Yangtze Essence 12 Days 10 Nights(2013)[RDV]Tour Code:RDV

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

Experience the rich diversity of China on this 12-day trip through the country’s most famous cities and the mystical Yangtze River. Retrace the steps of ancient warriors as you walk along the Great Wall and step into the future among gleaming skyscrapers in Shanghai. Snap a photo with pandas in Chongqing and marvel at the inspiring Three Gorges. This journey showcases the manmade wonders and natural highlights of this unforgettable country.


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Day 1   |  USA - Beijing, China 

Our voyage through China and the mysterious Yangtze River begins as we board our international flight to Beijing.

Day 2   |  Arrive in Beijing 

Arrive on the second day, where a Ritz Tours guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Relax for the remainder of the day or spend some time exploring the city.

Day 3   |  Beijing  (AB, L, DH)

Soak up the city’s incredible history on a city tour beginning with a walk through Tiananmen Square, named after its Gate of Heavenly Peace. Walk past Chairman Mao’s Memorial Hall and arrive at the Forbidden City, an enormous palace complex and the former imperial seat until 1912. Continue to visit the ethereal Summer Palace and get your camera ready for photo-stops at the 2008 Olympics sites, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. This evening we enjoy a relaxing dinner at hotel.

Day 4   |  Beijing  (AB, L)

After breakfast we journey to the Seventh Wonder of the World -The Great Wall of China. Retrace the steps of ancient warriors as you walk along this manmade marvel, which runs more than 5,500 miles across China’s northern borders. Continue to visit the Sacred Way, a “divine road” lined with intricately carved stone statues which leads us to the Ming Dynasty Tombs Museum.

Day 5   |  Beijing - Xian  (AB, DH)

We make our final sightseeing stop in Beijing at the Temple of Heaven, a massive temple complex visited by emperors for annual ceremonies of prayer. The temple was constructed to be three times larger than the Forbidden Palace, since the emperors dared not build their residence larger than a dwelling for Heaven. Later in the day we board a short flight to the “Eternal City” of Xian, one of the birthplaces of ancient Chinese civilization and the eastern terminus of the Silk Road.

Day 6   |  Xian  (AB, L, DS)

In the walled city of Xian, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses remain the city’s star attraction and one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in recent years. Stare face to face with thousands of terra-cotta warriors hand-crafted by artisans at the order of China’s First Emperor over 2,200 years ago. After lunch we continue on to visit the Ming Dynasty City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening we gather for a delicious Imperial Dumpling Dinner followed by a Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 7   |  Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise  (AB, L, D)

Board a flight to Chongqing where our Yangtze River Cruise begins. Located in the midst of granite mountain ranges, Chongqing has a population of over 30 million and is famous for its spicy cuisine and adorable pandas. Upon arrival we visit the panda enclosure at the Chongqing Zoo where we can get an up close look at the pandas. Later we are transferred to the docks to board our cruise ship and begin our amazing journey along China’s longest river. Enjoy the exclusive amenities and services on the Executive Deck onboard Victoria Cruises.

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

Cruise downstream towards the ghost city of Fengdu for a shore excursion. Built over 1,800 years ago, this city is filled with ominous temples and shrines dedicated to the gods of the underworld. An alternate shore excursion to Shibaozai may be substituted depending on river conditions. Shibaozai’s attractions lays with its 12 story tall wooden pagoda, built 400 years ago without using of a single nail.

Day 9   |  Yangtze River Cruise (Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream, Xiling Gorge, Shiplocks)  (B, L, D)

Today we arrive at the focal point of our cruise – the magnificent Three Gorges. Cruise through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest, yet most dramatic of the three, followed by the 25-mile long Wu Gorge. Admire the serene beauty of its mountains and sheer limestone cliffs, and then disembark to ride a smaller boat for an excursion to the impressive Shennong Stream or Daning River Small Gorges (depending on river conditions). Re-board the ship and enter Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges. In the evening sail through Three Gorges Dam shiplocks.

Day 10   |  Yangtze River Cruise (Three Gorges Dam Site) - Yichang - Shanghai  (B, L)

Disembark the ship to see a spectacular feat of engineering -The Three Gorges Dam. The largest hydroelectric project ever undertaken has forever changed the landscapes surrounding the Yangtze River. Re-board and cruise to our final destination of Yichang, where we disembark and board a flight to the Pearl of the Orient, Shanghai. Upon arrival at Shanghai we are transferred to our 5-star hotel.

Day 11   |  Shanghai  (AB, DS)

The futuristic city of Shanghai possesses a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western influences. Sightseeing today starts with a walk along the elegant waterfront boulevard known as The Bund, followed by a tour to the peaceful Yu Garden, a classical garden right in the center of the bustling city. A stay in Shanghai would not be complete without a visit to the famous shopping boulevard Nanjing Road. This evening we watch as acrobats soar at an exciting Chinese Acrobatics Show after dinner.

Day 12   |  Shanghai - USA  (AB)

Our vacation comes to an end as we board our homebound flight, arriving in the US later the same day. We can also make the most of our trip by adding on an optional extension to fascinating city of Taipei.
AB = Full American Breakfast  B = Breakfast at hotel or on cruise
L = Lunch  LH = Lunch at hotel
D = Dinner at Local Restaurant  DH = International Buffet Dinner at Hotel  DP = Special Dinner Party  
DS = Dinner and show