Golden Waterway Voyage (13 days)

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

The mighty Yangtze River, which is the largest in Asia and the third largest in the world, is truly a sight to be
experienced. As a shortened version of our popular Legendary Yangtze Cruise you will not miss out on any of the
major attractions. This tour is ideal for those who want to experience the great Yangtze River but have limited time.

 

4* Value Option – save up to £440 per person on advertised price!

 

Day 1 UK to Beijing

Travel from London Heathrow airport for scheduled flight to Beijing.

(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 Beijing

Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer to 5* hotel in city centre. Later 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 a good harvest for the year. Time permitting, we will visit the Olympic Village, Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube. Conclude today with a welcome dinner in a traditional Chinese restaurant.

Meals Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 3 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. In the afternoon the tour continues to the enchanting Summer Palace – the largest imperial garden in the world. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 4 Beijing

Today we travel outside the city to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. You will be given plenty of time to explore this magnificent monument and climb to the top. Afternoon is spent visiting the Ming Tombs – 13 Ming Emperors were buried in the basin surrounded by Tiger and Dragon Mountains. This evening after a traditional Peking duck banquet, we will take a closer look into Beijing people’s night life by visiting the bar street, giving you the opportunity to experience the Chinese pub culture.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 5 Beijing to Xian

This morning you have your own leisure time before an early afternoon flight to Xian. Upon arrival, transfer to 5* hotel in the city centre. Later we visit the Ancient City Wall, originally built during the Tang Dynasty, it is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being on of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. 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
  • Dinner
Day 6 Xian

Today our tour begins with yet another highlight of the entire journey – Terracotta Warriors and Horses,built over 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang. With 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 Bell Tower – beautifully lit with red lanterns; this is the landmark of Xian. Also browse around the colourful local food market in the Muslim quarter.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 7 Xian to Chongqing

This morning we fly to Chongqing, the ‘Mountain City’. Reputed for its wonderful scenery, it is surrounded by water on 3 sides. Today we will visit the local market and old town, giving you an insight to traditional China, before we board our 5* Yangtze River Cruise ship after dinner.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 8 Yangtze River*

Early birds among us can take the opportunity to learn Taichi on the upper deck. After breakfast there will be a shore excursion to Fengdu – the ghost city (or Shibaozhai or Wanxian County, depending on the water level).

*Cruise schedule may be subject to change, depending on the water level.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 9 Yangtze River

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. Cruise staff will prepare a scrumptious farewell dinner and cabaret for us this evening.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 10 Yichang to Shanghai

After breakfast we will visit the Three Gorges Dam construction site – the largest water engineering project in history, which will create millions of migrants and generate enough power to feed the country’s fast developing economy. Noon disembark cruise at Yichang. After lunch, take a short flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival transfer to 5* hotel in city centre.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 11 Shanghai

We start our tour today 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. Later 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. We will then take a leisurely walk on the Bund – Shanghai’s famous waterfront, where you will be treated with the breathtaking skyline on both sides of Huangpu River. Finally today we visit the Shanghai Museum, which possesses a collection of over 120,000 precious works of art. This evening enjoy the famous Shanghai Acrobatic show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 12 Shanghai

Today is your last full day in China, and you have the whole day free to catch up on some last minute shopping or exploring. 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 13 Shanghai to UK

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

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
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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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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Yangtze - 5* Century Cruise or 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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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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Hong Kong - 4*+ Harbour Plaza Metropolis

4 + * Harbor 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 13 Shanghai to Hong Kong

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

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 14 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 15 Hong Kong to UK

Day time free. Late evening transfer to airport for flight home.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 16 UK arrival

Morning arrive in London Heathrow. 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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12 nights
04/11/2017
16/11/2017
£2,640 (pp)
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12 nights
17/03/2018
29/03/2018
£2,770 (pp)
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12 nights
31/03/2018
12/04/2018
£2,770 (pp)
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12 nights
14/04/2018
26/04/2018
£2,770 (pp)
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12 nights
05/05/2018
17/05/2018
£2,770 (pp)
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12 nights
19/05/2018
31/05/2018
£2,770 (pp)
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12 nights
02/06/2018
14/06/2018
£2,700 (pp)
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12 nights
05/07/2018
17/07/2018
£2,870 (pp)
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12 nights
26/07/2018
07/08/2018
£2,870 (pp)
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12 nights
02/08/2018
14/08/2018
£2,870 (pp)
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12 nights
16/08/2018
28/08/2018
£2,870 (pp)
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12 nights
01/09/2018
13/09/2018
£2,870 (pp)
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12 nights
15/09/2018
27/09/2018
£2,870 (pp)
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12 nights
06/10/2018
18/10/2018
£2,870 (pp)
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12 nights
20/10/2018
01/11/2018
£2,870 (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.
12 nights
03/11/2018
15/11/2018
£2,700 (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.

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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