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16 Day Scenic Yangtze Discovery

  Tour Code: OAR

Visits:
Beijing, Yichang, Yangtze Cruise, Chongqing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai

Tour Itinerary:

Day 01 : USA - Beijing

Your China and Yangtze vacation is at hand as you prepare to board a widebody jetliner bound for Beijing. The plane traverses the Pacific Ocean, crossing the international date line to arrive in China.
DAILY MEAL

Day 02 : Arrive Beijing

Touch down in Beijing, the capital city of China. After retrieving your bags and clearing customs, you are met by the Ritz Tours guide in the arrival hall and transferred to the luxuriously appointed accommodations for some needed rest. On the way to the hotel, you'll surely notice the number of bicycles sharing the road with cars. Most of the 13 million inhabitants of Beijing make use of bikes rather than automobiles!
DAILY MEAL

Day 03 : Beijing

Located , the group spends time walking along Lake Kunming at the Summer Palace, the emperor's place for respite from Beijing summer heat. Tonight, you attend a special Peking Duck Feast, savoring the tasty morsels of duck prepared in the traditional local style.
DAILY MEAL ( AB, L, DP)

Day 04 : Beijing

The Great Wall of China embodies the magnificence and resilience of Chinese Culture. Spanning thousands of miles across five provinces and two autonomous regions, the Great Wall stands as one of the seven great man-made wonders of the world. It is surely the focal point of any tour to China and today our group spends plenty of time walking atop its ancient walkways. Descend later to visit the Sacred Way where visitors can walk along the path which Ming emperors made their final journey to the heavens. The Ming Tomb Museum will also be visited. Upon returning to the city, dinner is served at the hotel.
DAILY MEAL ( AB, L, DH)

Day 05 : Beijing

The entire day has been set aside for free time. Take the opportunity to explore the city of Beijing at your own pace. If you desire, an optional tour can be taken to Old Town Beijing. A pedicab takes you through the famously narrow, winding "hutongs" of the Old Town, stopping at Lama Temple and at the actual siheyuan (traditional Beijing-style home) of a local resident for a home visit including lunch.
DAILY MEAL (AB)

Day 06 : Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze Cruise

The last scenic stop before departing Beijing for Yichang by air is the Temple of Heaven. Chinese emperors were considered to be the "son of Heaven." Accordingly, the Temple of Heaven is where they came each year to pray for the coming harvest and pay homage to the heavens. Yichang is the economic and cultural center of China's Hubei Province and serves as the starting point of your Yangtze adventure. Upon arrival you are transferred to the docks where the Victoria Cruise ship awaits.
DAILY MEAL (AB, L, D)

Day 07 : Yangtze River Cruise

Our ships first stop is at Sandouping Village where the group disembarks to experience firsthand the massive Three Gorges Dam Project. An engineering project of unrivalled scale, the Three Gorges Dam will curb the devastating floods of the Yangtze and provide new hydroelectric power to the Yangtze River Valley. Reboard later as the ship sails through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges at 41 miles long and also its highest (4000 feet).
DAILY MEAL (B,L,D)

Day 08 : Yangtze River Cruise

Disembark at Wushan to board smaller vessels for a leisurely ride through Daning River to access the Lesser Gorges, which offers picturesque rock formations, clear running waters, and even monkeys and goats along its banks. Depending on river conditions, Shennong Stream may be visited instead of Daning River. Reboard our Victoria cruise ship as she sails through Wu Gorge, reknowned for its quiet beauty, and Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges.
DAILY MEAL (B,L,D)

Day 09 : Yangtze River Cruise

Today's shore excursion will occur either at Shibaozhai, Fengdu or Wanzhou, largely dependent on local river conditions. Shibaozhai is famous for its 12 story tall, 400 year old wooden pagoda; it is significant to note that not a single nail was used in its construction. Fengdu is known as the "Ghost City" and is the depiction of the after-life as envisioned by the ancients. Wanzhou is known as the gateway to the Eastern Sichuan Province.
DAILY MEAL ( B, L, D )

Day 10 : Yangtze Cruise - Chongqing - Xian

Sadly, the Yangtze River Cruise portion of your tour ends upon arrival at Chongqing this morning. Head into town for a brief tour of this important mountain city of the Sichuan Province, which also happens to be China's largest municipality. Board a flight to Xian, the much celebrated starting point of the famed Silk Road. On the way into town, drive by the well-preserved ancient City Wall and stop for a visit at the Bell Tower. Dinner is served at the hotel.
DAILY MEAL (B,L,DH)

Day 11 : Xian

Xian was the former capital of China and enjoys a long and storied history. More recently, the accidental 1974 unearthing of Qin Shi Huang's Terra Cotta Army ranks as one of the world's most significant archeological discoveries and is the highlight of today's sightseeing. The magnificent Terra Cotta Army features over eight thousand soldiers and horses standing in formation. After reviewing the troops at the three excavation pits, head back into town. Tonight's schedule is abundant as a delicious Imperial Dumpling Banquet has been prepared for dinner. Aftwards dinner, attend the Tang Dynasty Stage Show, an internationally reknowned performance which captures imaginations.
DAILY MEAL (AB, L, DS)

Day 12 : Xian - Guili

Depart Xian for Guilin, regarded by many as being China's most picturesque cities. Guilin was founded in 111 BC under the reign of Han emperor Wu. A famous Chinese saying praises "Guilin's scenery is unmatched under heaven." Upon arrival the group takes a tour around town, stopping at Elephant Trunk Hill and the Reed Flute Cave, marveling at the unearthly stalactite and stalagmite formations inside. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.
DAILY MEAL (AB, L, DH)

Day 13 : Guilin

Along the stretch of the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo, towering karst peaks rise straight up to the sky and serene mountains provide a fitting complement to the beautiful water. As you cruise down the Li River, you may see cormorant birds streak down from the sky into the waters below, emerging with fish in their beaks. Lunch is served onboard the river boat. Return to Guilin by motorcoach where tonight you attend a special Minority Folk Dance show.
DAILY MEAL (AB, L, DS)

Day 14 : Guilin - Shanghai

Board a short flight to Shanghai, China's most populous city and its economic heartbeat. As the group embarks on the city tour, it's hard to believe that this once sleepy business town would grow into a busy seaport and become China's embodiment of cosmopolitan grandeur. It is an international city where visitors can clearly see the vestiges of old being blended with Western culture. The motorocoach will drive by Nanjing Road, the quintessential shopping street for locals, and then proceed to the waterfront Bund. Time permitting, we will also visit the Yu Garden; if not, then tomorrow. Check in to the hotel to wash up before dinner.
DAILY MEAL (AB, L, DH)

Day 15 : Shanghai

After breakfast, the motorcoach takes you to world famous Shanghai Museum. Spend the entire morning perusing the 120,000 pieces of Chinese relics including collections of ancient bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, sculptures and coins. The afternoon is free at leisure and lunch is on your own. If you desire, you may choose either to stay at the museum for the duration of the day, continue on to Nanjing Road for free time, or head back to the hotel. Tonight, a farewell banquet has been planned after which you attend an exciting performance of Chinese Acrobatics.
DAILY MEAL (AB, DS)

Day 16 : Shanghai - USA

Bid a fond farewell to China and the Yangtze River as you board your homebound international flight.
DAILY MEAL (AB)

Hotels

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Beijing - Crowne Plaza Hotel (5*)

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Yangtze River - Victoria Cruises(5*)

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Xian - Hyatt Regency (5*)

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Guilin - Lijiang Waterfall Hotel(5*)

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Shanghai - Crowne Plaza(5*)

Features

 

Fine Dining
Three meals a day while in China except free time
Full American or buffet breakfast daily
Chinese or western dinners in hotels or at local restaurants
Local specialties for your delight:
Beijing - Peking Duck Banquet
Chongqing - Spicy Sichuan Cuisine
Xian - Imperial Dumpling Banquet

 

Special Entertainment
Victoria Cruise - Lectures on Chinese History and Culture, Taichi Lessons, Traditional Evening Entertainment
Xian - Tang Dynasty Stage Show
Guilin - Minority Folk Dance Show
Shanghai - Chinese Acrobatics Show

 

Air Fare
Round trip international air ticket and China domestic air tickets

 

Sightseeing
Comprehensive sightseeing tours
Experienced and knowledgeable tour guide

 

Travel Protection
Travel Protection Insurance provided at no additional cost to you, if final payment is received 60 days prior to the departure date
USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program
Individual extensions to other cities in Asia are available. Please check online www.chinacustomtours.com

 

Tax for this package is $231


Pricing and Departure Date

Departure - Return

Los Angeles
(LAX)

San Francisco
(SFO)

New York
(JFK)

Single
Supplement

International
Air Taxes

3/16/2007 - 3/31/2007

$ 2699.00

$ 2699.00

$ 2849.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

3/30/2007 - 4/14/2007

$ 2799.00

$ 2799.00

$ 2949.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

4/6/2007 - 4/21/2007

$ 2899.00

$ 2899.00

$ 3049.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

4/20/2007 - 5/5/2007

$ 2999.00

$ 2999.00

$ 3149.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

4/27/2007 - 5/12/2007

$ 2999.00

$ 2999.00

$ 3149.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

5/4/2007 - 5/19/2007

$ 3099.00

$ 3099.00

$ 3249.00

$ 950.00

$ 231.00

5/11/2007 - 5/26/2007

$ 3099.00

$ 3099.00

$ 3249.00

$ 950.00

$ 231.00

5/25/2007 - 6/9/2007

$ 3099.00

$ 3099.00

$ 3249.00

$ 950.00

$ 231.00

6/8/2007 - 6/23/2007

$ 3099.00

$ 3099.00

$ 3249.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

6/22/2007 - 7/7/2007

$ 3099.00

$ 3099.00

$ 3249.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

7/6/2007 - 7/21/2007

$ 2999.00

$ 2999.00

$ 3149.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

7/20/2007 - 8/4/2007

$ 2999.00

$ 2999.00

$ 3149.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

8/3/2007 - 8/18/2007

$ 2999.00

$ 2999.00

$ 3149.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

8/17/2007 - 9/1/2007

$ 2999.00

$ 2999.00

$ 3149.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

9/7/2007 - 9/22/2007

$ 3099.00

$ 3099.00

$ 3249.00

$ 1000.00

$ 231.00

9/21/2007 - 10/6/2007

$ 3099.00

$ 3099.00

$ 3249.00

$ 1000.00

$ 231.00

9/28/2007 - 10/13/2007

$ 3099.00

$ 3099.00

$ 3249.00

$ 1000.00

$ 231.00

10/5/2007 - 10/20/2007

$ 3099.00

$ 3099.00

$ 3249.00

$ 1000.00

$ 231.00

10/12/2007 - 10/27/2007

$ 3099.00

$ 3099.00

$ 3249.00

$ 1000.00

$ 231.00

10/26/2007 - 11/10/2007

$ 2999.00

$ 2999.00

$ 3149.00

$ 1000.00

$ 231.00

11/9/2007 - 11/24/2007

$ 2899.00

$ 2899.00

$ 3049.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

11/23/2007 - 12/8/2007

$ 2799.00

$ 2799.00

$ 2949.00

$ 900.00

$ 231.00

Domestic China Airport Taxes (by Gateway)

Los Angeles (LAX)

San Francisco (SFO)

New York (JFK)

$ 38.00

$ 38.00

$ 38.00

    


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