Project Description

Shangri-La & Yangtze Cruise 

23 Days / 22 Nights
Beijing • Xian • Kunming • Dali • Lijiang • Zhongdian • Baishuitai • Guilin • Yangshuo • Longsheng • Chongqing • Yangtze River • Suzhou • Luzhi • Shanghai


Departure dates and prices are available upon request. Please call 1-800-387-0387




DAY 1 Arrive Beijing

Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: 5★ Regent Beijing or similar (4 nights)

DAY 2 Beijing                     B, L, SD

Your morning tour highlights include Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and Forbidden City, an ancient residence of emperors containing more than 9000 rooms. Explore the Hutong district on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways. This evening, feast on a traditional Peking Duck Dinner.

DAY 3  Beijing                B, SL

Excursion to the less visited Great Wall at Mutianyu with a cable car ride to the wall; A special lunch at Home of The Great Wall on midway of the hill. Return to city and take photo stop at Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.

DAY4 Beijing                B, SL, D

Today’s tour highlights include visits to Summer Palace, a former retreat for the Imperial family followed by a boat ride on Kunming Lake (weather permitting); an Imperial Lunch will be arranged at the Baijiadayuan. This afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors worshipped their God for good harvests and a leisure walk through Liulichang, Beijing’s cultural street.

DAY 5 Beijing  Xian        B, L, SD

Fly to Xian. Visit the Provincial History Museum where over 113,000 historical and cultural artifacts are housed. Conclude your day with a Tang Dynasty cultural performance and a dinner at the Tang Palace.

Hotel: 4★+ Sofitel on Renmin Square or similar (2 nights)

DAY 6 Xian                           B, L, D

Today’s tour highlights include visits to the Qin Shi Huang Di Tomb, with its Army of Terra-Cotta Soldiers and Bronze Chariots, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Take a guided walking tour through the Muslim quarter and local market.

DAY 7 Xian  Kunming       B, L

Fly to Kunming, known as the city of Eternal Spring. Visit the Western Hill for great views of Dianchi Lake & Kunming City with cable car ride (If time permits). Take a guided walking tour through the local flower market.

Hotel: 4★+ Green Lake Hotel or similar (1 night)

DAY 8 Kunming  Dali          B, L, D

Fly to Dali, an ancient capital city of Nanzhao Kingdom. Take a boat ride on Erhai Lake and visit the famous Three Pagodas, a historical symbol of Yunnan. Experience the local Three Course Tea Ceremony with songs & dance show of Bai Ethnic group. Take a leisure walk in the old Dali Town located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain.

Hotel: 4★ One Resort Dali or similar (1 night)

DAY 9 Dali – Lijiang          B, L

Drive to Lijang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stop en route at the unique Bai ethnic houses in Xizhou Town. Continue to Lijiang for a guided walking tour around The Ancient Town known as Dayan Town.

Hotel: 5★ InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town or similar (2 nights)

DAY 10 Lijiang                     B, L

Your full day tour includes a cable car ride up to the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the Baisha Mural Paintings, the scenic Black Dragon Pool Park and the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture inside the park. Optional: Impressions of Lijiang Show.

DAY 11 Lijiang – Zhongdian          B, L, D

Drive to Zhongdian and travel to Tiger Leaping Gorge the deepest gorge in the world. Stop at the First Bend of the Yangtze River and Iron Chain Bridge in the Shigu (Stone Drum) Town. Arrive in Zhongdian and check in your hotel.

Hotel: 5★ Songtsam Retreat or similar (2 nights)

DAY 12 Zhongdian – Baishuitai – Zhongdian                  B, L, D

This morning, drive 103 kms to White Water Terraces (Baishuitai), birthplace of the Dongba culture of the Naxi minority group. The terrace, located at foothill of Baha Snow Mountain is covered with white layer of calcium built as a result of the calcium carbonate crystallized in the spring water. Visit the nearby Baidi Village and discover the folklore and culture of the Naxi minority group.

DAY 13 Zhongdian  Kunming                 B, L

This morning’s tour highlights visits to the Napa Lake, Gedan Songzanlin Lamasery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan, and Dabaosi Temple at Ringha. Fly to Kunming and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: 4★+ Green Lake Hotel or similar (1 night)

DAY 14 Kunming  Guilin                          B, L

This morning drive to the Stone Forest (approx. 85 km), a natural wonder known as the “World Karst Landscape Museum”. After your tour, fly to Guilin.

Hotel: 4★+ Sheraton Hotel or similar (1 night)

DAY 15 Guilin – Yangshuo B, L, D

Enjoy a cruise down the Li River. Disembark in Yangshuo and browse around the market along the Western Street in Yangshuo followed by a cooking class with a professional chef. After an enjoyable self-cooked meal, proceed to watch the Impressions of Liusanjie, a spectacular outdoor performance.

Hotel: 4★ Mountain Retreat or similar (1 night)

DAY 16 Yangshuo – Longsheng vGuilin               B, L

Drive to Longsheng and visit Longji Rice Terraces, with an area of 66 km winding their way from the riverside up to the top of the mountain. The terraces were constructed in the Yuan Dynasty and completed in early Qing Dynasty. You will have a chance to meet some of the ethnic minority people. Return to Guilin for overnight stay.

Hotel: 4★+ Sheraton Hotel or similar (1 night)

DAY 17 Guilin  Chongqing                        B, L, D

Fly to Chongqing and visit the Panda Zoo (if time permits). Board your ship and begin your cruise on the Yangtze River. Enjoy the many amenities available (access to executive lounge, complimentary WiFi services, choice of dining & etc) with your 3-night cruise.

Cruise: 4★+ Victoria Cruises or similar (3 nights)

DAY 18-19 Yangtze Cruise                            B, L, D

Cruise the mighty Yangtze, passing through the beautiful sceneries along the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges. Enjoy daily shore excursions and on board activities.

DAY 20 Yichang  Shanghai – Suzhou              B

Fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, drive to Suzhou for your overnight stay.

Hotel: 4★+ Scholars Boutique Hotel Pingjiangfu or similar (1 night)

DAY 21 Suzhou – Luzhi – Shanghai             B, L

This morning, visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Panmen City Gate, the only land and water gate existing in Suzhou. Drive back to Shanghai and stop at the ancient Luzhi Watertown.

Hotel: 5★ Fairmont Peace Shanghai or similar (2 nights)

DAY 22 Shanghai                                                     B, L, SD

This morning, explore Shanghai’s famous Bund waterfront district and visit the old downtown area and the Jade Buddha Temple. Visit the observation deck of one of the world’s tallest buildings, Jinmao Tower. Tonight, enjoy a special Dim Sum dinner and Shanghai’s acclaimed ERA acrobatic show.

DAY 23 Shanghai Departure                                B

Transfer to Pudong Airport on a glorious 7 minute glide in a Maglev Train with a speed topping 430 kms per hour


Day 2: Forbidden City


Day 3-4:  Temple of Heaven.


Day 6: Terra-Cotta Soldiers


Day 9: Li Jiang.


Day 15: yangshuo