Cruise the Yangtze with Saga

Tuesday 23 June 2015

• NEW 17-night Grand Tour of China combines cruise and tour to unearth treasures of bygone dynasties, cosmopolitan cities and natural wonders from Shanghai to Beijing

Cruise the Yangtze with Saga

Saga’s new escorted tour and river cruise offers a fully immersive discovery of ancient and modern China, including visits to the key wonders that a first time visitor to China would have on their “must see” list. There is also a relaxing cruise to absorb the country’s natural splendour.

Spend two nights in the buzzing metropolis of Shanghai before flying inland to Yichang to meet the river cruise ship Victoria Anna.

Enjoy four nights sailing along the Yangtze River on the 266-passenger river cruise ship. Built in 2006, Victoria Anna is well-equipped with air conditioning, two restaurants, three bars and two lounges, a library, fitness room and beauty salon.

Sail in comfort to view the river-gorge landscape and marvel at the Three Gorges Dam, a major source of hydroelectric power. The Three Gorges are a national treasure with sheer granite cliffs, caverns, verdant slopes and farmland valleys.

Embark a smaller boat for a diversion along the Goddess Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze, which offers a close-up view of the beautiful landscape.  Victoria Anna will sail on and make a stop for guests to visit to the Shibaozhai Pagoda before the cruise ends in Chongqing.

Spend two nights in Chongquing with time to view the UNESCO-protected 7th century Dazu rock carvings and the Hongya Cave traditional-style stilted buildings. In the city, change the pace and enjoy the exuberant shopping district of Jiefangbei.

Jump aboard the bullet train to Chengdu for a two-night stay. Hearts will melt at the Panda Breeding Centre – a 600-acre site devoted to increasing the population of giant pandas and other endangered animals. Next, head off the beaten track to discover the ancient city ruins of Sanxingdui, probably once the largest city in south China, dating to the Bronze Age.

After a busy few days, wind down on a relaxing cruise along the Li River, sailing past jagged limestone peaks, traditional villages and bamboo groves to Yangshuo. Once refreshed, discover Guilin Fubo Hill Park, on the west bank of the Li, and climb the steps to the top of Fubo Hill. Later, pause at a tea plantation before taking the flight to Xi'an for a two-night stay.

The Terracotta Army awaits, with 8,000 life-size warriors as well as the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652AD to store the scriptures brought back from India.

Fly to Beijing for a three-night stay to visit Tian'anmen Square and the vast Forbidden City, former home to the imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Saga’s Grand Tour of China ends with a visit to the ultimate tourist attraction, The Great Wall, which provides a suitably memorable end to this great value holiday.

For details call free on 0800 096 0078 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/holidays

17 nights from £2,899 departing London Heathrow from April to November 2016.

Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, all flights, airport taxes, accommodation, most meals, porterage, tour manager, tourist visa, travel insurance or a discount of £49 discount if passenger has own insurance cover.

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