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Tour Itinerary

A showcase of China's wonders: visit the majestic Great Wall, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors and journey down the Yangtze River and its Three Gorges on this Iconic China trip. This trip will tick all your travel boxes and then some, unlocking the journey you’ve been waiting for. From magnificent natural and man-made icons mixed with ancient culture, fascinating history and world-class cities to explore - this is China, done your way.

Countries Visited

China

Cities Visited

Beijing , Chongqing , Shanghai , Xian , Yichang

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Beijing
    Welcome to China's sprawling, high flying and innovative capital city, Beijing. With one foot in the future and the other in the past, Beijing is nothing if not unique. An impressive six UNESCO World Heritage sites and a splurge of temples make the city a historian's dream, whilst modern masterpieces like the CCTV Building and the Galaxy Soho ensure Beijing is a city taking its place as one of the front runners in contemporary design. Arriving today, you'll transfer to your hotel and meet up with your Travel Director before getting to know the rest of your travel companions over a welcome dinner this evening.Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Temple of Heaven
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Beijing Sightseeing
    Today's sightseeing tour will see you dive straight into the magic of Beijing, kicked off in the world's largest public square, Tiananmen Square. Claiming an incredible 440,000 square meters of space and flanked by Soviet style buildings, the square was the brainchild of Chairman Mao and flexes some serious Communist design ideals. Next up, you'll head over to the UNESCO listed Forbidden City, the largest palace complex in the world featuring courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens all ringed by 3.5km of scarlet colored citadel walls. Take your time exploring this impeccably preserved complex, imagining what life would have been like for the 24 emperors who ruled here during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. This afternoon enjoy some free time at leisure and perhaps explore the enchanting hútòngs or alleyways that crisscross the city. This evening you could opt to join us for the spectacular ‘Legend of Kung Fu' show. Mixing traditional martial arts with modern theater, watch as Kung Fu artists from all over China display an art form that is utterly synonymous with Chinese culture.Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Temple of Heaven
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Beijing and the Great Wall
    Widely considered a Top 10 life experience, today's the day you'll be able to tick off ‘visiting the Great Wall of China' at Juyongguan on your lifetime to-do list. China's greatest feat of engineering and one of the most famous sights in the world, the wall stretches some 21,000 km from East to West China, snaking its way like a dragon through deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus. Walking along this impressive piece of history, be sure to take in the views of the wall winding off into the distance and appreciate the sheer will and determination of the millions who helped to create this incredible fortification, the greatest relic of the Ming Dynasty.Visit a Jade factory, then enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon, and after some much needed downtime, why not see out your time in Beijing with an optional dinner, a sumptuous banquet of local specialties including Beijing Kao Ya, known as Peking Duck to the rest of the world.Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Temple of Heaven
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. Day 4
    Beijing - Xi'an
    Waking up to a free morning in Beijing, make the most of your final hours here by joining our optional trip to the UNESCO listed Temple of Heaven. A vast religious complex in the old outer city and one of the country's most important Imperial temples, this place is widely considered one of the greatest achievements of traditional Chinese architecture, with a layout that displays the belief that the earth is square and heaven round. This afternoon catch a flight to the historical city of Xi'an. Once home to emperors, warriors and the Chinese elite, Xi'an is the kind of place that keeps historians up at night, imagining what could have been. It's one of the few cities in China that's still managed to hold on to its imposing 12 meter high city walls, and is of course best known as the home of the magnificent Terracotta Army. This evening and with time to yourself, perhaps head out to explore the busy lanes of the Muslim Quarter.Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Bell Tower Xi'an
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Xi'an Sightseeing
    We hope you're prepared as today's visit to the Terracotta Army may just knock you over backwards. One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of recent times, it's incredible to think that this life size army of thousands of warriors, each with a face different to the next, was discovered completely by accident by some fortunate peasants drilling a well. Standing in battle formation and positioned according to rank, the warriors have silently guarded over the body of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, for an astounding 2000 years. You'll learn about the discovery and history of the army from your local travel guide, then take your time exploring here before heading on for a local style lunch. This evening and no doubt hungering for more Chinese history, perhaps opt to join your fellow travelers at our Tang Dynasty dinner and show. Tuck in to a delicious dumpling banquet, then enjoy the vibrant costumes, colorful dances and traditional music of this eight part show that brings to life the culture and lifestyle of the great Tang Dynasty.Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Bell Tower Xi'an
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  6. Day 6
    Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise
    Heading for the airport this morning, you'll catch a flight to the next stop on your China tour package, bound for the booming city of Chongqing. As one of the most densely populated cities on earth it's little surprise that Chongqing throbs with life and energy, but the many, many people who live here are welcoming and friendly, and the vision of the city spilling over onto both banks of the Yangtze River is a real sight to behold. Speaking of the Yangtze, catch your first glimpse of the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world as you arrive here, then after dinner get even better acquainted as you board your river cruise ship, your home for the next three nights.Accommodation: Victoria Lianna (cruise ship)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Yangtze River Cruise
    Slowly journeying down the sublimely scenic Yangtze River, otherwise known as the ‘Chang Jiang' or ‘long river', be sure to make the most of your surroundings. Sit back and relax on deck, cold drink in hand, and simply enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your first port of call today will be Shibaozhai, or ‘Precious Stone Fortress', an incredible 12 storey, 56 meter high wooden pagoda built on the top of a cliff and an impressive relic of the Xianfeng Emperor. Reaching the temple via a red pavilion masterfully built into the rock face, take your time exploring before cruising on to the shrines, temples and monasteries of Fengdu's ‘Ghost City', a two-thousand-year-old complex located on the Ming Mountain that is dedicated to all things afterlife. Explore the vividly depicted images that reflect the notion of good and evil, then head back to the ship to continue your Yangtze cruise.Accommodation: Victoria Lianna (cruise ship)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Yangtze River Cruise
    The scenery gets even more beautiful today as you cruise through the Three Gorges region. Hold your breath as you squeeze through the steep precipices of the Qutang Gorge, the river swirling and frothing beneath you, then breathe a sigh of wonder as you enter the Wu Gorge, where the famous forest covered peaks of the Wushan Mountains are guaranteed to take your breath away. No doubt keen to get a closer look, it's here you'll board a small motor boat that will take you to Goddess Stream, a place that absolutely lives up to its otherworldly name. Utterly gorgeous, the steep cliffs and deep valleys of this region create a sense of real serenity, and you'll get to soak it all up before hopping back on board to visit the final gorge, Xiling, another beautiful area of tumbling rapids, karst caves and soaring cliff edges.Accommodation: Victoria Lianna (cruise ship)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Yichang - Shanghai
    Make an early start this morning and ascend to the top deck of the Yangtze cruise ship to enjoy the views of the vast Three Gorges Dam – the largest dam in the world and a serious labor of love with a production timeline that spanned decades. After disembarkation at Maoping Port there is another great photo opportunity to get shots of the Dam before transferring to Yichang Airport to catch your flight to the stunning city of Shanghai.Accommodation: Ocean Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Shanghai Sightseeing
    Diving into all that Shanghai has to offer, this morning's sightseeing tour will start off at The Bund, the city's famous waterfront hub. Once a place of fast paced trading akin to New York's Wall Street, today The Bund is the place to be in Shanghai. All the top restaurants, hotels and shops can be found on this exclusive patch of real estate, where art deco and neoclassical buildings rub shoulders with monolithic skyscrapers. Continuing on to a Silk Factory Outlet where vibrant colors are the aim of the game, you'll then stop off at Shanghai's premium shopping destination, Nanjing Road. Stretching out over three miles and housing over 600 businesses, it won't be hard to see why shopping is serious business in Shanghai. Go wild in the stores selling high end couture and vintage finds alike, then this evening perhaps opt to join your fellow travelers on our visit to a daring acrobatics show.Accommodation: Ocean Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  11. Day 11
    Shanghai Free Day
    With a full day to explore your way and the last day of your China value tour, be sure to make the most of it! If it's culture you're after, you're in the right place; Shanghai has one of the most revered cultural scenes of any city in the world with a wealth of museums and galleries showcasing contemporary and historical treasures alike. You may choose to take our optional trip to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao with its 36 bridges built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Or if you prefer to discover the city on your own, you could head to the Old Town for a glimpse of Shanghai of old or visit Yuyuan Garden, a true delight with its shady alcoves and fish filled pools. Eating is a hugely important social activity in China and undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience the culture, so be sure to sample all the wonderful delights that cross your path on your adventures.Accommodation: Ocean Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Depart Shanghai
    With memories of ancient kingdoms, serene landscapes, tasty local delicacies and feats of engineering wizardry still fresh in your mind's eye, your incredible adventure through the vast and beautiful land of China will come to an end today. After saying goodbye to your fellow travelers and transferring on to Shanghai International Airport, you'll catch your onward flight to your next destination.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 5 Lunch (L)

Essentials

  • : Visit the Great Wall of China at Juyongguan, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • : Visit the Terracotta Warriors
  • : Visit the Bund, a Silk Factory Outlet and Nanjing Road
  • : Sail through the Three Gorges; the narrow Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge
  • : Visit the Chaoyang Tower, Confucius Temple, Double Dragon Bridge and discover some ancient water wells
  • : Visit the iconic Stone Forest
  • : Visit the Zhang Family Garden
  • : Visit the Dragon Gate and Hua Ting Temple located in the city's' Western Hills
  • : Visit the Bund, a Silk Factory Outlet and Nanjing Road

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • : 3 Night Yangtze Cruise.
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • : City orientation tours
  • : Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • : Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized
  • : Beijing to Xi'an, Xi'an to Chongqing and Yichang to Shanghai
  • : Beijing to Xi'an, Xi'an to Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai and Shanghai to Kunming

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • 3 Night Yangtze Cruise.
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • City orientation tours
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized
  • Beijing to Xi'an, Xi'an to Chongqing and Yichang to Shanghai
  • Beijing to Xi'an, Xi'an to Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai and Shanghai to Kunming

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Steve our travel director is excellent! He went above & beyond to give us a trip of a Lifetime. Very well organized and had some fun activities while on the road to make our ride time less boring. Very professional and courteous but treat everyone like Family. Very knowledgeable about geography & history of the places we were visiting. Our driver Giuseppe has a top knotch driving skills and very professional and courteous. Keeping us all safe on the road as well as helping everybody while getting off the bus. And looking out for our luggage's safety. I would definitely recommend to my friends & Family and I will book a trip with Costsaver again.

Hotels were even better than expectrd. We saw do many and wonderful attractions.

The trip itinerary was very detailed. From the booking to the end of my trip I was totally satisfied. It was my second trip, but I think I will book my future trips again. The trip director and all local guides were very knowledgeable and had great sense of humor, never boring. The optional excursions were excellent.

If people would ask me if I got my money's worth, I would reply that I got much much more than my money's worth. My trip was beyond wonderful, beyond amazing, beyond breathtaking.... Trent Plaine gave great background history of every country we visited; he took us to places morning noon and night... if there were places on the way out of a country he'd have us visit them and stop for great views. He was knowledgeable on flavors, food... the road trip was fantabulous!

The trip was well organized,the director Annarika is excellent in all aspects .our driver Marco is excellent too.They are both highly recommended in the fields they chose.In my next travel I wish I will be with them again.

Another excellent trip from start to finish. I am looking forward to my next trip already!!

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