See the famous Three Gorges, the Great Wall, Beijing's forbidden City and Summer Palace, Xian and Shanghai. The beauty and wonder of the legendary Yangtze River and yours to experience aboard Victoria cruises. Learn about the vast history, art and culture of this amazing country, China.
Arrive Beijing Arrive Beijing with private car transfer to the hotel.
Great Wall and Ming Tombs Journey past market towns to foothills of the Yanshan Mountains. Walk along the incomparable Great Wall, which was built so wide five horsemen or ten soldiers could pass shoulder to shoulder. In the afternoon, stroll along the Sacred Way past huge stone animals, warriors and Mandarin guards to the ancient Ming Tombs. Enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner this evening
Forbidden City / Tiananmen Square Begin your day exploring China's history and culture in Tiananmen Square. Enter the Forbidden City, 250 acre compound, now the Imperial Palace Museum, which houses historic treasures from throughout China. Afterwards, visit the Summer Palace, situated in a 700 acre garden encompassing Kunming Lake.
Hutong Tour / Xian This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperor of China came to worship the god of heaven, followed by a hutong tour to see the old quarters of Beijing by pedi-cab and then lunch with a local family. Later this afternoon, fly into Xian.
Terra- Cotta Warriors / Great Mosque Delve into the culture of the Qin Dynasty with a visit to the Qin Shi Huang Di Tomb, where over 8,000 life-sized terra cotta warriors and horses guard the entrance. These figures were grouped in battle order, rank by rank, and buried over 2000 years ago in a huge pit covering more than three acres. This afternoon, visit the Great Mosque, which was built in traditional Chinese style and ranks among the largest Islamic mosques in China.
Xian / Chongqing/Yangtzee Cruise This morning, travel to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a seven story Buddhist temple, located on the grounds of the Temple of Good Will. This afternoon fly to Chongqing and visit the zoo to see the Giant Pandas, Chinese ambassadors to the world. This evening embark on your cruise on the mighty Yangtze River. VICTORIA CRUISES or SANCTUARY YANGTZE EXPLORER
Yangtzee Cruise - Shibaozhai As you cruise downstream, enjoy what may be your last chance to view scenery that will soon be lost under the waters, after the Three Gorges Dam is completed. Learn about Chinese traditions with onboard lectures and demonstrations. Visit Shibaozhai, an 11 story pavilion built during the 1700s, and considered a gem of Chinese architecture, Fengdu or Wanzhou. VICTORIA CRUISES or SANCTUARY YANGTZE EXPLORER
Yangtzee Cruise - Three Gorges A major highlight of your trip is passing through the Three Gorges, including the Qutang, Wu and Xiling, each of which has its own special characteristics. The Qutang is the shortest, but is considered the most beautiful for its sheer majestic cliffs. The Wu Gorge was the birthplace of numerous Chinese legends and mythical creatures. Xiling, with its many narrow curves and stretches, is the longest of the three gorges. Downstream from Qutang is Shennong Stream, where you board small boats to be pulled upstream by trackers. Explore Parrot Gorge and Dragon Boat Gorge. See ancient plank roads, cave coffins and aqueous caves. VICTORIA CRUISES or SANCTUARY YANGTZE EXPLORER
Shangai Visit the Three Gorges Dam Project to learn about the dam and its influences. Then sail to Yichang and disembark your ship. Weather permitting, fly to Shanghai. Some departures may drive to Wuhan to catch the flight to Shanghai.
Everything Shangai Your tour of Shanghai this morning includes a visit to the renowned Shanghai Museum. Lunch is at a local restaurant, then visit Yu Yuan Garden, dating from the 16th century of the Ming Dynasty.
A Day for you. Tour the Shanghai Museum on Peoples Square. The Musuem houses art and artifacts from ancient China. See ceramics, calligraphy, jade, and Ming and Qing furniture. After lunch out on the town, remainder of your day is free
Return Home A private car transfer is provided to the airport, for your return flights home.
From $4399 per person in double occupancy
Departure: Operates weekly, depending on cruise dates. Please inquire.
Duration: 11 Nights, 12 Days
Type of services: Guided services throughout with local English-speaking guides.
Travel documents: Please visit our “Visa Info” page to inquire if you need a travel visa for this tour. It is the responsibility of the traveler to obtain proper travel documents for this tour..
Inclusions: All ground transportation at the destination; lodging, meals and tours per itinerary; hotel taxes; English-speaking assistance.
Not included: International and/or domestic airfares; airport departure taxes; tips of any kind; incidentals at hotels; any meals not included in the itinerary; alcoholic beverages; souvenirs.
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