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Grand China & Yangtze Cruise (2014-2015)

17 Days from only $3649

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Longsheng's Dragon Spine Terraces, Chongqing (panda), Yangtze River Cruise, Suzhou, Tongli (water town), Shanghai

 
Book by August 31, 2014 for FREE upgrade to Victoria Anna's Executive Deck VIP Program
 
Overview

With its imperial treasures, historical wonders, amazing landscapes and stunning modernity, China never ceases to amaze. Our signature journey showcase you the timeless treasures China has to offer with a perfect balance of popular highlights with the off-the-beaten-path expedition.

You start with Beijing's imperial wonders including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China, as well as a stroll through the old maze-like Hutongs for a glimpse at how most urban Chinese families once lived. Continue to Xian, home of the impressive legion of Terracotta Warriors, where you visit the Wild Goose Pagoda and bicycle on the ancient City Wall.

You fly to the subtropical Guilin and spend a day sailing down the Li River, as a rich tapestry of limestone hills rise majestically out of the earth in front of you. This scenery of timeless beauty inspired Chinese poets for thousands of years. What makes this trip truly unique and exciting is an exclusive hiking tour to the hidden gem of Longsheng's Dragon Spine Terraces, inhabited by minority nationalities. This discovery is rarely available in the conventional itineraries.

Then continue to Chongqing to visit the Giant Panda before board your 3-night cruise down the Yangtze. Sail through its picturesque Gorges, and tour the Three Gorges Dam site, coming to understand why the Yangtze has been China's lifeline for millennia.

Your trip concludes in Shanghai, an ultra-modern city that offers a fascinating glimpse into China's future. Watch the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats perform their magnificent gymnastic feats, enjoy the view from one of the city's tallest buildings. From Shanghai, spend a day visiting the charming water town of Suzhou and Tongli, which have delightful gardens, bridges, canals, and traditional homes.
 
What's Included

Roundtrip non-stop flights from Vancouver (YVR) and New York (JFK) to Beijing with Air China
 
All Intra-China flights, ground transportation and transfers
 
First class hotel accommodations with private bath, daily American buffet breakfast
 
3-night downstream Yangtze Cruise aboard one of the finest Yangtze cruise ships--Victoria Anna, Outside cabins with private balcony, picture window and private bath
 
Comprehensive private sightseeing tours and evening shows including entrance fees
 
38 bountiful meals including 15 American buffet breakfast, 13 lunches and 10 dinners (subject to change depending on China internal flight schedule)
 
Unique culinary events including an authentic Peking Duck dinner, and a delicious Dumpling Banquet in Xian
 
Exclusive Culture InSites Program: Hutong tour in rickshaws, including a visit to a local family home and home-hosted lunch, etc.
 
Special evening shows including Tang Dynasty stage show and a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatics
 
Professional service of an expert, resident Tour Director throughout China (for the group of 10 travelers or more)
 
Professional local guiding service in each destination city
 
Baggage handling service throughout China
 
 
 
Trip Summary
 
Day 1
Depart Canada
Day 2
Beijing
Day 3
Beijing
Day 4
Beijing
Day 5
Xian
Day 6
Xian
Day 7
Guilin
Day 8
Guilin-Longsheng
Day 9
Guilin-Yangshuo
Day 10
Yangtze Cruise
Day 11
Yangtze Cruise
Day 12
Yangtze Cruise
Day 13
Shanghai
Day 14
Shanghai
Day 15
Suzhou & Tongli
Day 16
Shanghai
Day 17
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