Legendary Yangtze Cruise (18 days)

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flag Shanghai - Suzhou - Yichang - Yangtze River (cruise) - Chengdu - Guilin - Yangshuo - Xian - Beijing
What's included?
+ included - not included
  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Experience the wonders of historical and modern China, and take a luxury cruise along the mighty Yangtze. This great value holiday has been voted the most popular for two years running. No other tour company offers you the chance to learn Chinese cooking, ride a bicycle and experience the Chinese pub culture in one complete package!

 

4* Value Option – save up to £480 per person on advertised price!

 

Day 1 UK to Shanghai

Depart from London Heathrow airport for international scheduled flight to Shanghai.

(We can also arrange flights from other UK airports without any additional cost; upgrade to premium economy class or business class available on request)

Day 2 Shanghai

Arrive at Shanghai Pudong Airport and transfer to 5* hotel in the city centre and rest. Later in the afternoon we visit the Old Town and the enchanting Yuyuan Garden, a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Tonight after dinner your tour manager will take you for a leisurely walk on the Bund – Shanghai’s famous waterfront, where you will be treated with the breathtaking skyline on both sides of the Huangpu River.

Meals Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 3 Shanghai / Suzhou

This morning we travel by coach to Suzhou – China’s garden city, known as the ‘Oriental Venice’, renowned for its canals, arched stone bridges and silk products. We will visit two of its most popular gardens – Humble Administrator’s Garden and Garden of the Master of the Nets, classical Chinese gardens surrounded by different types of buildings around streams and ponds. Later we visit the city’s famous Silk Museum and Panmen Gate, the oldest city gate in existence in Suzhou city consisting of water and land gates. We return to Shanghai in the evening.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 4 Shanghai to Yichang

We start the tour today with a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, originally built in 1882 to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. In the afternoon we take a flight to Yichang. Upon arrival, transfer to 5* Yangtze Cruise for late evening departure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 5 Yangtze River

Our cruise* starts today with a visit to the Three Gorges Dam construction site. We sail through the Three Gorges Shiplocks and Xiling Gorge. *Cruise schedule may be subject to change, depending on the water level.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 6 Yangtze River

Our cruise today takes an excursion to the beautiful Daning River through its lesser Three Gorges, or a small boat trip to the Shennong Stream – drift along the crystal clear water and be dazzled by the strength and bravery of boat-trackers. You will pass through Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 7 Yangtze River

Today we have a shore excursion to Shibaozhai (Precious Stone Stronghold) – first built during the Qing Dynasty in 1650. Depending on water levels, the shore excursion may visit Wanzhou (Wanxian) instead.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 8 Chongqing to Chengdu to Guilin

This morning we disembark the ship at Chongqing and transfer by train to Chengdu. Upon arrival we visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, one of the most important centres in China for the captive conservation of giant pandas and a highlight of any visit to Chengdu. After a sizzling Sichuan style dinner, transfer to airport for evening departure flight to Guilin, one of the most picturesque cities in China.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 9 Guilin

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Guilin. Afternoon visit the Reed Flute Cave, which got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, from which people make flutes. We then continue our tour to Fubo Hill(also known as Wave-Subduing Hill). A tale has it that Ma Yuan who was called General Fubo from the Han Dynasty had once passed by Guilin on a southern expedition. After dinner this evening, Emperor Tours will treat you to a refreshing traditional Chinese foot massage – a truly sensual experience!

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 10 Guilin to Yangshuo

Today we take a boat cruise along the beautiful and scenic Li River to Yangshuo – a small town near Guilin which boasts of stunning landscapes. After lunch on the boat, we will check into hotel and then you will have time to browse around Yangshuo’s lively local market. After dinner we will see cormorant fishing by local fishermen.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 11 Yangshuo

This morning we will explore the beautiful surrounding area on bicycle, first visiting Moon Hill and then the Big Banyan Tree. The afternoon is time to take a well deserved rest! A Chinese Cooking Lesson will be arranged for those who are interested, where you will have the opportunity to learn how to cook authentic Chinese dishes.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 12 Guilin to Xian

This morning we fly to Xian, the ancient capital of China. Upon arrival transfer to hotel in city centre. Later your tour manager will take you to visit the Ancient City Walls, originally built during the Tang Dynasty, it is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. Continue to the Bell Tower – beautifully lit with red lanterns, this is the landmark of Xian. We will also have time to browse around the colourful local food market in the Muslim quarter. Our final destination today is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda – known as the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex, the Temple was initially built in 589, during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Tonight enjoy a spectacular Tang Dynasty dinner show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 13 Xian

Today our tour begins with another highlight of the entire journey – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built over 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of emperor Qinshihuang. Over 7,000 life-size figures unearthed since 1974, this is truly one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. In the afternoon we continue to visit the Huaqing Hot Spring, a must for every visitor to Xian. For centuries emperors came here to bathe and enjoy the scenic beauty, and it has been a favourite spa since the Tang Dynasty. 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 14 Xian to Beijing

This morning we transfer to Xian airport for short flight to Beijing. Upon arrival we will visit the Temple of Heaven – built in 1420, it was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the God of Heaven and prayed for good harvest for the year. We then continue with a rickshaw tour around old Beijing’s Hutong (alleyways) area – visit a typical Beijing family in a courtyard house.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 15 Beijing

Today we travel outside the city to the Great Wall. You will be given plenty of time to explore this magnificent monument and climb to the top. In the afternoon we visit the enchanting and mysterious Ming Tombs – the burial site for 13 Ming emperors! This evening after dinner we will take a closer look into Beijing people’s night life by visiting the trendy Shichahai bar street – experience the Chinese pub culture.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 16 Beijing

Start our tour this morning with a visit to Tiananmen Square – the largest public square in the world. Walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (late Chairman Mao’s huge portrait hanging over the gate), we enter the magnificent Forbidden City – which served as imperial palaces for 24 emperors since 15th century. This massive palace compound never fails to impress. In the afternoon the tour continues to the enchanting Summer Palace – the largest imperial garden in the world, where late Qing emperors and empresses stayed between May and October, seeking escape from the pollution inside the city. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. Tonight enjoy an Acrobatic Show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 17 Beijing

Day time free to explore or relax. For those who are interested, your guide will take you to visit the Silk Market for some last minute shopping. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a famous Peking duck restaurant.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 18 Beijing to UK

Today transfer to airport for flight home. End of itinerary.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Shanghai - 5* Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai

5* Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai

Situated along Huai Hai Road in the heart of Shanghai, the Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai retains the vestiges of the French Club, which was built in the City’s French Concession in 1926, and to this day preserves its beautiful Art Deco atmosphere. Delight in the exquisite harmony of a stylish European atmosphere and traditional Chinese culture, then step out into the expansive 28,000 metre squared garden for a stroll or a chat in the refreshing breeze.

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Shanghai 4* Value Option - Greenland Jiulong Hotel

4* Greenland Jiulong Hotel

Greenland Jiulong hotel is located in the famous Shanghai north bund area, by a Green international hotel management group management of four-star luxury hotel. The main building of the hotel has 25 stories, where you can overlook the beauty of both sides of Huangpu river and Shanghai Oriental Pearl’s Tower in our luxury view rooms.

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Yangtze - 5* Century Cruise or 5* Victoria Cruise

5* Century Cruise

The only fleet with all ships built after 2003, with a Grand Atrium Lobby in every cruiser, private balconies in all cabins and with the largest standard cabins of any Yangtze fleet. Century Cruise also offer five star service, with European hospitality experts providing personal management on every ship and international five star quality all-cotton linen and bathroom products.

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Yangtze 4* Value Option - Victoria Cruise

Victoria Cruise

Victoria’s ships are specially designed to navigate the Yangtze River, and are all officially rated five stars by the China National Tourism Administration (its highest rating). Enjoy all the comfort and elegance of river cruising: attentive and professional staff, delicious onboard meals and spectacular scenery from every stateroom and public area.

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Guilin - 5* Guilin Grand Bravo Hotel

5* Guilin Grand Bravo Hotel

Tranquilly set amongst the mountains and Peach blooming River, 20-minutes-drive from the international airport, the Grand Bravo Guilin greets you with the most breathtaking scenery in Guilin.

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Guilin 4* Value Option - Bravo Hotel

4* Bravo Hotel

The Guilin Bravo Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn Guilin) is only 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre and night market. Each room features individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, in-room safe, hairdryer, scale, TV with free in-house movies and satellite channels, free Internet access, international direct-dial phone and mini bar.

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Yangshuo - Mountain Retreat or Dragon River Retreat

Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, a riverside gem among Yangshuo hotels. The Retreat was originally conceived as a simple ecolodge where expat friends could escape from the chaos of polluted mega-cities.

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Yangshuo 4* Value Option - Mountain Retreat or Dragon River Retreat

Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, a riverside gem among Yangshuo hotels. The Retreat was originally conceived as a simple ecolodge where expat friends could escape from the chaos of polluted mega-cities.

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Xian - 5* Grand Noble Hotel

5* Grand Noble Hotel

Grand Noble Hotel Xi’an is a luxurious property, managed by Grand Noble Hotels & Resorts. The hotel offering comprehensive facilities and services for leisure and business stays. It is conveniently located in the commercial center, shopping and entertainment area of downtown Xi’an, neighboring several popular tourist attractions. Bell Tower and Forest of Stone Steles Museum is 10 minutes-walk away.

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Xian 4* Value Option - Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

4* Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

Located next to the city wall, the friendly staff at this location can make any stay in Xian effortless and memorable. With 480 rooms, Xian Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel can accommodate a large amount of people, and they usually do because of their popularity and reputation for excellence.

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Beijing - 5* Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel

5* Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel

Feel the pulse of the city from your central location on Wangfujing Steet, a short walk from Beijing’s international banking and shopping districts. Stroll 15 minutes to the mighty Forbidden City, Beijing’s vast, imperial network of wooden temples and palaces, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Beijing 4* Value Option - Sunworld Hotel

4* Sunworld Hotel

Sunworld Hotel Beijing is located in the “Golden” center of downtown Beijing at the corner of Wangfujing and Dengshikou streets. The new design of our distinguished hotel reveals a beautiful blend of modern simplicity and traditional elegance with great hospitality.

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Hong Kong - 4+* Harbour Plaza Metropolis

4+* Harbour Plaza Metropolis

Harbour Plaza Metropolis is situated in the heart of Kowloon, overlooking the spectacular world-famous Victoria Harbour. Conveniently located near the MTR Hung Hom Station, it is just minutes away from Kowloon’s renowned Tsim Sha Tsui shopping districts.

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Hong Kong

Day 18 Beijing to Hong Kong

This morning transfer to airport for flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Rest of day free at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 19 Hong Kong

Half day Hong Kong tour to the Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village, etc. Rest of day free.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 20 Hong Kong to UK

Day time free to either relax or explore the amazing east west culture of Hong Kong. Late evening transfer to airport for travel home.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 21 London Heathrow

Morning arrival in London. End of itinerary.

* Extra nights in Hong Kong available upon request; please ask for details.

Tour Price includes:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • Daily supply of bottled water;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Price excludes:

  • China visa;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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17 nights
04/06/2017
21/06/2017
£3,290 (pp)
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17 nights
07/07/2017
24/07/2017
£3,440 (pp)
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All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
28/07/2017
14/08/2017
£3,440 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
04/08/2017
21/08/2017
£3,440 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
11/08/2017
28/08/2017
£3,440 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
03/09/2017
20/09/2017
£3,390 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
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17 nights
17/09/2017
04/10/2017
£3,390 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
08/10/2017
25/10/2017
£3,390 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
22/10/2017
08/11/2017
£3,390 (pp)
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All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
05/11/2017
22/11/2017
£3,290 (pp)
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All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
18/03/2018
04/04/2018
£3,360 (pp)
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17 nights
01/04/2018
18/04/2018
£3,410 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
15/04/2018
02/05/2018
£3,410 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
06/05/2018
23/05/2018
£3,410 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
20/05/2018
06/06/2018
£3,410 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
03/06/2018
20/06/2018
£3,360 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
06/07/2018
23/07/2018
£3,510 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
27/07/2018
13/08/2018
£3,510 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
03/08/2018
20/08/2018
£3,510 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
10/08/2018
27/08/2018
£3,510 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
02/09/2018
19/09/2018
£3,460 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
16/09/2018
03/10/2018
£3,460 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
07/10/2018
24/10/2018
£3,460 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
21/10/2018
07/11/2018
£3,460 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
17 nights
04/11/2018
21/11/2018
£3,360 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.

We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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