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19 Day Classic China & Yangtze Imperial Experience
  Tour Code: 8YX19VD
Visit: Beijing , Xian , Chongqing Downstream Yangtze River Cruise , Shanghai , Suzhou , Guilin , Hong Kong

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 ? Monday/Tuesday/Thursday ? Depart San Francisco for Beijing, China

Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.

CHINA

DAY 2 ? Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday ? Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, China’s capital, you will be escorted to check in to your Five-Star hotel.
The Peninsula Beijing or The Ritz Carlton

DAY 3 ? Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday ? Beijing

Today’s sightseeing includes imposing Tiananmen Square and the exquisite Imperial Palace within the Forbidden City, as well as the Palace Museum’s collection of imperial jewelry. After lunch, the afternoon is free. Tonight, enjoy your welcome dinner party featuring a glass of wine before a delicious Beijing Duck dinner at your hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party

DAY 4 ? Thursday/Friday/Sunday ? Beijing

This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven to see local morning exercise and enjoy the temple. See the Imperial Vault of Heaven with its Echo Wall and the 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. This evening, dinner is followed by the energetic show, “The Legend of Kung Fu.”
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 ? Friday/Saturday/Monday ? Beijing

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

DAY 6 ? Saturday/Sunday/Tuesday ? 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 ? Sunday/Monday/Wednesday ? Xi’an

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

DAY 8 ? Monday/Tuesday/Thursday ? Xi’an/Chongqing

The morning visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda before flying to Chongqing. On arrival, tour the Stilwell Museum to see its collection of World War ll memorabilia which features the Flying Tigers, American pilots who volunteered to aid the Chinese prior to Pearl Harbor. After dinner, board a Victoria Cruises ship to begin your memorable cruise downstream, in your outside cabin with private balcony.
Board Victoria Cruises’ Victoria Anna or Victoria Queen or Victoria Star
MEALS: American Breakfast, Buffet Dinner

DAY 9 ? Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday ? 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 10 ? Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday ? Yangtze Cruise Qutang Gorge/Small Gorges Excursion/ Wu Gorge/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. Alternatively, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its impressive small gorges. Sail on from Wushan and pass through Wu Gorge, celebrated for its lofty Twelve Peaks. Next, cruise through Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic gorge. Finally, you sail through the dramatic Three Gorges ship lock.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 ? Thursday/Friday/Sunday ? 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 where you board a flight to cosmopolitan Shanghai, China’s center of commerce.
Pudong Shangri-La Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*If direct flight is not available, travel by motorcoach to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai.

DAY 12 ? Friday/Saturday/Monday ? Shanghai

Your full day tour takes you to the Shanghai Museum, which includes an audio tour highlighting the special features of the museum’s remarkable permanent collections, Nanjing or Huai Hai Road shopping streets. Continue on to the Jade Buddha Temple, the Shanghai carpet factory, then on to visit the European-style Bund and the Children’s Palace. After dinner, enjoy a performance of the amazing Shanghai acrobats.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 ? Saturday/Sunday/Tuesday ? Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai*

Today drive to Suzhou, a charming city noted for its ancient gardens. Cruise the ancient Grand Canal, then tour Pan Men City Gate and Humble Administrator’s Garden. After lunch, tour the new Suzhou Museum, designed by I.M. Pei, and the Embroidery Research Institute. Return to Shanghai. Tonight, buffet dinner at hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner
*Travel to Suzhou by train if group is less than 6 tour members.

DAY 14 ? Sunday/Monday/Wednesday ? Shanghai/Guilin

Morning at leisure in Shanghai to rest or explore on your own, before boarding your flight to Guilin, set in the heart of a magnificent landscape.
Sheraton Guilin Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in the Hotel

DAY 15 ? Monday/Tuesday/Thursday ? Guilin

A deluxe cruise, with lunch, on an air-conditioned boat along the Li River is a chance to absorb the valley’s exceptional beauty, resembling an ancient scroll come to life. You will go ashore at the market town of Yangshuo where you will have time to browse. On your return to Guilin you will have a buffet dinner at the Sheraton.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

HONG KONG

DAY 16 ? Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday ? Guilin/Hong Kong

This morning, see dramatic rock formations at Reed Flute Cave and Fu Bo Hill. Enjoy a dim sum lunch at the Sheraton. Later on you will fly to exciting Hong Kong.
Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch in the Hotel

DAY 17 ? Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday ? Hong Kong

Tour Hong Kong Island including Stanley Market, fashionable Repulse Bay and a sampan ride to see Aberdeen’s floating community. Drive up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas of the cityscape and famous harbor.
MEALS: American Breakfast

DAY 18 ? Thursday/Friday/Sunday ? Hong Kong

Day at leisure; you might take an optional tour. For information on optional tours in Hong Kong , click here.
MEALS: American Breakfast

DAY 19 ? Friday/Saturday/Monday ? Depart Hong Kong for San Francisco

Fly home aboard United Airlines.


TUESDAY DEPARTURES: VICTORIA ANNA
MONDAY DEPARTURES: VICTORIA QUEEN
THURSDAY DEPARTURES: VICTORIA STAR

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES SHOWN IN RED

TOUR CODE: 8YX19VD
Tour Cost (per person, double occupancy)?
Departure
Day of the Week
Departure
Date
Return
Date
LAND ONLY AIR & LAND
from
San Francisco
Single
Supp.
2008:
Tuesday Apr 1 Apr 19 $5,058 $6,178 $2,470
Tuesday Apr 8 Apr 26 $5,058 $6,178 $2,470
Tuesday Apr 15 May 3 $5,058 $6,178 $2,470
Tuesday Apr 22 May 10 $5,058 $6,178 $2,470
Tuesday Apr 29 May 17 $5,058 $6,178 $2,470
Thursday May 1 May 19 $5,058 $6,178 $2,150
Monday May 5 May 23 $5,058 $6,178 $2,150
Thursday May 8 May 26 $5,058 $6,178 $2,150
Monday May 12 May 30 $5,058 $6,178 $2,150
Thursday May 15 Jun 2 $5,058 $6,178 $2,150
Monday May 19 Jun 6 $5,058 $6,178 $2,150
Tuesday May 20 Jun 7 $5,058 $6,178 $2,180
Thursday May 22 Jun 9 $5,058 $6,178 $2,150
Monday May 26 Jun 13 $5,058 $6,178 $2,150
Tuesday May 27 Jun 14 $5,058 $6,308 $2,100
Thursday May 29 Jun 16 $5,058 $6,178 $2,150
Tuesday Jun 3 Jun 21 $4,758 $6,008 $1,910
Tuesday Jun 10 Jun 28 $4,758 $6,008 $1,910
Thursday Jun 12 Jun 30 $4,758 $6,008 $1,910
Tuesday Jun 17 Jul 5 $4,758 $6,008 $1,910
Tuesday Jun 24 Jul 12 $4,658 $5,908 $1,800
Thursday Jul 3 Jul 21 $4,658 $5,908 $1,800
Tuesday Jul 8 Jul 26 $4,658 $5,908 $1,800
Tuesday Jul 15 Aug 2 $4,658 $5,908 $1,800
Thursday Jul 17 Aug 4 $4,658 $5,908 $1,800
Tuesday Jul 22 Aug 9 $4,858 $6,108 $2,180
Monday Sep 1 Sep 19 $5,258 $6,378 $2,320
Tuesday Sep 2 Sep 20 $5,258 $6,378 $2,380
Thursday Sep 4 Sep 22 $5,258 $6,378 $2,320
Monday Sep 8 Sep 26 $5,258 $6,378 $2,320
Tuesday Sep 9 Sep 27 $5,258 $6,378 $2,380
Thursday Sep 11 Sep 29 $5,258 $6,378 $2,320
Monday Sep 15 Oct 3 $5,258 $6,378 $2,320
Tuesday Sep 16 Oct 4 $5,258 $6,378 $2,380
Thursday Sep 18 Oct 6 $5,258 $6,378 $2,320
Monday Sep 22 Oct 10 $5,458 $6,578 $2,590
Thursday Sep 25 Oct 13 $5,458 $6,578 $2,590
Monday Sep 29 Oct 17 $5,458 $6,578 $2,590
Tuesday Sep 30 Oct 18 $5,458 $6,578 $2,640
Thursday Oct 2 Oct 20 $5,458 $6,578 $2,590
Monday Oct 6 Oct 24 $5,458 $6,578 $2,590
Tuesday Oct 7 Oct 25 $5,458 $6,578 $2,640
Thursday Oct 9 Oct 27 $5,458 $6,578 $2,590
Monday Oct 13 Oct 31 $5,458 $6,578 $2,590
Tuesday Oct 14 Nov 1 $5,458 $6,578 $2,640
Thursday Oct 16 Nov 3 $5,458 $6,578 $2,590
Monday Oct 20 Nov 7 $5,458 $6,578 $2,590
Tuesday Oct 21 Nov 8 $5,458 $6,578 $2,640
Thursday Oct 23 Nov 10 $5,458 $6,578 $2,590
Monday Oct 27 Nov 14 $5,258 $6,208 $2,490
Tuesday Oct 28 Nov 15 $5,258 $6,208 $2,490
Thursday Oct 30 Nov 17 $5,258 $6,208 $2,260
Tuesday Nov 4 Nov 22 $4,758 $5,708 $2,080
Tuesday Nov 11 Nov 29 $4,758 $5,708 $2,080
2009:
Tuesday Mar 17 Apr 4 $4,958 $5,908 $2,200
Tuesday Mar 24 Apr 11 $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
  • 14 nights in select Five-Star and Deluxe hotels; 3 nights aboard Victoria Cruises’ ship in outside cabin with balcony (upper 2 decks)
  • 16 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 13 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 The Peninsula Beijing (Monday & Tuesday departures);
    The Ritz Carlton (Thursday departures);
    Tiananmen Square; Forbidden City and 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 with visit with local family; “The Legend of Kung Fu” show; Great Wall; Sacred Way to Ming Tombs; Chang Ling Exhibition Hall; cloisonné factory; buffet dinner
  • XI’AN: 2 nights Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel
    Wild Goose Pagoda; buffet dinner at Shangri-La Golden Flower; Terra-Cotta Museum, Circle Vision Movie, Bronze Chariot; dumpling lunch at Defachang Restaurant; Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum including exclusive visit to the museum’s private artifact room where you may white-glove handle national treasures; Tang Dynasty Theatre dinner and show
  • CHONGQING: Sightseeing/Board Victoria Cruises’ ship
    Stilwell Museum’s WWII memorabilia
  • YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: 3 nights on Victoria Cruises’ ships the V ICTORIA A NNA, V ICTORIA Q UEEN or
    V ICTORIA S TAR in 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: 3 nights Pudong Shangri-La Hotel
    Shanghai Museum including audio tour; Jade Buddha Temple; carpet factory; The Bund; Children’s Palace; China’s renowned acrobatic show; Nanjing or Huai Hai Road shopping streets
  • SUZHOU: Sightseeing
    Grand Canal cruise; Pan Men City Gate; Humble Administrator’s Garden; new Suzhou Museum; Embroidery Research Institute
  • GUILIN: 2 Nights Sheraton Guilin Hotel
    Li River deluxe boat ride with lunch; Reed Flute Cave; Fu Bo Hill; dim sum lunch
  • HONG KONG: 3 Nights Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel
    Stanley Market; Repulse Bay; sampan ride to see the floating community at Aberdeen; Victoria Peak
 


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