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13 Day Historic Cities & Yangtze River Super Value

  Tour Code: 8YS13VU
Visit: Shanghai, Upstream Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing , Xi'an, Beijing

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 Thursday/Friday Depart San Francisco for Shanghai, China

Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.

CHINA

DAY 2 Friday/Saturday Arrive Shanghai

Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the hotel.
Hua Ting Hotel & Towers

DAY 3 Saturday/Sunday Shanghai

Visit the Shanghai Museum with its remarkable dynastic cultural artifacts exhibits, the lovely Yu Garden, the fabled European-styled Bund, traditional emporiums on Nanjing or modern shops on Huai Hai Road, the famous Shanghai carpet factory, and then stop at the Children's Palace.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Sunday/Monday Shanghai/Yichang*

Morning at leisure in Shanghai. Later fly to Yichang where you board the Victoria Star or Victoria Empress cruise ship to begin your up-stream cruise.
Board Victoria Cruises' Victoria Star or Victoria Empress
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner
*If direct flight is not available, fly to Wuhan and travel by motorcoach on to Yichang.

DAY 5 Monday/Tuesday Yangtze Cruise: San Dou Ping/Xiling Gorge

Stop at San Dou Ping to see the amazing progress construction at the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Sail through the dramatic Three Gorges ship lock before continuing through Xiling Gorge, longest of the famed Three Gorges.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Tuesday/Wednesday Yangtze Cruise: Wu Gorge/Small Gorges Excursion/Qutang Gorge

This morning, marvel at Wu Gorge's deep zigzagging valley. At Wushan, a cruiser takes you for an excursion up the Daning River's renowned Small GorgesCDragon 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 dramatic Qutang Gorge, with steep mossy cliffs that crowd the sky.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 Wednesday/Thursday Yangtze Cruise: Fengdu*

At Fengdu, a shore excursion shows Mingshan Hill's unique temples, with statues of ghosts and devils.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Alternate shore excursion may visit Shibaozhai or Wanzhou.

DAY 8 Thursday/Friday Yangtze Cruise: Chongqing/Xi'an

Disembark in Chongqing. Visit the Stilwell Museum where you will see an intriguing collection of World War II memor-abilia of the famed Flying Tigers. Fly to historic Xi'an.
Ginwa Plaza Hotel Xi'an
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 Friday/Saturday Xi'an

A memorable day of sightseeing begins as you view remnants of China's ancient past: the life-sized terra-cotta army, the Bronze Chariot, Circle Vision Movie and Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 Saturday/Sunday Xi'an/Beijing

Fly to China's capital, Beijing.
Capital Hotel Beijing
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 Sunday/Monday Beijing

Today's sightseeing includes vast Tiananmen Square, and impressive Ming extravagance at the Forbidden City's Imperial Palace including a tour of the living quarters, museum and jewelry sections. Continue on to visit the exquisite Summer Palace, with a boat ride on Lake Kunming (weather permitting).
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 Monday/Tuesday Beijing

Today tour the Great Wall, one of the most amazing feats of mankind. Walk along the ancient ramparts, admiring views of the Wall winding across the mountains. Visit a cloisonn factory to watch the skilled artisans create their intricate designs. Stroll along the Sacred Way, lined with statues of warriors and mythical beasts, to the Ming Tombs and Chang Ling Exhibition Hall. Tonight, celebrate your memorable vacation at a Beijing Duck dinner party at the Capital Hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party

DAY 13 Tuesday/Wednesday Depart Beijing for San Francisco

Fly home aboard United Airlines.
MEALS: American Breakfast
5-Day Tour Extension to Huangshan
4-Day Tour Extension to Hong Kong


THURSDAY DEPARTURES: VICTORIA STAR
FRIDAY DEPARTURES: VICTORIA EMPRESS

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES SHOWN IN RED

TOUR CODE: 8YS13VU


Tour Cost (per person, double occupancy)
Departure
Day of the Week
Departure
Date
Return
Date
LAND ONLY
AIR & LAND
from
San Francisco
Single
Supp.
2008:
Thursday Apr 3 Apr 15 $1,828 $2,958 $670
Thursday Apr 10 Apr 22 $1,828 $2,958 $670
Friday Apr 11 Apr 23 $1,828 $2,958 $670
Thursday Apr 17 Apr 29 $1,828 $2,958 $670
Friday Apr 18 Apr 30 $1,828 $2,958 $670
Thursday Apr 24 May 6 $1,828 $2,958 $670
Thursday May 1 May 13 $1,928 $3,058 $770
Friday May 2 May 14 $1,928 $3,058 $770
Thursday May 8 May 20 $1,928 $3,058 $770
Friday May 9 May 21 $1,928 $3,058 $770
Thursday May 15 May 27 $1,928 $3,058 $770
Friday May 16 May 28 $1,928 $3,058 $770
Thursday May 22 Jun 3 $1,928 $3,058 $770
Friday May 23 Jun 4 $1,928 $3,058 $770
Thursday May 29 Jun 10 $1,928 $3,058 $770
Friday May 30 Jun 11 $1,818 $3,068 $700
Thursday Jun 5 Jun 17 $1,818 $3,068 $700
Friday Jun 6 Jun 18 $1,818 $3,068 $700
Thursday Jun 12 Jun 24 $1,818 $3,068 $700
Friday Jun 13 Jun 25 $1,818 $3,068 $700
Thursday Jun 19 Jul 1 $1,818 $3,068 $700
Friday Jun 20 Jul 2 $1,818 $3,068 $700
Thursday Jun 26 Jul 8 $1,818 $3,068 $700
Friday Jun 27 Jul 9 $1,818 $3,068 $700
Thursday Jul 3 Jul 15 $1,668 $2,918 $660
Friday Jul 11 Jul 23 $1,668 $2,918 $660
Thursday Jul 17 Jul 29 $1,738 $2,988 $700
Friday Jul 18 Jul 30 $1,738 $2,988 $700
Thursday Sep 4 Sep 16 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Friday Sep 5 Sep 17 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Thursday Sep 11 Sep 23 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Friday Sep 12 Sep 24 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Thursday Sep 18 Sep 30 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Friday Sep 19 Oct 1 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Thursday Sep 25 Oct 7 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Friday Sep 26 Oct 8 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Thursday Oct 2 Oct 14 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Friday Oct 3 Oct 15 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Thursday Oct 9 Oct 21 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Friday Oct 10 Oct 22 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Thursday Oct 16 Oct 28 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Friday Oct 17 Oct 29 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Thursday Oct 23 Nov 4 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Friday Oct 24 Nov 5 $2,018 $3,148 $860
Thursday Oct 30 Nov 11 $1,838 $2,788 $720
Friday Oct 31 Nov 12 $1,838 $2,788 $720
Thursday Nov 6 Nov 18 $1,668 $2,618 $620
Friday Nov 7 Nov 19 $1,668 $2,618 $620
Thursday Nov 13 Nov 25 $1,668 $2,618 $620
Friday Nov 14 Nov 26 $1,668 $2,618 $620
Thursday Nov 20 Dec 2 $1,548 $2,498 $620
Thursday Nov 27 Dec 9 $1,548 $2,498 $620
Thursday Dec 4 Dec 16 $1,438 $2,388 $620
Thursday Dec 18 Dec 30 $1,438 $2,688 $620
2009:
Thursday Jan 8 Jan 20 $1,438 $2,568 $440
Thursday Jan 29 Feb 10 $1,428 $2,378 $440
Thursday Feb 19 Mar 3 $1,428 $2,378 $440
Thursday Mar 5 Mar 17 $1,428 $2,378 $440
Thursday Mar 12 Mar 24 $1,428 $2,378 $440
Thursday Mar 19 Mar 31 $1,688 $2,638 $630
Thursday Mar 26 Apr 7 $1,688 $2,638 $630
Special Notes:
East Coast Cities & Other Gateways: For domestic Add-On airfares from interior U.S. cities to San Francisco, please see below.
Government-imposed taxes and fees, including the 9/11 Security Fee, apply and are additional. Refer to Air and Land Information in our Terms & Conditions.
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 $140.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Eugene, OR Palm Springs, CA Sacramento, CA C ANADA :
Fresno, CA Phoenix, AZ San Diego, CA Vancouver, BC
Las Vegas, NV Reno, NV Spokane, WA
ZONE 4: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Albuquerque, NM Denver, CO San Antonio, TX C ANADA :
Austin, TX Houston, TX Calgary, AB
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX Salt Lake City, UT
ZONE 5: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Anchorage, AK Kansas City, MO Omaha, NE
Detroit, MI Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
ZONE 6: Add $220.00 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 $200.00 to San Francisco tour fare
New York, NY Newark, NJ
ZONE 8: Add $260.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Baltimore, MD Manchester, NH Rochester, NY C ANADA :
Boston, MA Philadelphia, PA Syracuse, NY Montreal, QC
Buffalo, NY Pittsburgh, PA Washington, DC Ottawa, ON
Hartford, CT Richmond, VA Toronto, ON
ZONE 9: Add $340.00 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, 2008 - March 31, 2009. Fares subject to change.

OUR WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
  • Round-trip transpacific air transportation
  • All intra-China air/land transportation
  • Locally guided (local guides provide transfers, sightseeing, information and assistance in each city) with 8 days of comprehensive sightseeing
  • 7 nights in deluxe and Superior First Class hotels; 4 nights aboard Victoria Cruises' ship in outside cabin with balcony
  • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
  • Sightseeing, cultural activities and performances as noted
  • United Mileage Plus ? members: earn frequent flyer credit with the purchase of each air/land package
  • $100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDT.

CULTURAL DISCOVERIES
  • SHANGHAI: 2 nights Hua Ting Hotel & Towers
    Shanghai Museum; Yu Garden; The Bund; Nanjing Road or Huai Hai Road shopping streets; carpet factory; Children's Palace
  • YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: 4 nights on Victoria Cruises' ship the V ICTORIA S TAR or V ICTORIA E MPRESS
    (outside cabin with balcony)
    Victoria cruise upstream; Yichang; San Dou Ping (Three Gorges Dam); Daning River's Small Gorges including picturesque sampan ride of the mini-gorges of the Ma Du River or Shennong Stream; Fengdu
  • CHONGQING: SIGHTSEEING
    Stilwell Museum's collection of WWII Flying Tigers' memorabilia
  • XI'AN: 2 nights Ginwa Plaza Hotel Xi'an
    Terra-Cotta Warriors, Circle Vision Movie, Bronze Chariot; Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum
  • BEIJING: 3 nights Capital Hotel Beijing
    Tiananmen Square; Forbidden City's Imperial Palace including jewelry section; Summer Palace with Lake Kunming cruise; Great Wall; cloisonn factory; Sacred Way to Ming Tombs; Chang Ling Exhibition Hall; Beijing Duck dinner party
 


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