Flavors of China & the Yangtze (OC)

14 Day Tour from Beijing to Shanghai

2021 Tour Details

Ancient wonders. Modern cities. Timeless traditions. Like a classic Chinese dumpling, this tour of China is filled with flavor, zest, and delectable elements of surprise. From the hutongs of Beijing to the longtangs of Shanghai, you’ll savor every Far East experience you’ve ever craved, including a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s narrow alleyways, a walk along the Great Wall, and a 3-night cruise through the magnificent Three Gorges of the winding, wondrous Yangtze, Asia’s longest river. This truly hands-on vacation will teach you the bold strokes of Chinese calligraphy, the calming practice of tai chi, and the delicate art of making traditional dim sum, the dumpling whose name means “to touch the heart.” Expect additional flutters when you enter the Forbidden City, stand before Xi’an’s Terracotta Army, and observe the daily habits of the native panda at Chengdu’s Giant Panda Research Base.

Small-Group Discovery

Each Globus Asia tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Asia vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!
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Flavors of China & the Yangtze map

 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Great Wall of China
  • Imperial Palace
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • West Lake

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 6 dinners


Notes:

Depending on Yangtze River conditions, alternate shore and small boat excursions may be substituted during your cruise.

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN BEIJING, CHINA

Welcome to Beijing! Hotel check-in available mid-afternoon.

Day 2 BEIJING

BEIJING Guided sightseeing includes Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. Free time this afternoon. Welcome dinner this evening features Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Peking duck.

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Day 3 BEIJING. EXCURSION TO THE GREAT WALL

BEIJING Guided sightseeing to the Great Wall of China. Free time this afternoon and evening.

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Day 4 BEIJING–XI’AN

BEIJING Visit to the Temple of Heaven. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Rickshaw ride through the hutongs (narrow streets) and meet a local family. Fly to Xi’an.

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Day 5 XI’AN

XI’AN Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes visits to the Terracotta Warriors and Dayan Pagoda. Noodle-making demonstration with lunch. “Tang Dynasty” dinner show.

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Day 6 XI’AN–CHENGDU

XI’AN Chinese calligraphy class. Visit to the City Wall South Gate.
Bullet-train service from Xi’an to Chengdu.

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Day 7 CHENGDU–CHONGQING (EMBARKATION)–YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

CHENGDU Visit to the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Giant Panda Research Base. Bullet-train service from Chengdu to Chongqing.
CHONGQING Yangtze River cruise embarkation.

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Day 8 CRUISING: JADE EMPEROR SCENIC AREA

YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Shore excursion to Jade Emperor scenic area. Free time on board this afternoon. Captain’s welcome dinner with entertainment this evening.

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Day 9 CRUISING: QUTANG GORGE–WU GORGE–GODDESS STREAM

YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Free time this morning or tai chi session on sun deck. Scenic passage through Qutang and Wu Gorges. Small-boat excursion on Goddess Stream.

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Day 10 CRUISING: (DISEMBARKATION) THREE GORGES DAM –YICHANG–HANGZHOU

THREE GORGES DAM Visit the dam site. Drive to Yichang.
YICHANG Fly to Hangzhou.
HANGZHOU Free time this afternoon and evening.

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Day 11 HANGZHOU

HANGZHOU Full-day sightseeing includes Lingyin Temple and Fei Lai Feng. Walking tour includes Hefang Street. Scenic cruise on West Lake (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

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Day 12 HANGZHOU–SHANGHAI

HANGZHOU Drive to Shanghai.
SHANGHAI Guided sightseeing includes the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, and visit to a Silk Factory. Lunch includes traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) in local restaurant.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Shanghai by attending an acrobatic performance. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

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Day 13 SHANGHAI

SHANGHAI Visit to Shanghai Museum. Walking tour includes the French Concession area, art deco Cathay Theatre, Xintiandi, and Fuxing Park. Free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner.

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Day 14 SHANGHAI

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JOHN ZHANG

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

As your Tour Director, my goal is to ensure your expectations are not only met, but exceeded. I look forward to sharing the best of China with you-its economics, history, art, architecture, politics, geography, agriculture, and more.

Tour Director - JOHN ZHANG

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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