China Yangtze Cruise

China , Hong Kong

Close  Hong Kong, known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour.

China Yangtze Cruise

The Yangtze River, China’s lifeline, is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world. The river is divided into three sections; the Upper Reaches (including the Three Gorges), the Middle Reaches, and the Lower Reaches. A Yangtze River Cruise to the Three Gorges Dam, runs past the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Xiling Gorge winds through spectacular canyons. Wu Gorge, has depth and twisting nature, while Qutang Gorge, is lined with limestone formations. 

Begin with touring Hong Kong’s highlights; namely Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay Beach and the Kowloon Peninsula. Guilin, in Yunnan, is famed for its beautiful landscape of karst mountains and the Lijiang River. In Chongqing, visit the Chongqing Zoo to see the cuddly pandas. Then take a cruise on the Yangtze River with excursions in the Shennong Stream and Xiling Gorge, offering superb rural and natural scenery. Also visit, Shanghai and Beijing and tour its historical and heritage sites.

And, visit Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most attractive and exciting cities.

We Love
  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip
  • You will stay at selected best hotels and enjoy flexible touring with your private guide and driver
  • The best Beijing duck. Head for the Da Dong Roast Duck restaurant at Nanxincang, northeast of the Forbidden City
  • The best rooftop bar. Yin at the Emperor hotel, located opposite the Forbidden City palace complex with grand views in town hands-down
  • The biking tour on the Old City Wall in Beijing is available as optional
  • Domestic airfare is included
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • Some of Beijing's prime attractions require extensive walking and even modest climbing. Put on sturdy footwear before tackling crumbling sections of the Great Wall
  • Most hotels in China accept credit cards and there are ATM machines in the country. However, cash is still king in China and credit cards something of a novelty item
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday

China Yangtze Cruise

A perfect tour for travellers who want to experience China’s beautiful nature, understand its culture, history and architecture and cruise the Yangtze gorge.
Hong Kong, Guilin, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Shanghai, Beijing
(14 Days. Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Hong Kong Meet and greet at the Hong Kong Airport and after a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for 2 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.   
Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel (Nil)

Day 2 – Tour
Hong Kong For the first-time visitors to Hong Kong, it is best to take Hong Kong highlights tour. Starting with the Victoria Peak, it enables you to have a birds-eye view of Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, then make a relaxed stop at the famous Repulse Bay Beach. We will visit the unique “Aberdeen Fishing Village” where you will still see the traditional sampans (sampan ride is optional) and the Jumbo Floating Restaurant.
Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel (B)

Day 3 – Transfer
Guilin Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Guilin. Guilin has long been one of the world's most famous travel destinations. Located on the banks of the Lijiang River, it is renowned for its gorgeous mountains, clear waters and bizarre rock formations. Famed for the "the finest scenery under heaven", Guilin has attracted poets and artists for thousands of years, who are inspired by the karst formations and the unsurpassed beauty of the Lijiang River. Enjoy a relaxing reflexology foot massage at the Chinese Medicine Institute before taking a night walking tour of Guilin.
Shangri-la Guilin Hotel (B)

Day 4 – Explore
Guilin The highlight of this place is a cruise on the Li River between Guilin to Yangshou, called the “hundred mile art gallery”. Travelling down the Li River, you will feel as if you are in a completely different part of the world. As Bill Clinton said on visiting the Lijiang River, “It is more vivid and genuine than I thought before. Nowhere is like Guilin. It makes me think of the traditional Chinese paintings."
Shangri-la Guilin Hotel (B)

Day 5 – Explore
Chongqing After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival Chongqing, meet with local guide and transfer to the Chongqing Zoo to see the lovely panda. And then take a stroll around Ciqikou Old Town.

It is often said that a visit to China is a cultural experience. This is never more true than when you visit a place such as Ci Qi Kou where you will find the local residents dedicated to their traditional way of life, unaffected by modern influences to be found in the larger towns and cities.
Pre-board the cruise ship
Aboard the cruise boat (B)

Day 6 – Cruise
Yangtze Cruise This morning, cruise away from the industrial scenes of Chongqing and past smaller towns and rural villages whose existence is tied to the waters of the Yangtze. Make a stop at Fengdu Town to visit the Temple of the Emperor of Hell and see evidence of the Three Gorges Dam project. This evening a buffet dinner will be served on board.
Aboard the cruise boat (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Cruise
Yangtze Cruise Rise early to admire the magnificent river landscapes as your boat passes through the towering cliffs and mountains of the first and second gorges. This afternoon transfer to smaller boats for a trip up the Shennong Stream, offering superb rural and natural scenery. Later today pass by the third gorge, Xiling Gorge, and then join the Captain’s Banquet for dinner.
Aboard the cruise boat (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Transfer
Shanghai Finish your cruise of the Yangtze and transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, meet with local guide and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B)

Day 9 – Tour
Shanghai Shanghai is located on a delta where the Yangtze River pours into the East China Sea in the east. Lying in the centre where the coastline of the North and South China join, the city enjoys convenient transportation with a vast hinterland. It is the largest port in China and the third largest port in the world.

Enjoy a tour along the historical riverfront area, known as the Bund, set on the banks of the Huang Pau River, which separates old Shanghai from the new area of Pudong. Stroll down buzzing Nanjing Road with views of the Pearl TV Tower. Visit the Old Chinese Quarter to wander through the Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar; an interesting place to learn about the local culture and meet the locals.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B)

Day 10 – Tour
Shanghai This morning enjoy a walking tour of the old back streets and the quaint markets and shops of the Chinese Old Quarter. Visit the local bird and flower market, the Dongtai Lu antique street and the Shikumen Museum in the old French Concession area. This evening, enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant after a memorable journey through a remarkable country.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B)

Day 11 – Transfer
Beijing Free at leisure before transfer to Shanghai airport for flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, meet with guide and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon take a rickshaw ride through the Hutong’s – the fascinating old laneways of Beijing around the Drum Tower.
Peninsula Beijing Hotel (B)

Day 12 – Tour
Beijing We drive outside Beijing, to one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section. Built over 2,000 years ago, the Great Wall stretches 5,000 kilometres from Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Take time to walk along the wall and capture the scenery on camera.

Then visit the Ming Tombs, also known as the “13 Tombs”, burial site of 13 of the 17 Ming Dynasty emperors. The best part of the Ming Tombs is the road there. Walk along the Sacred Path leading to the necropolis and Giant Tortoises, with bizarre, mythical stone monsters standing guard. Return to Beijing in the mid-afternoon.
Peninsula Beijing Hotel (B, L)

Day 13 – Tour
Beijing Take a tour of Tiananmen Square, a site of historic significance for the advent of communism in China. Aside from the tragic events here over the last 50 years, Tiananmen is truly a people's square, alive with local kite fliers and wide-eyed tourists. Then visit the impressive Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. See the great palace architecture and its treasures and your private guide will tell you the anecdotes about the imperial family and the court. Also visit the sacred and architecturally unique Temple of Heaven that has come to symbolise Beijing.
Peninsula Beijing Hotel (B)

Day 14 – Depart
Beijing Today you will be transferred to Beijing Airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B

China Yangtze Cruise China , Hong Kong

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.

When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).

The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.