Yangtze River Cruise - 15 nights Beijing to Hongkong

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The Heart of China and the Yangtze River
3 Nights Hotel in Beijing, 2 Nights Hotel in Xi'an, 3 Nights Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang, 2 Nights Hotel in Shanghai, 2 Nights Hotel in Guilin, 3 Nights Hotel in Hongkong

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Beijing to Hongkong (WCY) - 16 days

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Ship - Victoria Anna

 
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing, China

Welcome to China’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2: Beijing

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to the FORBIDDEN CITY and its IMPERIAL PALACE, once the home of China’s great emperors. Nearby is 100-acre TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue to the former SUMMER PALACE, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds and situated on Kunming Lake. This evening, enjoy a special PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER in a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Beijing

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Then, visit a CLOISONNÉ WORKSHOP and see local artisans use the techniques of this ancient art form to turn pieces of copper into colorful decorative items. After lunch in a local restaurant, take a leisurely walk down the SACRED WAY of the Ming Tombs and marvel at the impressive hand-carved stone statues. Tonight, experience local culture at the PEKING OPERA, including a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful makeup being applied to the performers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Beijing – Xi’an

This morning, enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home for tea. Later, fly to Xi’an. This evening, enjoy the “Tang Dynasty” DINNER SHOW featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5: Xi’an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit a LACQUER WORKSHOP followed by DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Xi’an – Chongqing (Embarkation) – Yangtze River Cruise

This morning, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and learn to write like a local during a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS; you may even see some locals practicing their morning Tai Chi. Next, fly to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Visit a local ZOO to see pandas before boarding the Victoria Anna for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Cruising: Wanxian or Shibaozhai or Fengdu

Depending on river conditions, one of the following shore excursions will be offered: Wanxian, “Gateway to Eastern Szechuan Province,” where you will see an acrobatic show, market, and possibly a school; Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story red wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side; or Fengdu, where you’ll visit Ghost City Temple. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Cruising: Shennong Stream or Daning River

Head downstream through the first and second of the three gorges — Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your captain negotiates this narrow gap. After lunch, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down either the Daning River or Shennong Stream, depending on conditions. Continue sailing through Xiling Gorge and the Three Gorges ship locks. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Cruising: Three Gorges Dam Site – Yichang (Disembarkation) – Shanghai

View tiny villages clinging to hillsides as you proceed toward Yang Jia Wang. This morning, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, where the Chinese progress toward building the largest dam of its kind in the world. After lunch, say farewell to your ship’s crew in Yichang and transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and center of trade and industry. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 10: Shanghai

Your sightseeing starts at the YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Then, stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Visit a SILK FACTORY to learn about the silk-making process. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM and the CHILDREN’S PALACE, where talented children study music, dance, and theatre after school. After dinner, be amazed at a spectacular ACROBATIC SHOW. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Shanghai – Guilin

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore on your own. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit JADE BUDDHA TEMPLE, home to two stunning white jade Buddha statues carved in Burma. Later, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 12: Guilin

Limestone mountains, their needle peaks hidden in mist, rise from the green plain surrounding Guilin. The scene conveys a sense of mystery that artists have tried to capture for centuries. Savor unique vistas during a leisurely CRUISE on the Li River and enjoy a light lunch. Tonight, you may choose to join our optional trip to see trained cormorants dive for fish, the traditional Lijiang fishing method. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 13: Guilin – Hong Kong

Enjoy the morning at leisure in this charming town. Sightseeing begins with the famous REED FLUTE CAVE with its unusual stalactite and stalagmite formations. Then, visit a local TEA FARM for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process followed by a tea ceremony. Later, fly to Hong Kong. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 14: Hong Kong

This morning’s sightseeing begins with a cable car ride up to VICTORIA PEAK for panoramic vistas of this one-of-a-kind port city. Drive by Repulse Bay, a popular beach area, then to the Aberdeen fishing village for a SAMPAN RIDE on the harbor. Next stop is STANLEY MARKET, a narrow street jammed with stalls offering clothing, arts, and crafts. Tonight, consider an optional sunset cruise on Hong Kong’s magnificent harbor. (Breakfast)

Day 15: Hong Kong

A full free day to explore this exciting city. You may wish to join one of our optional excursions to view the giant Buddha on the island of Lantau or to learn about Hong Kong’s history before the British colonized the area. Shopping is a highlight of Hong Kong with markets, malls, and shops to fit any taste and budget. This evening is the perfect finale to a great adventure as you’re hosted at a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 16: Hong Kong

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Notes:

  • A valid passport is required for transfer. Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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2012 Departures
Program Start Date
Cabin Rates are per passenger in $USD
Executive Suites - Lower Deck

From Beijing

19-Apr-12
$4,409
3-May-12
$4,569
17-May-12
$4,569
31-May-12
$4,369
14-Jun-12
$4,369
30-Aug-12
$4,609
6-Sep-12
$4,609
13-Sep-12
$4,609
20-Sep-12
$4,609
27-Sep-12
$4,609
4-Oct-12
$4,799
11-Oct-12
$4,799
Cabin upgrades are subject to availability. // Triple rooms are not available.
Single Supplement: $2,120
Intra air taxes are additional. Will be quoted at time of booking.
Transfers available for purchase. Please call to inquire.
Dates above do not include international air travel. When planning your trip, allow one extra day before tour date for travel between USA and Asia.

Prices Include:

• 3-night Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang in selected cabin category
• American breakfasts daily (B) , 11 lunches (L), 9 dinners (D), including a Peking Duck welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Hongkong
• 3-nights hotel accomodations in Beijing at Westin Beijing (or similar; hotel subject to change)
• 2-nights hotel accommodation in Xi'an at Golden Flower (or similar; hotel subject to change)
• 2-nights hotel accommodations in Shanghai at Westin Shanghai (or similar; hotel subject to change)
• 2-nights hotel accommodation Guilin at Sheraton Guilin Hotel (or similar; hotel subject to change)
• 3-nights hotel accommodation in Hongkong at Harbour Grand Kowloon (harbor-view room) (or similar; hotel subject to change)
• All intra-tour flights
• Daily guided sightseeing program
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure
• Travel insurance
• Intra air taxes
• Gratuities
• Other personal expenses

* For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.


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