Day 1: Depart USA
Depart USA and cross the international dateline.
Day 2: • Arrive Shanghai
Arrive at your Deluxe accommodations.
Day 3: • Shanghai
AB, L At the Shanghai museum you have the opportunity to discover some of China’s priceless pieces of ancient art consisting of bronze, ceramic, jade and calligraphy. Followed by a visit to Shanghai’s old town, Yu Garden and the city’s colonial European past at the Bund. Your tour will end at Xintiandi “The French Concession” where you may wish to enjoy dinner and return to your hotel by taxi on your own.
Day 4: • Shanghai / Yangtze Cruise Yichang
AB, DThis morning is at leisure, later transfer to the airport for your flight to Yichang. Then board your Victoria Cruise ship for an unforgettable cruise along the Yangtze River.
Day 5: • Yangtze Cruise Xiling Gorge / San Dou Ping / Yichang Excursion
AB, L, DStop at the village of San Dou Ping for a shore excursion to one of the world’s largest dams. Consisting of five stage ship locks and the biggest hydroelectric power station in China, the Three Gorges Dam is now a major transportation hub connecting the eastern and western parts of China. Return to the ship and continue sailing upstream for the remainder of the day. You may wish to enjoy some on board facilities or lectures.
Day 6: • Yangtze Cruise Small Gorges Excursion / Wu Gorge / Qutang Gorge
AB, L, DBoard a riverboat through the Small Gorgesalong Shenong Stream with it’s swift runningwater, unusual rock formations, hanging coffins ofthe Ba people, monkeys, some 124 species ofbirds and protected wild life. Alternatively, yourexcursion may be on the Daning River. Laterenter Wu Gorge, known for its quite beauty,forestcovered mountains, and cliffs. Then sailthrough Qutang Gorge, the shortest and mostdramatic gorge.
Day 7: • Yangtze Cruise Fengdu
AB, L, DAt the town of Fengdu, disembark to enjoy the sites, sounds and cultural life of real China as your guide takes you to the new resettlement town on the Yangtze’s south bank. Later return to your ship and continue to sail upstream.
Day 8: • Chongqing / Xi’an
AB, DAfter breakfast, stop at the Chongqing zoo to visit China’s national animal the Giant Panda. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to historic Xi’an ancient capital of China and site of, archeological treasures. This afternoon, explore the Xi’an City Wall and the architect style of the Ming Dynasty. This evening perhaps, join an optional tour to a traditional performance of music and dance from the Tang Dynasty period.
Day 9: • Xi’an
AB, L, DA full day of sightseeing to the extraordinary Terra Cotta Warriors and the Bronze Chariot buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang for more than 2,000 years and discovered by farmers in 1974. Followed by a viewing of the 360 degrees Circle Vision Movie. Later enjoy a tour of traditional Ming Dynasty architecture along the Xi’an City Wall.
Day 10: • Xi’an / Beijing
AB, DAfter breakfast, you fly to the capital of China, Beijing a fascinating city rich in history and memorable UNESCO World Heritage sites. This evening sample one of the famous dishes of the imperial family at a Beijing Duck dinner.
Day 11: • Beijing
AB, L, DThis morning, you will sightsee Tiananmen Square and the extravagant Ming-era Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City featuring the living quarters, museum and the jewelry sections. The entire complex covers 74 hectares (183 acres) and consists of over 8,000 rooms. The exhibition halls and vaults hold some one million treasures and is one of the most important museums in all of China. Later visit Summer Palace declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Later you may enjoy a boat ride on the man made Lake Kunming (weather permitting).
Day 12: • Beijing
AB, LToday experience a highlight of your trip as you visit the renowned Great Wall. On the way, if traffic allows, stop to photograph the iconic “Bird’s Nest”– the Beijing National Stadium–host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Then arrive at the amazing Great Wall, and walk along its ramparts as emperors once did. After lunch, visit a Jade factory where you will learn about different types of Jade and its properties. Jade is well known through-out China for its durability, its musical qualities, its subtle, translucent colors, and its alleged protective powers. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening perhaps join an optional tour to the Legend of Kung Fu Performance.
Day 13: • Journey Home
ABAfter breakfast, bid farewell to China.>