- 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, Jade Buddha, Mongolian BBQ and famous Chinese Acrobats performance
- 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 motor coaches in each city
- English-speaking local guides in each city
- 3 night downstream cruises between Yichang and Chongqing in cabin category of your choice
- All cabins with private balconies
- All on board lectures, games and entertainment arranged by our crew and Cruise Managers
- All shore excursions along the route as outlined
Day 1 TUE USA-BEIJING
Overnight flights to China. Meals and services as per airline policy.
Day 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 14 MON SHANGHAI – HOME (B)
Pack your memories away as you transfer to the airport, and bid adieu to China.
Complete your fascinating China experience with an optional extension to fabulous Hong Kong! Renowned for its amazing city views, bustling commerce and bargain buying opportunities, Hong Kong is a perfect modern add on to China’s ancient mainland attractions!
Day 14 Monday Shanghai -Hong Kong (B)
Morning transfer to the airport for your short flight to Hong Kong.
Arrival at Hong Kong International Airport where you will take the included
Shuttle Transfer to your hotel in Kowloon. Balance of the day is free.
Day 15 Tuesday Hong Kong (B)
This morning take a half day tour of Hong Kong Island. Included stops are: Aberdeen Fishing Village,
Stanley Market and Victoria Peak. The balance of the day is free to explore on your own
Day 16 Wednesday Hong Kong –USA (B)
After breakfast say good bye to Hong Kong and take the shuttle transfer back to Hong Kong
Airport for your onward flights.
- Two nights first class hotel in Kowloon (Cityview Hotel or similar)
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Shuttle transfers between the airport and your hotel
- English speaking, seat in coach half day tour of Hong Kong Island and its main attractions
- One way Economy air ticket from Shanghai to Hong Kong with all taxes and surcharges
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