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

Highlights of China and the Yangtze

This incredible luxury cruise and land tour is a journey through thousands of years of Chinese culture and history, and combines a cruise along the mighty Yangtze River with hotel stays in the spellbinding cities of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. Includes return flights from the UK

Fly Cruise
12 nights from £3799pp

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Forbidden City, Bejing
  • Summer Palace, Beijing
  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an
  • Shibaozhai Pagoda
  • Yangtze
  • Yuyuan Garden District, Shanghai

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Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount! Subject to availability. Book by 31 Dec 2019

FREE one-way Business Class flights! Flight direction is dependant on availability. Offer is not combinable with savings of up to 30%. Subject to availability. Book by 31 Dec 2019

Highlights of China and the Yangtze Special Offer

Experience a land of contrasts, from modern skyscrapers to ancient temples, serene gardens to busy city streets, on this amazing holiday which includes a cruise along the River Yangtze through the mesmerising Three Gorges.

Begin with a three-night hotel stay in the Chinese capital of Beijing, during which you'll explore the Forbidden City, once off limits to tourists, Tiananmen Square surrounded by Communist monuments, and the UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China. There is also a special Peking duck lunch, a dish originally prepared for Chinese emperors.

Head to the serenity of Beijing's Summer Palace with its beautiful gardens, before flying to Xi'an for a two-night hotel stay. Enjoy a traditional dumpling banquet, a visit to the famous Terracotta Army, and the Jade Carving Center to learn about why Jade has a huge symbolic meaning.

Board your ship, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer in Chongqing and cruise to Shibaozhai for a visit to the 816 Underground Project, before spending a full day cruising the mighty Yangtze and incredible Three Gorges. This superb holiday concludes with a two-night hotel stay in Shanghai. After days of discovering ancient wonders and stunning landscapes, Shanghai's futuristic skyline will be a shock to the system. Experience both old and new, try dim sum and watch a spectacular performance by the Shanghai acrobats.

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Highlights of China and the Yangtze Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Beijing (China)

Overnight flight from the UK to Beijing.

Day 2 - Beijing

Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your luxury hotel for a 3-night stay.

Days 3-4 - Beijing

Enjoy two quintessential experiences in the Chinese capital. Explore the Forbidden City, which was once off limits, and enjoy a Peking duck lunch, a dish originally prepared for Chinese emperors. You'll also visit Tiananmen Square surrounded by Communist monuments, and see the Temple of Heaven, the largest and best-preserved Taoist temple in Beijing. The following day, learn more about Beijing's culture with a visit to the hutongs which grew around the Forbidden City in the 15th century. You'll also be invited to a traditional teahouse inside a 600-year-old Ming Dynasty-era Bell Tower. Partake in a traditional tea ceremony, before heading to the UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China, which you can walk along.

Day 5 - Beijing - Xi'an

This morning, check-out of your hotel and head to the serenity of the Summer Palace with its stunning classical gardens. From there, head to the airport for your flight to China's first capital, Xi'an, where you'll enjoy a traditional dumpling banquet. Two-night hotel stay.

Day 6 - Xi'an

Xi'an is home to the famous Terracotta Army which has been called the eighth wonder of the world. It is an extraordinary archaeological treasure and you can see the members of the army which have been excavated so far. End the day with a traditional Chinese dinner accompanied by a cultural performance. There is also a visit to the Great Mosque and Old Quarter.

Day 7 - Xi'an - Chongqing

Before leaving Xi'an, enjoy a visit to the Jade Carving Center. Jade has been precious in China for thousands of years as it has a huge symbolic meaning. Watch artisans carving the intricate designs, before flying to Chongqing to board your ship, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

Day 8 - Shibaozhai

Today, enjoy a visit to the site of the 816 Underground Project, a giant nuclear installation. For years, it remained hidden by forests and mountainous landscapes, and has only recently been revealed to the public.

Day 9 - Shennon Stream

Today will be a highlight of the cruise as you spend a full day cruising the might Yangtze River and incredible Three Gorges. Cruise past bucolic fishing villages, hillside rice paddies and historic temples. This evening, enjoy a special Captain's Farewell Dinner.

Day 10 - Yichang - Shanghai

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai where you'll enjoy a two-night hotel stay.

Day 11 - Shanghai

After days of discovering ancient wonders and stunning landscapes, Shanghai's futuristic skyline can be a shock to the system. Beyond the modern developments, you can still see traces of the city's colonial-era history. Experience both old and new today, try dim sum and watch a spectacular performance by the Shanghai acrobats.

Day 12 - Shanghai - UK

Check-out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 13 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 3-night full board cruise
  • 3-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Beijing
  • 2-night hotel stay in Xi'an
  • 2-night hotel stay in Shanghai
  • 23 meals including 1 Farewell Dinner
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Guided shore excursions
  • All port charges, airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 10th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £4949
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £4999 Brochure Price from: £6199
      Blue Water Price from: £4949 Blue Water Price from: £6149
    • Apr 17th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £3799
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £3799 Blue Water Price from: £4639
  • May
    • May 1st - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £3799
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £3799 Blue Water Price from: £4639
    • May 8th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £3799
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £3799 Blue Water Price from: £4639
    • May 15th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £3799
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £3799 Blue Water Price from: £4639
    • May 29th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £3799
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £3799 Blue Water Price from: £4639
  • June
    • Jun 5th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £3799
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £3799 Blue Water Price from: £4639
  • August
    • Aug 28th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £3799
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £3799 Blue Water Price from: £4639
  • September
    • Sep 11th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £3799
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £3799 Blue Water Price from: £4639
    • Sep 18th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £3799
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £3799 Blue Water Price from: £4639
    • Sep 25th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £3799
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £3799 Blue Water Price from: £4639
  • October
    • Oct 9th - Beijing to Shanghai - Sailing on: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer From: £5449
      Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5499 Brochure Price from: £6699
      Blue Water Price from: £5449 Blue Water Price from: £6649
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