Scenic Yangtze Discovery 16 Days 14 Nights(2014)[RDR]Tour Code:RDR

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

This voyage is a must for any adventurous traveler who aspires to explore China and the mighty Yangtze River to its fullest. A journey to China is incomplete without this impressive itinerary that covers it all - memorable explorations to ancient civilizations, comprehensive guides about the history and culture of each city, sampling of traditional cuuisines, and admmittance to spectacular entertainment.

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Day 1   |  USA – Beijing, China 

Our discovery of China and its Scenic Yangtze begins as the international jetliner takes off from the USA and crosses the Pacific bound for Asia.

Day 2   |  Arrive in Beijing 

The flight touches down at Beijing, the capital city of China. The Ritz Tours guide will take you to your luxury five-star accommodations.

Day 3   |  Beijing  (AB, L, DP)

Beijing has been at the center of Chinese politics for the past 600 years. The Ming and Qing dynasty emperors’ seat of power was conducted through his official dwelling at the Forbidden City*. Adjacent to the City is Tiananmen Square. We continue on to visit the Summer Palace*. Finish off the day’s sightseeing with photo stops at two famous 2008 Olympics Sites: the Birds Nest Stadium and the Water Cube. This evening, enjoy the famous local cuisine, Peking Duck.

Day 4   |  Beijing  (AB, L)

The bus takes us away from the big city to the Great Wall* of China. We spend some time walking atop its ancient steps, admiring the panoramic vistas. Continue the day’s sightseeing with a visit to the Sacred Way*, the walkway lined on both sides by marble statues and mythical creatures.

Day 5   |  Beijing  (AB)

Two full days of exploration has left us in need of some free time. Take the entire day off to enjoy at your leisure. Or perhaps take an optional excursion to the Hutongs of Old Beijing. You will visit the Lama Temple, and then take a rickshaw ride that ends at the house of a local resident that has graciously prepared lunch for us.

Day 6   |  Beijing – YichangYangtze River Cruise  (AB, D)

Our last stop in Beijing before catching a flight bound for Yichang is the Temple of Heaven*, the place where China’s emperors came to pray for the coming harvest. After touching down we’re picked up for a brief city tour if time permits, and then transferred to the docks. In the still of the night, the Victoria Cruise ship sets sail up the mighty Yangtze.

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

Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world. Our first shore excursion will be at the Three Gorges Dam, the largest dam project in the world. We sail through the multiple locks and approach the star attraction of our cruise, the famed Three Gorges. First up is Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges.

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

Today’s shore excursion is to Goddess Stream or the Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream. Board smaller vessels and access to these lesser tributaries of the mighty Yangtze. Return to our ship later in the day and we continue on to finish up the Three Gorges. Mist shrouded and mysterious, Wu Gorge is often compared to a woman. Finally we arrive at Qutang Gorge, the shortest of the trio but also the most stunning.

Day 9   |  Yangtze River Cruise  (B, L, D)

Today’s shore excursion is at Fengdu. Enter through the gates of this ancient town of hell, accessing chairlifts to go up the mountain to view the traditional depictions of the afterlife. Reboard our cruise ship and continue up the river. Depending on river conditions, Fendgu excursion may be substituted with a visit to Wanzhou.

Day 10   |  Yangtze River Cruise – ChongqingXian  (B, DH)

The conclusion of our Yangtze River journey is upon us as our ship arrives in the early morning at Chongqing. After a photo stop at the Grand Hall of the People and a visit to the Chongqing Zoo* to see the indigenous pandas, we head to the airport to head towards our next destination Xian.

Day 11   |  Xian  (AB, L, DS)

As one of China’s ancient capitals, Xian was the starting point of the famed Silk Road for merchants. Today the main attraction to be found here is the Terra Cotta Army* of China’s founding emperor Qin Shi Huang. Fully expecting to enter the afterlife possessing power, the Terra Cotta Army was built to accompany him into his next life. Heading back into the city, our bus stops at the ancient City Wall*. After Imperial Dumpling Dinner Banquet, we attend the world famous Tang Dynasty Stage Show.

Day 12   |  Xian – Guilin  (AB, L)

We visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda* and Grand Mosque* before departing Xian on a flight bound for Guilin. Locals like to boast that the beauty of Guilin is “unmatched under heaven.” Judge for yourself as our bus approaches the city. Check in to our hotel to relax and take the rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 13   |  Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin  (AB, L, DH)

A cruise along the Li River* is the centerpiece of any visit to Guilin. Running over 52 miles in length, the scenery afforded along the way consists of wonderful idyllic rural scenery, local villages and stunning karst peaks that have been rendered throughout history by countless Chinese artists. The cruise ends upon arrival at the town of Yangshuo, where the group disembarks . Reboard the motor coach and head back to Guilin to visit Reed Flute Cave*, a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting that brings attention to its large number of stalagmites and stalactites arrange in fascinating otherworldly shapes. Dinner is served at the hotel.

Day 14   |  Guilin – Shanghai  (AB, L)

Continue the city tour of Guilin with a visit to famous landmark Elephant Trunk Hill*, a small mountain that resembles an elephant with its trunk dipped in the Li River. The tour of Guilin completed, we depart the city on a flight bound for Shanghai. On the way into town, you’ll note immediately the stark contrast between the two cities. Whereas Guilin has been relatively untouched by industrialization and modernization, Shanghai is a mega-city that embraces growth and change. Transfer to the luxury hotel upon arrival.

Day 15   |  Shanghai  (AB, DS)

Our tour of Shanghai commences with a visit to the Yu Garden* and a stroll through the City God Temple Bazaar. Board the bus for a slow drive through Nanjing Road. Then we take a stop at the Bund, a mile long stretch along the western banks of the Huangpu River. Across the river is Shanghai’s Pudong district and the famous Orient Pearl Tower. Finally we spend some time at the Shanghai Museum*. Finish the day by attending a Chinese Acrobatics Show following the Dinner Banquet.

Day 16   |  Shanghai – USA  (AB)

Bid adieu to China as our homebound international jetliner again crosses the Pacific Ocean to arrive back in the USA.
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