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Yangtze & Beyond - 18 Days

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This fascinating 18-day journey to the "Yangtze & Beyond" starts with Beijing and the major sights of historic Xian. Admire the limestone karst scenery in Guilin and Yangshuo where you will also learn about traditional medicine and perhaps enjoy a reflexology foot massage.

You'll then embark on the cruise of a lifetime on the mighty Yangtze River on our superior Victoria Cruise boat before flying to Shanghai, where the futuristic skyline of Pudong contrasts with the tranquil waterways of ancient Zhujiajiao.

Days 1 - 3 Beijing

Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your hotel, where you will meet your tour leader and group for a briefing and welcome drink.

Walk through the incredible expanse of Tiananmen Square before continuing on foot to the splendid Forbidden City.

Take a break to enjoy a traditional tea ceremony before heading into one of Beijing’s few remaining hutongs, the city’s traditional back streets, for lunch in a local home and a rickshaw ride.

See the city’s famous Drum Tower, travel to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, explore the Wangfujing Night Markets and sample the renowned Peking duck. Note: Deluxe option stays a fourth night in Beijing.

Days 4-6 - Overnight Train & Xian

Our exploration of Beijing continues with visits to the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace.

Board our comfortable overnight train to Xian, home to the remarkable Army of Terracotta Warriors.

Marvel at these life-size warriors, wander the thriving Muslim Quarter and visit the Big Goose Pagoda.

We also have the chance to indulge in a sumptuous dumpling banquet – a specialty of Xian.

Days 7-8 - Guilin & Longsheng

We fly to Guilin, one of China’s most attractive cities. Climb the stone steps to the top of Fubo Hill for panoramic views of the city’s rooftops and surrounding limestone mountains.

We also visit the local Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre to learn about acupuncture, reflexology and herbal medicine.

The following day we head to Longsheng, where we visit a local White Yao village and admire the spectacular rice terraces known as the Dragon’s Backbone.

Days 9-10 - Yangshuo

We enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Li River, the perfect opportunity to soak up the region’s renowned limestone karst scenery.

In charming Yangshuo, we take the time to wander the cobbled streets, take in a traditional evening show and explore local villages by bicycle.

There is free time to visit the local markets or take a lesson in Chinese painting.

Days 11-14 - Yangtze River

We fly to the city of Chongqing to begin our cruise down the mighty Yangtze River.

Over the next few days relax on board while viewing the ever changing scenery, shiny new cities, remnants of towns swallowed by the waters of the dam project, and the amazing Three Gorges.

We board smaller boats for an interesting side trip up Shennong Stream and enjoy a number of shore excursions, including a fascinating visit to the dam site.

Days 15-18 - Shanghai & Zhujiajiao

We fly to Shanghai, one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Admire the Art Deco streetscapes of the Bund, visit the superb Shanghai Museum and peaceful Yu Garden.

We also take a day trip to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, discover the lively backstreets of the Chinese Quarter and see the famed Shanghai acrobats in action.

Your journey ends with an airport transfer on day 18.

Trip grading:

MODERATE Suitable for travelers with an average level of fitness and independent mobility. Fly between major destinations. Boarding of small and large boats required.

What's included:

13 nights hotel accommodation, 1 overnight train (soft sleeper 4-berth shared cabin) and 3 nights Victoria cruise ship accommodation, flights as specified, all road transport by air-conditioned vehicles, all sightseeing as specified, entrance fees, Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travelers, local English-speaking guides throughout, arrival and departure transfers, breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 2 dinners.
Note: Yangtze cruise boats and itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions and water levels.

Special touches:

• Learn about the interesting world of Chinese traditional medicine from local experts

• Learn Tai Chi from a professional instructor on the banks of the Li River

• Enjoy a backroads cycling tour through fantastic karst scenery in Yangshuo

• Attend a fascinating lecture about the art of Feng Shui

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