Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing
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Tour Overview

This travel route takes you on an incredible journey through China’s most iconic destinations. Start in Beijing, where you’ll explore Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and experience local life in the Hutongs. Discover the awe-inspiring wonders of Xi’an, including the Terracotta Army and Ancient City Wall. Immerse yourself in Chengdu’s vibrant culture and volunteer at the Dujiangyan Panda Base.

Cruise along the Yangtze River, marveling at the Three Gorges and visiting historic sites. Finally, end your adventure in Shanghai, where modernity meets tradition in a dazzling metropolis. This 13-day China Private Tour from Beijing offers a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural immersion.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Stand in awe at the Great Wall’s Mutianyu section, where ancient history comes alive amidst breathtaking mountain views.
2. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Forbidden City, exploring the opulent palaces and courtyards of China’s imperial past.
3. Discover the mystery of the Terracotta Army, marveling at the lifelike clay soldiers that guard the tomb of an ancient emperor.
4. Become a panda volunteer at Dujiangyan Panda Base, spending an unforgettable day caring for these lovable creatures.
5. Cruise along the picturesque Yangtze River, witnessing the dramatic Three Gorges and exploring ancient sites like Fengdu Ghost City.
6. Experience the cosmopolitan charm of Shanghai, from the captivating skyline of The Bund to the dizzying heights of Shanghai Tower.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Beijing! Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by your guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

    Take some time to rest and recover from your journey. If you're feeling up to it, you can explore the nearby area or relax at the hotel.

  2. Start your day by visiting Tian'anmen Square, a vast public square in the heart of Beijing. Stroll through the square, admire the Monument to the People's Heroes, and learn about its historical significance.

    Next, explore the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, once the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Marvel at the grandeur of the complex, wander through its intricate halls and courtyards and learn about the fascinating history of Chinese emperors.

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    In the afternoon, dive into the Hutongs, the traditional narrow alleys that offer a glimpse into the local way of life. Hop on a rickshaw and navigate through the labyrinthine lanes, passing by courtyard homes, local markets, and traditional workshops. You can also engage in activities such as a calligraphy lesson or a traditional tea ceremony (at your own expense).

  3. Begin your day with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Chinese architecture and a symbol of imperial worship. Explore the park-like surroundings, witness locals practicing Tai Chi, and learn about the religious ceremonies here.

    Afterward, head to the Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China. Take a cable car or hike to the wall's lofty heights and revel in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Spend time walking along the border, taking memorable photos, and absorbing the awe-inspiring history that surrounds you.

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall

  4. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Summer Palace, a vast imperial garden retreat. Explore the intricately designed pavilions, stroll through the peaceful gardens, and enjoy the serenity of Kunming Lake.

    Indulge in a culinary delight by learning how to eat Beijing Roast Duck in the right way. A local chef will guide you through the process of slicing the succulent duck meat and assembling it with the accompanying condiments, pancakes, and sauces.

    Beijing Food - Roast Duck
    Beijing Roast Duck

    In the evening, bid farewell to Beijing as you board a flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, your guide will transfer you to your Xi'an hotel for a well-deserved rest.

  5. Embark on an extraordinary journey to the Terracotta Army, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in the world. Explore the three excavation pits and witness the life-sized clay warriors, horses, and chariots that were buried with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

    Engage in a unique experience by creating your own mini clay warriors under the guidance of a skilled craftsman. Use your imagination and shape the clay into miniature replicas, allowing you to take a piece of history home with you.

    Create your own mini clay warriors

    Conclude the day by visiting the City Wall, a well-preserved fortification that encircles the historic center of Xi'an. You can rent a bike (optional) and ride along the wall, admiring the city from above, or take a leisurely walk and soak in the ambiance of this ancient structure.

  6. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Shaanxi Province at the Shaanxi History Museum. Discover a vast collection of artifacts, including ancient bronzes, ceramics, and exquisite Tang Dynasty treasures. Gain insights into the vibrant cultural heritage of the region.

    Exhibits in Shaanxi History Museum
    Exhibits in Shaanxi History Museum

    Dive into the vibrant atmosphere of the Muslim Quarter. Stroll through bustling market streets filled with shops, food stalls, and colorful souvenirs. Indulge in local delicacies such as lamb skewers, sesame cakes, and pomegranate juice.

    In the afternoon, board a high-speed train from Xi'an to Chengdu, known as the "Land of Abundance." Enjoy the comfortable journey as you travel through the picturesque countryside. Upon arrival in Chengdu, your guide will meet you at the station and transfer you to your hotel.

  7. Today, experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of being a panda volunteer at Dujiangyan Panda Base. Engage in activities such as preparing panda food, cleaning enclosures, watching a documentary, and even a panda fed by experienced keepers at a very close distance.

    Learn about their conservation efforts and contribute to the well-being of these endangered species.

    Panda Volunteer Program at Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base
    Panda Volunteer Program at Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base

    After your panda volunteer experience, return to Chengdu and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. You can explore the city, visit local markets, or simply relax and immerse yourself in the local culture.

  8. Begin your day by visiting Jinli Old Street, a bustling pedestrian street that showcases the charm of ancient Chengdu. Walk along the vibrant alley lined with traditional-style buildings, local handicraft shops, and teahouses. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and taste local snacks or sip tea while enjoying traditional Sichuan performances.

    Chengdu Jinli Pedestrian Street
    Chengdu Jinli Pedestrian Street

    Explore the Chengdu Rice Wine Museum, where you can learn about the history and production process of this famous local beverage. Discover the various types of rice wine and even participate in a tasting session to savor the unique flavors.

    In the evening, board a bullet train to Chongqing, a major metropolis and the gateway to the Yangtze River. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the cruise ship that will take you on an unforgettable journey along the Yangtze River.

  9. Wake up to the serene beauty of the Yangtze River and participate in a morning Tai Chi session on the deck of the cruise ship. Embrace the tranquility and begin your day with a sense of calm and balance.

    Take a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City, an otherworldly complex of temples, shrines, and statues related to Chinese mythology and the afterlife. Learn about the legends and folklore surrounding this fascinating place.

    Fengdu Ghost City
    Fengdu Ghost City

    In the evening, enjoy an optional night show, "War Fires of the Three Kingdoms," which showcases the history and battles of ancient China through captivating performances and stunning visual effects. Delight in this immersive cultural experience after a delicious dinner on board.

  10. Start the day with an optional excursion to White Emperor City, a historical site perched atop a hill with commanding views of the Yangtze River. Immerse yourself in the legends and stories associated with this ancient place.

    Cruise through the magnificent Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic section of the Three Gorges. Admire the steep cliffs, jagged peaks, and rushing waters that surround you, creating a breathtaking natural spectacle.

    Qutang Gorge Yangtze River Cruise
    Qutang Gorge

    As the journey continues, enter the enchanting Wu Gorge, characterized by mist-shrouded mountains and lush greenery. Be captivated by the ever-changing landscapes and immerse yourself in the serenity of this picturesque region.

    Enjoy a shore excursion to Shennv Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze River. Embark on a small boat adventure through the narrow gorges, where you can appreciate the unspoiled beauty of the surroundings and learn about local customs and legends.

    In the evening, unwind and be entertained by the Crew Cabaret and Talent Show, featuring performances by the ship's crew showcasing their talents and skills.

  11. Disembark from the cruise and head to the Three Gorges Dam, a monumental engineering feat and the world's largest hydroelectric power station. Learn about the construction of this colossal project, its environmental impact, and its significance to the region.

    Three Gorges Dam
    Three Gorges Dam

    After the excursion, transfer to Yichang City and catch a bullet train to Shanghai. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the comfortable journey as you traverse the scenic landscapes.

    Upon arrival in Shanghai, a local guide and driver will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to your hotel. Take some time to settle in and rest for the evening.

  12. Start your day by visiting The Bund, Shanghai's iconic waterfront promenade. Walk along the Huangpu River and marvel at the juxtaposition of colonial-era buildings and futuristic skyscrapers. Admire the stunning architecture and capture memorable photos of the city's skyline.

    Ascend the Shanghai Tower, one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, for panoramic views of the city from the observation deck. Enjoy a bird's-eye perspective of Shanghai's sprawling urban landscape and get a glimpse of its impressive scale and modernity.

    Shanghai Tower
    Shanghai Tower

    The rest of the day is free for you to explore Shanghai at your own pace. Your tour guide will be happy to assist you in arranging activities according to your preferences. Whether you want to indulge in shopping, visit art galleries, or experience the vibrant nightlife, Shanghai offers endless possibilities.

  13. After breakfast, your guide will escort you to the airport for your departure. Bid farewell to China with cherished memories of your journey through its ancient treasures and modern marvels.

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2799 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.


Price Includes

  • 12 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Private land transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Beijing / off Shanghai;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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