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Yangtze River Cruise

Classic China - Small Group Tour 2018 - 14 Days

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Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
This Classic China Small Group Tour highlights a Yangtze River Cruise sailing through the picturesque Three Gorges. It also covers top cities in China, including imperial Beijing, Ancient Xi’an beatiful Guilin and modern Shanghai. Price from $2111 per person.
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Day 1 Beijing

airport-hotel transfer in Beijing

Day 2 Beijing

Breakfast, Lunch
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City , Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show
The Tian’anmen Square is the world’s largest and renowned public square where many historical events once took place.
The Forbidden City (UNESCO) is the imperial place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ruled for nearly 500 years (1420-1911). Experience the architectural splendor of the palaces, ceremonial courtyards, and private quarters.
The Temple of Heaven (UNESCO), where ancient Chinese emperors made sacrifices to Heaven and prayed for bountiful harvests, demonstrates the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture.
Enjoy a fascinating Chinese Kung Fu Show, which celebrates the philosophy and skill of traditional martial arts.

Day 3 Beijing

Breakfast
Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest & Water Cube
The Great Wall is one of the most spectacular structures ever built by humans and is the only one visible from space.
The Sacred Way is lined with statues of guardian animals and officials of the Ming Tombs.
Take an outside tour to the Olympic Stadium, nicknamed Bird's Nest, and the National Swimming Centre, also known as the Water Cube.

Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an (by air)

hotel-airport transfer in Beijing, airport - hotel transfer in Xi’an
Breakfast, Lunch
Summer Palace , Hutong Tour
The Summer Palace (UNESCO) is the largest imperial garden in the world. Emperors of successive dynasties created a summer retreat of Chinese gardens and pavilions, around the tranquil waters of Kunming Lake.
Take a Hutong Tour to explore the oldest part of the city and gain insight into the traditional lifestyle and customs.

Day 5 Xi'an

Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner
Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Dumpling Banquet & Tang Dynasty Show
The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses (UNESCO) is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world. More than 6000 life-sized terra cotta warriors, archers, infantrymen, horses, and bronze chariots have silently guarded the tomb of China's First Emperor for over 2,200 years.
Small Wild Goose Pagodawas was built between 707–709 during the Tang dynasty to store the Buddhist scriptures brought from India.
Enjoy a tasteful Dumpling Banquet followed by an exquisite traditional Tang Dynasty Show.

Tips: Since the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will be closed in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we do not calculate the price of the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during this period. Clients will enjoy a free night by themselves.

Day 6 Xian

Breakfast, Lunch
Ancient City Wall , Shaanxi History Museum, Great Mosque, Muslim Snack Street
The Ancient City Wall is one of the oldest city walls in China and still encompasses the center of Xi'an today.
The Shaanxi History Museum, a national comprehensive museum in Xi’an, highlights the development of Chinese civilization more than 5,000 years.
The Great Mosque, which blends Islamic mosque styles and traditional Chinese architectural elements, acts as one of the oldest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China
The Muslim Snack Street is full of mouth-watering delicacies and snacks.

Day 7 Xi'an - Guilin (by air)

hotel-airport transfer in Xi’an, airport transfer in Guilin
Breakfast
Reed Flute Cave
The Reed Flute Cave is a fascinating gallery of natural sculptures. Enjoy the radiating lights that illuminate the natural rock formation and stone pillars along the zigzag pathway in the cave.

Day 8 Guilin

take a cruise ship from Guilin to Yangshuo; transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin
Breakfast, Lunch
Li River Cruise, Yangshuo countryside trip, Elephant Trunk Hill
In the morning, meet your guide at the hotel and transfer to embark on a memorable Li River Cruise. Through this 3-hour journey of China's best known natural scenery, you can appreciate unique karst landscapes as well as verdant hills and lovely waters. Then, arrive at Yangshuo at about 13:00 and visit the nearby countryside around Yangshuo to see beautiful sceneries. The landscape of rice fields, fishponds and villages will not fail to impress you. Afterwards, drive back to Guilin.
The Elephant Trunk Hill is the landmark of Guilin's spectacular limestone karst hills. The shape of the hill is just like a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk.

Day 9 Guilin - Chongqing (by air) - Yangtze Cruise

airport transfer in Guilin, airport- port transfer in Chongqing
Breakfast
Chongqing Zoo, Ciqikou Ancient Town, Embark on your Yangtze River Cruise Ship
The Chongqing Zoo is a popular park in the city. Giant pandas are the highlights for everyone and you could also see many rare animals such as golden monkeys and south China tigers in the park.
The Ciqikou Ancient Town used to be a busy port famous for porcelain production during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is a place full of religious temples, traditional buildings, ancient alleys with local teahouses and restaurants.
Upon arrival in Chongqing, transfer and embark on your Yangtze River Cruise Ship. The Yangtze River originates on the Tibetan Plateau and traverses a distance of 3900 miles before flowing into the East China Sea, near Shanghai. It has been the lifeline in China for millennia.

Day 10 Yangtze Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Yangtze River Cruise (Shibaozhai)
Today, start sailing for a distance of 430 miles in all the great gorges. In the morning, you could enjoy the spectacular view from the deck or you could take an optional tour to Fengdu - China's "City of Ghosts" (CNY 280 per person). In legend, Fengdu was a ghost city and the entrance of heaven or hell, and the imaged ghost statures here reveal ancient Chinese religion and belief. After lunch, take a shore excursion to the Shibaozhai. The Shibaozhai is a 12-storey wooden pavilion built in the Ming Dynasty, which looks like a giant bonsai on the Yangtze River. A cofferdam was built around the Shibaozhai to protect it from the rising water level caused by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. After returning to the cruise, you will be invited to the Captain's Welcome Party.

Day 11 Yangtze Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Yangtze River Cruise (Shennong Stream)
This morning sail into Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and probably the most fascinating one. Later sail through Wu Gorge. It is well-known for the legend of 12 fairy maidens became the 12 peaks of Wu Gorge. Then you could take an optional tour to White Emperor Town, which is famous for historical temples and legends (CNY 280 per person). After lunch change to the "peapod" boat for sailing deep into the Shennong Stream for a 3 hours exploration. The contrasting heights of these gorges and the narrowness of the river make this area one of the most dramatic scenes in the world. Notice the ruins of the ancient plank road along the cliff face as well as the coffins suspended from the cliffs above. Afterwards, sail through the Five-step Ship Lock.

Day 12 Yangtze Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai (by air)

port - airport transfer in Yichang, airport-hotel transfer in Shanghai
Breakfast, Lunch
Yangtze River Cruise (Three Gorges Dam Site) & disembark
In the morning take a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, the largest dam and hydroelectric project in the world. Then sail down the Xiling Gorge. Later, disembark at Yichang and transfer to the airport or train station.

Day 13 Shanghai

Breakfast, Lunch
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Bund, short cruise on Huangpu River
The Shanghai Museum has a collection of 120,000 pieces of Chinese ancient treasures.
Owing to its ingenious design in Ming and Qing dynasties, the Yu Garden becomes a real museum of Chinese ancient architecture.
The Bund,featured outstanding European colonial architectures, is full of new skyscrapers and historical buildings in the center of Shanghai.
Have a short cruise on Huangpu River which is one of the best ways to see both old and new Shanghai.

Day 14 Shanghai

Breakfast

Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement.

Service ends.

Tour Dates:

Fixed departures based on minimum of 2 travelers

 

31 Mar. 2018
05 Apr. 2018
12 Apr. 2018
19 Apr. 2018
26 Apr. 2018
03 May. 2018
10 May. 2018
17 May. 2018
24 May. 2018
31 May. 2018
07 Jun. 2018
14 Jun. 2018
21 Jun. 2018
28 Jun. 2018
05 Jul. 2018
12 Jul. 2018
19 Jul. 2018
26 Jul. 2018
02 Aug. 2018
09 Aug. 2018
16 Aug. 2018
30 Aug. 2018
06 Sep. 2018
13 Sep. 2018
20 Sep. 2018
04 Oct. 2018
11 Oct. 2018
18 Oct. 2018
25 Oct. 2018
01 Nov. 2018
08 Nov. 2018
15 Nov. 2018
31 Mar. 2019

 

Accommodation:

Local 4* hotels

President No.8 Cruise

Tour Includes :

-- English-speaking guide

-- Air-conditioned coach or van

-- Entrance tickets as listed

-- Chinese lunch and dinner as listed

-- Hotels with daily breakfast

-- Domestic flight ticket with taxes

-- Yangtze River cruise with full board

-- Service charge & government taxes

 

Tour Excludes :

-- International flight tickets

-- Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone bills, optional activities

-- Tips for guides and drivers

-- Chinese Visa

-- Travel insurance

 

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