17 day Classic China with The Yangtze River Cruise

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17 day Classic China with The Yangtze River Cruise

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Destination for this trip:

Beijing, China; Chongqing, China; Guilin, China; Shanghai, China; Suzhou, China; Xian, China

Length of trip:

17 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 3000 to $ 4000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

If you have approximately two weeks and you are looking for a general tour of China with many exciting experiences then the 17 Day Classic China Tour with Yangtze River Cruise may be exactly what you are looking for! This tour includes the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Soldiers, the gardens of Suzhou, the fantasy-shaped mountains of Guilin and Yangshuo and many special experiences not included on any standard tours. It combines the classic beauty of Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Suzhou and Shanghai and the magnificent Yangtze River. Join us and see some of the Wonders of China!


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - On the Plane

    Adventure

    Leave LAX or SFO for Beijing The adventure begins!

  • Day 2 - Beijing

    Welcome to Beijing.

    When you arrive in Beijing, you will be met by a guide and transferred to your hotel.

  • Day 3 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Today you will experience the Temple of Heaven. This magnificent temple is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

    Shopping

    After lunch you will visit the 2nd Hand Street Market. You will find a wide array of items from Jade, jewelry, art, cloth, chopsticks, furniture, etc. etc. B,L,D.

  • Day 4 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Today you will visit the Ming Tombs, including the Sacred Way and the Ding Ling Museum. You will be able to enter one of the tombs. In the Ding Ling Museum you can see artifacts and replicas from the tomb itself. After lunch you will go onto the incredible Great wall of China (at Badaling). It is an incredible feeling to be standing on one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which is over 3,900 miles in length! Afterwards, you will be returned to your hotel. B,L Option: You can arrange for your great wall experience to include an overnight stay in a guard tower on a very remote section of the wall.

  • Day 5 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    The day begins with a tour of a Chinese Hutong. This begins with a rickshaw ride through the old neighborhood, then a short walking tour into the narrow streets of the Hutong. You will be able to visit the home of a family who lives there. After lunch you will go to TianAnmen Square and then to the Forbidden City. In addition to seeing the buildings and grounds of the Emperor's palace, you will also see the Emperor's clock collection and the Qing Dynasty Jewelry, Robes and Relics collection (which Westerners rarely see). Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xian.

    Hotel

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. B, L, D.

  • Day 6 - Xian

    Sightseeing

    The day begins with a tour of the city, including the old city wall (which 4 chariots could ride abreast), the Bell Tower and Drum Tower. After lunch you will go to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, which has an extensive collection of artifacts from the various Chinese Dynasties. B, L, D.

  • Day 7 - Guilin

    Museums

    Today you will visit what has been called the 8th Wonder of the World the Terra Cotta Soldiers Museum. After lunch you will go to the Hua Qing Hot Springs.

    Commercial Flight

    Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin.

    Hotel

    You will be met by a guide and transferred to your hotel. B, L.

  • Day 8 - Guilin

    Sightseeing

    Today you will see Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, and the natural beauty of the Reed Flute Caves. B, L, D.

  • Day 9 - Guilin

    River or Barge Cruise

    We will take you on the 3-4 hour Li Jiang River Cruise.

    Hotel

    Then, we will check you into your hotel in Yangshuo. B, L.

  • Day 10 - Chongqing

    Commercial Flight

    The morning is free. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chongqing.

    Sightseeing

    A guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit the Three Gorges Museum, and on a brief tour of Chongqing.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Then after a delicious Sichuan dinner you will be transferred to the 5-star Victoria Cruise Ship. The ship leaves the harbor this evening for your Yangtze River Cruise. B, D.

  • Day 11 - At Sea

    Yangtze River Cruise.
    River or Barge Cruise

    The Yangtze River Cruise continues. You will see such sights as a mountain-side Temple, the Shendong Stream, the Three Gorges, the beginning of the Three Gorges Dam and the beautiful scenery along the way B, L, D.

  • Day 12 - At Sea

    River or Barge Cruise

    The Yangtze River Cruise continues. B, L, D.

  • Day 13 - Shanghai

    River or Barge Cruise

    In the morning the ship will stop at the three Gorges Dam for a brief tour. The cruise ship continues until your arrival at Yichang around mid-day.

    Commercial Flight

    A guide will meet you and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. You will arrive in the early evening.

    Hotel

    We will take you to dinner, to your hotel and then to see the Bund, which is particularly beautiful at night. B, L, D.

  • Day 14 - Shanghai

    Sightseeing

    The day begins with a tour of the classic Yu Yuan Gardens, which is a gorgeous example of a classic Chinese Garden. This area exits into the main shopping center of Shanghai. After lunch, you will be taken to the world-class Shanghai Art Museum. This fantastic museum has a number of quality exhibits including an ancient coin collection and on the fourth floor an ethnic minority exhibit which features their costumes, masks, and various implements and tools. B, L.

  • Day 15 - Suzhou

    Sightseeing

    The day begins with a drive to Suzhou. On the way to your hotel we will take you to beautiful Tiger Hill and the Leaning Pagoda. Tiger Hill is a beautiful public garden area which is quite beautiful. The Leaning Pagoda is the 2nd largest leaning structure in the world. Afterwards you will be checked into your hotel. Once you are settled you will be taken to lunch. After lunch, we will take you to Humble Administrators Garden. B, L, D.

  • Day 16 - Shanghai

    River or Barge Cruise

    Today the day starts with a 1-hour Grand Canal Cruise.

    Sightseeing

    Then you will be visit the incredible Embroidery Institute. After lunch we will take you to the Silk Factory and the Pearl Factory. Then you will be driven back to Shanghai. B, L, D.

  • Day 17 - Shanghai

    The morning is free. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the USA with many wonderful memories.

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