Yangtze

Day 1 | Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, China’s capital, you will be greeted and escorted to the hotel.

Day 2 | Beijing (B, L, SD)
Enjoy a full day tour of China’s fascinating capital begins with a visit to Temple of Heaven, where the emperors came to pray for good harvest and pay his appreciation. There, you will enjoy a tai chi lesson taught by a master practitioner. After that, walk across the Tiananmen Square to the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, home of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. Tonight, enjoy a fabulous welcome banquet featuring Peking duck at Da Dong Restaurant.

Day 3 | Beijing (B, L)
The highlight today is an excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Enjoy the dramatic vistas and marvel at the Wall as it climbs and descends steep ridges and narrow valleys. A scenic cable car ride enhances your visit through the steep hills. 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 the Kunming Lake (weather permitting). This evening, attend a mystical amazing show, “Legend of Kung Fu” (VIP seating).

Day 4 | Beijing Xi’an (B, SL)
Take a pedicab on a Hutong Tour through the ancient parts of the city and get acquainted with the local residents on a family visit. Enjoy a special imperial lunch at The Bai family Garden Restaurant or Champion Mansion to experience the delicious delicacy and the royal service of ancient China. Take a late afternoon flight to Xi’an, China’s ancient capital and check in to your hotel.

Day 5 | Xi'an (B, 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 First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Continue to visit the Ancient City Wall, built during the 14th century. This evening, enjoy the Imperial Dinner Show at The Tang Dynasty Xi’an (Tang Yue Gong) recreating the music, costumes and dances of that era.

Day 6 | Xi'an Chongqing Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
Fly to Chongqing and 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 deluxe 5-star Yangzi Explorer and begin your memorable journey on the Yangtze River.

Day 7 | Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
Fengdu — a charming river village noted for its Daoist temple and bustling markets. Two tours are available here; the first is a trip into the ghost temple where the Chinese believe the souls would gather after they passed away, or alternatively you can choose to explore the relocation village, the local kindergarten or the local market.

Day 8 | Yangtze River Cruise Journey (B, L, D)
In the morning, enter the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge and cruise along the Shennong Stream. Disembark from the ship at Badong and board a ferry to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen. After lunch, you will be able to view the Xiling Gorge and see where the river widens and sweeps through groves of orange and pomelo trees.

Day 9 | Yichang Shanghai (B)
This morning, your cruise arrives at the Three Gorges Project Dam Site, the largest and most expensive engineering 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 (B, L, SD)
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. Tonight enjoy the city’s best Shanghai cuisine at Ye Old Station Restaurant (once a monastery) serving 1920 style Shanghai cuisine or similar.

Day 13 | Shanghai Suzhou Shanghai (B, L)
Take a scenic ride 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. Take a boat along the charming Grand Canal and visit Garden of the Humble Administrator. Return to Shanghai in the late afternoon.

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


Tour Dates & Prices
Land Package is per person in double occupancy.
Travel Month in 2017 Land Only
2–5 Travelers
Land Only
6–9 Travelers
Single
Supplement
Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov $6,038 $5,234 $2,468
Jun, Jul, Aug $5,362 $4,558 $1,928
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China Deluxe Experience Includes:

  • All intra–China air / land transportation
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations including daily breakfast (room upgrades are available at additional cost)
  • Five star deluxe Yangtze River Cruise — Yangzi Explorer, shore excursions, full board
  • Lunches and dinners as listed. Special dinners at some of China’s most famous restaurants
  • Fully escorted sightseeing including all admission charges to attractions
  • Regional culture entertainments: Legend of Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty dinner show and ERA Acrobatic show
  • Experience English speaking local guides
  • Baggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and all local taxes

Culinary Specialties:

  • Beijing: Peking Duck Dinner
  • Xi’an: Imperial Dinner Banquet
  • Shanghai: Shanghai Cuisine

Deluxe Accommodations:

  • Beijing:
    The St. Regis Beijing
  • Xi’an:
    Westin Hotel
  • Yangtze River Cruise:
    Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • Shanghai:
    Hyatt on the Bund

Special Notes:

  • Land package does not include transpacific air
  • 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 prior notice
  • B – Breakfast
  • L – Lunch
  • SL – Special Lunch
  • D – Dinner
  • SD – Special Dinner
  • DS – Dinner & Show