Tour Itinerary of River & Rail Tour

9-Day Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze and Yichang Tour (CHT-BG-02)

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Day 1

 

Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing)

 

Accommodations: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel Beijing (Economy) 

 

Day 2

 

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: Beijing Classic City Seat-in-coach Tour
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

--Beijing Classic City Seat-in-coach Tour :

Pick up at your hotel between 7:00am and 8:30am. The first stop is Tian'anmen Square. Tiananmen Square was named after the Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace), entry to the Forbidden City. As the world's largest city square, It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history.



 

Then move on to the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911. It is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial architecture complex in the world. It takes about 2 hours visiting the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north.




 

The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, which is the largest ancient imperial worship architecture complex in the world where the ancient Emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties prayed for peace and harvest. The visit to Temple of Heaven takes about 1 hour.



 

Then we drive 30minutes to Summer Palace, the largest and best preserved imperial garden in China. The visit takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.



 

Back to your hotels at around 6:00pm.

 

 

Accommodations: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel Beijing (Economy) 

 

Day 3

Tiananmen Square
 

Place & Transport: Beijing to Overnight train, Train No. Z19 (Beijing West Railway Station Railway Station - Xian Railway Station) Dep 19:57 - Arr 07:50
Today's Activities: Badaling Great Wall & Changling (Ming Tomb) Seat-in-coach Tour, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

--Badaling Great Wall & Changling (Ming Tomb) Seat-in-coach Tour:

Pick you up at your hotel between 7:00am and 8:30am, and then drive to Ming Tombs (50 miles away from downtown, about one hour driving). The thirteen Ming Tombs are the best-preserved Chinese imperial tombs with 500 years history. You will visit Changling, the largest and the best preserved tomb of Ming Tombs. It is where Emperor Yongle (the first emperor in Beijing) and his Empress Xu were buried, built in 1413. The visit of the Ming Tombs takes about 1 hour and finishes at about 10:45.

 

Having Chinese lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, driving to Badaling Great Wall. Badaling Great Wall is the most famous, best-preserved and the first section opened to public. The hike on Badaling Great Wall takes 2 hours. Cable car is available and optional.

 

Head back to downtown Beijing and drive by the Olympic Green, having a distant view of both the National Stadium - the "bird Nest" and National Aquatics Center - the Water Cube. After that, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Chinese traditional Silk arts. Back to your hotel around 6:00pm.

 

Note: We will call or leave you a message the night before your tour to confirm the pick-up time.

 

 

Day 4

 

Place & Transport: Overnight train to Xian
Today's Activities: Train station Transfer (Xian), Half Day Seat-in-coach Tour of Ancient Culture of Xi'an
Meals: Breakfast

--Half Day Seat-in-coach Tour of Ancient Culture of Xi'an: Pick you up at your hotel lobby. The guide will call or leave you a message the night before your tour to prearrange the meeting time. You will visit Shaanxi Historical Museum in which displaying impressive collection of artifacts from the Silk Road as well as other relics from the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties. Visit the Wild Goose Pagoda where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his classics brought from India. Then pay a visit to Islamic mosques with more than 1200 years' history. It is famous for particular design of mixed architecture - combining traditional Muslim and Chinese styles. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodations: Xian Skytel Hotel (Economy) 

 

Day 5

The famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses
 

Place & Transport: Xian to Overnight train, Train No. T224/T221 (Xian Railway Station - Chongqing Railway Station) Dep 22:33 - Arr 09:08
Today's Activities: One Day Seat-in-coach Tour of Xi'an Historic Relics, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xian)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

--One Day Seat-in-coach Tour of Xi'an Historic Relics: Pick you up at your hotel lobby. The guide will call or leave you a message the night before your tour to prearrange the meeting time. Pay a visit to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, where 2000 year-old army of life-sized warriors are displayed, each one unique. It is about 35 km from Xian. After lunch, visit Banpo site, the village grounds occupied a physical area of 50,000 square meters, and consisted primarily of a residential section, a pottery area, and burial grounds. You will shall the coach with other tourists from different hotels. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
 

 

Day 6

 

Place & Transport: Overnight train to Chongqing to Yangtze
Today's Activities: Train station Transfer (Chongqing), Ciqikou Old Town, Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo, Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Board the ship from 17:30 to 21:30 for overnight accommodation (dinner is not included).
Meals: Breakfast

- Ciqikou Old Town (1.5 hours): This lively old area has been partly restored, and remains an authentic and busy community. The old wooden houses and narrow streets furthest from the river are mostly unimproved, closer to the river there are craft and souvenir shops, teahouses and music, and lots of local food and snacks. The locals certainly love their food – this is a good chance to try some.
- Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo (2 hours): Located in the western suburbs of the city, Chongqing Zoo occupies an area of 45 hectares. There are some rare animals including Golden hair monkeys and South China Tigers. In Panda Room, visitors can see the giant and lesser pandas and their offspring.In the mornings, many local people practice Tai chi at the zoo. Join them if you wish.

 

Day 7

Lesser Three Gorges
 

Place & Transport: Yangtze
Today's Activities: Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City: 09:00–12:00.
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner

--Fengdu is where the devil lives, according to Chinese legend. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu. The town is overlooked by Ming Shan Hill, home of Tianzi, the King of the Dead. The whole place has an eerie feel to it with deserted streets, tower blocks, empty shops and banks. The only people here are those who make a living from visiting cruise boats.

 

Day 8

 

Place & Transport: Yangtze
Today's Activities: Shore excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges: 12:30–16:30. You have the option of visiting White Emperor City (260 RMB per person): 08:00–10:30.
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner

--The Lesser Three Gorges are the three separate valleys of the Daning River: Dragon Gate Gorge, Misty Gorge and Emerald Gorge. These lie on the lower reaches of the Daning, which flows into the Yangtze. The gorges are truly spectacular. Sheer cliffs soar up towards the sky from the brown-green water. Mountain tops hover above the ribbon of mist, disconnected from their roots. Its "subtle mountains, clear waters, pretty rocks, dangerous rapids, sharp turns, fantastic caves, and stalactites in various shapes" create the timeless beauty that you see in Chinese landscape paintings. Monkeys, mandarin ducks and other water birds can be seen loitering on big boulders in this area. In addition to the wonderful natural scenery there are a number of historical places of interest along the way, such as a suspended coffin, boat coffin, and remains of ancient plank walkway.
-Also known as the White Emperor City, Baidi City clings to the hills and cliffs of a peninsular jutting out into the river. It is a miniature city of temples and gates on Baidi Hill. The city is well known as "the Poet’s City", because it has been visited by many scholars in the past, who have left many literary relics. It is also known for two famous legends, "The Seven Hundred Connected Barracks were Burned", and "The Orphan who put Trust in Baidi City".

 

Day 9

 

Place & Transport: Yangtze to Yichang
Today's Activities: Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Shore Excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site. Arrive in Yichang at 12:00.
Meals: Breakfast

--Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man and it has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction has been completed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom.The tourists can get access to the top of the dam and enjoy different kinds of photo opportunities.

 
 
Price Per Person in US Dollars
Excellent Local Guide

Excellent Local Guides

We selected the most experienced tour guides in each city. They are all very professional and flexible during the tour with oustanding knowledge of all the sites and history.

Our Luxury Car for  Families

Our Luxury Car for Families

We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained and always very clean.

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

We use only air-conditioned small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.

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Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze, Yichang by shared coach with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above). Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Yangtze River Cruises:
    The price quoted for a Yangtze River Cruise includes all meals onboard, and all land excursions including the smaller cruise fee to Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream. (Optional land excursions are available for a few ships which will be specially noted.) The price does not include any incidental charges, including room service, mini bar, laundry, and drinks and bar charges, tipping, etc.
    The Pre-boarding Fee includes overnight accommodations on the ship the night before departure and breakfast in the morning.
  • Transportation:
    Beijing To Xian Transfer via: Train, Z19 (Our arrangements)
    Xian To Chongqing Transfer via: Train, 2334/2335/2337 (Our arrangements)
     
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports/railway stations/cruise piers and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement:
    Important note for those who choose to pay a single room supplement fee: The fee only covers hotel single room supplements; it does NOT include use of a single cabin on the Yangtze River Cruise. Standard Yangtze River Cruise prices per person are based on 2 people sharing 1 cabin unless otherwise specified. If you would like to request a single cabin on the Yangtze River ship, please contact us to check cost and availability.
 
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