Discover China's treasures, including the Forbidden City, the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and Yu Yuan Gardens, on a classic journey through China's Middle Kingdom and a three-day cruise on the Yangtze River.

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 The Terra-Cotta Warriors of Xi'an  The breathtaking gorges of the Yangtze River  A panoramic view of the Forbidden City  Beijing's Forbidden City  Temple of Heaven, Beijing  The legendary Great Wall of China  Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China  China's Yangtze River  The renowned Shanghai Museum  Chinese jade chimera. Credit: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  Pavilion in the Yu Yuan gardens of Shanghai  Yu Yuan (gardens) of Shanghai

Imperial China and the Yangtze

14 days from $5,384 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Discover China's treasures, including the Forbidden City, the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and Yu Yuan Gardens, on a classic journey through China's Middle Kingdom and a three-day cruise on the Yangtze River.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This tour was fantastic and very enriching. This was the best way to see a country as vast and with such deep history as China.

- Dianne W.

China is a tour that is packed with history, historic sites and incredible scenery. Love the trip!!!

- Joan L.

A great trip for the educated and culturally curious!

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Overview

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active


Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

This tour was fantastic and very enriching. This was the best way to see a country as vast and with such deep history as China.

- Dianne W.

China is a tour that is packed with history, historic sites and incredible scenery. Love the trip!!!

- Joan L.

A great trip for the educated and culturally curious!

- Previous Journeys Traveler

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Beijing, China

Day 2 — Beijing

After time to relax meet for a walking tour of the area surrounding your hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Days 3-5 — Beijing and the Great Wall

Begin your discovery of this 2,000-year-old city at Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of China. Explore the courtyards, halls, and passageways of the Forbidden City where emperors lived and ruled. Tonight, savor a traditional Peking duck dinner. The next day begins with a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s hutongs, or old neighborhoods, where you’ll visit the home of a local family for a rare glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle that is quickly disappearing. In the afternoon set out for the enigmatic Great Wall, a World Heritage site. At Mu Tian Yu, take a cable car up to the partially reconstructed ramparts and walk along this seemingly endless fortification. Your last day in Beijing begins with a visit to the Temple of Heaven complex where Chinese emperors once worshipped. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the National Museum of China, the country’s grand repository of its cultural artifacts and history. (3B,2L,2D)

Days 6-7 — Xi’an

Fly to Xi’an, the capital city of some of the most significant dynasties in Chinese history and the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. Xi’an regained world prominence in 1974, when the renowned Terra-cotta Warriors were accidentally discovered by local farmers. Tour the impressive nine-mile city wall and moat, and visit the Great Mosque of Xi’an. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner of traditional Chinese dumplings. The next morning, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda (ca. A.D. 652), a graceful Buddhist temple notable for its statues and stelae. Devote the afternoon to the extraordinary Terra-cotta Warriors, more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers created to guard China’s first emperor in the afterlife. See these outstanding pieces, each with an individually sculpted face, standing in military formation in three separate vaults. (2B,2L,2D)

Day 8 — Chongqing and the Yangtze River

Fly to Chongqing, a bustling port city on the Yangtze River. Upon arrival, visit the zoo housing the beloved pandas. Following dinner at a local restaurant, board your ship and begin your cruise this evening. (B,L,D)

Days 9-10 — The Yangtze

Prized for its haunting natural beauty, the 3,600-mile long Yangtze is one of the world’s longest and busiest rivers. Visit one of its most popular towns, the “ghost city” of Fengdu. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Dinner. The next morning traverse Qutang Gorge, followed by tranquil Wu Gorge. Scenes from ancient Chinese scroll paintings come to life as you take a small ferry along the Daning River to the stunning Small Gorges. Back on board the ship in late afternoon, reach the scenic western section of 42-mile Xiling Gorge, famed for its swift rapids and churning whirlpools. Later tonight, enter the locks of the Three Gorges. Later in the evening, enter the locks of the Three Gorges Dam for the fascinating three-hour transit. (2B,2L,2D)

Day 11 — Three Gorges Dam and Shanghai

During your final morning on the Yangtze, tour the immense Three Gorges Dam Project, one of the largest feats of modern engineering in the world. Continue cruising through Xiling Gorge and Gezhouba Dam to Yichang, where you’ll disembark and fly to Shanghai, China’s dazzling commercial capital. (B,L)

Days 12-13 — Shanghai

Take a walking tour of the Xin Tian Di neighborhood, and stroll through peaceful Yu Yuan, a traditional Chinese garden and gathering place. Devote the afternoon to gazing upon priceless collections of ancient Chinese bronzes, ceramics, and calligraphy at the acclaimed Shanghai Museum. Tonight, attend a lively Chinese acrobatics show. The next morning walk along The Bund, Shanghai’s broad and bustling riverfront boulevard. The remainder of the day is at leisure to experience bustling Nanjing Road, cruise the Huangpu River, or get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Tonight, toast your adventure at a farewell dinner. (2B,1L,1D)

Day 14 — Depart for the U.S.

Depart Shanghai for your return flights to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)