YCT-01 : Classic China Tour with Yangtze Cruise

14 Days Tour of Beijing/Chongqing/Yangtze Cruise/Jingzhou/Wuhan/Jiujiang/Chizhou/Taizhou/Shanghai

From: $ 2,299

Highlights:

  1. The most highlights in China.
  2. Luxurious Yangtze River Cruise.
  3. Introduction to the history combined with relaxation amid splendid Yangtze River Scenery.
  4. Elaborately designed itinerary introducing as much as possible of China to you.
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  • Magnificent Tian'anmen

    Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

    Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, your private English-speaking tour guide will be waiting for you at the international arrival hall. After meeting with the guide, you and your luggage will be transferred to your hotel by private bus.

    Meals: None

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown


  • A Corner of Forbidden City

    Day 2Beijing

    This morning you will visit Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City. After lunch, visit Temple of Heaven (it was sacred ground where many of the emperors, considered as Sons of Heaven, performed major religious harvest ceremonies). A local flavored Roast Duck dinner will be offered in the evening. Panda is a national treasure, and Kongfu is the quintessence of Chinese culture, what will happen when the treasure comes across the quintessence? Let’s watch a special show - Kongfu Show after dinner at Shicha Lake Theater.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Beijing Roast Duck Dinner

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown


  • Famous Great Wall

    Day 3Beijing

    After enjoy abundant buffet breakfast at the hotel, visit Great Wall, a highlight of your China tour. After lunch, we will stop at the Jade Museum where you can learn something about jade souvenirs. In the afternoon, visit Beijing National Stadium(also known as the Bird's Nest, the main track and field stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics and the site of the opening and closing ceremonies) and National Swimming Center (also known as Water Cube).

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown


  • Unique Summer Palace

    Day 4Beijing/Chongqing

    This morning you will have a tour to Summer Palace. It is the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China. After stopping at a pearl store, you will experience an interesting visit to Hutong by rickshaw. Later you will fly to Chongqing. Upon arrival, your own excellent English-speaking tour guide will pick you up. Evening boarding SKY. Welcome Briefing. Departing around 9:30pm. Century SKY sets sail for your cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai a distance of 2400 kms.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Legend


  • Dreaming Tang Palace Music and Dance Show

    Day 5Zhongxian County

    In the morning, you will enjoy free morning tea and coffee in the bar. If the weather permits, you can also practice Tai Chi with a professional trainer on the sunshine deck. After breakfast, Optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City or onboard activities, in the afternoon, taking excursion at Shi Baozhai Pagoda(about 2.5hours), which called the "small Penglai Island" on Yangtze River. If you enter the Pagoda and look down from it, you can have a panoramic view of the infinite scenery – the rolling the Yangtze River, blue sky, the sail shadow and so on. Captain’s Welcome Reception – The Captain on board your Century Ship along with the entire management team invites you for a Cocktail Reception in the Lounge before Dinner. The Crew Cabaret Show – Let the stars begin to sparkle, enjoy an evening of China going through Traditions and highlights of the Yangtze River area folklore.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dumpling Banquet Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Legend


  • Grand Shaanxi History Museum entrance

    Day 6Wushan County

    After breakfast, either join in the optional shore excursion to the historical and cultural site of White Emperor City or at your leisure onboard. About 11:00, Century SKY will sail through the spectacular Qutang Gorge, followed by the magnificent Wu Gorge . The guide would introduce you to the unique scenery on both sides on the sun deck. After lunch, you will have the excursion at the Shennv Stream (about 3 hours), changing from your Century SKY into a smaller boat. The Shennv Stream is a stream between the Qingshi town and the Feifeng peak, with 15 kilometers long. Because of the turbulence of the water and the narrow stream, there are 10 kilometers as remote valley. After the dam's three phase of storage, tourists can go deep into the depths of the gorge to explore, then surprised see beautiful
    scenery and the original inhabitants. Returning back to your Century SKY, you will enjoy the MOVIE NIGHT, and then you will continue cruising in direction to Three Gorges Dam Side through 5-step ship locks.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Legend


  • Top sun deck

    Day 7Three Gorges Dam

    After an early breakfast, you will join the shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, which is the largest water conservancy project in the world.(about 2.5hours, Exclude the battery cars) You can climb up to the Jar mountain view scenic spot to overlook the dam panoramic view. After the shore excursion, you will return to your ship Century SKY to have lunch. After lunch, either join in the optional shore excursion to the historical and cultural site of Three Gorges Tribe or at your leisure onboard. Upon return to your Ship Century SKY sails through the natural beauty of the Xiling Gorge and go through Gezhou Dam. After dinner, you’ll be invited to Join a karaoke club.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Legend
    Century Diamond


  • Scenic Xiling Gorge

    Day 8Jingzhou

    After breakfast, you will have the shore excursion to Jingzhou Ancient City Wall, the best preserved southern wall in China. Also, you’ll visit Jingzhou Museum. In the Museum, there has many precious cultural relics that can be regarded as national treasures, such as the Chu and Qin Han lacquer which accounts for three fifths of the national total Chu and Qin Han lacquer number, as well as the ancient corpse of Ancient Chinese Han dynasty, the earliest and unique relics in the world (the whole tour will cost about 3.5hours). Century SKY is sailing along the middle reaches of the Wuhan after you come back from the excursion. Either leave yourself in the library, gym, bar or enjoy the reading and relaxing in somewhere onboard. Of course you could join the variety of onboard activities! After dinner, you can join the interesting game party.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Legend
    Century Diamond


  • Fine Scenery of Yangtze River

    Day 9Wuhan

    After breakfast, a tour to the Hubei Provincial Museum(about 1.5hours), one of top ten museums in China . It has collected over 200,000 cultural relics. Among these cultural relics, about one thousand are listed as first-class relics of China. Also, it has the China's largest museum of ancient Musical Instruments. Then tour to the East Lake Scenic Area, the largest downtown lake of China. East Lake is known as the ninety-nine Bay for its twists and turns along the lakeshore. Embracing the largest cherry flower park of China and the largest plum flower garden of south region Yangtze River. Century SKY sets sail for Shanghai after you come back from the excursion. You could join the variety of onboard activities. We honest invite you to join the guest talent show after your dinner, which you can show your charm.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Legend


  • Kuimen Gate

    Day 10Jiujiang City

    After breakfast, enjoy a bus tour to the famous Shizhong Mountain. Lunch is served after came back from the shore excursion forward with some onboard activities. Shizhong Mountain has a long history and is the most renowned mountain among those that can produce fantastic sound in China. Due to the plentiful gaps between the rocks, the streams hit onto the rocks and makes amazing sounds like coming from a bell – that's why it is named after Shizhong (rock bell). For the characteristic feature, it has been put on the list of World Cultural Landscapes by the United Nations. From the peak of the mountain, views stretch over the Poyang Lake and the Yangtze River as well as the vast rural landscape that stretches like a chessboard over the horizon. Or you could join the optional tour of a bus tour to Jingdezhen [* a day tour of about 9 hours & lunch at the tour site], Porcelain Capital of China. The whole day tour takes about 9 hours; the single side drive is nearly 2 hours. During the tour, you can visit the manual antique porcelain factory, ancient kiln porcelain yard and ceramic Expo area where you can see the whole process of hand-made porcelain and browser the exhibition of the historical customs and ceramic relics of Jingdezhen. After the Scenic spot lunch (Table dinner, ten people /table), stroll the China ceramic city, where you can see different levels of Jingdezhen porcelain.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Legend


  • Boating

    Day 11Chizhou

    After breakfast around 09:00am, you will join a shore excursion to Xinghuacun Village Ancient Town. The excursion takes about 3.5 hours. According to historical records, Xinghuacun was a beautiful village full of apricot trees, located in the west of Chizhou city. The village was dotted with liquor breweries and stores and liquor buyers were crowded here, thus here was always a scene of bustle and excitement. From AD 844 to 846 (From the 4th to 6th years of Huichang in Tang Dynasty), the great poet Du Mu who served as the governor of Chizhou wrote a poem named "Qingming" after he traveled Xinghuacun in Spring. The poem chanted the fascinating scene of Jiangnan (the area at the southern bank of the Yangtze River) during Qingming Festival (also known as Tomb Sweeping Day). The charming blossoms, mild rain and attractive liquor are all described in the poem. Thanks to the poem, Xinghuacun enjoys an immortal and world-wide fame. Today, Xinghuacun is not only a symbol of traditional Chinese poetry, but also the city's symbolized cultural brand that is equally famous with Jiuhua Mountain and a significant part of the South Anhui International Cultural Tourism Demonstration Area. Or you will join the optional a day shore excursion to Mt. Jiuhua. The excursion takes about 5 hours. Mt. Jiuhua (“Mountain of the Nine Lotuses”)- Located in south central Anhui Province, Jiuhuas Shan or “Mountain Jiuhua” is one of the four sacred mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Local climate is favorable, making it a popular summer resort. Observant Buddhist make a pilgrimage to climb Greater Tiantai peak, regarded as Jiuhuashan’ s most important, although not the tallest. The construction of temples began in the Tang Dynasty and was enlarged in subsequent dynasties. The Buddhist influence still remains to this day throughout this area. Upon return to your Ship Century SKY enjoy dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Legend


  • Pujiang Boating

    Day 12Tianzhou

    After breakfast, you’ll join the Excursion: Taizhou Day Trip includes Ancient City Wall + Tower & Gardens visiting + Lunch at the Ancient Town + Fengcheng River smaller boat tour Around 15:30 back to the cruise for onwards cruise itinerary . Taizhou is a prefecture-level city in central Jiangsu Province in eastern China. Situated on the north bank of the Yangtze River, it borders Yangzhou to the west. Hu Jintao, former President of the Communist Party of China considered Taizhou his home town as did Mei Lanfang, one of the most famous Peking opera artists in modern Chinese history. Century SKY sets sail for Shanghai after you come back from the excursion. Either leave yourself in the library, gym, bar or enjoy the reading and relaxing in somewhere onboard. Of course you could join the variety of onboard activities!
    After enjoy dinner onboard, The Crew Cabaret Show will be performed.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Century Legend


  • Sunset Glow

    Day 13Shanghai

    Disembark 09:00am from the Shanghai International Cruise Harbour. Upon arrival, you will make a visit to Shanghai Museum where you can get to know the old and modern Shanghai. Next, you will have an interesting trip at Nanjing Road. After lunch, you will head to Xintiandi Pedestrian Shopping District and famous Town God's Temple. A visit to a silk store will also be arranged for you. You will cruise Huangpu River and feel the appealing scenery on both sides of the river, the Bund and Lujiazui area in the evening. Flavored dinner will be offered later, followed by an acrobatics show in Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai this evening (luxury seat). You will be transfered back to the hotel afterwards.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Pudong New Area

    Day 14Depart From Shanghai

    After breakfast, you will have some free time before we transfer you to the airport as per your flight schedule. Your wonderful China trip ends here.

    Meals: Breakfast

Service Inclusion:

1. Private air-conditioned cars, drivers and guides throughout the itinerary;
2. Well-selected international brand hotel or same level hotel with daily
western breakfasts;
3. Entrance fees to all tourist sites;
4. Authentic Chinese Food served at local best restaurants;
5. Domestic airfare with fuel fee & taxes and relative transfers in China;
6. Services charges and government taxes;
7. Travel liability insurance.

Service Exclusion:

1. Chinese visa application fee;
2. International airfare to and from China;
3. Personal expense like phone rental and laundry charges;
4. Gratuity to guides and drivers.

Note on prices: The following rates are for per person, based on intraday exchange rate and subject to change during peak seasons such as the National Day Holiday and Spring Festival.

Group Size:2-5 people

Question

  • Asked by Doren

    Oct 12 , 2016 11:45

    Hello, we would like to take this tour and my travel date is very flexible. So which season is the best?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Oct 15 , 2016 14:21

    Hello, thanks to contact us. It will be nice if you could arrive in China in autumn.

  • Asked by Gaby

    Sep 19 , 2016 10:17

    May I have the purpose of terra cotta warriors?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Sep 20 , 2016 12:20

    Someone believes that emperor wants those soldiers of the Terra Cotta Warriors can still guard him after his death.

  • Asked by Henry

    Sep 17 , 2016 10:02

    What's the easiest way to work out an itinerary?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Sep 18 , 2016 16:21

    First, you can enter classified itinerary collection from the navigation bar on the top of the website, there are many pre-itineraries for you to refer to; while if they are not particularly good match for you, you can submit your requirements from the Trip Designer, we are willing to tailor-make a unique itinerary for your reference.

  • Asked by Christopher

    May 19 , 2016 09:33

    I wanna more interesting places besides Three Gorges Museum and Former Residence of General Stilwell?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    May 20 , 2016 10:24

    Dazu Rock Carvings, Longxing Ancient Town and Furong Cave are all amazing choices for you.

  • Asked by Cissie

    Mar 16 , 2016 18:21

    Could you tell me the HIGH and LOW seasons for the cruise ship separately?

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Mar 17 , 2016 06:41

    Generally speaking, the months of April, May, September and October all belong to the HIGH season, and the rest of the months belong to LOW season. However, it also differs with the different cruise ships.

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