Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

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4.5 Based on 27 Reviews
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  • 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
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
The tour "Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise" starts in Beijing and ends in Shanghai. It is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 19 days taking you through Wuhan, Xian, Chengdu and 8 other destinations in China. "Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise" is a guided small group tour 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 27 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 16 2019
5 - Excellent
Impressive and full of variety whilst still feeling welcoming & friendly
“This trip ticks all the boxes to immerse yourself in Chinese culture and history.”
  • Anonymous
  • On May 31 2019
5 - Excellent
Captivating China
“Superb trip with plenty to see and do. The Great Wall is amazing, the Terracotta Warriors fascinating as was the Han Yangling Mausoleum. The Shanghai Museum should really be included and not optional. The visit to the Giant Panda breeding research base was great. Plenty of exercise to work off the effects of the delicious food with walking the Wall, dancing in the park, cycling the walls at Xian and cycling through the stunning scenery of Yangshuo.”
  • Anonymous
  • On May 27 2019
5 - Excellent
imperial china and yangsie river cruise
“Peter Wong was a very good guide. He explained in detail the history of China from the early ages until the present day. I found the trip very educational. The fastness of landscapes, with high rise flats, went on forever. The train stations were enormous and larger than most airports. The motorways didn't seem to have any traffic jams because they were gigantic, and they were numerous in number. The culture was interesting, and I enjoyed the operas and dance, and there belief in Buddha. The great wall was very impressive, and I really enjoyed walking it, for me it was the highlight of the trip. The terracotta worriers were amazing, and I also was captivated by the Pandas. The overall experience was mind blowing, but I would not like to live there. I would like to mention the cooking class. Would this class be better held later in the day, as most of us were very full up so soon after breakfast. I would like to thank all of those involved with the planning and organisation of this trip.”
  • Anonymous
  • On May 04 2019
5 - Excellent
A great trip, who have interest and energy
“Kris was an excellent guide with detailed knowledge on the Nation and people of China. Answered questions with a easily to understand words. There is little rest save for travelling, trains, river cruise and Flight all went well. The trip notes mentioned long Station Platforms, this was true however due to Station location a walk of 700 to 900 meters was often required, many with large bags required help.The use of ATMs to obtain cash in Cities is available, however not in rural areas as much. Very few Business take European Cards, as cash is widely used.”
  • 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
  • All accommodation
  • 18 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • 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 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 05 February 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 05 February 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 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.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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