Three Gorges Deluxe

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Three Gorges Deluxe

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Length of trip:

15 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1799 to $ 2299

Best travel dates to go:

Jun 18, 2008 to Jul 02, 2008; Oct 01, 2008 to Oct 15, 2008; Jul 16, 2008 to Jul 30, 2008; Oct 29, 2008 to Nov 12, 2008; Sep 24, 2008 to Oct 08, 2008; Oct 15, 2008 to Oct 29, 2008; Sep 10, 2008 to Sep 24, 2008; Nov 05, 2008 to Nov 19, 2008;


Detailed Description of this trip:

Our most popular program features Shanghai, Xian and Beijing with accommodations in 5-star deluxe hotels and a five day Yangtze River Cruise aboard the deluxe MS Victoria Empress.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - On the Plane

    USA - Shanghai.
    Commercial Flight

    Overnight flights to China.

  • Day 2 - Shanghai

    On arrival, transfer to your deluxe hotel.

    Food and Dining

    Due to various arrivals, meals are on your own today.

  • Day 3 - Shanghai

    Sightseeing

    Today’s sightseeing will include the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens and Nanjing Road.

    Relaxation

    Return to your hotel for some rest and relaxation in the afternoon.

    Performing Arts

    Tonight, early dinner at a local restaurant will be followed by a performance of the famous Chinese Acrobats. (B, D)

  • Day 4 - Shanghai

    Sightseeing

    In the morning visit the Children's Palace, where gifted kids will perform for you!

    Sightseeing

    Continue with a tour to the Jade Buddha Temple.

    Sightseeing

    After a Mongolian BBQ lunch, visit the famous Art Institute where you will have the opportunity to see artists at work.

    Food and Dining

    End the day with dinner at a local restaurant. (B, SL, D)

  • Day 5 - Wuhan

    Shanghai - Wuhan.
    Commercial Flight

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your mid-day flight to Wuhan – the joining of 3 cities and 2 major rivers – the Yellow River and the Yangtze.

    Sightseeing

    On arrival, your tour of this vibrant port city will include stops at Mao’s Residence and the Museum of Ancient History.

    Food and Dining

    End the day with dinner.

    Hotel

    Overnight at your hotel. (B, D)

  • Day 6 - Yichang

    Wuhan –Yichang.
    Bus

    A wonderful day is ahead! After breakfast, board your bus for a fascinating drive through the real China!

    Sightseeing

    During the 3 hour ride you will get a glimpse of the rice paddies and rural Chinese life as you drive along 2 lane roads past riverside villages.

    Museums

    On arrival to Shashi, enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant prior to visiting the unique History Museum - home to Mr. Sui – the 1000 year old mummy still preserved with most of his body parts intact.

    Bus

    After some free time in the city, continue on to Yichang.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Board your deluxe floating hotel for the start of your magical Yangtze cruise. (B, L, D)

  • Day 7 - At Sea

    Three Gorges Dam.
    Sightseeing

    Begin the day with a tour of this massive wonder, one of the largest man-made projects ever constructed.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Continue sailing through the wide Xiling Gorge.

    Performing Arts

    The day will end with a fashion show performed by your Crew! (B, L, D)

  • Day 8 - At Sea

    Sampan Exploration.
    Sightseeing

    In the morning, you will enjoy a unique experience as you board smaller sampan boats to explore either the Shennong Stream or the Daning River, both tributaries of the mighty Yangtze!

    Sightseeing

    Here you will see unique flora and fauna including wild birds, monkeys and the 1000 year old “hanging coffins” of the ancient BA people. Your excursion will end at one of the small villages with some time for exploring and shopping on your own.

    Food and Dining

    Return to your ship for lunch.

    Food and Dining

    In the afternoon, pass through the mythical WU gorge and in the evening enjoy our Crew Revue! (B, L, D)

  • Day 9 - At Sea

    Shibaozhai - Fengdu.
    Sightseeing

    Depending on sailing conditions, stop at either Shibaozhai or Fengdu and tour one of these typical riverside towns.

    Food and Dining

    The evening is reserved for our Captain’s Farewell Dinner followed by a “wild” Kareoki party! (B, L, D)

  • Day 10 - Xian

    Chongquing - Xian.
    Sightseeing

    Bid your crew goodbye as you disembark and continue with your China adventure. First stop at the Panda Zoo and then it’s on to the "Grand Hall", featuring Chinese paintings.

    Sightseeing

    After a break for lunch at a local restaurant, stop and tour a local Silk Factory on your way to the airport for your short flight to Xian.

    Commercial Flight

    Flight to Xian.

    Hotel

    On arrival, transfer to your deluxe hotel.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner on your own and overnight. (B, L)

  • Day 11 - Xian

    Museums

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

    Sightseeing

    Enjoy a cooked to order lunch at the museum and afterwards visit a Lacquer-ware Factory.

    Food and Dining

    The evening is reserved for a fabulous Tang Dynasty dinner and show. (B, L, SD)

  • Day 12 - Beijing

    Xian - Beijing.
    Commercial Flight

    Transfer to the airport for your mid-morning flight to Beijing.

    Sightseeing

    On arrival, stop to tour the unique Temple of Heaven then continue to your deluxe hotel for check-in.

    Food and Dining

    Tonight, enjoy a welcome Peking Duck dinner followed by a performance of the unique Chinese Opera. (B, SD)

  • Day 13 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Your morning sightseeing tour will include Tianamen Square and the Forbidden Palace.

    Sightseeing

    From there, continue to the old Hutong part of Beijing where you will enjoy a bicycle rickshaw-ride which will take you to visit a local Chinese family who will cook and share their lunch with you.

    Hotel

    Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure (dinner on your own). (B, SL)

  • Day 14 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Your morning excursion takes you to the Great Wall. Lunch will be served at the wall.

    Shopping

    On your way back to the city, stop at a Jade Factory and the famous Silk Alley market where you will have time to bargain for those last minute gifts and souvenirs.

    Food and Dining

    Your final dinner will be at the Dai Minority restaurant where waiters will entertain you with songs and dances. (B, L, SD)

  • Day 15 - Beijing

    Time to pack away your memories as you transfer to the airport for your flights home. (B)

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