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  • Enjoy a 5* river cruise for 7 nights along the majestic Yangtze, followed by an exciting tour with excursions to some of the world’s most famous landmarks.
  • Experience the wonders of ancient and modern China in Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and Xian.
  • We've included a complimentary VIP Home Chauffeur Service for our members who live within 50 miles of departure airport

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14 nights: This trip is 2 nights in a hotel in Shanghai followed by a 7 night cruise down the Yangtze River followed by 5 night stays in Xian & Beijing 

Your Destination

This classic itinerary visits the three most famous cities of China: cosmopolitan Shanghai, historic Xian and bustling Beijing. Included are the must-see sights of the Terracotta Warriors, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. 


Shanghai is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China. In addition to its modernisation, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour.

Here, visitors can find the perfect blend of cultures - the modern and the traditional, and the western and the oriental. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen stand side by side to draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwine and form the city's culture, making a visitor's stay truly memorable.

Yangtze River

China's longest and most scenic waterway carves its way some truly dramatic scenery.  Cruising down the Yangzi is a unique experience that will take you past astonishing panoramas, sparkling emerald waters and sheer rock faces that tower above you.

But The Yangtze River is more than just jaw dropping scenery, it is also one of the world’s largest and most famous waterways, flowing through China’s dramatic and varied scenery. From its source in Qinghai Province, the Yangtze travels almost 4,000 miles into the East China Sea at Shanghai, dividing China into north and south. 
The spectacular mixture of culture, scenery and incredible feats of engineering along the river are unlike anything you will have seen before. From the extraordinary natural beauty of the Three Gorges, to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, via ancient Imperial Capitals and tiny riverside communities, the Yangtze River offers an experience not to be missed.


As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, Xian has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed the city with an amazing historical heritage. Visitors marvel at the numerous historical sites and cultural relics in and around the city.


As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travellers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the UK

Day 2: Arrive in Shanghai 
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for 2 nights.

Overnight at Regal Shanghai East Asia with dinner included.

Day 3: Shanghai
Sometimes known as 'Hu', Shanghai is a bustling, fast-paced metropolis that offers a rich tableau for sightseers. This morning's tour takes in the lively old town, exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens and the fascinating Shanghai Museum. We also walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920’s style Shikumen buildings. In the evening, enjoy a panoramic cruise on the Huangpu River. 

Overnight at Regal Shanghai East Asia with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 4: Shanghai - Chongqing - Yangtze River
Visit the developed district of Pudong before flying to Chongqing where you will board the Victoria Selina for a seven-night stay on the magnificent Yangtze River. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on board Victoria Selina with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 5: Shibaozhai
Today, enjoy an included excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to Fengdu, visiting the newly relocated village built for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze’s rising waters brought about by the Three Gorges Dam. 

Overnight on board Victoria Selina with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 6: Three Gorges
Enter the Three Gorges, one of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures. Pass through Qutang Gorge, the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic. Cruise through the 25-mile long Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and sheer cliffs. Transfer to another vessel for a relaxing ride through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream. Later enter Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest - its cliff walls rise to 4,000 feet. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks.

Overnight on board Victoria Selina with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 7: Three Gorges Dam
This morning, enjoy an included visit to the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping and admire the beautiful scenery. The Dam is the largest project of its kind in the world. 

Overnight on board Victoria Selina with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 8: Three Gorges Tribe
Today, perhaps join an optional excursion to the Three Gorges Tribe where you can take an interesting glimpse into local life in the Xiling Gorge region. 

Overnight on board Victoria Selina with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 9: Shennong Stream & Wu and QuTang Gorges
Enjoy an included excursion to the Shennong Stream, before passing through the magnificent, cloud encircled peaks of Wu and QuTang Gorges, said to embody supernatural spirits.

Overnight on board Victoria Selina with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 10: White Emperor City
Today, perhaps take the excursion to this ancient site overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge. White Emperor City has long been a refuge for would-be kings and poets who have travelled here to be inspired by its majestic views. Legend has it that in 25AD, white vapour in the shape of a dragon rose from a well here, and Gong Sunshu, a soldier who had his headquarters here, declared himself the White Emperor. Remains of the city wall can be seen on the hill behind Baidi Mountain, and a temple built to commemorate Gong's reign dates back over 1,950 years. 

Overnight on board Victoria Selina with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 11: Chongqing - Xian
After you disembark this morning in Chongqing, visit the lovable Giant Pandas at the Chongqing Panda House. Later, fly to Xian, the ancient capital of China. 

Overnight at Grand New World Hotel with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 12: Xian
Come face to face with the terracotta warriors, China’s most enigmatic sight, built to protect the first emperor of China in the afterlife. Visit the Xian Art and Ceramics exhibition centre to see life-sized models of the warriors being made before taking a walk on the Ming-dynasty city walls.

Overnight at Grand New World Hotel with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 13: Xian - Beijing
Visit the exotic Muslim Quarter and see the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Later, fly to Beijing, the capital of China. 

Overnight at Jiangxi Grand Hotel with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 14: Beijing
Walk across the magnificent Tiananmen Square before heading into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City, former home of the Ming and Qing emperors. Stroll through the grounds of the Temple of Heaven and dine on delicious Peking Duck. 

Overnight at Jiangxi Grand Hotel with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 15: Beijing
Walk on the Great Wall of China, China’s most iconic sight, before visiting the Jade Factory. Stroll through the grounds of the Summer Palace, former holiday home of the Qing emperors. Watch a thrilling acrobatic show this evening. 

Overnight at Jiangxi Grand Hotel with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 16: Beijing - UK
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the UK.  

Day 17: Arrival in the UK

Your Ship

Our members can enjoy an 7 night full board stay (breakfast, lunch and evening meal - excludes drinks).  

Our members may choose from a Main Deck Cabin, Prom Deck Cabin or a Bridge Deck Cabin all of which feature a balcony

A five-star deluxe river cruiser, Victoria Selina is a modern, stylishly designed ship, purpose built for navigating the Yangtze River and fully refurbished in 2011.

Offering comfortable, elegant public areas, a choice of amenities and impeccable personal service, Victoria Sophia accommodates just 208 passengers in 108 cosy, well-appointed cabins, each with a balcony and river views.

  • Dining room
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Massage room
  • Beauty salon
  • Fitness room
  • Gift shop
  • Mahjong room
  • Internet access
  • Safety deposit box
  • Hairdryer available at reception.

Your Hotels

You will stay in the below hotels (or similar) in Twin Room throughout.

Adults Adults
2 Adults

Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel 4* - Shanghai (2 nights)
Situated within the shopping district of Xu Jia Hui, Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel features 24-hour room service and an indoor heated pool. It is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Stadium Subway Station so it is easy to navigate your way around the city.  You can also try some traditional Cantonese dishes at The Peak Chinese Restaurant or the Stadium Cafe offers a daily buffet or a la carte menu of Asian and Western meals.

Grand New World Hotel 4* - Xian (2 nights)
Grand New World Hotel is located in central Xian City, a few minutes’ walk from the Ancient City Wall and Islamic Mosque. It offers an indoor pool and a café.  A daily buffet or a la carte breakfast awaits guests every morning at Grand New World’s café. In-room dining is available with room service.

Jiangxi Grand Hotel 5* - Beijing (3 nights)
Jiangxi Grand Hotel Beijing is located a 15-minute walk from Liujiayao Subway Station (Line 5). The property offers a well-appointed fitness centre, 2 dining options and accommodation with free wired internet access.  It is a 10-minute walk from China Opera and a 10-minute drive from Temple of Heaven Park.  He Wei Yuan Chinese Restaurant serves a fine selection of local flavours and Jiangxi dishes. International food can be found at the western restaurant.

Your Journey

Flights: Are included with British Airways with 23kg of hold luggage.

Depart London Heathrow: 13:50
Arrive at Shanghai: 07:55

Depart Beijing: 11:15
Arrive at London Heathrow: 15:20

All flight times are local

Transfers: Shared transfers between overseas airports, hotel and cruise ship are included.

Just for you: Complimentary VIP Home Chauffeur Service for those living within 50miles of Heathrow, those living more than 50miles will be charged £1.70 per mile over 50miles

Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change. We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given. Specific flights cannot be selected and confirmed timings will be shown on your official documentation from the tour operator.
Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.

What's Included?

  • Accommodation: standard room in hotels and Main Deck Balcony Cabin on cruise
  • 41 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
  • English speaking guide on tour
  • Transfers between overseas airports, hotels and cruise ship
  • All local, port and airport taxes including Yangtze River Cruise Levy
  • FREE VIP Home Chauffeur Service included within 50 miles of departure airport (the chauffeur will piclk up the client from his home to the airport) - there is a charge of £1.70 per car / mile if more than 50 miles

Victoria Cruises operate an automated tipping system so instead of worrying how much and when to tip, an amount of $50 per passenger per cruise will be charged upon check-in.

Meet & Greet

If you are driving to the airport in the UK, and book our package including flights, you may wish to add our Meet and Greet service. Take the hassle out of airport parking and have an official representative take your car on arrival, and it will be waiting for you on your return.

This can be added at the next stage of booking process where available.

Your Contract

The flight inclusive offer(s) shown on this page are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Voyage Privé is acting as agent for Cosmos Tours & Cruise with ATOL number 1082 and your contract is with that company.

Travel Documents

Once the booking process is complete, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from Voyage Prive detailing your chosen travel arrangements.

Your official ATOL receipt and booking confirmation issued by the Tour Operator will follow within 5 days.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure. Generally, travel documents are sent via email however, in some cases they will be sent by post.

If you have booked Meet & Greet, you will receive a separate voucher for this via email.

Please do make sure that you add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list and check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

Important Information

For further information on passport & visa requirements click here

Please note whilst on tour a compulsory tip is required for distribution to local guides or porters, a suggested amount of $85 is recommended, paid on Day 2. For the cruise an automatic service charge of approximately $50 per person will be collected at embarkation. Any additional tips for the Cruise Director or River Guide are at your discretion.

Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel

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