Bestselling private journey of China including a cruise on her mother river, the Yangtze. Start in Beijing taking in the city sites from the Forbidden City to the Great Wall before flying to Yichang where you will board your well appointed ship for your four night cruise through the legendary three gorges. Disembark in the city of Chongqing and fly to Xian, home of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Walk about the Terra Cotta Warrior Museum, the bustling Muslim quarter, the Bell & Drum Towers, and the Han Yangling Mausoleum, and step back in time with dinner accompanied by a Tang Dynasty performance. Head to the culturally rich city of Hangzhou and the old town of Suzhou before your trip concludes in exciting Shanghai.
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Tour departs with arrival in Beijing on Mon/Tue/Wed. For other arrival days, please enquire. Prices, if shown, are per person based on a party of at least 2 adults traveling together. A Single Room Supplement is applicable for those who would like a single room. If traveling alone, please contact us for a solo traveler cost.
Accommodations with daily breakfast, lunches & dinners as indicated, services of expert English speaking local guides, entrance fees to sites listed on the itinerary, private A/C transportation, Yangtze River Cruise, 3 on-tour flights, 1 high speed train ticket, and airport transfers. International flights are not included, contact us for preferred rates and schedules.
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Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome and brief introduction, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to rest up for the following days activities.
Your first full day in China’s capital introduces you to the world’s largest city square, Tian’anmen Square, to the north of the Forbidden City, before entering this large Imperial Palace, once the seat of power for nearly 500 years during the Ming & Qing dynasties. The landscaped gardens, historic artifacts, and nearly 10,000 rooms captivate you in what is now called the Palace Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and some time to explore at leisure. Later, Beijing’s hutong neighbourhoods lined by traditional courtyard homes will be explored by pedicab before a walking tour to discover the lakeside neighbourhood of Houhai. Today’s tour also includes a visit to the National Museum.
Depart the city for your discovery of the Great Wall today. Your guide will provide narrative to the visit followed by time for time to explore at your leisure. When you return to the city, visit the Summer Palace, another of China’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Enjoy a morning tour of the Temple of Heaven, the location where Ming & Qing Emperors went to pray annually for good harvest. The Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty and is famous for its elegance and symmetry. Later, take a flight to Yichang, where you will be met and then transferred to the cruise pier to board the river cruise ship.
Early this morning, depart Yichang passing the eastern part of Xiling Gorge. Arrive at Yangjiawan Pier where you will visit the Three Gorges Dam Project. Later this afternoon, pass through the Three Gorges Dam shiplocks.
Awake to the wonders of the Yangtze River. Continue cruising through the Wu Gorge, and then pass through the Qutang Gorge, whose cliffs rise more than 1,000 meters above the river. In Badong, disembark for the excursion to the Daning River Small Gorges or the Shennong Stream ferry and sampan tour where you will see the amazing hanging coffins and hear Tuja Songs.
Slowly cruise down the Yangtze River and marvel at its natural beauty. Sail past ancient villages and historic sites before reaching Fengdu, Shibaozhai or Wanzhou for today’s shore excursion.
This morning, arrive in Chongqing. Upon disembarkation of your ship, meet your local guide and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. On arrival in Xian, be warmly greeted and then transfer to the city for a walk along the historic City Wall and a stroll through the Big Wild Goose Pagoda square. Stay two nights in Xian.
After breakfast, head to the extraordinary site of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Not discovered until 1974 by local farmers, the Warriors are among the most fascinating discoveries of modern day. Tour the site with insightful commentary before enjoying a dumpling banquet lunch featuring dumplings of all shapes & sizes. Later, take a walk through the Muslim quarter and visit the Great Mosque. Today’s tour concludes as you step back in time for a Tang Dynasty dinner & show.
After breakfast at the hotel and before flying onward to Hangzhou, tour the underground Hanyangling Museum - The Tomb of Emperor Jingdi & his empress Wang of the Western Han Dynasty. Exhibits include pottery wares, terra cotta sculptures, and jewelry. The Hanyangling Museum is the country's first and only underground museum. After visiting the museum, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hangzhou. On arrival, you will be met and then transferred to the hotel for assistance with check-in. This evening, enjoy the renowned Impressions of West Lake Show. Stay one night in Hangzhou.
This morning, enjoy a boat ride on the breathtaking and scenic West Lake. Then visit Lin Yin Temple, noted as one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples in China. Later, take some time to explore historic Qinghefang Street and then travel to Suzhou and check-in to your hotel. The evening is at your leisure. Stay one night in Suzhou.
Take a boat ride on the Grand Canal in the old town, visit the impressive Suzhou Museum, and take a walk through a classical Chinese garden before heading to Shanghai where you'll check-in to your hotel for your two nights stay. The evening is at your leisure.
This morning, meet your guide and depart for your full day Shanghai city tour. Highlights include a visit to the Yuyuan Garden and bazaar, a tour of the spectacular Shanghai Museum, a large museum containing ancient Chinese art, and a walk about Shanghai's Old Street. Stroll along the Bund and take a tour of the ultra-modern Lujiazui district
After breakfast at the hotel and at the appropriate time you will be met in the lobby and then transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 4: Take a 4 night cruise along China's mother river, the Yangtze.
Day 12: Explore Suzhou's historic sites including the Grand Canal
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