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Luxury Journey
 
Imperial China

14 days 12 nights Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang and Shanghai

 

Tour Highlights:

Beijing: Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Olympics stadiums, Beijing Duck dinner
Xian: City Wall, Terracotta Warrior and Horses, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Provincial Museum
Guilin: Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Market, Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hills
Yangtze River: Downstream from Chongqing to Yichang
Shanghai: Yu Garden, The Bund, the Jade Buddha Temple, Acrobatic show


Day 01 US/China
Board your flight to China today.

Day 02 Arrival Beijing
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide at Beijing International Airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of today is on your own. (Please note that check-in time is after 12:00 p.m.)
Wangfujing Grand Hotel or similar

Day 03 Beijing (B/L)
A full day excursion by seat-in-coach to the Great Wall - the landmark of China, stretching almost 4,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the sands of Central Asia and befittingly crowned one of the ten wonders of the world. It is one of the most amazing feats of human labor. After lunch, a drive to the Ming Tombs along the Sacred Way with giant marble figures and animals guarding the tomb area for deceased emperors of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD).

Day 04 Beijing (B/L/SD)
A morning tour of Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Palace Museum, known as the Forbidden City; the complex of imperial palaces are home to the emperors for over 500 years in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Some of the grand halls have been used as museums for fine collections of Chinese treasures. After lunch you will be driven to visit the Summer Palace, a former summer resort for the royal family, and take a boat ride on its Lake Kunming. This evening you will be treated to a delicious Beijing roasted duck dinner.

Day 05 Beijing /Xian (B/L)
Your sightseeing this morning is the Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvest. It is the largest temple complex remaining in China today. After lunch, take a two-hour flight to Xi'an, the great ancient capital and the eastern end of the Silk Road. A city tour of the ancient city wall, which is one of few well preserved ones in China.
King Dynasty Hotel or similar

Day 06 Xian (B/L)
This exciting day of sightseeing will include the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses at the Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first Qin Emperor, and the Bronze Chariots. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built in 652 AD. It contains a large volume of Buddhist scriptures which were obtained from India by the eminent monk Xuanzang,. Remainder of day is at leisure.

Day 07 Xian / Guilin (B/L)
This morning, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum where you will discover how Xi'an became the cradle of Chinese culture. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to the airport for a brief time flight to Guilin, a city known for its beautiful landscape, the spectacular pointed mountains, the winding rivers and the limestone rock formation. You are at leisure for the rest of the day.
Royal Garden Hotel or similar

Day 08 Guilin - Yangshuo (B/L)
Enjoy a day to a downstream cruise on the Lijiang River and be exposed to the indescribable beauty and scenery surrounding it. Lunch is served on board. Disembark at Yangshuo, a small town with any stalls selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts. Visit local markets before returning by coach to Guilin.

Day 09 Guilin / Chongqing (B/L)
A city tour this morning includes descending into the most extraordinary scenery underground in the Reed Flute Cave, and climbing up the Fubo Hill for a panoramic view of the city. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to the airport for a brief time flight to Chongqing, the mountain city. You will check in the Yangtze No. 1 cruiser or similar and depart the mountain city this evening.

Day 10 Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)
Your spectacular cruise along the mighty Yangtze River will be an experience to remember for a lifetime. Relax on deck or in the lounge while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the magnificent Three Gorges. While sailing downstream, view the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges. Shore excursion to the Ghost City - Fengdu or Shibaozhai Pogoda

Day 11 Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)
Continue to enjoy your cruise along the river. Shore excursion to Shennong Stream, which is a tributary of the Yangtze River. The crystal clear steam flows swiftly from north to south through deep gorges and a sampan tour will allow you to experience a speedy adventure along this newly opened and unspoiled river.

Day 12 Yangtze River - Yichang / Shanghai (B/L)
Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, known as the Big Dam. Navigate the east section of Xiling Gorge. Arrive at Yichang. After lunch, you will take the flight to Shanghai, a cosmopolitan, bustling and heavily populated city in China. You are free for the remainder of the day.
Broadway Mansions Hotel or similar

Day 13 Shanghai (B/L/D)
Your sightseeing this morning features a tour of the Yuyuan Garden, the old area of the city, and a stroll along the lively waterfront, known as the "Bund". After lunch, you will visit to the Jade Buddha Temple. Enjoy an acrobatic show for your evening entertainment after dinner.

Day 14 Shanghai departure (B)
Transfer to airport for your flight home.

Departure Dates:

 

Every Saturday (arrival Beijing date)

Price: $3,580/pp based on twin share

Single supp: $1,430/pp
China Domestic airport taxes & fuel: $160/pp

Price includes:

  •  5 star Hotel accommodation on twin occupancy
  •  Beijing to Xian; Xian to Guilin; Guilin to Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai airfare
  •  Deluxe cruise sailing Yangtze River
  •  Daily meals as specified in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner; SD-Special Dinner)
  •  All sightseeing and entrance fees;
  •  English-speaking guide
  •  Round trip airport / hotel transfers as specified in the itinerary


Price does NOT include:

  •  International air ticket
  •  Fuel surcharges & taxes
  •  Visa application fees and travel insurance
  •  Tips and personal expenses

 




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