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China: Beijing, Yangtze River Cruise & Shanghai

15 days |  18 days with Hong Kong extension
Group size1535 travelers
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terracotta army
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Experience China and all of its contrasts.

China’s sheer size is impossible to fathom until you walk across the expanse of Tiananmen Square or gaze at the seemingly endless Great Wall. Take a leisurely cruise down the Yangtze River and ride the world’s fastest train. Discover this magnificent country, from pristine landscapes and towering cityscapes to ancient sites and modern marvels.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 4 nights aboard Yangtze River Cruise
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 11 lunches
  • 5 dinners, select meals with beer
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Included highlights

  • Forbidden City
  • the Great Wall
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Summer Palace
  • Yangtze River cruise
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Beijing today.

Beijing4 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Beijing

Welcome to China! Settle in to your hotel this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Beijing
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch

Delve into more than 2,000 years of Beijing’s history with a local guide.

  • Stroll across the expanse of Tiananmen Square
  • Wander through the Imperial Palace, also referred to as “The Forbidden City”
  • Walk through Meridian Gate and see the Palace of Heavenly Purity, where the Ming dynasty emperors lived
  • Admire the Imperial Garden’s traditional design features
  • Exit through the Gate of Divine Prowess

Later, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a family-style welcome lunch.

Day 4: The Great Wall
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head outside of Beijing to marvel at one of the world’s most impressive structures: the Great Wall.

  • Stop at a Jade Factory on the way to watch a demonstration of how the gemstone is carved to create impressive sculptures
  • Tour the Great Wall at the Juyong Pass
  • Enjoy free time to explore the many ramparts and towers, admiring panoramic views as you go
  • Sit down for an included family-style lunch before traveling back to Beijing

Please note: The Juyong Pass cannot be reached by cable car or elevator. Walking is required to reach this less crowded, more scenic section of the Great Wall.

Enjoy a free evening in Beijing or add an excursion.

Kung Fu Show

From $55 per person

Day 5: Tai Chi lesson, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Discover Beijing’s modern and ancient traditions on today’s tour.

  • Participate in a Tai Chi lesson alongside locals in Temple of Heaven Park
  • Discover the health benefits of this traditional form of exercise, which combines easy, flowing arm and leg movements
  • Enter the Temple of Heaven for a guided tour
  • Walk down the Long Corridor to enter the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests
  • Learn about the history of the Ming Dynasty at the Imperial Vault of Heaven
  • Watch a demonstration and enjoy free time to shop at a pearl factory
  • Sit down for an included family-style lunch
  • Wander through the vast Summer Palace and see its Long Corridor and Marble Boat
  • Cruise along Kunming Lake to soak in local scenery
  • Stop at Beijing’s Olympic Park, home of the 2008 Summer Games, where you’ll view the intriguing stadium known as the Bird’s Nest

Spend a free evening in Beijing or add an excursion.

Peking Duck Dinner & Qianmen Street

From $45 per person

Yangtze River Cruise4 nights
Day 6: Flight to Yichang & cruise embarkation
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend a free morning in Beijing or add an excursion.

Enjoy an included family-style lunch in Beijing. Then, fly to Yichang and embark on a cruise of the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia. Sit down for a light family-style dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Hutong Rickshaw Ride & Family Visit

From $65 per person

Day 7: Three Gorges Dam
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Step on shore at the man-made Three Gorges Dam, where a guide will explain its interesting history.

  • Learn about the history, construction, and lasting impact of the dam
  • Spend the afternoon at Xiling Gorge, the first and largest of the Three Gorges
  • Choose to learn about the native tribes that have inhabited the gorges on a shore excursion to a recreated village
  • Enjoy an included buffet lunch aboard the ship

Please note: All shore excursions are available for an additional cost and are booked through the river cruise boat.

Sit down for an included family-style dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Day 8: Lesser Three Gorges
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drift along the Daning River and Shennong Stream, passing the mysterious ancient hanging coffins.

  • Board a wooden boat called a sampan to explore the river’s tributaries
  • Enjoy an included buffet lunch aboard the ship
  • Cruise to Qutang Gorge and gaze upon the Meng Liang Staircase

Choose to book a shore excursion to the White Emperor City, or enjoy a free afternoon aboard the boat.

Please note: All shore excursions are available for an additional cost and are booked through the river cruise boat.

Sit down for an included family-style dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Day 9: Mount Shuanggui
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, choose from the ship’s shore excursions to visit Fengdu, known as the Ghost City, or the Xiao Guan Shan Folk Culture park, an ancient town with a theme of the Three Kingdoms Culture.

  • See the red, wooden pagoda that's perched on the side of the hill
  • Discover why the pagoda is called the Pearl of the Yangtze
  • Enjoy an included buffet lunch aboard the ship

Later, visit the Mount Shuanggui, known for it’s picturesque scenery within it’s national forest park and has been a favorite destination for literature lovers and artists for centuries.

Please note: All shore excursions are available for an additional cost and are booked through the river cruise boat.

Sit down for an included family-style dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Xi'an2 nights
Day 10: Cruise disembarkation, Chongqing & flight to Xi’an
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Disembark in Chongqing and get to know the city with a local guide.

  • Pay a visit to Chongqing Zoo, home to some of China’s famous pandas
  • Stop in People's Square to view the Great Hall of the People
  • Try Sichuan cuisine during an included lunch

Transfer to the airport and board your flight to Xi’an.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Xi’an & Terracotta Army
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a panoramic tour of Xi’an, one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China  and the starting point of the Silk Road.

  • Pass the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower, which marks what was once the center of the city
  • See the 14th-century city walls, watchtowers, and ramparts that were built by the Ming Dynasty

Head outside of the city this afternoon to visit one of the country’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Terracotta Army.

  • Visit a local workshop to learn how the clay statues were made
  • See some of the 8,000 life-size pottery soldiers that represent the expansive army of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang
  • Enjoy an included family-style lunch
  • See Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum
  • Visit the Exhibition Hall to see two sets of bronze chariots and horses that were excavated from the archaeological site in 1980

Spend a free evening in Xi’an or add an excursion.

Tang Dynasty Evening

From $79 per person

Shanghai3 nights
Day 12: Flight to Shanghai & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Fly to Shanghai this morning. Then, ride the Shanghai Maglev Train—a magnetic levitation train that’s distinguished as the fastest train in the world—on your way to your hotel. Later, get to know the local culture during today's activities.

  • Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Stroll through the Yuyuan Garden, the “Garden of Happiness”
  • Enjoy free time to shop at the Yuyuan Bazaar before taking part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony
  • Walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s historic waterfront promenade
Day 13: Jade Buddha Temple & Dumpling demonstration
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting

Meet up with a local guide to learn about Shanghai’s culture on today’s tour.

  • Enter the Jade Buddha Temple to see the white jade statues of sitting Buddha and reclining Buddha
  • Visit a silk factory to learn how the fabric is produced
  • Visit a local restaurant for a demonstration on how to make Chinese dumplings
  • Enjoy an included lunch

Spend a free evening in Shanghai or add an excursion.

Acrobatic Show

From $45 per person

Day 14: Free day in Shanghai
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Spend the day exploring Shanghai at your leisure or add an excursion.

This evening, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner.

Zhujiajiao Water Village & Lunch

From $85 per person

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or fly to Hong Kong to continue your trip.

Extension to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a place of complexity and contrast, where skyscrapers of glass and steel mingle with views of green mountains and tranquil bays. Fly to the city to uncover its ancient culture on a guided tour, and then look to your Tour Director for more expert suggestions.
Hong Kong3 nights
Day 15: Flight to Hong Kong
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, fly to Hong Kong, a former British colony known for its striking skyline and range of global influences, and enjoy a free day in the city.

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Hong Kong
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Uncover Hong Kong on a guided tour.

• Take a bus ride up to Victoria Peak and enjoy panoramic views of the city’s world-famous skyline

• Visit Aberdeen Fishing Village and enjoy an included family-style lunch

• Pass Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay on your way to visit Stanley Market

Later, enjoy a free evening in Hong Kong or add an excursion.

Hong Kong by Night

From $149 per person

Day 17: Free day in Hong Kong
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Hong Kong or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

New Lantau Island Tour

From $149 per person

Flight Home
Day 18: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5
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    10/10/19 by 2nd-time traveler Thomas

    too much chinese food at every meal with exception of breakfast tour guide in china very good tour guide in hong kong excellent the local tour guide in hong kong needed a microphone could not hear him even if standing next to him some restaurants would not pass health inspections if in america...

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    Loved all the places we toured. The local guides gave good information re: culture and history
    10/10/19 by 1st-time traveler Judy

    I expected more from the tour director, Xin .Many times so many of us on tour felt not secure. I’m glad I did this tour and so many said the secure issues are not typical of Go Ahead. I am confident from their remarks I would travel in the future with Go Ahead.

    09/19/19 by 16th-time traveler Lynda

    Loved everything about this trip. Our Tour Director was exceptional and the local guides were all very good. The Chinese people we came in contact with were all very nice and helpful. The country is beautiful and the food is delicious. I would highly recommend this trip and would love to go back...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel
    Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel

    This modern hotel is located in the city center at Wangfujingjing. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a spa. Nearby, you’ll find the Forbid...

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    President 8
    President 8

    This comfortable river cruise boat is your home during your journey on the Yangtze River. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, spa, and shopping.

    Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel Xian
    Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel Xian

    This comfortable hotel is located in the Lianhu District of Xi'an. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and room service. Nearby, you'll find Lin...

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    Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi
    Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi

    This comfortable hotel is located in the Jiangning Road Residential District. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and restaurant. Nearby, you'll...

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    Royal Plaza Hong Kong
    Royal Plaza Hong Kong

    This polished hotel is located in the heart of Kowloon neighborhood. Guests enjoy multiple restaurant options, a heated outdoor pool, and a fitness ce...

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    Flights

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    Local weather

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    Xian, China
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