Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise


Holiday Fact File

Trip Code: ACE
Region: Asia
Countries visited: China
Activities: Cruising, Bird Watching, People & Religion, History
Duration: 21 Days
Difficulty: Leisurely
Profile: Travel by train, private minibus, cruise boat and internal flight. Some long journeys.
Meals: 18 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners included.
Accomodation: 13 nights comfortable hotels, 3 nights comfortable 4 star cruise boat with outward facing 2 berth air-conditioned cabins, all en suite. 3 nights 1st class sleeper train, soft-bed berths.
Group: Normally 6 to 16, plus local leader, local guides and drivers.

Holiday price from: to including flights.

A comprehensive China itinerary covering its length and breadth


The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and Giant Pandas - China's iconic sights need little introduction and we visit them all on this comprehensive and varied China holiday. Equally inspiring are China's great scenic attractions including the breathtaking Three Gorges on the Yangtze River and the serene limestone mountains around Yangshuo. China remains one of the world's 'must-see' destinations; from ultra-modern Shanghai to the wizened faces of ancient Chinese villagers, this trip reveals a country as fascinating and beguiling as ever.

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1: Depart London.

Day 2: Arrive Beijing; traditional Beijing Duck dinner.Show detailed information

Day 3-5: Three full days sightseeing in China's capital; including the Forbidden City, Hutongs, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, plus an unforgettable visit to the Great Wall; overnight train to Xi'an on day five.Show detailed information

Day 6: Walking tour visiting the Old City Wall, local markets, Grand Mosque and Muslim area.Show detailed information

Day 7: Visit the Terracotta Warriors; overnight train to Chengdu.Show detailed information

Day 8: Drive to Leshan and visit the Grand Buddha; on to Emei Shan.Show detailed information

Day 9: Sightseeing including a trip to the summit of Mt Emei, one of China's four holy Buddhist sites; return to Chengdu.Show detailed information

Day 10: Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre; to Chongqing, board cruise boat.Show detailed information

Day 11-12: Two full days cruising the spectacular Yangtze River including the Three Gorges and a visit to the dam.Show detailed information

Day 13: Disembark; overnight sleeper train to Liuzhou.Show detailed information

Day 14: Arrive Liuzhou; transfer to Yangshuo; free afternoon.Show detailed information

Day 15-16: Two free days in Yangshuo, surrounded by towering limestone scenery; various optional activities available.Show detailed information

Day 17: To Guilin for flight to Shanghai; drive to Tongli water town for orientation walk.Show detailed information

Day 18: Free morning; drive to Suzhou, famous for its canals and silk industry; tour of gardens; late afternoon return to Shanghai.Show detailed information

Day 19: Morning city tour; afternoon free.Show detailed information

Day 20: Free day; chance to visit the French Quarter, Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum.Show detailed information

Day 21: Fly to London.Show detailed information

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