Super Value Tours - Beijing, Xian+Private Yangtze Cruise (Upstream) 15 days_Beijing, Xian, Wuhan, Yangtze 3 Gorges, Chongqing旅遊
Beijing, Xian+Private Yangtze Cruise (Upstream) 15 days (Wuhan to Chongqing (2020))

Beijing, Xian, Wuhan, Yangtze 3 Gorges, Chongqing

Sister companies, Super Value & Signet Tours, come together for a luxury charter on Century Legend.

  • Board our private cruise on the Yangtze River.
  • Admire majestic views of the Three Gorges, enjoy fun onboard activities, & excursions. 
  • This date includes our amazing tour of Beijing and Xi'an pre-cruise.

Special Features

Beijing

  • Stay in our centrally-located hotel to avoid as much of Beijing's notorious traffic as possible - our tour is designed to ensure ample time to enjoy the biggest highlights: the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square.
  • Overnight at Dhawa Jinshanling hotel located at the foot of the Great Wall. Our extra time under the Great Wall means you can see many diverse perspectives during the day and night - near and far; a great way to enjoy a more original section of the Great Wall.

Xi'an

  • Terracotta Warriors and Horses: Our route is carefully designed to let you best enjoy this amazing piece of human history.

Wuhan

  • Board in Wuhan and cruise all the way to Chongqing, save time from being on the road, fully enjoy the cruise and wonders of Yangtze River!
  • Visit the Yellow Crane Tower, museum, and explore the cultural connotation of this historic city.

Three Gorges of Yangtze River Enjoy different aspects which lie within the green hills, green water, canyons... Indulge in the flow of ancient ink paintings with expert explanations of the beauty of the Three Gorges:

  • Xiling Gorge: The longest of the Gorges - enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides.
  • Wu Gorge: Known as the most beautiful of the Gorges, count the 12 peaks of Wushan and witness the true face of the goddess.
  • Qutang Gorge: The shortest but most dramatic of the Gorges.
  • Three Gorges Dam: Enjoy an unforgettable view of the world's largest dam during the day and experience the spectacular feeling of our ship passing the five-level ship lock at night.
  • Places of interest: Visit the Three Gorges, Stone Treasure Fortress and other scenic spots along the Yangtze River
  • Super Value activities: Since we reserve the entire ship, all arrangements are specially-designed for Super Value/Signet guests. Specially designated hosts will explain the story, give a Three Gorges Humanities History Lecture, host our Super Value evening party, and the Super Idol night... all with much excitement!

Chongqing

  • Experience the millennial Dazu Rock Carvings and enjoy the night view of the mountain city.

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Beijing: Waldorf Astoria – Stay in one of Beijing's best hotels.
  • Great Wall: Dhawa Jinshanling Hotel – Nestled in the hills at the foot of the Great Wall.
  • Xi'an: Wyndham Grand Xian – Newly renovated, stay in the heart of Xi'an. 
  • Private Charter Cruise - Century Legend: Built in 2013, the Lengend is the latest and most advanced luxury cruise ship on the Yangtze River.

CULINARY EXPERIENCES

  • We take great pride in arranging and sharing great culinary experiences with you. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste authentic Chinese delicacies including a Beijing favorite - Peking Duck, mutton hot pot, and much more. Aboard our cruise, enjoy a carefully designed menu including specially-prepared Peet's coffee from the United States, snacks from all over the world, and imported wines from different European countries every night...Food, wine and drink in the Yangtze River!

SUPER VALUE STANDARD

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable guide with extensive Super Value training.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details
  • High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.
  • Unlimited bottled water is provided throughout the entire trip.
  • Porterage service included at every hotel.

Important note for Visas: Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  Visa fees not included in tour fare.

Day1

 USA/ Canada 767  Beijing,China

Day2

Arrive at Beijing 【Dinner】

  • "Ni Hao" or "Welcome" to China! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrival gate and bring you to our hotel. Airport transfer is available for flights arriving between 10:30AM~8:30PM.
  • Our centrally-located hotel gives you access to explore the city.
[D]Beijing Local Specialties

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Day3

Beijing【3 Meals】

  • Temple of Heaven: A morning visit to one of the most historically important temples in China, built during the Ming Dynasty, includes a private Tai Chi class to improve internal energy (Qi) and maintain good health. 

  • Imperial Summer Palace: Stroll through the regal and picturesque palaces and gardens of the Qing Dynasty.

[B]Hotel Buffet [L]Local Specialties [D]Beijing Mutton Hot Pot

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Day4

Beijing 【3 Meals】

  • Tiananmen Square: Walk through one of the largest public squares in the world, the site of many unforgettable historical events. 
  • Forbidden City: Visit the home of 24 Ming and Qing Dynasty Emperors and the center of the Chinese political power for more than 500 years.
  • Hutong: Ride a rickshaw through hundred year old alleyways and visit the home of a local family where you'll take a workshop on traditional handicrafts.
[B]Hotel Buffet [L]Beijing Zajing Noodle [D]Peking Duck Feast

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Day5

Beijing (90miles,2.5hrs)  Jinshanling【3 Meals】

  • Jinshanling Great Wall: With its half-restored, half 'wild' features, enjoy a leisure stroll up the wall for stunning views of the sunset. 
  • Based on your physical ability and preference, you can choose to: 
    • Take the cable car up and down and appreciate the beauty of the Great Wall comfortably from above. (difficulty: ★★☆☆☆)
    • Take the cable car up, cross through the castle tower, climb up the beacon tower, and encounter the mighty Great Wall. (difficulty: ★★★★☆)
[B]Hotel Buffet [L]Local Specialties [D]Local Specialties

Dhawa Jinshanling

Day6

Beijing Airport (PEK) 767  Xi'an 【3 Meals】

  • Enjoy the sunrise at Great Wall.
  • Fly to Xi'an, the ancient capital of China.
  • Accupressure Foot Massage: A great way to reduce fatigue and relax after a full day of sightseeing.
[B]Hotel Buffet [L]Local Light Lunch [D]Local Specialties

Wyndham Grand Xian (Near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Tang All Day Mall)

Day7

Xi'an 【3 Meals】

  • Xi'an Museum & Small Wild Goose Pagoda: Less crowded but better touch at the rich history and culture of China's feudal dynasties. 
  • Terracotta Warriors and Horses: Witness a true wonder and one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the world. 
[B]Hotel Buffet [L]Local Specialties [D]Local Specialties

Wyndham Grand Xian (Near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Tang All Day Mall)

Day8

Xi'an Airport 767 Wuhan【3 Meals】

  • Ancient City Walls: Explore original fortifications of the ancient city, dating back 500 years. Choose from either a walking or biking (about 40 min, difficulty: ★★☆☆☆) tour.
  • Fly to Wuhan, the "center" of China, where we will start our cruise.
  • Board "Century Legend" luxury cruise ship.
[B]Hotel Buffet [L]Local Specialties [D]Local Specialties

Century Legend Luxury Cruise Ship

Day9

Wuhan ship Yangtze River Jingzhou Section【3 Meals】

  • Yellow Crane Tower: The first of the three famous buildings of Jiangnan, the building is nostalgic and overlooks the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.
  • Hubei Museum: Our tour is dedicated to the four major treasures of the museum. Enjoy wonderful chime performances and trace the profound Gu Chu culture.
  • Return to the cruise after lunch and officially set sail.
     
[B]Cruise Breakfast Buffet [L]Featured Local Specialties [D]Specialty Buffet

Century Legend Luxury Cruise Ship

Day10

ship Jingzhou section of Yangtze River【3 Meals】

  • Traditional Tai Chi morning exercise on sun deck; awaken with the vitality of the day between the morning and the morning light (free participation).
  • Cruise Leisure: You can choose to participate in onboard activities or enjoy free time.
  • Welcome Night: Singing and dancing to invigorate the body and mind, all guests are welcome.
[B]Cruise Breakfast Buffet [L]Specialty Buffet [D]Specialty Buffet

Century Legend Luxury Cruise Ship

Day11

ship The Yangtze River Three Gorges【3 Meals】

  • Traditional Tai Chi morning exercise on sun deck; awaken with the vitality of the day between the morning and the morning light (free participation)
  • Xiling Gorge (special explanation): The cruise ship slowly sails through the first gorge of the Yangtze River, known for its “risk” in history, and enjoys the beautiful scenery on both sides of the strait.
  • Three Gorges family (onshore tour): Our tour explores local customs including stiltled buildings, ancient sailing boats, washing streams, and weeping marriage... capture life along the ancient Three Gorges
  • Three Gorges Dam (onshore tour): A project of great controversy, but an engineering feat which cannot be disputed. See and walk on the world’s largest dam.
  • Night of Dam crossing: With our professional explanation, learn and feel how the cruise ship passes the spectacle of the massive five-level ship lock

* Guests who choose not to participate in onshore tours may participate in onboard activities or enjoy free time.

[B]Cruise Breakfast Buffet [L]Specialty Buffet [D]Specialty Buffet

Century Legend Luxury Cruise Ship

Day12

ship The Yangtze Three Gorges【3 Meals】

  • Traditional Tai Chi morning exercise on sun deck; awaken with the vitality of the day between the morning and the morning light (free participation).
  • Wu Gorge (special explanation): The cruise ship sails through the second gorge of the Yangtze River, known as the "show", counting the twelve peaks of Wushan and looking up at the graceful posture of the goddess.
  • Goddess Creek (by boat): Explore the wonders and original customs of the Wushan Mountains.
  • Qutang Gorge (special explanation): The cruise ship sails through the third gorge of the Yangtze River, which is famous for its “Xiong”, and the gateway to the west end of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River – Kui mén.
  • Super Value Idol Night: A fun night full of singing and dancing with our guests! 

* Guests who choose not to participate in onshore tours may participate in onboard activities or enjoy free time. 

[B]Cruise Breakfast Buffet [L]Specialty Buffet [D]Specialty Buffet

Century Legend Luxury Cruise Ship

Day13

ship The Yangtze Three Gorges【3 Meals】

  • Traditional Tai Chi morning exercise on sun deck; awaken with the vitality of the day between the morning and the morning light (free participation)
  • Shibaozhai (onshore tour): known as one of eight architectural miracles in the world
  • Farewell party: special activities for a warm and unforgettable evening

* Guests who choose not to participate in onshore tours may participate in onboard activities or enjoy free time. 

[B]Cruise Breakfast Buffet [L]Specialty Buffet [D]Specialty Buffet

Century Legend Luxury Cruise Ship

Day14

ship Chongqing 【3 Meals】

  • Dock at Chaotianmen Wharf in Chongqing, bid farewell to our cruise ship.
  • Dazu Rock Carvings: Explore stone sculptures that have survived for thousands of years, and appreciate the genuine Thousand Hand Guanyin.
[B]Cruise Breakfast Buffet [L]Featured Local Specialties [D]Chongqing Hot Pot

Century Legend Luxury Cruise Ship

Day15

Chongqing flight Next Destination【Breakfast】

  • We bid farewell as our trip comes to an end. A private airport transfer is arranged according to your flight, or you may continue to your next destination.
  • Airport sendoff available for flights departing Chongqing International Airport from 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

Guests may choose to return to the United States, Canada, or choose to stop in Taipei, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia or major cities in the mainland (additional airfare will apply).
 

[B]Hotel Buffet

Imperial Summer Palace

This second palace served the Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat from the stifling confines of the Forbidden City. The complex suffered two major attacks, one during the Anglo-French invasion of 1860 and again during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. The surviving garden was rebuilt in 1886 and 1902, and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1998.

Tiananmen Square

Directly across the Forbidden City, Tiananmen (literally "Gate of Heavenly Peace") Square has been the site of several key events in China's history, and holds great cultural significance.

A half mile long and over a quarter mile wide, the gargantuan scale is hard to imagine for many people until they have a chance to see it in person. At maximum capacity, this famous square can contain over 100 million people simultaneously!

The National Palace Museum (Forbidden City)

The Chinese Imperial Palace was the throne of power from the mid-Ming Dynasty (~1400AD) to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1920AD) from which the Emperors ruled for 500 years. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world.

Temple of Heaven

The temple also known as Tian Tan, is one of the largest temple complexes in China and a paradigm of Chinese architectural balance and symbolism. The complex was visited by the Emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven for a good harvest. Today, the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven has become a favorite gathering place for early morning practitioners of Tai Chi and other bustling social activities.

Jinshanling Great Wall

The Great Wall at Jinshanling was initially built from 1368 to 1389 during the Ming Dynasty. Later, under the direction of General Qi Jiguang, the wall was rebuilt from 1567 to 1570.  It received its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan ('Gold Mountain') Ranges.

Jinshanling's Great Wall is in a mountainous area 80 miles northeast of central Beijing. This section of the wall connects the Simatai Great Wall section on the east, and Gubeikou Section on the west. Special features of this section are the 31 watchtowers. Because of the varied terrain, the watchtowers were built in different shapes: tall or short, rectangular or square, with three to five embrasures.  A rare three-floor watchtower can be found at the west end of the Jinshanling section (currently a military restricted area).

Xi'an Ancient City Wall

The Ancient City Wall of Xi'an was constructed in the early Ming Dynasty (1300AD), and is a symbol of great significance for China's most famous historic cities. A main feature of the Xi'an City Wall lies in the fact it has been preserved, which is rarely seen elsewhere in the world. The Ancient City Wall has corner towers, ramparts, sentry towers, gate towers, battlements and a number of city fortifications with very strong defensive capabilities.

Xi'an Museum

Covering 700,000 square feet, the newly-built museum recreates Tang-dynasty architecture and successfully symbolizes the great extent of Shaanxi (ancient name for Xian) history and its remarkable culture. This is the best starting point on our journey back through time.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses

The life-sized Terracotta (clay) warriors and horses of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor who unified China, date back over 2,000 years (210BC) and were unearthed in 1974 by local farmers. The delicately carved figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians, each with different expressions and unique faces. A vast collection has been unearthed across 3 separate pits, but archeologists estimate the entire army consists of over 8,000 soldiers with a majority of the original warriors still buried in the pits.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Just as the Forbidden City symbolizes Beijing, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a popular piece of ancient architecture in China and symbolizes Xian. The pagoda was erected in the Tang-dynasty (~ 650AD) as a fireproof storehouse for sutras and other Buddhist relics imported from India.

漢陽陵

漢景帝劉啟及其皇后王氏同塋異穴的合葬陵園,始建於公元前153年,竣工於前126年,修建時間長達28年之久,由帝陵、後陵、南北區從坑葬、刑徒墓地、陪葬墓園等部分組成。整個陵園以帝陵為中心,南北對稱,東西相連,佈局規整,結構嚴謹,顯示了唯我獨尊的皇家意識和嚴格的等級觀念,展示了整個「文景之治」的盛況。

黃鶴樓

位於武漢市長江南岸的武昌蛇山之巔,是武漢市標誌性建築,與滕王閣、岳陽樓並列江南三大名樓。始建於三國時代東吳黃武二年(223年),唐代詩人崔顥在此題下《黃鶴樓》一詩,李白在此寫下《黃鶴樓送孟浩然之廣陵》,歷代文人墨客在此留下了許多千古絕唱,使得黃鶴樓自古以來聞名遐邇。它與蛇山腳下的武漢長江大橋交相輝映;登樓遠眺,武漢三鎮的風光盡收眼底。

湖北省博物館

坐落於武漢東湖風景區,館區內綠蔭掩映,綜合陳列館、楚文化館、臨時展覽館等仿古建築三足鼎立,構成一個碩大的「品」字,高度體現了楚國建築的佈局形式與建築特點。 世界上最龐大的青銅樂器曾侯乙編鐘、中國冷兵器時代的翹楚之作越王勾踐劍、地質年代早于北京人的鄖縣人頭骨化石、元青花四愛圖梅瓶為四大鎮館之寶,使該館在海內外享有很高的聲譽。

三峽人家

三峽人家位於長江三峽中最為奇幻壯麗的西陵峽境內,白牆青瓦石板路,小橋流水吊腳樓,枯藤老樹喜鵲窩,機槍碉堡舊戰壕,奇石溶洞古城堡,瀰漫如仙境般的夢幻景緻。幾隻古帆船迎風而立,小漁船撒開了漁網,初峽亭精巧別緻,“龍溪橋下春波綠,驚鴻照影來”,如夢似幻,令人如痴如醉。

西陵峽

因宜昌市的西陵山而得名,西起巴東官渡口,東止宜昌南津關,全長120公里,是長江三峽中最長的峽谷,北宋著名政治家、文學家歐陽修為此留下了「西陵山水天下佳」的千古名句。歷史上以其航道曲折、怪石林立、灘多水急、行舟驚險而聞名。新中國成立以後,經過對川江航道的多年治理和葛洲壩水利工程建成後,水勢已趨於平緩,然綺麗風光如舊。

三峽大壩

位於湖北省宜昌市境內,當今世界最大的水利發電工程。1918年,孫中山先生提出了建立三峽工程的原始設想,其後勘察、規劃、論證到正式開工,歷經75年。在這漫長的夢想、企盼、爭論、等待的歲月裡,三峽工程幾起幾落,終於在20世紀90年代,經過中國最高權力機關的莊嚴表決後正式付諸實施。三峽大壩建成後,形成長達600公里的水庫,成為世界罕見的新景觀。

巫峽

自巫山縣城東大寧河起,至巴東縣官渡口止,全長46公里。巫峽綺麗幽深,以俊秀著稱天下,是三峽中最可觀的一段,宛如一條迂回曲折的畫廊,充滿詩情畫意。屏列於巫峽南北兩岸巫山十二峰極為壯觀,群峰如屏,船行峽中,時而大山當前,石塞疑無路;忽又峰迴路轉,雲開別有天。有詩雲:「放舟下巫峽,心在十二峰」,道出了古往今來人們對於巫山十二峰的傾慕之情。

神女峰

在重慶市巫山縣城東約15公里處的巫峽大江北岸,一根巨石突兀于青峰雲霞之中,宛若一個亭亭玉立的少女,故名神女峰。她是古老中國最多情的一塊石頭,神秘東方最多夢的一塊石頭。「神女應無恙,當驚世界殊」,千百年來吸引了無數文人墨客為其留下了燦若繁星的詩篇,與浩浩長江一道,形成了環繞神女奔騰流淌的另一條文化江河,綿延不息,代代相傳。

神女溪

與神女峰隔江相望的是深藏於大山之中的神女溪。傳說中神女瑤姬及姐妹經常到溪中嬉水沐浴而得名。溪長約15公里,兩岸山高谷深,群峰疊翠;溪中波光瀲灩,清流碧潭。過去由於水面湍急、溪淺道窄,曾是人跡罕至的原始山谷。三期蓄水後,可到溪內峽谷縱深處探密,優美的風景與原生態居民「驚現」在遊人面前。

瞿塘峽

西起奉節縣白帝山,東迄巫山縣大溪鎮,長8公里,是三峽中最短的一個,卻最為險峻,古往今來以「雄」著稱。西端入口處,白鹽山聳峙江南,赤甲山巍峨江北,兩山對峙,形同門戶,故稱夔門,素有「夔門天下雄」之稱。長江辟此一門,浩蕩東瀉,江面最窄處不足五十公尺,波濤洶湧,奔騰呼嘯,形成「西控巴蜀收萬壑,瞿塘峽鎖全川水」的險要氣勢。

石寶寨

位於重慶忠縣境內長江北岸,臨江有一俯高十多丈,陡壁孤峰拔起的巨石,形如玉印,又名「玉印山」。石寶寨塔樓倚玉印山修建,依山聳勢,飛簷展翼,造型十分奇異。始建于明萬曆年間,經康熙、乾隆年間修建完善。整個建築由寨門、寨身、閣樓組成,共12層,全系木質結構。石寶寨作為穿鬥結構層數多體構大乃中國罕見,又被稱為「世界八大奇異建築」之一。

大足石刻

位於中國直轄市重慶大足區境內,有74處5萬餘尊宗教石刻造像,最早開鑿於西元650年(初唐永徽元年)。它集中國佛、道、儒「三教」造像藝術之精華,以不計其數的各階層人物形象,以及眾多的社會生活場面,展示了9世紀末至13世紀中葉中國石刻藝術的風格和民間宗教信仰的發展變化,是一幅生動的歷史畫卷。1999年列入世界文化遺產。

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Rich Chinese tradition and modern style flawlessly combine at Waldorf Astoria Beijing. This distinctive hotel was the former residence of Li Hongzhang, an influential politician from China's last imperial dynasty. Today, its prime location in the heart of Beijing (within 10 minutes walking distance to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City) makes it one of the best bases for exploring the city.

The Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street

Winner of the Forbes Travel Guide 5-star honor in 2017 and 2018, the Ritz Carlton flawlessly combines Chinese tradition and modern elegance. This distinctive hotel is in the heart of Beijing's legendary financial street, just minutes to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Dhawa Jinshanling Hotel

Nestled in the hills at the foot of the Great Wall, Dhawa Jinshanling fuses cutting-edge design with China's rich cultural heritage. This stylish new resort merges seamlessly into its ancient surroundings. Accommodations feature classically designed exteriors paired with modern, yet undeniably Chinese, interiors. Our rooms are set around a large communal courtyard with outdoor seating. The main restaurant serves cuisine ranging from Northern Chinese dishes to contemporary Cantonese entrees, and there is also an indulgent bar that we're sure you'll appreciate. 

Wyndham Grand Xian

Special Features: Excellent location (Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Downtown) 

Located in the heart of the Tang Dynasty city of Xi'an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, numerous scenic spots, and unique local shopping are within easy reach. The 3100-year history of Xi’an is a magnificent backdrop which inspired the design of the hotel itself. The exterior reflects the deep history of Xi'an while the interior has a smooth modern design. Guests staying here will feel exquisite Chinese hospitality and modern comfort.

The Westin Chongqing Liberation Square

Located in the Jiefangbei Business District, an important part of Chongqing City, our hotel is at the junction of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River. The lobby offers remarkable 360-degree views with floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking the scenery of the two rivers and the panoramic view of Chongqing city. The overall design has a strong modern feel, but rooted in classical style: simple and atmospheric. Our rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art in-room amenities and world-famous Westin Heavenly Bedding for a comfortable and memorable stay.

Health & Safety 

  • This tour involves standing and walking for up to 1 hour at a time over inclined or uneven streets.
  • Some areas of this tour are not wheelchair accessible.

 

Passports & Visas

  • Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  Visa fees not included in tour fare.

Upgrades

 

  • In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no options are sold on tour.
 

 Dietary Restrictions

  • It's important everyone has a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e. no lamb, etc), please let us know. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.

Luggage Handling

  • Domestic flights in China have a checked luggage limit of 44lbs (20kg) per person.