Majestic China & Yangtze River 15 Days 13 Nights(2013)[RPD]Tour Code:RPD

Visiting:Beijing(3 nts) - Xian(2 nts) - Guilin(2 nts) - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise(3 nts) - Yichang - Shanghai(3 nts) 

This epic journey through China will take you from ancient cities to cosmopolitan cities and stunning natural landscapes. Walk along the Great Wall in Beijing, gaze at the mighty Terracotta Warriors, then head south to encounter the beauty of Guilin before setting sail for a cruise on the dramatic Yangtze River. This diverse itinerary encompasses all of China’s essential highlights on a two-week experience of a lifetime.

 

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Day 1   |  USA - Beijing, China 

Our journey through China & the Yangtze River begins as we board our flight bound for Beijing.

Day 2   |  Arrive in Beijing 

Arrive the next day in the nation’s capital and meet our guide in the arrivals hall. Transfer to the hotel where we can spend the rest of the day free at leisure to relax or explore the city.

Day 3   |  Beijing  (AB ,L ,DP )

After breakfast we embark on a tour of Beijing. Walk through TianAnMen Square, the largest city square in China, then stroll north to the Forbidden City, a stunning palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site which once housed emperors and their concubines. Continue to visit another World Heritage Site, the beautiful Summer Palace, taking in the serene landscape of elaborate bridges and pagodas. At the end of the tour stop for photos outside the 2008 Olympic Games’ symbolic buildings, the Bird’s Nest (National Stadium) and the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center). Later this evening enjoy one of Beijing’s most popular culinary delights – Peking Duck.

Day 4   |  Bejing  (AB ,L ,DH )

A visit to China would not be complete without a trip to the Great Wall. First constructed before 220 B.C. to protect the country’s northern borders, the Great Wall remains a symbol of the country’s strength to this day. Admire the panoramic views of rolling mountains and valleys from atop the wall and then transfer to the Sacred Way, a statue-lined street that leads to the Ming Dynasty Tomb Complex.

Day 5   |  Beijing - Xian  (AB ,L ,DH )

Following breakfast at hotel we visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Temple of Heaven. Previously known as the Temple of Heaven and Earth, this complex was visited by emperors for annual religious ceremonies to pray for good harvests. Transfer to airport for a short flight to the “Eternal City” of Xian, the home to the spectacular Terracotta Army. Lunch is at a local restaurant either in Beijing or Xian. Upon arrival in Xian, check into the hotel and the rest of the day is free.

Day 6   |  Xian  (AB ,L ,DS )

Today we visit one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Our tour begins in the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, where three separate pits house hundreds of magnificent life-sized terracotta warriors and horses. After gazing at these stoic-faced warriors enjoy lunch inside the Museum Complex. Continue our tour and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. After Palace Banquet Dinner in Tang Dynasty Complex this evening we attend a vibrant Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 7   |  Xian - Guilin  (AB ,L ,D )

This morning we venture to the massive City Wall where we can enjoy an exciting bicycle ride. Attend an Imperial Dumpling Lunch, which includes a selection of dumplings filled with a variety of ingredients including meat, seafood and vegetables. Transfer to the airport in the afternoon for a short flight to Guilin, a lush city renowned for its remarkable natural scenery said to be "unmatched in Heaven." Upon arrival we are met and transferred to hotel.

Day 8   |  Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin  (AB ,L ,DH )

Cruise down the poetic Li River and admire the timeless landscapes of mist-shrouded mountains and rice paddies. Disembark at Yangshuo and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the ancient streets which are lined with traditional handicraft stores, then transfer back to Guilin by coach.

Day 9   |  Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise  (AB ,L ,D )

In the morning we visit the symbols of Guilin – The Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave. After lunch, board a flight to the cliff-side city of Chongqing where our Yangtze River Cruise begins. Prior to boarding visit the Chongqing Zoo, where we encounter China’s famous pandas. Later in the afternoon board our luxurious Executive Deck cabin on Victoria Cruises and enjoy dinner on board. Set sail in the evening for our majestic Yangtze River adventure.

Day 10   |  Yangtze River Cruise (Fengdu or Shibaozai)  (B ,L ,D )

Enjoy the upgraded services and entertainment onboard as we sail towards Fengdu for the first shore excursion. Built over 1,800 years ago, this city is filled with statues and shrines modeled after the ancient Chinese people’s vision of Chinese Hell in Taoist mythology. An alternate short excursion to “The Pearl of the Yangtze” - Shibaozai may be substituted depending on river conditions.

Day 11   |  Yangtze River Cruise (Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream, Xiling Gorge, Ship Locks)  (B ,L ,D )

Arrive at Three Gorges and admire the sheer scenic splendor while sailing through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest, but the most dramatic of the three. Cruise through the 25-mile long Wu Gorge, renowned for its tranquil beauty and striking vertical cliffs. Disembark at Wushan and board a small vessel to access the Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream (depending on river conditions). Re-board the ship and sail through the longest and the deepest Xiling Gorge. Pass through the intricate dam ship locks in the evening.

Day 12   |  Yangtze River Cruise (Three Gorges Dam ) - Yichang - Shanghai  (B ,L )

Disembark to learn about the monumental engineering feat and the construction of Three Gorges Dam Site. The largest hydroelectric project ever undertaken by man, the dam has forever changed the landscapes surrounding the Yangtze River. Afterward we re-board the ship and continue our cruise to Yichang, the final stop of our cruise. Upon arrival we transfer to the airport for Shanghai.

Day 13   |  Shanghai  (AB ,L ,DS )

Our city tour begins with a visit to the Bund, Shanghai’s legendary waterfront boulevard along the Huangpu River. Gaze at the city’s futuristic high-rises and then continue to visit the enchanting Yu Garden, followed by a drive along the famed shopping street, Nanjing Road. After lunch we visit the Shanghai Museum, which boasts a staggering collection of over 120,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts . This evening we enjoy a Chinese Acrobatics Show after dinner.

Day 14   |  Shanghai  (AB ,DP )

Spend the day free at leisure exploring the city or join our Jewish Heritage half day tour at no additional cost. This evening we attend a Farewell Dinner.

Day 15   |  Shanghai - USA  (AB )

Transfer to the airport for our flight back to the US or add an extension to vibrant Hong Kong, where you can indulge in some shopping, sightseeing and culinary exploration.