China Classic

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China Classic

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Length of trip:

13 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1799 to $ 2199

Best travel dates to go:

Jun 05, 2008 to Jun 17, 2008; Jul 17, 2008 to Jul 29, 2008; Oct 16, 2008 to Oct 28, 2008; Sep 25, 2008 to Oct 07, 2008; Jun 19, 2008 to Jul 01, 2008; Oct 02, 2008 to Oct 14, 2008; Sep 11, 2008 to Sep 23, 2008; Nov 06, 2008 to Nov 17, 2008; Oct 30, 2008 to Nov 11, 2008;


Detailed Description of this trip:

Our popular first class itinerary, combining 3 of China’s most famous cities, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai along with a 5 day upstream deluxe cruise aboard the MS Victoria Empress on the Yangtze! First class hotels, deluxe ships, a great program at a great price.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - On the Plane

    USA-China.
    Commercial Flight

    Overnight flight from the USA to Beijing, China.

  • Day 2 - Beijing

    Arrive in China’s capital and transfer to your 4 *hotel.

    Food and Dining

    Due to various arrival times, meals are on your own.

  • Day 3 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Enjoy a morning city tour to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

    Optional
    Sightseeing

    An optional Hutong Tour with lunch with a local family is offered or have a free afternoon for yourself.

    Food and Dining

    The evening is reserved for your special Peking Duck Welcome Dinner. (B, SD)

  • Day 4 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    This morning depart for a half day excursion to the Great Wall with lunch.

    Sightseeing

    Afterwards visit a jade factory.

    Relaxation

    The balance of the day is free.

    Optional
    Performing Arts

    An optional evening China Opera performance is available from your guide. (B, L)

  • Day 5 - Yichang

    Beijing - Yichang.
    Commercial Flight

    Fly from Beijing to Yichang in the morning.

    Food and Dining

    Then enjoy lunch and dinner at local restaurants.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Embark on your luxurious vessel. (B, L, D)

  • Day 6 - At Sea

    Visit Three Gorges Dam.
    Sightseeing

    Visit the Three Gorges Dam.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Upon returning to the ship, pass the gigantic locks of Three Gorges Dam and sail through the Xiling Gorge.

    Performing Arts

    In the evening enjoy a Crew fashion show! (B, L, D)

  • Day 7 - At Sea

    Sampan ride.
    Sightseeing

    Today you travel down the Shennong Stream or Danning River in small motorized sampans.

    Sightseeing

    In the afternoon, pass through the Wu and Qutang Gorges.

    Food and Dining

    A Crew Revue is on for tonight! (B, L, D)

  • Day 8 - At Sea

    Yangtze River Town.
    Sightseeing

    Depending on sailing conditions, today you will stop and tour one of three typical Yangtze riverside towns: Shibaozhai, Fengdu, or Wanxian. Your walking tour will highlight all the local attractions.

    Food and Dining

    Then it’s time to prepare for your Captain’s Farewell Dinner followed by our Karaoke party where passenger participation is expected! (B, L, D)

  • Day 9 - Chongqing

    Chongqing - Xian.
    Sightseeing

    Bid your lovely ship goodbye, as you disembark and continue your China adventure with a stop at the Panda Zoo and a visit to the "Grand Hall"' featuring Chinese paintings.

    Commercial Flight

    In the evening fly to Xian.

    Hotel

    Transfer to your first class hotel.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner is on your own. (B, L)

  • Day 10 - Xian

    Museums

    This exciting day will begin with a tour of the magnificent History Museum, where the 8000 Terra-Cotta Warriors of Emperor Qi have been buried for over 2000 years!

    Sightseeing

    You have lunch at the museum and afterwards visit a lacquer-ware factory.

    Food and Dining

    The day will end with a fabulous Tang Dynasty dinner and show. (B, L, SD)

  • Day 11 - Shanghai

    Xian - Shanghai.
    Sightseeing

    Time permitting, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

    Commercial Flight

    Transfer to the airport before flying to Shanghai.

    Sightseeing

    In the afternoon, your sightseeing tour will include the Bund and Yu Yuan Gardens.

    Hotel

    Dinner and overnight is at a first class hotel. (B, D)

  • Day 12 - Shanghai

    Sightseeing

    Your morning tour visits the Jade Buddha Temple with a Mongolian style BBQ lunch afterwards.

    Sightseeing

    Next, you will visit the Children's Palace.

    Performing Arts

    Then you have some time on your own before dinner, which will be followed by an Acrobatic Show. (B, SL, D)

  • Day 13 - Shanghai

    Shanghai - Home.

    As all good things must end, so does your China adventure. Transfer to the airport for your flights back home. (B)

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