Grand Yangtze Private Tour


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.

tour duration 18 Days from
tour price 3,945pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Shanghai (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (8N) - Chengdu (1N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Admire the magnificent colonial architecture of the Bund in Shanghai
Visit the former capital of Nanjing and the characterful city of Wuhan
Marvel at the immense size of the Three Gorges Dam
Visit the lovable Giant Pandas, China’s most famous residents
Come face to face with Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Warriors
Explore the imperial delights of Beijing

Days 1-2 Fly to Shanghai
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.
Days 1-2 Fly to Shanghai
Day 3 Explore Shanghai
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.
Day 3 Explore Shanghai
Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise
Board your Yangtze cruise ship to begin an eight night cruise to Chongqing.
Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise
Day 5 Nanjing
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.
Day 5 Nanjing
Day 6 Mt Jiuha
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.
Day 7 Wuhan
Take a shore excursion to the characterful city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, and home to Hubei Provincial Museum.
Day 7 Wuhan
Day 8 Cruising the Yangtze
Spend the day soaking up the sights and sounds of the river as we cruise up the Yangtze.
Day 8 Cruising the Yangtze
Day 9 Three Gorges Dam
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!
Day 9 Three Gorges Dam
Day 10 Qutang and Wu Gorges
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.
Day 10 Qutang and Wu Gorges
Day 11 Fengdu Ghost City
Explore the captivating temples of Fengdu and come face to face with statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill. Alternatively, visit Shibaozhai Temple.
Day 11 Fengdu Ghost City
Day 12 Drive to Chengdu
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.
Day 12 Drive to Chengdu
Day 13 Pandas
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.
Day 13 Pandas
Day 14 Terracotta Warriors
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.
Day 14 Terracotta Warriors
Day 15 Explore Xian, fly to Beijing
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.
Day 15 Explore Xian, fly to Beijing
Day 16 Imperial Beijing
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.
Day 16 Imperial Beijing
Day 17 Great Wall of China
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.
Day 17 Great Wall of China
Day 18 Fly Beijing to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 18 Fly Beijing to UK

Also Available

Group Departures for this tour

If you'd prefer to travel as part of a group and you are more flexible about the dates when you are available to travel, this tour is also available as a group tour. You'll have the opportunity to share your travel experiences with new people and we often find that customers make lifelong friends on our tours. Your tour will be led by one of our experienced National Escorts who will guide you through your tour every step of the way.

See our group departure itinerary of this tour

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,860pp (Shanghai - Beijing)
Single supplement from £990pp (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$128
Comfortable Paced tour

A visa is required by all nationalities. A visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Calls may cost £1 per minute to the UK, plus a 10% service charge, but will vary by location. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. Many websites, including most Google Products, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China and therefore inaccessible. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.

Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. However, it is not always clear who it is appropriate to tip and how much. Furthermore, travellers may not have the right amounts of cash available at the right time. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. The amount is designed to be at a reasonable level for travellers while being fair to the local people and includes a gratuity for the national escort. If you are travelling in a smaller group with local guides only, then tipping is paid in each destination.  To be fair to the guides we ask for slightly higher amounts per traveller with small groups. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre or post tour arrangements, you should allow 65 RMB per person per day for the guides and 35 RMB per person per day for the drivers.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
 
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
 
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
 
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
 
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
 
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
 
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
 
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
 
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation and Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Excludes tipping

Why Book This Tour?

This private tour is ideal for those with a reasonable amount of time and who wish to explore the main sights and cities of China. This tour is most importantly though suited for those who wish to take a longer cruise on the Yangtze River. This tour has an eight night Yangtze River cruise.

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