Blue Water Holidays
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500
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Best of China

This luxury holiday includes 4-nights on the mighty Yangtze and hotel stays in the spectacular cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Includes travel package from the UK, drinks with meals on board and exclusive benefits including Freedom of Choice Touring and signature experiences

Fly Cruise
13 nights from £4695pp

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Forbidden City, Beijing
  • Lesser Three Gorges
  • Great Wall of China

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

APT Luxury Cruises

Second passenger flies free - save up to £1200 per couple! Flights are from London Heathrow. Subject to availability. Book by 28 Feb 2018

Best of China – Yangtze River Cruise and Land Tour Special Offer

Discover the treasures of China on this fascinating cruise and land tour from Beijing to Shanghai with Freedom of Choice Touring and signature experiences.

Enjoy a three-night stay in cosmopolitan Beijing, from where you can explore Tiananmen Square, visit the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and explore one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China.

Join your ship and enjoy a cruise through the picturesque Three Gorges region, before exploring the 'Ghost City' of Fengdu. See the Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo and discover the famous Terracotta Army during your two-night stay in Xi'an.

Fly to Shanghai for a three-night stay. Enjoy a stroll on the picturesque Bund and explore Shanghai's bustling Old City, before this fascinating holiday comes to an end.

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Best of China Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Beijing (China)

Private home-to-airport transfer to London Heathrow for your flight to Beijing.

Day 2 - Beijing

On arrival, transfer to the Regent Hotel Beijing or similar for a three-night stay and a Welcome Reception.

Day 3 - Beijing

Enjoy a tour of Tiananmen Square before heading to the Forbidden City. Spend time at leisure then enjoy an authentic Peking Duck banquet this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Beijing

Travel to the Great Wall of China and stroll along a rarely visited stretch of the wall. Dinner is at leisure and afterwards there is the option to watch a Peking Opera show, a Kung Fu Show or head to the Silk Alley market. (B,L)

Day 5 - Beijing - Yichang

Discover the beautiful gardens of the Summer Palace and a cruise along its shores. Later, fly to Yichang to board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Xiling Gorge

Cruise through the picturesque Three Gorges region. Enjoy a tour of the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest engineering project. Captain's Welcome Reception and Welcome Dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Shennong Stream - Wu Gorge - Qutang Gorge

At Badong, transfer to a sampan (longboat), and cruise through the Shennong Stream. Continue to Wu Gorge, passing between Chijia Mountain and Baiyan Mountain then enter Qutang Gorge. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Fengdu

Today you can enjoy a tour of Fengdu, a little 'Ghost City' or perhaps take a 'Relocation Tour' for an insight into the impact of the dam project. Tonight, enjoy an Emperor's Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Chongqing - Xi'an

Visit the famous giant pandas at Chongqing Zoo. Later, fly to Xi'an and choose where to dine. Two-night stay at Shangri-La Hotel, Xi'an. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Xi'an

See Xi'an's ancient city wall, before visiting a clay factory and the Terracotta Army. Tonight, watch a Tang Dynasty cultural performance with a dumpling dinner, or tour the Muslim Quarter and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Xi'an - Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai. Enjoy a ride on the high-speed Maglev train on arrival, before choosing where to dine. Three-night stay at the Fairmont Peace Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Shanghai

Enjoy a tour of Shanghai with a local guide and visit the Oriental Pearl Tower's viewing deck. After lunch, visit an authentic silk factory. Enjoying premium seating at an acrobatic show this evening. (B,L)

Day 13 - Shanghai

Enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu River before visiting Yu Garden for a traditional tea ceremony. Alternatively, participate in a Dumpling cooking class or head to the water town of Jinxi. Farewell Dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Shanghai - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK. (B)

Itinerary is subject to change.

Price Includes

  • 4-night cruise aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, including all meals, international wine, local beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • 3-night stay at Regent Hotel Beijing
  • 2-night stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, Xi'an
  • 3-night stay at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car within 75 miles of your chosen airport
  • Return international flights from the UK and all flights and transfers in China
  • All sightseeing, tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary
  • Enjoy 32 meals - 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Enjoy Freedom of Choice Touring options in Beijing
  • Enjoy Freedom of Choice Dining options in Xi'an and Shanghai
  • Services of a professional Tour Director
  • Port charges and air taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Chinese visa

Cruise Extensions

  • Guilin Extension Enjoy a two-night stay in the city of Guilin on the west bank of the Li River. Please contact us for further details and pricing.
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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Yangzi Explorer
Mar 21£5695£5145
Apr 18, 25; May 09, 23£5995£5595
May 30£5095£4695
Aug 22£5495£4895
Aug 29£6295£5745
Sep 12£6295£5795
Oct 10, 17, 24£6145£5720
Oct 31£5845£5420

Price Information

  • Prices shown are based on two people sharing a Cat E cabin.
  • Prices include return scheduled flights from London Heathrow, all airport taxes and security charges (subject to change). Regional flights may be available but carry a surcharge.
  • Single supplements are available, please contact us for details
  • Please note that a visa is required to enter China
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat D - £50pp
  • Cat C - £100pp
  • Cat B - £450pp - £700pp
  • Cat A - £500pp - £750pp
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