Highlights of China with Yangtze
River Cruise

16 Days $3890.00

Flexible Start Date

Includes Private Guides and Drivers

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Beijing

Xian

Guilin

Yangshuo

Chongqing

Yichang

Shanghai

Highlights

  • Cruises - Li River, Yangtze River (5 star cruise)
  • Shows - Acrobatics, Legends of Kung Fu, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance, Impression Sanjie Liu
  • Beijing Zoo, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium, Water Cube, The Forbidden City, Dragon Boat, Terra-Cotta Warriors, and much, much more!
  • A one of a kind dream tour adventure!

Day 1

Itinerary


Depart from North America today on an overnight flight to China

Day 2

Beijing

Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China. You will be met at the terminal of Beijing Capital International Airport and transferred to your downtown hotel.Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel(D)

Day 3

Beijing

After breakfast, you will start your day with a tour of Tiananmen Square, a testament to the communist, and more specifically, Mao's influence on China's modern history.
From there you will proceed to The Forbidden City, an ancient imperial palace, home to emperors for over 500 years.Home to the Last Emperor, it now houses the Palace Museum.
Next you will tour some of Beijing's Hutongs (alleys) by rickshaw. You will visit the typical Chinese quarters of Houhai (Shicha Lake), a primary school and many famous old buildings, where you can explore the real life of ordinary people in Beijing.
You will have lunch in local folks' home or in local restaurant and then have a chance to experience the Chinese traditional medicine culture.
The next tour site is Temple of Heaven, a complex of ancient religious buildings where the ancient Emperors prayed for peace and harvest.
After dinner you will enjoy some serious jumping, tumbling, kicking and rolling at the famous Legend of Kung Fu show.After the show you will be taken back to your hotel.
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Day 4

Beijing

This morning starts with a visit to Badaling Great Wall, about 50 miles north of Beijing. The Great Wall is one of Seven Wonders in the world. The Badaling section is the most famous and best-preserved section of the wall. Before lunch you will have time for a short visit to the jade carving factory. Jade carving is a famous and special Chinese product, and blends excellent skill and traditional culture. After lunch you will visit the Ming Tombs at Chandling. Ming Tombs are the mausoleums of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty, twenty-three empresses and one highest-ranking imperial concubine. On the way back to Beijing you will have chance to take pictures of Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium and the Water Cube. You can relax and drink some famous Chinese tea and enjoy a Chinese tea ceremony in a well-know Chinese tea market. Tonight, a special Peking Duck dinner is planned.
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Day 5

Beijing

After breakfast you will visit the Yonghegong Lama Temple also known as the Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple. Yonghegong is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. The building and the artworks combine Han Chinese and Tibetan styles. (and some Mongolian motifs)
The next stop is the Beijing Zoo, home to 14,500 animals, of which the most important is China’s national treasure, the panda.
After lunch, enjoy a short visit to a pearl free market and then the next stop is the Summer Palace, regarded as a museum of gardens in China. You will have a chance to take a dragon boat on Kunming Lake to enjoy picturesque scenery and go across to the island and see the 17 arch bridges.
After dinner, you will enjoy the famous Beijing Acrobatic Show. After the show you will be taken back to your hotel.
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Day 6

Beijing - Xian

You will transfer to airport this morning and you will fly to Xian. Xian served as China's capital for over ten dynasties. After two hours, you will be met at Xian Xianyang International Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
After lunch, you will visit the Shaan Xi History Museum. A walk through the exhibits here is like walking through the history of the Silk Road.
You begin with items from the Xia Dynasty (2200 - 1700 B.C.) and move through history into the Ming and Qing dynasties. The collection from the Han through the Tang (618 - 907A.D) and Song (960 - 1279A.D) dynasties shows the changes of art and craftsmanship.
The Ancient City Wall, built more than 600years ago, is the best preserved ancient city wall in China and your next stop. You can rent a bicycle here and enjoy a ride on the wall.
You will next go to Big Wild Goose Pagoda. With seven storeys and a height of 64.5 meters, it was originally used to store Buddhism books brought from India during the Tang Dynasty. (618 - 907 A.D.)
Xi'an Forest City Hotel
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Day 7

Xian

This morning you will start the day with a visit to Banpo Neolithic Village. Here you will see the first museum in China showing prehistoric relics. The museum shows the history of Banpo society 6,000 years ago.
The Museum of Terra-Cotta Warriors and Qin Tombs are the next stop today. Qinshihuang, the first emperor in Chinese history, began to build his own cemetery when he was just 13 years old and the construction took 38 years.Next is a visit to the streets of the Muslim Quarter. Here you will find the best food stalls and a great lively market atmosphere.
Before going back to you hotel, you will attend a special dumpling dinner and enjoy a splendid Tang Dynasty song and dance show.
Xi'an Forest City Hotel
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Day 8

Xian - Guilin

This morning you will say goodbye to Xian and fly to Guilin, famous for its breathtaking beautiful scenery.
Today you will visit Elephant Trunk Hill, and have fun visiting the different shapes, camels, old man, elephant trunk, bamboo shoots and exploring inside Reed Flute Cave and the China Sea Pearl Museum.
Elephant Trunk Hill is located at the conjunction of the Li River and the Peach Blossom River. The hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk, and has become the symbol of Guilin city.
Guilin Bravo Hotel
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Day 9

Guilin - Yangshuo

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Zhujiang Pier for your 4 ½ hour Li River cruise. Li River is one of China's most famous scenic areas and the largest and most beautiful Karst landscape sightseeing areas in the world.
You will disembark at the one thousand year old town, Yangshuo, and visit West Street, also called Foreigner's Street. With a history of over 1,400 years, West Street is the busiest as well as the oldest street in the town.
As China continues to open to the outside world, this little town attracts more and more foreigners with its unique mix of culture and, gradually, the street has become a center for cultural exchange between the east and west.
Tonight you will enjoy the largest live action performance of landscape in the world. Impression Sanjie Liu is directed by Mr. Zhang Yimou, the general director of the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games 2008.The show has a cast of some 600 performers, of which many are local fishermen. It took 5 ½ years of practice before the first performance. After the show you will be driven back to your hotel.
Yangshuo Tangrenjie Hotel
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Day 10

Yangshuo / Guilin - Chongqing / Yangtze River

After breakfast you transfer to Guilin and you will fly to Chongqing. Today you start your 5 star Yangtze River Cruise
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Day 11

Yangtze River

Today you will enjoy a shore excursion to Fengdu City. Participate in activities on board or relax and soak in the scenery as you sail through the Qutang gorge. After tonight's welcome cocktail with the Captain you will be entertained with a singing and dancing concert.
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Day 12

Yangtze River

Today you will sail through the Wu gorge and pass the ship locks of the gorges dam. Shore excursions are optional and include Shennong stream or mini three gorges. The farewell dinner is tonight followed by a second singing and dancing concert.
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Day 13

Yangtze River / Yichang - Shanghai

Today you will sail through the Xiling gorge and enjoy a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Arriving at Yichang, you will disembark the cruise, and then fly to Shanghai. The driver will wait for you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Shanghai.
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Day 14

Shanghai

Your tour guide will pick you up after breakfast and take you to Yu Yuan Garden, a great art treasure of south China gardening. With a history of more than 400 years, it was started as a private garden in Ming dynasty.
Next is a tour of Old Town Market, a famous Taoist Palace in Shanghai. It was first built during the Ming Dynasty and has experienced a series of developments in the following hundreds of years.
A visit to the famous Bund is a must for Shanghai sightseers. Located on the banks of the Huangpu River it has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. See various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.Before lunch, you will have a chance to visit Silk Factory.
After lunch you will experience Nanjing Road, one of the busiest shopping streets in the world with 1.7 million visitors a day.
Next is a visit to Jade Buddha Temple an imitation complex of Song Dynasty palaces. It also serves as Shanghai's Buddhist Institute and Buddhist College. Then you will visit to Shanghai Museum which has a collection of 12,000 valuable relics followed by a visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower Xin Tian Di an affluent car-free shopping, eating and entertainment district.
Tonight, you will have a night tour and a night cruise on Huangpujiang River. Enjoy the beautiful Shanghai Bund night view. After, your guide will take you back to you hotel.
Golden Riverview Hotel Shanghai
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Day 15

Shanghai

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your hotel. You will be driven to visit Suzhou. You will visit Garden of the Master of the Nets, one of the most famous gardens in Suzhou. It is a typical work for its artistic specialty and cultural values. Next you will have a short visit to Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory. After lunch you will be driven to the Oriental version of Venice, Zhouzhuang Water Town. You will take a row boat and visit the well preserved local architecture. Afterwards, you will be driven back to your hotel in Shanghai.
Golden Riverview Hotel Shanghai
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Day 16

Shanghai

Today you finish your Highlights of China with Yangtze River Cruise tour. You will be transferred to Shanghai Pudong International Airport to start your trip home.
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