11 Day Affordable China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise (Monday Departures, New York Special)
11 days with Gate 1 Rating: First Class
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River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Monday - Depart for China Depart for China.
DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Beijing Arrive in Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China; meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings.
DAY 3, Wednesday - Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs Take a full day excursion to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure on Earth, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. Stop at a local jade shop before arriving to the Great Wall. Walk along the promenades and enjoy the unrivaled scenic views of beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from this 7th century defensive fortification. Afterward, you have lunch at a local restaurant. Continue for a walk through the site of Ming Tombs. Later, drive by the striking ultra-modern architectural site built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, before returning to Beijing. Tonight, gather for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4, Thursday - Full Day in Beijing Spend your day at leisure to explore Beijing on your own. Or, join the fascinating optional tour that includes the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and a visit to the Beijing Zoo to see the world-famous Pandas. Tonight, savor an optional Peking Duck dinner, the most culturally famous meal in China. (Breakfast)
Optional: Full Day Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Panda visit at Beijing Zoo with lunch.
Optional: Peking Duck Dinner.
DAY 5, Friday - Fly to Yichang, Embark Cruise Morning optional tour to Beijing's unique Hutong area to absorb the culture and traditions of Old China, including a visit with a local family. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Yichang. Upon arrival, continue to the port to board your ship on the Yangtze River and enjoy a buffet dinner on board. Set sail later this evening. Your next three days are going to be full of activities. There will be demonstrations on fresh water pearls and you will have the opportunity to join lectures on various topics, such as Chinese medicine, the Three Gorges and the Three Gorges Dam site. There will be evening entertainment beginning tomorrow. You will receive a full itinerary upon embarkation. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional: Half Day Hutong Tour (AM).
DAY 6, Saturday - Xiling Gorge This morning begin sailing upstream through Xiling Gorge. Today's optional excursion visits the Three Gorges Dam near Sandouping Village. This dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. Continue sailing through Xiling Gorge, the longest section of the Three Gorges system, which is comprised of the rapids of Xietan, Qingtan and Kongling, collectively known as the Three Rapids of Xiling. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Three Gorges Dam.
DAY 7, Sunday - Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountain passes as you sail through the 25-mile long Wu Gorge, famous for its fabled Twelve Peaks. According to legend, the peaks are believed to be the spirits of 12 fairies, the most famous of them being the Shennu Feng (Goddess) Peak, which is topped by a huge rock resembling a kneeling maiden. Today, your optional tour will take you either on a scenic journey up Shennong Stream, traveling in small boats between rolling hills and rocky cliffs or. on a scenic journey up Shennv Stream, the journey is accompanied by local folk songs and dances. Continue through the Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three Yangtze gorges, and admire its bluffed banks and lush terraced hillsides. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shennong Stream.
DAY 8, Monday - Cruise to Fengdu The ship arrives this morning at Fengdu, with its 1,900 years of history. Today's optional shore excursion will visit the Xiaoguanshan Ancient Folk Culture Park and Shuanggui Mountain. Here, you’ll experience the ancient life of China and visit beautiful temples built during the Qing dynasty. You will also encounter exquisite pagodas, pavilions, and terraces. Time to relax on board after your return to the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Fengdu
DAY 9, Tuesday - Flight to Shanghai Disembark the cruise in Chongqing and transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)
DAY 10, Wednesday - Yuyuan Garden & Bund Today, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden, built during the Ming Dynasty by the high-ranking government official Pan Yunduan. In existence for 400 years, the Gardens were specifically constructed for Pan's aging parents as a sanctuary in which to live out their lives. Enjoy a stop at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop and then experience the old world charm of the Bund, the former "Wall Street" of the foreign powers. Walk along its park-like waterfront promenade between the Wusong River and Old Town. Tonight, gather for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 11, Thursday - Depart China Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)
River Cruise Highlights
Visit the Great Wall, the World’s longest man-made structure
Explore the classical Yuyuan Garden and the Bund Riverside
All This Included
Flights New York-Beijing, Shanghai-New York
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
All intra-flights: Beijing-Yichang & Chongqing-Shanghai
9 nights First Class accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel & cruise porterage
19 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners with beer
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of local guides in all major cities
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Accommodations on this Tour
Beijing: Mercure Beijing Downtown
Cruising: Victoria Cruise Ships
Shanghai: Baolong Hotel Shanghai
Not included: Yangtze River Cruise gratuity charge of RMB 150 (approx. US$25) per adult per cruise (charged directly to your account upon embarkation), optional tours and gratuities.
This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via Air China and may only be purchased with these flights.
Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Alternative sights may be visited depending upon water levels and darkness. While sailing with Victoria Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions.
Please note, all decks on your Victoria Cruise ship have similar standard rooms. Plan B Promenade Deck and Plan A Bridge Deck cabins feature an additional onboard amenity package.
Yangtze River Cruise cabins cannot comfortably accommodate 3 people; therefore, our triple adult and twin with child pricing reflects the additional cost of an upgrade to Executive Suite.
This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The Great Wall requires a climb of approximately 300 steps, some of which have an incline. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. Air pollution is a problem in many of China's major cities. Please see the CDC website and/or consult with your healthcare provider for specific recommendations. The usage of a bandanna or, light scarf might help screen out some of the pollutants in the air. This is an Off Season program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.