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The Mighty Yangtze (2013)

15 Days from only $2799

Beijing, Xian, Chengdu (Panda Reserve), Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Suzhou, Tongli (water town), Shanghai

Overview

Cruise into the heartland of China on the Mighty Yangtze River, this phenomenal itinerary offers you a panorama view of China's past, present and future, with eye-opening visits to the Imperial Beijing, Historical Xian, laid back Chengdu, classic Suzhou, water town Tongli, and Cosmopolitan Shanghai in a memorable 15-day vacation.

Begin with Beijing, where you tour the imperial capital's many charms, including the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall of China. Continue to the ancient capital city of Xian, tour the city's many pagodas and temples, go for a bicycle ride along the city wall, and see the famous Terracotta Warrior Army.

Then you fly to Chengdu, to visit the Giant Panda Reserve, sip an afternoon tea at a local bamboo tea houses, and taste the famed Sichuan spicy food. Later, you take an exciting train ride, through the fertile Sichuan Basin, to Chongqing to start your relaxing 3-night cruise down the mighty Yangtze. Sail through the picturesque Three Gorges and admire its timeless beauty.

Your inspiring journey concludes at Shanghai, where you walk on the colonial Bund, and visit many of its modern architectures. From Shanghai, you take a day excursion, touring Suzhou's classic gardens, and strolling on Tongli's Old Street.

Want to see more of China and Tibet with our deluxe packages? Consider the following tours:

17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise, from $3499, including Guilin's signature scenery and the exclusive hiking tour to the Dragon Spine Terraces.
 
18-Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey, from $4199, including expedition to Tibet, the "Roof of the World".
 
21-Day China Panorama, from $4199, including metropolitan Hong Kong, scenic Guilin, and the exclusive hiking tour to the Dragon Spine Terraces.
 
22-Day Imperial China, Tibet and Hong Kong, from $5499, including Tibet, metropolitan Hong Kong, scenic Guilin and Dragon Spine Terraces.
 
Or, view more comprehensive and deluxe China tours
 
 
What's Included

Included shore excursions on Yangtze River cruise
 
35 bountiful meals including 13 American buffet breakfast, 11 lunch and 11 dinner (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 a home-hosted lunch, etc.
 
Professional service of an expert, resident Tour Director throughout China (for a group of 10 travelers or more)
 
Professional local guiding service in each destination city
 
Baggage handling service throughout China
 
Special evening shows including Tang Dynasty stage show and a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatics
 
Roundtrip non-stop flights from Vancouver (YVR) and New York (JFK) to Beijing with Air China
 
All Intra-China flights, transportations and transfers
 
4-star hotel accommodations with American buffet breakfat
 
3-night downstream Yangtze Cruise aboard Victoria premier ship Victoria Katarina, Outside cabins with private balcony, picture window and private bath
 
Comprehensive private sightseeing tours including entrance fees
 
 
 
Trip Summary
 
Day 1
Depart Canada
Day 2
Beijing
Day 3
Beijing
Day 4
Beijing
Day 5
Xian
Day 6
Xian
Day 7
Chengdu
Day 8
Yangtze Cruise
Day 9
Yangtze Cruise
Day 10
Yangtze Cruise
Day 11
Shanghai
Day 12
Shanghai
Day 13
Suzhou & Tongli
Day 14
Shanghai
Day 15
Fly home