China ultima tour

Yangtze river cruise - China ultima tour

Beijing - Xi’an - Chengdu - Yangtze River Cruise - Wuhan - Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo - Kunming - Lijiang

One of the most comprehensive tours of China where we’ve included many historical, cultural and popular must see activities. Your tour begins in majestic Beijing and then heads to Xi’an to behold the amazing Terracotta Warriors. We’ll introduce you to the cuddly and adorable Giant Pandas in Chengdu and then relax in style whilst navigating one of the worlds most popular cruise destinations - the mighty Yangtze River. Visit cosmopolitan Shanghai for a dining and shopping extravaganza before heading south to discover the picturesque escapes of Guilin, Yangshuo, Kunming and Lijiang.

Tour Summary


22 Days, 21 Nights


Beijing – Xi’an – Chengdu – Chongqing – Yichang – Wuhan – Shanghai – Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin – Kunming – Lijiang – Kunming

Fitness Level


Tour Price

From AU $7,389 per person - twin share 4-Star Hotels


21 nights accommodation with Breakfast (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as per the itinerary, accredited English-speaking tour guides, transportation for all specified transfers and tours, 7 domestic economy class flights (inc. taxes), 1 rail ticket, entry fees to shows and attractions as per the itinerary, Yangtze Cruise including onboard entertainment and shore excursions.


International airfares and taxes, visa application fees, personal expenses such as telephone, dry cleaning, taxi fares etc, gratuities to guides and drivers, optional activities, shows, meals or any items denoted by ** throughout the itinerary

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival to Beijing Airport, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Please note no meals have been arranged for today.

Day 2

This morning you’ll visit Tiananmen Square and tour the amazing Forbidden City - headquarters of the Imperial Emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch visit the tranquil settings of the Temple of Heaven and time permitting, visit the Silk Street Markets for some retail therapy. In the evening you’ll dine on a sumptuous Peking Duck dinner, one of China’s most famous signature dishes. (BLD)

Day 3

Today you’ll journey to the Great Wall of China and be overwhelmed as you walk along one of the greatest man-made structures in the world. You will also visit the Ming Tombs in the Shisanling Forest - resting place for 13 of the Ming Dynasty emperors. This evening has been left open for you to relax or consider options such as attending the Beijing Opera** or the highly acclaimed Kung Fu Show** (BL)

Day 4

Enjoy a morning visit to the Beijing Olympics site to stroll around the main venues such as the Bird Nest and Water Cube. After lunch, visit the magnificent Summer Palace retreat and take a boat trip on Kunming Lake - Beijing’s largest man-made lake. Late in the afternoon transfer to the airport for a flight to Xi’an where you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. (BL)

Day 5

The highlight of today’s tour is one of China’s most amazing archaeological discoveries - the Terracotta Warriors. Marvel as you study the 6,000 plus life-sized clay soldiers and their horses. Later you’ll visit the Wild Goose Pagoda and wander through the old Muslim town and Grand Mosque. In the evening you’ll enjoy dinner whilst being entertained by the colourful performance of the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show. (BLD)

Day 6

Have a relaxed start to the day with a walk along the well-preserved ancient City Wall. After lunch you’ll transfer to the airport for a flight to Chengdu and be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. This evening has been left open for you to relax or venture around Chengdu’s colourful streets and restaurants. (BL)

Day 7

This morning is devoted to a special visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base where you’ll spend ample time checking out China’s national treasure. This is a wonderful opportunity to view the Pandas from early infancy through to their full-grown adulthood. Later you’ll partake in a traditional tea ceremony and stroll though the heritage-preserved city. In the evening we’ve arranged for you to enjoy a local specialty dinner and cultural show that can only be seen in the Sichuan Province. (BLD)

Day 8

Check out after breakfast and transfer to Chengdu Railway Station for a train ride to Chongqing. On arrival you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to the docks to board your Yangtze River cruise ship. Go to our Yangtze Cruises page for further details of what to expect from your luxury cruise. (BL)

Day 9-10

Relax to the gentle ebb of the mighty Yangtze as you sail past towering cliffs and rich vegetation of the 3 Gorges region. Along the way you’ll enjoy some scenic shore excursions and onboard activities, entertainment and fabulous cuisine. The ship will also pass through the 3 Gorges ship lock, which is an engineering masterpiece and fascinating part of the cruise. (BLD)

Day 11

This morning you’ll go ashore to inspect the incredible 3 Gorges Dam project. Later you’ll return to the ship to collect your luggage and bid farewell to the captain and crew as you disembark at Yichang. Transfer to Wuhan by coach and check-in to your hotel. (BL)

Day 12

Check out and transfer to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. On arrival, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax until the evening when you’ll partake in a BBQ style dinner before enjoying the world renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Show. (BLD)

Day 13

Visit the Jade Buddha Temple and admire the beautiful Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai’s old city quarters. In the afternoon stroll along the Bund to study the architecture of the waterfront promenade. Afterwards, snap up a bargain in the busy markets around Nanjing Road. (BL)

Day 14

Enjoy some free time before heading to the airport for your flight to Guilin. On arrival, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. If time permits you can check out the Li River night markets. (BL)

Day 15

Today you’ll have a full day tour trekking around the magnificent rice terrace fields of Longi. Built some 650 years ago, the rice terraces are still in use today and cascade freely down the steep terrain. Enjoy a lunch of locally grown produce in an eating-house perched high atop the mountainside and return late in the afternoon for an evening free in Guilin. (BL)

Day 16

Depart Guilin on a 4 hour cruise to Yangshuo along the crystal clear waters of the Li River. Enjoy lunch aboard whilst cruising through one of the most photographic regions of China. After checking in to your hotel, the afternoon has been left free to explore the many restaurants, cafes and shops along West Street. (BL)

Day 17

Enhance your skills as a Chinese chef by attending the very popular and relaxed surroundings of the Yangshuo Cooking School. Tour the produce markets for some fresh ingredients, and then master the secrets of some easy to learn local delicacies. Later enjoy some spare time before going to the visually spectacular Impression Sanjie Liu show. We’ve booked you premium seats for this stunning production that proudly boasts the same director of the now-famous Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. (BL)

Day 18

Transfer by road back to Guilin and visit Elephant Trunk Hill and the beautiful Reed Flute Cave. After lunch you’ll fly to Kunming where you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax with some free time for the remainder of the day or explore the city and its restaurants and shops. (BL)

Day 19

Grab your camera and check out the abstract rock formations of the Stone Forest. Afterwards you’ll board a flight for Lijiang where you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the 800-year-old city. There’s always plenty to see or do in Lijiang, so after dinner have a wander around and explore the old town. (BLD)

Day 20

Today you visit the beautiful Black Dragon Pond, Dongba Museum and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. A cable car will transfer you to the mountaintop glacier where you’ll enjoy stunning views of the alpine ecosystem. After lunch you’ll travel back to the old town to visit Mufu Palace and have the remainder of the day to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs made by the local minority people. (BL)

Day 21

A scenic day tour to the First Bend of the Yangtze River and the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge. Spanning a distance of 16km, the gorge measures just under 4000 metres in height making it one of the deepest in the world. Later you’ll travel back to the old town to relax and fit in some last minute shopping. (BL)

Day 22

After breakfast, checkout and transfer to the airport for a flight to Kunming and your onward journey. (B)

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Tour Prices per person twin-share in AU$

Travel Dates

Total People Travelling

4 Star Hotel^




01 Mar 2019 - 30 Nov 2019




10 or more


01 Dec 2018 - 28 Feb 2019







10 or more


5 Star Upgrade^

Add an extra $750 per person twin share^

Single Supplement

$3,215 for 4-Star Hotels or $3,985 for 5-Star Hotels^

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^ 4-Star package rates are based on 4-Star hotel accommodation and a 5-Star cruise aboard Victoria Cruises (USA).
5-Star package rates are based on 5-Star hotel accommodation (except in Yangshuo where 5-Star accommodation is currently unavailable) and a 5-Star cruise aboard Victoria Cruises (USA). Please note that public holidays and seasonal demand directly effect availability, fares and accommodation pricing. To enable us to refine your travel plans and provide you with an accurate quotation, please send us some key details via our Enquiry Form. Prior to making a booking, please visit our Terms and Conditions page to view our policies related to travel in China. We strongly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance prior to your departure to safeguard against unforeseen events. is a registered Safe Travel Charter Partner with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and is an authorised agent to issue travel insurance to our Australian clients. Visit our Quick Quote site where you can also purchase an online policy. For further information, please go to our Travel Insurance page and also find other useful links regarding advice on safe travel practices.

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