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Following a course carved from the landscape over millions of years, the Yangtze runs through a wealth of spectacular scenery. From dramatic gorges and pastoral panoramas to man-made wonders and imperial cities, enjoy it all at a relaxed pace on board your cruise ship.
Our Grand Yangtze Private Tour itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading guides whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to the exuberant city of Shanghai, called ‘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 peaceful Yu Gardens; the atmospheric alleys of the old town; and the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund before enjoying the 1920s architectural styling of the Xintiandi area. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.
Board your Yangtze cruise ship to begin an eight night cruise to Chongqing.
Half day excursion to historical Nanjing, China’s capital under six dynasties. Visit the mausoleum of Dr Sun Yat Sen, set majestically on the slopes of Mount Zijin, and the memorial to Nanjing’s Second World War victims.
One of the four scared mountains of Chinese Buddhism, Mt Jiuhua is a beautiful and tranquil place dotted with age-old temples, waterfalls and pine trees. Follow one of many winding paths to find the most scenic spots.
Take a shore excursion to the characterful city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, and home to Hubei Provincial Museum.
Spend the day soaking up the sights and sounds of the river as we cruise up the Yangtze.
Sailing through the Gezhou Dam close to Yichang, we begin the approach to the Three Gorges Dam. There will be time to visit the viewing area to truly appreciate the scale of this hydroelectric project. Continuing upstream, passing through the Xiling Gorge, our boat must negotiate the five-tiered Three Gorges Dam ship lock!
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as the ship passes through Qutang and Wu gorges. Switching to smaller vessels take a relaxing trip into the attractive gorges of the Shennong Streams.
Explore the captivating temples of Fengdu and come face to face with statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill. Alternatively, visit Shibaozhai Temple.
Disembark and visit the ancient district of Ciqikou for a tasty lunch before transfering by road to Chengdu. This evening, there will be a delicious Sichuan meal to enjoy.
A visit to Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre allows you to see, and learn about, China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital where, this evening, there will be a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
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 these life sized warriors. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and choose your own warrior to take home. Take an afternoon stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.
A relaxed morning includes time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing, China’s capital city.
Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square 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. Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, before a Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best wayto appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. In the afternoon savour 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.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
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