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21 Day In-Depth China & Yangtze Imperial Experience
  Tour Code: 8YX21VD
Visit: Beijing, Xi’an, Chongqing, Dazu, Downstream Yangtze River Cruise
Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 ? Saturday ? Depart San Francisco for Beijing, China

Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.

CHINA

DAY 2 ? Sunday ? Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, China’s capital, you will be escorted to check in to your Five-Star hotel.
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing

DAY 3 ? Monday ? Beijing

After breakfast, begin your tour at vast Tiananmen Square. Then on to the Imperial Palace within the Forbidden City, including the Palace Museum’s collection of Imperial jewelry. Afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, attend a Beijing Duck welcome dinner party with a glass of wine at the hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party

DAY 4 ? Tuesday ? Beijing

This morning visit the Temple of Heaven to see local morning exercise and tour the temple grounds. See the Imperial Vault of Heaven’s Echo Wall and Nine-Dragon Cypress, more than 500 years old. After lunch, tour Beijing’s old Hutong (“narrow lanes”) area. At the Drum Tower, see a traditional drum performance. Then take an old-fashioned pedicab to the picturesque Shichahai Lake area with its 700-year-old Yuan Dynasty arched bridges and courtyard-style homes known as Siheyuans. Tour one of the ancient homes and visit with a local family. Stop at a Hutong kindergarten (if school is open) and a vegetable market. After dinner, enjoy a remarkable show, “The Legend of Kung Fu.”
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 ? Wednesday ? Beijing

Today, a highlight of your trip to China–walk the ramparts of the historic Great Wall, one of the most amazing feats of mankind. Then stroll along the Sacred Way, lined with statues, to the Ming Tombs and Chang Ling Exhibition Hall. After lunch, visit a cloisonné factory.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

DAY 6 ? Thursday ? Beijing/Xi’an

Fly to historic Xi’an and will be escorted to check in to your hotel. This evening, a dinner show at the Tang Dynasty Theatre.
Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner Show

DAY 7 ? Friday ? Xi’an

Today visit the extraordinary life-sized terra-cotta legion of warriors, buried with the first emperor for over 2200 years. At the Terra Cotta Museum, enjoy the Circle Vision Movie and see the Bronze Chariot. Lunch is at Defachang Restaurant renowned for its delicious dumplings. After lunch, visit Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum which includes our exclusive visit to the museum’s private artifact room, where you may white-glove handle national treasures from the collection. Buffet dinner tonight at the hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Special Lunch, Buffet Dinner

DAY 8 ? Saturday ? Xi’an/Chongqing

The morning visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. On arrival, tour the Stilwell Museum’s World War ll and memorabilia of the Flying Tigers, who volunteered to aid the Chinese before Pearl Harbor. See pandas at the Chongqing Zoo if time permits before buffet dinner at the hotel.
Hilton Chongqing
MEALS: American Breakfast, Buffet Dinner

DAY 9 ? Sunday ? Chongqing/Dazu/Chongqing

Today, travel by motorcoach to Dazu, famed for its Buddhist archeological sites. Lunch in Dazu at the Dazu Hotel, then sightsee the renowned monumental Buddhist sculptures at Baodingshan. Return to Chongqing and after dinner, board Victoria Cruises’ Victoria Katarina to begin your downstream cruise in your outside cabin with private balcony.
Board Victoria Cruises’ Victoria Katarina
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

DAY 10 ? Monday ? Yangtze Cruise Fengdu*

At Fengdu, a shore excursion shows the new resettlement town on the Yangtze’s south bank, a farmer’s home and a local market.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Alternate shore excursion may visit Shibaozhai or Wanzhou.

DAY 11 ? Tuesday ? Yangtze Cruise Qutang Gorge/Small Gorges Excursion/Xiling Gorge

Unforgettable scenery unfolds as you cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge hemmed by towering cliffs. At Wushan, transfer to a cruiser for an excursion up the Daning River to view its splendid Small Gorges. Continue by sampan to the picturesque mini-gorges of the Ma Du River. Alter-natively, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its impressive small gorges. Sail on from Wushan and pass through Wu Gorge, known for its lofty Twelve Peaks. Next, cruise through Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of all the gorges. Finally, sail through the dramatic Three Gorges ship lock.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 ? Wednesday ? Yangtze Cruise Xiling Gorge/San Dou Ping/Yichang to Shanghai*

At San Dou Ping, visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. Board the ship and continue downstream to Yichang, then board a flight to Shanghai. Buffet dinner at your hotel.
Pudong Shangri-La Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner
*If direct flight is not available, travel by motorcoach to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai.

DAY 13 ? Thursday ? Shanghai

A full day tour shows the Shanghai Museum, including an audio tour highlighting the special features of the museum’s permanent collection, Nanjing Road or Huai Hai Road shopping streets, the Jade Buddha Temple. Then on to visit the European-styled Bund and Children’s Palace, followed by a stop at a carpet factory. After dinner, the renowned Shanghai acrobats show is sure to amaze.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 ? Friday ? Shanghai/Hangzhou*

The morning is free in Shanghai for last minute sightseeing or shopping. After lunch, travel by motorcoach to scenic Hangzhou. Buffet dinner at the Shangri-La.
Shangri-La Hotel Hangzhou
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner
*Travel to Hangzhou by train if group is less than 6 tour members.

DAY 15 ? Saturday ? Hangzhou

Today’s sightseeing takes you to the lovely Inner West Lake with sculling boat ride; then visit scenic Hua Gang Park, Huqingyu Pharmacy, the remarkable 4th century Ling Yin Monastery and the Tea Production Brigade.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16 ? Sunday ? Hangzhou/Guilin

The morning is free to explore on your own. After lunch fly to Guilin and enjoy a leisurely Chinese dinner at the hotel this evening.
Sheraton Guilin Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Hotel

DAY 17 ? Monday ? Guilin

Today, enjoy a relaxing cruise on a deluxe air-conditioned boat along the Li River, passing through scenery reminiscent of Chinese ink paintings. See the haunting beauty of Guilin’s mist-wrapped monolithic peaks surrounding the river while you enjoy lunch on board. Disembark at the village of Yangshuo, with time to browse the local market. Upon return to Guilin, a buffet dinner is at the Sheraton.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

HONG KONG

DAY 18 ? Tuesday ? Guilin/Hong Kong

This morning, out to see dramatic rock formations at Fu Bo Hill and Reed Flute Cave, followed by a lunch of dim sum specialties at the Sheraton. Then fly to Hong Kong.
Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch in the Hotel

DAY 19 ? Wednesday ? Hong Kong

Today, your tour of Hong Kong Island passes through Stanley Market and Repulse Bay. Take a sampan ride to see Aberdeen’s floating community. Then up to Victoria Peak for spectacular views of the city and its harbor.
MEALS: American Breakfast

DAY 20 ? Thursday ? Hong Kong

Day at leisure to explore at will. Perhaps take an optional tour. For information on optional tours in Hong Kong , click here.
MEALS: American Breakfast

DAY 21 ? Friday ? Depart Hong Kong for San Francisco

Fly home aboard United Airlines.


GUARANTEED DEPARTURES SHOWN IN RED

SATURDAY DEPARTURE; FRIDAY RETURN ON UNITED AIRLINES:
TOUR CODE: 8YX21VD


Tour Cost (per person, double occupancy)?
Departure
Date
Return
Date
LAND ONLY AIR & LAND
from
San Francisco
Single
Supp.
2008:
Apr 12 May 2 $5,058 $6,178 $2,380
May 10 May 30 $5,058 $6,178 $2,120
May 24 Jun 13 $5,058 $6,178 $2,120
Jun 7 Jun 27 $4,858 $6,108 $1,900
Jun 14 Jul 4 $4,858 $6,108 $1,900
Jul 5 Jul 25 $4,758 $6,008 $1,810
Jul 12 Aug 1 $4,758 $6,008 $1,810
Sep 6 Sep 26 $5,358 $6,478 $2,290
Sep 13 Oct 3 $5,358 $6,478 $2,290
Sep 20 Oct 10 $5,558 $6,678 $2,570
Sep 27 Oct 17 $5,558 $6,678 $2,570
Oct 4 Oct 24 $5,558 $6,678 $2,570
Oct 11 Oct 31 $5,558 $6,678 $2,570
Oct 18 Nov 7 $5,558 $6,678 $2,570
Oct 25 Nov 14 $5,358 $6,478 $2,430
Nov 8 Nov 28 $4,858 $5,808 $2,060
Nov 15 Dec 05 $4,758 $5,708 $1,850
2009:
Mar 14 Apr 3 $4,958 $5,908 $2,200
Mar 21 Apr 10 $4,958 $5,908 $2,200

?Special Notes:
? East Coast Cities & Other Gateways: For domestic Add-On airfares from interior U.S. cities to San Francisco, please see below.
? Government-imposed taxes and fees, including the 9/11 Security Fee, apply and are additional. Refer to Air and Land Information in our Terms & Conditions.
? Land Only rate does not include transpacific air, or initial arrival and final departure transfers in Asia.
? Tour fares are subject to change.


BUSINESS CLASS AIR UPGRADE AVAILABLE
UNITED AIRLINES ADD-ON AIRFARE CHART
ZONE 1: Not Applicable
Honolulu, HI
ZONE 2: No Additional Charges
Los Angeles, CA Portland, OR Seattle, WA
ZONE 3: Add $140.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Eugene, OR Palm Springs, CA Sacramento, CA C ANADA :
Fresno, CA Phoenix, AZ San Diego, CA Vancouver, BC
Las Vegas, NV Reno, NV Spokane, WA
ZONE 4: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Albuquerque, NM Denver, CO San Antonio, TX C ANADA :
Austin, TX Houston, TX Calgary, AB
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX Salt Lake City, UT
ZONE 5: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Anchorage, AK Kansas City, MO Omaha, NE
Detroit, MI Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
ZONE 6: Add $220.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Chicago, IL Columbus, OH Memphis, TN St. Louis, MO
Cincinnati, OH Green Bay, WI Milwaukee, WI
Cleveland, OH Indianapolis, IN Nashville, TN
ZONE 7: Add $200.00 to San Francisco tour fare
New York, NY Newark, NJ
ZONE 8: Add $260.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Baltimore, MD Manchester, NH Rochester, NY C ANADA :
Boston, MA Philadelphia, PA Syracuse, NY Montreal, QC
Buffalo, NY Pittsburgh, PA Washington, DC Ottawa, ON
Hartford, CT Richmond, VA Toronto, ON
ZONE 9: Add $340.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Atlanta, GA Greensboro, NC Orlando, FL West Palm Beach, FL
Charlotte, NC Jacksonville, FL Raleigh-Durham, NC
Fort Lauderdale, FL Miami, FL Tampa, FL
If your city is not shown on the lists above, please call us for information.
IMPORTANT NOTE : The above add-on fares are applicable only when using flights on United Airlines. Valid from April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009. Fares subject to change.

OUR WORLD OF DIFFERENCE ?
  • Round-trip transpacific air transportation
  • All intra-China air/land transportation
  • Fully Escorted by our professional, bilingual U.S. Tour Director
  • 16 nights in select Five-Star and Deluxe hotels; 3 nights aboard Victoria Cruises’ ship in outside cabin with balcony (upper 2 decks)
  • 18 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, special cultural activities and performances as noted
  • United Mileage Plus ? members: earn frequent flyer credit with the purchase of each air/land package
  • $100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDT.

CULTURAL DISCOVERIES
  • BEIJING: 4 nights JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
    Tiananmen Square; Forbidden City’s Imperial Palace with living quarters, museum and jewelry sections; Beijing Duck welcome dinner party; Temple of Heaven to see morning exercise and Imperial Vault of Heaven with its Echo Wall; Drum Tower; Hutong Tour including visit with local family; “The Legend of Kung Fu” show; Great Wall; Sacred Way to Ming Tombs; Chang Ling Exhibition Hall; cloisonné factory
  • XI’AN: 2 nights Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel
    Wild Goose Pagoda; Terra-Cotta Warriors, Circle Vision Movie, Bronze Chariot; dumpling lunch at Defachang Restaurant; Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum with exclusive visit to the museum’s private artifact room where you may white-glove handle national treasures; Tang Dynasty Theatre dinner and show
    CHONGQING: 1 night Hilton Chongqing
    Stilwell Museum’s WWII Flying Tigers memorabilia; Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo (if time permits)
  • DAZU: Sightseeing
    Buddhist sculptures at Baodingshan
  • YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: 3 nights on Victoria Cruises’ ship the V ICTORIA K ATARINA (outside cabin with balcony)
    Victoria cruise downstream; Chongqing; Fengdu; Daning River’s Small Gorges with picturesque sampan ride through the mini-gorges of the Ma Du River or Shennong Stream; San Dou Ping (Three Gorges Dam); Yichang
  • SHANGHAI: 2 nights Pudong Shangri-La Hotel
    Buffet dinner at Pudong Shangri-La; Shanghai Museum with audio tour; Nanjing or Huai Hai Road shopping streets; Jade Buddha Temple; The Bund; Children’s Palace; carpet factory; China’s most famous acrobatic show
  • HANGZHOU: 2 Nights Shangri-La Hotel Hangzhou
    Inner West Lake boat ride; Hua Gang Park; Huqingyu Pharmacy; Ling Yin Monastery; Tea Production Brigade
  • GUILIN: 2 Nights Sheraton Guilin Hotel
    Li River deluxe day cruise to Yangshuo with lunch on board; Reed Flute Cave; Fu Bo Hill
  • HONG KONG: 3 Nights Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel
    Stanley Market; Repulse Bay; sampan ride to see floating community at Aberdeen; Victoria Peak
 


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