logo contact
home hotels tours air cruises customized specials new
Tours >> Yangtze River
The consummate land/cruise odyssey with a leisurely 4-night Yangtze cruise upstream
13 days / 11 nights (downstream) or 14 days / 12 nights (upstream) from $2,310
view itinerary view price book tour
Shanghai, the amazing city (2 nights)
Yangtze River & the famed Three Gorges (3 nights downstream or 4 nights upstream)
Dazu & the stone carvings valley (1 night)
Xian & the great terra cotta army (2 nights)
Beijing, the emperors' city (3 nights)

Extensions to complement & personalize your vacations:
Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient (3 nights)
Tokyo, the bustling city (3 nights)

Tour Features
  • All domestic airfare included within China
  • Premier or Deluxe accommodations throughout
  • 12 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D or SD-special dinner)
  • 3 gala evening events including Peking Duck dinner, Shanghai Acrobats and Tang Dynasty Theater
  • Tour the astounding art of the innovative new Shanghai Museum
  • Be among the first to tour the Yangtze's new dam, and among the last to see Yangtze gorges and landmarks before they're submerged
  • Tour the colossal stone carvings of little-traveled Dazu
  • Visit the excavation site of 8,000 terra cotta soldiers
  • Full-day Great Wall and Ming Tombs outing
  • Comprehensive sightseeing of each city's highlights
Detailed Itinerary
Downstream itinerary - Tour begins in Beijing and ends in Shanghai
Day 1: Depart Hometown
Depart on an overnight flight to China's largest city, Shanghai, the landing point for many international arrivals.
Day 2: Arrive Shanghai, China
Arrive at one of the great seaports of the world, an exciting starting point for your China adventure. Your deluxe hotel is a comfortable place to rest or set off shopping at the arts and crafts center.
Day 3: Shanghai (Meals included - B,L)
Immerse yourself in the culture and sophistication of Shanghai on a full-day tour of the city's premier attractions. View all manners of Chinese arts, beautifully displayed in the astounding galleries of the new Shanghai Museum. Wander the lovely paths and pavilions of Yuyuan Gardens; experience the old world ambiance of the waterfront Bund; enchanting Xintiande, an urban tourist attraction imbued with the city’s history and culture. After dinner, prepare for a thrilling evening at the Shanghai Acrobatics Show.
Day 4: Shanghai/Yichang/Yangtze River Cruise (Meals included - B,D)
Fly into Yichang, here you are welcomed aboard your Yangtze cruise ship and shown to your comfortable, air-conditioned cabin. Get acquainted with the American cruise director and helpful cabin stewards, enjoy the relaxing lounges and varied amenities. Later tonight, the city lights fade as we depart upriver.
Day 5: Yangtze River Cruise - The Three Gorges and Dam Site (Meals included - B,L,D)
After breakfast, enjoy an insightful tour of the colossal new Three Gorges Dam site. Then return to ship, where an incomparable stretch of river scenery unfolds as the river narrows and we begin our dramatic passage through the famed Three Gorges. Enjoy commentary up on the open decks, and informal lectures in the main observation lounge, while ascending through the rapids of Xiling Gorge and the forested limestone peaks of Wu Gorge. Docking overnight in Wushan, you are free to go ashore to browse the lively street market.
Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise - The Three Small Gorges (Meals included - B,L,D)
A thrilling excursion has us motoring up the Daning River to the sheer cliffs and rushing waters of the Three Small Gorges, this morning's destination. Return for a fresh, delicious lunch on ship, before sailing on to the final great gorge, Qutang, an exceptionally tranquil and scenic passage through soaring hills blanketed by evergreen forest. Further ahead, the ancient walled city of Fengjie climbs steeply from the riverfront.
Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise - Fengdu or Wanxian (Meals included - B,L,D)
Travel past fragrant orchards, sleepy villages, and small family farms to Fengdu or Wanxian. A shore excursion will present either the fabled "Ghost City" of Fengdu, with its monstrous carvings and mystical temple; or the picturesque old Sichuan river city of Wanxian, famed for its silk and woven textiles.
Day 8: Arrive Chongqing/Dazu/Chongqing (Meals included - B,L)
Arise in Chongqing and enjoy breakfast on ship, before bidding your cruise staff farewell and heading to your next destination. Continue by coach through rolling green Sichuan countryside to Dazu, home of fantastic grottoes and hills packed with over 50,000 statues and reliefs portraying Buddhist life during the 9th-13th centuries.
Day 9: Chongqing/Xian (Meal included - B)
A city tour of Chongqing if time allows, before departing by air to inner China and the old Silk Road city of Xian.
Day 10: Xian (Meals included - B,L,SD)
Xian was a capital and international trade center for many centuries while Beijing was still a small frontier settlement, and today you'll explore the sights of that glorious era: the army of terra cotta soldiers, individually carved to the smallest detail; the splendid city wall with its Ming Dynasty Gates; and one of China's oldest brick structures, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Art lovers will adore the collections of the Provincial Museum. A Tang Dynasty banquet and stage show complete the day.
Day 11: Xian/Beijing (Meal included - B)
Fly to Beijing. Arrive in sprawling Beijing, where every boulevard, monument, plaza and edifice exudes an air of importance. Your hotel is one of the city's finest, an ideal location to relax; enjoy the fine restaurants, pool and facilities; or go shopping and exploring.
Day 12: Beijing (Meals included - B,L)
Arise to explore Beijing's greatest sights: the Forbidden City, a treasure trove of art and heirlooms; the Temple of Heaven's exuberant interior and delightful park setting; and the breezy landscapes of the Summer Palace, still much as they were during the court of the Empress Dowager.
Day 13: Beijing (Meals included - B,L,SD)
Built entirely by hand some 2,200 years ago, the Great Wall of China bears testimony to the strength and resilience of the Chinese people. On a full-day tour, walk its promenades, peer out from its towers, and marvel at the Wall stretching endlessly into the countryside. Continue to the Ming Tombs, lined with granite statues of court attendants which have stood for some 500 years. On route, you will visit the the Olympic site (Bird’s Nest and Water Cube). Top off a grand day with an imperial-style dinner of Peking duck at a top city venue. After dinner, enjoy a cultural performance – Kung Fu show or Peking Opera.
Day 14: Beijing/Hometown (Meal included - B)
Departing for home on your select airline, bid China a fond farewell.
Payment and Cancellation Policy:
  • Deposit: $400 at the time of booking - Full payment 60 days before departure
  • Cancelation policy: (see terms and conditions for details)
  • Full refund, less US$400.00 administrative fee per person for any cancellations received in writing up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter the following cancellation charges will apply:
    29 to 8 days before departure US$800.00 per person
    29 to 8 days before departure (Yangtze River program only) US$1,200.00 per person
    7 to 1 days before departure 50% of tour price per person
    On or after departure date 100% of tour price per person
  • Airfare is non-refundable once tickets are issued

About Us | Brochure Request | Payments | Terms & Conditions | Things You Should Know | Travel Insurance | Contact Us