Scenic Yangtze Discovery 16 Days 14 Nights (2015)[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, China’s bewitching capital. The Ritz Tours guide will take you to your luxury five-star accommodation. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 3   |  Beijing  (AB, L, DH)

Ancient and modern jostle for position in China’s fascinating capital in the shape of ornate teahouses, colossal Mao-era monuments, busy backstreets and imposing palaces. Today, witness the principal landmarks, including infamous Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, a walled complex of palaces, halls and gardens that kept the Ming and Qing emperors closed from the outside world. Admire the Summer Palace, whose exquisite gardens circle shining Kunming Lake, and stop for photos at two of Beijing’s 2008 Olympic stadiums — the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube Aquatic Center.

Day 4   |  Beijing  (AB, L)

See China’s countryside en-route to the Great Wall this morning. When you arrive, explore a section of this mighty edifice, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built to protect China from Mongol invaders, it runs for 5,500 miles across northern China. From here, head for the Sacred Way, a curving road skirted with extraordinary marble statues of animals and humans, and once believed to be the route to heaven for China’s dead emperors.

Day 5   |  Beijing  (AB)

Spend today at your leisure, exploring Beijing at your own pace. Shop for souvenirs, or dine at any of the countless restaurants. Perhaps join our optional Hutong tour, exploring the city’s ancient alleyways on a rickshaw ride past ramshackle houses, old shops, temples and bustling markets.

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

This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex of elaborate halls, temples and gardens where China’s emperors performed animal sacrifices to ensure good harvests. Next, fly to Yichang to join your Yangtze cruise ship, the Victoria Jenna. Settle into your Executive Superior cabin for your four-night cruise.

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

Your cruise starts with a vist to the awe-inspiring Three Gorges Dam,the word's largest hydroelectric dam.Marvel at this colossal construct and then cruise upastream,passing through the 5-stage Three Gorges Dam locks and breathtaking xiling Gorge,the longest of the legendary Three Gorges.

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

Swap your ship for a small boat to sail the gorgeous Small Gorges of Daning River or Shennong Stream. Then, re-board your ship and cruise by the sheer cliffs and mountains of Wu Gorge and the narrow Qutang Gorge, framed by steep terraced hillsides.

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

Step ashore to visit either Shibaozhai or Fengdu. At Shibaozhai, a visit is made to the 12-story wooden pagoda, built completely without a single nail. Fengdu contains over 700 temples and is known for its statues of ghosts.

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

Your cruise ends this morning at the city of Chongqing. Say goodbye to your ship and visit Chongqing Zoo to view its giant pandas before stopping for photos at the grandiose People’s Grand Hall. Then, fly to Xian, capital of China’s Shaanxi Province, and once the capital of the Middle Kingdom.

Day 11   |  Xian  (AB, L, DS)

Dubbed the ‘Eternal City’, Xian houses China’s greatest archaeological treasure: the Terracotta Warriors. Unearthed by local farmers in 1974, the silent ranks of these clay-carved number around 6,000 and still stand in the pits they were buried in to guard China’s first emperor in the afterlife. Inspect the individual features of the figures, each carved to represent one of the living individuals of the long-ago imperial guard. Later, see Xian’s Big Wild Goose Pagoda and savor an Imperial Dumpling banquet and Tang Dynasty show tonight.

Day 12   |  Xian – Guilin  (AB, L)

Admire Xian’s massive City Wall and Great Mosque before flying to Guilin, whose surrounding countryside is described by the Chinese as ‘unmatched under heaven’. Check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day free.

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

Soak up Guilin’s exquisite landscapes as you sail the Li River past lush rice fields, conical-shaped karsts and waters speckled with bamboo fishing rafts — some with fishermen who use cormorants to hunt for their catches. After lunch on board, disembark at picturesque Yangshuo and visit its quaint West Street . Board our motor coach as it takes us back to Guilin.

Day 14   |  Guilin – Shanghai  (AB, L)

This morning, visit Reed Flute Cave, an ancient cavern brimming with stalagmites and stalactites. Also, admire the riverside Elephant Trunk Hill, so-called for its resemblance to an elephant drinking water. Later, fly to Shanghai, once known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’.

Day 15   |  Shanghai  (AB, DS)

China’s largest city, Shanghai boasts soaring skyscrapers, colonial-era architecture, classic tea-houses and photogenic temples. Today, experience its highlights, including the handsome Bund waterfront, teeming Nanjing Road, the City God Temple Bazaar and fascinating Shanghai Museum. Tonight, dinner is followed by an exciting Chinese Acrobatic show.

Day 16   |  Shanghai – USA  (AB)

Bid adieu to China as your home-bound 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