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14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise Thursday Departure

From Shanghai, China to Beijing, China
Length: 14 Days - Departs: Thu, Jun 30, 2022

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for China
    Thu, Jun 30, 2022
    Depart for China
  2. Day 2
    DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Shanghai
    Fri, Jul 01, 2022
    Arrive in Shanghai, the thriving metropolis on China's eastern coast. This dynamic city is constantly changing and growing, with an unforgettable skyline. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the time change

    Overnight: Shanghai
  3. Day 3
    DAY 3, Saturday - Shanghai City Tour
    Sat, Jul 02, 2022
    This morning, see some of the city's major highlights. Begin at the lively Bund, Shanghai's popular promenade; stroll along the park-like waterfront and experience the old world charm. After, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden in the Old Quarter, built during the Ming Dynasty, a quiet and serene sanctuary in this frenetic city, with its scenic pavilions, ponds, and streams. Return to the hotel late afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, gather together at your hotel's restaurant for an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager about the exciting trip that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Dinner
    Overnight: Shanghai
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Shanghai
    Sun, Jul 03, 2022
    Today, is at leisure in Shanghai. Join the optional full day tour to Suzhou, including lunch and a cruise on the Grand Canal. Morning departure from Shanghai for the drive to Suzhou, known as the "Venice of the East". Upon arrival in this charming city, relax on a boat ride along the narrow waterways of the legendary Grand Canal. Later, walk along bustling Pingjiang Road, where the locals gather for entertainment and food and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue to the beautiful and fragrant Garden of the Master of the Nets, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Shanghai later this evening

    Optional: Full Day Suzhou with Lunch

    Overnight: Shanghai

    Meals: Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    DAY 5, Monday - Fly to Yichang, Embark Cruise
    Mon, Jul 04, 2022
    Morning is at leisure for independent explorations in Shanghai. In the afternoon, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai, dating back to the Qing Dynasty. Afterward, continue to a silk carpet and embroidery shop in Shanghai to understand more about this ancient Chinese craft; see some of the beautiful creations, unusual styles and masterful techniques. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Later, transfer to the airport for the flight to Yichang, the second largest city in Hubei province after Wuhan, its capital. Upon arrival, continue to the port for embarkation on your cruise ship. This evening, you'll begin the scenic journey on the fabled Yangtze, the longest river in China and the third longest river in the world. You'll be warmly welcomed aboard by the friendly international staff. A memorable voyage awaits you
    Overnight: Yangtze River
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Day 6
    DAY 6, Tuesday - Xiling Gorge
    Tue, Jul 05, 2022
    This afternoon, an optional tour to 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. In addition to producing electricity, the dam was constructed to increase the Yangtze River's shipping capacity and reduce the potential for floods. This project has forever changed the landscape surrounding the Yangtze River and has also forced the relocation of people who once lived along the river. Tour the massive site to see this impressive achievement of engineering. Following the visit, return to the ship as it cruises upstream and enters the dramatic Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest section of the Three Gorges

    Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Three Gorges Dam

    Overnight: Yangtze River

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    DAY 7, Wednesday - Wu Gorge & Qutang Gorge
    Wed, Jul 06, 2022
    Awake this morning to beautiful vistas on the river. Sail through the Wu Gorge, famed for its magnificent Twelve Peaks. 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 is 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
  8. Day 8
    DAY 8, Thursday - Cruise to Shibaozhai
    Thu, Jul 07, 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
  9. Day 9
    DAY 9, Friday -Disembark Cruise, Chongqing Zoo, Flight to Xian
    Fri, Jul 08, 2022
    Disembark the Yangtze River cruise this morning in Chongqing, a major metropolis and one of the top emerging cities in China. 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 through the different parts of the well-tended gardens. Ascend to the lookout tower for stunning views of the Chongqing skyline. Then, continue to the to the Chongqing Zoo to see the famous Pandas - a must for all travelers to China. Later, transfer to the airport for the flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove

    Overnight: Xian

    Meals: Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    DAY 10, Saturday - The Terracotta Army
    Sat, Jul 09, 2022
    Morning visit to Xingqing Park, a hub of activity where you may have the chance to join the residents of Xian in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this technique. Lunch is a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience! 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 discovered and excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its unearthing. This evening, an 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
  11. Day 11
    DAY 11, Sunday - Flight to Beijing
    Sun, Jul 10, 2022
    Depart Xian on a flight to Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China. The afternoon is at leisure. Feel the pulse of this city of contrasts with its astonishing history and wondrous sights. Join the optional half-day Hutong Tour which begins with a Rickshaw ride through the old narrow streets and alleyways. See the courtyard homes which once covered all of Beijing - only a few still survive today. Hear more about "old China" from a local family who will welcome you to their home

    Optional: Half Day Hutong Tour (PM)

    Overnight: Beijing

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  12. Day 12
    DAY 12, Monday - Great Wall of China, Summer Palace
    Mon, Jul 11, 2022
    An amazing day! Travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most spectacular structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route, stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. Then it's time to climb the ramparts of this ancient wonder to view breathtaking mountain passes, plateaus, and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. Afterward, a relaxing lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to the fabled Summer Palace, a resort of the Empress Dowager with its palace grounds, filled with a variety of picturesque gardens and architectural structures. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery before strolling along the sprawling palace. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a Beijing restaurant

    Overnight: Beijing

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    DAY 13, Tuesday - Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City
    Tue, Jul 12, 2022
    Start your day with a visit to a 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. Next, enter the Forbidden City, which served as the Imperial Palace until 1912. The extraordinary and immense walled complex is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Then, continue to a local pearl shop to learn about the famous Chinese pearls. Have lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner featuring China's famous Peking Duck

    Overnight: Beijing

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart China
    Wed, Jul 13, 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-Shanghai, Beijing-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Shanghai-Yichang, Chongqing-Xian & Xian-Beijing
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Shanghai
  • 4 nights cruise upstream on the Yangtze River
  • 2 nights Xian
  • 3 nights Beijing
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 26 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 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

  • Explore the classical Yuyuan Garden and the Bund Riverside, Shanghai's popular promenade
  • See the world-famous Terracotta Army, a collection of finely sculpted life-size soldiers, horses & chariots
  • Visit the amazing Forbidden City, once residence of Chinese Emperors and Summer Palace
  • Visit the 2000-year-old Great Wall, the World’s longest man-made structure
  • Savor a famous Peking Duck dinner with wine
  • †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 Shanghai-Yichang, Chongqing-Xian, and Xian-Beijing.

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

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    Thursday Departures - Century Glory*Victoria Cruise cabins on Monday & Friday departures cannot comfortably accommodate 3 people; therefore, our triple adult and twin with child pricing reflects the additional cost of an upgrade to Executive Suite.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Questions & Answers

    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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