Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

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Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise - Exodus Travels
Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise - Exodus Travels
67 reviews
+11 Destinations


  • Discover the Forbidden City
  • Observe closely the Giant Pandas
  • Walk the Great Wall
  • Cruise the Yangtze River
Age range
16 to 99 year olds
Max Group Size
Train & Rail
Travel style
Discovery, River Cruise
Exodus Travels
Start in Beijing and end in Shanghai! With the discovery tour Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise, you have a 19 day tour package taking you from Beijing to Shanghai and through Beijing, China and 10 other destinations in China. Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.


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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrive Beijing
  2. Day 2: Sightseeing in Beijing
  3. Day 3: Visit the Great Wall
  4. Day 4: Beijing; overnight train to Xi'an
  5. Day 5: Morning walking tour of the Muslim quarter and mosque; free afternoon or optional cycle ride
  6. Day 6: Day trip to visit the Terracotta Warriors
  7. Day 7: Bullet train to Chengdu; afternoon sightseeing tour
  8. Day 8: Sightseeing trip to Leshan Giant Buddha; return to Chengdu
  9. Day 9: Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre; to Chongqing, board cruise boat
  10. Day 10-11: Two full days cruising the Yangtze River including the Three Gorges and the dam
  11. Day 12: Disembark the cruise; high speed train to Wuhan
  12. Day 13: Bullet train to Guilin; drive to Yangshuo
  13. Day 14: Explore the local countryside by bike; meal with a local family
  14. Day 15: Yangshuo cookery class; free time to enjoy this laid back town and beautiful limestone scenery
  15. Day 16: To Guilin for flight to Shanghai; evening tour along the Bund
  16. Day 17: Visit Xitang water town
  17. Day 18: Full day in Shanghai
  18. Day 19: End Shanghai

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

67 Reviews

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  • RL
    Written on August 26, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Jane was an excellent guide, nothing was too much trouble for her. She was always helpfull. The itinerary was great and we covered a lot of china in short time and it was great to be able to spend 2-3 nights at each place so we got to know a bit more about... Read more

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  • SP
    Written on October 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Not unequalled, but equal first with a wonderful holiday we spent in New Zealand.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For us, there were many great moments on this trip:Walking on the Great Wall.    Interacting with ordinary Chinese people... Read more

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  • BS
    Written on October 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Extensive trip around a fascinating country, with great food and activitiesWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I was looking forward to China as a country, but for me it was the giant pandas, the food (no water chestnuts, bean sprouts or... Read more

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  • DD
    Written on October 8, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    China is a developing country with much to offer the tourist. This tour is arranged aggressively to visit many of the highlights in 17 days. The weather can be hot and muggy, the crowds intense and the public transport teaming with passengers. Because of... Read more

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  • PT
    Written on October 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Second trip with Exodus and once again you've come up trumpsWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking the Great Wall of China, something I never thought I would achieve.What did you think of your group leader?Emma was absolutely fabulous... Read more

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  • EC
    Written on August 16, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was an exceptional trip.  Travelling through China is both fascinating and magical, and for any budding photographers, is a dream.  The itinerary is very well constructed, with a perfect balance of city and rural, using planes, trains and automobiles... Read more

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  • SP
    Written on July 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip taking in the highlights of China with time to relax on the Yangtze cruise and in Yangshuo. We didn't spend hours in airports waiting for flights (as many other trips do) although we spent long hours on overnight trains. There were only 8 of us... Read more

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  • KF
    Written on January 3, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    China is an amazing place to visit.  We got to see the contrast between the new bustling city life and the traditional farms, along with all the iconic images of China.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Great Wall of China takes your... Read more

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  • JP
    Written on January 3, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    A packed holiday with many highlights.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The scale of the warriors was immense. The details shared with us as to the lives of those building them and their fate was thought provoking.The scenery and... Read more

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  • LC
    Written on January 2, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A really busy three weeks of travel with so much variety. A very good overview of of such a vast country.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It is difficult to choose. I think the Great Wall. It was worth the time spent travelling to explore... Read more

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    Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price and you need to arrange these separately by yourself once your tour is guaranteed. As we specialise in organising the best tours around the world for you, we are unable to advise on flight prices or book flights on your behalf. If you have not already booked your flights we recommend checking out the following link which is powered by Skyscanner -

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Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for China. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
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Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for China. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Tick-borne encephalitis
Recommended for China. Ideally 6 months before travel.


Beijing is the starting point and Shanghai is the endpoint.
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For any tour departing before 1 November 2019 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 1 November 2019, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with Exodus Travels. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 75 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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Covering a total distance of approx 4,747 km.
  • Beijing (China)
  • 61 km
  • Great Wall (China)
  • 61 km
  • Beijing (China)
  • 912 km
  • Xian (China)
  • 614 km
  • Chengdu (China)
  • 263 km
  • Chongqing (China)
  • 469 km
  • Yichang (China)
  • 732 km
  • Liuzhou (China)
  • 120 km
  • Yangshuo (China)
  • 60 km
  • Guilin (China)
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