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12 Day 5 Star Shanghai to Chongqing with Yangtze River Small Group Tour

12 Day 5 Star Shanghai to Chongqing with Yangtze River Small Group Tour

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader who will accompany you throughout the tour. If your trip includes multiple countries, you will be met by a new tour leader in each country and any internal flights included will be unescorted.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

River cruises are a relaxed, informal way to travel - there are fewer passengers on board compared to an ocean cruise, which means ample opportunity to make lifelong friends. You will pass through the world's most loved cities and towns; disembark and enjoy a shore excursion or two, or simply wander around and explore on your own. 

Cruise Style
River
Small Group Tour
3,827 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Small group tour, up to 20 guests only
✓ Incredible sightseeing including the Forbidden City, Simatai section of the Great Wall of China, the incredible Terracotta Warriors, and Yangtze River Cruise
✓ 6 nights in central 5-star accommodation throughout mainland China
✓ 1 night in a feature Inspiring Stay experience overlooking the Great Wall of China
✓ 4 nights on board the Yangtze Gold cruise
✓ Airport transfers included on the first day
✓ Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
✓ Fully guided by professional English-speaking tour guides throughout mainland China
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ High-speed rail tickets from Shanghai to Beijing to Xi'an
✓ Internal flights from Xi’an to Yichang
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking. 

🛏️ Shared room available for solo passengers. This tour offers solo passengers the option to share a room with a fellow passenger of the same gender and avoid the Single Traveller supplement.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Shanghai Equatorial Hotel or Similar

Welcome to Shanghai, the heart of China's economy.

On arrival make your way to your hotel. Your hotel check-in time is scheduled after 3:00pm, should you arrive earlier than this, your hotel is located near Nanjing Road, one of Shanghai’s most popular areas to explore.

At approximately 6:00pm, there will be a group meeting with your tour leader and the opportunity to connect with fellow group participants in the hotel lobby.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Hotel
Shanghai Equatorial Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Following breakfast this morning, you'll be taken to explore the Shanghai Museum, a grand institution dedicated to ancient Chinese art. The museum boasts eleven galleries and three exhibition halls, each with its unique treasures.

Our next destination is a leisurely walk along the Huangpu River's Bund area. This iconic waterfront locale offers captivating vistas, especially the futuristic Pudong skyline across the river.

Tonight marks your welcome dinner, a delightful group event that presents a wonderful opportunity to forge new connections.

Optional Tour - Yuyuan Garden Tour
Optional Tour - Huangpu River Cruise at Night

You have the chance to embark on a Huangpu River Cruise, an enchanting journey showcasing Shanghai's landmarks on both riverbanks. These landmarks encompass the Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, and the historical Old Harbor commercial centre.

Hotel
Beijing Sunworld Dynasty Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today, you will board a high-speed bullet train bound for Beijing, the capital of China. A huge technological achievement, China now has close to 3,000 bullet trains connecting over 500 cities with some trains reaching speeds of 350 km/h. The journey takes approximately 6 hours, traversing a portion of the country's expanse.

On arrival in Beijing you will be transferred to your hotel. Our Beijing accommodation is located in the heart of the city in the vibrant Wangfujing district, walking distance to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. 

Optional Tour - Peking Duck Dinner

Enjoy one of the capital’s finest duck restaurants for a delectable meal of roasted Peking Duck, a popular menu item for the past 600 years and a staple of the royal court. 

Hotel
Beijing Sunworld Dynasty Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you'll embark on a journey to explore Beijing's revered imperial treasures. Begin your adventure at the remarkable Tiananmen Square, a sprawling and majestic public plaza that ranks among the world's largest. From there, proceed to the awe-inspiring Forbidden City. Enter the imposing walls of this historical marvel, formerly under the dominion of the Ming Dynasty. Engage in an exclusive tour through its expansive array of courtyards and winding passages.

Following lunch, your next stop will be the Lama Temple. Here, you'll encounter captivating influences of Tibetan culture within the heart of Beijing city.

Optional Tour - Summer Palace Tour

The Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), in northwest Beijing, is said to be the best-preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in China. It is only a short drive of 15 km (10 miles) from central Beijing, but it seems like another world. The Summer Palace was listed as World Heritage in 1998. UNESCO reported that the Summer Palace is "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design".

Hotel
Guesthouse in Gubei Water Town or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

This morning after breakfast, pack your luggage as our destination today is the Simatai section of the Great Wall.

Our Inspiring Stay tonight will be in Gubei Water Town. Regarded as 'Wuzhen in Beijing', Gubei Water Town boasts a combination of mountains, water and ancient villages. The town is characterised by the northern architectural style, and the history and culture of the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Tonight we will stay in a traditional guest house at the foot of the Great Wall. 

This particular segment of the Great Wall is conserved in its authentic form where you can still feel the true historical atmosphere. Upon reaching the base of the Simatai Great Wall, take some time to explore the renowned Gubei Water Town, an extraordinary gem not commonly found in northern China. We then venture to the Wall itself! Step foot on this incredible structure and imagine yourself manning the fortifications as it winds its way along the ridge line.

Tonight you'll be treated to a magnificent sight as the Great Wall is lit up at night. 

Hotel
Xi’an Grand Park Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Following breakfast, you will be transported to Beijing West Train Station, where you'll board your second bullet train of the trip, this time bound for Xi'an.
Upon reaching Xi'an, you'll be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Tonight, join your guide for an engaging walking tour, strolling through the enchanting streets to reach the vibrant Muslim Food Street. This is a popular locale where locals gather for their evening meals, providing you with an authentic taste of the city's culinary culture.

Hotel
Xi’an Grand Park Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, you will be transferred to enjoy the magnificence of the famous Terracotta Warriors, about 1.5 hours’ drive away from downtown Xi’an. Originally four armies were planned, one at each point of the compass, life-size and lifelike. Three have been found and it is assumed the emperor's successors decided enough was enough before the fourth was begun.

The first pit excavated had an estimated 6,000 figures in its one army. The third pit has been opened to the public, which contains the 'command squad' for the entire operation. This is one of China's great tourist attractions, and some people may find the sheer number of visitors rather overpowering.

Enjoy lunch with a local farmer before being transferred back to Xi’an. 

Optional Tour - Xi'an City Wall Tour

Xi'an City Wall, also known as the Fortifications of Xi'an, is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.

Hotel
Yangtze Gold 6 or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Xi’an Airport to fly to Yichang, the gateway of the Yangtze.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the dock to embark on a Yangtze River cruise. The ship stays overnight in port tonight before setting sail tomorrow. Once on board you will have the rest of the day to yourself to explore the ship.

Hotel
Yangtze Gold 6 or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will follow the itinerary of the cruise ship. Take an included excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, which is a hydroelectric river dam that spans the Yangtze River in Sandouping, Yichang. It is the largest hydro-electric power station in the world. The total electric generating capacity of the dam will reach 22,500 megawatts per day (enough to power 22,500,000 North American homes).

Note: additional optional activities are provided by the ship - further details of these will be provided by the ship while onboard and can be booked with the ship's concierge. These include:

  • Three Gorges Tribe (approximately CNY 290pp)
  • The Quyuan Hometown (approximately CNY 220pp)
  • Three Gorges Ship Lift (approximately CNY 290pp)

Hotel
Yangtze Gold 6 or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, take an included excursion to the Shennv Stream. Positioned to the south of Wu Gorge, approximately 20 kilometres from Wushan County, lies the captivating Shennv Stream. Shennv Stream boasts almost 10 kilometres of untouched, primordial gorges. The cruise ship will dock at Wushan Pier, then you will transfer to small wooden boats to cruise up Shennv Stream.

Note: additional optional activities are provided by the ship - further details of these will be provided by the ship while onboard and can be booked with the ships concierge. These include:

  • The Mini Three Gorges (approximately CNY 150pp)
  • White Emperor City (approximately CNY 290pp)

Hotel
Yangtze Gold 6 or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an included excursion to the well-known Fengdu Ghost City for an exploration of the special and mythical ghost culture in China. A popular stop, Fengdu "Ghost City" used to be a burial area with scores of temples and shrines and a small ancient town. During the Tang Dynasty, people started to say that the king of hell lived there. It became one of the famous Taoist burial grounds in China. There is a temple complex on the summit and below. It contains some construction or carvings dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

Note: additional optional activities are provided by the ship - further details of these will be provided by the ship while onboard and can be booked with the ship's concierge. These include:

  • The Shibao Pagoda (approximately CNY 220pp) 

Meals
Breakfast

Today marks the end of your Yangtze River Cruise, and your time with us in China. We hope that you enjoyed your trip!

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Small group tour, up to 20 guests only
  • Incredible sightseeing including the Forbidden City, Simatai section of the Great Wall of China, the incredible Terracotta Warriors, on cruise shore excursions
  • 6 nights in central 5-star accommodation throughout mainland China
  • 1 night in a feature Inspiring Stay experience overlooking the Great Wall
  • 4 nights on board the Yangtze Gold cruise
  • Airport transfers included on the first day
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 5 dinners 
  • Fully guided by professional English-speaking tour guides throughout mainland China
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
  • High speed rail tickets from Shanghai to Beijing to Xi'an
  • Internal flights from Xi’an to Yichang 
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

  • Shanghai - Explore the Shanghai Museum with some 120,000 objects, considered one of the finest collections of art in China
  • Shanghai - Walk the iconic Bund, a protected historical district in central Shanghai
  • Beijing - Discover the Forbidden City with its expansive array of courtyards and winding passages
  • Beijing - Enter the Lama Temple, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist temple in Beijing
  • Gubei - Stay overnight in Gubei, an ancient water city with historic canals. Built at the foot of the Simatai Great Wall.
  • Xi’an - Enjoy witnessing the magnificence of the famous Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi’an - Strolling through the enchanting streets to reach the vibrant Muslim Food Street
  • Yangtze - Cruise the mighty Yangtze River for 4 nights
  • Yangtze - Take an included excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, which is a hydroelectric river dam that spans the Yangtze River
  • Yangtze - Travel by small boat up Shennv Stream. Shennv Stream boasts almost 10 kilometers of untouched, primordial gorges
  • Yangtze - Travel to Fengdu Ghost City for an exploration of the special and mythical ghost culture in China.

Inspiring Sights

  • You may choose to include 1 optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package (options listed under 'Optional Tours').

Inspiring Stays

  • Stay at the foot of the Great Wall of China at the imposing Simatai section in the town of Gubei. Overnight in a comfortable local guesthouse and experience the ancient water city interlaced with canals as it was during the Qing Dynasty.

The 5-star (locally rated) Yangtze Gold 6 began her maiden voyage in June 2012. With her grand lobby leading to the beautiful ballroom, elegant restaurant, and top furnishings, the ship boasts the same comforts and amenities you would expect from a 5-star hotel. The Yangtze Gold 6 features spacious cabins with private balconies, from where you can enjoy the outstanding views, as well as en suite facilities.

  • Sun Deck with lounge chairs
  • Multi-functional lounge
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • 800 sq.m Pedestrian Street
  • Spacious dining room
  • Spa and massage facilities
  • Fitness centre
  • KTV
  • Souvenir shops
  • Spacious dining room
  • Well stocked library
  • Non-smoking interior
  • English-speaking staff & guides
  • Laundry service
  • 3 lifts

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $399.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $797.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, CLICK HERE.

A Visa is required to travel to China. For further information and to apply for your visa, please visit the China Online Visa Application website by clicking here.

Fitness Requirements
3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast-paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometers per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travelers will be presented with three options:

Single Supplement
By paying an additional $1,417.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

Shared Room with a known friend
If traveling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such as adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), making separate payments, and having individual access to our Traveller Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Shared Room with a fellow traveler
On this trip you can opt to share a room with a fellow traveler of the same gender – as specified in your passport - and avoid paying a single supplement.
If you believe you may prevent your traveling companion from enjoying a peaceful night’s rest, please refrain from selecting this option.
You will meet your rooming companion at the beginning of your trip. 
Changes to room configuration during the trip must be organized by travelers directly with the hotel, subject to availability and additional charges.
This option is not available on additional accommodation booked before or after the tour.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 20

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package, different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveler has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Peking Duck Dinner (Day 3) - $44 per person
    Summer Palace Tour (Day 4) - $34 per person
    Xi'an City Wall Tour (Day 7) - $34 per person
    Yuyuan Garden Tour (Day 2) - $54 per person
    Huangpu River Cruise at Night (Day 2) - $39 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

 

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $191.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $191.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • International airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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