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17 days, 15 nights tour to Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Yichang, Shanghai, Guilin, Guangzhou and Hong Kong

Tour Highlights:

 

Beijing: Great Wall of China, Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Beijing Duck
Xian : City Wall, Terracotta Warrior and Horses, Local Cave Dwellings, Tang Show, Dumpling Banquet
Yangtze Cruise : Downstream from Chongqing to Yichang sailing the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges
Shanghai: Yu Garden, The Bund, the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, Nanjing Road, Acrobatic show
Guilin: Reed Flute Cave, Li River Cruise, Yangshuo market, Fubo Hill

Guangzhou: Memorial Hall of Dr. Sum Yat-sen, Ancestral Temple of Chen Family.
Hong Kong: Aberdeen Harbor, Victoria Peak and Repulse Bay.

 
Day 01    US/China
Board your flight to China today.
 
Day 02    Beijing
Fly from US to Beijing.  You will be greeted at Beijing airport and transferred to your hotel.  The rest of the day is on your own.
Beijing Xiangda International Hotel or similar

Day 03   Beijing    (B/L/D)
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.
Xian 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 / Chongqing   (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 Chongqing, the mountain city. You will check in the cruiser and depart the mountain city this evening.                                         

Day 08   Yangtze River   (B/L/D)
Navigate Outang Gorge, the third gorge of the Yangtze.  Shore excursion to the Ghost City - Fengdu or Shibaozhai Pagoda. 
 
 
Day 09   Yangtze River    (B/L/D)
Sail through Wu Gorge adn the West section of Xiling Gorge.  Shore excursion to the Shennong Lesser Gorges.
 
Day 10   Yangtze Cruise - Yichang / Shanghai   (B/L)
Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, known as the Big Dam. Navigate the east section of Xiling Gorge, the first gorge of the Yangtze. Arrive at Yichangin the afternoon. 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.
 
Day 11   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 12    Shanghai/Guilin   (B/L/D)
This morning you will visit Shanghai Museum, one of the largest museum in China, which houses a collection of 120,000 pieces of cultural relics.  After lunch, you will fly 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.
Guilin Plaza Hotel or similar
 
Day 13   Guilin   (B/L)
Enjoy a downstream cruise on the Lijiang River and you will 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 14   Guilin / Guangzhou   (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, take a one-hour flight to Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province and the southern China's most dynamic and developed commercial center. City sightseeing features Six Banyan Tree Temple and then sees the city's free market.
Guangzhou Riverside Hotel or similar

Day 15   Guangzhou / Hong Kong    (B/L/D)
This morning you will visit the Memorial Hall of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and Ancestral Temple of Chen Family. After lunch, you will be transferred to train station for your onward journey to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of day is at leisure.
Hong Kong Metropark Kowloon Hotel or similar


Day 16    Hong Kong   (B)
A half-day Island tour to Aberdeen Harbor, Victoria Peak, and Repulse Bay, you are free for the rest of the day.

Day 17   Hong Kong   (B)
You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the U.S.

 

Price: $3,6200 per person based on twin share

Single supplement: $980 per person
China Domestic airport taxes and fuel surcharge: $190 per person

Package includes:

  • 4 star hotel accommodation based on twin occupancy (Hong Kong 3*) 
  • Beijing to Xian; Xian to Chongqing; Yichang to Shanghai, Shanghai to Guilin, Guilin to Guangzhou airfare, coach class 
  • Guangzhou to Hong Kong, first class train ticket
  • 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 guides
  • Round trip airport / hotel transfers as specified in the itinerary

Package does NOT include:

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




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