Heart of China & The Yangtze(IAL)

12 Day Package from Beijing to Shanghai

Your Monograms vacation package in China with Yangtze River Cruise is an amazing adventure from Beijing to Shanghai. You’ll enjoy a private guided excursion to explore the Great Wall of China, and a private sightseeing tour of Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and world’s largest palace complex that was home to the great emperors of China. Browse the rare artifacts and art here, and stroll through the gardens and ancient architecture. You’ll fly to Xi’an for an unforgettable archaeological experience, and find rare discoveries on a private guided tour. Visit the 652-AD Dayan Pagoda, and visit the extraordinary tomb of China’s first emperor—Qin Shi Huangdi. Guarded by a legion of terracotta warriors, the 2,000-year-old tomb was discovered in 1974.

Embark on your ship in Chongqing for a three-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. Your Yangtze River cruise includes an excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area and a separate boat ride down picturesque Goddess Stream. Disembark from your cruise for a brief visit to the Three Gorges Dam site—the largest of its kind in the world—before flying to Shanghai. Visit Yu Yuan Gardens, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and stroll along the Bund riverfront boulevard. Indulge in the intricate Xiaolongbao dumplings, and tour the stunning Shanghai Museum. Choose from Monograms optional excursions or enjoy free time to explore on your own—with your Local Host on hand with suggestions and assistance whenever you need it. Your Monograms vacation package in China includes hotel accommodations, private guided sightseeing, breakfast daily, and the services of your expert Local Host®.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

Beijing
Xi'an
Yangtze River
Shanghai

Meals Included

American breakfast daily; 5 lunches; 2 dinners

Sightseeing & Activities

Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2020

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

This vacation package to China includes a 3-night cruise along the Yangtze River, so you can relax on your private balcony and soak in the picturesque views as you sail through the magnificent gorges!

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN BEIJING, CHINA

Welcome to China! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY
2
BEIJING

This morning, enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION to the GREAT WALL OF CHINA, which once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Walk along the wall and take in the stunning views of this mammoth fortress and the surrounding scenery. Return to Beijing and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

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DAY
3
BEIJING

Begin your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING at TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Next, stop at 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. The afternoon is at your leisure.

NOTE:
The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. In these instances, sightseeing on days 2 & 3 will be reversed.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
4
BEIJING–XI’AN

Fly to Xi’an, an archaeological treasure trove in central China. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
5
XI’AN

Rare discoveries await on your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of Xi’an. Start with a visit to the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. Afterward, visit 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. Last stop is Xi’an’s ancient CITY WALL. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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DAY
6
XI’AN–CHONGQING (EMBARKATION)–YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Fly to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Here, board your ship for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
7
CRUISING: JADE EMPEROR SCENIC AREA

Your SHORE EXCURSION today takes you to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, featuring a 100-foottall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism. Return to your ship where the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activites. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Fengdu, known by many Chinese as the “Ghost City,” to visit the mountaintop shrines. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship’s crew.

NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.

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DAY
8
DAY 8 CRUISING: QUTANG GORGE–WU GORGE–GODDESS STREAM

Early this morning, you may choose to start your day with a tai chi session on the Sun Deck or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Later, 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 forestcovered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. 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.

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DAY
9
CRUISING: (DISEMBARKATION) THREE GORGES DAM SITE–YICHANG–SHANGHAI

This morning, make a brief visit to the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. Then, transfer to the airport in Yichang for your flight to Shanghai, China’s center of trade and industry.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
10
SHANGHAI

Today, explore the highlights of Shanghai on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. First, visit the bustling YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Then, stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant 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.

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DAY
11
SHANGHAI

This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
12
SHANGHAI

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Transportation

Private airport transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included

Included Hotels

Beijing
Xi'an
Yangtze River
Shanghai

Novotel Xin Qiao

Novotel Xin Qiao

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 12:00

Address: 1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie Beijing, China

Located in the heart of the city means that you can explore both the modern metropolis of Beijing and its rich cultural history on foot. In a short walking distance is Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City plus the highly popular shopping strips of Wang Fujing, with the Pearl and Silk markets close by.

Location & Highlights

Ideally located within walking distance of Ti'ananmen Square and the Forbidden City and across the street from New World shopping mall.

Room Amenities

Spacious, contemporary in design, and adaptable, the Novotel room is truly a place for living, perfect for all your needs.

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Beijing
Xi'an
Shanghai

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 12:00

Address: No. 3 Sanfeng North Area Chaoyang District Beijing, China

Perfectly located in the Central Business District, the luxurious Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-town fuses modern sophistication with classical Chinese touches.

Location & Highlights

Located in the Central Business District, near the Sanlitun Bar Street and Silk Market. The Chaoyangmen Subway Station is within a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Room Amenities

Large windows flood each room with natural light highlighting the elegant and sophisticated finishes including plush bedding and granite countertops.

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning

Fairmont Beijing

Fairmont Beijing

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 12:00

Address: 8 Yong An Dong Li Beijing, China

The Fairmont Beijing Hotel, located in the heart of Beijing, offers top quality amenities, unique architecture, and superlative décor. Guestrooms come primed with first class amenities, including cutting edge technology, hand-selected linens and spa inspired bath products. Whether you indulge at the opulent Willow Stream Spa or dine in one of the award-winning restaurants this luxury hotel is sure to make for a comfortable stay.

Location & Highlights

Located in Beijing's Central Business District, close to Silk Street Market, China World Trade Center, and Yintai Centre. Minutes to the Forbidden City and the cultural heart of Beijing. Near a main thoroughfare the hotel offers convenient to the city.

Room Amenities

Rooms are designed in a blend of traditional and modern Chinese style. High tech amenities include Wi-Fi access, flatscreen TVs, and bathroom with separate bath and rain shower.

  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet

Activities & Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following activities & excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



No excursions exist for this departure

Insider

Beijing
Xi'an
Shanghai

Beijing

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Beijing, ChinaMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Beijing. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Beijing and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Beijing insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

How can you not love it when showing people from all over the world the breathtaking scenery, the ancient history and the colorful diverse culture of your own country becomes your job! Come and join me for a worry-free vacation in China. You'll find there is so much more than you ever expected.

Silk Alley Market

Whether you want to find designer clothing knock-offs or you just want an entertaining afternoon, a visit to this market is recommended. The bustle and searching is part of the fun, as is the bargaining. In fact, you’re expected to haggle and should never take the first (and probably second, and third…) price offered.

Don Jiao Pi Fa Wholesale Market

For a locally inspired shopping experience, visit this market near Guang Hui Bridge. Don Jiao’s has everything from Chinese porcelain, produce, and flowers to electronics and home furnishings. If you walk past a big red gate, peek inside for more shopping. This is a very local experience, one that tourists usually miss. Only cash is accepted.

Houhai Bar Street

Houhai Bar Street in the famous Shichahai area is where traditional Chinese and western culture mix. With over 120 unique bars to choose from, visitors from all corners of the world can find one that suits their fancy.

Zhang Yiyuan Teahouse

Make sure you experience a traditional tea ceremony before you leave Beijing. It’s an opportunity to soak in centuries of history at the same time you relax with a soothing cup. Zhang Yiyuan has earned a reputation over many decades as a purveyor of quality teas, and the building is made up of seven private rooms, offering diverse environs.

Yong He Lama Temple

Located in the northeastern part of Beijing, Yong He Lama Temple is one of the largest Lamasery temples outside Tibet. Besides the magnificent buildings with both Chinese and Tibetan styles, the temple also had a number of priceless collections of Buddhist treasures, including a standing 26-meter high statue of Buddha Sakyamuni carved out of a single sandalwood tree.

Houhai Lake

A walk along Houhai Lake offers peaceful views of the distant ancient green-roofed and red-walled imperial palaces. Located at the center of Beijing City and about 5 bus stops from the Tian’anmen Gate, Houhai Lake meets the famous Beihai Lake in the south and faces the Summer Palace and Jing Mountain in the distance.

Xi'an

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Xi'an, ChinaMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Xi'an. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Xi'an and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Xi'an insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Hello, I am Cici Lee. I am called Li Qian in Chinese—meaning a pretty girl named Li. I graduated from Xi'an Foreign Language University where I majored in tourism and history. Afterwards I worked hard to earn my Senior Grade Qualification Certificate as an English tour guide. I have been working in this industry, for many years, either as a Local Host in Xi’an or as a guide throughout China. I enjoy working to make my guests’ stay in Xi'an a pleasant and memorable one with my friendliness, sense of humor, and knowledge on my hometown—Xi’an and China.

Forest of Stele Museum

The Forest of Stele has a fantastic collection of carved stele (stone or wooden slabs). Founded in 1090 AD during the Song Dynasty the museum now displays over 2,000 carved stele in seven different exhibition halls. There are so many in fact that the word “forest” was added to the museums name! Here you can see magnificent works from dynasties spanning the last 900 years. The museum is located near the south gate of the Xi’an City Wall.

Shuyuanmen Market

Located close to Confucius Temple in old Xi’an this market focuses on the “Four Treasures of Study” which consist of the brush, ink, paper, and ink stone. Here you will find a variety of arts and crafts ranging from paintings to calligraphy. This is a great place to pick up a few souvenirs of your journey.

Shanghai

Meet one of your Local Hosts in ShanghaiMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Shanghai. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Shanghai and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Shanghai insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

My name is Tracy Zhang and I have worked as a Local Host since I graduated from university where I majored in tourism management. I love what I do because I get to learn from my guests while sharing my knowledge and sense of humor with them. As a native Shanghainese I will do all I can to provide you with a fascinating stay.

Jade Buddha Temple

Located in the western part of Shanghai the famous Jade Buddha Temple makes for an interesting visit. Here you can see two stunning jade Buddha statues that were brought from Burma in 1882 by a monk named Huigen.

Xin Tiandi

This huge space features a multitude of food and beverage, retail, entertainment, recreational, and residential facilities in restored “shikumen” houses, a form of traditional and unique architecture only found in Shanghai. It is a nice place to wander around for a bit.

Nanjing Road

Nanjing road was one of the first commercial streets that appeared in Shanghai after the city opened as a port to foreign trade about 150 years ago. For decades, it was one of the country’s largest commercial hubs. In the 1930s, Nanjing road claimed the reputation as the retail center in China, gathering almost all the most famous shops, many of which were established in the Qing Dynasty. Today, these century-old businesses continue to draw throngs of customers and despite the ups and downs in Shanghai’s history, Nanjing Road has not lost the reputation as China’s most bustling shopping street.

French Concession

Established in 1849, this foreign concession was progressively expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries but ended in 1943. For much of the 20th century, this was the premier residential and retail district of Shanghai and despite rampant re-development over the last few decades, the area retains a distinct character, and is worth a visit.

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