Yangtze in Style

A luxurious voyage of discovery, enjoy four nights aboard the luxury Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer cruise ship on the Yangtze, with the dynamic city of Shanghai and the beauty of the Li River Valley added on

tour duration 11 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Shangai (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Take a stroll on the colonial Bund
Dine on delicious Shanghainese cuisine
Take a luxury four-night Yangtze River Cruise on a Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Come face to face with the Giant Pandas in Chongqing
Take a half day Li River cruise past karst limestone scenery

Days 1-2: Fly to Shanghai
Fly overnight to the exuberant city of Saigon. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Days 1-2: Fly to Shanghai
Day 3: Discover Shanghai
Explore China’s great metropolis, visiting the Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum, taking a stroll along the colonial Bund and cruising on the Huangpu River. Enjoy a delicious local meal this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Discover Shanghai
Day 4: Fly to Yichang
Transfer to the airport and fly to Yichang. Here, embark upon the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, you Yangtze cruise vessel, which will be your home for the next four nights. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Fly to Yichang
Day 5: Three Gorges Dam
Start the morning the traditional Chinese way was a session of Tai Chi on the outdoor observation deck. Later you will visit the Three Gorges Dam. As controversial as it may be, the dam is an impressive feat of engineering, something that can be best admired from the viewpoint, which you will visit. This afternoon, sit back and prepare to admire the magnificent scenery of the first of the Three Gorges, Xiling before enjoying a Captain’s reception followed by an a la carte dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Three Gorges Dam
Day 6: Wu and Qutang Gorges
Cruise through the Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty and forest covered mountains, before heading straight into the Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic gorge of the three. Take a shore excursion along one of the beautiful tributary streams of the Yangtze – your sampan will be poled by Tujia boatmen who will provide an insight into what daily life entails for them. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Wu and Qutang Gorges
Day 7: Fengdu
Step onto dry land to visit the fascinating Fengdu, a complex of structures and status that represent Diyu, the concept of the underworld in Chinese mythology. Back on board, take part in an afternoon Chinese dumpling making class. In the evening, you will be treated to a ‘Taste of China’ dinner, complete with dancing lion performance. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Fengdu
Day 8: Disembark in Chongqing
Disembark your cruise vessel in the large river port city of Chongqing and pop to the Chongqing Panda House to visit China’s iconic bears. Transfer to the airport and fly to the beautiful city of Guilin. (B,L)
Day 8: Disembark in Chongqing
Day 9: Li River Cruise
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. This evening enjoy the enchanting light spectacular that is Impression Sanjie Liu. (B,L)
Day 9: Li River Cruise
Day 10: Yangshuo
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of jewel-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. The morning is at leisure and there are many activities available including cycling, rafting and walking, though of course you can relax in town. Return to Guilin and explore the Reed Flute Caves. (B)
Day 10: Yangshuo
Day 11: Fly Guilin to UK
Fly home to the UK, arriving home the same or the following day. (B)
Day 11: Fly Guilin to UK

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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.

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Grand Central Hotel
Grand Central Hotel - Shanghai (2 Nights)
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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.

Yangshuo Resort
Yangshuo Resort - Yangshuo,Guilin (1 Nights)
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Situated by the Yulong River, The Yangshuo Resort Hotel offers guests a place to enjoy beautiful views of nearby mountains. This Yangshuo hotel hosts spacious, river-view en-suite rooms. For recreation and relaxation, enjoy a spa or massage, take exercise at the fitness centre, or play a game of tennis. The onsite restaurants serve delicious western, local and Cantonese food.

Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Sheraton Guilin Hotel - Guilin (2 Nights)
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The luxury 5 star Sheraton Guilin Hotel, located moments from the Li River, has spacious 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 local Chinese and Western flavours. There is also a fitness centre and a luxurious spa with heated pool.

Hong Kong Glimpses

Hong Kong Glimpses

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 199pp
Hong Kong in Focus

Hong Kong in Focus

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 370pp

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 taxes
Five-nights' luxury accommodation
4N stay on the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Meals as stated
Touring with English speaking guides
All internal transfers and internal flights

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