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21 Day China Vista & Yangtze Rever Experience-Downstream

  Tour Code: YCV ¨C
China Vista & Yangtze Experience 21 Days - Downstream
Visits: Beijing , Xian , Chongqing, Dazu, Yangtze Cruise, Yichang, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong

Day 1 West Coast - Beijing

Aboard your transpacific flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, China's capital, you will be greeted and escorted to the Capital Hotel (or similar).

Day 3 Beijing (AB,L,SD)

After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, home of Chinese Emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch, visit the Summer Palace, taking a leisure stroll while admiring the thousands of ancient murals along the Long Corridor and a boat ride on the Kunming Lake (weather permitting). Enjoy a fabulous welcome banquet featuring the famous Beijing Duck in the evening.

Day 4 Beijing (AB,L)

The highlight today is an excursion to the Great Wall. Enjoy the dramatic vistas and marvel at the Wall as it climbs and descends steep ridges and narrow valleys. Continue on to visit a cloisonn factory on the way to lunch. After lunch, visit the Ming Tombs starting with a stroll along the Sacred Way guarded by the stone statues; then onto the Chang Ling Exhibition Museum.

Day 5 Beijing - Xi'an (AB)

After breakfast, fly to the ancient city of Xi'an. This afternoon you'll enjoy a tour of the Ancient City Walls, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Bell Tower. Overnight at the Grand New World Hotel (or similar).

Day 6 Xi'an (AB,L,SD)

Today's highlight is a visit to the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, home to more than 6,000 life-size army excavated from the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. After lunch, visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, renowned for its collection of Han and Tang dynasty antiquities. In the evening, enjoy a special dumpling dinner and cultural show recreating the music, costumes and dance of the Tang Dynasty.

Day 7 Xi'an - Chongqing (AB,L,D)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the mountainous city of Chongqing. Upon arrival, your city tour will include a visit to the Stilwell Museum where you will see a collection of World War II memorabilia, including exhibits on the Flying Tigers. If time permits, visit the People's Congress Hall and the art gallery. Check in to the Holiday Inn Yangtze Chongqing.

Day 8 Chongqing - Dazu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise (AB,L,D)

After breakfast, travel by motorcoach to Dazu, famous for its sacred Buddhist rock carving. There are over 10,000 religious sculptures in the area of Baoding Shan and Bei Shan. Return to Chongqing for dinner before boarding the 5-star Victoria Cruises and begin your memorable journey on the Yangtze River.

Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise: Shibaozhai (AB,L,D)

Today's shore excursion is to Shibaozhai, famous for its 12-story wooden pagoda built against a sheer cliff on the river bank over some 400 years ago.
**Depending on local river conditions, alternate shore excursion to Wanzhou may occur.

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise: Danning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream (AB,L,D)

This morning you will cruise through the first two of the famous Three Gorges. Qutang Gorge, the shortest but the most dramatic gorge and Wu Gorge, known for its sheer cliffs and twelve peaks. Your excursion will include boarding a smaller vessel up the Danning River to view the sceneries of the Small Gorges. If weather permits, a sampan ride will take you into the tranquil tributary. Subject to river condition, alternate excursion to Shennong Stream may occur, also with its spectacular views of the Small Gorges. Your cruise continues and passes through the last and longest gorge, Xiling Gorge. Then sail through the double-lane five stages of the Three Gorges ship locks.

Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise: Three Gorges Dam - Yichang - Shanghai (AB,L,D)

This morning, your cruise arrives Yang Jia Wang where you will enjoy a shore excursion at the Three Gorges Dam site, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Continue onto Yichang where you disembark. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai - "Paris of the Orient". Afternoon sightseeing features the bustling shopping street Nanjing Road, and The Bund, famous promenade along the Huangpu River. Check in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Fudan Shanghai (or similar).
**If direct flight is not available, transfer by motorcoach to Wuhan for flight to Shanghai.

Day 12 Shanghai (AB,L,D)

After breakfast, pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, renowned for its huge statue of the Buddha carved from a single piece of white jade; and the Yu Garden, famous for its rock gardens, pavilions, halls and ponds, and Old Shanghai Bazaar, with shops filled with all manner of interesting curios.

Day 13 Shanghai (AB)

Spend today at leisure to explore this vibrant city on your own. Perhaps take an optional tour to one of the nearby picturesque water towns, known for their winding canals, arched stone bridges and well-preserved architecture from Ming and Qing Dynasty.

Day 14 Shanghai - Hangzhou (AB,L,D)

This morning, travel to scenic Hangzhou by motorcoach. Lunch upon arrival, then start exploring this charming 2,000-year-old city with a boat ride on scenic West Lake. Long famous for its beauty, there is a Chinese saying "In heaven there is paradise and on earth there are Hangzhou and Suzhou". Overnight at the Ramada Plaza Hangzhou Haihua (or similar).

Day 15 Hangzhou (AB,L)

Today you will visit Ling Yin Temple (Temple of Soul's Retreat) and Feilai Peak (the Peak that Flew Here). Continue to the 1,000-year-old Six Harmonies Pagoda, and enjoy a tea ceremony sipping Dragonwell green tea at the Long Jing Tea Plantation.

Day 16 Hangzhou - Guilin (AB,L,D)

This morning is free at leisure. Then transfer to the airport and board your flight to tranquil Guilin. Upon arrival, check in to the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (or similar).

Day 17 Guilin (AB,L)

Today's excursion is a cruise along the beautiful Li River. Experience the magical beauty of limestone rock formations and farmland commonly seen in Chinese landscape paintings. Disembark at the charming village of Yangshuo, which has one of the best antique and craft markets in China. Browse at the market, or relax at one of the local cafes.

Day 18 Guilin - Hong Kong (AB,L)

This morning, begin your exploration with a tour to Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo Hill's dramatic rock formation. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Hong Kong. You will be met and transferred to the Harbour Plaza Metropolis (or similar).

Day 19 Hong Kong (AB)

Today's half day sightseeing tour gives an introduction to Hong Kong Island. Your tour will take you through Repulse Bay, Stanley Market and Aberdeen's floating community. Then up to Victoria Peak to take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 20 Hong Kong (AB)

You have the whole day at leisure to interpret the meaning of Hong Kong being "The Shopping Capital of Asia". You may also consider taking one of the optional tours.

Day 21 Hong Kong - West Coast (AB)

Farewell to Hong Kong. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA.

Price and Departure Date

Departure Date

Land &Air

Land Only

Single Supplement

4/16, 25, 30

$3798

$3198

$1258

5/07, 14

$3798

$3198

$1258

5/21

$3968

$3198

$1258

5/28

$3738

$2968

$1068

6/11

$3738

$2968

$1068

6/25

$3848

$2968

$1068

7/09, 23

$3848

$2968

$1068

8/06

$3848

$2968

$1068

8/20

$3918

$3038

$1138

9/03, 10

$4068

$3298

$1368

9/24

$4228

$3458

$1518

10/01, 15, 22

$4228

$3458

$1518

11/05

$3728

$3128

$1228

11/19

$3568

$2968

$1068

12/20

$3728

$2848

$978

1/24/2008

$3658

$2988

$1118

2/21

$3488

$2999

$1018

3/06

$3558

$2958

$1088

Notes:
--Air ticket taxes and fuel charges are additional, approximate$250 and subject to change without prior notice.
-- Land only rate does not include transpacific air, arrival transfer at port of entry in China and departure transfer from last city.
-- West coast gateways are SFO & LAX, add ¨C on fares from other cities available, please refer to fare chart on last page.
-- A minimum of 6 passengers is required for guaranteed departures, Supplement charges may apply if group is less than 6 participants.
-- Weekend surcharge of $50 p.p each way applies for Fri ¨C Sat ¨C Sun travel on transpacific flights.
-- Dates in color are guaranteed departures.

     


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