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Visiting:Beijing(4 nts) - Yichang - Yangtze River Cruise(4 nts) - Chongqing - Xian(2 nts) - Guilin(2 nts) - Yangshuo - Shanghai(2 nts) 

This comprehensive tour visits China's most stunning natural wonders and its timeless classics. Witness beauty in its purest form on a cruise along the mighty Yangtze River, and tour the poetic landscapes of Guilin. Examine China's historical legacy in Beijing and Xian, then sample the modern delights of Shanghai.

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Day 1   |  Arrive-Beijing 

Beijing is China s capital city and its center for all things political. Check in to our luxury hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure.

Day 2   |  Beijing  (AB,L)

Spend the day exploring Beijing s imperial monuments, beginning with a walk through the world-famous Tiananmen Square. Arrive at the Forbidden City, a massive palace renowned for its resplendent imperial architecture. Continue to the Summer Palace, a peaceful imperial retreat surrounded by graceful bridges, pagodas and a glistening lake. On the way to the hotel, we stop for photos at the 2008 Olympic sites, Bird s Nest and Water Cube. This evening we may attend an optional Peking duck banquet at a popular restaurant

Day 3   |  Beijing  (AB,L)

Experience the incredible heritage of China s Great Wall as we walk across its ancient steps. Created piecemeal over a period of 2,000 years, the wall was built as a defense from the marauding tribes of the north. From atop the wall, enjoy the sweeping vistas of China s rugged mountains and valleys, then descend the wall and visit the Sacred Way. Follow this "divine way", lined with ethereal willows and intricate stone statues, and arrive at the Ming Tombs Museum.

Day 4   |  Beijing  (AB)

Spend the full day free at leisure to explore the city own your own or take an optional rickshaw tour of Beijing s hutongs (alleyways). Enter a world far removed from the bustle of city life as we weave through the labyrinth of alleys and traditional neighborhoods. Enjoy the untainted charm of Old Beijing and arrive at a courtyard home of a local family, where we are invited to a lunch of local delights.

Day 5   |  Beijing-Yichang-Yangtze River Cruise  (AB,D )

Arrive at the Temple of Heaven, a massive complex constructed in the 15th century where emperors performed religious ceremonies. Board a short flight to Yichang, the cultural and economic center of the western Hubei Province. Upon arrival we board our cruise ship and settle in to our luxury cabin as the ship sets sail for our Yangtze River adventure.

Day 6   |  Yangtze River Cruise  (B,L,D )

This morning we disembark at Sandouping to visit the Three Gorges Dam site and learn about the construction of the world s largest hydroelectric dam. Return aboard the ship and sail through the intricate locks system. Today, we approach the spectacular Three Gorges and begin sailing through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the three.

Day 7   |  Yangtze River Cruise  (B,L,D )

Disembark and board a smaller boat to traverse a narrow tributary to the dramatic Lesser Gorges. Return aboard the cruise ship and arrive at the elegant Wu Gorge, renowned for its vertical cliffs and 12 mist-shrouded mountains. Enter the final gorge, Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most impressive of the three.

Day 8   |  Yangtze River Cruise  (B,L,D )

Disembark at the "ghost city" of Fengdu for a shore excursion. Explore this fascinating river town, decorated with temples and shrines dedicated to the gods of the underworld. Return aboard the ship for dinner and evening cruising.

Day 9   |  Yangtze River Cruise-Chongqing-Xian  (B,DP)

Our Yangtze River journey comes to an end as we dock in Chongqing, a scenic cliff-side city that overlooks the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. After a brief city tour we visit the Chongqing Zoo to see the famous pandas. Transfer to the airport and board a flight to Xian, the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. This evening we enjoy an Imperial Dumpling Banquet.

Day 10   |  Xian  (AB,L,DS)

Deeply ingrained in history as the political and cultural capital of China for more than 1,000 years, Xian also marks the starting point of the Silk Road. Today, we visit one of China s supreme treasures, the Terra-Cotta Warriors. Walk through the underground pits and then enjoy an authentic noodle-making demonstration during lunch. Continue to visit the Ming Dynasty City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Later this evening we attend a Tang Dynasty performance following dinner.

Day 11   |  Xian-Guilin  (AB,L)

Enjoy the day free at leisure until we catch a southbound flight to Guilin, a strikingly beautiful city with scenery "unmatched under Heaven."

Day 12   |  Guilin-Yangshuo-Guilin  (AB,L)

From Guilin, we take a cruise along the emerald green Li River and marvel at the timeless landscapes of mist-shrouded mountains, fishermen and unearthly karst formations. Arrive in Yangshuo, where we disembark and board our coach back to Guilin.

Day 13   |  Guilin-Shanghai  (AB,L)

Our day begins with a visit to Elephant Trunk Hill, a unique rock formation and long-time symbol of Guilin, then continue on to visit Reed Flute Cave. Walk through the cave and marvel at the magnificent rock formations illuminated in colored lights, which create an otherworldly atmosphere. Fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai, known in the 1930 s as the "Pearl of the Orient."

Day 14   |  Shanghai  (AB,DS)

This morning we visit Yu Garden, a renowned classical garden from the Ming Dynasty complete with ornate pavilions, glittering pools and exotic flora. Continue on to stroll along the Bund, Shanghai s famed waterfront boulevard, and admire the futuristic skyline of Pudong. Drive past the premiere shopping district, Nanjing Road, and arrive at the spectacular Shanghai Museum, which boasts the world s finest showcase of ancient Chinese art and antiquities. Browse some of the 120,000 cultural relics and spend the remainder of the day free at leisure. This evening we enjoy an exciting Chinese Acrobatics Performance following dinner.

Day 15   |  Shanghai  (AB)

All too soon our scenic Yangtze adventure has drawn to a close. If we desire,we can choose to continue on our voyage by adding on an optional extension to Hong Kong.