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. 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. Later, enjoy a fabulous welcome banquet featuring Peking duck at Da Dong Restaurant.
Day 3 | Beijing (AB, L)
The highlight today is an excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Enjoy the dramatic vistas of the Great Wall as it descends and rises as far as the eye can see. Visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors came to pray for good harvest. Attend a mystical amazing show, “Legend of Kung Fu” (VIP seating).
Day 4 | Beijing Xi’an (AB, SL)
This morning, visit to the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a scenic boat ride on Kunming Lake (weather permitting). 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 (AB, L, SD)
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. Visit the Ancient City Wall, built during the 14th century. 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 (AB, 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 5-star Victoria Jenna and begin your memorable journey on the Yangtze River.
Day 7 | Yangtze River Cruise Journey (AB, L, D)
Shibaozhai - Take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to Fengdu, visiting the new relocation village built for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze’s rising waters brought about by the Three Gorges Dam.
Note: Additional Shore Excursion on your own expenses to Fengdu’s “Ghost City” (river conditions permitting), known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill.
Day 8 | Yangtze River Cruise Journey (AB, L, D)
Enter the Three Gorges, one of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures. Today you will pass through the first two – Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic. The 25-mile long Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Transfer to another vessel for a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to the gorges of Shennong Stream. Enter Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks.
Note: Additional shore excursion to the White Emperor City on your own expenses.
Day 9 | Yichang Shanghai (AB)
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, 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 11 | Shanghai Suzhou Shanghai (AB, 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 (AB)
Farewell to Shanghai. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to USA.
|Arrival Date (2016, Wednesday)||Land Only||Single Supplement|
|Apr 06 / May 11||$3,785||$1,455|
|Jun 22 / Jul 20 / Aug 10||$3,520||$1,240|
|Sep 07, 14 / Oct 05, 12 / Nov 02||$3,785||$1,455|