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Historic Yangtze Discovery 12 Days – Starting $2,304

Beijing • Xi'an • Chongqing • Downstream Yangtrze River Cruise • Yichang • Shanghai » Tour Code : HYC

  • 2015 – 2016 Tour Itinerary
  • Tour Dates & Prices
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Inclusions
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Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, China’s capital, you will be greeted and escorted to the hotel.

Day 2 Beijing (AB, L, SD)
Enjoy a full day tour of China’s fascinating capital begins with the Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, home of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch, visit the Summer Palace, taking a leisure stroll while admiring the thousands of ancient murals along the Long Corridor and a boat ride on Kunming Lake (weather permitting).
In the evening, enjoy a fabulous welcome banquet featuring Peking duck at Qianmen 1416 Duck Restaurant.

Day 3 Beijing (AB, L)
The highlight today is an excursion to the Great Wall at Badaling. Enjoy the dramatic vistas of the Great Wall as it descends and rises as far as the eye can see. In the afternoon, visit Temple of Heaven where the emperor came here to pray for good harvest twice a year.

Day 4 Beijing » Xi'an (AB, L)
Fly to Xi’an, the China’s ancient capital and visit the Ancient City Wall, built during the 14th century. Continue to visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi’an.

Day 5 Xi'an (AB, L, DS)
Today’s highlight is a visit to the Archaeological Museum, home to an army of more than 6,000 life-size Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses excavated from the tomb of the 1st emperor of the Qin Dynasty. In the evening, enjoy a special dumpling dinner show recreating the music, costumes and dance of the Tang Dynasty.

Day 6 Xi’an » Chongqing » Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D)
Fly to Chongqing, enjoy a city tour which includes a visit to the Stillwell Museum where you will see a collection of World War II memorabilia, including exhibits on the Flying Tigers. After dinner, board the 5-star MV President 8 Cruise and begin your memorable journey on the Yangtze River.

Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise Journey (AB, L, D)
Today’s excursion is to Fengdu with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods. It is known as the “Ghost City” and is the place for punishing the devil and awarding good people.

Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise Journey (AB, L, D)
This morning you will cruise through the first two of the famous Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge, the shortest but the most dramatic gorge; and Wu Gorge, known for its sheer cliffs and twelve peaks. Your excursion will include boarding a smaller vessel to sail up Shennong Stream, which features spectacular views of the Small Gorges. Your cruise continues and passes through the last and longest gorge, Xiling Gorge. Then sail through five stages of the Three Gorges’ double-lane ship lock.

Day 9 Yichang » Shanghai (AB, L)
This morning, your cruise arrives in Yang Jia Wang where you will take a shore excursion to the massive Three Gorges Dam Site, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Continue sailing to Yichang where you will disembark. Then fly to Shanghai – the “Paris of the Orient”. Upon arrival, your sightseeing features the bustling shopping street, Nanjing Road, and also the Bund, the famous promenade along the Huangpu River.
** If direct flight is not available, transfer by motor coach to Wuhan for flight to Shanghai.

Day 10 Shanghai (AB, L)
Start your morning with a visit to the famous Shanghai Museum, China’s most up-to-date museum showcasing the country’s ancient glory. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Yu Garden, famous for its rock gardens, pavilions, halls and ponds, and Old Shanghai Bazaar, with shops filled with all manner of interesting curios. Continue your visit stopping in the Old Town and the modern Xintiandi.

Day 11 Shanghai » Suzhou Optional Tour » Shanghai (AB)
Spend today at leisure to explore this vibrant city on your own or taking an optional tour to Suzhou, a charming city of canals filled with gardens from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Many of which are UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites.

Day 12 Shanghai » Home (AB)
Farewell to Shanghai. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to USA.

Historic Yangtze Discovery 12 Days Tour Dates & Prices
Arrival Date (2015 Sunday) Land Only Single Supplement
Apr 19 $2,332 $734
May 17 $2,456 $822
Jun 21 $2,332 $734
July 19 $2,304 $710
Aug 16 $2,304 $710
Sep 06, 20 $2,488 $849
Oct 11, 25 $2,488 $849
Nov 15 $2,363 $762
Arrival Date (2016 Sunday) Land Only Single Supplement
Mar 20 $2,332 $734
  • Beijing: Capital Hotel star
  • Xi’an: Grand Noble Hotel star
  • Yangtze River Cruise: MV President 8 Cruise star
  • Shanghai: Central Hotel Shanghai star

China Classic Discovery Inclusion:

  • All intra-China air / land transportation
  • Superior First Class Accommodations
  • Five Star Yangtze River Cruise – MV President 8 Cruise shore excursions, full board
  • Full American or buffet breakfast daily at hotels
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary including admission charges where applicable
  • Culinary Specialties, fine meals at local Chinese restaurants
  • Experienced English speaking tour manager (for group size of 10 & more) escorts groups through–out China with local guides
  • Baggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes; all local taxes

Culinary Specialties

  • Beijing: Peking Duck Dinner
  • Xi’an: Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show

Special Notes

  • All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 6 passengers. Supplemental charges will apply if group is less than 6 participants.
  • Transpacific airfare, US domestic add-on airfare are available, please call for details
  • Preferred accommodations subject to change to similar class
  • All prices are subject to change without notice
  • Private tours are available at additional cost – call for information
  • AB – American Breakfast
  • L – Lunch
  • SL – Special Lunch
  • D – Dinner
  • SD – Special Dinner
  • DS – Dinner & Show
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