Holiday Itinerary - Flavours of China and the Yangtze

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing, China

Welcome to China! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. 

Day 2: Beijing.

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Next, explore the FORBIDDEN CITY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest palace complex. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore on your own. This evening, savor a special PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER. (B,L,D) 

Day 3: Beijing. Great Wall Excursion

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Return to Beijing for some time at your leisure. Tonight, you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, a traditional form of Chinese theater, or attend the Legend of Kung Fu Show, with a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics. (B,L) 

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home to learn more about their life. A short flight brings you to Xi’an. (B) 

Day 5: Xi'an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. This evening, attend the“Tang Dynasty” DINNER SHOW, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances. (B,L,D) 

Day 6: Xi'an - Chengdu

This morning, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and attend a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS. You may see some local residents practicing morning tai chi. Next, travel by BULLET TRAIN to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province and known for its flavorful food. (B) 

Day 7: Chengdu - Chongqing (embarkation) Yangtze River Cruise

Start your day with a visit to the GIANT PANDA RESEARCH BASE and marvel at these beautiful animals. After lunch, transfer to the train station and board your BULLET TRAIN to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Upon arrival, transfer to the port and board your ship for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. (B,L,D) 

Day 8: Cruising: Jade Emperor Scenic Area.

Your SHORE EXCURSION today takes you to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, featuring a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism. Return to your ship where the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activites. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Fengdu, known by many Chinese as the “Ghost City,” to visit the mountaintop shrines. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship’s crew. (B,L,D) NOTE:Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.

Day 9: Cruising: Qutang Gorge - Wu Gorgew - Goddess Stream.

Early this morning, you may choose to start your day with a tai chi session on the Sun Deck or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Later, sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges—Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. After lunch, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. (B,L,D) NOTE:Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream. 

Day 10: Cruising: (disembarkation) Three Gorges Dam Site - Yichang - Hangzhou.

This morning, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. After lunch in Yichang, board your flight to Hangzhou. (B,L) 

Day 11: Hangzhou.

Enjoy a full day tour of Hangzhou, one of China’s seven ancient capitals. Start with a visit to LINGYIN TEMPLE followed by FEI LAI FENG, a unique mountain famous for a cluster of caves with hundreds of unique stone buddha statues. After lunch, be transported back in time during a WALKING TOUR along Hefang Street. End the day with a CRUISE on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its collection of ancient bridges, causeways, temples, and palaces. (B,L)

Day 12: Hangzhou- Shanghai.

Transfer to Shanghai, where you will start your sightseeing with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a SILK FACTORY to learn about the silk-making process. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch featuring XIAOLONGBAO, Shanghai’s most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top. The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show. (B,L) 

Day 13: Shanghai.

This morning, visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure— from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B,D) 

Day 14: Shanghai.

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B) 

You’ll always visit the key sites and enjoy more inclusions; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable

Departure dates 2020 :Flavours of China and the Yangtze (14 days) : 7% discount on all dates

Cosmos brochure price in black from £2825

Travel 55 discount price in red from £2628

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C

Starts from Beijing ends Shanghai - tour OC

Tour OCE—from £3679/£3422 land only*—17 days from Beijing to Hong Kong


Prices from*


Prices from* 

April 8, 22


August 26 


May 6, 20 


September 2, 9, 23, 30


June 10  

October 7, 14 £2845

July 8 


*Dates and prices above do not include international air travel. Add flights to your holiday - airport transfers inclued. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Transfers available for purchase if you book extra nights.  

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Single Room Supplement is available from £769. Triple rooms are not available. Extra Nights per person in Beijing: in single room from £117; in twin room from £65. Extra Nights per person in Shanghai: Apr -May & Sep -Nov in single room from £142; in twin room from £78. Jun - Aug in single room from £121; in twin room from £67. Extra Nights per person in Hong Kong: May -Aug in single room from £241; in twin room from £140. Sep in single room from £289; in twin room from £165. Oct in single room from £343; in twin room from £192.

Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. 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

Why not extend your holiday?

Add Hong Kong tour OCE - 17 days from Beijing to Hong Kong.

This extension includes three nights accommodation, guided sightseeing, and the services of a Local Host®.

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Cosmos Tours
Flavours of China and the Yangtze

7% discount - 14 days escorted tours

Discount prices start from only £2628

This tour from Cosmos begins in Beijing with sightseeing, including the Great Wall and a rickshaw ride. On to Xian one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade. You will see the Terracotta Warriors, visit the Dayan Pagoda and attend the "Tang Dynasty" dinner show. 

Then to Chengdu, travelling by bullet train. There's a visit to the Giant Panda Research Base before taking the bullet train to Chongqing to board your ship for a three night cruise. You will sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges—Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. 

After the cruise fly to Hangzhou,  one of China’s seven ancient capitals, then to Shanghai and sightseeing including the Yu Yuan Gardens and a silk factory.  

This wonderful 14 day China and Yangtze cruise holiday comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55C.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos brochure price. 

Globus tours

No planning. No worries. No kidding. A Globus journey is more than a holiday—it’s an investment in you. To ensure the greatest return on that investment, we plan a hassle-free, experience-full, all-in-one holiday with everything you’d want and expect, including: 

Sightseeing and VIP access: Your Globus tour always includes the major attractions. In fact, Globus offers you more included features and behindthe-scenes local experiences than any other Tour Operator—plus, you get special VIP access at the must-see sites. We actually take you inside the world’s most awe-inspiring places—right to the head of the line and through the front door. Our itineraries clearly indicate inside visits and special features in UPPERCASE. 

Superior accommodation: Selected for their comfort, amenities, and proximity to key sites, hotel/lodges/camps feature twin-bedded rooms with private bathroom (hotel and city taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling included).

Meals: Traditional meals at local restaurants, food and wine tastings and hands-on cooking classes help you experience your destination’s culture through its cuisine. On safari, lunch and dinner are always included.

Transportation: From rugged safari vehicles and deluxe touring coaches with air conditioning to minibuses, trains and overnight cruises... your magical journey will enhance your overall experience.

Transfers: Airport transfers are included when you book air-inclusive (and for land-only tours with transfers purchased through Globus), and Hosts greet and assist you with the transfer to your hotel. 

GlobusGo: Our free GlobusGO mobile app puts the world at your fingertips. While travelling, get entertainment, sightseeing, dining, and shopping suggestions. With built-in GPS navigation, you’ll have the direction you need. 

Tour directors and local guides: With Globus, you travel in the company of genuine local experts—Tour Directors and Local Guides who are actually from the region through which you’re travelling. All along the way, they share their vast knowledge of the areas and can point you in the right direction to help you get the most out of your free time.

At a glance

Sightseeing and more -

China Great Wall

Beijing Guided city sightseeing including headsets; visit Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven; hutong tour by rickshaw;  Peking Duck welcome dinner

Xi'an Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstration; “Tang Dynasty” dinner show; calligraphy class

Chengdu Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the  Giant Panda Research Base

Chengdu - Chongqing Travel by bullet train

Yangtze River Three-night cruise through the Three Gorges including the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, a boat excursion on Goddess Stream, and a tour of the Three Gorges dam site

Hangzhou Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Lingyin Temple and Fei Lai Feng; walking tour along Hefang Street; cruise on West Lake

Shanghai Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory and the Shanghai Museum; xiaolongbao lunch; walking tour of the French Concession; farewell dinner 


Beijing -  Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 

Xi'an - Crowne Plaza Xi’an 

Chengdu - Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza

Yangtze Cruise - Victoria Anna

Hangzhou -  Holiday Inn Hangzhou City Center 

Shanghai -  Grand Central Hotel Shanghai 

Meals:  American breakfast (B) daily, 9 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai 

Airport Transfers Included if you purchase air from Cosmos


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