise
  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre
  • Shanghai sightseeing tour
  • Cruise along the Huangpu River ​

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Beijing

​We'll fly to Beijing today, arriving on day 2.​

Day 2 Beijing

​Beijing is an exceptional city, a huge sprawling metropolis bursting with ancient history and contemporary culture. Our introduction starts with a visit to the Summer Palace, a former royal garden set in beautiful grounds, which you can explore.​​

Meals included: L,D

Day 3 Beijing

​We'll discover more of Beijing today on a full-day tour. At the heart of the city is Tiananmen Square, a site of huge cultural and political significance, bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and the Gate of Heavenly Peace.
We'll also visit the Forbidden City, where you can marvel at the Imperial Palace. Our visit concludes with a visit to the Temple of Heaven before we return to the hotel.
This evening you can get out and about and explore Beijing at your own pace.​ Alternatively, we offer an optional walking tour along the city's narrow streets and alleys known as hutongs. In these traditional residential areas, we will visit local families and learn about their day-to-day lives. We'll then head to a restaurant for a  dinner, included in the optional excursion.​

Meals included: B,L

Day 4 Great Wall of China

​Today you'll visit one of the world's most iconic sites, the Great Wall of China. We'll head to a lesser-known section of the wall at Mutianyu, and one of the best ways to appreciate its magnificence is from above, we'll take a cable car ride. From this vantage point the views of the wall and the surrounding countryside are spectacular. Up here, you can also take the opportunity to walk along part of the ramparts, or simply take it all in.
This afternoon, we'll return to Beijing for time at leisure. However, if you want to discover more, why not join an optional excursion to the Yonghe Lamasery. This renowned Lama temple houses a treasure trove of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of gods, demons and Buddha, as well as Tibetan-style murals.
We'll round off the day with a special Peking duck dinner.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Beijing - Xian

​An exciting experience awaits us today as we journey to Xian by a high-speed train.
On arrival, we'll visit the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi, also known as the Yangling Mausoleum. In this underground museum, which is also a working excavation site, we'll see hundreds of terracotta figures and clay animals that were buried with the fourth emperor of the Han Dynasty.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Xian

​Xian, often referred to as the 'city of eternal peace', was once the flourishing capital of China. It is here that the first Qin emperor was interred in 200 BC with at least 6,000 life-size terracotta figures, and we will visit this impressive site today. The warriors, representing individuals of the Imperial Guard, are grouped in battle order, rank by rank. Some are mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others are armed with spears, swords and crossbows. This dazzling display of Chinese military power is quite simply breathtaking.
We'll also visit a remodelled green tea house, where there may be an opportunity to meet one of the farmers who discovered the warriors back in the 1970s when they were digging a well.
Next, we will head to Xian's beautifully preserved City Walls, where a buggy will take us from the south gate to the east gate.
Dumplings are a staple food in Chinese cuisine and this afternoon you will have the chance to make some with the guidance of an expert. Keeping to the theme we will gather this evening for a traditional dumpling dinner. Later, you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to watch the famous Tang Dynasty show. The show you will see is performed by the world-renowned Shaanxi Song and Dance Troupe, the largest performing group in Western China, and promises to be truly entertaining.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Xian - Chengdu

​We'll travel by high-speed train again today as we journey to Chengdu. Our tour here starts with a visit to a traditional tea house where we'll sample some jasmine tea.
Our next stop is Jinli Street, one of the city's main streets. Here you can try local delicacies and visit tea houses and silk workshops.
Alternatively, if you want to soak u​p more of China's traditions, you've the option to attend a face-changing show tonight, with dinner included. This spectacle features performances ranging from opera to comedy and, of course, the famous face-changing act, which has to be seen to be believed.

Meals included: B,L

Day 8 Leshan

Leshan is a must-see location thanks to its wonderful lush scenery and the famous Leshan Giant Buddha, that casts his gaze over the Minjiang and Qingjiang Rivers. It is the tallest Buddha in the world and was carved out of the cliff by a monk of the Tang Dynasty in around 713 AD. We'll see this today on a tour, which also includes a cruise on the Minjiang River offering an alternative view. If you wish, an easy climb will take you to the top of the mountain where you will find yourself parallel to this magnificent statue.
On our way back to the hotel we'll visit the nearby Lingyun temple, and this evening we'll enjoy a regional speciality,​ a Sichuan hotpot.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Chengdu - Chongqing

​A fantastic morning tour takes us to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre to view these endangered creatures. We'll learn all about China's national treasure, and if we're really lucky we might get to see some baby pandas.​
Next, we'll transfer by train to Chongqing, and enjoy a short sightseeing tour before we'll board our ship and embark on a scenic Yangtze River cruise. One of the Victoria fleet, your comfortable vessel has been specially designed to navigate the Yangtze and is your base for the next three nights. 
Relax on board this evening and discover great facilities which include a restaurant, reading room and beauty salon.​​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 10 Yangtze Cruise

Today you'll step ashore to visit the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, a sacred site that features a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism, as well as more than 200 additional Taoist and Buddhist sculptures.
Later, an optional shore excursion will take you to Fengdu Ghost City, known for its shrines, temples, statues and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 11 Yangtze Cruise

​If you wish, you can start the day with a Tai Chi session on board the ship. Today we'll enter the Three Gorges, one of nature's most extraordinary sculptures, starting with one of the most dramatic gorges, Qutang Gorge. Then we'll pass through the tranquil beauty of the Wu Gorge, famed for its forest-covered mountains and sheer cliffs. We'll then transfer to another vessel, which will enable us to cruise through the picturesque Goddess Stream, which flows into the Yangtze.
River conditions permitting, you might be tempted to join an optional shore excursion to White Emperor City. This ancient temple located on the top of a mountain affords spectacular views.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 12 Yichang - Shanghai

After disembarking the ship this morning, we'll take a tour of the Three Gorges Dam site. We'll then transfer to Yichang and take a high-speed train to Shanghai.​

Meals included: B

Day 13 Shanghai

​Shanghai is the fastest-developing city in China, with a rich history embedded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and we'll discover its highlights on today's included tour.
The maze of streets in the Old Town form a stark contrast with modern Nanjing Road, and as we stroll we'll also see the ancient Wu Xing Ting Teahouse, the classic Yu Yuan Gardens and the beautiful Jade Buddha Temple.
At the city's heart is the Huangpu River, with its constant stream of water traffic. On a cruise we'll take in views of the architecture that lines its banks, including the Yangpu Bridge, Nanpu Bridge and  famous sites such as the People's Hero Monument, the Bund and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Look out too for the dramatic skyline of the Pudong business district and the Wu Song ancient Gun Fort relics.
By night, Shanghai is a culinary delight, with all sorts of local and international food on offer and plenty of exciting entertainment which you can enjoy at leisure.
Alternatively, why not watch the famous Shanghai Acrobatics Show. The troupe was founded in 1951, and people from all over the world come here to witness the gravity defying stunts and amazing feats of balance and strength they perform. A night to remember is promised if you choose to join this optional excursion, which also includes dinner.​

Meals included: B

Day 14 Shanghai - at Leisure

​There is so much to see in Shanghai and you can spend today exploring independently or with your travelling companions. Nanjing Road is awash with sparkling shopping malls and boutiques selling all manner of goods and is a great place to visit and maybe pick up some souvenirs. The Bund is also a good place to head to - this famous riverside boulevard is lined with colonial-style buildings.
If you'd rather join an organised trip, why not come on a visit to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao to see the 36 stone bridges which were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
In the evening, we will gather as a group for a farewell dinner. Afterwards, why not join our optional excursion, which gives you the chance to appreciate Shanghai's stunning skyline beautifully illuminated. We'll head to the landmark Jin Mao Tower, which gives a birds eye view of Shanghai City​​.

Meals included: B,D

Day 15 Shanghai - UK

Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving later the same day.​

Meals included: B

Additional Information

​Please note: There are so many aspects of China to experience and to ensure you see the best of the country this tour will be very full with long rewarding days.
​Please note: Due to regular maintenance on the ship locks at the Three Gorges Dam, river traffic through the locks can be restricted.

Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

The Crowne Plaza U-Town Beijing is situated directly next to Beijing U-Town, which is home to a variety of shops and restaurants, making it perfect for relaxing and entertainment. Other hotel amenities include an indoor pool, fitness centre, bar and Hopfenstube German restaurant.

Rooms are furnished with private bathrooms, minibar, air-conditioning and flat-screen TV.

Grand Park Xian

The 5-star Grand Park Xian is a comfortable hotel in a convenient location. It's just a short walk away from the beautiful south gate of the city wall, and close to the bustling shops of the city centre.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, cafe, fitness centre and a games room. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

The 4-star Tianfu Sunshine in Chengdu is located in the downtown area of the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.

Victoria Fleet Cruise Ship

Your cruise ship, part of Victoria’s fleet, boasts well-furnished, comfortable cabins, all of which are outside and feature private balconies and bathrooms with shower. Excellent facilities on board also include a restaurant, reading room, fitness centre, gift shop and beauty salon. Your cruise includes all meals, with Western and Chinese-style buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a captain’s farewell banquet. Please note: The cabin size and decor will vary dependent on the vessel. There is a mandatory one-off service charge of US$25 per person, which is payable locally.

Jin Jiang Tower Hotel

Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai is situated in downtown Shanghai. Hotel facilities include three restaurants, café, Lobby Lounge, Gymnasium, Beauty Salon and Sauna.

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.