Majestic China & Yangtze River

14 Days 12 Nights
TOUR CODE: ACY FROM: $2099

Majestic China & Yangtze River

  • 14 Days 12 Nights
  • TOUR CODE: ACY
  • FROM: $2099

Join us on an epic 12 night journey to China to see the best of this vast and intriguing nation, past and present.  Experience the bustling capital of Beijing where skyscrapers tower over ancient hutongs, visit the awe-inspiring Great Wall, and sail along the storied Yangtze River on a luxury cruise boat. Cap your adventures with a visit to the 2,000 year old Terracotta Army at Xian and time in energetic Shanghai, China’s powerhouse.  Discover the best of China with Affordable World Tours.

  • Beijing (3 nights)
  • Yichang
  • Chongqing
  • Xian (2 nights)
  • Shanghai (3 nights)
  • Yichang - Chongqing 5D4N (4 nights)

Optional Extension:

TRIP TIMELINE

A China vacation is not complete without a cruise along the mighty Yangtze River. View the beautiful landscape and see the massive Three Gorges on our China tours with exciting shore excursions. Also Journey to the Great Wall in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, and the famous waterfront Bund in Shanghai. Enjoy highest level of service with round trip airfare, luxury hotel accommodations, ground transfers, cruise along the Yangtze River, friendly English-speaking tour guides and sightseeing. Luxury China tours at unbeatable value. Discover the best of China with Affordable World China tours.

DAYS 1 & 2

USA - Beijing

Depart from the US and head overseas for an adventure of a lifetime. Spend the night aboard as the jetliner glides across the International Date Line. Our local guide is there to greet us as we arrive in Beijing, the economic and political center of the nation. Transfer to the luxury accommodations provided for a good night’s rest.

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Doubletree Hilton Beijing or Similar

Upgrades available:

Doubletree Hilton Beijing or Similar (Executive Room)

DAY 3

Beijing

Spend the day free or take the tour to visit the Great Wall, which is one of the man-built architectures that can be seen from the low orbit of the earth. The Great Wall is a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from invading the mainland. It stretches an impossible 4000 miles across China's north, covering nine provinces. An enormous undertaking that originally began under Qin Shi Huang (first emperor of China) in 200 B.C., the Great Wall was not completed until the Ming Dynasty in 1640. This morning you have plenty of time to walk along its ancient path and experience part of China's fascinating history.

Included: American Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Doubletree Hilton Beijing or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 4

Beijing

Today, we start our Beijing Capital tour with Qianmen Street. Qianmen Street was a commercial and entertainment hub due to its convenient location, connecting the Imperial Palace with other communities in Beijing. In the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, the street underwent a rejuvenation to restore the streetscape to that of the early 20th. A visit to Tiananmen Square, the world-famous and historic Tiananmen Square, or “Gate of Heavenly Peace”. Located in the heart of Beijing, Tiananmen Square was once the main gate to the Imperial Palace during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Today, it is home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, National Museum of China, and the Great Hall of the People. Afterwards, we drive by the famed Olympic Site and have a photo stop at Olympic National Stadium (the Bird's Nest), Olympic National Aquatics Center (the Water Cube) and National Center for the Performing Art. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to explore the home to Ming and Qing emperors, Forbidden City. Comprised of 800 buildings covering 720,000 sq. meters, it is the world's largest palace complex. **For those travelers joining the Forbidden City optional tour - your passport is required for entry.  Please note if your passport does not match the passport on file for your reservation, you will be denied entry at the Forbidden City and your ticket will be nonrefundable**

Included: American Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Doubletree Hilton Beijing or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 5

Beijing-Yichang-Yangtze River Cruise

Board a short flight to Yichang,the cultural and economic center of the western Hubei Province. Upon arrival , we board our ship sets for our Yangtze River adventure.

Included: American Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Victoria Anna

Optional Tours:

DAY 6

Yangtze River Cruise

Arrive at Sandouping, you can stay on board and rest or take the optional shore excursion to explore the Three Gorges Dam Site, located in the middle of the Xiling Gorge. Wonder at the magnitude of the dam and then cruise upstream, traversing the 5-stage Three Gorges Dam locks and breathtaking Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Victoria Anna

Optional Tours:

DAY 7

Yangtze River Cruise

Depending on the weather today, enjoy a memorable excursion to cruise along the serenely beautiful gorges of the Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream, two tributaries of the Yangtze. Afterwards, rejoin the cruise ship to glide past the elegant Wu Gorge, renowned for its vertical cliffs and 12 mist-shrouded mountains. Enter the final gorge, Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most impressive of the three.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Victoria Anna

DAY 8

Yangtze River Cruise

Today, you can choose to stay on board or go ashore to visit the extraordinary Shibaozhai pagoda, a 12-story wooden pagoda built 400 years ago without the use of a single nail and filled with Chinese art that rises from the banks of the Yangtze.  

Included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Victoria Anna

DAY 9

Yangtze River Cruise-Chongqing-Xian

Our Yangtze River journey comes to an end as we dock in Chongqing, a scenic cliff-side city that overlooks the conflunece of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. Transfer to Xian, the capital of Shannxi Province, one of the oldest cities in China. Xian is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China with more than 3100 years of history. The city was known as "Chang'an" before Ming Dynasty. Xian is the eastern teminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terra Cotta Warriors. Upon arrival in Xian, we will drive into town, passing through its massive City Wall, the best preserved defensive wall structure on earth and have a picture stop at Drum Tower and Bell Tower. In the evening, don't miss the chance to taste the local famous dumpling banquet.

Included: American Breakfast , Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Grand Noble Xian or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 10

Xian

Spend the day free or take the tour to witness the famous "Terra Cotta Warriors." The serendipitous discovery of the Terra Cotta Warriors in 1974 has drawn throngs of visitors to Xian each year, and ranks as one of the world's most important recent archaeological finds. Three excavation pits have been opened to the public with a fourth underway. Spend some time admiring the fine troops, horses, and carriages in battle formation. After lunch, the motorcoach takes us back inside city limits to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is rated as a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction. Tonight, take the opportunity to enjoy the cultural musings of the Tang Dynasty Show, a song and dance performance which reflects the rich cultural history and prosperity of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

Included: American Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Grand Noble Xian or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 11

Xian-Shanghai

Board a flight to Shanghai, the largest metropolitan center of China.She is a bright pearl at the mouth of the Yangtze River and China's largest economic center.

Included: American Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Pullman Shanghai Jing'an Hotel or Similar

DAY 12

Shanghai

This morning, we visit the Shanghai Museum and view the exhibits of ancient Chinese art. Designed by a local Shanghai Architect, the current building was completed in 1993 and resembles the shape of a bronze cooking vessel. Afterwards, we visit City God Temple Bazaar, the Nanjing Road and the Bund. Spend the afternoon to relax at the hotel or take the optional tour to Lujiazui Finance and Trade Development Zone and a ride on Huang Pu River Cruise. In the evening, do not miss the opportunity to experience the exciting Chinese Acrobatics Show (with dinner).

Included: American Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Pullman Shanghai Jing'an Hotel or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 13

Shanghai

Spend the day free at leisure or take an optional excursion to the charming water village of Suzhou. Suzhou, often known as the “Venice of the Orient”, is a historic city located at the heart of the Yangtze Delta in the southern part of the Jiangsu Province. Beautiful stone bridges, pagodas, and classical gardens line the canals that cover 42 percent of the city.

Included: American Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Pullman Shanghai Jing'an Hotel or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 14

Shanghai-USA

All good things come to an end. Board a return flight back home and bid farewell to China.

Included: American Breakfast

Your tour includes

  • Sightseeing places as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily hotel breakfast
  • Land only package includes China domestic flights (Beijing -> Yichang, Chongqi -Xian -> Shanghai); does not include international airfare and airport transfers in or out.
  • Transpacific air tickets from Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO)
  • Fuel surcharges on airlines tickets
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Luxury hotel accommodations
  • Professional English-speaking guide

Air China:

    • IAH, JFK
    • LAX, SFO
    • YVR
    FROM $0 -$100 PP

*Subject to availability

Upgrade your trip

Create your ideal getaway with the following upgrade options. Extensions and upgrades can be added during the booking process or speak to one of our travel advisors to tailor your perfect trip.

Beijing

Shanghai

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Customer Reviews

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

Just returned from one of our most exciting, entertaining and inspiring vacations ever. The entire package was far above what we expected for the price. The flights were well planned and all were on time. The hotels were all 5 star, and the cruise ship Anna was close as you can come to 5 star for a ship. All of the hotel food was delicious and there was plenty for everyone. The excursions in every city visited were well thought ...

By BARBARA DANCY

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

All aspects of the service were first class and all guides did a great job.

By MICHAEL GOOD

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

Exceeded our expectations. Hotels were top notch

By RONALD COY

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

I would book with Affordable again.

By CAROLINE YANG

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

The whole trip was above and beyond what I had expected. The hotels where 5 stars the river cruise 4 stars and the guides two were 5 star and one was 3 star. Never had any problems, we couldn't believe what we got for the money. Would definitely recommend Affordable World and I have to my friends!

By PHILIP THOMPSON

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

The hotels were 1st class and in great locations. Guides were informative and helpful. All of the "don't miss" excursions were great. The most beautiful scenery was the trip to Tribe of the three Gorges on the cruise. There is a lot of walking on uneven ground and up and down steps. A few people in our group weren't able to go everywhere because of physical restrictions. Shopping time is limited, so be prepared to ...

By LINDA SANFORD

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

The hotel accommodations were great especially the breakfast. The tour guides spoke very good English and were easy to understand. The optional tours were good and highlighted the main tourist attractions. I disagree with the recommendation to upgrade on the Yanghtze River Cruise. The food service and selection was broader than upstairs (the upgraded section), there was less rocking/movement, and the elevator did not always work, so one had to climb two flights of stairs to ...

By MAI LINH NGUYEN

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

Third trip with Affordable World. This time I brought my 14 year old daughter. Very safe and fun. Incredible sights. Will most likely go again when my youngest sons are old enough.

By JERRY YORGESEN

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

I really enjoyed this trip! Prior to the trip, Affordable World was prompt in answering questions posted to their website and helpful when called on the phone. Their Visa application was easy. The email and snail mail communication before the trip were excellent. Everything throughout the trip was well planned and organized. Scott, our guide in Beijing, was truly outstanding!!! All hotel accommodations were wonderful! The buffet breakfasts were great too! The ...

By PERRY BETH

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

We recently returned from the Majestic China & Yangtse River, via Affordable World, and it was tremendous! As a well-seasoned traveler, we were very apprehensive taking a vacation where we had to release full control, but Affordable World was spot-on with their organization. We never had to look for our Affordable World contact, whether at the airport, hotel or excursion site. They were timely, informative and courteous. We went with Affordable World because they were the tour ...

By AVELA CONLEY

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

I have recently returned from the Affordable World Majestic China & Yangtze River 14 Days 12 Nights tour. This is the first tour I have ever been on and I took a chance on Affordable World, mostly because of price and what was offered. The trip was superb and unfolded without one glitch. All the Air China flights were excellent, the Victoria Grace cruise on the Yantgze River was stunning and informative, the tour guides were all knowledgeable, enthusiastic and ...

By KATHLEEN RIPPEY

MAJESTIC CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER

I have just returned from the 14 days Majestic China and Yangtze River, everything was great, I recommend to upgrade to the executive level at the CRUISE, if you do so, you have the chance to have a four pie e alunar y every day at the CRUISE, and all your meals at the uper deck, I also recommend to take the two optional tours that you have to pay at the ship to the Tribe of the three gorges ...

By SILVIA WALKUP

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