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Grand Tour of China

Beijing to Shanghai

Trip Code: RJTCYG14
14 Days
31 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • 10 nights in premium accommodation
  • Three-night Yangtze River cruise on the Century Glory
  • The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
  • 32 meals - 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Indulge in a sumptuous Peking Duck banquet in Beijing
  • Travel extensively by high-speed rail and enjoy a dumpling banquet in Xi’an
  • See giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • See the bright lights of Shanghai during your floating Farewell Dinner

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices include airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Itinerary operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, port charges and most porterage
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Cabin pre-selection is not available on cruises in China
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail. Flights not included
Asia Map 2021 RJTCYG14
Beijing to Shanghai

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

This morning, visit Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest city squares. Continue to the Forbidden City. Steeped in history, it is the former home to an ancient line of Chinese emperors. After lunch, explore the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
View amongst the trees towards a red temple, China

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, sample Beijing’s most iconic dish with a delicious banquet of Peking Duck at a local restaurant.


Discover China’s greatest icon, the Great Wall of China. Take in breathtaking views during a cable car ride to the Mutianyu section, one of the best-preserved parts of the wall. Continue to a cloisonné factory and enjoy a guided tour, learning about Chinese cloisonné. Return to the city later, passing by the Beijing National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest) and the bubble-covered Water Cube.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board a high-speed train headed for Xi’an.


This morning after breakfast, visit the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings founded in the first half of the 15th century.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Grand Mercure

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, indulge in a traditional Chinese dumpling banquet.


Known for its remarkable collection of Terracotta Warriors, a discovery of Xi’an awaits today. Admire the excavation pits that have housed the thousands of sculptures since around 210BC. Every sculpture is unique, with distinct facial features, hairstyles, postures and clothing. Spend the afternoon on a guided tour of Xi’an, taking in some of its most famous sights, including the Great Mosque, the lively Muslim bazaar and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View of a row of terracotta warriors, China

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on a high-speed train journey to Chengdu.


Stop for a spot of lunch at a local restaurant before an Insider Experience. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, the charming Tibet Hotel which tastefully combines traditional Tibetan decor with modern furnishings.

Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Tibet Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Spend the morning at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Here you’ll learn all about how the pandas are being protected.


After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Buddhist Wenshu Monastery and learn about the ancient structure. Finish your day with a visit to the charming Jinli Street where bright lanterns light up the path.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by high-speed train to Chongqing.


Following breakfast at your hotel, travel to Chengdu’s Renmin Park. Also known as the People’s Park, this lush garden is a hub for locals. Sample a range of teas at a teahouse before travelling by train to Chongqing where you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding your river ship. Kick back and begin your relaxing three-night cruise along the Yangtze River.

Stay: Three Nights, Yangtze River Cruise, Century Glory

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today will be spent exploring Shibaozhai, an isolated peak rising from the northern bank of the Yangtze River. On the river side of the hill sits a magnificent red 12-storey pavilion built during the Qing Dynasty. Tonight you’ll enjoy a Captain’s Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, set off on a shore excursion to Shennv Stream, a small tributary of the Yangtze River with its narrow gorges and picturesque mountain sides. Much of the landscape remains in a pristine state due to the light boat traffic which travels through here. This evening, enjoy a traditional Chinese buffet dinner back on board the ship.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Mountainous region with a red bridge along the Yangtze River, China

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Depart on a high-speed train bound for Wuhan.


Bid farewell to your river ship and disembark in Maoping. Spend the morning at the Three Gorges Dam Site and take in the colossal scale of the world’s largest hydropower project.

Stay: Marco Polo Wuhan

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Transfer to the station and catch a high-speed train to Shanghai.


Today begins with a visit to the Yellow Crane Tower, a five-storey yellow-tiled marvel sitting at the top of Snake Hill. On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to the Bund and then onwards to your hotel. Tonight, head out to a local restaurant for dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Shanghai, Pullman Jing’an

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, you’ll enjoy a Farewell Dinner while cruising the Huangpu River.


This morning, explore Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty more than 400 years ago. The careful layout, beautiful scenery and artistic architecture have made this garden one of Shanghai’s highlights. Next, it’s time to experience Shanghai’s bustling bazaar before visiting the historic Jade Buddha Temple. Continue to the French Concession and wander through the leafy streets. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Shanghai airport for your onward flight.

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