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Grand China with Yangtze Cruise

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 27 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 15 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5465 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6139 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Home - Beijing. Depart for Beijing.

Day 2: Beijing. Arrive in Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 3: Beijing. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and provide a full day tour including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Liulichang which has been well known since 17th century Qing Dynasty as the street selling old books, paintings, calligraphy and other arts. Whether you buy or not, it will be an interesting place to visit. In the evening, enjoy Peking Opera in Huguang Guild Hall where the best Peking Opera is performed. You will have dinner in the neighboring Chuwan Hall with excellent cuisine. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Beijing. Today your guide will take you to the Great Wall, Ming Tomb, and Sacred Way. Last stop is at the Beijing’s famous Acrobatic Show. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Beijing. Experience a ride on a tricycle in Hutong (the Old Beijing) and visit a typical traditional Chinese home where you can learn how to make dumplings, enjoy lunch in the home. Visit Drum Tower (Drums were used for telling time in the morning and at dusk and also for music as early as 3rd century BC. Then visit Yonghegong Lamasary, and Shichahai scenic and leisure area with three lakes surrounded by historic places, old style homes and courtyards, and many fine restaurants. This evening, you will have dinner at the famous Kaorouji BBQ Restaurant. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Beijing. Visit Temple of Heaven. Then enjoy shopping with assistance of your guide (we only assist with guide and transportation. You choose your shopping). If you are a golfer and would like to have a round, please let us know in advance, so that we may book it for you in one of the nicer clubs. Enjoy an authentic Peking Duck Dinner. Enjoy exploring Wangfujing Street in the evening. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Beijing - Pingyao. Visit Beijing Zoo to see Pandas. Then you will be escorted to Beijing railway station. Take the high speed train to Taiyuan. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to Pingyao ancient city, an exceptionally well preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city. Here you can see the architectures, city layout, streets and storefronts mostly retaining the original appearances of Ming and Qing dynasties. It is so striking and unusual that UNESCO designated the whole city as a World Heritage site including two famous Buddhist temples. Check in to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Pingyao - Xian. Explore Pingyao Old Town – Ming & Qing Street, City Wall, Rishengchang Draft Bank, and Pingyao Ancient Government Office. Then visit Shuanglin Temple to see 2000 Buddhist color sculptures. After full day tour, you will be escorted to Taiyuan airport and fly to Xian. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Xian. Visit Terra Cotta Warriors in the morning, and in the afternoon, visit Huaqing Hot pring and Banpo Museum built at the site of the habitation of early man from Neolithic period discovered in 20th century, which was a matrilineal commune. Visit a farmer’s family and return to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy special Dumpling Banquet, and then enjoy Tang Dynasty Cultural Show. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: Xian - Luoyang. Enjoy a Taichi lesson in the hotel garden with a Master in the morning. Then visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Shaanxi Provincial Museum. In the afternoon, you will be escorted to Xian railway station and take a high speed train to Luoyang (90 minutes). Upon arrival, you are greeted and transferred to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: Luoyang. Full day tour will feature two very famous attractions: Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple well-known for its monks’ martial arts tradition. This evening, you will have a special dining experience, Water Banquet dinner, a famous and long known for its unique styles in this city. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 12: Luoyang - Shanghai. Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, you will be escorted to the airport and fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you are greeted and escorted to your hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 13: Shanghai. Tour starts with a visit to Yuyuan Garden with interesting rock sculptures and a stroll along Shanghai Old Street exploring shops and tasting local goodies. Visit New Shanghai Museum which is truly special, and arrive in Nanjing Street, one of the best known shopping district in Shanghai. Enjoy spending time here, and you will be treated to a special dining experience at Locomotive Restaurant. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 14: Shanghai. Today your tour starts with a cruise on Huangpu River enjoying the views of modern skyscrapers and the historic landmarks (you don’t just see the river. You will experience it). Explore Nanjing Road Shopping District (1-2 hours), and walk the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel under the river. Go up to the top of Jinmao Tower Observation Deck to admire the breathtaking view. And finally visit Shintiandi (New World) super modern shopping, entertainment and restaurant district where you can enjoy a variety of fine Western dining as well as Asian. Dinner is on your own. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 15: Shanghai - Suzhou. Leave Shanghai and drive to Zhouzhuang, a village built in the water with waterways all around, for a visit. Then continue to Suzhou. Lunch at Songhelou (Pine & Crane Restaurant). In the afternoon, enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, and visit #1 Silk Factory in Suzhou. In the evening, tour the Guanqian Street night food market. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 16: Suzhou - Hangzhou. Suzhou is famous for its gardens, and you will visit the Lingering Garden, one of the four most famous gardens in China. Drive to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise on the beautiful West Lake, and visit Lingyin Temple and a tea farm. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 17: Hangzhou - Shanghai - Yichang. Morning is free to explore the streets and shops of Hangzhou. Or if you are a golfer and would like to have a round here, we may be able to arrange it at the prestigious West Lake Golf Club with advance request. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Shanghai airport and fly to Yichang. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and escorted to your Yangtze Cruise ship. (Victoria Cruise). Includes: (B).

Day 18: Yangtze Cruise. You will have a shore excursion to visit Three Gorges Dam. Sail through the Three Gorges Dam shiplocks and Xiling Gorge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 19: Yangtze Cruise. Shore excursion in Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Streem. Pass through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 20: Yangtze Cruise. Shore excursion to Fengdu or Shibaozhai.

Day 21: Chongqing - Guilin. Disembark at 9:00 a.m. upon arrival in Chongqing. You will be greeted and transferred to Chongqing airport. And fly to Guilin. Upon arrival, you will be received by your guide and visit Reed Flute Cave. Check in to your hotel. After dinner, enjoy a tour of bustling night street that comes alive after dark. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 22: Guilin - Yangshuo. Your guide will take you to Li River pier where you will get on a cruise boat. Enjoy the world famous scenery cruising down the river. Lunch is served on board. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, you will visit a Minority Village. Minority people have their own language (in addition to hinese), their own costume, and different food and life style. It is interesting to see and learn how these minorities have been living in peace and harmony for many generations while keeping their unique cultures. Check in to your hotel. In the evening, weather permitting, you can enjoy the famous Minority Show “Impression Sanjie Liu” (optional). Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 23: Yangshuo - Guilin - Kunming. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Guilin airport and fly to Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan, city of Eternal Spring. In the afternoon, you will visit Dragon Gate at West Hill, Birds and Flower Market. For dinner, enjoy a local specialty, Cross-bridge Noodle and Steam Pot Chicken, and more. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 24: Kunming. Enjoy a full day excursion to Stone Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 25: Kunming - Lijiang. Fly to Lijiang this morning. After check in to your hotel, visit Lijiang Old Town, a very well preserved town of Naxi Ethnic Minority and a UNESCO World Heritage, Black Dragon Pond, and Dongba Museum. Enjoy Dongba Music Performance in the evening. Naxi style dinner. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 26: Lijiang. Full day tour will visit Yuhu village, Baisha village, and a local flee market. Spruce Meadow and Shuhe Old Town. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 27: Lijiang - Kunming - Home. After breakfast, you will fly to Kunming where you can fly to Shanghai or Hong Kong to connect to your homebound flight.

- Seasons:
* Low: December, January, February
* Shoulder: March, April, June, July, August
* High: May, September, October, November
- Departure days 2011:
* August 8, 22
* September 9, 23
* October 3, 10, 17, 31
* November 7, 14
* December 5, 19
- Departure days 2012:
* March 5, 19
* April 2, 16
* May 2, 16, 30
* June 11, 25
* July 9, 23
* August 6, 20
* September 3, 17
* October 1, 15, 29
* November 5, 19.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- 4-star:
* Seasons: low - 5465 USD; shoulder - 5587 USD; high - 5682 USD
* Single supplement: low - 1050 USD; shoulder - 1135 USD; high - 1280 USD
- 5-star:
* Seasons: low - 5898 USD; shoulder - 6022 USD; high - 6139 USD
* Single supplement: low - 1360 USD; shoulder - 1450 USD; high - 1610 USD.

Price Includes:
- China domestic airfare (Beijing-Shanghai)
- Accommodations at listed hotels sharing double occupancy
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Sightseeing as shown in the itinerary
- Entrance fees
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Air-conditioned touring vehicle for all services
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure in each city
- Local taxes and service charges for meals, accommodations and transportation.

Price Excludes:
- Airfare
- Passport and visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Tips to guide and driver
- Gratuities for hotel attendants
- Telephone calls
- Laundry
- Things not mentioned as included.