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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
  • Airport transfers, port charges, tipping and most porterage
  • Stress-free travel without the need for internal flights
  • Includes 32 meals - Enjoy 13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 9 Dinners

Travel & Accommodation

High speed train at train station, China

China's High-Speed Railways

Experience the high-speed efficiency of China's rail network as you travel in air-conditioned comfort.

The Yangtze Explorer on a bend in the Yangtze River

Cruising the Yangtze River

Discover the beauty of China’s incredible Three Gorges region during a three-night cruise onboard the Century Glory.

Night time view of large city hotel, Beijing

Novotel Peace Beijing

Enjoy a stay at the Novotel Peace Hotel, perfectly situated in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping area.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail. Flights not included
  • Cabin pre-selection is not available on cruises in China
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, port charges and most porterage
Asia Map RJTCYG14 2020
Beijing to Shanghai

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Begin your day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest city squares. Continue on to the Forbidden City and see the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. Steeped in history, it is the former home to an ancient line of Chinese Emperors during the Ming dynasty through to the Qing dynasty. After lunch, explore the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace, the largest royal park in China.

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

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Sample Beijing’s most iconic dish with a delicious banquet dinner 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. Return to the city later, passing by the Beijing National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest) and the bubble-covered Water Cube. Continue to a cloisonné factory and enjoy a guided tour, learning about Chinese cloisonné. Tonight enjoy an Insider Experience.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by high-speed train to Xi’an.


This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings founded in the first half of the 15th century. Later on arrival in Xi’an, settle in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Grand Mercure

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Indulge in a traditional Chinese dumpling banquet dinner.


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 210 BC. 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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  • Lunch
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View of a row of terracotta warriors, China

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on a high-speed train journey to Chengdu.


On arrival in Chengdu, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The charming Tibet hotel tastefully combines traditional Tibetan decor with modern furnishings.

Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Tibet Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Chengdu’s Panda Breeding Research Centre and learn all about how the pandas are being protected.


After your Insider Experience and 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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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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Today will be spent exploring Shibaozhai, an isolated peak protruding from the northern bank of the Yangtze River. On the river side of the hill sits a magnificent red twelve-story pavilion that was built during the Qing Dynasty. Tonight you'll enjoy a Captain's Dinner on board.

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Today you will enjoy an excursion to the Shennv Stream with its narrow gorges and scenic mountain sides. This evening, enjoy a traditional Chinese buffet dinner back on board the ship.

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Mountainous region with a red bridge along the Yangtze River, China

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by high-speed train to 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
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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by 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. Later, arrive in Shanghai and spend the evening at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Shanghai, Pullman Jing’an

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  • Lunch

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take part in a tea ceremony at a traditional teahouse in Yu Garden.


Today, experience Shanghai’s bustling bazaar before visiting the historic Jade Buddha Temple. After lunch, explore the Bund, a famous waterfront area home to an impressive collection of European style buildings. Continue on to Shanghai’s stylish French Concession and wander through the leafy streets. This evening you’ll get to taste the traditional flavours of Shanghainese cuisine during a Farewell Dinner at Xianqiangfang Restaurant.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your iconic adventure through China comes to an end today. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Shanghai airport for your onward flight.

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.