China & Yangtze River Cruise

Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise, Yichang & Shanghai

Overview

TOUR CODE: SCCHYZ

Experience a blend of China’s most breathtaking sites with this 12-day tour designed to captivate any traveler. Beijing offers a chance to indulge in China’s many wonders such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and much more. Your journey will then take you to the stunning Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River where you will enjoy a relaxing cruise through its entrancing waters, and the historical Bund Promenade in Shanghai. This program highlights China’s most popular destinations at just the right pace.

What’s Included

  • 4 nights in a Deluxe Room at Regent Hotel in Beijing
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at Wyndham Grand Hotel Xian South
  • 4 days/3 nights Yangtze River Cruise in a Superior Cabin onboard the Victoria Cruises
  • 2 nights in a Superior Room at Radisson Blu New World Hotel in Shanghai
  • 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfers, sightseeing and activities as specified in the itinerary
  • All hotel taxes and service charges

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE BEIJING

After customs and immigration formalities, our local representative will welcome you and assist for transfer to the hotel. After time to relax we meet our tour guide for a walking tour of the area surrounding our hotel. Dinner is on our own.

DAY 02

TIANANMEN SQUARE/FORBIDDEN CITY/HUTONGS RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT (B/L/D)

This morning, visit Tiananmen Square (literally known as Gate of Heavenly Peace) for a stroll on the largest public square in the world and enjoy the view of the monuments that surround the square. From here we walk through the Gate of Heavenly Peace to the magnificent Forbidden City which was home to the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 500 years. In the afternoon, ride on a pedal-powered cab and tour through Beijing’s traditional courtyard neighborhoods (hutongs) where old traditions remain very much alive. Take a brief stroll through the hutongs concludes with a visit to one of the local families here. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 03

MUTIANYU GREAT WALL/798 ART DISTRICT (B)

Travel to the northwest of Beijing to visit China’s most famous attraction – the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Built over 2,000 years ago, it stretches 4,000 miles across mountains and valleys in the northern part of China. Here you will have the opportunity to ride a cable car up and a toboggan sled down.  We walk along a well-preserved section of this true wonder of the world and enjoy the panoramic views. Return the city with a brief stop at 798 Art District (also known as the Dashanzi Art District) with free time to explore the galleries and museums and have lunch on our own.

DAY 04

TEMPLE OF HAEVEN/SUMMER PALACE (B/L)

Continue exploring Beijing’s famous sights with an early morning tour to the Temple of Heaven, a complex of buildings representing the pinnacle of Ming and Qing architecture built in 1420 which includes the Hall of Prayer for good harvest, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and Circular Altar. The surrounding park areas are also alive with locals practicing tai chi, playing traditional musical instruments, enjoying a game of Chinese chess, or just chatting with friends. Spend the afternoon at the former Imperial Summer Palace – the famous royal garden that was favored by the Empress Cixi in the late 19th century.  We walk the “Chang Lang” (the Long Corridor) and end your visit with a shared boat ride on Kunming Lake.

DAY 05

BEIJING/XIAN  (B/D)

Fly to Xian, home to one of the most famous archaeological  sites in the world – the Terracotta Warriors. Upon arrival, start our afternoon sightseeing and take a stroll along the top of the City Wall, one of the few remaining City Walls in China.  Originally built to provide the inner city with an effective means of defense against attack, the City Wall contains four gates and a large number of towers and bastions. X’ian City Wall is the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China. Proceed with a walk through Xian’s Muslim Quarter en route to the mosque. The Great Mosque, one of the most interesting sites in a city known for its rich history.  While the Buddhist traditions of Chinese culture are well known to most visitors, the influence exerted by Islam is not.  Yet, of the religious beliefs within China today, no one can claim the strength of belief that Islam does.

DAY 06

XIAN  (B/L)

In the morning, discover the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum, China’s most renowned. After a traditional dumpling lunch at a local restaurant, take a short drive to one of the most marvelous archaeological discoveries, the Terracotta Warriors in Xian. This underground tomb is home to a vast army of unique soldier statues that once served the sole purpose of protecting the Qin Emperor in his afterlife. You will also have the opportunity to witness the Circle Vision Documentary on the history of the site and to view the bronze chariots and horse sculptures which are the most precious centerpiece of the Terracotta Warriors Museum.

DAY 07

XIAN/CHONGQING/YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE  (B/L/D)

This morning, we will return to the airport for our flight to picturesque Chongqing where we visit the local zoo to see the beloved pandas. Following dinner at a local restaurant, we board our Victoria Cruises ship and set sail this evening.

DAY 08

YANGTZE CRUISING/SHIBAOZHAI OR FENGDU EXCURSION (B/L/D)

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. You may also take an optional shore excursion to Fengdu’s “Ghost City” (river conditions permitting), known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill.

DAY 09

YANGTZE CRUISING/ QUTANG GORGE/ WU GORGE/SMALL GORGES/XILING GORGE (B/L/D)

Enjoy the breathtaking river landscapes of the Yangtze as you cruise through the Qutang Gorge, the first of  Yangtze’s three enchanted gorges, famous for its high cliffs and steep precipices with sharp edges rising one after another on either side of the Wu Gorge, home to the twelve peaks of the Wu Mountains. 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. Sail on to the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the famed Three Gorges. You may also take an optional shore excursion to White Emperor City (river conditions permitting), an ancient city overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge.

DAY 10

YANGTZE CRUISING/THREE GORGES DAM/SHANGHAI (B/L)

We tour the site of the vast Three Gorges Dam Project this morning then continue cruising to Yichang. Disembark in Yichang and fly to Shanghai, the “Paris of the East.”. Tonight’s dinner is on our own.

DAY 11

SHANGHAI OLD TOWN/YU YUAN GARDEN/TEA SERVICE & ACROBATIC SHOW (B/L/D)

Take a walk through Shanghai’s Old Town which refers to the original Chinese city that flourished in the Ming dynasty. Stroll through Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter to the lovely Yu Yuan garden and enjoy a special tea service at the Hu Xin Ting teahouse, the oldest existing teahouse in Shanghai surrounded by a lotus pond. Then we head out to the lively Bund. In the evening, see the ‘ERA Intersection of Time’ show that takes place at Shanghai Circus World. The amazing acrobatic show reflects the rich history and traditional martial techniques of Chinese culture.

DAY 12

SHANGHAI DEPARTURE (B)

Hotel check – out and transfer to the airport.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L= Lunch    D=Dinner

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Pricing

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2018Land Only
    Sep 18$2,999
    Oct 09, 16$2,999
    Nov 06$2,999
    2019
    Apr 16$3,149
    May 14$3,149
    Jun 18$3,049
    Jul 16$3,049
    Aug 06$3,049
    Sep 10$3,149
    Oct 08, 22$3,149
    Nov 05$3,149
    Internal Air (Price is approximate and subject to change)$850
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. This is a land only package without International and China domestic airfares . Tour prices include hotel taxes and service charges. (LO/042418/C-10)

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