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14 Day Historic Cities & Yangtze Imperial Experience

  Tour Code: 7YX14VD
FULLY ESCORTED • SMALL GROUPS

Visita: Beijing, Xian, Downstream Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1 • Depart San Francisco for Beijing
Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines, accompanied by our professional Tour Director from arrival in Asia.

CHINA

Day 2 • Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
The Peninsula Hotel

Day 3 • Beijing

This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven and see local morning exercise. See the Imperial Vault of Heaven with its Echo Wall and the Nine-Dragon Cypress, thought to be more than 500 years old. See Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. Tonight you are invited to a delicious Peking Duck welcome dinner party.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party

Day 4 • Beijing

Experience a highlight of your trip today as you walk along the ramparts of the ancient Great Wall. After lunch, visit a cloisonn¨¦ factory and observe the skilled artisans. Later, stroll along the statue-lined Sacred Way to the Ming Tombs and Chang Ling Exhi­bition Hall.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

Day 5 • Beijing

Full day at leisure in Beijing. Perhaps take an optional Hutong tour with a pedicab ride through the narrow lanes of the ancient Hutong district with its courtyard-style homes.
MEALS: American Breakfast

Day 6 • Beijing/Xi'an

This morning fly to historic Xi'an. On arrival visit the exquisitely constructed Wild Goose Pagoda before checking into your hotel.
Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Buffet Dinner

Day 7 • Xi'an

See the extraordinary terra-cotta legion of warriors and Bronze Chariot, buried with the emperor for over 2200 years. Enjoy the Circle Vision Movie. Enjoy a dumpling lunch before your visit to the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. This evening, enjoy dinner and a fabulous show at the Tang Dynasty Theatre.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Special Lunch, Dinner Show

Day 8 • Xi'an/Chongqing

Morning at leisure in Xi'an before flying to Chongqing. On arrival, tour the Stilwell Museum's World War II memorabilia, including exhibits of the Flying Tigers, American pilots who volunteered to aid the Chinese prior to Pearl Harbor. Time permitting, stop at the City Hall where you may visit the local market. After dinner, board your cruise ship to begin a memorable cruise downstream in outside cabin accommodations with balcony.
Victoria Cruises' Victoria Anna
MEALS: American Breakfast, Buffet Dinner

Day 9 • Yangtze River Cruise: Shibaozhai*

Today's shore excursion shows the magnificent 12-story wooden pagoda known as the ¡°Pearl of the Yangtze¡± in scenic Shibaozhai.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Alternate shore excursion may visit Fengdu or Wanzhou.

Day 10 • Yangtze River Cruise: Qutang Gorge/Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream/Wu Gorge/Xiling Gorge

Cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge hemmed by mossy cliffs. At Wushan, a cruiser excursion takes you up the Daning River to view the splendid Small Gorges. Continue by sampan to the picturesque mini-gorges of the Ma Du River with its clear, swift running water, unusual rock formations, and monkeys and goats along the banks. Alternative­ly, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its famed small gorges. Sail on through Wu Gorge, celebrated for its Twelve Peaks. Next sail through Xiling Gorge, the most scenic of all the gorges. Finally, sail through the Three Gorges ship lock.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 • Yangtze River Cruise: Xiling Gorge/San Dou Pong/Yichang to Shanghai*

This morning, stop at San Dou Ping for a shore excursion to see construction at the massive Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project. Board the ship and pass through the lock at Gezhou Dam. Cruise on to Yichang, where you disembark. Fly to Shanghai and check in to your hotel.
Le Royal Meridien Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner
*If direct flight is not available, travel by motor coach to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai.

Day 12 • Shanghai

Sightseeing highlights of Shanghai include: the Shanghai Museum, including handheld recorder highlighting the special features of the museum's permanent collection, shopping on Nanjing Road, a carpet factory, the city's colonial past at the European-styled Bund, and a charming performance at the Children's Palace. Tonight, enjoy an astonishing performance of the renowned Shanghai acrobats.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 • Shanghai

Full day at leisure to shop and explore on your own, or enjoy an optional tour.
MEALS: American Breakfast

Day 14 • Depart Shanghai for San Francisco

Fly home today aboard United Airlines.
MEALS: American Breakfast

CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS:
BEIJING: 4 Nights The Peninsula Hotel
Tiananmen Square , Forbidden City's Imperial Palace , Temple of Heaven , Peking Duck Welcome Dinner Party , Great Wall , Cloisonn¨¦ Factory , Sacred Way to Ming Tombs , Chang Ling
Exhibition Hall
XI'AN: 2 Nights Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel
Dumpling Lunch , Terra-Cotta Warriors , Bronze Chariot , Circle Vision Movie , Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum , Wild Goose Pagoda , Tang Dynasty Theatre Dinner Show
CHONGQING: Day Tour
Stilwell Museum
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: 3 Nights Victoria Cruises' ship (outside cabin with balcony)
Victoria Cruise Downstream: Shibaozhai , Daning River's Small Gorges or Shennong Stream ,
San Dou Ping (Three Gorges Dam) , Yichang
SHANGHAI: 3 Nights Le Royal Meridien Hotel
Shanghai Museum , Nanjing or Huai Hai Road Shops , Carpet Factory , The Bund • Children's Palace Performance , Acrobatic Show


ALL-INCLUSIVE FEATURES:
Round-trip transpacific air transportation
United Mileage Plus® members earn: frequent flyer credit with the purchase of each air/land tour package
All intra-China air/land transportation
Fully Escorted from arrival in Asia by our professional U.S.Tour Director
9 nights in Five Star hotels; 3 nights aboard Victoria Cruises' ship in outside cabin with balcony
12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
Comprehensive sightseeing, special cultural activities and performances as noted
$100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDTours
USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


TUESDAY DEPARTURES; MONDAY ARRIVALS ON UNITED AIRLINES:

Tour Cost (Per Person)†
ADDT'L
SPECIAL SAVINGS*
(per person)
Departure
Date
Return
Date
LAND ONLY
AIR & LAND
from
Los Angeles
AIR & LAND
from
New York and Miami
Single
Supp.
2007:
$75 Apr 3 Apr 16 $2,778 $3,398 $3,498 $1,300
  Apr 10 Apr 23 $2,778 $3,398 $3,498 $1,300
$75 Apr 17 Apr 30 $2,778 $3,398 $3,498 $1,300
  Apr 24 May 7 $2,778 $3,398 $3,498 $1,300
  May 1 May 14 $2,858 $3,478 $3,578 $1,400
  May 8 May 21 $2,858 $3,478 $3,578 $1,400
  May 15 May 28 $2,858 $3,478 $3,578 $1,400
  May 22 Jun 4 $2,858 $3,478 $3,578 $1,400
$75 May 29 Jun 11 $2,858 $3,478 $3,578 $1,400
$100 Jun 5 Jun 18 $2,768 $3,388 $3,488 $1,190
$100 Jun 12 Jun 25 $2,768 $3,388 $3,488 $1,190
$100 Jun 19 Jul 2 $2,768 $3,388 $3,488 $1,190
$100 Jun 26 Jul 9 $2,768 $3,388 $3,488 $1,190
$100 Jul 3 Jul 16 $2,548 $3,388 $3,488 $1,140
$100 Jul 17 Jul 30 $2,548 $3,388 $3,488 $1,140
$100 Jul 31 Aug 13 $2,548 $3,388 $3,488 $1,140
$100 Aug 7 Aug 20 $2,548 $3,388 $3,488 $1,140
$100 Aug 14 Aug 27 $2,548 $3,388 $3,488 $1,140
$100 Sep 3** Sep 16 $2,893 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Sep 4 Sep 17 $2,938 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$100 Sep 10** Sep 23 $2,893 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$100 Sep 11 Sep 24 $2,938 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$100 Sep 17** Sep 30 $2,893 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$100 Sep 18 Oct 1 $2,938 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$100 Sep 24** Oct 7 $2,893 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$100 Sep 25 Oct 8 $2,938 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Oct 1** Oct 14 $2,893 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Oct 2 Oct 15 $2,938 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Oct 8** Oct 21 $2,893 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Oct 9 Oct 22 $2,938 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Oct 15** Oct 28 $2,893 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Oct 16 Oct 29 $2,938 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Oct 22** Nov 4 $2,893 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Oct 29** Nov 11 $2,893 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Oct 30 Nov 12 $2,938 $3,558 $3,658 $1,470
$75 Nov 6 Nov 19 $2,778 $3,318 $3,418 $1,330
$75 Nov 13 Nov 26 $2,718 $3,258 $3,358 $1,270
2008:
$75 Mar 11 Mar 24 $2,578 $3,118 $3,218 $1,120
$75 Mar 18 Mar 31 $2,578 $3,118 $3,218 $1,120

Special Notes:
Other Gateways: For domestic Add-On airfares from interior U.S. cities to San Francisco, refer to Add-On Airfare Chart below.
Air taxes and fuel surcharges are additional and subject to change.
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 $40.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Eugene, OR

Las Vegas, NV

Phoenix, AZ

Sacramento, CA

Fresno, CA

Palm Springs, CA

Reno, NV

Spokane, WA

ZONE 4: Add $100.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Albuquerque, NM

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Houston, TX

San Antonio, TX

Austin, TX

Denver, CO

Salt Lake City, UT

 

ZONE 5: Add $120.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Anchorage, AK

Kansas City, MO

Omaha, NE

 

Detroit, MI

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

  

ZONE 6: Add $140.00 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 $160.00 to San Francisco tour fare

New York, NY

Newark, NJ

  

ZONE 8: Add $240.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Baltimore, MD

Hartford, CT

Pittsburgh, PA

Syracuse, NY

Boston, MA

Manchester, NH

Richmond, VA

Washington, DC

Buffalo, NY

Philadelphia, PA

Rochester, NY

 

ZONE 9: Add $320.00 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, 2007 ¨C March 31, 2008. Fares subject to change.

   


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