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Cruise and Panda by Rail

Small Group Tour

Cruise and Panda by Rail

Iconic China with first-class rail travel

Unforgettable experiences with China’s most iconic animal, the Giant Panda, as well as a relaxing cruise meandering along the Yangtze River, combine on this 15 day tour. With the addition of time in the illustrious capital, Beijing and the historic city of Xian, as well as vibrant
Shanghai with the convenience of the efficient bullet trains between destinations make for a holiday of a lifetime.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • BeijingTemple of Heaven china

    Beijing, China

    Beijing is the capital city of China and is the nation’s political and cultural centre.

    3 Days

  • Ancient City Wall xian china

    Xian, China

    Xian, the eastern starting point of the Silk Road, capital of Shaanxi province and one of China’s ...

    2 Days

  • panda eating chengdu china

    Chengdu, China

    Chengdu, home to the Giant Panda, is the capital of Sichuan province

    2 Days

  • 3 Gorges yangtze china

    The Yangtze River, China

    Winding about 3,964 miles, the Yangtze River is the largest in China and the third largest in the wo...

    3 Days

  • pudong skyline shanghai china

    Shanghai, China

    A vibrant financial city where tradition meets innovation

    2 Days

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

Cruise and Panda by Rail

15 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Beijing

Take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Beijing, or we can arrange departures from your local airport.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, your guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel, where you should check-in for a three night stay. The afternoon is free at leisure to relax or explore the surrounding area, and in the evening your guide will escort you to dinner, to meet your fellow travellers.

  • Meals included: Dinner
DAY 3 Beijing City Tour

The Beijing City Tour starts after breakfast, and visits the Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvests, and is a tranquil oasis in a bustling city. Then it’s on to Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square, and the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day is the Hutongs, a network of alleys and traditional dwellings, still inhabited today.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 Great Wall

Following breakfast, visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a less-busy post along the wall offering breathtaking views. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, architectural marvels built for the 2008 Olympics. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional treat and a culinary must.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 Beijing to Xian

A trip to the Summer Palace, an impressive collection of lakes, gardens, and imperial buildings, followed by a relaxing boat ride on stunning Kunming Lake, get the day off to a great start. After lunch, catch your bullet train to Xian, and check-in for a two night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Train
DAY 6 Terracotta Warriors

Xian is home to the Terracotta Warriors, which is today’s main attraction. A stunning collection of 10,000 life size statues made over 2,000 years ago, and only discovered in 1974, are amazing to see. This will be followed, in the afternoon, by a visit to Xian’s ancient city wall, which is best explored by bike or on foot. This evening, try a tasty dumpling dinner while enjoying a Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 Xian To Chengdu

After breakfast, admire some of the many treasures in the Shaanxi Museum before moving on to the UNESCO-listed Small Wild Goose Pagoda, and the bustling Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the station to take a bullet train to Chengdu and a two night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Train
DAY 8 Chengdu

Day at leisure to explore Chengdu. Perhaps explore the old town, or relax in the People’s Park watching the locals play mahjong or practising Tai Chi.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 9 Giant Pandas and Yangtze River Cruise

Today you get to see the endearing Giant Panda’s at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, where natural habitats have been created to provide a safe and protected environment for them. Afterwards transfer to the train station for your bullet train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant then transfer to the 5* Victoria Cruise.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Train, Cruise
DAY 10 Yangtze River Cruise

Relax and enjoy the scenic vistas, as your vessel meanders along the Yangtze River. There is plenty to keep you occupied including excursions to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, known as “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. All meals are served on board.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 11 Yangtze River Cruise

Watch the countryside drift by, as you enjoy breakfast on board your vessel. A journey through the tranquil Goddess Stream, marvelling at the soaring limestone cliffs rising sheer from the water, is today’s main highlight, before returning to the ship for the rest of the day.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 12 Yangtze River Cruise and to Shanghai

The engineering marvel, Three Gorges Dam, is your final stop before you disembark at Yichang. Here, our guide will escort you to the station for a bullet train to Shanghai, where you will check-in for a three night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Cruise, Train
DAY 13 Shanghai City Tour

An enjoyable breakfast at your hotel is followed by today’s Shanghai City Tour. Starting at the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens, a horticulturalists dream, and continuing to the remarkable statues housed at the Jade Buddha Temple. The many exhibits at the Shanghai Museum, is followed by a walk along the promenade at the Bund, and later, from the top of the Shanghai World Financial Centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 14 Zhujiajiao

Zhujiajiao, todays destination, is an ancient water town known as the ‘Pearl Stream’. Here you can see Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, ancient buildings and the Ma Family Garden before returning to Shanghai.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 15 Fly to UK

Transfer to the airport after breakfast, for your return flight back to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    China: Kung Fu Show in Beijing

    A dynamic kung-fu show in Beijing

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  • pandas playing chengdu china
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    China: Volunteering at the Dujiangyan Panda Base

    Enjoy a morning helping the staff with the pandas, at their base in Chengdu

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  • Huangpu River Cruise Shanghai china
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    China: Night Cruise on the Huangpu River in Shanghai

    Marvel at Shanghai's twinkling lights on a night cruise

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  • Shanghai Spring Flowers acrobatic show china
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    China: Acrobatic Show in Shanghai

    Watch a magical acrobatic show in Shanghai

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Sample Accommodation

Guangxi Hotel, Beijing

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Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian

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Sichuan Hotel, Chengdu

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Victoria Cruises, Yanngtze River

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Greenland Jiulong Hotel, Shanghai

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2020 / 21
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart19/03/2020 Return02/04/2020 Day15 Depart£2,898 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart02/04/2020 Return16/04/2020 Day15 Depart£2,998 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart09/04/2020 Return23/04/2020 Day15 Depart£2,998 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/05/2020 Return21/05/2020 Day15 Depart£2,998 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart14/05/2020 Return28/05/2020 Day15 Depart£2,998 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart04/06/2020 Return18/06/2020 Day15 Depart£2,898 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart23/07/2020 Return06/08/2020 Day15 Depart£3,398 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/08/2020 Return20/08/2020 Day15 Depart£3,398 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/09/2020 Return17/09/2020 Day15 Depart£3,198 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart10/09/2020 Return24/09/2020 Day15 Depart£3,198 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart17/09/2020 Return01/10/2020 Day15 Depart£3,198 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart08/10/2020 Return22/10/2020 Day15 Depart£3,298 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart15/10/2020 Return29/10/2020 Day15 Depart£3,298 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart22/10/2020 Return05/11/2020 Day15 Depart£3,298 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart18/03/2021 Return01/04/2021 Day15 Depart£2,998 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart01/04/2021 Return15/04/2021 Day15 Depart£3,098 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart08/04/2021 Return22/04/2021 Day15 Depart£3,098 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/05/2021 Return20/05/2021 Day15 Depart£3,098 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart13/05/2021 Return27/05/2021 Day15 Depart£3,098 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/06/2021 Return17/06/2021 Day15 Depart£2,998 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £578
Land only from £2,198
(without international flights)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

This tour itinerary is also available as a Private Tour. Please ask for more details.

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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class
  • Bullet trains in first class,
  • 4★ accommodation on twin share basis
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips: RMB 500 (approx £58) per person
  • Yangtze ruise tips: RMB150 (approx £18 ) per person
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • China visa and fees

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.

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