Magnificent China & Yangtze River Cruise

Code: PEKJ15E
Duration : 13 Days


Embark on an unforgettable 13-day journey through China, where you'll discover the country's rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. From the bustling streets of Beijing to the cosmopolitan center of Shanghai, you'll explore some of China's most iconic cities and visit historical and cultural sites that showcase the country's incredible past. Along the way, you'll cruise along the Yangtze River, view the Terracotta Army in Xi'an, and witness pioneering work to safeguard the giant panda population in Chengdu. With bullet train rides through stunning scenery and warm hospitality from locals, this itinerary is the perfect introduction to the wonders of China.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the vibrant capital city of Beijing, including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China View the famous Terracotta Army in Xi’an
  • View the famous Terracotta Army in Xi’an
  • Discover Chengdu’s pioneering efforts to conserve giant pandas
  • Taking in the breathtaking natural beauty and historical sites along the Yangtze River on a four-day cruise
  • Experience the warmth and hospitality of locals as you travel through China
  • Explore Shanghai’s cosmopolitan center and its unique blend of Chinese and European architecture
  • Walk along the Bund, a lively waterfront area lined with art deco buildings
  • Explore the elegant French Concession and traditional Shanghai alleyways
  • Feast on local delicacies and sample traditional teas
  • See ancient artifacts at the Shanghai Museum

What’s Included

  • Domestic flight from Yichang to Shanghai
  • High-speed trains Beijing/Xian/Chengdu/Chongqing
  • 12 nights of Superior Class accommodation
  • 21 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 2 dinner
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transfers, sightseeing tours and cultural performances as specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

What’s Excluded

  • International flights
  • Gratuities, travel insurance, and visa fees
  • Meals, beverages, and optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like laundry, telephone/fax calls, drinks, camera/video camera fees at monuments, medical expenses
  • Compulsory USD30 per person Yangtze River Cruise Gratuities & Service Charge



Upon arrival at Beijing International Airport, we will be greeted by our friendly English-speaking guide, who will assist with our transfer to our hotel.


Beijing, situated south of the Central Asian Steppes and separated from the Gobi Desert by a range of verdant mountains, boasts a rich history dating back to the Jin Dynasty. It underwent a period of grandiose city planning during the Yuan Dynasty when it became the winter capital under the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan in the late 13th century. Today, amidst the modern skyline of gleaming skyscrapers and urban development, the city and its surrounding areas are home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China, the magnificent Forbidden City, the tranquil Summer Palace, and the sacred Temple of Heaven. This vibrant city, serving as the nation's political and cultural hub, offers a wealth of unique leisure experiences to explore.


With the rest of the day at leisure, we can relax and unwind in the comfort of our hotel room or venture out to discover the wonders of this exciting capital city on our own.


Accommodation: Xin Qiao Hotel or a similar


Today, we will journey through Beijing's fascinating history, taking us back in time to an era of mystery and incredible power.


Our first stop will be Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of China and a testament to its communist history. The square, which can accommodate up to one million people, is a must-visit destination in Beijing. As we tour the square, we will see an impressive array of halls and monuments and learn about their significance.


Next, we will head to the Forbidden City, which served as the power base of Chinese emperors for centuries. This incredible complex houses the Imperial Palace Museum, showcasing each dynasty's rich history through four palatial halls filled with antiques and treasures from the Ming and Qing dynasties.


In the afternoon, we will take a 40-minute transfer to the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a stunning array of walkways, gardens, palaces, and lakes. As we stroll through this picturesque setting, we will admire the ancient architectural structures and collections of cultural relics that make it such a unique and special place.


After a full day of exploration, we will return to our hotel for a well-deserved rest.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Accommodation: Xin Qiao Hotel or a similar


We will begin our day in Beijing by visiting the Temple of Heaven, which was established in the 15th century. The temple complex features beautiful buildings and gardens surrounded by pine woods, which symbolize the connection between heaven and earth and the role of emperors in this relationship. This remarkable site offers a unique opportunity to witness the past and present of the capital city coexisting side by side.


Afterward, we will take a scenic 90-minute drive to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built as a form of defense by millions of soldiers and peasants and is a remarkable feat of engineering. Archaeologists estimate that the wall once spanned nearly 6,213 miles, with the most impressive portions built during the Ming Dynasty. The Mutianyu section of the wall is more rugged and features expansive greenery.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Accommodation: Xin Qiao Hotel or a similar


Today, we will travel from Beijing to Xi'an by high-speed train, embarking on a journey that lasts over four hours. We will arrive in Xi'an and transfer to our hotel, where we will have the rest of the day to ourselves.


Xi'an has a rich history and is home to many incredible cultural and historical sites. We have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city or relax at your hotel.


Meals: Breakfast


Accommodation: Xi'an Grand Barony Hotel or a similar

Day 5 I XI'AN

We delve into Xi'an's rich history, spanning over 3,000 years. Our first stop is the Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses over 8,000 life-sized figures of soldiers, horses, and chariots built to protect Emperor Qinshihuang in the afterlife. Take in each figure's impressive battle formations and intricate details, a testament to ancient Chinese craftsmanship. Next, we visit Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum, the world's largest underground tomb symbolizing the emperor's power and wealth. We learn about the tomb's construction and the fascinating archaeological discoveries made within its chambers.

After lunch, we visited a Terracotta Replication factory, observing skilled artisans replicating these iconic statues. It's an opportunity to witness the techniques used to create these masterpieces up close.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Accommodation: Xi'an Grand Barony Hotel or a similar


After breakfast, we say goodbye to Xi'an and head to the train station to board a high-speed bullet train to Chengdu, the capital of southwest Sichuan province. The journey covers a distance of 408 miles and takes only three hours. Upon arrival, we checked in at the hotel and spent the rest of the day leisurely exploring the city's attractions.


Chengdu is famous for being the home of giant pandas. We can visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to observe these creatures in a simulated natural habitat. Another highlight of the city is its teahouse culture, which provides an opportunity to taste different types of tea and experience traditional Chinese tea ceremonies. As a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Chengdu is also renowned for its cuisine, which has a diverse taste based on the five elements of sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, and salty. We can enjoy this cuisine at high-end hotels or street hawker stalls.


Meals: Breakfast


Accommodation: Chengdu Tibet Hotel or a similar


Experience the magic of Chengdu's most beloved creatures on today's itinerary. Our day starts with a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Learn about the research and efforts being made to preserve these rare and endangered animals from the dedicated staff and researchers at the facility. As one of China's most important conservation facilities, we will have the opportunity to see giant pandas up close in a simulated natural environment.


After lunch, we visit the Sanxingdui Museum to learn more about the Bronze Age Chinese civilization. The archaeological site of Sanxingdui was discovered in 1929 and has been excavated ever since, revealing ancient Shu relics from the 12th century BC. Among the museum's fascinating artifacts are a beautifully cast bronze tree standing nearly 13 feet tall and statues, pottery, and jade ornaments.


In the evening, you can explore the lively teahouse culture of Chengdu or sample the city's famous cuisine, recognized as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Accommodation: Chengdu Tibet Hotel or a similar


After breakfast, we leave our hotel and transfer to the train station for a high-speed bullet train journey to Chongqing. Upon arrival in Chongqing, we head to the port and board our boat, ready to embark on a breathtaking three-night cruise along the scenic Yangtze River.


As we journey downstream, we'll marvel at the stunning natural beauty of the Three Gorges region and explore some fascinating cultural sites along the way. With luxurious accommodations, delicious cuisine, and unforgettable experiences awaiting us, this will be a truly unforgettable leg of our adventure.


Meals: Breakfast


Accommodation: Yangtze River Cruise Victoria Jenna


Wake up early to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Yangtze River before enjoying a delicious breakfast. Today, we'll have the opportunity to take a shore excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area near Fengdu, which boasts the world's largest image of the Jade Buddha. If river conditions don't permit it, we'll visit Shibaozhai, which features a magnificent wooden pagoda.


For those interested, there's an optional excursion to Fengdu Ghost City, located on Ming Mountain. Note that a minimum of 20 participants is required for this excursion.


In the evening, we can enjoy an optional Fengyan Sanguo 'The Romance of the Three Kingdoms' Show, a spectacular performance showcasing the region's history and culture.


Please note the onboard programs are subject to change.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Accommodation: Yangtze River Cruise Victoria Jenna


Continue our Yangtze River Cruise adventure, where you'll be treated to a breathtaking display of nature's beauty as we continue our journey down the winding river.


Today's itinerary takes you through the awe-inspiring Three Gorges, a natural wonder that is truly a sight to behold. Our first stop is Qutang Gorge, which may be the shortest at only 5 miles long and 500 feet wide but is also the most dramatic. You'll witness the sheer cliffs rising to the sky, creating a breathtaking display of nature's power.


Next up is Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains that stretch for 25 miles. The cliffs are so steep that the sun barely penetrates the precipices, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere that will leave you in awe.


We'll then transfer to another vessel for a relaxing excursion through the stunning gorges of Goddess Stream. If river conditions aren't favorable, we'll opt for an alternate excursion to the equally mesmerizing gorges of Shennong Stream.


As we continue along the river, we'll enter Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges at 41 miles. You can take a shore excursion to White Emperor City, an ancient city that offers a panoramic view of the western end of Qutang Gorge. This mini-city is scattered with abundant temples and is also known as the City of Poems due to the vast number of verses it has inspired. It's the perfect spot to appreciate the magnificent Kui Gate at the mouth of Qutang Gorge.


Please note that programs on board are subject to change according to the Cruise Company.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Accommodation: Yangtze River Cruise Victoria Jenna


We start the day with a delicious breakfast on board the ship before disembarking at Maoping Pier in Yichang. Our next adventure takes us to the Three Gorges Dam, the largest construction project in China since the Great Wall. This impressive feat of engineering took 15 years to build and cost over US$30 billion. With a width of 1.5 miles, the scale and size of the dam are truly phenomenal. As an optional excursion, we can also visit the world's largest ship lift, part of the recently completed ship lock, before the Three Gorges Dam tour.


After the tour, we take a shuttle to downtown Yichang, where we can enjoy some free time before catching a night flight to Shanghai. In Shanghai, we arrive in the evening and transfer to our hotel. Shanghai is China's largest city and its main financial hub, and we'll have some time to rest and prepare for tomorrow's exciting exploration.


Meals: Breakfast


Accommodation: Metro Park Hotel or similar


Get ready for a full-day excursion to discover the fascinating blend of Chinese and European architecture that defines Shanghai's past. We begin our journey at Shanghai Old Street, Miaoqian Dajie, a charming street lined with shops and cultural attractions.


Next, we visit Yu Garden, a premier green space that exemplifies classical Chinese garden design from the Ming Dynasty. Built in the 1500s by a government officer as a retreat for his parents, this peaceful haven features bamboo groves, koi-filled ponds, and Ming-era pavilions. After visiting a traditional tea house, we stroll along the Bund, a vibrant waterfront area dotted with European-style buildings. These buildings date back to the 1920s when the Bund was the hub of European trade in China, and their legacy is evident in the art deco architecture.


After lunch, we head to Shanghai Museum to see ancient artifacts and visit Pearl City for some shopping. Our next stop is Tianzifang, a traditional Shanghai alley that showcases local culture and art. Finally, we explore the elegant French Concession, walking alongside colonial buildings.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Accommodation: Metro Park Hotel or similar


Today marks the end of our 13-day exploration of China, which has taken us from Beijing's bustling capital to Shanghai's cosmopolitan center. We've had the opportunity to visit some fantastic destinations and have experienced the country's rich history and culture.


One of the highlights of our trip was the incredible four-day cruise along the Yangtze River, where we had the chance to see historical and cultural sites up close. We also visited Chengdu to learn about the pioneering work being done to safeguard the giant panda population and viewed the Terracotta Army in Xi'an. Additionally, we took bullet trains through stunning scenery and met locals who showed us warm hospitality.


You may have time for last-minute sightseeing in Shanghai, depending on your flight schedule. You can indulge in delightful local delicacies, explore temples, pick up souvenirs, or stroll through one of the city's tranquil parks before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Departure Dates Tour Cost More Info  


Can I add airfare to the land package?
Yes, you can add airfare to a package. Let us know at the time of your reservation. Please note pricing and availability is always subject to change Prior to ticket issuance.
Can I change my reservation if I've made a mistake?
There is a $75 change fee (per person, per change) for any changes made to a reservation after it has been confirmed.  Any passenger name change made to a booking reservation after it has been confirmed will result in a $100 per person per name change fee and is subject to availability, additional airline change, and/or cancellation fees. Additional fees may apply.  For more details, please contact us.
Can I extend or modify my trip?
We will do our best to accommodate your request. Any modification must be arranged before the deposit is made and subject to availability.
Can I opt-out of certain activities on the trip?
While any unused portion of the trip is non-refundable, you can opt-out of certain included activities if you do not wish to participate in them. Please be sure to notify us prior to your departure date and notify your tour guide upon arrival. You will be responsible for any expenses incurred should you deviate from the tour during the scheduled tour itinerary. If you choose to deviate from the tour group on a day we are transiting from one city to another. You will also be responsible for your own transportation and expenses incurred. 
Can I request adjoining rooms?
We can request adjoining rooms, however, requests cannot be guaranteed as it is based on hotel availability.
Can I select my seats on my flight during the booking process?
Seat assignments on your flight can be done directly via the airline. You can either select your seats at the airline check-in counter on the day of your flight, or after we issue your tickets, you may call the airline directly and pay the fee for pre-assign seats.
Can we book a triple room?
Triple rooms are available upon request for select tours. Please note hotels will provide a rollaway bed for the third traveler in a double room. 
Do you offer and/or suggest travel insurance?
We recommend you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.  
Do you work with Travel Agents?
To be one of our partner agents, please email We welcome the opportunity to serve you.
How do I make a reservation?
Click the “Book Now” button on our website, or you may send us an email to
How much time will I get to myself?
Each program is different. Whenever possible, we offer to modify the program to fit your requirements.
I am a solo traveler, can you match me with other solo travelers on my tour?
For privacy reasons, we do not pair solo travelers with one another.  A single supplement fee will apply for solo travelers.
I have special dietary requirements, can you accommodate them?
Meals provided during your tour are based on local cuisine and menus. We can generally assist guests in communicating special meal requests to airlines, hotels, and restaurants but please be aware that they are not guaranteed. Please let us know at the time of booking your trip. We will notify our tour guides of any food allergies, but please note meal alternatives are subject to confirmation as they are based on the availability of the providing restaurant. For those with strict dietary needs, we recommend bringing pre-packaged food alternatives for your trip.
My outbound flight has been cancelled by the airline; what do I do now?
If your flight has been canceled, please liaise with the airline directly to book the next available flight. If, for any reason, you are unhappy with the alternate flight offered by the airline and decide to book a new outbound flight on your own, please note that the original return flight(s) will automatically be canceled if you are a no-show on your original outbound flight.
My package includes the arrival transfer, how do I know when/where to meet up with my driver?
Information on how /where to meet up with your driver is included in your travel documents. On arrival at the airport, please collect your luggage, make your way through customs, and enter the arrivals hall, where the driver will be waiting for you. Should luggage be very slow coming through, or should you have any issues with damaged or lost luggage, please make sure that you complete the necessary documentation within the luggage area. ONE MEMBER of the party should go through customs and into the arrivals hall to advise the driver of the delay. Please note that this person will not be allowed access back into the luggage area. You could also contact our local representative. Extra costs may apply if meeting your driver is delayed more than one hour following your scheduled flight arrival time.  
What are the visa requirements?
Visa requirements for each destination are indicated in our Essential Travel Information on our website. Information is also available at the US Department of State website at It is the responsibility of travelers to obtain proper visas in a timely manner prior to the trip departure date.  
What does Land Only means?
Land-only is a package tour without International and local airfare.
What does per person, double occupancy mean?
Per person, double occupancy means the price each guest pays when sharing a room.
What if I miss my flight or my flight is delayed, and I miss the beginning of my trip?
If your flight is delayed or you miss your flight, please notify us or our local representative (contact information is included in your travel documents) as soon as possible so we may inform our local representative of your updated arrival. Additional costs for airport transfer service may apply if you arrive later than the scheduled arrival date/time.  If you arrive later in the itinerary and the group has moved to a different destination, it will be your responsibility to catch up and meet the group at that destination.  We will provide you with the most up-to-date meeting information.  Please note that Globotours cannot reimburse you for any unused portion of the trip.
What is included in your pricing?
Included features are specified in each tour.
What is not included in your pricing?
Anything that is not mentioned in the included features.
What is single supplement surcharge?
Single supplement is the additional cost to occupy the room alone.
What is your payment schedule?
Most packages require a non-refundable deposit, as indicated in the program to confirm the reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your package. Your account balance is due 60-75 days prior to the trip departure date. Certain tours may require an additional non-refundable airline deposit at the time of booking. This is indicated during the booking process. More information can be found in our Terms and Conditions.  
What level of physical fitness is required for the tour?
Depending on the program, expect a decent amount of walking and an occasional flight of stairs or some steps. We recommend you carefully consider your ability to meet the tour's physical demands. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to meet the trip's requirements, we urge you to consult your medical practitioner.
What types of payments do you accept?
We accept Mastercard and Visa, bank transfers, and personal checks. When paying your balance by personal check, all checks must be received in full prior to the due date. Please make the check payable to Globotours and mail the check to the below address before your balance due date. Globotours 2705 S. Diamond Bar Blvd., Suite 228, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
What’s the cancellation and refund policy?

Fees will be assessed per person when you cancel your reservation. More information can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

When do I receive my travel documents and what it will include?
Travel documents will be mailed or e-mailed to you approximately 21 days prior to the trip departure date. It usually takes about 7 – 10 business days. You may access your booking confirmation page anytime by logging into your Globotours account on our website.

Magnificent China & Yangtze River Cruise


    Contact Details
    Booking Details
    * Required field