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    Places visited:

  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Chongqing
  • Yichang
  • Shanghai
  • Spectacular scenery along the Yangtze.

  • Seeing the enormous Three Gorges Dam up close.

  • Xian's terracotta warriors.

  • The wonder of Beijing's Forbidden City.

  • The extraordinary Great Wall at Jinshanling.

Audley Travel specialist Susan

What our specialists say...

This itinerary combines China's classic sights of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai with a journey along the great Yangtze River. It is a distillation of China's key highlights providing an insight into China's past as well as its future. A cruise on the Yangtze is a great way to break up the journey and contemplate some of the world class sites that you will have seen at the start of your trip. The Three Gorges Dam is visited on the final day of the river cruise and is a spectacular finale to the scenic journey through karst limestone peaks and fertile farmlands; a journey that has inspired poets and painters for millennia.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Chongqing
  • Yichang
  • Shanghai

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing

Beijing

On arrival in Beijing today you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. After time to freshen up, explore some of Beijing's historical treasures starting with the impressive Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

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Day 3 Beijing

Beijing

This morning visit the Temple of Heaven, before exploring the lake, gardens and pavilions that constitute the picturesque Summer Palace.

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Day 4 Beijing

Beijing

Take a full day excursion out to the magnificent Great Wall at its most dramatic, at the less touristy Jinshanling section.

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Day 5 Xian

Beijing , Xian

This morning you will be taken to the station to board your bullet train Xian. On arrival you will be greeted on the platform and transferred to your hotel. Later this afternoon visit the bustling Muslim Quarter and Grand Mosque. The evening is at leisure.

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Day 6 Chongqing

Xian , Chongqing

In the morning see the Terracotta Army, before transferring to the airport for a flight onto Chongqing. There join your Yangtze cruise boat, setting sail early evening.

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Day 7 Chongqing

Chongqing

Your first day of the cruise includes on-shore excursions to see the villages and small towns nestled on the banks of this formidable river.

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Day 8 Chongqing

Chongqing

Today sees you cruising through the famed and beautiful scenery of the Three Gorges and then the Lesser Gorges. The day ends at the tremendous feat of engineering that is the Dam.

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Day 9 Shanghai

Chongqing , Yichang , Shanghai

Victoria Cruise Day 4 - Morning arrival into Yichang, where you will be met and transferred to the airport for your flight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. On arrival you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.

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Day 10 Shanghai

Shanghai

Shanghai is a great city to explore on foot, using the sightseeing suggestions provided in your final itinerary pack.

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Day 11 Shanghai

Day 12 International return flight

Shanghai , International return flight

You are transferred to the airport. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Audley Travel specialist Cheryl
Audley Travel specialist Matt

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