Yangtze Essence

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Yangtze Essence

  • 13 Days / 11 Nights
  • CODE: RDV
  • From: $2799

Experience the rich diversity of China on this 13-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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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
USA – Beijing, China
DAY 2
Arrive in Beijing
DAY 3
Beijing
DAY 4
Beijing
DAY 5
Beijing – Xian by high speed train
DAY 6
Xian
DAY 7
Xian – Chongqing – Yangtze River Cruise
DAY 8
Yangtze River Cruise
DAY 9
Yangtze River Cruise
DAY 10
Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
DAY 11
Shanghai
DAY 12
Shanghai
DAY 13
Shanghai - USA
Beijing (3 nts) Xian (2 nts) ChongqingYangtze river (3 nts) YichangShanghai (3 nts)
day
1

USA – Beijing, China

Fly to Beijing, China’s extraordinary capital.


day
2

Arrive in Beijing

Meet your guide at the airport and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.


accommodation:

★★★★★
day
3

Beijing

Today enjoy an introductory tour of Beijing, whose origins extend back 3,000 years. The seat of the Ming and Qing emperors until the early 20th century, China’s capital fuses gleaming temples with austere public monuments built by Chairman Mao. Ogle Tiananmen Square, the world’s biggest public square, and visit the Forbidden City, the secret-steeped residence of 24 emperors. This UNESCO World Heritage site is girded by 10-metre high walls and consists of more than 8,000 rooms, all exuding imperial mystique. Later, visit the gorgeous UNESCO-protected Summer Palace. Walk around this entrancing park, a vision of Chinese landscaping, to view the elaborate bridges, temples and pagodas that flank Kunming Lake.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

accommodation:

★★★★★
day
4

Beijing

After breakfast at your hotel, travel to the Great Wall or ‘Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li’ as it’s named in old Chinese. Built over 2,000 years ago to stave off nomadic invasions from the north, the gargantuan wall trails for over 5,500 miles across China like an imperial dragon. Stride along the battlements and behold the views over the mountains and valleys stretching into the distance. Next, continue to visit Temple of Heaven, a fascinating complex of imperial cult buildings centered on a sacrificial altar pavilion. Constructed in the early 15th century, the temple compound was used by China’s emperors to perform animal sacrifices that they believed would secure bountiful harvests. Dinner on your own or join the optional tour to taste the famous Peking Duck.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accommodation:

★★★★★

Optional Tours & Extras

Peking Duck Dinner (Min 10 Pax): $50 pp

day
5

Beijing – Xian by high speed train

In the morning board the high speed train to Xian. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and visit Xian’s ancient City Wall. Dinner at the hotel.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner at hotel

accommodation:

★★★★★
day
6

Xian

Once China’s capital and eastern terminus of the Silk Road, the vibrant city of Xian dates back 3,000 years and is best known as the home of the Terracotta Warriors. Unwittingly unearthed by farm workers in 1974, this 6,00o-strong mass of carved life-size soldiers and horses represent the real army that guarded China’s first emperor, Qin Shih Huang, and were interred with his tomb in 200 BC. After viewing the ranks of warriors, neatly arranged in the battle order of the time, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, visit Xian’s ancient City Wall and the ornate Big Wild Goose Pagoda . Enjoy the Tang Dynasty dinner show at night.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner and show

accommodation:

★★★★★
day
7

Xian – Chongqing – Yangtze River Cruise

After breakfast, board the flight to Chongqing. See the rare pandas at Chongqing Zoo and Hongya Cave, a multi-function complex consisting of restaurants, food market and retail stores. It is built into the hillside along the southern bank of the Jialing River, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Enjoy the world-known Sichuan cuisine for dinner before boarding the Yangtze River Cruise ship.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accommodation:

day
8

Yangtze River Cruise

After breakfast, enjoy the shore excursion to Mountain Shuanggui near Fengdu. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted with Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accommodation:

day
9

Yangtze River Cruise

Enter the Three Gorges, one of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures. Today pass through the first two—Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Transfer to another vessel for a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to the gorges of Shennong Stream. Enter Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accommodation:

day
10

Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai

Disembark the cruise, visit the incredible Three Gorges Dam, the world’s biggest hydroelectric dam. Spend some time in Yichang with visits to the local market, Riverside Park before taking the flight to Shanghai.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accommodation:

day
11

Shanghai

Shanghai was once known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, a heritage built on its important trading role in goods such as tea, silk and opium. Today, immerse yourself in this pulsating city, a mass of glass skyscrapers, colonial-era architecture, teahouses and temples. Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights, including the handsome Bund waterfront, busy shopping boulevard of Nanjing Road, City God Temple Bazaar and Shanghai Museum.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

day
12

Shanghai

Free at leisure for the whole day. You may enjoy shopping or relaxing or join a one day Suzhou excursion tour.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accommodation:

day
13

Shanghai - USA

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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What's included

Beijing - New Otani Hotel (5*) 3 nights

Xian - Hilton Xian (5*) 2 nights

Yangtze River Cruise 3 nights outside cabins

Shanghai - The Kunlun Jingan Hotel Shanghai (5*) 3 nights

11 hotel buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners

Beijing : Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Great Wall

Xian : Terracotta Warriors Museum, City Wall

Shanghai : The Bund, Nanjing Road

Beijing to Xian High Speed train experience

Xian to Chongqing flight economy class

Deluxe air-conditioned coach touring

Comprehensive sightseeing tours including entrance fees as per itinerary

Special entertainment: Xian - Tang Dynasty Dinner Show 

Specialist English-speaking local guides

All hotel taxes, duties and surcharges, airport taxes

Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 10 guests

Beijing: New Otani Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong, a five-star international hotel with a distinctive exterior, is located in the heart of Beijing, China. A long history of exceptional service assured by the New Otani Hotel Management of Japan, your Beijing experience begins at the moment you enter the oriental garden designed courtyard adjacent to the lobby.

Xian: Hilton Xian or similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Find us within the ancient city walls of Xi'an, directly opposite the popular Dongxin Street Night Market. Wulukou metro station is 900 meters from our hotel, and historic sites such as the Bell Tower and Big Wild Goose Pagoda are within seven kilometers. We have landscaped roof gardens, an indoor pool, and a spa.

Yangtze River: Victoria Cruises Lines or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Established in New York City in 1993, Victoria Cruise Lines has been the leader in luxury cruising on China’s majestic Yangtze River. Celebrating 30 Years. Over two million satisfied passengers have sailed with us. We have become the Yangtze’s preeminent cruise line because of the quality of our fleet, our outstanding service, and innovative itineraries. Victoria Cruises is an allied member of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), an associate member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), and a member of the New York Chapter of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Shanghai: The Kunlun Jing An Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Perfectly situated in the heart of Shanghai, The Kunlun Jing An enjoys an exceptional location in one of Shanghai's most fashionable and commercial districts, only a short walk from the famous Jing An Temple and West Nanjing Road. Our spacious rooms are bright and luxurious, with natural light and sweeping views of the surrounding cityscape or nearby Jing An Temple. All rooms at the Kunlun Jing An feature a marble bathroom with double vanity area, bathtub, shower room, and luxury amenities.

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