11-day Golden Triangle Tour with Yangtze Cruise

Tour code: ETC-B03
Destinations: Beijing > Xian > Chongqing > Shanghai
The Yangtze and Golden Triangle vacation is pleasant and comfortable. From the historically significant Beijing, to the marvelous Terracotta army in Xian, to the pleasurable ride on Yangtze and glowing skyscrapers and shops in Shanghai, you will experience the diversified landscape and liveliness in China. Combines a visit to the three gorges dam, this itinerary is very popular for travelers on their first visit to China.
Detailed Itinerary
1Arrival in Beijing (No Meal)
Arrive in Beijing. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
2Beijing (B, L)

Full day trip lead you to 3 highlight spots: Tiananmen Square comes first. It is arguably claimed as the largest public square in the world. Then visit the Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace in China for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. Later, go to the Temple of Heaven, where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God’s bless of the whole nation and it is regarded as a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design.

The solemn Forbidden City

3Beijing (B, L, D)

In the morning, drive to the Great Wall, the symbol of China and one of the great wonders in the world. Ming Tomb is followed by the plan, which is an underground palace for Ming-dynasty emperors' afterlife. Then walk on the Sacred Road. It is affiliated with the Ming Tomb and considered to be the road leading to heaven. Tasty Peking Duck Banquet is waiting for you at night.

Thirteen Imperial Tombs of Ming Dynasty

4Beijing - Xian by Flight (B, L)

Take rickshaw to Hutong, namely Beijing’s traditional alleyways, it can be regarded as a window into Beijing folk life. Then Take afternoon flight to Xian. Arrive at Xian, be met & transferred to your hotel. Evening is the free time for your own enjoyment.

Hutong rickshaw tour

5Xian - Chongqing (B, L)

Xian tour in-depth: in the morning, drive to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum-- an army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at Emperor Qin's tomb since 2200 year ago. Then drive back to downtown to visit the Bell Tower, the largest and best preserved of its kind and first built in 1384. The Wild Goose Pagoda comes next. It is one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in China and situated at the south of Xi'an City. Take a late afternoon flight to Chongqing and board a cruise ship.

Terra-Cotta Warrior Museum

6Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

On board, shore excursion to "the Ghost City" - Fengdu or Shibaozhai depending on the schedule of the cruise companies. Since 2010, some cruise companies offer optional shore excursions during your cruise, please kindly check with your travel consultant for more information.

Shibaozhai of Yangtze River

7Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Today you'll get a close look of the enchanting landscape as you board a small boat and cruise along a tributary to the Yangtze to explore the exceptionally beautiful Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream depending on the arrangement of the cruise company.

Lesser Three Gorge of Yangtze River

8Yichang - Shanghai by Flight (B, L)

Shore excursion to the amazing Three Gorge Dam: it is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW). Later, disembark at Yichang. After lunch, transfer to airport and fly to bustling Shanghai.

Three Gorges Dam on Yangtze River

9Shanghai (B, L)

Full day trip to 3 attractions: first, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, 468-meter-high in total, its 267-meter-high ball has a revolving restaurant and a scenery-viewing platform that can accommodate 1,600 people. Secondly, pay a visit to Yu Garden to appreciate its brilliant historical garden art and have a leisure stroll in it. Jade Buddha Temple comes the third one, which is the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma.

10Shanghai (B, L)
Half day tour to a nearby water town-- Zhujiajiao ancient town to see the traditional life of Yangtze Delta--unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards. Then drive back to pay a visit to the Bund, the perfect combination of modern and past, it is Shanghai's famous waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period. By the side of the Bund, Nanjing Road is regarded as the busiest shopping street in Shanghai and brings you one-stop shopping fun. 
11Shanghai Departure (B)

Transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to your next destination.

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Guide Price
prices start from us$1780 per person
As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give an exact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$1780 for the opposite itinerary.
Included Services
  • Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
  • Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
  • Accommodations with daily breakfast;
  • Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
  • Domestic flights and trains listed;
  • Admission fees.
Non-included Services
  • Visa arrangement;
  • Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
  • Personal expense;
  • Any meals not specified as "B, L or D"
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers.
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