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Golden Triangle & Yangtze

SG07: 11 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 1-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights at nice 5-star hotels, 3 nights on Yangtze River cruise
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte style, 3 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
  • Walk into a local Chinese family, interact & dine with the hosts in their home
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China. Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), our experienced guide will pick you up and then our driver will transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Our group at the Great Wall
Today your small group Beijing tour will begin. Our guide will lead you to Tiananmen Square. After that, accompany you to the Forbidden City, also known as Palace Museum, where you can appreciate the numerous collections of Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). 

After visiting the two attractions, we will arrange an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price), providing you with a chance to taste the real Chinese food and the signature Peking Roast Duck. 

In the afternoon, our guide will escort you to the Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors used to hold the Heaven Worshipping Ceremony. The evening will be highlighted by a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
In the morning, you will be accompanied to Mutianyu Great Wall, a must for any Beijing tour. In order to save your energy and allow more time to enjoy the magnificent views of the Great Wall, we will arrange a round-trip cable car for you. Moreover, we will provide red wine for a group-toasting there. Lunch will not be offered today, as the nearby restaurants cannot meet our service standard. You are suggested to prepare some food in advance or have a simple meal at your guide's advice. 

Afterwards, we will go to a well-known local market in the city and leave you some free time there. In the end, we will take you back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest, A la carte lunch, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Today our guide will escort you to the Summer Palace, the best-preserved royal park in China, where man-made architecture and natural scenery exist harmoniously. Next, we will pass by the Bird's Nest, which is the main venue of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. You can take pictures of this landmark building.

After that, we will serve you an a la carte lunch at a fancy restaurant, and the cost of CNY150.00 per person for this meal has been included in our price. 

In the afternoon, following the guide, you will have a rickshaw trip to explore the Hutongs. It is a great chance to have a glimpse of the daily lives of local people. Moreover, you will experience an interesting Chinese paper cutting, which is one of the popular Chinese traditional folk arts. Then you will fly to your next destination, Xi'an. Upon arrival, our Xi'an guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
After breakfast, your small group Xi'an tour begins. Our guide will accompany you to visit one of the Eight Wonders in the world, Terracotta Army. Next, we will arrange a local family visit for you. Home-cooked lunch will be served at the local family. If interested, you can learn to cook Chinese dishes from the hosts for free.

After lunch, you will be accompanied to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a peaceful building built in Tang Dynasty (618-907). With a few minutes' walking, you will come to Xi'an Museum, storing about 130,000 cultural relics and showing the rich history of Xi'an. In the evening, the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will entertain you when you enjoy the famous Dumpling Dinner.

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

Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
Day 6 Xi'an - Chongqing
Observe local life in the park, Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, Fly to Chongqing, Jiefangbei CBD, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
Yangtze River cruise
In the morning, we will escort you to the City Wall Park to observe the local people's morning life and you will have an opportunity to learn to practice Tai Chi. Then your guide will take you to the City Wall, the most complete city wall survived in China, as well as one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. It is highly recommended that you may rent a bike and enjoy the excitements of riding on the wall. 

After that, you will fly to Chongqing. Our Chongqing guide will be waiting for you at the airport. And then, the guide will take you to visit Jiefangbei CBD, where you may have dinner by yourself. Later, the guide will send you to the dock and help you check in the luxurious cruise ship. At about 22:00, your memorable Yangtze River cruise tour begins.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: President No.6 with balcony
Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shuangguishan National Forest Park, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
After breakfast, you will be invited to take part in the Yangtze River cruise orientation. It is a good chance for you to know more about the culture and history of Yangtze River. The daily schedule of the cruise will be sent to your room every day. If feel interested, you can attend some cultural activities on board. At around 12:30, you will have a shore excursion to Shuangguishan National Forest Park. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held in the evening.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream Excursion
The highlights of your Yangtze River cruise tour comes today. The ship will first enter Qutang Gorge, the shortest but grandest of the Three Gorges. Later, we will pass by Wu Gorge with famous lofty and misty peaks. 

After that, you will disembark at Badong to have a boat ride drifting along the Shennong Stream. During the trip, you will have a chance to enjoy the local Tujia people's songs. Afterwards, return to the cruise ship and keep cruising along Xiling Gorge.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
This morning you will disembark and have an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project. Then you will be transferred to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and transfer you to the railway station for an onward 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, our Shanghai guide will lead to the well-arranged hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and its traditional bazaar, A la carte farewell lunch, Former French Concession, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund area
Your small group Shanghai tour begins today. In the morning, we will lead you to Shanghai Museum, a place for you to enjoy the ancient Chinese art. Then, proceed to the famous Yu Garden, the largest of Shanghai's ancient gardens with Ming and Qing architectural styles. Outside the garden, there is a traditional bazaar, popular for both local people and travelers, so we will leave you some free time there.  

An a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged in a popular local restaurant.

After lunch, our guide will accompany you to the Former French Concession to appreciate European architecture and get to know about modern Chinese history. Then we will visit the Bund, the symbol and highlight of Shanghai. You will also have a cruise tour along the Huangpu River. At the end of the day, our guide will send you back to the hotel and it's time to say goodbye.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend the most efficient and money-saving way - taking a taxi by yourself from hotel to the airport, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Today you will travel to the airport for your flight home or to the next destination. Due to different flight schedules, the hotel-airport transfer service is not included in this small group journey. If your flight leaves from Pudong International Airport (PVG), you can take a taxi with the cost of around CNY200 per cab from your hotel. If it is Hongqiao Airport (SHA), a taxi costs around CNY100. Wish you a nice journey!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with one person!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Apr 01(Thu)Apr 11(Sun)$1899$649
Apr 08(Thu)Apr 18(Sun)$1899$649
Apr 15(Thu)Apr 25(Sun)$1899$649
Apr 22(Thu)May 02(Sun)$1899$649
May 06(Thu)May 16(Sun)$1959$699
May 13(Thu)May 23(Sun)$1959$699
May 20(Thu)May 30(Sun)$1959$699
May 27(Thu)Jun 06(Sun)$1879$629
Jun 03(Thu)Jun 13(Sun)$1879$629
Jun 10(Thu)Jun 20(Sun)$1879$629
Jun 17(Thu)Jun 27(Sun)$1879$629
Jun 24(Thu)Jul 04(Sun)$1919$629
Jul 01(Thu)Jul 11(Sun)$1919$629
Jul 08(Thu)Jul 18(Sun)$1919$629
Jul 15(Thu)Jul 25(Sun)$1919$629
Jul 22(Thu)Aug 01(Sun)$1919$629
Jul 29(Thu)Aug 08(Sun)$1919$629
Aug 05(Thu)Aug 15(Sun)$1919$629
Aug 12(Thu)Aug 22(Sun)$1919$629
Aug 19(Thu)Aug 29(Sun)$1919$629
Aug 26(Thu)Sep 05(Sun)$1949$679
Sep 02(Thu)Sep 12(Sun)$1979$709
Sep 09(Thu)Sep 19(Sun)$1979$709
Sep 16(Thu)Sep 26(Sun)$1979$709
Sep 23(Thu)Oct 03(Sun)$1979$709
Oct 07(Thu)Oct 17(Sun)$1979$709
Oct 14(Thu)Oct 24(Sun)$1979$709
Oct 21(Thu)Oct 31(Sun)$1979$709
Oct 28(Thu)Nov 07(Sun)$1819$669
Nov 04(Thu)Nov 14(Sun)$1819$669
Nov 11(Thu)Nov 21(Sun)$1809$659
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • 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
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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    4.65 Reviews
    United States
    Posted on January 20, 2019
    We were extremely pleased with our entire experience. The guides that impressed us the most were: David, Wendy and Lucy. We had another guide for a half day, a woman in her mid-30's with a young son whose name I can't remember who was very good and Tao in Chongqing. They are definitely an asset of tcg. Thank you very much for leaving us a o great memory in China.
    Jim and Dianne
    Posted on January 01, 2019
    The tour was jam packed with all the main highlights one would want to see in China. We were busy! All the guides were well informed and personable, (esp. Tina in Beijing). The small group of 13 (one child) was a perfect size and everyone got along very well. The meal at a private home was delicious with an abundance of food. The dumpling evening was also good but we were disappointed in the positioning of the tables as could only see half of the beautiful and wonderful presentation. (unfortunately we were under the impression that we couldn't move to the seats in front as they would have provided the necessary view ).The karate evening was spectacular. Meals and hotels were very good.
    We enjoyed the Yantze River cruise but didn't find the ship to be of a five star quality. The beds were very hard and the meals were not of the standard that we were expecting of a five star. It was a worthwhile experience despite.
    Selina, the internet tour guide, answered all of our questions promptly and was very efficient. She is a definite plus for the company!
    We are very pleased to have taken the tour and will entertain our friends with stories such as climbing the Great Wall and so on.
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    Karyn T
    Posted on December 15, 2018
    Information overload from the tour (female not male) guides which was Ok. Would have liked to see at least one market and had a chance to go shopping somewhere.

    The tour company gave us what was promised on the itinerary. Excellent hotels (but mostly in the financial districts away from everything.)and restaurants.
    Posted on November 16, 2018
    Mrs. Hughes and I have returned home to the states. We want to say thank you for your excellent service and the delightful guides that met us at all points. The cruise was wonderful and we were quite surprised to have a guide met us in Yichang and take us safely to the Airport. When next we have an opportunity to visit Asia we can be sure we will contact your company again.
    David McCallum
    Posted on October 15, 2018
    This China trip truely exceeded our expections due to the following factors:

    The quality of Tour Guides arranged by travelchinaguide was excellent. All Tour Guides spoke good English and could provide quality narrative about all places and attractions visited and also gave good insight into what China was like. Without exception they were totally responsive to the tour groups needs and wants. Please pass on our thanks in particular to Candy (Beijing), Ying (Xian) and Leo (Shanghai). The drivers provided were most capable and the buses provided were always clean, timely and comfortable. The standard of accommodation provided was outstanding. The quality of restaurants and meals provided was outstanding. All tastes were catered for and no one in the group was disappointed. The attention to detail demonstrated by their representatives was excellent and contributed to an excellent China tour. For example - transfer of luggage from airports to hotels "simply happened" and was ably handled by their staff. Airport checkins were completed by the representatives prior to our arrival at the airport saving considerable time and lenghty delays in queues. We simply collected our boarding passes from the representative and moved to the departure lounges.

    We commend this organisation and will recommend travelchinaguide to our friends, family and associates.
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