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17 Day Historic Cities & Yangtze River Imperial Experience

  

with Guilin/Hong Kong Extension

Early Bird Savings:$300.00/couple

If deposit is received by 12/31/08

 

TOUR CODE: T9YX13VD

 

TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1            Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, China's capital, you will be escorted to check into a featured Five-Star Hotel.

 

Day 2            Beijing

This morning, see the vast Tiananmen Square and the Ming Dynasty Imperial palace in the Forbidden City, including the jewelry section.After lunch, tour Beijing's old Hutong (narrow lanes) area by old-fashioned pedicab.Climb up the DrumTower; see a traditional drum performance.Visit a local family living in a courtyard-style home known a Siheyuans.Stop ata Hutong kindergarten (if school is open) and visit a vegetable market.Tonight, attend a Beijing Duck welcome dinner party with a glass of wine.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party

 

Day 3            Beijing   

Experience a highlight of your trip to China as you walk along the ramparts of the ancient Great Wall.Later, stroll along the statue-lined Sacred Way to the Ming Tombs and Chang Ling Exhibition Hall.After lunch, visit a cloisonn factory and observe the skilled artisans at work.A stop will be made (if traffic allows) for you to take pictures of the Beijing National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, which hosted the major events of the 2008 Summer Olympics.Tonight, buffet dinner at your hotel.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4            Beijing

Full day at leisure in Beijing. Perhaps take an optional tour of the exquisite Temple of Heaven to see local morning exercise and the Tibetan LamaTemple.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

Day 5            Beijing /Xi'an

Fly to historic Xi'an this morning and check into your hotel.Tonight enjoy dinner and an entertaining show at the Tang Dynasty Theatre.

Meals: American Breakfast, Dinner Show 

 

Day 6            Xi'an

See the extraordinary terra-cottalegion of warriors and Bronze Chariot, buried with the emperor for over 2,200 years.View the Circle Vision Movie.Then enjoy a dumpling lunch at the Defachang Restaurant.Later, a highlight of your vacation, at the Shaanxi Provincial Historicall Museum, where our exclusive visit to the private artifact room provides extraordinary access, as you white-glove handle some of the national treasures from the museum's collection.

Meals: American Breakfast, Special Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7            Xi'an/Chongqing

This morning, visit the exquisite Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an History Museum before flying to Chongqing.  On arrival, tour the Stillwell museum to see its collection of World War II memorabilia, particularly the Flying Tigers - volunteer American pilots who aided the Chinese before Pearl harbor.  It time permits, see the Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo.  Embark on the Five-Star Victoria Cruise to begin your memorable Yangtze River Cruise.Your cabin shall have private balcony accommodations.

Meals: American Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 8            Chongqing/Yangtze Cruise:Fengdu*

At Fengdu, a shore excursion shows the new resettlement town on the Yangtze's south bank, a farmer's home and a local market.  Nightly dining has been reserved at the elegant top deck a la carte dining room.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

*Alternate shore excursion may visit Wanzhou

 

Day 9            Yangtze Cruise:Qutang Gorge/Small Gorges Excursion/Wu Gorge/Xiling Gorge

Cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges:Qutang Gorge, hemmed by mossy cliffs. At Wushan, a cruiser excursion takes you up the DaningRiver to view the splendid  Small Gorges.  Continue by sampan to the picturesque mini-gorges of the Ma Du River with its clear, swift waters, unusual rock formations, and monkeys and goats along the banks.  Alternatively, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its famed small gorges.  Sail on  through Wu Gorge, celebrated for its TwelvePeaks.  Next, sail through Xiling Gorge, the most scenic of all gorges.  Finally, sail through the Three Gorges ship locks.  

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10            Yangtze Cruise:Xiling Gorge/San Dou Ping/Yichang to Shanghai*

This morning, stop at San Dou Ping for a shore excursion to see construction at the massive Three Gorges Dam, the worlds largest hydroelectric project. Cruise on to Yichang, where you disembark.  Fly to Shanghai, the cosmopolitan business center of China, and check into your Five-Star accommodations.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch

*If direct flight is not available, travel by motor coach to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai.   

 

Day 11            Shanghai

Visit Shanghai's highlights, including the ShanghaiMuseum, with an audio tour describing the special features of the museums permanent collections, Nanjing Road/Huai Hai Road shopping streets, the JadeBuddhaTemple, the city's colonial European past at The Bund, and a renowned Shanghai carpet factory.After dinner, enjoy an astonishing performance put on by the renowned Shanghai Acrobats.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

Day 12            Shanghai

Full day at leisure to shop and explore on your own, or enjoy an optional tour.

Meals: American Breakfast, Buffet Dinner

 

Day 13            Shanghai/Guilin

After breakfast, take a flight to Guilin, where you will be met and transferred to your Deluxe Hotel.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

Day 14            Guilin/Hong Kong

Travel the famous Li River on a day cruise, with lunch, on board an air-conditioned vessel.The magic scenery of the Li River allowsyou a chance to absorb the valley's exceptional beauty, resembling an ancient scroll come to life.You will go ashore at the market town of Yangshuo.Take flight afterwards to arrive Hong Kong.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 15            Hong Kong

Your Hong KongIsland including Stanley Market, fashionable RepulseBay and a sampan ride to see Aberdeen's floating community.Drive up VictoriaPeak for panoramic vistas of the cityscape and famous harbor.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

Day 16            Hong Kong

Day at leisure; you may take an optional tour.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

Day 17            Journey Home

After breakfast, check out of the hotel.A transfer is included to the airport.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

 

Tour Pricing Schedule:

 

Arrival (2009)                Land Only                Single Supplement

Mar 18, 25                       $2,918                        $1,200

Apr 8, 15, 22                    $3,318                        $1,450

Apr 27                              $3,588                        $1,760

May 4, 13, 18, 20             $3,588                        $1,760   

Jun 17, 22                        $3,318                        $1,450

Jul 1, 13                       $3,188                        $1,360

Aug 5, 17      $3,188                        $1,360

Sep 2, 7, 14, 16, 30$3,688$1,800

Oct 5, 7, 12, 14, 19$3,688$1,800

Nov 2, 11$3,388$1,480

 

(2010)

Mar 15, 22$3,388$1,480

 

Guilin/Hong Kong Extension Schedule

Arrival (2009)Land OnlySingle Supplement

Apr 1 C Aug 31$1,790$800

Sep 1 C Oct 31$1,990$900

Nov 1 C Dec 31$1,790$800

 

(2010)

Jan 1 -Mar 31$1,790$800

 

Tour Package Features:

-- All intra-China air and land transportation

-- Inclusive of all intra-China transfers between airports and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges

-- Escorted by our professional, bilingual Tour Manager

-- 9 nights in the following Five-Star Hotels:

   Beijing - Peninsual Hotel

   Xi'an - Sofitel Hotel

   Victoria Cruises

   Shanghai C Le Royal Meridien

   Guilin - Sheraton Hotel

   Hong Kong C Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel

-- 3 nights on Victoria Cruises Five-star Yangtze Cruise ship in outside cabins with private balcony, international cable TV, and full culinary meal services

-- Most meals including American breakfast daily, welcome cocktail reception and dinner party

-- Comprehensive sightseeing, special cultural activities and performances as noted

-- Inclusive of port charges, shore excursions, and local land transfer fees

 

Special Notes:

-- Early bird savings are applicable to final payment and valid only when deposit and final payments are received on due dates

-- Preferred accommodations subject to change to similar luxury class hotels

-- Land only includes initial arrival and final departure transfers in Asia, intra-China domestic flights

-- Transpacific air available at attractive rates

-- Government-imposed taxes and fees apply and are additional.

-- Land only prices are subject to change 



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