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Treasures of China with Yangtze River - 12 days/11 nights

Beijing - Xi'an - Yangtze River Cruise - Shanghai - Guilin - Hong Kong

Experience China with a 12 day cruise down the Yangtze—a journey that winds its way through China’s cultural, economical, and historical importance. Soak in some history in Beijing with a visit to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. See the grandeur of the Great Wall and stop in Xi'an to see the Terra Cotta Warriors.  This Victoria Cruise will show you a side of China most travelers miss, as you wind your way through China’s spectacular and diverse landscape. Witness the vastness of the Three Gorges, the incredible skyscrapers of Shanghai, and the serene beauty of the limestone mountains of Guilin.

Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, dropoffs, and daily excursions. 
Choose Your Own Dates!
This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.
Customizable! Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? Just let us know, and we will arrange it for you and let you know the change in costs.
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Trip Highlights

  • Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • The Great Wall
  • Bejing’s hutong tour
  • Xi'an and the Terra Cotta Warrior Statues
  • 4 night cruise down the Yangtze River
  • The Bund in Shanghai
  • Guilin and the Li Mountains


Day 1:  Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Beijing.
Day 2:  Beijing
After breakfast, begin your tour of Beijing with a walk through Tiananmen Square and the intriguing Forbidden City, home of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch, spend your afternoon marveling at the Temple of Heaven, one of the best examples of Ming Dynasty architecture in China. Overnight in Beijing. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3:  Beijing
After breakfast visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall where you can climb a portion of this 3,700-mile vista. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city, shop, or rest.   Spend your evening relaxing over a Peking Duck dinner. Overnight in Bejing. (All meals)
Day 4:  Beijing to Xi'an
After breakfast, take a Pedi cab tour through the narrow alleyways and courtyard gardens of Beijing’s hidden hutongs. Visit Prince Gong's Palace, the Drum Tower, and old-style courtyard houses still inhabited by Beijing residents. After lunch, fly to the ancient Chinese capital of Xi'an.
Overnight in Xi'an. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5:  Xi'an
Spend the morning exploring Xi'an’s Archaeological Museum, home to the Terra-Cotta Warriors excavated from the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. After lunch, visit the Shannxi Provincial Museum and in the evening enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner show. Overnight in Xi'an. (All meals)

Terra Cotta Warriors

Day 6:  Xi'an to Chongqing and Yangtze River
In the morning, visit the ancient City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.  Get a sense for Xi'an’s Muslim population with a visit to the Grand Mosque and a walk through the local Muslim neighborhoods. After lunch, fly to Chongqing. Enjoy a city tour in Chongqing if time permits, then board the Yangtze River Cruise after dinner. Overnight on cruise ship. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 7:  Yangtze River Cruise
Cruise down the mighty Yangtze River. Relax on deck or in the lounge, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the magnificent Three Gorges. Take a shore excursion in the afternoon to admire the architecture of Shibaozhai, the “Precious Stone Fortress.” Overnight on cruise ship. (All meals)
Day 8:  Yangtze River Cruise
Spend your morning cruising through the first two of the famous Three Gorges: Qutang Gyorge and Wu Gorges. Enjoy an excursion at Shennong stream, where you will board smaller boats to explore this tranquil tributary. In the afternoon, wind your way through the Xiling Gorge. Overnight on cruise ship. (All meals)

Day 9:  Yangtze River Cruise/Yichang to Shanghai
Take a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam site, where you will have a bird's eye view of this awesome engineering feat. Disembark in Yichang, where you will be transferred to the airport and board your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Shanghai. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 10: Shanghai
Your first day of sightseeing in Shanghai will start with the Bund, a walkway along the river offering beautiful views of the river and the 19th Century European-Style buildings that once housed the colonial powers. Then visit the Children’s Palace, an ornate fortress where the local children come to learn various arts including calligraphy, piano and dance. End your full-day sightseeing tour with a stop at the Jade Buddha Temple. In the evening enjoy an amazing contortion and acrobatic show. Overnight in Shanghai. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11:  Shanghai to Guilin

Take a morning flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and then take a tour to explore the natural wonders around Guilin.  Venture into the brilliant Reed Flute Cave, admire the odd shape of Elephant Trunk Hill, and discover the myths and legends of Fubo Hill. Overnight in Guilin. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 12:  Guilin to Hong Kong for Departure
In the morning, enjoy an excursion cruise along the beautiful Li River. Witness the magical beauty of the limestone rock formations and serene farmland commonly seen in Chinese landscape paintings. Disembark at the charming village of Yangshuo, which has one of the best antique and craft markets in China. Spend time browsing the market, then board a return coach to Guilin airport for your flight to Hong Kong where you will be connected to your flight home. (Breakfast, Lunch)


Inclusions and Exclusions

Our Package Rates Include

  • Private airport transfers
  • Daily accommodation with breakfast
  • Private vehicle transportation for all excursions per itinerary
  • Meals as listed in above itinerary
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions
  • All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees
  • Flights from Beijing to Xi'an, Xi'an to Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai, Shanghai to Guilin, and Guilin to Hong Kong
  • 4-day/3-night Victoria Cruise on a 5-star ship on the Yangtze River

Rates Do Not Include

  • International airfare
  • China visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature

To Book This Tour

Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you are interested in this tour. To prepare a proposal, we'll ask questions about how many people are traveling, your preferred travel dates, standard and types of accommodation, and any special interests that we may be able to accommodate.

Once we have finalized a customized price quote for you, your agent will inform you a per-person non-refundable deposit to initiate reservations (typically 20% of tour cost). Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
Please review our complete terms and conditions:
Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policies

- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.

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