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14 Day Shangri-La Escapade

  Tour Code: 7CE14SL
ESCORTED
Visits: Shanghai, Suzhou, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1 • Los Angeles for Shanghai
Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.

CHINA

Day 2 • Arrive Shanghai
Upon arrival, you are escorted to the hotel.
Hua Ting Hotel & Towers

Day 3 • Shanghai

Sightseeing highlights display the glories of ancient China at the Shanghai Museum, shopping stops at Nanjing Road, and the Jade Buddha Temple. Visit a carpet factory and continue on to see the colonial-style architecture at the Bund. Enjoy a charming performance at the Children's Palace.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 • Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai*

This morning, travel by motor coach to Suzhou, noted for its legendary ancient gardens. Tour the Embroidery Research Institute, North Temple Pagoda, Pan Men City Gate and The Master of Fishing Nets Garden .
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch
*Travel to Suzhou by train if group is less than 6 tour members.

Day 5 • Shanghai/Kunming

Fly to Kunming, at the foot of the Himalayas. Then out to tour the Western Hills, a range of four mountains whose silhouette is said to resemble Sleeping Beauty, stretching over 25 miles along the shore of Dianchi Lake. The area offers some of the most beautiful scenery and finest temples in the region. Then on to tour the 400-year-old Golden Palace Temple at the top of Mingfeng Hill, home of the Taoist Taihe Palace (Hall of Supreme Harmony) and the largest copper temple in China.
Harbour Plaza Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 • Kunming/Stone Forest/Kunming

A rare experience today as you take an excursion to the legendary Stone Forest, where you will marvel at the enthralling labyrinth of jagged limestone crags. This area is home to the Sani Minority, known for their fine embroidery and dancing skills.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 • Kunming/Dali

A short morning flight takes you to Dali, capital of ancient Nanzhao and Dali kingdoms, and home of the Bai minority group. A tour takes you on a two-hour cruise on scenic Erhai Lake to enjoy its alpine setting. Visit Jin Suo Isle, which is home to a Bai minority fishing village and colorful market. Continue on to visit the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple, 9th century examples of the architectural art and culture of the Bai ethnic group. Then visit the city museum.
Asia Star Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel

Day 8 • Dali/Lijiang

A scenic drive takes you to breathtaking Lijiang today. Along the way, stop at the village of Xizhou, home to a diverse population. An important stop on the trade route to Tibet, Xizhou flourished in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), along with the fortunes of Dali's tea merchants. Visit the Yang family courtyard, a traditional Bai house. At the small local market, villagers in traditional Bai garb buy and sell produce and goods. In the afternoon, arrive in Lijiang, where the Naxi ethnic minorities have a long history and splendid culture, with their unique traditions, architecture and clothing. A tour takes you to renowned Black Dragon Pool with its Moon Embracing Pavilion, Five Phoenix Pavilion and Dongba Cultural Village.
Lijiang Guan Fang Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel

Day 9 • Lijiang

Visit the ancient Dayan Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the houses are wood-and-earth structures with tiled roofs and flower-filled courtyards. If weather permits see a morning outdoor show, Impression Lijiang-Snow Mountain or an evening performance in a theater, Li Shui Jin Sha. The Mu Family Mansion, ancient home of a Naxi noble, is now a museum offering insight into Naxi history and culture. Then visit Yufeng Temple, with its famous 500-year-old camellia tree. In the afternoon, visit Baisha village to see its Ming and Qing dynasty frescos, then tour Yuhu Village, a well-preserved Naxi community.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel

Day 10 • Lijiang/Zhongdian

Depart Lijiang by motor coach to Zhongdian, the stunningly picturesque setting believed to be the inspiration of the mythical Shangri-La described in James Hilton's novel, The Lost Horizon . En route, view the First Bend of the Yangtze River at Shigu, and astounding Hutiao (Tiger Leap) Gorge on the Jinsha River, one of the deepest gorges in the world.
Gyalthang Dzong Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel

Day 11 • Zhongdian

Today, a breathtaking sightseeing tour of this beautiful region visits 17th-century Ganden Songzanglin Monastery, scenic Napa Lake, then on to tour Zhongdian's Tibetan-style old town and local market.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel

Day 12 • Zhongdian/Kunming/Shanghai

A morning flight takes you to Kunming, where you take a connecting flight on to cosmo­politan Shanghai.
Shanghai Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 • Shanghai

Free day at leisure. You may wish to join an optional tour.
MEALS: American Breakfast

Day 14 • Depart Shanghai for Los Angeles

Board a United Airlines flight, bound for home.
MEALS: American Breakfast


CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS:
SHANGHAI: 5 Nights Hua Ting Hotel & Towers
Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple , Carpet factory , The Bund; Children's Palace performance, Selected shopping
SUZHOU: Day Tour
Embroidery Research Institute, North Temple Pagoda , Pan Men City Gate, The Master of Fishing Nets Garden
KUNMING: 2 Nights Harbour Plaza Hotel
Tour of region including Western Hills , Dianchi Lake , Golden Palace Temple, Stone Forest
DALI: 1 Night Asia Star Hotel
Lake Erhai cruise, Jin Suo Isle with Bai Village tour, Three Pagodas , City museum
LIJIANG: 2 Nights Lijiang Guan Fang Hotel
Xizhou village tour ,Visit to Bai family courtyard-style home , Local market, Black Dragon Pool with Moon Embracing Pavilion • Five Phoenix Pavilion , Dongba Cultural Village, Dayan (Old Town) tour , Mu Family Mansion , Yufeng Temple , Baisha village , Yuhu village
ZHONGDIAN: 2 Nights Gyalthang Dzong Hotel
First Bend of the Yangtze River , Tiger Leap Gorge , Ganden Songzanglin Monastery, Napa Lake , Old Town, Local market


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
Escorted by a professional Tour Manager
12 nights in deluxe and superior first class hotels
12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 5 dinners
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
Sightseeing, cultural activities and performances as noted
$100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDTours
USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


THURSDAY DEPARTURES; WEDNESDAY 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:

May 17

May 17

$1,958

$2,498

$2,658

$570

Jun 21

Jun 21

$1,958

$2,758

$2,918

$570

Jul 12

Jul 12

$1,838

$2,638

$2,798

$500

Aug 2

Aug 2

$1,838

$2,638

$2,798

$500

Sep 6

Sep 6

$1,958

$2,658

$2,818

$570

Sep 13

Sep 13

$1,958

$2,658

$2,818

$570

Oct 11

Oct 11

$1,958

$2,658

$2,818

$570

Oct 25

Oct 25

$1,958

$2,658

$2,818

$570

Special Notes:
Other Gateways: For domestic Add-On airfares from interior U.S. cities to San Francisco, refer to Add-On Fare 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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