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Experience the fascinating culture and history.

Explore iconic landmarks when your Botanica World Discoveries garden tour takes you to China.

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Be enthralled by the contrasts of the ancient and the modern sights of China. Visit fascinating ancient gardens and enjoy Chinese cuisine and culture. Cruise the Yangzi River for three glorious nights. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTCN14
Duration: 14 days
Accommodation: Boutique Small Ship & Comfortable Hotels
Journey: Shanghai to Beijing
Meals included: 37

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Shanghai

Upon arrival be transferred to your hotel and enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.
Stay: Two Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Shanghai and Yu Garden

This morning cruise the Huangpu River and explore the lavish Yu Garden, before feasting on dim sum for lunch. Tonight enjoy premium seating at an Acrobatic Show.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Shanghai, Jinxi to Suzhou

Travel to the scenic water town of Jinxi and enjoy a boat ride. Continue to the picturesque town of Suzhou.
Stay: Two Nights, Suzhou, Hyatt Regency
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Suzhou, Humble Administrator’s Garden

Visit the renowned Humble Administrator’s Garden today. This evening we go to the Night Garden of Fishermen’s Net, for traditional Suzhou music.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Azalea Flower Show and Yichang

Embark Yangtze River Cruise. Travel to Tiger Hill and see the Azalea Flower Show and Wanjing Villa. Fly to Yichang and Board the RV Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.
Stay: Four Nights, the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Xiling Gorge and Three Gorges Dam

Cruise along the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges region, considered by many to be China’s most picturesque.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Shennong Stream, Wu and Qutang Gorge

Enjoy a traditional longboat ride through this stunning riverine gorge flanked by verdant forest. Later, see Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Fuling

Today, during your cruise you may choose to experience either the 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Project.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Chongqing, Disembark Cruise and Xi’an

Disembark in Chongqing, visit the zoo to see giant pandas. Fly later to Xi’an.
Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Xi’an and Terracotta Army

Arrive at the world-famous Terracotta Army and see some of the best-preserved sculptures from an exclusive lower viewing platform Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Xi’an and Beijing, Tian’anmen Square

Fly this morning to Beijing. This afternoon visit Tian’anmen Square and the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City.
Stay: Three Nights, Beijing, Regent Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Beijing, Great Wall of China

Visit one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China, the Mutianyu section. Board a cable car and enjoy great views.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 13. Beijing, Summer Palace and Botanical Gardens

Visit the Summer Palace’s Imperial Garden. Enjoy a Peking Duck Farewell Dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Depart Beijing

This morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the plants and gardens of China from your Botanical Guide
  • Explore the Azalea Flower Show in Suzhou
  • See the Terracotta Army in Xi’an
  • Enjoy a five-day Yangtze River cruise
  • Visit the Great Wall of China
  • Spend time at the Summer Palace and Tian’anmen Square

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Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of Tour Manager and Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, tipping and porterage
  • Internal airfares as per the itinerary Including Kunming flights
  • 37 Meals - 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 12 Dinners
  • Stay in 5-star, centrally located hotels

Suite Floor and Ship Plan

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Cruise China's beautiful Three Gorges region aboard the Yangtze River's only luxury all-suite ship.

See ship plans for the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer here

 

 

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Medium – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Can be combined with Yunnan Provence Extension 3 Days (BTKUN4)
  • Please note a visa is required for this tour. Enquire for details.
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included.
  • Group Size - 15 to 25 guests

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