Majestic Yangtze – an escorted tour

From£2990 Per Person
Highlights
  • Enjoy vibrant Shanghai
  • Take a four-night cruise along the Yangtze River
  • Get up close to the Giant Pandas
  • Experience the spectacular Terracotta Warriors
  • Explore the Great Wall of China
  • Details
  • Itinerary
  • Review
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Majestic Yangtze – an escorted tour

 

 

Majestic Yangtze- an escorted tour by Wendy WuThe Majestic Yangtze escorted tour takes you to the dramatic Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze river cruise, combined with getting up close to the Giant Pandas and all the wonders of bustling Beijing, ancient Xian and stylish Shanghai.

 

 

 

 

See the classic sights in the company of expert guides so you can really understand the history and culture of the destination. On our classic tours we take care of everything, leaving you to sit back and enjoy the experience to the full. The tours are fully inclusive with all meals and a comprehensive touring programme.

 

Majestic Yangtze- an escorted tour by Wendy Wu                  Majestic Yangtze- an escorted tour by Wendy Wu

 

All our tours feature a physical rating to help you select the right holiday for you. To travel on any of our tours requires unaided mobility and the ability to stroll around the sights.

‘Majestic Yangtze’ is rated as a physical level 1 tour. A reasonable level of fitness is required but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

▪ There will be sightseeing on foot for both short and extended periods of time

▪ On the Great Wall of China in Beijing some of the walking will be at an incline

▪ On the Yangtze River Cruise and the day trips arranged from it you will be required to get on and off the boats without assistance

Of course, our National Escort and local guides will always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance; however, they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the itinerary.

 

Price Includes

  • Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges 
  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transportation and transfers
  • English speaking National Escort (if your group is 10 or more passengers) and Local Guides
  • Visa fees for UK passport holders
  • Specialist advice from our experienced travel consultants
  • Comprehensive travel guides
  • Safe and secure with ABTA, ATOL and IATA

 

Price based on 04 November departure.

Itinerary

Majestic Yangtze - an escorted tour
Majestic Yangtze - an escorted tour
Welcome to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of the East'. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th Century temples. Today's explorations include the classical Yu Garden, a stop in the old town and learning about the age-old silk production process at the Silk Factory. Later admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund and view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. Tonight, sample some traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
Take the morning to see the sights of the ultramodern Pudong area of the city with its sci-fi skyscrapers. Later, fly to Wuhan and continue by coach to Yichang where you will board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases a massive feat of engineering. But as you cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days, take a side trip to the attractive Shennong or Goddess Stream and enjoy a shore excursion to Shibaozhai or Fengdu.
Disembarking the cruise vessel in Chongqing, explore old Ciqikou, a district known for its porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ciqikou's narrow streets are perfect for a morning stroll to admire the historical, traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu and enjoy a delicious Sichuanese meal for dinner with the option of a performance of Sichuan Opera, famous for its 'face-changing'.
Begin this morning with a visit to Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre, which allows you to see and learn about China's celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve's breeding programme. Later, take a bullet train to the former imperial capital of Xian. This evening a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing awaits.
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors and horses. Also visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Later, take a stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th Century city walls that enclose Xian's old town, then join the optional tour to see Xian lit up at night.
Today, visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and walk through the lively atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing, China's capital city.
Head to Tiananmen Square, Beijing's symbolic heart, and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Also soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven and end the day watching a Chinese acrobatic show.
This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. In the afternoon, visit the Jade Factory then enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. This evening, savour Beijing's best-known delicacy – Peking duck.

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