Flavors of China and the Yangtze Globus

Flavors of China and the Yangtze

Small-Group Discovery Tour

This fascinating tour of China highlights the country’s diverse culture, cuisine, history and scenic landscapes. The itinerary includes the cities of Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Shanghai and a three night Yangtze River cruise. Other highlights include the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, Hangzhou’s West Lake and a visit to the Giant Panda Research Base.

The 14 day Flavors of China and Yangtze tour from Globus Tours is a tour to China that just keeps on giving. This tour brings you from the big cities that China is so well-known for to the fields and farms that feed this massive population. You'll learn about how China grew from the early moments in the country's history to the current day situation in several major cities. This tour is an absolute blast for travelers looking to learn and explore the amazing country of China.


14 Daysfr. $2,839

  • Sightseeing with a in Beijing with a local guide including a visit Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven
  • Take a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s Hutongs, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home to learn more about their life.
  • Sightseeing in Xi'an with a local guide including a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Dayan Pagoda
  • Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration, a calligraphy class, and a “Tang Dynasty” dinner show
  • Sightseeing in Chengdu with a local guide including a visit to the Giant Panda Research Base
  • Travel by bullet train from Chengdu to Chongqing
  • Enjoy a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges including a walking tour in Shibaozhai, a boat excursion on Goddess Stream, and a tour of the Three Gorges dam site
  • Sightseeing in Hangzhou with a local guide including a visit to the Lingyin Temple and Fei Lai Feng and a walking tour along Hefang Street and a cruise on West Lake
  • Take a sightseeing tour of Shanghai with a local guide including a visit to the Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum
  • Enjoy a xiaolongbao lunch and a walking tour of the French Concession in Shanghai
  • This is a small-Group Discovery tour which limits the size of the group to a maximum of 20 travelers, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • Daily American breakfast (except Day 1)
  • 9 lunches
  • 6 dinners including a welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai
  • Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Hotel in Beijing (3 nights)
  • Grande Mercure Hotel on Renmin Square in Xi'an (2 nights)
  • Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza in Chengdu (1 night)
  • Victoria Katarina River Cruise on the Yangtze River (3 nights)
  • Holiday Inn Hangzhou City Center Hotel in Hangzhou (2 nights)
  • Sofitel Hyland Shanghai Hotel in Shanghai (2 nights)

ARRIVE IN BEIJING, CHINA

Beijing, China

Welcome to China! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

CROWNE PLAZA BEIJING CHAOYANG U-TOWN

BEIJING

Beijing, China

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Next, explore the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest palace complex. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore on your own. This evening, savor a special Peking Duck Welcome Dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

CROWNE PLAZA BEIJING CHAOYANG U-TOWN

BEIJING - GREAT WALL EXCURSION

Great Wall of China, China

The Great Wall of China once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Return to Beijing for some time at your leisure.

Beijing, China

Tonight, you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, a traditional form of Chinese theater, or attend the Legend of Kung Fu Show, with a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics.

Breakfast, Lunch

CROWNE PLAZA BEIJING CHAOYANG U-TOWN

BEIJING–XI’AN

Beijing, China

This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s Hutongs, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home to learn more about their life.

Xi'an, China

A short flight brings you to Xi’an.

Breakfast

CROWNE PLAZA XI'AN

XI’AN

Xi'an, China

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of Terracotta Warriors that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years.

During lunch, enjoy a noodle-making demonstration by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD.

This evening, attend the “Tang Dynasty” Dinner Show, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

CROWNE PLAZA XI'AN

XI’AN–CHENGDU

Xi'an, China

This morning, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and attend a traditional Chinese Calligraphy Class. You may see some local residents practicing morning tai chi.

Chengdu, China

Next, fly to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province and known for its flavorful food.

Breakfast

HOLIDAY INN CHENGDU ORIENTAL PLAZA

CHENGDU–CHONGQING (EMBARKATION)–YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Chengdu, China

Start your day with a visit to the Giant Panda Research Base and marvel at these beautiful animals.

Chongqing, China

After lunch, transfer to the train station and board your Bullet Train to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Upon arrival, transfer to the port and board your ship for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

VICTORIA ANNA RIVER CRUISE

CRUISING: SHIBAOZHAI

Yangtze River, China

The morning is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activities. You may choose to start your day with a tai chi session on the Sun Deck or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

Shibaozhai, China

After lunch, take a walking tour of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red-wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side. (Note: Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.)

Yangtze River, China

This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship’s crew.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

VICTORIA ANNA RIVER CRUISE

Fengdu Ghost City, China

Again, enjoy the morning at your leisure on the ship. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Fengdu, known by many Chinese as the “Ghost City,” to visit the mountaintop shrines.

Yangtze River, China

Later in the morning, sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges—Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap.

Goddess Stream, China

After lunch, disembark for a boat excursion down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. (Note: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream.)

Yangtze River, China

Overnight onboard your river ship.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

VICTORIA ANNA RIVER CRUISE

CRUISING: (DISEMBARKATION) THREE GORGES DAM SITE–YICHANG–HANGZHOU

Three Gorges Dam, China

This morning, visit the Three Gorges Dam Site, the largest dam of its kind in the world.

Hangzhou, China

After lunch in Yichang, board your flight to Hangzhou.

Breakfast, Lunch

HOLIDAY INN HANGZHOU CITY CENTER

HANGZHOU

Hangzhou, China

Enjoy a full day tour of Hangzhou, one of China’s seven ancient capitals. Start with a visit to LINGYIN TEMPLE followed by FEI LAI FENG, a unique mountain famous for a cluster of caves with hundreds of unique stone buddha statues. After lunch, be transported back in time during a walking tour along Hefang Street. End the day with a cruise on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its collection of ancient bridges, causeways, temples, and palaces.

Breakfast, Lunch

HOLIDAY INN HANGZHOU CITY CENTER

HANGZHOU–SHANGHAI

Shanghai, China

Transfer to Shanghai, where you will start your sightseeing with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit Yu Yuan Gardens, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a silk factory to learn about the silk-making process.

Stop at a local restaurant for lunch featuring Xiaolongbao, Shanghai’s most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top. The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show.

Breakfast, Lunch

GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL SHANGHAI

SHANGHAI

Shanghai, China

This morning, take a walking tour of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more.

The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL SHANGHAI

SHANGHAI

Shanghai, China

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $593. Required intra-vacation air segments: Beijing/Xi’an; Xi’an/Chengdu; Yichang/Hangzhou. Air prices were effective on August 15, 2018, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
  • Gratuities for Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.
  • Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.
  • Single Room Supplement: $965 to $1,005 Triple rooms are not available.
  • Extra nights per person in Beijing: In single room $154 In twin room $82
  • Extra nights per person in Shanghai: April–May & September-November: In single room $185 In twin room $98
  • June–August: In single room $159 In twin room $85
  • 2020 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2019.

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