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14 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Code: SG03
Price from $2589 per person
Itinerary Details
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome you to join in this small group tour for a deep exploration of China. After you land at the airport in Beijing, our experienced guide will pick you up outside Customs, and then the driver will take you to the hotel we have arranged for you. You can either have a good rest in the hotel, or tour around the city a bit on your own for the remainder of the day.  
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Great Wall of China
Tiananmen Square is the first stop of today's tour. Situated on the central axis of Beijing City, it is the largest city square in the world. You can find the Monument to the People's Heroes in the square center and Tiananmen Tower in the north. From the square, the guide will take you to visit the nearby Forbidden City, which has the most complete and largest wooden structures in China, actually, the largest in the world. It is also a world-renowned museum of ancient cultures and arts. The collections of cultural relics are mainly from the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911).

Around noon, we will treat you with a rich a la carte welcome lunch at an elegant restaurant with authentic Chinese food and Peking Duck, a value of CNY150/ person and is included in our price.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Temple of Heaven, the original place for worshiping gods or ancestors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911). It currently serves as a park for local people. You will always see many residents here doing exercises, playing chess, playing musical instruments, etc. It is also a good place for flying kites. In the evening, we will treat you to a wonderful and lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 3 Beijing
After a big breakfast at the hotel, our guide will take you to visit the famous Mutianyu Great Wall, which will be a highlight of your small group tour. We will take a round-trip cable car to the top of the Great Wall. We will provide red wine for a group-toast. You can enjoy great views of the scenery from the top of the Wall while you are toasting. Today's lunch is on your own and our guide will give you some advice on restaurants.

After you finish the Great Wall visit, we will drive you back to the downtown area. You will have an opportunity to explore a popular local market and to relax.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
This morning, our guide will accompany you to visit the Summer Palace, an imperial garden used as the political and diplomatic center in the Qing Dynasty. It has witnessed many important historical events. Then we will make a short photo stop at the Olympic National Stadium to appreciate the Bird's Nest building.

At noon, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch at a fancy restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere (valued at CNY 150 and included in the tour price).

After lunch, your guide will take you to explore some Hutongs by a rickshaw. You will see the oldest gray brick courtyard residence and capture the lifestyles of local families. What's more, you will have a chance to try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting. Later, we will escort you to the airport to catch the flight to Xi'an. Your Xi'an guide will meet you at the Arrival Hall of the airport, and take you to the hotel for check-in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xi'an
Cycling on the ancient City Wall
Your Xi'an tour will start with a visit to the Terracotta Army. You will notice that each terracotta figure has a distinct and different appearance with diverse gestures. Apart from these warriors, you will see the pottery horses, chariots, and other accoutrements. Our guide will introduce you to the history behind this amazing world wonder.

Afterwards, our guide will take you to visit a local family where you can enjoy a special and authentic home cooked a la carte lunch at a local home. If interested, you can learn to cook some Chinese dishes from the hosts. In the afternoon, we will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. Tonight, you will enjoy a splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show along with a dumpling dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
 Friendly Tips

Theater is usually closed in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec. If travelling during one of those months, clients will have free time to relax at night.
Day 6 Xi'an
Li River
After breakfast, our guide will take you to the City Wall Park, where you can observe local life and practice Tai Chi with the master. Then visit Xi'an City Wall, the most complete ancient city wall in China. You can have a panoramic view of the city by walking or riding a bike on the wall. The fee for renting the bike is not included in our price.

We'll serve an a la carte lunch at a well-known restaurant for you this noon. Again, tour price has covered the cost of CNY120/ person for this meal.

In the afternoon, our guide will take you to the Shaanxi History Museum, a comprehensive history museum holding various relics and artifacts. You will learn about Shaanxi's history, culture and ancient civilization in this museum. Afterwards, we will proceed to the Great Mosque decorated with carved beams and painted pillars in Islamic style. This mosque is located in the Muslim Quarter. When you finish visiting the mosque, the rest of the day will be free for you to stroll around the quarter. Muslim Street is a popular food street with a distinct Muslim culture. Both locals and travelers like to come here to try a variety of food and experience the prosperous scenes, especially in the evening. You may want to consider having your dinner here.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Xi'an to Guilin by Flight
After breakfast, we will escort you to the airport to fly to Guilin. Upon arrival, our Guilin guide will accompany you to the hotel for check in. After a short break, we will visit the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. Regarded as the "Natural Palace of Art", the Reed Flute Cave is full of stalactites in different sizes and shapes, such as flowers, forest, waterfall, mountains, etc.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Guilin Grand Bravo Hotel
Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Rural Yangshuo
This morning, you will take the wonderful Li River cruise tour from Guilin to Yangshuo. This will be an unforgettable experience on your Guilin trip. You can enjoy the beautiful rolling mountains and rivers along the cruise.

After around 4.5 hours' sailing, we will disembark at Yangshuo and walk through the well-known West Street. Then we will drive along the surrounding country roads of Yangshuo where you can enjoy the amazing rural scenery. En route, we will stop to visit a local villager's home. After that, we will transfer you back to Guilin.

Tips: The cruise company offers box lunches on the ship, however, it may fail to meet with your approval. We are aware of the shortcomings and suggest you prepare for the cruise with a generous breakfast at the hotel or bring along a good snack.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Guilin to Chongqing by High Speed Train
Captain's Welcome Party
This morning we will take you to the railway station to catch a high speed train to Chongqing. The train trip takes about 5 hours. In Chongqing, you can visit Jiefangbei CBD and Ci Qi Kou Ancient Town. Then our guide will take you to check into the luxurious President Cruise Ship for a three-night stay. When the cruise departs from Chongqing at about 22:00, your relaxing Yangtze River cruise begins.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: President No. 8 with balcony
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
Today will be a relaxing day for you. After breakfast, the cruise guide will provide an orientation. Then you can choose to rest on the deck or participate in some activities. An onshore excursion to Shuangguishan National Forest Park will be arranged in the afternoon. After the excursion, you will board the ship and will have time to prepare for the Captain's Welcome Party to be held in the evening. If you are good at singing, dancing or have any other talents, you are warmly welcome to join in the show for fun.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise
Boat trackers on Shennong Stream
Today the Yangtze River Cruise Ship will enter the Qutang Gorge, the first of the Three Gorges, which is the shortest but the grandest one. Later, we will pass through the Wu Gorge with its famous lofty and misty peaks on both sides. It is the largest and the longest gorge along the way. This gorge is full of craggy grotesque rocks, and the entire pass looks like a winding natural gallery. Afterwards, you will disembark at Badong for an excursion to the Shennong Stream, which originates from the south slope of Shennongjia. You will take a pea boat ride drifting along the crystal stream to have a close look at mossy rocks, verdant plants, plank roads, ancient hanging coffins and precious animals. Moreover, you will hear the unique songs of the local Tujia people which will leave a deep impression on you.

After, you return to the ship, you will continue the cruise to the west section of Xiling Gorge, which is famous for torrential water.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Yichang to Shanghai by High Speed Train
After breakfast, please pack your luggage and check out of the cruise ship. The cruise company will arrange an excursion to visit the Three Gorges Dam, which is the largest water power project in the world. Then they will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide in Yichang will meet you there and accompany you to the railway station to catch the high speed train to Shanghai, the last destination of your tour. The train trip takes around 7.5 hours, so it is a good idea to prepare some cookies, fruits, books or a movie device in advance, in order to spend a leisurely time on the train. There is hot water available on the train if you want to bring instant noodles, tea or coffee.

Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up at the train station of Shanghai and transfer you to a comfortable hotel for a good rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 13 Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai
Today your Shanghai tour will begin with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, which houses many bronze potteries, calligraphies, paintings, Buddha statues and some artifacts of the minority nations. After that, we'll proceed to Yu Garden, one of the famous classic gardens in Shanghai. You can appreciate the exquisite ancient garden design. Surrounding the garden is a lively bazaar, where you may wish to spend some leisure time to explore. Yuyuan Old Street is home to more than 30 unique shops full of Chinese ethnic items, covering four major sections: household articles, crafts, festive articles and traditional commodities.

An a la carte farewell lunch will be held at a popular local restaurant (a cost of CNY120/person has been included in our price).

In the afternoon, our guide will take you to visit the Former French Concession to escape from the bustling city for a while. Then we head to the famous Bund, where you can wander around to enjoy the diverse western style architecture. This is also one of the best sites to appreciate various skyscrapers in the city. After a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River, our guide and driver will escort you back to the hotel and say goodbye at the lobby.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 14 Departure from Shanghai
Your small group tour in China ends today. After packing and checking out from the hotel, you will need to travel to the airport for your onward flight by yourself. Due to different flight schedules, the cost of hotel-airport transfer service is not included in the tour price. You can take a taxi at the cost of around CNY200 per cab to the Pudong International Airport (PVG) or around CNY100 to the Hongqiao Airport (SHA). Alternatively, you might want to experience the maglev train from Longyang Road Station if your flight leaves from Pudong airport. Please take it easy, we are ready to provide the information you need. Have a nice journey home!

Meal: Western buffet breakfast
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Apr 07(Fri)Apr 20(Thu)$2709$879
Apr 14(Fri)Apr 27(Thu)$2709$879
May 05(Fri)May 18(Thu)$2759$929
May 12(Fri)May 25(Thu)$2759$929
May 19(Fri)Jun 01(Thu)$2759$929
May 26(Fri)Jun 08(Thu)$2689$839
Jun 02(Fri)Jun 15(Thu)$2689$839
Jun 09(Fri)Jun 22(Thu)$2689$839
Jun 16(Fri)Jun 29(Thu)$2689$839
Jun 23(Fri)Jul 06(Thu)$2689$839
Jun 30(Fri)Jul 13(Thu)$2719$839
Jul 07(Fri)Jul 20(Thu)$2719$839
Jul 14(Fri)Jul 27(Thu)$2719$839
Jul 21(Fri)Aug 03(Thu)$2719$839
Jul 28(Fri)Aug 10(Thu)$2719$839
Aug 04(Fri)Aug 17(Thu)$2719$839
Aug 11(Fri)Aug 24(Thu)$2719$839
Aug 18(Fri)Aug 31(Thu)$2719$839
Aug 25(Fri)Sep 07(Thu)$2719$839
Sep 01(Fri)Sep 14(Thu)$2779$949
Sep 08(Fri)Sep 21(Thu)$2779$949
Sep 15(Fri)Sep 28(Thu)$2779$949
Oct 06(Fri)Oct 19(Thu)$2779$949
Oct 13(Fri)Oct 26(Thu)$2779$949
Oct 20(Fri)Nov 02(Thu)$2779$949
Oct 27(Fri)Nov 09(Thu)$2589$889
Nov 03(Fri)Nov 16(Thu)$2589$889
Nov 10(Fri)Nov 23(Thu)$2589$889
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers