Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Best of China

This all-inclusive 13-night cruise and land tour includes 4-nights on the Yangtze, hotel stays in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, Freedom of Choice Touring and signature experiences

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13 nights from £4995pp

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

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FREE Economy Class flights - save up to £2600 per couple! Both passengers fly free. Flights are from London Heathrow. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Book by 31 Jul 2019

Best of China 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 visit a rarely visited stretch of the wall, before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner is at leisure and afterwards there is the option to watch a Peking Opera show or a Kung Fu Show. (B,L)

Day 5 - Beijing - Yichang

Visit the Temple of Heaven, the modern 798 Art Zone, explore the Hutong district by rickshaw or visit a local calligrapher's home. Later, fly to Yichang to embark Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Xiling Gorge

Cruise through the picturesque Three Gorges region. Pass through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the gorges before enjoying 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 or Fuling

Visit the 816 Underground Project, an old nuclear site hidden in the mountains, then choose from a range activities including a Chinese painting and calligraphy demonstration, a lesson on the ancient game of Mahjong, a lesson in Mandarin or a dumpling-making session. 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 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,D)

Day 12 - Shanghai

Enjoy a tour of Shanghai with a local guide and visit Jin Mao Tower. Enjoy 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 walking tour through the French Concession area 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 31 meals - 12 breakfasts, 10 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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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • August
    • Aug 21st - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £5145
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      Brochure Price: £6445 Brochure Price: £6495 Brochure Price: £6545 Brochure Price: £7095 Brochure Price: £7145
      Blue Water Price: £5145 Blue Water Price: £5195 Blue Water Price: £5245 Blue Water Price: £5795 Blue Water Price: £5845
  • September
    • Sep 4th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £5745
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      Brochure Price: £6645 Brochure Price: £6695 Brochure Price: £6745 Brochure Price: £7295 Brochure Price: £7345
      Blue Water Price: £5745 Blue Water Price: £5795 Blue Water Price: £5845 Blue Water Price: £6395 Blue Water Price: £6445
    • Sep 18th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £5745
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      Brochure Price: £6645 Brochure Price: £6695 Brochure Price: £6745 Brochure Price: £7295 Brochure Price: £7345
      Blue Water Price: £5745 Blue Water Price: £5795 Blue Water Price: £5845 Blue Water Price: £6395 Blue Water Price: £6445
  • October
    • Oct 16th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £5295
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      Brochure Price: £6195 Brochure Price: £6245 Brochure Price: £6295 Brochure Price: £6845 Brochure Price: £6895
      Blue Water Price: £5295 Blue Water Price: £5345 Blue Water Price: £5395 Blue Water Price: £5945 Blue Water Price: £5995
    • Oct 30th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £5295
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      Brochure Price: £6195 Brochure Price: £6245 Brochure Price: £6295 Brochure Price: £6845 Brochure Price: £6895
      Blue Water Price: £5295 Blue Water Price: £5345 Blue Water Price: £5395 Blue Water Price: £5945 Blue Water Price: £5995
  • November
    • Nov 6th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £4995
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      Brochure Price: £5795 Brochure Price: £5845 Brochure Price: £5895 Brochure Price: £6445 Brochure Price: £6495
      Blue Water Price: £4995 Blue Water Price: £5045 Blue Water Price: £5095 Blue Water Price: £5645 Blue Water Price: £5695

Price Information

  • 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
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