Spirit of the Yangtze
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Cruise the mighty Yangtze River on a 6 night voyage of discovery after enjoying some of China's most renowned and awe-inspiring sights. This itinerary blends majestic nature, cultural heritage and modern wonders
Our Spirit of the Yangtze 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, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Beijing. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel. (D)
Begin the day like many locals with gentle exercise, as you partake in a private Tai Chi lesson with a master in the Temple of Heaven park. Cross vast Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City - a monument to a dynastic past, the palace served as the home of emperors for 500 years. Your visit includes entrance to the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering gallery showcasing the everyday trappings of royal life. Dine on Peking Duck at the excellent Quanjude restaurant and enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show. (B,L,D)
From the Gobi Desert to the Bohai Sea the Great Wall stretches thousands of miles. Visit the beautiful Mutianyu section, stopping for a glass of champagne whilst admiring the views of the Wall as it snakes over craggy peaks. Take a rickshaw ride through Beijing's hutongs and stop for a lesson in calligraphy with a learned scholar. Enjoy a free evening at lively Houhai Lake. (B,L)
Fly to Xian. Walk on the 14th century walls for an excellent overview of the city for an excellent overview of the city. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening, watch a colourful and sometimes humorous Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)
Fortuitously found by local farmers, the Terracotta Warriors are one of the worlds most famous archaeological discoveries. View the enigmatic ranks in the company of an archaeologist who works at the site and who will put their story into context. Next meet the discoverer of the Warriors - learn about the moment they were uncovered by talking to one of the farmers who stumbled upon them in 1974. On the way back to Xian, visit the workshop of the craftsmen who create miniature Terracotta Warriors. Study with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these cultural delicacies. In Xian the preparation of these bite-sized morsels has been perfected into an art form with their delicate wrappers crafted to represent their filling. Tonight there is an option for a city night tour that includes the dazzling fountain display in front of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B,L)
Explore the fascinating Hanyangling Mausoleum, burial place of Emperor Jing and Empress Wang of the Western Han Dynasty. Fly to Chengdu. Tonight enjoy the quintessential Sichuan hot pot dining experience before puzzling over a national secret at the Sichuan Opera - the face-changing art of Bian Lian. (B,L,D)
Visit Chengdu's Panda Centre where an expert will talk to you about the centre's work and the pandas themselves as you observe these peaceful bears. Visit the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum, then transfer to Chongqing and visit Ciqikou, a historic district full of traditional architecture - spend a free evening here exploring. (B,L)
Board your cruise vessel and begin to enjoy your private balcony and VIP package. The Yangtze has long played a pivotal role in the history, culture and economy of China, and this voyage is the perfect way to illustrate its importance. The first stop will be Fengdu, a complex of structures and statues that represent Diyu, the concept of the underworld in Chinese mythology. (B,L,D)
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through Wu and Qutang gorges before cruising along the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to further explore. Back on the boat, expand your knowledge on the dam project with a presentation by the ships river guide. (B,L,D)
This massive feat of engineering saw the century-old dreams of Chinese luminaries come to fruition. Created to harness the power of the Yangtze, it is difficult to not be awestruck as you stand on the viewing platform. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam exhibition centre. (B,L,D)
Take a shore excursion to the city of Wuhan and the Hubei Provincial Museum. (B,L,D)
Delight in beautiful mountain panoramas on an excursion to Jiuhuashan. (B,L,D)
Visit historical Nanjing and the mausoleum of Dr Sun Yat Sen, the 'Father of the Nation'. Enjoy a farewell banquet on the boat. (B,L,D)
Disembark in Shanghai. Visit the antiquities of the Shanghai Museum and this evening, savour the vast number of dining options and the mid-19th shikumen architecture of the lively Xintiandi district (B,L)
Explore the atmospheric alleys and waterways of ancient Zhujiajiao, a typical Chinese water town, before returning to Shanghai. Take a trip on the super-fast Maglev train. This afternoon is free with the option to take part in a cooking class. (B)
Walk in the Yu Gardens, admire the collections of the Shanghai Museum and wander along the colonial Bund. Sample mouthwatering shanghainese cuisine at Meiyuancun for your evening meal and toast the end of the tour with a cocktail at the Cloud 9 Sky Lounge, named one of ‘The World’s Great Gathering Places’ by Newsweek. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. On arrival you will be transported home by chauffeured transfer. (B)
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
Within steps of the vibrant Pedestrian Zone of Wangfujing, the Regent Building offers a grand choice in sophisticated, centrally..... located accommodation. This luxurious hotel provides meticulously designed rooms with a King Size bed and 42" plasma screen TV. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Serenity Spa.Read more
The luxury 5 star Shangri-La Hotel Xian has spacious, marble en-suite rooms which include a large flat screen satellite..... television, free Wifi, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurants serve Chinese, Thai and Western flavours, and the bar serves hot and cold drinks. There is also a fitness centre and a luxurious spa with heated pool.Read more
The artistic 5 star Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu has spacious, marble en-suite rooms which include a large flat screen satellite..... television, free Wifi, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurants serve Sichuan and Western flavours, with views of the Jinjiang River to enhance your dining experience. There is also a fitness centre and a luxurious spa with heated pool.Read more
Located close to Nanping walking street, Le Meridien Hotel offers spacious and elegant rooms equipped with a flat screen..... satellite television, an iPod dock, a safety deposit box and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an indoor pool, a spa and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisines in the four onsite restaurants. Read more
The luxury Shanghai Grand Central is located next to the Bund and Nanjing Road: perfect for exploring Shanghai. It offers 353..... en-suite rooms equipped with Wifi, air conditioning, safety deposit box, tea making facilities and a minibar. There are two onsite restaurants featuring authentic French cuisine and contemporary Cantonese delicacies.Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044. Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. SMS and call rates can be expensive: we recommend that you contact your mobile supplier for more details. Some of our hotels have WIFI in the rooms and some will only have it in the lobby. There may be additional charges. Many websites, including Google, Facebook and Twitter are banned and inaccessible in China. 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. 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. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel. We indicate 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. 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.
The cost of meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consist of small dishes of local cuisine which are placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ for everyone to share. 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. If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend where to eat. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. 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).
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and the UKâ€™s leading Asia tour operator â€“ our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you to Asia soon!
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