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Three Gorges Discovery

14 days fr £2,005pp

Beijing • Xian • Chengdu • Yangtse Cruise • Shanghai

TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Classic fr £2,005pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/03/2021 - 31/03/2021
Also included:
  • 10 nights BB hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights cruise accommodation
  • 10 lunches, 5 dinners
  • All flights as specified per itinerary
  • All train travel as specified per itinerary
  • Transport in AC vehicles
  • Entrance fees and English speaking tour guide.
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Visas
Overview
On this superb 14 day Three Gorges Discovery tour you not only enjoy a cruise along the mighty Yangtse River you also see lots of the other highlights of this magical country. Beginning in the capital city Beijing and ending in Shanghai, you experience something new every day. Travelling by road, rail, ship and plane, you will visit the stunning Great Wall, walk around Tiananmen Square and into the Forbidden City, see the incredible Terracotta Warriors at Xian and even the famous giant pandas at Ghendgu.
Day 1
Arrive Beijing
On arrival at Beijing International Airport you will be met by one of our experienced tour representatives and taken to your city hotel. Relax and settle in before attending an introductory talk in the hotel where you can meet other members of your group and learn about all the marvellous things you will be seeing and doing over the next 14 days. The rest of the evening is free for you to go out and explore on your own and get a feel for China's capital city.
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Day 2
Beijing
Begin your exploration of this impressive capital city. Walk through vast Tiananmen Square and pass through the beautiful Gate of Heavenly Peace to enter the splendid Forbidden City. Then head into one of Beijing’s few remaining ‘hutongs’ or traditional lanes in the backstreets, stopping at a family home for lunch before hopping on rickshaws for more close-up glimpses of local life. Take a short stroll to the city’s famous Drum Tower and this evening explore the Wangfujing night markets.
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Day 3
Beijing
This morning travel to Mutianyu, 56 miles north-east of Beijing, to visit the country's most famous attraction - the Great Wall of China, which was built more than 2,000 years ago and extends 3,107 miles from the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Take the cable car up to the Wall from where you can walk or climb sections admiring the panoramic views and reflecting on the enormity of the material and labour required for its construction. Back in town tonight, you can feast on Beijing’s famous roast duck.
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Day 4
Beijing to Xian
Visit the Summer Palace to discover the temples and pavilions. As you wander through the grounds, see local people exercising and practising Tai Chi. In the afternoon, take the high-speed train to Xian. Visit the 14th century city walls which stand 12 metres above the city
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Day 5
Xian
Discover Xian’s highlights on a full day tour. Drive to the Army of Terracotta Warriors and see the life-sized warriors which are unique both in facial features and expression. Return to Xian and see the Small Wild Goose Pagoda before visiting the Xian Museum. Gain insights at the Great Mosque with its fusion of Islamic and Chinese architecture before wandering through the Muslim Quarter to enjoy its lively street markets and fascinating local foods
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Day 6
Xian to Chengdu
Travel by high-speed train from Xian to Chengdu. On arrival, visit People’s Park to observe the relaxed local Chengdu tea house lifestyle before spending the evening at leisure
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Day 7
Chengdu
Rise early this morning to visit the Giant Panda Research and Breeding Base, just a short drive out of Chengdu and one of the highlights of this region. The base is a fascinating place to observe the pandas and you can see the younger ones at play which is always a source of much entertainment. You may be lucky enough to see newborn pandas who are usually kept in incubators. For lunch, sample a Wenshuyuan Buddhist meal before visiting Wenshu Temple, the best preserved Tang Dynasty Buddhist Temple in Chengdu. Enjoy free time to walk around the surrounding colourful market streets and in the evening, you have the option to see a Sichuan opera face-changing performance.
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Day 8
Chengdu to Yangtse Cruise
After a leisurely start to the day, transfer to Chengdu railway station for a journey by high-speed train to Chongqing, on the banks of the mighty Yangtze River. On arrival, you might like to try a traditional hotpot meal before making your way to the river port to board the boat for your cruise through some of the Yangtze River's most spectacular landscapes. Your cruise departs Chongqing at approximately 9pm this evening, so plenty of time to relax on board or explore the port area before you set sail.
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Day 9
Yangtse River Cruise
Leave the industrial surrounds of Chongqing behind and pass small towns whose existence is tied to the waters of the Yangtze. Your first stop is Shibaozhai. Meaning precious stone fortress, this impressive structure is built against a steep hill on the banks of the Yangtze River. Rising to a height of more than 12 stories, every floor of this architectural gem is dedicated to famous generals of the Three Kingdoms period, local scholars and renowned Chinese poets. This evening enjoy a buffet dinner on board.
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Day 10
Yangtse River Cruise
Rise early to admire the magnificent river landscapes as your boat passes through the towering cliffs and mountains of the first and second gorges, Qutang and Wu Gorge. Then take an excursion to Shennv Xi and travel on a small craft for about 12 miles to see its narrow gorges. Surrounded by beautiful peaks, many protected species live here. Return to the ship and enter the third of the main gorges, Xiling Gorge. Tonight join the Captain's Banquet as the ship sails through the mighty five level lock to moor downstream.
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Day 11
Yangtze River to Yichang
Take an early morning excursion to the site of the Three Gorges Dam Project before returning to the ship and continue cruising to Yichang, where the cruise ends. After an included lunch spend a free afternoon in Yichang
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Day 12
Yichang to Shanghai
Take a morning flight to Shanghai before embarking on a full day tour discovering the secrets of Shanghai, from the modern buildings of Pudong and the China Art Palace to the colonial French Concession. Venture through the backstreets to experience the local Shanghai lifestyle before meandering through Yu Yuan in the Old Town area. In the evening, enjoy a performance by world famous Chinese acrobats
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Day 13
Shanghai
Take the high-speed train to the World Heritage Listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou where you will visit two outstanding gardens. The Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest in Suzhou and the Master of Nets Garden is known as one of the finest in China. Stop at the Suzhou Museum before returning to Shanghai to enjoy a farewell group dinner
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Day 14
Depart Shanghai
Today your wonderful 14 day Three Gorges Tour around China comes to an end. You can opt to stay on in Shanghai for a few more days and see more of the sights, take an onward flight and experience another part of this fascinating country, or begin your journey back home, taking with you so many great memories that will live with you forever, having had so many wonderful experiences.
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