Enjoy the wonders of China amd take a ride on the Yangtze River. You will get to explore all China has to offer for two weeks. Departure is on August 31, 2021. Prices start at $3,998* from San Francisco.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare
- Hotel gratuities
- Luxurious cruise accommodations
Day 1 August 31 – Depart USA
Enjoy your flight.
Day 2 September 1 – Arrive in Shanghai
Upon arrival in Shanghai you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 September 2 – Shanghai
Visit Yuyuan Garden located near the City God Temple in Shanghai. It is one of the more exquisite gardens in southern China with a history of over 400 years. Explore the Shanghai City God Temple (Chenghuang Miao), a Taoist temple known for its long history and grand architecture. View the Shanghai World Financial Center, a 101-story, 492-meter tall skyscraper situated in Pudong New Area. It is a new landmark of prosperous Shanghai. Next view the Bund, one of the best- known landmarks that cannot be missed in Shanghai. It is a 1.5-kilometer-long embankment along the western bank of the Huangpu River. The various types of well-preserved buildings on the Bund are described as an “Exhibition of World Architecture”. Wander through the French Concession, a great area to explore from the old European buildings to the cafes, restaurants and upmarket shops. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel in Shanghai. (B, L, D)
Day 4 September 3 – Shanghai
Travel outside of Shanghai and visit Tongli, a famous ancient water village surrounded by 8 lakes. This town maintains its features as an ancient Chinese water town. With a history spanning over 1000 years, Tongli has enjoyed great fame all over China for its beautiful winding rivers, historic bridges, and ancient residences. You will get to enjoy a small boat cruise tour around this water town and have an insightful view. (B, L, D)
Day 5 September 4 – Shanghai to Yichang
Transfer from your hotel to the airport in Shanghai, and fly to Yichang. Visit Sanyou Cave, the “Cave of the Three Travelers,” so named because three Tang Dynasty poets and officials named Baijuyi, Baixingjian and Yuanzhen are believed to have visited it. This cave is in the sheer cliff at the northern side of Xiling Gorge. It offers the best cave scenery in the Three Gorges area. Walk up the path from the cave to the Zhixin Pavilion, and see the ancient inscriptions. Enjoy lunch at the Fangweng Restaurant located in a cave along the Yangtze riverside and enjoy views of the river while you dine. Afterwards, journey to the port to board the President 7 river cruise ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6 September 5 – Yangtze Cruise
Pass though the 1st Gorge and enjoy an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site. The ship will pass through five locks today. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcoming Banquet this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 7 September 6 – Yangtze Cruise
Enjoy a shore excursion to Shennong Stream this morning. You will have the option of visiting White Emperor City instead for an additional charge. You will pass through the 2nd gorge--Wu Gorge and the 3rd gorge—Qutang today. (B, L, D)
Day 8 September 7 – Yangtze Cruise
Today your shore excursion visits the Fengdu Ghost City. Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 9 September 8 – Fly from Chongqing to Xi’an
Disembark the President 7 this morning and tour the Ciqikou Old Town. This lively old area has been partly restored. The old wooden houses and narrow streets furthest from the river are mostly unimproved, closer to the river there are craft and souvenir shops, teahouses and music, and lots of local food and snacks. Enjoy lunch before transferring to the airport to fly to Xi’an. Check in to your hotel in Xi’an this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 10 September 9 – Xi’an
Explore the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum and view the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses of Qinshihuang (the First Emperor of China of the Qin Dynasty). They can be traced back to 210 BC. The pits housing the warriors were discovered in 1974 by local farmers near Xi’an City. Next visit the Xi’an City Wall, the best-preserved ancient city wall in China and also the largest and most complete military facility in the world. You can pay extra to go biking on the City Wall or take a golf cart to save your energy. Enjoy dinner before returning to your hotel in Xi’an this evening for rest. (B, L, D)
Day 11 September 10 – Xi’an to Beijing
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It was initially built in 652 AD during the Tang Dynasty and was rebuilt in 704 AD during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian, adding five stories. Currently, the pagoda is 64 meters high and offers gorgeous views of Xi’an looking from the top. Next visit Xian’s Muslim Quarter, north of the Drum Tower, home to around 30,000 people of the city’s Hui (Chinese Muslim) population. The narrow, twisting streets are full of butcher’s shops, restaurants, food stalls, sesame oil factories, souvenir shops and tea shops. See the Great Mosque in Xian. It is one of the oldest, largest and well-preserved Islamic mosques in China. It dates back to the 8th century, and the city’s original Muslim population may be the descendants of Arab soldiers of that time. Take a train this afternoon to Beijing and check in to your hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening. (B, L)
Day 12 September 11 – Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square in the heart of urban Beijing and large enough to accommodate an assembly of one million people. It stands in front of the Forbidden City, at its north the Tiananmen Rostrum, from which imperial decrees were promulgated. Tour the Forbidden City. The atmosphere created by the many temples, halls and courtyards - not to mention the colors of the tiles, roofs and painted wood - is unique, leaving you with a lasting impression of imperial China. Afterwards, visit the 23.3-hectare Jingshan Park of the Prospect Hill, found opposite the northern gate of the Former Imperial Palace and on the axial line of the city of Beijing. The mid-summit of the hill is the highest point in the Beijing city area. Looking from the peak, the visitor is able to get a panoramic view of Beijing city and the Forbidden City. After lunch, take a walking tour in Hutong. You will walk through the narrow alleys as well as visit a local family, then walk on the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge). (B, L, D)
Day 13 September 12 – Beijing
Explore the Mutianyu Great Wall, located in Huairou County. It is a masterpiece of restoration, with 23 original-style watchtowers. It is connected with Jiankou Great Wall in the west and Gubeikou Gateway in the east. You will take the cable car up and down to avoid steep steps. After lunch return to Beijing and visit the Olympic Green for an exterior view of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. They were designed to accommodate tennis, archery and hockey events during the 2008 Olympic Games, and it is a great public park, in which only electric vehicles are allowed, after the Games. (B, L, D)
Day 14 September 13 – Beijing
Visit the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations, and it had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries. Explore the Panjiayuan Market, the biggest flea market in China. You can find as many collectibles here as you want at a reasonable price. Travel to the Haidian District, west of Beijing City, and visit the the Summer Palace (Yíhé Yuán). The Summer Palace is the best- preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer retreat for Emperors of the Qing Dynasty. It is praised as the Museum of Imperial Gardens. You will visit the park with the Garden of Virtue and Harmony and have a 10-minute boat cruise on the Kunming Lake. Return to your hotel in Beijing for one final night in China. (B, L, D)
Day 15 September 14 – Return to USA
Transfer from your hotel in Beijing this morning to the airport for your return flight home.