Inspirational China & Yangtze Cruise

Inspirational China & Yangtze Cruise


Inspirational China & Yangtze Cruise

15 Days Starting in United Kindom and ending in united kingdom

Visiting: United Kingdom, Shanghai, Yangtze River, Chengdu, Xi'An, Beijing

Tour operator:

Just You

Tour code:


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Tour Overview

This is the ultimate tour exploring China, start in the buzzing city of Shanghai, we'll stroll The Bund, famous riverside boulevard and visit Yuyuan Gardens and Jade Buddha Temple.

Before joining a majestic four night cruise exploring the Yangtze River, our ship has great facilities - two restaurants, two lounges, three bars, fitness centre, reading room and gift shop. Your cabin will have its own private balcony to take in the views. On disembarking we'll see some incredible Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture, before travelling onto to Chengdu, to visit the research base for giant panda breeding. In Xi'an we will see the City Walls and of course, viewing the Terracotta Army is our highlight, there are over 6000 life size terracotta figures each one slightly different. Our final stop is Beijing where we will visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and walk part of the Great Wall of China.


  • Your own room guaranteed & no single supplement

  • Dedicated Just You holiday director with you on the trip

  • Tour of Shanghai

  • Journey on the high speed China railway (CRH)

  • Sail for four night's on the Mighty Yangtze

  • Visit Cigikou's Old Town

  • Discover Jinli Street in Chengdu

  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre

  • Xi'an City Tour and City Walls

  • Traditional dumpling dinner

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Day 1 Uk - Shanghai

Location: United Kingdom

Depart on your scheduled flight to Shanghai today.

Day 2 Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Jin Jiang Tower Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner, D

On arrival in Shanghai, we will transfer to your hotel, where you'll stay for two nights. Shanghai by night is dazzling and at its heart is the Huangpu River, with its constant and extraordinary stream of water traffic and the famous riverside boulevard, the Bund, which is lined with magnificent former colonial buildings.
This evening, you could join the optional Huangpu River cruise to enjoy Shanghai by night. Sights you'll see include the Yangpu and Nanpu Bridges, the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics and the Pudong Business District, which boasts a dramatic skyline.

Day 3 Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Jin Jiang Tower Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, BL

We'll take a tour of Shanghai this morning including the world's longest shopping thoroughfare namely Nanjing Road, the miniature of Chinese residential wonders Yuyuan Gardens, the pilgrim-crowded Jade Buddha Temple and the panoramic and popular boulevard, The Bund, which is lined with magnificent colonial-style buildings. This evening you have a chance to explore the city in your own time.

Day 4 Shanghai - Yichang

Location: Yangtze River

Accommodation Name: Victoria Jenna

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

This morning we’ll catch a high-speed train to Yichang, which is a good opportunity to sit back, relax and appreciate the views of the midlands of China. On arrival we will travel to the pier where we embark on a scenic Yangtze River cruise journey.

Day 5 Yangtze Cruise

Location: Yangtze River

Accommodation Name: Victoria Jenna

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

Today you'll cruise through the magnificent Three Gorges region, where we will stop for shore excursions including the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. You could join an optional excursion, available to book on the ship, to the world's largest ship lock with ship lift. Later, you'll experience the spectacular scenery of the Xiling Gorge, the deepest and longest of the three stretching for 41 miles. If river conditions are favourable you could join another optional 'Tribe of the Three Gorges' which will give you a fascinating insight into the traditions and culture of this part of China. Enjoy the captain's welcome dinner and entertainment onboard the ship this evening.

Day 6 Yangtze Cruise

Location: Yangtze River

Accommodation Name: Victoria Jenna

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

If you wish you could start the day with a Tai Chi lesson on board the ship. We'll then transfer to another vessel, which will enable us to cruise through the picturesque Goddess Stream, which flows into the Yangtze. Back on the ship, we'll sail into the tranquil beauty of the Wu Gorge, famed for its forest-covered mountains and sheer cliffs, then through the Qutang Gorge. Although this is the smallest of the three, measuring just 500 feet wide and five miles long, its also the most dramatic. River conditions permitting you may choose to join an optional excursion to White Emperor City. This ancient temple located on the top of a mountain affords spectacular views. Round off the day with dinner and a cabaret show.

Day 7 Yangtze Cruise

Location: Yangtze River

Accommodation Name: Victoria Jenna

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

It's your last day sailing on the Yangtze. You might choose to visit Fengdu Ghost City, known for its shrines, temples, statues and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife. This evening join your captain for a farewell dinner.

Day 8 Chongqing - Chengdu

Location: Chengdu

Accommodation Name: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

Today you'll disembark the in Chongqing. We continue our tour with a visit to Ciqikou Old Town - its history can be traced back more than 1,700 years. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties it was known for its production of porcelain, and more than 20 ancient kiln sites have been discovered here. Its houses also date back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties, so admire incredible architecture made from bamboo and timber. The village is also a great place to watch local locals at work in embroidery workshops and to stop for tea, as there are more than 100 tea bars to choose from. You'll also see the Guild Hall, a magnificent complex of houses, prayer houses and shops built by immigrants during the Qing Dynasty.
Later we'll travel to the railway station for our high-speed train journey to Chengdu.

Day 9 Chengdu

Location: Chengdu

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, BL

Your day begins with a fantastic excursion to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to view these lovely but endangered creatures.
This afternoon we'll stroll along Jinli Street, where you will find tea houses, silk workshops as well as local delicacy restaurants and snack vendors.
This evening you could choose to attend the optional Face Changing Show, which features a number of different acts performing opera, music, comedy, fire-breathing, puppetry and the famous face-changing act, which has to be seen to be believed. The show is performed in a traditional tea house, dinner is also included with this optional excursion.

Day 10 Chengdu - Xian

Location: Xi'An

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Dajing hotel Xian

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

We make our way by high-speed train to Xian today, the 'City of Eternal Peace' and home of the famous Terracotta Army. Your sightseeing begins right away with a visit to the Hangyangling Museum, also known as the tomb of Emperor Jingdi, where you can see small clay figures of people, animals and warriors discovered here. Next we'll visit the ancient and beautifully preserved City Wall.
After a special and authentic Dumpling dinner, you will enjoy the Xian by night excursion. You will see the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower which are both beautifully illuminated, providing a lovely setting for the many traditional restaurants and modern shopping malls of the area. You will also visit the west gate of Xian’s City Walls before we drive to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Here you'll be able to watch the locals who come to dance here in the squares, as well as a colourful dancing fountain. We also include a visit to the Muslim Market, famous for its many food stalls, each selling its own specialties, so why not try one of the dishes on offer.

Day 11 Xian

Location: Xi'An

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Dajing hotel Xian

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, BL

Today's the day that you are going to see one of the world's most remarkable sights, the Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum at Li Shan Mountain. Discovered in the 1970s by farmers digging a well, this collection of at least 6,000 life-size terracotta figures was interred in 200 BC with the first Qin emperor. The warriors, representing individuals of the Imperial Guard, are grouped in battle order, rank by rank. Some are mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others are armed with spears, swords and crossbows. This dazzling display of Chinese military power is quite simply breath-taking. We will also visit the Green Tea House, where there may be an opportunity to meet one of the farmers who discovered the warriors. After lunch we will return to Xian where the rest of the day is at leisure. This evening is free to explore or take the opportunity to see a stunning Tang Dynasty show, which is listed as one of the top 10 things to do in Xian and is performed by the world-renowned Shaanxi Song and Dance Troupe, so comes highly recommended.

Day 12 Xian - Beijing

Location: Beijing

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

We will travel by bullet train, to the nation’s legendary capital city - Beijing. A city of bustling street markets, ancient temples and exquisite palaces, which stand beside the vast 20th century civic buildings created by Chairman Mao and his people. With three nights here, there's plenty of time to discover all its highlights. Upon arrival you'll be transferred to visit the Summer Palace and, if weather conditions are favourable, enjoy a boat ride on Kunming Lake.

Day 13 Beijing

Location: Beijing

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, BL

You can tick off another one of China's highlights today - Tiananmen Square. This magnificent square is bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and the Gate of Heavenly Peace. We'll go through the gate, which forms the entrance to the incredible Forbidden City, to admire the magnificent buildings that house the Imperial Palace. This afternoon you will join a Hutong tour to discover the city's Hutongs by rickshaw. These narrow streets are formed by ancient residences built around courtyards and we'll have the chance to visit local families to see how they live in this traditional way.
This evening we have free time or join an optional excursion to the breath-taking Beijing acrobatic show with dinner.

Day 14 Beijing

Location: Beijing

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BLD

A walk along part of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu is an amazing start of today. One of the world's most iconic sights, this lesser-known section of the wall boasts wonderful architecture and is possibly the best restored section.
We also include a leisurely cable car ride to the highest part of this section, for amazing views of the surrounding woodland. Once there you can explore at your own pace, walk between the wall's watch towers or simply take in the breath-taking scenery. Later this evening we'll meet up again for Peking duck farewell dinner.

Day 15 Beijing - Uk

Location: Beijing

Meals Included: B

We'll transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK.

What's Included

    • Return flights from London
    • Return flights from London

    • 9 nights in 4 and 5 star hotels, 4 nights cruising the Yangtze and 1 night in flight

    • 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 9 dinners

    • Just You Holiday Director

    • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation and porterage

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    All the people in your group will be solo travellers and will share your sense of adventure and passion for travel. There’s usually a good mix of ages too, so you’ll meet a variety of solo travellers who have more, or in some cases less, life experience. We find the overall mix of people really adds to the whole experience and there are certainly plenty of l

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    A few years ago we set up Just You Cares, a programme that gives back to some of the places we love. We have always believed in taking care of the communities we visit, and have taken the time to really get to know the local people and understand the challenges they face. Some of our holidays give our Customers the chance to see how the money from their trips has been spent.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Just You, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accommodate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - just make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, and all of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

  • Will I eat alone?

    We find there’s always a social element to dining, so you’ll never eat alone, unless you want to! Every holiday includes a welcome get-together, all breakfasts and many other meals. When a meal is not included we find travellers meet and dine together.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, given the nature of our holidays, it is not possible to join the tour once it has departed.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Just You has been operating solo holidays for more than 15 years.

  • Am I guaranteed a room of my own?

    Of course, you’ll always have a twin or double room all to yourself. It’s great to have that space to relax and reflect at the end of the day. In some hotels you can also pay a little extra to upgrade for more space or a lovely sea view.

  • What is the typical age range on a Just You holiday?

    Typically, our customers are solo travellers in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but it’s quite possible you could meet 20-year-olds or 70-year-olds (or anyone in between)... After all, age is just a number!

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have received the World Travel and Tourism Councils (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp, which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world. The 'Safe Travels' stamp provides you, with assurance and peace of mind that we have implemented enhanced health and hygiene prprotocols on all holidays.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Once you book, you will receive a confirmation invoice within 7 days, prior to departure, we will send you further information to help prepare for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Just You is exclusively for solo travellers, every tour includes a twin or double room of your own, with no single supplement.

Reviews of this operator

Jenny Elliott  

Fabulous Holiday with Just You


Fabulous holiday with Just You - well organised, excellent accommodation and our tour leader absolutely made the trip! Would highly recommend.

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Russell Kerfoot  

Travels 2013 -2019


Have taken about 15 tours with JY, mainly long haul, and found the experience exhilarating. Apart from the company's professionalism and extensive and varied tour options, I have made so many friends for life. Looking forward to resuming my travels in 2022.

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Tyler Kerr (Google Reviewer)  

Apologies in advance to the...


Apologies in advance to the business as my holiday was the Eastern Wonders tour in Canada in June 2023 but some things happened shortly after which I had to focus on and then I kept forgetting to write a review. This was hands down the best holiday I’ve ever had. My coeliac disease was no issue whatsoever and the tour guide ‘Johanna’ is an absolute credit to Just You. She along with all of the other tour guides in the city stops were knowledgeable and great fun. The only day I felt wasn’t necessary for that time of year was Mont-Tremblant and the Holiday Inn there wasn’t the best but every other hotel was wonderful. Everyday was well-balanced with little tours to see the gorgeous sights in each location whilst still leaving us with plenty of time for our own exploration. The coach driver ‘Dave’ was also a really lovely chap. We always felt very safe with him behind the wheel and, should Just You offer this tour again someday, I would definitely recommend it. I will be using this company again and I can’t wait. I’d also like to thank the team at Just You over the phone and the representative at Heathrow who helped me as I’m on the autism spectrum and can get overwhelmed. Lovely company and very well priced in my opinion. With everything we did it would have cost around double if you’d made this trip independently.

aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

Been on 5 holidays with...


Been on 5 holidays with this company they have generally been good but the prices have risen considerably and i feel do not provide true value for money. In my opinion all the excursions and meals should be included in the total cost as they not worth the extra cost. Also they are very dismissive of any complaints once you have paid for the holiday they are not interested. I think i will try another company next time

Sue Sweeney (Google Reviewer)  

Great holidays for singles. I've been...


Great holidays for singles. I've been on 4 holidays with them. Only issue is the hotel rooms. They generally use 3* hotels and I've booked at the same time and price as my friends but the difference in rooms is unbelievable. I've been lucky, but I've heard horror stories from friends of rooms like a dungeon with one small high window whilst I've had a fabulous sea view.

COLIN BROAD (Google Reviewer)  

I went on a spirit...


I went on a spirit of an India trip with Amritsar add on. It looks good in the brochure, but things aren’t always as they seem. If like me you like a toilet break every two hours (discussed with the company in depth in advance) or have a hidden disability. then this holiday is not for you - use a different holiday company! Their planned toilet stops are every 3.5 hours, so ladies bring your pads and gents be prepared for “natural stops” while all the passengers watch you out the window or bring a bottle and a blanket as a screen. The Taj Mahal in Agra was good, along with the two trips to the Ganges river and the Golden Temple at Amritsar too. Rarely are you in the same spot for more than one night and a 6 hour daily coach or train journey became the norm. It was a shame that there was not an opportunity to enjoy the hotels that we’d obviously paid a lot of money for. If you’re looking for tigers in the game park, don’t get your hopes up. 99% unlikely. It is also a disappointment that there is little opportunity to explore the areas in the major cities that we’d traveled too If you are lucky enough to find some companionship from the opposite sex and wish to be bring them “home” this is frowned upon by the company - even if you have paid extra due double occupancy as required by the hotel I received a letter on holiday basically saying that the two hourly toilet stops required (and discussed in advance) due to diabetes was a disruption to the schedule. That photos sent to me by a girlfriend were “illicit”. Photo uploaded - make your own mind up” Also that managing to get lucky a couple of times and bringing them back to the hotel was an issue - very strange due a so called singles holiday

Maureen May (Google Reviewer)  

Just returned from St Lucia....


Just returned from St Lucia. Hotel dreadfully shabby. Breakfasts very limited with very little fresh fruit. Our hotel was a 20 minute walk in 29C or a free bus on the hour to the beach and sister hotel. Location good for nearby local shopping and restaurants. The sunset cruise was brilliant as was the whale watching, but surf and safari trip was a disaster. We travelled in two open topped trucks with a two and a half hour drive to the surfing destination. During the trip smoke started from the gear box and we had to abandon the vehicle until the situation was rectified, which, to their credit, was sorted very quickly. Unfortunately the sea was too rough for the boat so we had to return back in the trucks. Extremely uncomfortable on side bench seats, hanging on in the rain. So, all in all we don’t over 6 hours on the trucks - not good. The tour guide left before the 5 day extension period without a handover to the local tour operators. No Information was given except by the hotel. I had already booked to go the Athens with Just You in May, now I wish I hadn’t.

Sunlight59 (Google Reviewer)  

Booked the French & Italian...


Booked the French & Italian Riviera. Too much travelling on the coach. Most journeys to places were around 2 hours or more. No toilet facilities unless you go into a cafe to buy something. The group were lovely but mostly retired and older. Didn’t have much in common. The hotel was comfortable and clean. Vegetarians had mainly different types of cooked eggs for dinner. But plenty of food. However the hotel Toscana in Alessio does cater for families with children so noisy at night for the last few days of the holiday. Paid a lot of money for this holiday. Did not meet my expectations as per brochure.

Lynda Martin (Google Reviewer)  

Don't go to the Mercure...


Don't go to the Mercure Hotel in Brighton for a Christmas holiday. Dingy rooms, small tables so you are encouraged to sit on your own when you have expected to be able to chat. But this is nothing compared to the Christmas lunch. Reconstituted white meat that could have been anything, no roasties, no stuffing, no cranberry sauce, you couldn't cut the sprouts because the knife wasn't sharp enough. I had pre ordered prawn cocktail as my starter but on the day when we all turned up together, there was no prawn cocktail for me they had run out, so all I had was soup. No dancing, no music. The carpets were stained and it was a very sorry affair. I paid £1348 for 4 nights of this very shabby standard. Sorry Just You, butbit is the last holiday I will have with you. This year, whether I go to Aldi or Waitrose, I will buy the whole shebang and cook it myself, and then I will be sure to enjoy it.

eamonn young (Google Reviewer)  

Great holiday but then no...


Great holiday but then no response to email concerning an important point concerning incorrect information in documentation. Turkish Airlines do have online check in..saves being put on standby. Documentation says you can't check in can. Just wanted to save other travellers having the same problem about being put on stand by. Just You don't seem to care.

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