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China & Yangtze River Cruise with Hong Kong


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  • Duration: 18 days
  • Price: from $2,799


    Save up to $800 per couple!

Travel to China! For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this China River Cruise that includes a Yangtze river cruise!  Reserve by May 18, 2017 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your China tour includes

  • 2 Nights in Shanghai
  • 3 Nights in Beijing
  • 2 Nights in Xian
  • 4-Night Yangtze River Cruise
  • 2 Nights in Guilin
  • 3 Nights in Hong Kong


  • Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
  • Great Wall (Beijing)
  • Terra Cotta Soldiers (Xian)
  • The Bund (Shanghai)
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • Li River (Guilin)
  • Victoria Peak (Hong Kong)
  • Optional Macau Excursion
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via China Eastern (Add $100 if departing from NYC, JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-China flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodation at deluxe hotels
  • Deluxe Yangtze River cruise aboard Victoria Cruises Premier ship in outside cabin with picture window and private balcony. Victoria Cruises was recently voted as one of USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Cruise Lines!
  • 34 meals: 16 full buffet American breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D). 
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours, admission fees included
  • All shore excursions
  • English-speaking Tour Director and local guides

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)



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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $899 for April 2017 through August 2017 departures and for the November departures.
Single room supplement is $1099 for September 2017 through October 2017 departures.
Add $100 if departing from New York (JFK).
Business Class Upgrade
LAX/Shanghai/LAX add $3495. JFK/Shanghai/JFK add $3595
China visa fee is not included.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.


Day 1
Depart USA.
Your magical journey to travel to China & Hong Kong begins this afternoon as you depart on your non-stop flight bound for Shanghai, China.
Day 2
Arrive in Shanghai.
After crossing the International Date Line you arrive late this afternoon in Shanghai, often described as “Paris of the East”. An intriguing, dynamic city, today’s Shanghai weaves the seaport legacy of its past with impressive new 21st century architecture. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your luxury hotel. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a welcome briefing. Crowne Plaza Fudan Hotel
Day 3
This morning embark on a guided stroll down the Bund, the bustling and exciting waterfront along the Huangpu River. Continue with a walk amidst the scenic ponds, colorful pavilions and walkways of the 16th century Yu Yuan Garden, a delightful reminder of old Shanghai. Afternoon return to hotel and the balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace. This evening, enjoy an included buffet dinner at the hotel followed by an optional mesmerizing acrobatic show. (B,D)

Day 4
Start your day with a visit to the acclaimed Shanghai Museum displaying exquisite ancient Chinese art and artifacts. After lunch, fly to Beijing, China’s lively capital and host to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Upon arrival, transfer to your deluxe hotel centrally located in downtown Beijing, within easy access to Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Capital Hotel (B,L)

Day 5
Beijing & The Great Wall
On today’s exhilarating excursion venture outside the city to the legendary Great Wall, which extends nearly 4,000 miles. Time to view and mount the well-preserved ramparts of this ancient wonder before proceeding to the Summer Palace, a former royal retreat of the Empress Dowager and now a lovely park. Here, enjoy a scenic boat ride on peaceful Kunming Lake. This evening savor an included special banquet featuring the famous “Peking Duck”.  (B,L,D)

Day 6
Today is at leisure to explore as you wish. You may join an optional Hutong and Temple of Heaven excursion ($60, lunch included). Visit Beijing’s ancient back alleys (Hutong) by rickshaw and witness the way the Chinese have lived for centuries. You’ll also visit the home of a local family and have lunch with them. Continue to the splendid Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming Dynasty architecture. This evening you’ll be our guest and delight in the “Legend of Kung Fu” show, a special stage performance that blends music and martial arts, highlighting the history and development of the fascinating Chinese martial arts, known as Kung Fu. (B)

Day 7
Beijing & Xian.
Start your exploration of Beijing with a visit to the vast Tiananmen Square, surrounded by impressive buildings and monuments. It is an excellent spot for people watching! Later, discover with a local expert the Forbidden City, former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. In the afternoon you’ll delight in a visit to the Beijing Zoo where you’ll see the adorable Giant Pandas. Later today, fly to Xian, ancient capital of China for eleven dynasties and historic gateway to the old silk trading route. Golden Flower Hotel (B,L)

Day 8
Xian & Terra Cotta Warriors.
On an included guided excursion visit one of the world’s most amazing archaeological discoveries: a life-size Terra Cotta Army of soldiers and horses guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi. It was unearthed in 1974 after being buried with the first Qin emperor for 22 centuries! Later, visit the intriguing Tang Art Museum and view excellent exhibits and demonstrations of Chinese culture including folk arts, ancient painting works and calligraphy. This evening savor a delicious dumpling dinner, a local specialty, and delight in a Tang Dynasty spectacular folklore show. (B,L,D)

Day 9
Xian/Yichang/Embark Ship.
Today board a short flight to Wuhan, and upon arrival, transfer to Yichang, a sprawling riverfront town in western Hubei Province. Yichang is also the gateway to the Yangtze River Gorges. Later today you’ll embark your luxurious River Cruiser and settle into the spacious cabin. Set sail late tonight. Victoria Cruises Premier Ship (B,L,D)

Day 10
Yangtze River Cruising.
Spend the day cruising along one of the world’s finest stretches of river scenery. First, dock at Sandouping village and visit the ongoing Yangtze Dam project, the world’s largest hydroelectric power project. You’ll enjoy a lecture on the progress of the project, view a model of the completed dam and savor the scenic views. Return to your ship and sail through the Three Gorges ship-locks towards the Xiling Gorge, a long, twisting passage through rushing rapids, weathered peaks, landmark caves and temples. Tonight, you’ll be the Captain’s guest at a cocktail reception. (B,L,D)

Day 11
Yangtze River Cruising.
An unforgettable day begins as you continue sailing through the Three Gorges. Proceed through the misty Wu Gorge, its twelve peaks soaring above. Dock in Wushan and board a smaller boat for a thrilling side trip up the Daning River to see the “Small Gorges,” presenting some of China’s most spectacular scenery. Towering cliffs soar over the narrow river and unique wildlife abound. Your spectacular voyage unfolds as you pass through the last of the “Three Gorges”, Qutang. This breathtaking narrow passage is the grandest of them all. (B,L,D)

Day 12
Yangtze River Cruising.
Today, continue your cruise along the Yangtze River. Dock in Shibaozhai, known for its magnificent wooden Pagoda and appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. The pagoda was built without nails and is considered one of the gems of Chinese architecture. (Note: Shore excursion is subject to change due to water level.)   Tonight, enjoy a farewell banquet and cultural show on board. (B,L,D)

Day 13
Arrive Chongqing/Disembark Ship/Guilin.
Disembark in the mountain city of Chongqing, a modern river port with ancient history spanning 3000 years. Later, fly southward to Guilin, home to the magnificent karst limestone formations, mist-covered hills and bamboo groves made famous through centuries of Chinese art. This afternoon, visit the famous Reed Flute Cave. Guilin Bravo Hotel (B,L)

Day 14
Guilin & Li River Cruise.
Towering limestone pinnacles and misty waters form the backdrop of today’s leisurely cruise on the fabled Li River. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery before arriving at the bustling market town of Yangshuo where you have some free time to explore and shop. This evening savor a special dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 15
Guilin/Hong Kong.
This morning, you’ll take a high-speed “bullet” train to Guangzhou, a prosperous city in southern China. Here, board a high-speed catamaran for a short ride through the Pearl River Delta to the scenic harbor of Hong Kong. Transfer to your hotel in the heart of bustling Kowloon, near the majestic harbor promenade. This afternoon savor first glimpses of thriving Hong Kong as you join your tour director for an orientation walk. Regal Kowloon Hotel (B)

Day 16
Hong Kong.
A morning tour of Hong Kong Island features a ride to the top of Victoria Peak for a spectacular city and harbor view. Then visit the renowned Stanley Market where bargains await, scenic Repulse Bay and the exotic Aberdeen floating fishing village. The afternoon is at leisure for shopping or independent exploration. Do not miss the great opportunity to savor the amazing array of delicacies in this culinary Mecca. (B)

Day 17
Hong Kong.
A day at leisure in Hong Kong, where East meets West, or perhaps join an optional excursion via high-speed turbojet ride to Macau, a fascinating city 65 kilometers west of Hong Kong. Formerly under Portuguese rule, you’ll be struck by the clear European/Mediterranean influence with its beautiful fortresses and churches yet its simultaneous Chinese heritage. Also, for those so inclined, it happens to be the gambling capital of Asia! (B)
Day 18
Hong Kong/USA.
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Your memorable journey comes to an end as you arrive back in the U.S. later today. (B)

Hong Kong
Macau Day Tour with Lunch (approx. $130 per person)
Take the turbojet ride to Macau, formerly under Portuguese rule, you’ll be struck by the clear European/Mediterranean influence with its beautiful fortresses and churches yet its simultaneous Chinese heritage. Your visit today includes A-Ma Temple, Mount Fortress, Section of the Old Walls, Nam Van Lake and the ruins of St. Paul Cathedral. Time to try your luck at the Casino before returning to Hong Kong by turbojet later this afternoon.
Note: This optional tour is available with payment by cash only.


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Trip Preparation


Your departure flights from the USA and back are on China Eastern Airlines. You are expected to arrive at your gateway airport, Los Angeles (LAX) or New York (JFK), no later than 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure time. 

Departure Date

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Apr. – Nov. 2017
China Eastern Airlines 12:30PM 10:00AM 4:30PM


Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting fight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.


Air China & China Eastern Airlines do not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.


Travel to China requires a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens require visa to enter China. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Passengers traveling to China need to have individual visas stamped in their passports. To obtain an individual visa for China, please follow one of the following:

  1. If you prefer to apply for your visa directly with the Chinese Consulate, you will have to apply in person.   Chinese Consulates do not accept mailed-in visa applications.  Please contact the Chinese Consulate nearest your area for visa requirements and application forms and fees.
  2. If you do not reside close to a consulate, we suggest that you use a visa service to facilitate the processing of the visa.  We recommend using CIBT.  Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at
  3. If you do not have access to a computer, and you are not able to apply for your visa in person, please contact CIBT to have a form mailed to you.  If you plan to use the services of CIBT and have any questions regarding the application please call them directly at 800-406-1523.
  4. We recommend that you apply for the visa in-person or through CIBT, at least 45-50 days before your scheduled departure to China. If you apply earlier, your visa may expire by the time you are scheduled to take your trip!

PLEASE NOTE:  An invitation letter addressed to the Chinese Consulate will be e-mailed to you approximately 50 days prior to your departure date.  This invitation letter will include the addresses and telephone numbers of the hotels and land operator in China.  You will need to print this invitation and present it with your China visa application.  When you send us your final payment, please make sure you provide us with your correct e-mail address on your tour registration form.  Also please note that visa procedures may change at any time.  You should check directly with the consulate, or if using CIBT online at, for the most up to date instructions before submitting your paperwork.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.


Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.


You may expect temperatures averaging in the 50’s in March and November, 60’s in April, 60’s and 70’s in May, September and October and 80’s in June through August.  Hong Kong temperatures are somewhat warmer.


The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $15-20 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.


Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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by Alvin Falkenstein on smarTours
Great China Trip

Great trip from the start. China Eastern Airline treats its customers better than a lot of U.S. airlines. Seats had enough room, 3 sufficient meals were served on the 15 hour flight. Our guide, Li Bo, was absolutely exceptional from start to finish of the tour. The hotels were all 5 star. The sites along the trip were all unbelievable, even without the optional tours. We had enough free time to do the little extra things that we wanted to do. The local guide were all very good, friendly and knowledgeable. China surprised us with its absolute beauty, size, opulence of the tourist sites. Even the factories that were visited proved to be eye opening and not just tourist traps. The trip left us extremely happy that we had taken it and was an absolute bargain.

by Sharon Kuchler on smarTours
Fabulous China trip

On October 13, 2016, we left for our trip to China & the Yangtze River Cruise.
27 people who couldn't wait to meet each other and most of all our tour guide, Mark Ma. To say that he's the best would be an understatement. Our trip was fabulous from the moment we met him til we boarded the plane, homeward bound. His knowledge of China is vast and his English is perfect. This is my 3rd trip with Smart Tours and I love traveling with them. The price is unbeatable for what we always get. From hotels, to transportation, tours and food Smart Tours can't be beat. The trip is physically demanding but the upside is I lost 6 pounds from so much walking. I can't wait for my next trip. Thanks!!

by Bonnie Kelly/Ron Dunsdon on smarTours
Great but exhausting tour

We hit the road running, flight from LA to Shanghai...our guide Mark was waiting for us and we set off for the hotel. Mark Ma spent the entire time with us. For most of us that have travelled a lot, we all felt he was one of the best ever. He was patient, intelligent, knowledeable, and informative. There were 26 in our group of varying ages and abilities. At the end of the day, we saw so much and were ready for bed at night. There is so much to see, but the crowds of people for us proved very tiring. China proved to be a remarkable country, we were all blown away how they have advanced mainly since Tienamen and then of course where they are going from here. The cities were all new and amazing, and very, very clean. We were hard pressed to find any litter anywhere. All of the major attractions were amazing....The Terra Cotta Warriors were almost beyond one should miss seeing this piece of history. At every place we went, Mark and smarTours had arranged for a tour guide for us for that area....they were able to give us great insight to that days activities from a local perspective.For your information, we saw tours from much more expensive tour companies all along the way...they were seeing most of the same sights, staying at many of the same sure to realize the value of this trip

by Ray Mitchell on smarTours
17 day China Tour

My second smarTour trip was simply amazing. The value for money incredible, Harry our tour director just perfect and China mind blowing.
I just can't say enough about this amazing experience, except to say "just do it".
You won't have any regrets.

by shantel on smarTours
Awesome China

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by Ellis & Susan Polin on smarTours
China & Yangtze River Cruise with Hong Kong

Overall the tour was great. Harry was quite knowledgeable and a great tour leader who assisted with every needs. He saw that as Vegetarians we were accorded enough choices for our diet. Individual guides in the cities were also quite knowledgeable and provided a wealth of information.

by Marlene Thorn on smarTours
EXCELLENT Tour April, 2016

This tour with Sun (Harry) was the best tour I have ever taken! He was an excellent tour guide and now friend to all of us that were on the tour together. Not only did we see most of the spectacular sites in China, crisscrossing the country, but Sun provided a lot of information regarding China, was always careful to meet everyone's needs and was a total support throughout the trip. His calm manner of navigating all the details for our group of 23 and for all the airports, buses, cruise boats and trains was amazing. His command of the English language and his sense of humor kept us very engaged! I have great memories of China, learned a lot and made a friend forever with Sun (Harry)! I would like to go on other Smartours and would welcome him as my guide anywhere in the World.

by Kalyani Withanachchi on smarTours

We enjoyed the tour. It was well organised & we were satisfied with
Accomodation & the itinerary. Our tour guide Sun was excellent & he
is a credit to SmarTours.

by Neelakshi & Nandi Wijesinghe on smarTours
Excellant Tour

We did the tour "China & Yantze river cruise with Hong Kong" May 5 to may 21. Thanks to our fabulous Tour director Mr. Sun Qingjun we had one of the best experiences ever !! He interacted with each of us individually and attended to all our personal requests and needs and also shared his knowledge on China's history and culture. His overall service was beyond exceptional and set a high bar for excellence. " Thank You Sun "

by Manfred Runkel on smarTours
An excellent Journey

My wife and I are back from the China, Yangtze and Hongkong tour which started on April 28, 2016. What a great experience it was!

Thanks to you tour director's Mark Ma's guidance, our earlier concerns did not materialize. We had no difficulties finding the hotel in Beijing and the assigned ship cabin was quite adequate.

Mark made the journey a pleasure. He guided as with calm and competence. He made itinerary changes that benefitted us, i.e. visiting the pandas in the zoo of Chongqing instead of Beijing . This allowed us to see 8 months old Tin-Tin. What a pleasure!

Mark's decision to collect a fixed amount from the group to pay the tips for the local guides and drivers made our life easier. Him taking care of the checking-in process for hotels, flights, trains etc. was also very much appreciated.

Speaking of easy - we really enjoyed the included porterage. How nice not to have to lug the suitcases ourselves. Getting them delivered to the room was great

One suggestion: please provide the headsets throughout the tour. It was so nice to hear Mark's and the local guides explanations while we had them. Later on it was difficult to hear, especially in the din of crowded places.

All in all, were are pleased and will consider your company for future trips.

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