Also explore the Provincial Museum, the landmark Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Ming - era City Gate. China's most scenic city, Guiling, best known for its immortal stone mountains, also is noted for fantastic caves. Cruise on the Li River, where every turn offers breathtaking new views. At the end of your trip tour Hong Kong Island's old and new sights.
Day 1: Shanghai. Landing in Shanghai, "where East meets West", you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Shanghai. Tour Shanghai's premier sights: the traditional Yuyuan Garden, waterfront Bund, acclaimed Museum, and charming Children's Palace. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Shanghai - Beijing. Fly to Beijing, a world class capital with an incredible mix of historic and modern landmarks. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Beijing. Tour the landmarks of imperial Beijing: the Forbidden City, closed to the public for 500 years, the Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Beijing. Today's tour showcases the Great Wall, built entirely by hand, and the Ming Tombs, before a Peking Duck dinner in Beijing. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Beijing - Chongqing. Travel by air to the heart of Sichuan. Tour Chongqing if time permits, before boarding your cruiser. Settle into your outside stateroom, then meet your American crew at a welcome reception and briefing. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise. Begin sailing along one of the finest stretches of river scenery in the world. Enjoy your ship's fine facilities as you sail to Fengdu, a folkloric "ghost city". Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise. Enter the first of the great Three Gorges, Qutang, embraced by soaring peaks blanketed with mist and greenery. Sail to the Daning River, for a boat cruise through the Little Three Gorges, a lush unspoiled passage with exotic birds and monkeys. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise. A thrilling final day of cruising, as you traverse Xiling Gorge and visit the new Three Gorges Dam site, the largest construction project in the world. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Wuhan - Xian. Disembark in Wuhan and fly to historic Xian. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Xi'an. Tour one of the great discoveries of our era, Xians ancient army of Terra gotta soldiers. Also explore the Provincial Museum, the landmark Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Ming - era City Gate. This evening enjoy a fine banquet and stage show at the Tang Dynasty Theater. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Xian - Guiling. Fly to China's most scenic city. Best known for its immortal stone mountains, Guiling also is noted for fantastic caves, and this afternoon you'll explore the finest, Reed Flute, full of oddities and historic treasures. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Guiling. Today, cruise in air-conditioned comfort on the Li River, where every turn offers breathtaking new views of vertical peaks, weathered stone pinnacles, caverns, soft bamboo groves, and other pastoral landscapes that have inspired so much Chinese art and poetry. Dinner and a cultural show complete the day. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: Guiling - Guangzhou - Hong Kong. Fly to Guangzhou, the fabled city of Canton. If time allows, tour the tropical delta scenery and commercial districts, before continuing by jet foil to glittering Hong Kong. Includes: (B).
Day 15: Hong Kong. Tour Hong Kong Island's old and new sights this morning, from Victoria Peak's classic tram and glittering new Tower Complex, to quaint Aberdeen, Repulse Bay and the teeming markets of Stanley. Includes: (B).
Day 16: Hong Kong. Enjoy and open day so you can shop and explore on your own. Includes: (B).
Day 17: Hong Kong - Home. Bid farewell to China as you fly aboard your selected airline home. Includes: (B).
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