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Cruise and Panda by Rail

Small Group Tour

Cruise and Panda by Rail

Iconic China with first-class rail travel

Unforgettable experiences with China’s most iconic animal, the Giant Panda, as well as a relaxing cruise meandering along the Yangtze River, combine on this 15 day tour. With the addition of time in the illustrious capital, Beijing and the historic city of Xian, as well as vibrant Shanghai with the convenience of the efficient bullet trains between destinations make for a holiday of a lifetime.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • BeijingTemple of Heaven china

    Beijing, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Beijing with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • Ancient City Wall xian china

    Xian, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Xian with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • panda eating chengdu china

    Chengdu, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Chengdu with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • 3 Gorges yangtze china

    The Yangtze River, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for the Yangtze River with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • pudong skyline shanghai china

    Shanghai, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Shanghai with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

Cruise and Panda by Rail

14 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Beijing

Take your scheduled flight from London to Beijing. Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your local airport.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival, our representative will meet and arrange your transfer to your hotel for a three night stay. In the afternoon, there is time to relax, or explore the surrounding area.

DAY 3 Beijing City Tour

Your tour begins after breakfast, with a visit to the Temple of Heaven – where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year. Here you can witness the tradition of Tai Chi being practiced in the courtyard, which is followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, and continues to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Here, you will gain a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 Great Wall

Enjoy a good breakfast at the hotel before your visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a part of the wall with breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. Back to the city and an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, venues for the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a fabulous Peking Duck Dinner, in the place that gave it its name!

Following breakfast, visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a less-busy post along the wall offering breathtaking views. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, architectural marvels built for the 2008 Olympics. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional treat and a culinary must.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 Beijing to Xian

This morning visit the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views, followed by a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, before catching your bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes) and checking into your hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Bullet train
DAY 6 Terracotta Warriors

Today your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, a stunning collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese army, made over 2,000 years ago, yet preserved almost perfectly. This will be followed, in the afternoon, with a visit to Xian’s ancient city wall, best enjoyed as a peaceful stroll
or leisurely bike ride. This evening you will sample a delicious dumpling dinner while enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 Xian to Chengdu

After breakfast, admire some of the many treasures in the Shaanxi Museum before moving on to the UNESCO-listed Small Wild Goose Pagoda, and the bustling Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the station to take a bullet train to Chengdu and a two night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Bullet train
DAY 8 Chengdu

Day at leisure to explore Chengdu inde- pendently. Perhaps explore the old town, or relax in the People’s Park watching the locals play mahjong or practising Tai Chi. You can take an option tour to see Leshan Giant Buddha.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 9 Giant Pandas and Chongqing

After breakfast, the first stop will be the renowned Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Here natural habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding the once endangered pandas. Afterwards you will be transferred to the train station to take bullet train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, have dinner at local restaurant. Transfer you to the cruise.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Bullet train
DAY 10 Yangtze River Cruise

Relax and enjoy the scenic vistas, as your vessel meanders along the Yangtze River. There is plenty to keep you occupied including excursions to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, known as “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. All meals are served on board.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 11 Yangtze River Cruise

Watch the countryside drift by, as you enjoy breakfast on board your vessel. A journey through the tranquil Goddess Stream, marvelling at the soaring limestone cliffs rising sheer from the water, is today’s main highlight, before returning to the ship for the rest of the day.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 12 Yangtze River Cruise and to Shanghai

As you make your way to Yichang, there is
a chance to visit The Three Gorges Dam, before lunch on board. On arrival, transfer to the station for your bullet train to Shanghai, and a two night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Cruise, Bullet train
DAY 13 Shanghai City Tour

An enjoyable breakfast at your hotel is followed by today’s Shanghai City Tour. Starting at the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens, a horticulturalists dream, and continuing to the remarkable statues housed at the Jade Buddha Temple. The many exhibits at the Shanghai Museum, is followed by a walk along the promenade at the Bund, and later, from the top of the Shanghai World Financial Centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 14 Fly to UK

Transfer to the airport after breakfast, for your return flight back to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    China: Volunteering at the Dujiangyan Panda Base

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    China: Night Cruise on the Huangpu River in Shanghai

    Marvel at Shanghai's twinkling lights on a night cruise

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    China: Acrobatic Show in Shanghai

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Sample Accommodation

4★ Xinqiao Hotel, Beijing

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4★ Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian

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4★ Tianfu Sunshine Hotel, Chengdu

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5★ Victoria Cruises, Yanngtze River

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4★ Holiday Inn Express, Shanghai

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2024 and 2025
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart02/09/2024 Return15/09/2024 Day14 Depart£3,775 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart09/09/2024 Return22/09/2024 Day14 Depart£3,775 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/10/2024 Return20/10/2024 Day14 Depart£3,775 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart14/10/2024 Return27/10/2024 Day14 Depart£3,775 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart04/11/2024 Return17/11/2024 Day14 Depart£3,575 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart10/03/2025 Return23/03/2025 Day14 Depart£3,725 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart14/04/2025 Return27/04/2025 Day14 Depart£3,825 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart05/05/2025 Return18/05/2025 Day14 Depart£3,825 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart12/05/2025 Return25/05/2025 Day14 Depart£3,825 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart01/09/2025 Return14/09/2025 Day14 Depart£3,875 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart08/09/2025 Return21/09/2025 Day14 Depart£3,875 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/10/2025 Return19/10/2025 Day14 Depart£3,875 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart13/10/2025 Return26/10/2025 Day14 Depart£3,875 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/11/2025 Return16/11/2025 Day14 Depart£3,725 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £795
Land only from £2,595
(without international flights)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This tour itinerary is also available as a Private Tour. Please ask for more details.

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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class
  • Bullet trains in first class,
  • 4★ accommodation on twin share basis
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips: RMB 715 (approx £80) per person
  • Yangtze ruise tips: RMB150 (approx £18 ) per person
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • China visa and fees

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.

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