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Classic China – 15 days

$ 3,050.00

This journey takes in many of China’s most fascinating destinations, including a 4 days cruise along the Yangtze River to experience the dynamic river life, spectacular dams and stunning gorges that only the Yangtze can offer.

15 days itinerary showcase Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai & Suzhou.

Description


Day 01 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the Hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel: Capital Hotel Beijing or similar

Day 02 Beijing (B/L)
After breakfast, enjoy a full day guided tour of Beijing including Tian An Men Square, the largest public plaza in the world where Mao Tse Tung first raised the flag of the People’s Republic.

The Imperial Palace, lying inside the Forbidden City and surrounded by a high wall and broad moat, is probably China’s greatest surviving historical site. Dating from the 15th century, the Palace was home to a total of 24 emperors and, today, its fabulous halls, palaces and gardens house a huge collection of priceless relics from various dynasties.

This afternoon, visit the Hutong by pedicab (Rickshaw) and take a leisurely stroll through these vanishing old narrow streets of city and visit a local family, local market and the Drum Tower.

Day 03 Beijing (B/L/D)
It’s a thrill to walk along the Great Wall of China – a formidable construction that winds its way over hills for more than 2,000 miles. We’ll visit the Badaling, known as the most scenic section of the Wall.

Lunch at the Friendship Restaurant of Beijing Jade Carving Factory and pay a visit either before or after lunch.

In the afternoon, visit to the lavish Summer Palace, a former retreat for the imperial family and tonight, enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner.

Day 04 Beijing/Xian (B/L)
Beijing’s parklands gathers crowds of old and young in the morning playing Taiji, Qigong, even ballroom dancing or disco as the vigorous daily exercise. Visit the Temple of Heaven this morning to watch the scene and the holy temple once the emperors worshiped the God of Heaven for the good harvest.

Continue to visit the Yonghegong Lamasery, a renowned lama temple and a residence for large numbers of monks from Mongolia and Tibet.

Enjoy a Beijing noodle lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to the airport for flight to Xian.

Upon arrival in Xian, transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda or similar

Day 05 Xian (B/L/SD)
Xian is the ancient capital of China and the seats for the glorious Qin, Han and Tang Dynasties. Our highlight today is to view the life-sized Terracotta Warriors that have been standing on guard for the first Emperor of China for over 2000 years.

Visit the Xian Ceramic and Art Workshop and Chinese lunch at local restaurant including the Noodle-making demonstration.

In the afternoon, visit the Shanxi History Museum and enjoy Dumpling Dinner followed by Tang Dynasty Show tonight.

Day 06 Xian/Guilin (B/L)
This morning, visit ancient City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, originally built as a Buddhist retreat in the 7th century.

Lunch at local restaurant and then transfer to the airport for flight to Guilin

Upon arrival in Guilin, transfer to your hotel.
Dinner is on your own.

Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar

Day 07 Guilin – Li River Cruise – Yangshuo – Guilin (B/L/D)
Guilin and Yangshou are definitely the places that can always spark your creativity of art. A boat trip down the Li River through China’s most famous landscape. The tall pointed hills and rice paddies, familiar from innumerable Chinese paintings. Lunch onboard and after disembarkation in Yangshuo, explore the famous West Street, which is near your hotel and browsing Yangshuo’s antiques and crafts stalls and shops, and visit the local village and farms.

Dinner at local restaurant followed by Impression Liu San Jie Light Show.
Late evening, transfer back to Guilin for overnight

Day 08 Guilin/Chongqing (B/L/D)
Morning, transfer to airport for flight to Chongqing
China’s capital during World War II, Chongqing is the largest city in China with a population of more than 30 million, referred as “China’s Chicago” by the Forbes Magazine.

On arrival, we will enjoy lunch at local restaurant followed by a city tour with a visit to the Panda Zoo and then to the Stilwell Museum.

Sichuan Hot Pot Dinner at local restaurant before transfer to pier to board on MV President No.7 Cruiser (Outside Cabin with Private Balcony) or similar

MV President No.7 Cruiser (Outside Cabin with Private Balcony) or similar

Day 09 Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/D)
The mighty Yangtze River, with its twists, turns and incredible vistas after the end of each gorge, the amphitheatre-like views of the villages along the riverbanks convey the harmony of nature and beauty. The three gorges: Qutangxia, Wuxia and Xilingxia are all breathtakingly beautiful.

Enjoy a shore excursion of Shibaozhao Pagoda, which literally means the Stone Treasure Fortress. Built with wooden structure without using any nails in 1819, the nine-story pagoda was constructed leaning against the rocky and craggy hill facing the Yangtze River.

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/D)
Sail through dramatic Qutang and poetic Wu Gorges. Cruise down the Shennong Stream by small “peapod” boat.
This breathtaking excursion takes you by small ferry down the beautiful Shennong Stream – attractive with its clear water, wild exotic flowers and rare grasses. Visit the ruins of the ancient road and the suspended coffins hanging from both sides of the cliffs.

Day 11 Yichang/Shanghai (B/L)
This morning we will tour the Three Gorges Dam Project Site, the largest public works project in China since the Great Wall.

Disembark around noon time in Yichang, enjoy lunch and little walk before transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai

Arrive Shanghai, you are met and transferred to hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Hotel: The Ocean Hotel Shanghai or similar

Day 12 Shanghai (B/D)
Today’s sightseeing tour showcases Shanghai’s highlights. Morning visit the Yuyuan Garden and the old town area where you will have lunch on your own. Walk on the promenade of Shanghai’s famous waterfront – Bund.

In the afternoon, visit Shanghai’s world-renown museum which houses the finest collection of Chinese art including calligraphy, scroll paintings, bronzes and ceramics.

Dinner at local restaurant followed by Acrobatic Show

Day 13 Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai (B/L)
A full day excursion by high-speed train (2nd class soft seat) to Suzhou, the important trading town ever since the first days of the Grand Canal. See the town’s spectacular classical gardens maintained by Chinese nobility for centuries. Visiting Garden of Master Net (Wangshi Garden), then proceed to Suzhou No. 1 Silk Spinning Factory; a silk-reeling mill to see how silk is processed and spun, learn why China has, for generations, been world famous for its fine exotic silk.

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on the Grand Canal of China, the longest and largest man-made waterway in the world. Take a walk in the old town before returning to Shanghai by high speed train.

Chinese lunch at local restaurant, dinner in your own

Day 14 Shanghai (B)
Free day at leisure or go for Optional Tours

Day 15  Shanghai – Onward Flight (B)
Check out today and pre-arranged time, you will be transferred to the Airport for your onward flight.


Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests and maximum of 16


Low Season
$3050
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Single supplement: $1150

 

Shoulder Season
$3100
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Single supplement: $1200

 

High Season
$3150
Land only per person based on sharing
  • Single supplement: $1250

DEPARTURE DATES 2019

May 29, Jun. 05, Jun. 12, Jun. 19, Jun. 26, Jul. 03, Jul. 10, Jul. 17, Jul 24, Jul 31, Aug. 07, Aug. 14, Aug. 21
Apr. 3, Apr. 10, Apr. 17, Oct. 30, Nov. 06, Nov. 13
Apr. 24, May 01, May 08, May 15, May 22, Aug. 28, Sept. 04, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 02, Oct. 09, Oct. 16, Oct. 23


DEPARTURE CALENDAR 2019

January:
February:
March:
April:
3, 10 , 17, 24
May:
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June:
5, 12, 19, 26
July:
3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August:
7, 14, 21, 28
September:
4, 11, 18, 25
October
2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November:
6, 13
December:

Additional information

OVERVIEW

15 days Small Group tour of China visit Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise and Shanghai Group Average size: 12

START / END

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing • Day 2-3 Visit Beijing • Day 4 Beijing flight to Xian • Day 5 Xian • Day 6 Xian flight to Guilin • Day 7 Guilin/Yangshuo • Day 8 Guilin to Chongqing • Day 9-10 Yangtze Cruise • Day 11 Flight to Shanghai • Day 12 – 14 Visit Shanghai & Suzhou • Day 15 Finish in Shanghai

DEPARTURE

Guaranteed departure on every Wednesday for minimum 2 travelers from Apr – Nov

HOTELS

 Beijing – Capital Hotel Beijing
 Xian – Hotel: Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda or similar
 Guilin – Guilin Bravo Hotel
 Yangtze Cruise – M.V President 7
 Shanghai – The Ocean Hotel Shanghai or similar

INCLUSIONS

 Superior First Class Hotel with daily breakfast as listed in the itinerary
 Meal specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, SD = Special Dinner)
 Arrival and departure transfer services from Airport/hotel/airport
 Transfer and ground transportation during the tours by air conditioned vehicles
 Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary with English speaking local guide(s)
 Fully escorted by National Guide if the departure is final at minimum 10 passengers
 Entrance fees at sites/monuments (one time)
 Intra-tour air/rail transportation based on coach class
 Present applicable VAT/taxes.

EXCLUSIONS

International flights – Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
China Domestic Airport Tax & Fuel Surcharge, which is at USD41.00 per person (Subject to change)
Tourist visa to the country visited in the itinerary
 Insurance you may wish (which we urge you to purchase)
 Personal expenses and gratuities.
 Any other item not specified
 The cruise company requires a gratuity of RMB150 (US$25) per person to be charged to clients account when they go on board, which is separate from the above costs.

QUESTIONS

Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance.

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