Holiday Itinerary - Classic China with Yangtze Cruise

Day 1: Arrive Beijing (4 Nights)

Welcome to Beijing. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and settle in before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.

Hotel: Novotel Peace - Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2: Beijing Sightseeing

Begin your visit to this great capital city by exploring one of the world’s largest public areas, Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Great Monument to the People’s Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnifi cent Forbidden City, a 180 acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens. It served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. After lunch continue to another UNESCO Heritage site - the stunning Temple of Heaven, visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Regional Meal - a must during any visit to Beijing.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Beijing and the Great Wall

The iconic Great Wall of China beckons this morning - its stone ramparts and walls snaking thousands of miles into the distance to defend the empire against nomadic invaders since 5th century B.C. The afternoon is yours to enjoy on your terms. Consider strolling through the imperial gardens of the Summer Palace or visit one of the outdoor markets. This evening, indulge in a Regional Meal of succulent Peking Duck for dinner - a must during any visit to Beijing.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 4: Beijing – Xi’an (2 Nights)

Navigate the ancient alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences, weaving through lively neighbourhoods on the back of a traditional rickshaw. Stop at the home of a local family where you'll 'Connect with Locals', enjoying a Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine, then visit a nearby tea house. Here, you'll delve into the art of chayi, joining a 'Local Specialist' who'll share first-hand the age-old ritual of tea-making. Leave Beijing behind, bound for Xi'an, an ancient departure point on the Silk Road.

Hotel: Wyndham Grand Xi’an South - Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Xi’an Sightseeing

Engage with the children and teachers of a local primary school (during term-time) where you will learn a few words of Chinese and 'Make a Difference' by donating much-needed supplies. Next, descend into the subterranean tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang to view his legendary army of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, followed by a delicious traditional meal of Chinese noodles. Your final stop today is to a Jade factory where you'll admire the favoured stone of emperors, more precious to the Chinese people than gold.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Xi’an – Chengdu (3Nights)

This morning, your choice of activities gives you an opportunity to join a 'Local Specialist' in their T'ai Chi practice or embark on a cycle tour around part of the ancient City Wall of Xi'an. Get stuck in to the ancient art of dumpling making next, with an opportunity to sample the juicy results for lunch, then transfer to the railway station for your high-speed bullet train trip to Chengdu. On arrival in the hometown of the giant panda, you'll check in to your hotel and savour the leisurely pace of local life on your terms.

Hotel Crowne Plaza - Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Chengdu Sightseeing

Witness the ground-breaking work being done by the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding this morning. Join a 'Local Specialist' and learn how your visit Makes a Difference to this non-profit research breeding facility which rescues and protects the endangered giant panda, of which fewer than 2,000 remain.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 8: Chengdu Sightseeing

Indulge in the bold and spicy flavours of local cuisine as you 'Dive into Culture' and learn about regional cooking practices at the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine. Learn how to crush chilli into powder using a Qing Dynasty pestle and mortar, then view ancient kitchenware, books and manuscripts faithfully recording the history of Sichuan culinary cultures. Immerse yourself in the intoxicating scents wafting through Restaurant Alley then, pay tribute to the Kitchen God before attempting to create your own culinary magic with the guidance of a local chef. Stomach and soul sated after a delicious encounter with Chengdu, you'll have an afternoon to relax, explore further or perhaps fit in some last-minute shopping.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise (3 Nights)

Rub shoulders with the locals during a visit to People's Park with its beautiful Chinese gardens, lake and tea houses. Gain insights into the day-to-day lives of the locals who spend their free time in tranquil surrounds indulging in a leisurely game of mah-jong, a quiet nap or neck massage. Venture to lively Jinli Old Street next, crossing beneath the imposing archway into a world of intricate handicraft, paintings and calligraphy. Stroll along the narrow street whose façades were modelled on the architectural style of a traditional old town in western Sichuan Province, then transfer to the railway station for a high-speed bullet train ride to Chongqing. Here, you'll enjoy a city orientation tour with dinner before boarding your Yangtze River Cruise

Hotel: Victoria Jenna (cruise ship) Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise

Disembark this morning for a short visit to Shibaozhai to admire its 12-storey cliff-top temple, built in the 19th century. Stretch your legs and climb up to the temple, tackling the red pavilion which leans against the side of the steep peak, now an island due to the rising waters of the Three Gorges Dam. Return to the Yangtze, cruising to Fengdu's 'Ghost City' to explore the mystical shrines, temples and monasteries that are dedicated to the afterlife.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise

Connect with your exquisite natural surrounds as you cruise gently down the Yangtze to the imposing Three Gorges. Squeeze through the narrow Qutang Gorge, admiring its dramatic vistas, before your journey takes you through Wu Gorge, renowned for its quiet beauty, forest-clad mountains, and cliffs so sheer the sun barely penetrates their precipices. A small motor boat will ferry you through the magical landscape of the Goddess Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze - its limestone cliffs covered in greenery provide a tranquil backdrop for your relaxing encounter with this mighty river.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Yichang - Shanghai (3 Nights)

We disembark the ship in Yichang, where we'll get a close-up view of the world's largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam. Witness this engineering marvel first-hand as you tour the colossal dam that was designed with great expense for the dual purpose of generating power to fuel China's economic growth and control flooding on the Yangtze. After lunch, visit the Yichang Museum with its collection of more than 30,000 cultural relics before continuing to Riverside Park, which has peace as its central theme. Later, you'll have some time for shopping and a bite to eat at Wanda Plaza before transferring to the airport for your evening flight to Shanghai.

Hotel: The Portman Ritz-Carlton - Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Shanghai Sightseeing

Shanghai's famous 'Bund' waterfront is the first stop on a day of sightseeing with a 'Local Specialist'. Admire the ornate neoclassical colonial buildings and skyscrapers that have sprung up from this former marshland, then Dive into Culture during a visit to a silk museum. Embrace the tranquillity of the famous Yu Garden next, with its pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters. Then, enjoy some free time for a local lunch of soup dumplings perhaps and shopping in the Old Town, a treasure trove of winding streets and vibrant markets that was once enclosed by the ancient walled city of Shanghai. Our final stop this afternoon is a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1928 after the original temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Admire the beauty of its precious jade Buddha statues made out of crystal-clear white jade, before you settle into an evening performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 14: Shanghai Sightseeing

Ascend to the 88-storey Jinmao Tower for panoramic views of the skyscrapers that loom over the most populous city on earth. Then embark on a walking tour with a 'Local Specialist' through the Shanghai French Concession, for an exhilarating encounter with the opulent age of French colonial China. Wander through the narrow alleyways, past elegant villas and apartments dating back to the early 1900s when the territory was proclaimed a French settlement. Later this morning, you'll see where the First Conference of the Communist Party took place in Xin Tian Di, whose charming antique façades hide a 21st century world of bars, cafés, boutiques and theme restaurants. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure, letting the sights and sounds of Shanghai infuse every sense or consider joining an Optional Experience. Say a fond farewell to newfound friends this evening during a Farewell Dinner.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 15: Depart Shanghai

Our epic encounter with China at its end, take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Departure dates & prices 2019 Classic China with Yangtze Cruise - 7% discount on all dates

Trafalgar Brochure Price in Black from £4625

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red from £4302

Tel Trafalgar Reservations on 0800 533 5616 and quote Travel ref: TT55

These prices do not include scheduled flights. Prices can change on a daily basis and Trafalgar want to ensure they offer the latest and most competitive rates, giving you flexibility and choice – Speak to their Travel Experts now for more details. Don't forget to quote Travel 55 code TT55 to receive your 7% discount. Tel Trafalgar reservations on  0800 533 5616.

This tour starts in Beijing and ends in Shanghai

March 24

£4625
£4302

July 7, 21

£4625
£4302

April 14, 28

£4795
£4460

August 4

£4795
£4460

May 12, 26

£4795
£4460

September 8, 22

£4795
£4460

June 9, 23

£4625
£4302

October 6, 13

£4795
£4460

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single Supplement (add to price above): Single Supplement (add to price above): £1780 p.p. Exceptions 23 Jun 19 to 21 Jul 19 : £1700 p.p.

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Trafalgar Tours
Classic China with Yangtze Cruise

15 Day Escorted Holidays - 7% Discount

2019 prices from only £4302

China’s exquisite natural splendour takes centre stage on this epic journey from the cityscapes of Beijing to Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors, Shanghai to the meandering Yangtze River.

This exciting Classic China with Yangtze Cruise escorted tour comes with a 7% discount saving. To book call Trafalgar Tours direct on 0800 5335616 and quote Travel ref: TT55 plus the tour code.

To receive your 7% discount call Trafalgar direct on 0800 533 5616 and guote the code: TT55.

Your Included Sights

  • City Tour of Beijing , Xi’an, Shanghai and Chengdu

  • Visit, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and walk the Sacred Way in Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors and City Wall in Xi’an

  • Cruise the Huangpu River in Shanghai and the Yangtze River

  • View the Great Wall near Beijing and the Shanghai Acrobats

  • See local people practicing T’ai Chi in the morning

Terra Cotta Army

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR of Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shanghai

  • CRUISE the Yangtze River

  • SEE local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Shanghai Acrobats.

  • VISIT Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, the Great Wall of China

Great Wall

Classic China with Yangtze Cruise and Chengdu

  • 15 days – 1 Country
  • Code: CLCY
  • Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos
  • From: £4302 (per person twin share)
  • Includes: 14 nights’ accommodation. 14 buffet breakfasts. 9 lunches (including Connect with Local). 5 dinners.
  • All transport shown.

The Icons

CITY TOUR of Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shanghai

VISIT Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, the Great Wall of China

SEE local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Shanghai Acrobats

CRUISE the Yangtze River

Travel Highlights

Book Early

  • Pay in full by 28 February 2019 and save up to 10%
  • Pay in full by 28 March 2019 and save up to 5%

Book Again

  • VIP - Travel as a past guest and unlock exclusive offers.
  • Save up to 2.5% when you book two or more trips. The more you book, the more you save.

Book Together

  • Save up to 10% on most trips for young travellers (5-17)

Please note: All of the above savings are in addition to the Travel 55 discount of 7% that comes when you book direct with Trafalgar using our code: TT55

Your River Cruise Ship

Explore the Yangtze River in style on board the Victoria Selina and stay in well-appointed outside cabins with private balconies for viewing the spectacular scenery of the gorges. The ship is fully air conditioned with facilities that include reading room, fitness area, gift shop, mini spa, copying and printing services, international cable television and internet and Wi-Fi access. Shipboard entertainment includes a range of activities linked to the culture of China such as T’ai Chi lessons, calligraphy demonstrations and lectures on Chinese history. Sail in comfort as you experience the scenery, natural history and culture of the Yangtze and at the end of the cruise enjoy the Captain’s farewell banquet.

Yangtze River Cruise: Prices are based on a twin share superior cabin on the Promenade Deck of the Victoria Selina. Upgrades to Bridge Deck and to an Executive or Shangri-la Suite incur an additional supplement and are subject to availability. Prices and further details can be supplied on request.

Ways to Save

Book Early

  • Pay in full by 28 February 2019 and save up to 10%
  • Pay in full by 28 March 2019 and save up to 5%

Book Again

  • VIP - Travel as a past guest and unlock exclusive offers.
  • Save up to 2.5% when you book two or more trips. The more you book, the more you save.

Book Together

  • Save up to 10% on most trips for young travellers (5-17)

Please note: All of the above savings are in addition to the Travel 55 discount of 7% that comes when you book direct with Trafalgar using our code: TT55

Scheduled Flights

Our prices do not include scheduled flights. Prices can change on a daily basis and we want to ensure we offer the latest and most competitive rates, giving you flexibility and choice – Speak to our Travel Experts now for more details.

Door to Door UK Transfers

Our complimentary and exclusive door to door airport transfers* let you start and end your holiday in complete comfort and style. Dedicated to you, your personal driver will arrive at your home to whisk you off in a private executive car – taking you directly to the airport. Of course, they look after your luggage for you too. And, at the end of your trip, you’ll be greeted by your driver at the airport for an uninterrupted return journey home in your private car.

Our private chauffeur service is included for airports within 150 miles of your home – and gives you the peace of mind you’ll arrive in time for your flight and that someone’s waiting for your return.

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