Day-to-day Itinerary - 13 Days
Day 1 Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai, the cosmopolitan port city near where the Yangtze spills into the East China Sea. Upon arrival, meet / transfer by your local guide to downtown hotel in Shanghai for 3 nights with daily breakfast. Balance of the day at your leisure.
Day 2 Shanghai (B L D)
Full-day sightseeing in Shanghai as 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. Tonight, you will enjoy an entertaining Shanghai acrobatic show following dinner.
Day 3 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 4 Shanghai / Yichang (B L D)
Transfer to airport and depart Shanghai for 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 / Beijing (B, L)
Check out and transfer to Xian Airport for your flight Xian to Beijing, the capital and cultural center of China, where virtually every boulevard and building exudes an air of importance. Upon arrival in Beijing, meet / transfer by your local guide to the downtown hotel for 3 nights with daily breakfast. Balance of the day at your leisure.
Day 11 Beijing (B L)
Enjoy a full-day tour of the sights that make Beijing a spectacular destination: Tian'An Men Square, the largest public square in the world, 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 12 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. Time permitting, you will also tour the 2008 Beijing Olympics venues (Bird Nest and Water Cube).
Day 13 Beijing (B)
Check out and transfer to Beijing Airport. Depart Beijing for home and bid China a fond farewell. End of your China experience.
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