Day 1, HONG KONG: Arrival day.
Day 2, HONG KONG - GUILIN: Free morning in Hong Kong before a short afternoon train ride to Shenzhen. Overnight train to Guilin.
Day 3, YANGSHUO: Morning arrival in Guilin and transfer to Yangshuo. Explore the beautiful countryside on foot or by bike. In the afternoon we have a Chinese lesson to get you ready for the trip ahead.
Day 4, YANGSHUO: A full free day to explore. Perhaps hire a bike and cycle along small tracks through the fields amidst the amazing karst scenery.
Day 5, YANGSHUO - LONGSHENG: Transfer to Longsheng. Late afternoon is a great time to take walks in the rice paddies with spectacular views of the terraces.
Day 6, LONGSHENG - CHONGQING: A free morning for further exploration before we return to Guilin for the overnight train to Chongqing.
Day 7, CHONGQING: Arrive in Chongqing where we board our cruise boat.
Days 8-9, YANGTSE RIVER CRUISE: We cruise down the Yangtse River, passing through the spectacular Three Gorges section. Along the way we stop for various excursions to places of interest. (BLD)
Day 10, YICHANG - XI'AN: We disembark in Yichang and take the overnight train to Xi'an. (B)
Day 11, XI'AN: Morning arrival in Xi'an and guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors. A free afternoon to wander through the markets haggling for souvenirs or try some delicious northern Chinese cuisine with a bowl of steaming dumplings or noodles.
Day 12, XI'AN - BEIJING: The day is free for you to explore this ancient city and its many amazing sites. In the evening we catch the overnight train to Beijing.
Day 13, BEIJING: Morning arrival in Beijing. Today we visit Tiananmen Square and the magnificent Forbidden City.
Day 14, BEIJING - GREAT WALL: A day at the Great Wall. We have the option of hiking along one of the less-visited but most beautiful sections.
Day 15, BEIJING: Tour ends.