9 Days Beijing Shanghai Essence Tour with Yangtze Cruise

9 Days Beijing Shanghai Essence Tour with Yangtze Cruise

Price per person only $1443

  1. This price is based on a group (2 to 5 travelers) accommodated in 3-star hotel in shoulder seasons.
  2. This price is subject to change according your group members and traveling time. Usually lower price with more travelers, higher price in high seasons, and lower in low seasons.

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Tour Length:
9 Days
Departure Date:
Available Everyday
Private tour guide & driver + Private car/van
A perfect private tour to explore the top 3 tourist destinations of China: Beijing, Shanghai and Yangtze River. Beijing, as the capital city of China, has so much to offer visitors, home to many imperial wonders and awe grandeur and scale, such as Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great Wall, etc. Shanghai, this amazing metropolis is a historically and culturally rich city with plenty of tourism resources and no visitor to Shanghai has ever been disappointed. The Yangtze River is known as the cradle of Chinese culture and in many ways is the life blood of China. We combine the three to bring you an unforgettable experience.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Welcome to Beijing! After arrival in Beijing, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel by tour guide and driver. Free for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )

Today you will be picked up by your personal tour guide or driver and then you will visit the world's largest city plaza – the "Tiananmen Square". Then walk to the marvelous "Egg", the National Center for the Performing Arts. You can take some pictures from its outsides. Later, we head towards to the most famous Imperial Palace, the Forbidden City.

After lunch and a little bit rest, we head to the Temple of Heaven, one of China's most photographed attractions, where the Chinese Emperors were known, worshipped the gods and prayed for good harvests.

After this visit, you'll be transferred to your hotel and have a good rest.

a bird eye view of Temple of Heaven

Day 3 Beijing ( B, L)

Chairman Mao said: "He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man". So after breakfast, head to the Badaling Great Wall, the most visited one among all the Great Wall sections, famous for its magnificence.

After a hiking, have lunch at local restaurant. After lunch and a little bit rest, we return from the Badaling Great Wall and move on to the Chang Tomb of the Ming Tombs and its Sacred Way. Afterwards, visit the Sacred Way; on the way back to your hotel, you might make a stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to take some photos of the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube from the outside.

After a long day trip, you'll be treated with a free foot massage arranged by tourbeijing.com.

Badaling Autumn

Day 4 Flight to Chongqing from Beijing ( B,L )

Today will be free for you to explore Beijing on your own. Later in the day, you'll be escorted to the airport and take flight to Chongqing.

After arriving in Chongqing city, be met and transferred to the Chongqing downtown. Your tour guide and driver will take you to the Chongqing zoo to see the Giant Panda, and then visit the Ciqikou Old Town, if time permits. 

Then, you'll be transferred to the Cruise pier, and board the ship from 17:00 to 20:00. Your lifetime Yangtze River Cruise starts in Chongqing at around 22:00. (note: the departing time changes based on the cruise ships, season, water level, weather, etc.)

Chongqing Zoo

Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise ( B, L, D )

Shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City to check why it has been regarded as the "City of Ghosts".

Taichi Activity on Board

Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise ( B, L, D )

Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges by smaller vessels.

The Lesser Three Gorges, like a shinning pearl hiddden in remote mountains, are much smaller, narrower and have some dramatic scenery to offer. That is the most splendid river adventure throughout China for you.

Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Shennong Stream. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Qutang Gorge

Day 7 Flight to Shanghai from Yichang ( B,L )

Today's highlight is your morning excursion to the under constructed Three Gorges Dam. Be prepared for your check-out procedure and the ship will arrive in Yichang at about 11:30. Our guide will expect you on board and visit the Yichang Museum if time permits. After lunch at a local famous restaurant, drive to the Yichang airport and take a flight to Shanghai.

Arrival in Shanghai, transferred to the hotel, and the rest of the day is free.

Wu Gorge

Day 8 Shanghai ( B, L, D )

Today you will first visit the magnificent Yu Garden. Right out of the Yu Garden, you can observe local people's life at the Yuyuan Market (Yu Garden Market). Proceed to the Temple of Jade Buddha. Take a shopping bummel in the famed Nanjing Road and then down to the Bund alongside the Huangpu River to explore the modern aspect of Shanghai. Drive to the Pudong New Area to enjoy a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Jinmao Tower.

Yu Garden1

Day 9 Shanghai Departure ( B )

Today will be free for you to explore this metropolis on your own. Later in the day, you'll be escorted to the airport to your next destination or return home.

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Price Inclusions:

  1. Domestic economy class flight tickets from Beijing to Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai with taxes and fees;
  2. Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in the itinerary;
  3. 3 Nights cruise accommodations based on twin sharing standard cabin;
  4. 6 Nights hotel accommodations in total in Beijing and Shanghai : twin-based room with breakfasts as indicated;
  5. Meals indicated in the itinerary;
  6. Private English-speaking tour guide;
  7. Private transfer service with experienced driver;
  8. Arrangements: charges of planning, handling, operation and communication.

Price Exclusions:

  1. International flights in/out China;
  2. China Visa Service;
  3. Service that is not mentioned above;
  4. Tips & gratitude to drivers and guides;
  5. Personal expenses.
  6. Travel Insurance

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