Day-to-day Itinerary - 17 Days
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital and cultural center of China, where virtually every boulevard and building exudes an air of importance. Upon arrival, meet / transfer on arrival to downtown hotel in Beijing for 3 nights with daily buffet breakfast. Balance of the day free.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Enjoy a full-day tour of the sights that make Beijing a spectacular destination: Tian'An Men Square, the sprawling Forbidden City, home to 24 Ming and Qing emperors and now a repository of precious art and antiques; the Temple of Heaven, famous for its elegance and symmetry; and the Summer Palace, an oasis of tea gardens, pavilions, painted corridors, and shimmering Kunming Lake with Empress Dowager's eccentric marble ship.
Day 3 Beijing (B L D)
One of the world's most awe-inspiring sights, the Great Wall snakes along nearly 4000 miles of impossibly steep hills and harsh, rugged plains. Today's excursion will give you ample time to explore it in leisure and marvel at the manpower that went into building the world's longest structure entirely by hand. Continue to the Ming Tombs, the graveyard of 13 emperors, before returning to Beijing for an imperial-style Peking Duck dinner.
Day 4 Beijing / Yichang (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Hutong with rickshaw ride and local home visit, followed by your flight Beijing / Yichang, the starting point of your upstream Yangtze cruise. Upon arrival, meet / transfer by local guide for some city tour in Yichang including the local museum and other sights before boarding your Yangtze cruise ship. Settle into your stateroom and get ready fo this memorable cruise.
Day 05 Yangtze River Cruise (B L D)
Visit the Three Gorges Dam Site in the morning. Then pass the Shiplock and continue on the cruise. Sail through the Xi Ling Gorge. Tonight the captain hosts a welcome dinner on board.
Day 06 Yangtze River Cruise (B L D)
Today you will take the shore excursions to Small Gorges along the Daning River (or Shen Nong Stream). Continue this afternoon through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge and see the fabled Twelve Peaks.
Day 07 Yangtze River Cruise (B L D)
Today you will take shore excursion to Fendu, the "Ghost City" and view the temples at Mingshan Hill (alternatively, the cruise may visit Wanzhou or Shibaozhai).
Day 08 Chongqing / Xian (B L)
Arrive in Chongqing this morning. Upon disembarkation, meet / transfer by local tour guide for some city tour in this biggest city in China: World War II Museum, Erlng Park and local zoo. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian, the ancient capital of China. Upon arrival, meet / transfer by your local guide to downtown hotel in Xian for 2 nights with daily breakfast. Afternoon tour in Xian: Bell Tower / City Wall and Muslim quarters and Great Mosque.
Day 09 XIAN (B, L, D)
Full-day tour: Terra-Cotta Army Museum, Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi Provincial Museum. A special Tang Dynasty dinner show tonight.
Day 10 Xian / Guilin (B, L)
Transfer to airport and depart Xian for Guilin by air. Upon arrival, local CITS meet / transfer to downtown hotel in Guilin for 2 nights with daily breakfast. Afternoon tour: Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill and other sights.
Day 11 Guilin / Li River / Guilin (B, L)
Few could fail to be enraptured by the beauty of the Li River, with its delicate karst formations, beautiful rural scenery, and lush green hillsides with bizarre rock formations and caves. Centuries of poets and artists have immortalized the very scenes you'll savor on a full-day air-conditioned cruise along this unique and tranquil waterway. At end of the cruise, take a short tour in Yangshuo before your guide drives you back to Guilin and back to your hotel.
Day 12 Guilin / Hangzhou (B, L)
Transfer to airport and depart Guilin by flight for Hangzhou, one of the most picturesque cities in China. Upon arrival, meet / transfer by local tour guide to check into downtown hotel in Hangzhou for 2 nights with daily breakfast. Afternoon city tour: West Lake (a ride) and Six Harmony Tower, the landmark of Hangzhou.
Day 13 Hangzhou (B, L)
Full-day sightseeing: General Yue Fei's Tomb (A Chinese national hero in Song Dynasty), followed by visit to Chinese green tea plantation and traditional Chinese medicine museum.
Day 14 Hangzhou / Shanghai (B, L)
Transfer to Hangzhou Railway Station. Depart Hangzhou by express train for Shanghai, the cosmopolitan port city near where the Yangtze spills into the East China Sea. Upon arrival, meet / transfer by local guide to your hotel in Shanghai for 3 nights with daily buffet breakfast.
Day 15 Shanghai (B L D)
The sights and contrasts of China's most vibrant city fill your day. Stroll the riverfront Bund with its European-style buildings; retreat to the green oasis of the 500-year-old Yuyuan Garden; meet local school kids at the Children's Palace after-school program; and gain new appreciation for Chinese art at the magnificent new Shanghai Museum. Enjoy the well-known Shanghai acrobatic show following dinner at local restaurant.
Day 16 Shanghai / Suzhou / Shanghai (B, L)
Depart Shanghai for Suzhou by express train (one hour). Upon arrival, meet / transfer by local tour guide for full-day sightseeing: Garden of Master Nets, Grand Canal (with a ride), Silk Factory and Tiger Hill. Return to Shanghai by express train in late afternoon. Upon arrvial, meet / transfer back to your hotel.
Day 17 Shanghai (B)
Check out and transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport. Depart for home on your select airline, bid China a fond farewell.
Meals Symbol: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Tour Features Includes:
Hotel accommodation in the tour
Daily three meals in the tour
Tour admission and Transfer services<
Local tour conductor in each city
All service charges and hotel taxes
Tour Cost Does Not Include:
Round-trip transpacific air ticket
Meals not specified in the itinerary
Passport and visa fee
Gratitude to guides