Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

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4.5 Based on 23 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 19 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 18
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Beijing, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Visit a quieter section of The Great Wall
  • Cruise down the Yangtze River past the Three Gorges Dam
  • Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre near Chengdu
The trip Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise starts from Beijing and ends in Shanghai. It is a cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 19 days taking you through Xitang, Guilin, Wuhan and 8 other destinations in China. Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and Giant Pandas - China's iconic sights need little introduction and we visit them all on this comprehensive and varied journey. Equally inspiring are China's great scenic attractions including the breathtaking Three Gorges on the Yangtze River and the serene limestone mountains around Yangshuo. China remains one of the world's 'must-see' destinations; from ultra-modern Shanghai to the wizened faces of ancient Chinese villagers, this trip reveals a country as fascinating and beguiling as ever.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 23 reviews
Imperrial China and Yangtze River Cruise
4 - Very Good
“This was our first group holiday having previously travelled around various Asian countries on our own. The holiday exceeded our expectations and we really enjoyed the experience of modern China. The organisation was good with a great balance of varied experiences. The food was excellent too.”
Imperial China
5 - Excellent
“This trip was far better than I expected. We saw and experienced so much of the people and culture of China and it was truly an adventure.”
Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise
5 - Excellent
“The whole trip from start to finish was an experience well worth taking. Of course there were a few things which perhaps in hindsight could have been improved upon, particularly the overnight sleeper train journeys. We would have much preferred to have paid a little extra to have used the bullet train or even an extra flight wherever possible in order to have had more time to carry out sightseeing and avoid the arduous journeys. However, apart from that the holiday which was well organised by Exodus and superbly led by our tour guide, Alan Liu, (Hongbin Liu), who was absolutely brilliant. When you are on holiday, no matter who you go with, the face of the company is represented by the Tour Leader and in our instance this was Alan Liu. If we were to go back to China we would go on the understanding that the tour would again be led by Alan. He was extremely informative, funny, very well organised and knew his subject matter well. He ensured that we were at a particular venue or place at the right time so as to avoid the crowds and get the best views and this was particularly the case when we visited the Panda sanctuary at Chengdu where he timed it to perfection and we saw the Pandas at their liveliest and just before the main crowds arrived. Exodus would be so much poorer without the services of that man.”
imperial china and yangtze river cruise
5 - Excellent
“this holiday exceeded all of my expectations”
  • Day 1: Arrive Beijing
  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Beijing
  • Day 3: Visit the Great Wall
  • Day 4: Beijing; overnight train to Xi'an
  • Day 5: Morning walking tour of the Muslim quarter and mosque; free afternoon or optional cycle ride
  • Day 6: Day trip to visit the Terracotta Warriors
  • Day 7: Bullet train to Chengdu; afternoon sightseeing tour
  • Day 8: Sightseeing trip to Leshan Giant Buddha; return to Chengdu
  • Day 9: Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre; to Chongqing, board cruise boat
  • Day 10-11: Two full days cruising the Yangtze River including the Three Gorges and the dam
  • Day 12: Disembark cruise; overnight sleeper train to Liuzhou
  • Day 13: Arrive Liuzhou; transfer to Yangshuo; afternoon cookery class
  • Day 14: Explore the local countryside by bike; meal with a local family
  • Day 15: * Free day in Yangshuo, surrounded by towering limestone scenery.*
  • Day 16: To Guilin for flight to Shanghai; evening tour along the Bund
  • Day 17: Visit Xitang water town
  • Day 18: Full day in Shanghai
  • Day 19: End Shanghai
  • 13 nights comfortable hotels, 3 nights comfortable 4-star cruise boat with outward facing twin berth air-conditioned cabins, all en suite, and 2 nights 1st class sleeper train, soft-bed berths , All accommodation
  • 18 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Travel by train/overnight train, private minibus, public bus, cruise boat and 1 internal flight
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • Group normally 5 to 18, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Fast paced itinerary
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Any international flights to Beijing and from Shanghai are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 12 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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