Charming China Tour Highlights
- BEIJING: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden Palace, the Great Wall and Peking Duck Dinner
- CHONGQING: Panda Zoo and Great Hall
- XIAN: Terra Cotta Museum with Warriors, Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show
- SHANGHAI: City tour with the Bund, Yu Yan Gardens
Included Features Land Portion
- Hotel accommodation with daily buffet breakfast throughout: Capital Hotel Beijing (3), Days Suites Xian (2), Hilton Hotel Chongqing (1), Sunrise on the Bund, Shanghai (3)
- 27 meals (12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners) – SL/SD: Special Lunch/Special Dinner
- 3 intra-China economy class domestic air segments
- All sightseeing with entrance fees as outlined in the program
- Air-conditioned tour coaches in each city
- English speaking local guides in each city
YANGTZE CRUISE: Aboard the 5* deluxe President #6 or President #8
- 3 night downstream cruises between Yichang and Chongqing in cabin category of your choice- All with private balconies
- All shore excursions along the route as outlined
- All on board lectures, games and entertainment arranged by our crew and Cruise Managers
Day 0 TUE USA-BEIJING
Overnight flights to China. Meals and services as per airline policy (/)
Day 1 WED ARRIVAL BEIJING (O)
Arrive in China’s capital and transfer to your deluxe hotel. Due to various (late) arrivals, meals are on your own.
Day 2 THU BEIJING (B, L)
Morning city tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Then tour the Hutong, the old part of Beijing via rickshaw bicycle. End the tour with a visit to a local family for lunch. The balance of the day, including dinner is on your own.
Day 3 FRI BEIJING (B, L,SD)
This morning you will depart for an excursion to the Great Wall, where lunch will be served after the tour. On your way back, visit a jade carving factory. In the afternoon tour the Summer Palace. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner featuring the famous Peking Duck!
Day 4 SAT BEIJING-XIAN (B,L)
After breakfast, your visit of historic Beijing includes the Lama Temple and the Temple of Heaven. A Beijing noodle lunch, is followed by a flight to Xian. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel with free time to relax. Dinner on own.
Day 5 SUN XIAN (B,L,SD)
Full day of sightseeing, begins with a visit to the excavation site and Terra Cotta Museum. This is followed by a short stop at the Xian Ceramic and Art Workshop. Your Chinese lunch includes a noodle making demonstration. In the afternoon learn more about Shaanxi Province, with a visit to the historical museum. In the evening a dumpling dinner is followed by an entertaining Tang Dynasty performance.
Day 6 MON XIAN- CHONGQING (B,L)
There is more to enjoy and experience in Xian. In the morning tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient City Wall. Following lunch transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. After settling in to your hotel, the balance of the day is free.
Day 7 TUE CHONGQING- Embarkation (B,L,D)
What is a visit to China, without seeing the pandas? This morning you will stop by the Chongqing Panda Zoo to see them first hand. In the afternoon, for World War II buffs, visit the Stillwell Museum, followed by a stop at a local market. Sichuan is famous for their piquant food, and dinner this evening is at a hot pot restaurant (non-spicy alternates available). In the evening transfer to the pier for embarkation on the deluxe Yangtze River cruise ship. All cabins are outside with private balconies.
Day 8 WED YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (B,L,D)
Morning optional tour to Fengdu. After lunch enjoy the included excursion to Shibaozhai. Evening Captain’s Welcome Banquet.
Day 9 THU YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (B,L,D)
Morning optional tour to the White Emperor City. Following passage thru the Qutang and Wu Gorges, board small sampans for your included boat excursion along the Shennong Stream.
Day 10 FRI YICHANG-SHANGHAI- Disembarkation (B,L)
Morning tour of the Three Gorges dam site. Disembark in Yichang and transfer to your flight to Shanghai. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free and dinner is on your own.
Day 11 SAT SHANGHAI (B,D)
Morning sightseeing in old Shanghai, with escorted tour of the Yu Yuan Gardens. Free time on your own for lunch in the old town area. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the Bund and the modern but historic Shanghai Museum. Dinner at a local restaurant is followed by a performance of the famous Chinese Acrobats!
Day 12 SUN SHANGHAI (B)
Full free day in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Enjoy the city on your own, shop ‘till you drop or take one of the offered optional tours such as a full day to Suzhou – China’s “Venice”, the city on canals.
Day 13 MON SHANGHAI – HOME (B)
Pack your memories away as you transfer to the airport, and bid adieu to China.
M/S President #6 & #8
The newest, most modern and technically most advanced cruisers built for the Yangtze (launch date May 2013), are the ultimate in luxury and style! The sister ships feature 5 passenger decks with a maximum capacity of 460 passengers looked after by a young and vivacious crew of 198! All cabins are a minimum of 260 sq feet in size and all have private balconies, flat screen TV’s and full bathrooms. The ships have numerous shops, 2 restaurants, theater, wine bar, business center, evening lounge, and the largest SPA and indoor pool along the Yangtze!
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Download the detailed list of Travel Tips For China Yangtze.
Yes, U.S. citizens need visas for traveling to China. So before leaving home, please ensure that you have your valid PASSPORT and appropriate VISA. Please make sure your U.S. passport has a validity of at least 6 months beyond your scheduled travel dates and two full blank pages. Check for visa updates with the U.S. or the appropriate foreign consulates at least 90 days prior to your departure. If you are a foreign national – please check with your country’s consulate, as rules may be different.
***Remember: obtaining a visa and proper travel documents are YOUR responsibility!***
We recommend going to www.genvisa.com for a full list of requirements to obtain visa. Print and fill out Visa Application Form found on the website and send to the address listed. Visa processing generally takes 4 to 5 weeks.
If you have purchased your air tickets through us, your transfers will be included. However, transfers are still available for those who would like to arrange their own airfare, for a fee. For more information about transfer rates for this program, please call our office at (714) 556-8258 or toll free (800) 795-1633.
M/S PRESIDENT #6 & #8! The newest, most modern and advanced cruisers were built and launched in May of 2013 and are absolutely the best ships plying the Yangtze today. Featuring technical advances such as double hulls and built of fireproof material (like ocean-going vessels) these sister ships feature 215 oversized deluxe cabins, 13 junior suites and 2 Presidential suites for a maximum capacity of 460 passengers served by a crew of 210. All cabins have balconies, en suite bathrooms with showers, flat screen TV’s and all the amenities you would expect from a 5-star floating hotel. Public areas feature several restaurants, night bars, conference hall, business center, meeting and reading rooms and the largest spa and indoor heated pool on the Yangtze! Mostly non-smoking vessel, except in outside areas designated for smoking.
Yes. If bringing your US cell phone, please make sure it is “unlocked” by your US provider in order to use it. While most ships on the Yangtze are supplied with telephone/fax facilities, due to terrain, these can only be used while docked in certain (not all) ports. Most ships are equipped with internet which can be used for a fee.
The Chinese currency is the RMB (Renminbi) or more commonly called the YUAN. The rate of exchange at the time of printing was $1 = 6.46 RMB. When figuring out marked prices in shops, the easiest is to divide the Chinese rate by 6.
Credit cards are gaining wider acceptance in China and can be used in most hotels and on board the vessels to pay for your incidentals at the end of the cruise.* However, in shops and especially with souvenir vendors – cash is still king! *Bank fees may apply! Check on arrival!
Exchange offices are available at most major hotels, airports and, to a reasonable extent, via the reception desks on the ship(s). There is no limit to how much foreign currency you may bring into China.
Most definitely! We do our best to ensure that each of our programs offer a healthy balance of cultural immersion through our included tours and free time for our passengers. You will have plenty of free time to shop for souvenirs, explore on your own, or take one of the optional tours (when provided.)
Tipping today has become commonplace. Salaries are small, so tips do represent a substantial income, especially for the people in the tourism and service industries. Unlike the West, however, tips are NOT obligatory and are subject to your satisfaction – but your generosity will sincerely be appreciated.
We generally recommend that each person set aside $250 to cover all tipping needs for the total duration of the program – but this is merely a suggested amount. You may leave as little or as much as you feel comfortable with. If you endear yourself to any particular crew member and wish to award them directly – please feel free to do so! For more detailed advice about tipping, please take a look at our detailed China Travel Tips.
Vegetarian and other special diets will be attended to within reason and the capability of the restaurant staff. Please be sure to notify us of any dietary needs at the time of booking, and the Maître D’ and your table waitress/waiter on the first day of arrival, so that we may do our best to accommodate your needs. If you have a very restrictive diet (no sugar, fat, Jenny Craig, etc.) you may want to bring with you additional non-perishable snacks, crackers, dried fruits, dietary sweeteners, or other items that will compliment the limited variety of special meals.
For a complete list of suggested items to bring, please read our detailed China Travel Tips. But here are a few important items that often get overlooked!
The electricity throughout China is 220V and 50 cycles. Our U.S. electricity is 110v and 60 cycles. YOU WILL NEED TO BRING 2 THINGS, if you plan on using appliances such as hairdryers, coffee heaters and video cameras; (Some hotels may be equipped with both systems; Bathrooms on ships are 110 volts).
1. Universal Transformer: or converter. An apparatus you plug into the wall outlets before plugging your appliances in. The best is a 50/1600 converter which should enable you to use laptops on the 50 cycle and hairdryers on the 1600 cycle. These are available at Radio Shack or any appliance store. They cost about $40-$50 but are worth it for all your future travels. Note: some newer cameras and computers will automatically convert currents between 110 and 240 volts. Check your individual item to see if this is true.
2. Universal Adapter Plugs: Round pins for sockets that are different than at home. Since there are no supplies of converters/ adapters, we recommend you purchase a transformer/ adapter plug set at any electronics or appliance store before you leave.
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET: Medications which are vital to your health. A letter should accompany these from your doctor (signed and dated), certifying that such medications are vital to your health. Dosage should be indicated. Always pack any personal medications in your carry-on luggage, not in your checked baggage. Additionally, those passengers with lighter physical disabilities must report them to us at the time of booking.
Read full article Know Before You Go – River & Small Ship Cruising to learn more.