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Grand Tour of China


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Discover the very best of China

Discover the highlights of China on this all-encompassing tour. Start in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, then sail on Asia's longest river before travelling into the dramatic landscapes of Guilin. Salute the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an, climb the Great Wall in Beijing, dine in local restaurants and more.


Hands shakingIncluded travel insurance

Bed10 nights in hotels, 4 aboard your ship and 1 in flight

Dinner plate36 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 9 dinners

PersonSaga tour manager


  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Cruise along the Li River
  • City sightseeing in Shanghai
  • Trip to the Three Gorges Dam
  • Cruise along the Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream
  • Shuanggui Mountain
  • City tour of Chongqing
  • Tour of the Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Guided excursion around Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Visit to the Great Wall and Summer Palace in Beijing

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

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Day 1 UK-Shanghai


After taking your included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Shanghai.

Day 2 Shanghai


Arrive at China's largest city for a two night stay at the 4-star Jin Jiang Hotel (4Q). D

Day 3 Shanghai


As well as strolling along the historic waterfront of The Bund, today's included tour will take you through the peaceful Yu Garden and along bustling Nanjing Road.

Later, there's the chance to see an optional acrobatic show. B, L, D

Day 4 Shanghai-Yichang

Three Gorges

Fly inland to Yichang on an early flight (two hours and 30 minutes), there will be a sightseeing tour of the city.

Afterwards, transfer by coach and board your cruise ship Victoria Anna (4⚓) for your four-night cruise. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. B, L

Yichang China Asia

Day 5 Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges

Visit the striking Three Gorges Dam. B, L, D

Day 6 Goddess Stream

Goddess Stream

Embark a smaller boat for a diversion down this tributary of the Yangtze and admire the beautiful river-gorge landscape.

River conditions might mean this excursion sails along Shennong Stream. B, L, D

Day 7 Shuanggui Mountain

Mount Shuanggui, facing the Yangtze River, is well-known as a national forest park characterised by its picturesque scenery and cliff brush writings of calligraphists from Song dynasty to modern society. You’ll have opportunity to see traditional Chinese handcrafts such as paper cutting and handmade wheat straw painting, and to taste local snacks. B L D

Chongqing China Asia

Day 8 Chongqing-Guilin


Cruise past sweeping farmland as your ship reaches Chongqing.

After you disembark, an included excursion takes you Chongqing Zoo (subject to cruise timings). Established in the 1950s the zoo functions as both a zoo and a reserve. In addition to housing endangered species including the South China Tiger, it operates a breeding programme for giant pandas. Look forward to seeing these endearing and fascinating animals during your visit.

Afterwards, travel by bullet train to Guilin (five hours), where you'll stay three nights the 4-star Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (4Q). B L

Day 9 Guilin

Cable car at Yaoshan Mountain

Visit Yaoshan, one of the largest mountains that surrounds Guilin city.

Look forward to taking the chairlift up the mountain and enjoying panoramic views of the city. Afterwards, visit the Sea Pearl Museum where you can learn about and see South Sea Pearls. Perhaps take an optional evening cruise excursion along the Four Lakes around the city. B, L, D

Day 10 Li River Cruise

Li River near Guilin

Look forward to a relaxing cruise along the Li River today, sailing past surreal jagged limestone peaks, traditional villages and bamboo groves to Yangshuo, where you'll have some time at leisure to wander amid the shops and restaurants of West Street and have your picture taken with a genuine cormorant fisherman. B, L

Day 11 Guilin-Xi'an

Aerial view of Xi'an

Transfer to the airport and fly to Xi'an (two hours), where you stay two nights at the 4-star Golden Flower Hotel (4Q). B, L

Day 12 Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors

This morning you'll visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652AD to store the scriptures brought back from India, but the highlight of your day is sure to be the Terracotta Army, where you'll see a staggering 8,000 life-size warriors on display.

Later, perhaps enjoy an optional Tang Dynasty Show. B, L, D

Terracotta warriors China Asia

Day 13 Xi'an-Beijing


See part of Xi'an's Old City Wall that date back to the 14th-century Ming Dynasty before travelling to the airport for your flight to Beijing (two hours) and a final three-night stay at the 4-star Beijing New Century Hotel (4Q).

This evening there will be a traditional Peking duck dinner at a local restaurant. B, L, D

Day 14 Beijing

Tiananmen Square

Today's half-day included tour begins in Tian'anmen Square and leads you into the vast Forbidden City, former home to the imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Later, for a real flavour of Beijing, perhaps take an optional rickshaw ride to the Hutongs. B, L

Forbidden City Beijing China Asia Tian’anmen Square

Day 15 Beijing

Great Wall

No trip to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall, so your final included tour takes you here as well as to the 18th-century Summer Palace and a jade carving workshop. B, L, D

Day 16 Beijing-UK


Fly back to the UK for your included door-to-door travel service home. B

Acrobatic show

See a variety of Chinese acrobatic skills including plate-spinning, foot juggling and contortionists who can bend their bodies into angles that are hard to imagine!

Enjoy an acrobatic show
Shanghai China Asia
  • Optional on 15 nights itinerary

Four Lakes by night

Treat yourself to a magical night cruise taking in four lakes around the city, vistas of the city by night, pagodas and more.

Enjoy an evening cruise around Guilin
Guilin Guangxi China Asia
  • Optional on 15 nights itinerary

Tang Dynasty show

The Tang Dynasty Show is a dramatic live performance that incorporates traditional musical instruments and songs. The Chang’an music and dance featured in the show originated in China over 1,000 years ago in the Tang Dynasty.

  • Optional on 15 nights itinerary

The Hutongs by rickshaw

This historic area of Beijing is famous for its narrow streets, ancient bridges, houses and distinctive architecture. You'll visit the area in a cycle-rickshaw, which takes two passengers. You'll have the chance to meet local families and walk along the Hutong.

Two hours
Explore by rickshaw
Beijing China Asia
  • Optional on 15 nights itinerary

Chinese authorities now require fingerprints on visas so we can no longer supply them. If you are aged 70 or below you will need to have your fingerprints taken and pay for the visa, (currently £151) at the Chinese visa application centre in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. We will send you the application pack approximately 8 weeks before departure, with clear instructions of what you need to do, and how we can continue to help. We will be refunding you the £151 visa fee to reflect this change.

Excursions are subject to availability and change. The shore excursions arranged during your cruise vary depending on water levels and the river condition. The visit in Chongqing city is dependent on the departure time of your train to Guilin.

Grand Tour of China