Baofeng Lake, ZhangjiajieBaofeng Lake, Zhangjiajie

Grand China with Yangtze

407: 18 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Zhangjiajie - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 17 western buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches with some being a la carte style, 2 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • Enjoy the breathtaking landscape along Li River & escape from the bustling city life
  • Soften and scent your body from head to toe on Yangtze River cruise
  • See the floating mountains of Avatar in reality in Zhangjiajie Forest Park
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to China. When your international flight touches down at Beijing Airport, you will find our guide waiting for you outside the Arrival Hall of the airport with a big smile and warm greeting. Then we will transfer you to the hotel to have a good rest for the remaining time of the day. If you do not feel tired, you can walk around the hotel to explore the city a bit on your own.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Forbidden City
Your exciting 18 days China tour itinerary commences today. The first stop is Tiananmen Square. As the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square can hold millions of people for gathering. After passing through the square, you will reach the Forbidden City, the largest ancient palace complex in the world and also the place that 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties lived in. Around noon, we specially arrange an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a notable local restaurant.

The afternoon journey will take you to the Temple of Heaven, which was built for the emperors to worship the heaven in ancient times.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Mutianyu Great Wall
When mentioning Beijing, Great Wall is no doubt a national key scenic spot and the first choice destination for tourists from all over the world. Today we will spend the whole morning visiting Mutianyu Great Wall. The round trip cable car is included. Standing on the wall, you will see the long wall under your feet go along with the mountain ranges, just like a huge dragon creeping on the undulations of the mountains. Lunch is not included. Our guide will happy to recommend you some proper restaurants around the site.

When driving back to downtown, you will have chance to watch and take pictures of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube from a distance. After a short stop, we will continue to a local market, and you will enjoy some free time there.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong tour. A high speed train to Xian. Train station-hotel transfer. (B)
Our Travel Consultant Emily with her guests
After breakfast, your private guide will take you to visit the Summer Palace. It is a fantastic resort for visitors to admire the peaceful landscapes and magnificent architectures of the royal garden in China. Later, a visit to the Hutong area is scheduled for you. Hutong means alley. An interesting trishaw riding will take you to travel through the old alleys, which gives you a glimpse of local life.

After that, take a high speed train to Xian, the second destination of your 18 days China tour. Our guide will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall. (B)
Terracotta Warriors
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum is a must when visiting Xian. In the Museum, visitors will not only appreciate the amazing warrior figures, but also enjoy the display of Chinese ancient weapons, which exemplify the wisdom of the laboring people living in Qin Dynasty. We leave lunch on your own arrangement and you can get suggestion from your guide.

This afternoon is scheduled for you to explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and and the well-preserved ancient City Wall. Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built in Tang Dynasty for storing the sutras and statues of Buddha brought from India by Monk Xuan Zang. Now it has been one of the ancient landmarks of Xian City. The City Wall boasts as the largest and the most complete city wall in the world. The broad road on the top of the wall provides visitors an ideal place to walk or cycling while enjoying the around outstanding views.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xian - Guilin
Fly to Guilin. Airport-hotel transfer. Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill.  (B)
Li River cruise
After breakfast, we will escort you to the airport for a morning flight to Guilin. You will be met by another professional guide and transferred to check in at the hotel. Then you are going to see the Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill in the afternoon. Driving westwards for about six kilometers in the northwest suburb of Guilin, you will see a very absorbing tourist resort named Reed Flute Cave. The cave boasts abundant karst formations, such as stone columns, stalactites and stalagmites. Elephant Trunk Hill is a good place for enjoying the cool in summer and appreciating the river scenery. If you are interested, you can climb the hill to appreciate the Li River view from the top.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 7 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. (B+L)
Our clients at the Elephant Trunk Hill
Cruise along the Li River is a delightful experience for travelers who want to explore the natural beauty of the northeastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. This morning, we will transfer you to the pier to take a cruise tour from Guilin down to Yangshuo. The picturesque landscape along the way is indeed a feast to the eye. When you arrive at Yangshuo at around 14:00, we will transfer you to the hotel for checking in and then drive you to the countryside to enjoy the natural rural sceneries. A brief visit to a local farmer's house is specially arranged for you on the way. After that, you will be transferred back to Guilin.

Tips: Here we would like to remind you the lunch on the cruise is not that good. It is the simple box lunch provided by the cruise company. We can only say it is edible but far from delicious. We suggest you have a big breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Guilin - Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu. Airport-hotel transfer. Free time in the afternoon. (B)
Today you will take a flight to Chengdu. Again, our local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The whole afternoon is left free for you to either have a good rest or explore the city a bit at leisure on your own.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Chengdu
Giant Panda Breeding Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum. (B)
Giant pandas
This morning, our guide will pick you up at the hotel earlier and bring you to see the lovely giant pandas when they are more active. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding offers a really close up experience with the pandas. They are well looked after and you will see them released in different enclosures, eating bamboos, playing and sleeping.

The next stop of your 18 days China trip today is the Broad and Narrow Alleys, where a lot of traditional houses have been converted to boutiques and restaurants. Lunch is on your own arrangement. You may try one of the eateries in the alleys and our guide will offer you some suggestions.

Round off today's sightseeing with a visit to the Jinsha Site Museum. The artifacts excavated from the site reflect the people's life of the ancient Shu Kingdom during the 12th century BC - 7th century BC.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 10 Chengdu - Chongqing
Free time in the morning, A 2-hour bullet train to Chongqing, Railway station pick-up, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
Morning is free for you to explore Chengdu further. In the afternoon, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby and escort you to the railway station for a bullet train to Chongqing. You will arrive in Chongqing after about 2 hours, and our local guide will meet you at the railway station and then transfer you to board the cruise ship. Your Yangtze River cruise journey starts at around 21:30.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai or Shuangguishan National Forest Park, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
This morning, the river guide will give you a presentation about the general knowledge of the cruise ship and daily activity schedule. Then you will be free to wander around on the deck and enjoy the charming scenery along the river. In the afternoon, you will take an excursion to Shibaozhai or Shuangguishan National Forest Park according to the arrangement of cruise company. After the visit, get back to the ship and prepare for the following Captain's Welcome Party held this evening.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream excursion
The Three Gorges is the most imposing section of the thousands kilometers long Yangtze River. It is composed of the magnificent Qutang Gorge, the elegant Wu Gorge and the dangerous Xiling Gorge. The ship will pass through these three gorges in sequence. During the trip, you will have an interesting adventure to Shennv Stream by changing to a motorized ferry. If you take President Cruise, you will experience an exciting boat ride along the Shennong Stream instead. After that, the sailing will be continued.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 Yichang - Zhangjiajie
Disembark the cruise, Three Gorges Dam. Soft sleeper train to Zhangjiajie. Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
The last excursion arranged by the cruise ship is to see the Three Gorges Dam. It is the largest hydropower project in the world, showing visitors the culture of engineering and water conservancy. Standing on the top of the Tanziling, tourists will have a panoramic view of the dam. Before that, you should pack your luggage and check out the ship. After the excursion, our local guide will pick you up at the Three Gorges Dam and transfer you to the East Station to take a soft sleeper train to Zhangjiajie in around 5 hours. Again, your local guide will wait for you at the railway station and assist you to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 14 Zhangjiajie
Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Golden Whip Stream, Ten-mile gallery. (B+L)
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
This morning, you will take the Bailong Elevator to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. This area is dominated by the limestone pillars topped by trees, which provided the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in the film 'Avatar'. Then the guide will accompany you to take a battery car to Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve. After that, you will visit the Jinbian Stream (Golden Whip Stream) by walking along the stream and find the beauty of this quiet area. Then, you will take a small train to visit the Ten-mile gallery.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Zhangjiajie - Shanghai
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with the Glass Bridge, Boat ride on the Baofeng Lake, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
Today the guide will accompany you to experience the thrilling Grand Canyon Glass Bridge. It is said to be the longest and highest glass bridge in the world. You have a chance to challenge your courage by crossing the glass bridge and enjoy the sight. After that, you will be guided to the Baofeng Lake to take a scenic boat ride along the lake. Then you will be transported to the airport for a flight to Shanghai, the last destination of the 18 days China tour package. Our local guide will meet you at the airport and help you check in at the hotel in downtown.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 16 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund area
Your private Shanghai tour will be started at Shanghai Museum, where you can learn more about the civilized culture of ancient China. Then move on to the Yuyuan Garden. It is one of the best preserved Chinese gardens in Shanghai. Its pavilions, rockeries, pools, and flowers make it a place of peace and leisure in bustling city.

After enjoying an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a highly-reputed local restaurant, you will go to the Bund area and take a one-hour cruise tour down the Huangpu River. It is a good way to visit Shanghai and experience the old Shanghai flavor. The western historical buildings along the two banks are splendid view for visitors. Our guide will leave you some free time to stroll around the Bund area leisurely after cruise and then take you to visit an old street - Tianzifang before driving back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 17 Shanghai
Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghai World Financial Center. (B)
Zhujiajiao Water Town
Around Shanghai city, there is a number of beautiful water towns interspersed with crisscrossing water lanes. This morning, you are scheduled to one of the famous water towns, Zhujiajiao. It is quite pleasant to walk through the many cobblestoned alleyways and to see the 36 bridges that grace the old canals. Lunch is arranged on your own.

In the afternoon, you will visit the 492 meters high Shanghai World Financial Center. You will go up to the 100th floor, which provides exquisite views of the city below, and the city's skyline. You can walk around the platform and in each direction the view is different and nice.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 18 Departure from Shanghai
Bid farewell at the airport. Thank you for travelling with us. (B)
Your 18 days China tour draws to an end today as the guide and driver escort you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you have enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to serving you again in the future.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
XianCrowne Plaza Xi'an Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
GuilinShangri-La Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel
ChengduGrand Hyatt Chengdu Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Yangtze RiverNew Century Cruises with balconyPresident No.7/No.8 with balcony
ZhangjiajiePullman Zhangjiajie Hotel Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
Tour Prices
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
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Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guide(s)
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Gary Malamud from US | Jun. 17, 2018 08:48Reply
Glass Bridge in Zhangjiajie
Is entry ticket on the bridge included in the price?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jun. 18, 2018 22:51

Yes, the entrance ticket of the Glass Bridge is included in the price of this private tour. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information. Thank you.
Asked by Vincent from USA | Apr. 18, 2017 21:58Reply
How to get to the airport from Yichang New Century port?
How to get to the airport from Yichang New Century port? Is it possible to catch a taxi at the port and how much they charge?
Answers (1)
Answered by Wong | Apr. 18, 2017 22:14

Yes, there are taxis at the Yichang New Century Port. You can take it on the spot and the reference charge for the taxi to the airport is around CNY130 per cab.
Asked by Ricardo from USA | Jul. 21, 2016 04:06Reply
Is there any train from the airport to north station?
I like to know is there trains from Chongqing airport to north railway station during the night or I need to get a taxi?
Answers (1)
Answered by Cynthia | Jul. 21, 2016 04:24

Hi, you can take the light rail Line 3 from Chongqing Jiangbei Airport and get off at South Square of North Raily way station, exit 4 and walk to the train station. The last one leaves from the airport station at 22:30pm.
Asked by Kathleen | Jun. 17, 2016 03:11Reply
Do we need any formal clothes for the cruise?
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda | Jun. 17, 2016 03:11

I saw some people wearing formal and some casual. But I think formal clothes are prefered.
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