• Duration : 16 days
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Embark on this unforgettable journey of a lifetime – like a large Chinese masterpiece which has come to life – Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and the inspirational scenic Guilin for your camera lens including the cruise along the Yangtze.

Day 1 WED: ARRIVE SHANGHAI
On arrival, transfer to the Central Hotel and enjoy your three nights stay.

Day 2 THU: SHANGHAI
Spend a day exploring this gracious and cosmopolitan city. See the former Colonial Concessions along the Bund for a view of the ‘yesterday & today’ of Shanghai. Travel to Pudong and stop at the soaring Jin Mao Tower for a breathtaking panorama of the city. After a special dumpling lunch, take a stroll along the alleyways of Old Chinatown, visit the Yu Garden and enjoy a river cruise before returning to your hotel. This evening enjoy an acrobatic show.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3 FRI: SHANGHAI
Another exciting day to discover Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with cobble stone lanes and well-preserved Ming and Qing buildings. Enjoy this charming and traditional town as you cruise along the canals and drift beneath stone arched bridges. End the day at Tianzi Fang where many artists and local designers have set up art studios and galleries – a great chance to shop at the boutiques or just relax at one of the street café. A Shanghaiese dinner will be arranged at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 4 SAT: SHANGHAI/YANGTZE CRUISE
Fly to Yichang where you will be transferred to the pier to embark on your Victoria Cruise ship ‘Katarina’ this evening. During your cruise, enjoy your all day free tea or coffee and ‘happy hour’ free house wine and beer as part of the value added ‘Exclusive Amenity Package’

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 5 SUN: THREE GORGES DAM SITE
The landscape of the Yangtze River has been changed since the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, you will make an excursion to the site this morning. Then enjoy a day along the river passing through the ship locks and Xiling Gorge.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 6 MON: EXCURSION
Today, you take a detour by small boats along the waters of the Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream (subject to water levels and navigation authority advice). Return to the ship to see the steep walls as ‘Katarina’ passes through the Wu and Qutang Gorges.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 7 TUE: EXCURSION
Visit Shibaozhai, a beautiful 12-storey red pavilion against the side of the hill. Return to the cruise ship and enjoy day activities on board.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 WED: ARRIVE CHONGQING/GUILIN
Disembark this morning at Chongqing, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin and stay two nights at the Bravo Hotel where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Guilin and its surroundings.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 THU: GUILIN
Enjoy a relaxing and unforgettable cruise south along the Li River. See unique landscapes that are depicted on Chinese scroll paintings. The shallow river weaves between sheer-sided karst peaks. People here still travel the river on low bamboo rafts often using trained cormorants to catch fish. The cruise arrives at bustling village of Yangshuo where you can browse through small stores and street stalls before returning to your hotel by coach.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 10 FRI: GUILIN/XIAN
Morning vist to the famous Reed Flute Cave and Seven Star Park. After lunch, Fly to Xian and stay for two nights at the Grand Noble Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 11 SAT: XIAN
Marvel at amazing silent army of the Terracotta Warriors that were made to guard the tomb of the first China’s emperor and see his unearthed bronze chariots on display in the Exhibition Hall. Continue to Xian’s premier attractions, the modern Shaanxi History Museum where you will find relics dates back prehistoric times. Enjoy a cultural show with dinner at the Tang Dynasty Theatre.

Meals: Breakfast  | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12 SUN: XIAN/BEIJING
This morning, take a walk on the 14th Century Old City Wall around the city centre. Fly to Beijing and transfer to the New Otani Hotel for four nights.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 MON: BEIJING
An exciting morning to China’s historic symbol - the Great Wall, once you set foot on the wall, you will be in awe of the longest, oldest and most labour-intensive projects in mankind’s history. En-route, stop at a Jade carving workshop to learn about Chinese Jade Culture. Then head to the Summer Palace and enjoy the Chinese landscape garden designs.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 14 TUE: BEIJING
Today visiting Beijing’s most significant sights – start in the heart of the city at Tiananmen Square, continue to the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace and China’s most impressive architectural complex. After lunch, meet the locals at the Temple of Heaven. Enjoy a performance of ‘The legend of Kung Fu’ this evening.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 15 WED: BEIJING
Explore by cycle rickshaw through the ‘hutongs’ - ‘the back alleys’ – which reveals the charm of old Beijing. Your lunch will be arranged at one of the local family homes where you can capture a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle. The rest of the day at leisure – where you can either enjoy shopping in the nearby Wangfujing shopping district and the Silk market or simply explore more of Beijing at your own pace. This evening, enjoy a Peking duck dinner.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 16 THU: DEPART BEIJING
Farewell China as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Economy class airfare within China
  • 11 nights 4-5 star hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights on board the Victoria "Katarina"
  • Exclusive "Amenity Package" on Yangtze cruise
  • 15 buffet breakfast, 10 lunches & 6 dinners
  • 3 evening cultural shows
  • Return transfers, sightseeing, shore excursion and entrance fees
  • Travel Kit and backpack