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15 Day China with Chengdu & 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise Wednesday Departure

From Beijing, China to Shanghai, China
Length: 15 Days - Departs: Wed, May 11, 2022

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for China
    Wed, May 11, 2022
    Depart for China
  2. Day 2
    DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Beijing
    Thu, May 12, 2022
    Arrive in Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China; meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings

    Overnight: Beijing
  3. Day 3
    DAY 3, Friday - Great Wall of China & Summer Palace Tour
    Fri, May 13, 2022
    In the morning, following breakfast, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for an orientation meeting about the extraordinary journey that lies ahead. After, travel to the 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most amazing structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route you will stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, continue to the fabled Summer Palace, former resort of the Empress Dowager and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and admire the stunning scenery. Stroll along the sprawling palace with its lakes and gardens before returning to Beijing. This evening, enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner, featuring China's world-famous Peking Duck
    Overnight: Beijing

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    DAY 4, Saturday - Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
    Sat, May 14, 2022
    Your exploration of Beijing begins at huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square's Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once a residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit a pearl shop to learn about the popular Chinese pearls. After, travel to the massive Temple of Heaven, a Ming dynasty complex where emperors held their ritual prayer ceremony, paying homage to heaven

    Overnight: Beijing

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day 5
    DAY 5, Sunday - Flight to Xian
    Sun, May 15, 2022
    Morning flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove. Lunch is at a local restaurant upon arrival. Later this afternoon, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China, constructed during the Tang Dynasty. It was moderately damaged during the major earthquake in 1556 and still stands today as a compelling symbol of Xian. This evening, attend the optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe

    Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment

    Overnight: Xian

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Day 6
    DAY 6, Monday - Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
    Mon, May 16, 2022
    Morning visit to Xingqing park, center of the city's lively activities, where you may have the chance to join the residents in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this ancient technique that is still used today. After lunch at a local restaurant, an unforgettable experience awaits! Visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its first unearthing. At tonight's optional dumpling banquet, you can sample different varieties of delicious dumplings

    Optional: Dumpling Dinner

    Overnight: Xian

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  7. Day 7
    DAY 7, Tuesday - High-Speed Train to Chengdu
    Tue, May 17, 2022
    Enjoy a morning at leisure before boarding a high-speed train to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province with its distinctive culture and very spicy food. Tonight, gather together for dinner at a local restaurant

    Overnight: Chengdu

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    DAY 8, Wednesday - Leshan Stone Buddha and Huanglongxi Village
    Wed, May 18, 2022
    Begin the day with a visit to Leshan, home of the famous stone Buddha which stands at nearly 230 feet high and dates back from 713 AD. Board a boat to approach the base of this impressive, larger than life statue carved into a cliff face along the river. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then travel back to Chengdu via Huanglongxi. Stop here to explore the stone paved streets and ancient, wooden houses of this traditional village, constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later attend the optional Sichuan Opera Show. Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances

    Optional: Sichuan Opera Show (PM)

    Overnight: Chengdu

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  9. Day 9
    DAY 9, Thursday - Chengdu Panda Research Center
    Thu, May 19, 2022
    Travel to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of giant panda breeding, a facility dedicated to the preservation and protection of the pandas, to view and learn about Chengdu's most famous, furry celebrities. Due to many factors, including habitat destruction, pandas have become an endangered species. Housing more than 80 giant pandas, the center is one of the largest panda breeding facilities in the world. Visit the Giant Panda Museum to learn more about the conservation efforts conducted at the center. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive back into town and visit the peaceful and serene People's Park, a popular destination for the locals and their leisure activities. Dinner together tonight at a local restaurant
    Overnight: Chengdu
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    DAY 10, Friday - Travel to Chongqing, Embark Cruise
    Fri, May 20, 2022
    Travel this morning to Chongqing, a major cosmopolitan city and gateway to the Yangtze River. Upon arrival, savor lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Eling Park, located on a hill near the heart of the city. The park was established at the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1909 by a wealthy businessman. Discover hundreds of plant species during a stroll though the different parts of the well-tended gardens. Ascend to the lookout tower for stunning views of the Chongqing skyline. Later, embark your cruise ship to begin the scenic journey on the Yangtze River. Dinner this evening will be on board
    Overnight: Yangtze River
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    DAY 11, Saturday - Cruise to Shibaozhai
    Sat, May 21, 2022
    The ship arrives this morning at Shibaozhai, built during the Ming Dynasty. This pagoda is sometimes referred to as one of the eight construction wonders of the world, built into the side of a rocky cliff face and constructed without the use of nails. This vermilion 12-story pagoda stands impressively over 100 feet high. The optional tour highlights the main attraction of the temple, with its traditional Chinese design. The structure is inspired by the mountains with patterns and figures that vary from odd to extraordinary. Climb the stairs and experience the most spectacular sights of the valleys below
    Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shibaozhai
    Overnight: Yangtze River

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    DAY 12, Sunday - Qutang and Wuxia Gorges
    Sun, May 22, 2022
    Awake this morning to beautiful vistas on the river. The ship travels downstream today through the Qutang Gorge, flanked by lush terraced hillsides, and the 25-mile long Wu Gorge, known for its fabled "Twelve Peaks". According to legend, the peaks are believed to be spirits of 12 fairies, the most famous of them being the Shennu Feng (Goddess) Peak, topped by a huge rock resembling a kneeling maiden. Today, your optional tour will take you either on a scenic journey up Shennong Stream, traveling in small boats between rolling hills and rocky cliffs or on a scenic journey up Shennv Stream, the journey accompanied by local folk songs and dances. Continue through the Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three gorges, flanked by lush terraced hillsides
    Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream
    Overnight: Yangtze River
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    DAY 13, Monday - Xiling Gorge, Disembark Cruise, Fly to Shanghai
    Mon, May 23, 2022
    Sail downstream through the Xiling Gorge. The longest section of the Three Gorges system is comprised of the Xietan, Qintan and Kongling rapids, known as the "Three Rapids of Xiling". This morning's optional excursion provides you with impressive panoramic views of the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest and most ambitious hydroelectric project ever undertaken by man, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. This project has forever changed the landscape surrounding the Yangtze River. Afterward, board a flight to cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Tonight, perhaps explore some of the city's world-class international restaurants on your own
    Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Three Gorges Dam
    Overnight: Shanghai

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  14. Day 14
    DAY 14, Tuesday - Shanghai City Tour
    Tue, May 24, 2022
    This morning, experience the old world charm of the Bund, as you walk along the park-like waterfront promenade with gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Next, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Happiness) built during the Ming dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. After lunch, stop at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop to learn more about this ancient Chinese craft and see some of the beautiful creations. Next, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These precious statues are rare cultural relics carved with sparkling and crystal-clear white jade, giving them an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
    Overnight: Shanghai
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    DAY 15, Wednesday - Depart China
    Wed, May 25, 2022
    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight

    Meals: Breakfast

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Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Beijing, Shanghai-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Beijing-Xian & Yichang-Shanghai
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Beijing
  • 2 nights Xian
  • 3 nights Chengdu
  • 3 nights cruise downstream on the Yangtze River
  • 2 nights Shanghai
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High-Speed Bullet Train from Xian to Chengdu
  • 32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 7 dinners with beer
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

    Special Features

  • Visit the Forbidden City, once residence of the Chinese emperors, and Summer Palace
  • Savor a famous Peking Duck Dinner with wine
  • Visit the Great Wall, the World’s longest man-made structure
  • See the world famous archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Army
  • Explore the preserved Huanglongxi Village, with its stone paved streets and ancient wooden houses
  • Visit the Chengdu Panda Research Center
  • Explore the classical Yuyuan Garden and the Bund Riverside
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Yangtze River Cruise gratuity charge of RMB 150 (approx. US$25) per adult per cruise (charged directly to your account upon embarkation), optional tours and gratuities.

    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Beijing-Xian & Yichang-Shanghai.

    Passport information must be submitted to us Travel at least 40 days prior to departure.

    Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Alternative sights may be visited depending upon water levels and darkness.

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    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

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