Grand China

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Grand China

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Length of trip:

19 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2499 to $ 2999

Best travel dates to go:

Jun 17, 2008 to Jul 05, 2008; Sep 30, 2008 to Oct 18, 2008; Jul 15, 2008 to Aug 02, 2008; Oct 28, 2008 to Nov 15, 2008; Sep 23, 2008 to Oct 11, 2008; Oct 14, 2008 to Nov 01, 2008; Sep 09, 2008 to Sep 27, 2008; Nov 04, 2008 to Nov 22, 2008;


Detailed Description of this trip:

A truly Grand China experience! All of the major cities including Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, plus the unique Li River of Guilin and the fabulous canal city of Suzhou – combined with our deluxe 5 day sailings aboard the MS Victoria Empress – an in-depth discovery of China, its people and its fascinating and diverse culture!



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - On the Plane

    USA-Shanghai.
    Commercial Flight

    Overnight flight to China.

  • Day 2 - Shanghai

    Arrive in the evening and transfer to your 5* hotel.

    Food and Dining

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

  • Day 3 - Suzhou

    Shanghai - Suzhou.
    Train

    Depart via train for China’s “Venice”, the City of Canals, Suzhou.

    Sightseeing

    Take a tour including a boat ride on the Grand Canal and Pan Men Gate.

    Sightseeing

    In the evening visit the “Garden of Master of the Nets” with a special dinner and performance.

    Hotel

    Overnight in a 5* hotel in Suzhou. (B, L, SD)

  • Day 4 - Shanghai

    Suzhou - Shanghai.
    Train

    Return to Shanghai via either train or bus.

    Sightseeing

    Begin your sightseeing of Shanghai including the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, and Nanjing Road.

    Food and Dining

    Tonight dinner at a local restaurant will be followed by a performance of the famous Chinese Acrobats.

    Hotel

    Return to the 5* Vivasha Resort Hotel in Shanghai. (B, D)

  • Day 5 - Shanghai

    Sightseeing

    Tour the Jade Buddha Temple, enjoy a Mongolian style BBQ lunch, visit the impressive Shanghai Museum with Audio Guide.

    Food and Dining

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

  • Day 6 - Wuhan

    Shanghai - Wuhan.
    Commercial Flight

    A midday flight take you to Wuhan.

    Sightseeing

    On arrival, your city tour includes stops at Mao’s Residence and the Museum of Ancient History.

    Hotel

    Dinner and overnight at your 5* hotel. (B, D)

  • Day 7 - Yichang

    Wuhan - Yichang.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, board your bus for a 3 hour ride through rural China, where you will get a glimpse of the rice paddies and country life.

    Museums

    On arrival in 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". (B, L, D)

  • Day 8 - At Sea

    Three Gorges Dam.
    Sightseeing

    Begin the day with a tour of this massive wonder and then continue sailing through the wide Xiling Gorge and the mysterious Wu Gorge.

    Performing Arts

    Tonight enjoy the on board fashion show performed by your crew. (B, L, D)

  • Day 9 - At Sea

    Lesser Gorges and Sampan.
    Sightseeing

    Enjoy exploring the Lesser Gorges along the Shennong Stream or Danning River by small motorized sampans. (B, L, D)

  • Day 10 - At Sea

    Yangtze River Town.
    Sightseeing

    Today explore Shibaozhai, Fengdu or Wanxian, typical riverside towns, where a tour will introduce you to the local attractions.

    Food and Dining

    The evening is reserved for our Captain’s Gala Dinner followed by a Karaoke party! (B, L, D)

  • Day 11 - Guilin

    Chongqing - Guilin.
    Sightseeing

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

    Food and Dining

    Lunch at a local restaurant.

    Sightseeing

    After lunch stop and tour a silk factory.

    Commercial Flight

    Transfer to airport for your short flight to Guilin, gateway to the Li River.

    Hotel

    Transfer to your 5* hotel.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner is on your own. (B, L)

  • Day 12 - Guilin

    Guilin - Yangshuo.
    River or Barge Cruise

    The morning is reserved for a half-day cruise along the beautiful, mystical Li River.

    Sightseeing

    Explore the bustling town of Yangshuo in the early afternoon.

    Performing Arts

    Here you will have dinner followed by the brand new “Impressions of the Third Sister Liu” light and dance show performed under the stars by the river.

    Hotel

    Overnight is at a first class hotel in Yangshuo. (B, L, D)

  • Day 13 - Xian

    Yangshuo - Guilin - Xian.
    Sightseeing

    Return to Guilin for sightseeing of the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill.

    Commercial Flight

    Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian in the afternoon.

    Hotel

    On arrival transfer to your 5* hotel.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner is on your own tonight. (B, L)

  • Day 14 - Xian

    Museums

    Tour the magnificent Terra Cotta Museum where over 8000 life sized warriors have stood guard for the last 2000 years!

    Food and Dining

    Then enjoy a cooked to order lunch at the museum restaurant.

    Sightseeing

    Stop at a lacquer-ware factory on your way back to the hotel.

    Performing Arts

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

  • Day 15 - Beijing

    Xian - Beijing.
    Commercial Flight

    A mid-morning flight takes you to Beijing.

    Sightseeing

    On arrival, stop to tour the unique Temple of Heaven.

    Hotel

    Afterwards you will go to your 5* hotel for check-in.

    Food and Dining

    Tonight, enjoy a welcome Peking Duck Dinner followed by a performance of a traditional Chinese Opera. (B, SD)

  • Day 16 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Your morning sightseeing includes Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden Palace. From there continue to the old Hutong part of Beijing where you will enjoy a bicycle rickshaw ride and visit a local Chinese family who will cook and share their lunch with you.

    Sightseeing

    Afterwards, you will visit the Children's Palace.

    Hotel

    Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner is on your own. (B, SL)

  • Day 17 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Today visit one of the modern wonders of world: the Great Wall of China!

    Sightseeing

    After lunch visit a local Kung Fu* school where students will stage a performance for you featuring the techniques of this ancient martial art.

    Food and Dining

    Tonight’s dinner will be at a popular local restaurant. (B, L, SD)

    Performing Arts

    When closed, Kung Fu school will be substituted with a Kung Fu Theater performance in the evening.

  • Day 18 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Today’s sightseeing of the Summer Palace will include a short boat ride. The included tour portion of the day will end at Tiananmen Square and the balance of the day will be free.

    Sightseeing

    Explore Beijing on your own, or join your guide for an impromptu visit to a local marketplace (Silk Alley or similar) where you will be able to bargain for those last minute souvenirs and gifts. (B)

  • Day 19 - Beijing

    Beijing - Home.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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