Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive Beijing - transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Beijing

Visit the Forbidden City, its Imperial Palace and Tian’anmen Square. This evening, enjoy a special Peking Duck Welcome Dinner at an award-winning restaurant in your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Beijing

Walk along the Great Wall of China to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Tonight, choose either a performance of the Peking Opera or a Legend of Kung Fu Show. (B,L)

Day 4: Beijing - Xi’an

Visit the Temple of Heaven; enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s Hutongs; visit the courtyard of a family’s home for tea. Later, fly to Xi’an. (B,D)

Day 5: Xi’an

Marvel at the legion of Terracotta Warriors and enter the VIP viewing area for an up-close view of these life-size statues. Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration. Next, visit the Dayan Pagoda. This evening, enjoy the ‘Tang Dynasty’ dinner show. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Xi’an - Chongqing (embark) - Yangtze

Visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and later, join a traditional Chinese calligraphy class. Fly to Chongqing, visit a local zoo to see pandas and eat dinner at a local Hot Pot restaurant. Embark Century Legend for a 3-night Three Gorges cruise. (B,D)

Day 7: Shibaozhai

Morning at leisure. After lunch, take a walking tour of Shibaozhai, famous for its 400-year-old, 12-story, red wooden pagoda. Tonight, the Captain hosts a welcome party. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Quatang Gorge - Wu Gorge - Shennv Stream

Morning at leisure, perhaps join an optional trip to White Emperor City to see the Baidi Temple. Sail downstream through Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. Join a boat excursion down Shennv Stream. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: Three Gorges Dam Site - Xiling Gorge - Yichang (disembark) - Shanghai

Visit the Three Gorges Dam Site. Later sail through the Xiling Gorge. Disembark in Yichang. Fly to Shanghai. (B,L)

DAY 10: Shanghai

Stroll along The Bund. Visit Yu Yuan Gardens and a Silk Factory. Enjoy a dim sum lunch. Tonight, enjoy an acrobat show. (B,L)

Day 11: Shanghai

Visit Shanghai Museum. Take a walking tour of the former French Concession. See the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park. (B,D)

DAY 12: Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. (B)

Alternatively, extend your holiday in Guilin, Hong Kong or both - please call for details and to book.

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 - Magical China & the Yangtze River

Avalon Cuises brochure prices in Black
Travel 55 discount prices in Red
Tel Avalon Waterways reservations on 0800 668 1843 and quote our Travel 55 ref: TR55A

Departure dates

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Departure dates

Deluxe stateroom prices from















Stateroom upgrade supplements from:

Deck: junior - £320 : executive - £465 : presidential - £1160

Ship: Century Legend - Departures:

Beijing to Shanghai

April 3, 10, 17; May 1, 15, 29; June 12; July 10; August 14, 21, 28; September 4, 11, 18; October 2, 9, 16

Prices above are a ‘guide from’ price from London Heathrow, based on two adults sharing a room and are subject to change and availability. Flights are also availabl from a range of UK regional airports. Prices are based on live flight pricing, when available, in order to give you the best price and flight options. If you would like to Cruise Only and just join the cruise part of the itinerary, please call for details.The latest prices will be confirmed to you before you book. For holiday information call reservations. Offers are subject to availability and may be subject to change. Prices and dates shown are taken from the Avalon Waterways brochure. Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. Departure dates and joining points are subject to availability. All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways terms and conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Avalon Waterways
Magical China & the Yangtze River

7% discount - 12 days

Your discount prices start from only £4144

A fascinating twelve day cruise starting in Beijing with visits to Peking opera or Kung Fu show, a rickshaw ride through Hutongs and a dim sum lunch. Your holiday ends in Shanghai with time to explore. 

This fabulous 12 day Magical China and Yangtze river cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0800 668 1843 and quote the Travel 55 ref: TR55A.

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0800 668 1843  and quote code TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Your ship - Century Legend

Cruise in style and comfort aboard Century Legend, one of the newest and most innovative ships on the Yangtze River. As you embark your contemporary, elegant ship, a friendly, English-speaking crew and stunning 7-story atrium lobby welcome you aboard. Century Legend and sistership Century Paragon each feature state-of-the-art propulsion systems that reduce vibration and decrease emissions to reduce environmental impact. Other innovations include a pillar less multifunction lounge with unobstructed views of evening entertainment, and a large indoor swimming pool, both firsts for Yangtze River cruise ships.

Century Legend's innovative design includes

  • Sun Deck with shade system and lounge chairs
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Multi-functional lounge and two bars
  • Spacious open-seating main dining room
  • Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Spa and massage facilities
  • Fitness centre
  • 7 floor atrium lobby
  • Shops
  • Cinema room and game room
  • Well stocked library
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Personal service from English-speaking staff
  • 24 hour laundry service
  • 2 Lifts

Request a brochure for more information on the cruise ship and Avalon

Included Avalon advantages

  • Personal airport chauffeur service (within 100 miles*) - see below
  • Flights from London (regional flights available)
  • 3 nights’ deluxe stateroom accommodation with 266 sq ft of indoor living, plus balcony
  • 8 nights in hotels with daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • All meals on board (B,L,D)
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with dinners on board
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunches on board
  • Audio headsets on all shore excursions in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai
  • Included excursions and guided sightseeing
  • Experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • All transfers, port charges and airport taxes

Private chauffeur service

A private, chauffeur-driven executive car will take you to and from your international departure point. Everything will be explained when you book, including how to change your pick-up point, if you wish, and how to contact your driver. This service is included at no extra cost if you live within 100 miles of your chosen international departure point (*if you live more than 100 miles away, you can still enjoy the same service for a supplement of £1.70 per car, per mile).


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