Come to Planet Earth’s last frontier and discover the wonders of the world’s most populous nation. See the Great Wall of China, the Terra Cotta Warriors, and the tumult of Shanghai. Cruise the Yangtze River, which winds 4,000 miles from the glaciers of Tibet to the East China Sea at Shanghai. The world’s third largest river is a confluence of the physical majesty of China and a narrative of daily life of the 200 million people who live along its shore.
TUESDAY | DAY 1 | EN ROUTE WEDNESDAY | DAY 2 | BEIJING THURSDAY | DAY 3 | BEIJING FRIDAY | DAY 4 | BEIJING SATURDAY | DAY 5 | BEIJING - X’IAN SUNDAY | DAY 6 | X’IAN MONDAY | DAY 7 | X’IAN - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE TUESDAY | DAY 8 | YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE WEDNESDAY | DAY 9 | YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE THURSDAY | DAY 10 | YANGTZE RIVER YICHANG - SHANGHAI FRIDAY | DAY 11 | SHANGHAI SATURDAY | DAY 12 | SHANGHAI SUNDAY | DAY 13 | EN ROUTE This is a sample itinerary; Distribution of sites & leisure time is subject to change. Special Note: Not Included: * Please note National Guide will travel with you throughout the tour when there are 10 or more travelers in the group. Local Flights: BEIJING – X’IAN
– Walk through Tiananmen Square – Ascend the Great Wall
– See the Terra Cotta Warriors – Cruise on the Yangtze River
– Enjoy bustling Shanghai – Attend an Acrobatic Show in Shanghai
- Enjoy the Kung Fu Show in Beijing
Depart the U.S.
This Evening arrive Beijing, China’s centuries-old political, cultural and communications capital. Meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel.
Today enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Beijing. Wander about the immense plaza that is Tiananmen Square, capable of holding more than a million people. Visit the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of 15th century architecture. After lunch, enter the Forbidden City, the 9,000 room home to Ming and Qing emperors with its priceless historical treasures. Tonight, enjoy a special treat, “The Legend of Kung Fu” performance at the Red Theater. BL
Today’s journey takes us outside the city to the Great Wall of China one of the only man-made structures visible from outer space! For 5,000 kilometers, it snakes up and down rugged mountains like a huge imperial dragon. You’ll have an opportunity to climb this ancient wonder. After lunch, drive to the fabled Summer Palace, one of China’s most enchanting garden complexes. This evening, your ‘inner gourmet’ will be treated to a special banquet featuring the city’s world-famous “Peking Duck” dinner. BLD
This morning, travel by old-fashioned rickshaw through the narrow streets of a Hutong village, one of a number of self-contained communities within the city, providing a revealing glimpse into the daily life of ordinary Beijing residents. Fill your senses with the sights and sounds of this exotic metropolis, the street vendors, crowds, bicycles and colorful. Shop in Silk alley, lunch, then after an afternoon Professional Visit, fly westward to X’ian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties. This evening: Dinner and overnight. BLD
The day begins with a visit to one of the country’s most prized treasures 6,000 life-sized terra-cotta warriors and their horses that guard the tomb of Emperior Qin Shi Huangdi, as they have done faithfully for 2,000 years. After lunch, see well preserved artifacts at the Provincial Museum and stop at the large Wild Goose Pagoda. Tonight, enjoy Dinner and a performance at the Tang Dynasty Theatre. BLD
This morning, a Professional Visit is scheduled. Then, fly to Chongqing for a brief sightseeing and lunch in this major city on the Yangtze. Board your Yangtze River Cruise – Sailing is at 9:00pm. Buffet Dinner on board. BLD
Enjoy today’s excursion to Fengdu, the “Ghost City” known for its gardens, temples and eerie devil statues molded into the site of the temples lining Mingsham Hill. BLD
After passing through the scenic Quaint Gorge and Wu Gorge surrounded by the Twelve Peaks, disembark at Wushan, where you’ll cross over steep hills for an excursion through spectacular scenery to the Daning River Small Gorges, which are narrower than the Three Gorges, but very impressive. Enter Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles) and the deepest of the Three Gorges. This evening, sail through the three Gorges ship locks. BLD
Arrive Yang Jia Wang, site of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest construction project and the most ambitious hydroelectric project in the world; see the diversion canal, power station and the dam construction. On to Yichang; transfer to the airport for the flight to exciting Shanghai, China’s most cosmopolitan city, setting the pace for business, commerce, fashion, politics and culture. Transfer to your hotel for overnight. BL
A full day of touring in this vibrant city includes the beautiful Shanghai Museum with audio guide, serene Yu Yuan Gardens and the Jade Buddha Temple. Stroll along the Bund, the city’s elegant waterfront boulevard. A Professional Visit is scheduled. Tonight, enjoy a performance by Shanghai Acrobats. BL
Full day at leisure to explore this vibrant city at your own pace stroll, the Bund, shop and explore the city or perhaps an optional excursion to Suzhou with its classical gardens and winding canals. Tonight, our Farewell Dinner caps an enchanting tour. BD
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the U.S. B
Meal Inclusions: Buffet Breakfast daily, 9 lunches & 7 dinners.
Victoria Cruise Lines will charge 150RMB (Approximately $25.00 per person) for gratuities to be shared among cruise staff, and will be billed to your credit card upon check-in. The service charge does not include a gratuity to your River guide or Cruise Director, which may be given at your discretion based on your satisfaction with services received, as well as gratuities for additional special services required.
Gratuities are not included for local guides & drivers nor are they included for included meals at restaurants & hotels, porters at airports & hotels and housekeeping staff.
The local flights listed will be provided by the ground operator and are subject to change.
X’IAN - CHONGQING
YICHANG – SHANGHAI
TUESDAY | DAY 1 | EN ROUTE
WEDNESDAY | DAY 2 | BEIJING
THURSDAY | DAY 3 | BEIJING
FRIDAY | DAY 4 | BEIJING
SATURDAY | DAY 5 | BEIJING - X’IAN
SUNDAY | DAY 6 | X’IAN
MONDAY | DAY 7 | X’IAN - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
TUESDAY | DAY 8 | YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
WEDNESDAY | DAY 9 | YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
THURSDAY | DAY 10 | YANGTZE RIVER YICHANG - SHANGHAI
FRIDAY | DAY 11 | SHANGHAI
SATURDAY | DAY 12 | SHANGHAI
SUNDAY | DAY 13 | EN ROUTE
This is a sample itinerary; Distribution of sites & leisure time is subject to change.
* Please note National Guide will travel with you throughout the tour when there are 10 or more travelers in the group.
BEIJING – X’IAN
2015 Departure Dates
CITY #NIGHTS ACCOMMODATIONS
Beijing 3 Regent Hotel
X’ian 2 Sofitel X'ian on Renmin Square
Yangtze River 3 Victoria Cruises (Jenna)
Shanghai 3 Portman Ritz Carlton
Prices are based on Four Passengers in Double Occupancy
DEPART TUESDAY RETURN SUNDAY LAND ONLY TOUR PRICE PER PERSON in Twin/Double rooms
May 12 May 24 June 16 June 28 August 25 September 6 October 13 October 25
2015 Departure Dates
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$1650.00 – April & May
$1547.00 – June
$1587.00 – August
$1679.00 – October
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