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19 Day Majestic China & Yangtze River Gold Experience

  Tour Code: 7YG19VU
FULLY ESCORTED

Visits: Beijing, Shanghai, Zhujiajiao ,Upstream Yangtze River Cruise , Chongqing , Xian ,Guilin ,Hong Kong , Extend to Bangkok and Angkor Wat

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 in Beijing , China's capital, you are escorted to your hotel.
Grand Hyatt Beijing at Oriental Plaza

Day 3 • Beijing

After breakfast and a welcome orien­tation, sightseeing includes Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, including the living quarters, museum and jewelry sections. After lunch, a fun-filled pedicab ride takes you through the Hutong district's ancient narrow streets to enjoy a close-up look at the heritage of this exciting city and visit with one of the local families, includes a stop at the Drum Tower (Gu Lou). Tonight, your welcome dinner party at the hotel features cocktails before a Peking Duck dinner.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party

Day 4 • Beijing

Today highlights the amazing wonders of the Great Wall, step back into history as you walk along its ancient ramparts. After lunch continue on to visit a cloisonn¨¦ factory where you may observe the skilled artisans. This evening, a buffet dinner is followed by the energetic show, ¡°The Legend of Kung Fu,¡± with seats in the front section.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

Day 5 • Beijing/Shanghai

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. Later, fly to Shanghai and check in to your luxurious hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Four Season Hotel Shanghai
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 • Shanghai

This morning take a half-day walking Shanghai Historic Tour of the Bund and the French Concession. Then in the afternoon, your visit to the Shanghai Museum, includes a handheld recorder highlighting the special features of the museum's permanent collection. Continue on to a carpet factory and the Children's Palace. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant before you attend an astonishing performance of the renowned Shanghai acrobats, where your reserved seats are in the front section.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 • Shanghai/ Zhujiajiao /Shanghai*

This morning drive to Zhujiajiao, the best preserved of the four water towns in Shanghai, and known as Shanghai's Venice. Take a walking tour of the town and a sampan ride shows the numerous bridges built during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Return to Shanghai for a visit to the Yu garden, then dinner at the hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

Day 8 • Shanghai/Yichang*

Morning at leisure in Shanghai. This afternoon, fly to Yichang. After dinner, board your cruise ship and begin a memorable cruise upstream in Junior accommodations with balcony.
Victoria Cruises' Victoria Anna
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner
*If direct flight is not available, fly to Wuhan and travel by motor coach on to Yichang.

Day 9 • Yangtze River Cruise: San Dou Ping/Xiling Gorge

This morning, stop at San Dou Ping to see the historic Three Gorges Dam project. Board the ship and sail through the dramatic Three Gorges ship lock before continuing through Xiling Gorge, longest of the famed Three Gorges. Enjoy nightly a-la-carte dining and great views from the ship's lovely top deck restaurant.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Early this morning, marvel at Wu Gorge's deep zigzagging valley. At Wushan, take a cruiser excursion up the Daning River to see its famous Small Gorges¡ªDragon Gate, Misty or Emerald. 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. Depending on the water level of the Yangtze River , your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its equally spectac­ular small gorges. Depart Wushan, passing through impressive Qutang Gorge, walled with mossy cliffs that crowd the sky.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 • Yangtze River Cruise: Shibaozhai*

A shore excursion at Shibaozhai shows its scenic 12-story wooden pagoda. Over 400 years old, this magnificent pagoda is known as the ¡°Pearl of the Yangtze.¡±
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Alternate shore excursion may visit Fengdu or Wanzhou.

Day 12 • Yangtze River Cruise: Chongqing/Xi'an

Disembark in Chongqing. Visit the Stilwell Museum to see its collection of World War ll artifacts including memorabilia of the Flying Tigers, a group of American veteran pilots who volunteered to aid the Chinese in World War ll prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor . Later, fly to historic Xi'an where you will enjoy a buffet dinner at the hotel.
Sofitel on Renmin Square Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

Day 13 • Xi'an

Visit the famed life-sized terra-cotta legion of warriors, buried with the emperor for over 2,200 years, Circle Vision Movie and the Bronze Chariot. Enjoy a dumpling lunch at the renowned Defachang Restaurant. Later, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum with our exclusive visit to the private artifact room where you may handle some of the national treasures from the museum's collection. Tonight, from your front section seats enjoy an entertaining dinner and show at the Tang Dynasty Theatre.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Special Lunch, Dinner Show

Day 14 • Xi'an/Guilin

This morning visit the exquisitely constructed Wild Goose Pagoda. Fly to Guilin, heart of a magnificent landscape. Check in to your hotel where, this evening, you will have dinner
Sheraton Guilin Hotel (riverside view room)
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in Hotel

Day 15 • Guilin

A cruise on the upper deck of a deluxe air-conditioned boat on the serene Li River reveals the haunting beauty of Guilin's mist-wrapped peaks, surrounding the river en route to Yangshuo. Return to Guilin for dinner at the hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel

HONG KONG

Day 16 • Guilin/Hong Kong

This morning see dramatic rock formations at Reed Flute Cave and take a cable car up Yao Mountain (weather permitting) or Fu Bo Hill for panoramic views of beautiful Guilin, followed by a lunch of dim sum specialties. Later, fly to vibrant Hong Kong. Check in to your deluxe hotel.
Hotel InterContinental Hong Kong (harbor view room)
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch in Hotel

Day 17 • Hong Kong

Today's tour passes through Hong Kong 's rural Stanley Market, fashionable Repulse Bay; includes a sampan tour of the floating community at Aberdeen and a drive up to Victoria Peak for spectacular views of the harbor.
MEALS: American Breakfast

Day 18 • Hong Kong

The day is at leisure. Perhaps take an optional excursion to Po Lin Monastery on scenic Lantau Island, largest of Hong Kong's 236 islands. Join us tonight for a farewell dinner party.
Hotel InterContinental Hong Kong
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 • Depart Hong Kong for San Francisco.

Fly homeward today aboard United Airlines.


CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS :
BEIJING: 3 Nights Grand Hyatt Beijing at Oriental Plaza

Tiananmen Square , Forbidden City , Temple of Heaven , Peking Duck Welcome Dinner Party ,
Great Wall , Cloisonn¨¦ Factory , ¡°The Legend of Kung Fu¡± Show , Hutong Tour and Visit with a Local Family , Drum Tower
SHANGHAI: 3 Nights Four Season Hotel Shanghai
Walking Tour of the Bund and the French Concession , Shanghai Museum , Yu Garden, Carpet Factory ,Children's Palace Performance , Dinner Party, Acrobatic Show
ZHUJIAJIAO : Day Tour
Walking Tour , Sampan ride of the Bridges of Shanghai's Venice
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: 4 Nights Victoria Cruises Ship (Junior Suite with balcony)
Victoria Cruise Upstream: Yichang, San Dou Ping (Three Gorges Dam) ,Daning River's Small Gorges or Shennong Stream ,Shibaozhai
CHONGQING: Day Tour
Stilwell Museum
XI'AN: 2 Nights Sofitel on Renmin Square Hotel
Buffet Dinner ,Terra-Cotta Warriors , Circle Vision Movie , Bronze Chariot,Dumpling Lunch at Defachang Restaurant , Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum with private visit to museum's artifact room to handle national treasures of the museum's collection , Tang Dynasty Theatre Dinner Show • Wild Goose Pagoda
GUILIN: 2 Nights Sheraton Guilin Hotel (riverside room)
Li River Day Cruise , Reed Flute Cave , Roundtrip Cable Car ride up Yao Mountain or Fu Bo Hill , Dim Sum Lunch
HONG KONG: 3 Nights Inter Continental Hong Kong (harbor view room)
Stanley Market , Repulse Bay . Sampan ride at Aberdeen . Victoria Peak . Farewell Dinner Party.


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
13 nights in select Five Star hotels; 4 nights aboard Victoria Cruises' deluxe ship in Junior Suite with balcony
16 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 14 dinners
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
Comprehensive sightseeing, special cultural activities and performances as noted
Complimentary Pacific Delight World Tours carry-on bag
$100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDT
USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

FRIDAY DEPARTURES; TUESDAY ARRIVALS ON UNITED AIRLINES:

Tour Cost (Per Person)†

Departure
Date

Return
Date

LAND ONLY

AIR & LAND
from
San Francisco

AIR & LAND
from
New York

Single
Supp.

2007:

Apr 20

May 8

$6,623

$7,208

$7,368

$3,140

Apr 27

May 15

$6,623

$7,208

$7,368

$3,140

May 4

May 22

$6,723

$7,308

$7,468

$3,230

May 18

Jun 5

$6,723

$7,468

$7,628

$3,230

Jun 15

Jul 3

$6,523

$7,368

$7,528

$3,070

Jul 13

Jul 31

$6,303

$7,148

$7,308

$2,990

Aug 10

Aug 28

$6,403

$7,248

$7,408

$3,100

Sep 7

Sep 25

$6,923

$7,668

$7,828

$3,500

Sep 14

Oct 2

$6,923

$7,668

$7,828

$3,500

Sep 21

Oct 9

$6,923

$7,668

$7,828

$3,500

Sep 28

Oct 16

$6,923

$7,668

$7,828

$3,500

Oct 5

Oct 23

$6,923

$7,668

$7,828

$3,500

Oct 12

Oct 30

$6,923

$7,668

$7,828

$3,500

Oct 19

Nov 6

$6,923

$7,668

$7,828

$3,500

Oct 26

Nov 13

$6,923

$7,668

$7,828

$3,500


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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