Duration: 14 Days
Ancient wonders. Modern cities. Timeless traditions. Like a classic Chinese dumpling, this tour of China is filled with flavour, zest, and delectable elements of surprise. From the hutongs of Beijing to the longtangs of Shanghai, you’ll savour every Far East experience you’ve ever craved, including a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s narrow alleyways, a walk along the Great Wall, and a 3-night cruise through the magnificent Three Gorges of the winding, wondrous Yangtze, Asia’s longest river. This truly hands-on holiday will teach you the bold strokes of Chinese calligraphy, the calming practice of tai chi, and the delicate art of making traditional dim sum, the dumpling whose name means “to touch the heart.” Expect additional flutters when you enter the Forbidden City, stand before Xi’an’s Terracotta Army, and observe the daily habits of the native panda at Chengdu’s Giant Panda Research Base.
Please note: Itinerary is based on 2022, and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in August 2022.
Welcome to Beijing! Hotel check-in available mid-afternoon.
BEIJING Guided sightseeing includes Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City. Free time this afternoon. Welcome dinner this evening features [LF] Peking duck. (B,L,D)
BEIJING Guided sightseeing to the Great Wall of China. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B,L)
BEIJING Visit to the Temple of Heaven. [LF] Rickshaw ride through the hutongs (narrow streets) and meet a local family. Fly to Xi'an. (B)
XI'AN Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes visits to the Terracotta Warriors and Dayan Pagoda. Noodle-making demonstration with lunch. "Tang Dynasty" dinner show. (B,L,D)
XI'AN Chinese calligraphy class. Visit to the City Wall South Gate. Bullet-train service from Xi'an to Chengdu. (B)
CHENGDU Visit to the [LF] Giant Panda Research Base. Bullet-train service from Chengdu to Chongqing.
CHONGQING Yangtze River cruise embarkation. (B,L,D)
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Shore excursion to Jade Emperor Scenic Area. Free time on board your ship this afternoon. Captain's welcome dinner with entertainment this evening. (B,L,D)
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Free time this morning or tai chi session on sun deck. Scenic passage through Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges. Small-boat excursion on Goddess Stream. (B,L,D)
THREE GORGES DAM Visit the dam site. Drive to Yichang.
YICHANG Lunch at a local restaurant. Fly to Hangzhou.
HANGZHOU Free time this afternoon and evening. (B,L)
HANGZHOU Full-day sightseeing includes Lingyin Temple and Fei Lai Feng. Walking tour includes Hefang Street. Scenic cruise on West Lake (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). (B,L)
HANGZHOU Drive to Shanghai.
SHANGHAI Guided sightseeing includes a walk along the Bund and visits to Yu Yuan Gardens and a silk museum. Lunch includes traditional [LF] xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) in a local restaurant. (B,L)
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Shanghai by attending an acrobatic performance. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with My Account. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app
SHANGHAI Visit the Shanghai Museum. Guided walking tour includes the French Concession area, art deco Cathay Theatre, Xintiandi, and Fuxing Park. Free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)