Wonders of China & Yangtze River

Experience China's marvels, ancient and modern, rural and cosmopolitan, on this fantastic tour that features a relaxing 4-night upstream cruise of the Yangtze River. Discover for yourself the mysterious Forbidden City and the immense Tiananmen Square. Walk a section of the Great Wall, tour the old, narrow streets of Beijing by rickshaw and share lunch with a local family in their Hutong home. Stand before the 8,000 warriors in the life-size terracotta army in Xian. Float by the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges and steep cliffs of the Qutang Gorge. Marvel at an acrobatic show. Interact with China's national treasure at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Try your hand at the art of Chinese calligraphy and perhaps take a tai chi lesson. Experience both old and ultra-modern China in Shanghai.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2019
Duration
15 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1BeijingOvernight Flight: Set out on a journey that takes you to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai. Your adventure also includes a 4-night cruise on the captivating Yangtze River.
Day 2BeijingBeijing, China - Tour Begins: Arrive in the ancient capital of China. As the political center of China for the past 800 years, and the world's third most populous city, Beijing is rich in history with both modern and traditional architecture.
Day 3BeijingBeijing: We begin our day with a stroll through iconic Tiananmen Square. Afterwards, set out to discover the Forbidden City, an awe-inspiring 15th-century complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens that were once the home of the Ming and Qing emperors. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Day 4BeijingBeijing: Today's destination is the Great Wall of China, one of the world's most incredible wonders. Learn about the wall's history before taking a memorable walk on the Juyongguan section, one of the most famous passes along this epic structure. After this bucket list event, visit a jade museum to learn about the jade-making process.
Day 5BeijingBeijing: Your day begins at the spiritual Temple of Heaven (a UNESCO World Heritage site), a complex of buildings that symbolizes the connection between the earth and heaven. Afterwards, take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs, the traditional alleys of Beijing. Meet a local family and enjoy a dumpling-making class before a traditional calligraphy lesson. Then, share a simple lunch with them. Later, take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Tonight, dine on delicious Peking Duck, a favorite of the emperors.
Day 6BeijingBeijing - Xian: Fly to the ancient city of Xian where the legendary Silk Road comes to an end. This evening, dine on delicious Shui Jiao dumplings.
Day 7XianXian: Today, explore the incredible excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors. This vast clay army of 8,000 soldiers was created to guard China's first emperor in the afterlife. You'll be amazed at the detail - each statue has a different face. Next, visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic exhibition center to see life-sized models of the warriors being made. At lunch enjoy a Xian specialty - hand-pulled noodles - with a demonstration on how they are made.
Day 8XianXian - Yichang - Board Cruise Ship: After a short flight to Yichang, board your ship for a 4-night cruise up the Yangtze River. Relax as this exciting leg of your journey gets underway.
Day 9Three Gorges DamCruising - Three Gorges Dam - Xiling Gorge: You may choose to begin your day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck as we sail towards the dramatic Xiling Gorge, the longest section of the Three Gorges. Discover the state-of-the-art site, Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project. Tonight, enjoy the Captain's welcome dinner and show.
Day 10Wu GorgeCruising - Shennv Stream - Wu Gorge - Qutang Gorge: Take in the tranquil surroundings on a ride up the remote Shennv Stream in traditional pea boats. Upon returning to the ship, enjoy the majestic vistas as we sail through Wu Gorge, known for its 12 forest-covered peaks. This afternoon, continue on past the dramatic cliffs that surround the Qutang Gorge.
Day 11ShibaozhaiCruising - Shibaozhai: Arrive at Shibaozhai (Precious Stone Fortress). This imposing hill along the banks of the river is adorned with a 9-story red pagoda. You may climb the stairs to the top for a picture perfect view of the river and surrounding countryside.
Day 12ChongqingChongqing - Disembark Cruise Ship - Chengdu: We disembark this morning in the mountain city of Chongqing and travel to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. Spend time on your own strolling through its ancient streets. Come to know the leisurely lifestyle and teahouse culture that make this city so captivating. Tonight, sample the fresh, bold flavors of the local Sichuan cuisine.
Day 13ChengduChengdu: Your morning begins with a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Learn how China's national treasure is being brought back from the edge of extinction. Your guided tour allows you the rare opportunity to see the Giant Panda in its natural environment. The sanctuary is also home to the rare Red Panda. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the former home to the poet known as the "Shakespeare of China." End your day by exploring Jinli Ancient Street with its traditional-style buildings.
Day 14ChengduChengdu - Shanghai: Board a flight to Shanghai, the economic capital of the People's Republic of China. This bustling city's futuristic skyline will leave you speechless. Experience the modern side of China as you take the super-fast Maglev train into central Shanghai. Later this evening prepare to be amazed at a Chinese acrobatics show.
Day 15ShanghaiShanghai: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. Famous for its impressive colonial buildings, you'll feel as though you have returned to 19th-century Europe. Explore Old Town's narrow streets and relax in the tranquil Yuyuan Garden before discovering ancient Chinese art and historical treasures during a visit to the Shanghai Museum. Set out for the waterfront district, known as the Bund, which runs along the Huangpu River. Enjoy lunch at a celebrated local restaurant known for its xiao long bao soup dumplings. Then explore the past as we visit a silk museum. Later, celebrate your adventure with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 16ShanghaiShanghai - Tour Ends: Your adventure comes to an end today.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
04/25/2020$2,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
05/09/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
05/23/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
06/13/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/05/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/12/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/19/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/26/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/03/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/10/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/17/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
11/07/2020$2,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Century Cruises Chongqing, China
Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel Xian, China
Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu , China
Hongqiao Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai, China
Jianguo Hotel Qianmen , China
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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    Experience China's marvels, ancient and modern, rural and cosmopolitan, on this fantastic tour that features a relaxing 4-night upstream cruise of the Yangtze River.

 
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