Essential Plus Cruise

Qutang_Gorge_on_Changjiang13 Days

from £2648

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia, and arguably  the most picturesque.  See the sights in the illustrious capital of Beijing, followed by the historical  city of Xian, the ancient capital, offering stunning attractions including  the Terracotta Warriors. Finally, the vibrant city of Shanghai will bring you to China’s present.

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2016 – 17

Day 1  London Heathrow to Beijing

Fly with British Airways from London Heathrow to Beijing. Alternatively, we can arrange  departures from your local airport.

Day 2  Arrive Beijing (D)

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay. In the afternoon you will have time to relax or take a walk in the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise on what you can do at your leisure. In the early evening your guide will escort you for dinner where you will meet your fellow group members.

Day 3  Beijing city tour (BLD)

This morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven – this was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvest for the year. Here, you can observe the tradition of practicing Tai Chi in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, one of the largest city squares in the world. Finally, a visit to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries.

Day 4  The Great Wall (BLD)

Today starts with a visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall which offers all round stunning views and a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. In the evening there will be a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional delicacy in Beijing.

Day 5  Beijing city tour and to Xian (BLD)

After breakfast, there will be a visit to the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens and palaces where you can expect lovely views and walks. Afterwards, you will have a chance to enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, followed by a stop at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, which hosted the memorable 2008 Olympics. Following an opportunity for photographs, the final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs, offering a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens. Finally, you will catch a flight to Xian.

Day 6    Terracotta Warriors (BLD)

Today your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, a stunning collection of ten thousand life size statues of the Chinese army made over two thousand years ago, yet preserved almost perfectly. This will be followed by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xian in the afternoon, which can be enjoyed through a peaceful stroll or a bike ride. It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, it is one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. This evening you will try a dumpling dinner while enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

Day 7  To Chongqing (BLD)

Today, you will visit to the Shaanxi museum which houses over a quarter of a million artefacts on display, including treasures from many periods of China’s history. The next stop, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, will explore China’s unique architecture style. Visit the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community.  Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chongqing.

Day 8 Transfer to Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)

In the morning visit the panda’s at the local zoo and in the afternoon visit the ancient town market called Ciqou. In the evening you will board your 5 star ship for the start of your cruise along the majestic Yangtze River.

Days 9-10  Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)

On the first day of the cruise, you can relax while the ship meanders through the Yangtze, enjoying its scenic views. Today’s excursion will be Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. The final excursion of the last day will be an enjoyable journey on a small motorboat through the tranquil Goddess Stream while marvelling at the soaring limestone cliffs rising sheer from the water.

Day 11  To Shanghai (BLD)

You have nearly arrived at the end of your cruise. Before arriving at Yichang, you will visit The Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station site. Disembark at Yichang at noon and our guide will escort you to the airport for a flight to Shanghai.

Day 12  Shanghai city tour (BLD)

First stops are the Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens is home to beautiful pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards and flowers. At the Jade Buddha Temple, you can expect large, intricate sculptures of Buddha. After viewing the Shanghai museum, there will be an opportunity to visit the waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. Later, on top of the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city.

Day 13  Fly back to London (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to London Heathrow.

This group tour will typically use 4 Star Hotels or properties of a similar standard if those listed are not available. All rooms are equipped with a double or twin beds, private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, heating, TV’s, telephones and WiFi as standard.

Your 4★ Hotels
Beijing: Guangxi
Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture
Chongqing: DLT
Yangtze River Cruise: Victoria
Shanghai: Northern Hotel

Beijing: Guangxi Hotel 4★

Conveniently located near the Panjiayuan Antique Market and 5 km from Hongqiao Market and Temple of Heaven. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool.

Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture 4★

Located near Great Mosque, Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a health club. There is also a restaurant and a nightclub.

Chongqing: DLT Hotel 4★

Located in the heart of Chongqing, this hotel is within 1 mile of Datianwan Stadium and Great Hall of the People. Three Gorges Museum and Goose Neck Park are 2 miles away.

Yangtze River: Victoria Cruise 5★

Used on all our group tours, boasting the largest five-star fleet on the Yangtze River. All cabins have modern amenities featuring private bathrooms and balconies. You also have the option to upgrade to Executive Deck for only £99 (3 night cruise). Restaurants serve delicious onboard meals. Spectacular views of the scenery can be gain from every stateroom and public area.

Shanghai: Northern Hotel 4★

Situated in Shanghai Shibei Hi-Tech Park, Northern Hotel Shanghai features free WiFi covered in all guestrooms and free parking space. Fully fitted with an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre, this hotel also provides leisure facilities, including a spa and wellness centre and massage service.

Tour Name: Essential Plus Cruise

Tour Code: EPC13
 13 Day

Depart – Return    from Depart – Return    from Depart – Return    from
22/03 – 03/04/17 £2648 26/07 – 07/08/17 £2948 08/11 – 20/11/17 £2648
 05/04 – 17/04/17 £2748 09/08 – 21/08/17 £2948 21/03 – 02/04/18 £2698
12/04 – 24/04/17 £2748 06/09 – 18/09/17 £2848 04/04 – 16/04/18 £2798
19/04 – 01/05/17 £2748 13/09 – 25/09/17 £2848 11/04 – 23/04/18 £2798
10/05 – 22/05/17 £2748 20/09 – 02/10/17 £2848  18/04 – 30/04/18 £2798
17/05 – 29/05/17 £2748 11/10 – 23/10/17 £2848 09/05 – 21/05/18 £2798
24/05 – 05/06/17 £2748 18/10 – 30/10/17 £2848 16/05 – 28/05/18 £2798
07/06 – 09/06/17 £2648 25/10 – 06/11/17 £2848 23/05 – 04/06/18 £2798
 06/06 – 18/06/18 £2698

Single supplement from £458

Land only from £1998

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.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.


  • International Flights in economy class with British Airways
  • Transfers and Transport in China
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin share
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance Fees to the sites listed
  • Airport Taxes
  • 2 year multiple entry visa for 90 days each stay


  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance