Your Holiday Itinerary - Wonders of China & the Yangtze River

Day 1: Beijing, China

Your tour starts in Beijing with an included welcome dinner.

Day 2: Beijing

Start your day with a stroll through iconic Tiananmen Square before exploring the magnificent Forbidden City. Enjoy special access to the Treasure Hall and discover an array of imperial treasures. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 3: Beijing

Today’s destination is the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s most incredible wonders. Learn about the wall’s history before taking a memorable walk on the Juyongguan section. Afterwards, visit a jade museum to learn about the jade-making process. Finally, return to the city, driving past the Olympic Village.

Day 4: Beijing

Today you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and then take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs. Meet a local family and enjoy a dumpling-making class before a traditional calligraphy lesson. Then, share a simple lunch with them. Later, take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Tonight, enjoy dinner featuring Peking duck.

Day 5: Beijing - Xian

Fly to the ancient city of Xian where the legendary Silk Road comes to an end. Tonight, celebrate during a traditional Xian dumpling banquet.

Day 6: Xian

Today, explore the incredible excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors. This vast clay army of 8,000 soldiers was created to guard China’s first emperor in the afterlife. Next, visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic exhibition centre to see life-sized models of the warriors being made. Then try a Xian speciality – hand-pulled noodles for lunch before enjoying the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 7: Xian - Yichang - Board Cruise Ship

After a short flight to Yichang, board your ship for a 4-night cruise on the Yangtze River.

Day 8: Cruising

Take a tai chi lesson on the sundeck as we sail towards the dramatic Xiling Gorge. Discover the impressive Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s welcome dinner and cabaret.

Day 9: Cruising

Explore the remote Shennong Stream in traditional pea boats before sailing through Wu Gorge, known for its 12 forest-covered peaks. This afternoon, continue on past the dramatic cliffs that surround the Qutang Gorge.

Day 10: Cruising

Arrive at Shibaozhai, where you can climb a 9 story red pagoda for stunning views of the river and surrounding countryside.

Day 11: Chongqing - Disembark Cruise Ship - Chengdu

This morning, disembark your cruise ship and journey to Chengdu. Upon arrival, spend your day at leisure and tonight, sample the fresh, bold flavours of the local Sichuan cuisine.

Day 12: Chengdu

Start your day with a visit to the Panda Breeding Sanctuary, home to the giant panda and red panda. This afternoon, visit Du Fu's Thatched Cottage, the former home to the poet known as the "Shakespeare of China. End your day by exploring Jinli Ancient Street with its traditionalstyle buildings.

Day 13: Chengdu - Guilin

Fly to Guilin to begin your 3-night stay. This evening, take a walking tour around Ronghu Lake.

Day 14: Guilin

Enjoy a full-day visit to the Longji Rice Terraces. Walk through the fields and the nearby villages, meeting local residents along the way.

Day 15: Guilin

Set out on a Li River cruise that takes you from Guilin to Yangshuo and past some amazing karst limestone scenery. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, visit West Street, where you can shop for a traditional painting or relax at one of the many cafés.

Day 16: Guilin - Shanghai

Experience the modern side of China as you take the super-fast Maglev train into central Shanghai. Then explore the past as we visit a silk  museum. This evening, take a cruise on the mighty Huangpu River.

Day 17: Shanghai

Take a sightseeing tour of Shanghai featuring the waterfront district, Old Town and Yuyuan Garden. Enjoy lunch at a celebrated local restaurant known for its xiao long bao soup dumplings. Then, visit the imposing Urban Planning Centre, the nerve centre of the city. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner before a marvellous acrobatics show.

Day 18: Shanghai

Your tour ends in Shanghai.

Departure Dates 2018 Wonders of China & the Yangtze River (18 Days) - 7% discount on all dates

Collette brochure price from £3309

Travel 55 discount price from £3078

Telephone Collette Holidays on 0800 804 8700 and quote Travel 55 code NYC2

Prices are ‘guide from’ prices only and do not include flights. To check the latest up to date tour prices and to check availability call Collette reservations on 0800 804 8700. Don't forget to quote the Travel 55 code NYC2 to receive your 7% discount that is availably on all Collette tours.

April 12

June 14

October 4, 11

May 3, 17

September 6, 20, 27

November 1

Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. The discount will be applied accordingly to reflect the price. Departure dates are subject to availability. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking.

NOTE: • On some dates alternate hotels may be used. • Visa required. • The lead in price is based on the 15 day itinerary

China’s Wonders & Yangtze River Cruise

18 Day Escorted Holidays - 7% Discount

Prices from only £1378

Experience China’s marvels, ancient and modern, rural and cosmopolitan, on this fantastic tour featuring a relaxing 4-night cruise of the Yangtze River and a cruise along the Li River. Cruise past the Three Gorges, visit the Terracotta Warriors and explore the booming city of Shanghai.

This exciting 18 day China’s Wonders & Yangtze River Cruise comes with a 7% discount saving. To book call Collette Holidays direct on 0800 804 8700 and quote Travel 55 ref: NYC2.

What's Included In Your Tour

  • MEALS: 40 meals (17 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches & 9 Dinners)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel, Beijing. Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian. Victoria Cruises. Tianfu Sunshine Hotel, Chengdu. Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, Guilin. Jinjiang Huating Hotel & Towers, Shanghai.


  • Complimentary Private Airport Transfers*
  • Services of an experienced tour manager
  • Services of local expert guides
  • Luggage porterage throughout the tour
  • Complimentary WIFI on tour
  • TRANSPORT: Coach, river cruise, train, pea boat, rickshaw and internal flights
  • GROUP SIZE: Approx 40
  • SOLO TRAVELLERS: From £4,379

Tour Highlights - Wonders of China & the Yangtze River

  • Take a walk on the Great Wall of China
  • Visit the Panda Breeding Sanctuary
  • Explore the excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors
  • Cruise on the Li and the Yangtze Rivers

Booking flights is easy

...and we can be as flexible as you need to be. We can organise fl ights from most of the UK’s regional airports, with our preferred airline partners. We can advise you on the best airlines for each tour and the best routes, and you can choose who you’d prefer to travel with. We’ll fi nd the best price for you based on your chosen departure date and local airport.

More Convenient

From Exeter to Inverness, we can fly you from your local airport to join our tours around the world minimising the need to travel to London. Let us find the best priced and most convenient fl ight for your holiday choice and your UK location.

More Comfort

We can also organise to upgrade your flight to premium economy, business or first class and arrive refreshed and ready for an adventure. We have great partnerships with many airlines and often have access to exclusive flight upgrade fares. Just let us know your preference at time of booking, and we will fi nd the best priced flight for you.

More Peace of Mind

When you book a flight inclusive holiday with us, if your tour itinerary changes for any reason, or the flight schedule changes, we will manage all the changes for you. Your holiday will also be fully bonded under our ATOL licence giving you full protection for your holiday. If you choose to book your own flight, if anything does change you’ll be liable for any flight changes required.

Traveling in style

At Collette, we believe your holiday starts as soon as you leave your front door. So, when you book a flight inclusive holiday with us, you’ll be able to start your holiday in style with our exclusive private door to door service. Getting to the airport can often be one of the most stressful parts of your holiday, but don’t worry, we have it all in hand.

Bon Voyage

Your driver will collect you from your home and take you directly to your chosen UK departure airport. Your driver has access to the latest satellite navigation technology, to ensure that you have the most convenient, traffic free journey to the airport. Your transfer is
exclusively for you and no one else!

Welcome Home

When you return from your holiday, your driver will meet you as you come through into the arrivals hall after you have collected your luggage. You will then be whisked away from the airport and taken straight back home, without any diversions, in the comfort you have been accustomed to on your Collette tour.

Your Preference

If you prefer to drive yourself to the airport, you could take advantage of our complimentary hotel stay and airport parking at the airport of your choice. If you have an early morning flight, or you could extend your holiday for an extra night if you have a later flight back. Just let us know your preference at time of booking.

Conditions may apply, call for details.


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