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Yangtze, Terracotta Warriors, Great Wall

 

Best of China 14 days/12 nights
Downstream Yangtze River Cruise
Duration 14 days (full package)
13 days (land only)
Places Visited: Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors
Max Group Size: 16
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"Finally we have time to let you both know what an INCREDIBLE holiday you organized for us!  Our tour of China turned out to be a "trip of a lifetime" for us both.  We have so many memories and highlights of our time in China that we are still trying to absorb everything we saw and experienced ...

Cal and Donna M, Lethbridge. AB

HIGHLIGHTS
• Climb the Great Wall, enter the Forbidden City, stroll through the Summer Palace and visit the Temple of Heaven
• Savor special meals including Peking Duck and Mongolian Hot Pot
• Attend unforgettable performances including Peking Opera (Beijing), famed acrobatic show in Shanghai and the Tang Dynasty Show in Xian
• Gaze upon the army of terracotta figures guarding the tomb of China's first emperor
• Revel in a downriver cruise on the Yangtze aboard a five-star luxury ship with your own private balcony.
• Visit the Three Gorges Dam Site, the world's largest hydroelectric project

• See the pandas close up at Choqnging Zoo

• Tour Shanghai and marvel at its modernizations

INFORMATION

 

ITINERARY

Days 1-2
Your journey takes you over Canada, Alaska, parts of eastern Russia and Japan. You'll lose a day crossing the International Date Line. You arrive at Beijing's Capital Airport in the afternoon. You'll be met and taken to your hotel.

Presidential Plaza

Day 3 BEIJING
After a hearty breakfast (all breakfasts are buffet style with Western and Chinese menu choices), enjoy a tour of the Chinese capital, starting with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the city’s two most important sites. Tiananmen means the Gate of Heavenly Peace and the square in front is the largest in the world. Chairman Mao still dominates the square 34 years after his death, with his giant portrait at the north end and his mausoleum at the south. Behind imposing red walls is the Forbidden City, a vast collection of buildings reputed to comprise 9,999 rooms. It was home to emperors of both the Ming and Qing dynasties — a span of more than 500 years. Afternoon enjoy a ride through one of Beijing’s old residential sections called hutongs, which are fast disappearing as the city modernizes. Remainder of day at leisure. Tonight enjoy Peking Duck, a local specialty.

Presidential Plaza B L D

Day 4 BEIJING
Today you’ll go to the Great Wall, China’s best-known heritage site. The wall extends thousands of kilometres across northern China and is actually a collection of walls built over two millennia. The section of wall you’ll be visiting rises and falls along the ridges of the Yin and Yan Mountains at Mutianyu, a two-hour coach ride north of the city.  After lunch, you’ll go to the Summer Palace, once a favourite haunt of the Empress Dowager Cixi, de facto ruler of China until her death in 1908. Tonight enjoy a performance of traditional Chinese opera. The tales are drawn from China’s rich history and include myths and age-old traditions.

Presidential Plaza B L D


Day 5 BEIJING/XIAN
In the morning visit the beautifully symmetrical Temple of Heaven. It was here emperors would troop in splendid procession each year to render homage to Heaven and pray for a good harvest, communing with Heaven from a stone altar. The temple’s exquisite blue glazed dome is a defining symbol of the capital.  Afternoon fly to Xian, capital of Shaanxi Province and one of China’s most storied cities. Stop at the City Wall, one of the most complete and best preserved in China.

Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza B L D

Day 6 XIAN
Today you'll visit the amazing display of terracotta figures guarding the vast tomb of China's first emperor. This extraordinary treasure was discovered 36 years ago by some farmers digging a well, although its existence had been rumoured for centuries in legends. You will also go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in the 8th century to house Buddhist scriptures brought from India. In the evening dine on dumplings, a local specialty, and attend a glittering performance of song and dance from the Tang Dynasty, 1300 years ago, when Xian, then called Chang’an, was capital of China and one of the grandest cities in the world.

Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza B L D

Day 7 XIAN/CHONGQING
Enjoy a leisurely morning before flying to Chongqing in Sichuan Province at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. The city, one of the largest in the world, was the capital of China during the War with Japan. Visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Tonight you’ll have a hot pot dinner.

Hilton Hotel B L D

Day 8 CHONGQING/YANGTZE RIVER
Today enjoy a tour of Chongqing including
a visit to Chongqing Zoo to see to lovable pandas. Optional is a day trip to Dazu, 165 km northwest of the city, to visit famed Buddhist grottoes dating back 1500 years, another of China’s World Heritage Sites. In the evening enjoy a special hot pot dinner before boarding the deluxe Victoria Cruise ship for the start of a three night, three-day journey on the Yangtze through the spectacular Three Gorges.

Victoria Cruise Ship B L D

Days 9-10 YANGTZE RIVER
Your cruise includes shore excursions to the Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennong Stream or Daming River, and Fengdu or Shibaozhai. The captain hosts welcome and farewell banquets. Many shipboard activities await. Evening entertainment invites passengers to join in the fun.

Victoria Cruise Ship B L D

Day 11 YICHANG/SHANGHAI
The ship reaches historic Yichang in the early afternoon. Fly to Shanghai. Dinner on your own tonight.

Grand Mercure Hongqiao Hotel B L

Day 12 SHANGHAI
Enjoy a tour of China’s most populous city and commercial hub. You’ll go to the modern Shanghai Museum, one of the best in China, stroll on the waterfront Bund, where Western traders set up shop in the 19th and 20th centuries, and visit beautiful Yu Garden, a fine example of private garden dating back 400 years. A camellia found there was said to have been planted by the original owner. Tonight attend a remarkable acrobatic show, one of the best in China.

Grand Mercure Hongqiao Hotel B L D

Day 13 SHANGHAI
Today is a free day to explore the city on your own, shop, relax or take part in an optional day trip to nearby Suzhou, renowned for its exquisite gardens and bridges constituting another of China's UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Grand Mercure Hongqiao Hotel B L D

Day 14 SHANGHAI/HOME
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home OR extend your stay in Shanghai OR exit through Hong Kong. Ask us for details.

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Accommodations
5-star Presidential Plaza Hotel, Beijing
5-star Howard Johnson Ginmwa Plaza, Xian
5-star Hilton Hotel, Chongqing
5-star Victoria Cruises
4-star Garden View Hotel, Suzhou
5-star Grand Mercure Hongqiao, Shanghai
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Prices are in Canadian dollars per person based on double occupancy and a minimum seven people traveling together. Full package departs from Vancouver, BC Add-on airfares other cities click here
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If you are taking the Land Only package, you might want to consider coming to Beijing a day or two early. We'd be happy to arrange additional nights at your hotel for you.
Add-On Airfares
Victoria $150
Edmonton, Calgary $250
Regina, Winnipeg $380
Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal $450
Halifax $550
Seattle,Portland $150
For other cities please contact us
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2010
Sept 8 Sept 9 Sept 20 $3550 $2750
Sept 15 Sept 16 Sept 27 $3550 $2750
Sept 22 Sept 23 Oct 4 $3550 $2750
Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 20 $3550 $2750
Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 25 $3550 $2750
Oct 20 Oct 21 Nov 1 $3550 $2750
Nov 3 Nov 4 Nov 15 $3550 $2650
2011
Mar 16 Mar 17 Mar 28 $3250 $2550
Apr 6 Apr 7 Apr 18 $3495 $2695
May 4 May 5 May 16 $3550 $2750
May 18 May 19 May 30 $3550 $2750

INCLUDED IN FULL PACKAGE PRICE:
Internaitonal air from Vancouver, BC
Superior accommodations
Meals as indicated in itinerary
Ground transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
Complimentary cold towels and drinks
Deluxe Yangtze River cruise
Three flights: Beijing/Xian; Xian/Chongqing; Yichang/Shanghai
Fuel charges are included at current rate but are subject to change
Domestic airport taxes, hotel taxes and service charges
English-speaking guides

NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICE:
International airport taxes
Gratuities for service providers and cruiser staff

Visa fees
Personal expenses
Travel insurance

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