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13 Day Imperial China & Yangtze River Gold Experience 2018-2019

12 days with Pacific Delight  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 • Depart USA
Depart USA and cross the international dateline.

Day 2 • Arrive Beijing
Arrive at your FiveStarPlus® accommodations.

Day 3 • Beijing
This morning, see Tiananmen Square and the extravagant Ming-era Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City   featuring the living quarters, museum and the jewelry sections. The entire complex covers 74 hectares (183 acres) and consists of over 8,000 rooms. The exhibition halls and vaults hold some one million treasures at one of the most important museums in all of China. This afternoon, tour Beijing’s 700-year-old Hutongs (“narrow lanes”) area by old-fashioned pedicab. Climb up the Drum Tower and see a traditional drum performance. Visit a local family living in a courtyard-style home known as a Siheyuan. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.(AB, L, DH)

Day 4 • Beijing
Today, experience a highlight of your trip, as you visit the renowned Great Wall. On the way, if traffic allows, stop to photograph the iconic “Bird’s Nest”—the Beijing National Stadium—host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Then, arrive at the amazing Great Wall and walk along its ramparts as emperors once did.   After lunch, visit a jade factory, where you will learn about different types of jade and its properties. Jade is well known throughout China for its durability, musical qualities, its subtle, translucent colors, and its alleged  protective powers. Later, visit Summer Palace declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. You may enjoy a boat ride on the man-made Lake Kunming (weather permitting). This evening, sample one of the famous dishes of the imperial family—the Beijing Duck at DaDong Restaurant which Michelle Obama visited in 2014.(AB, L, D)

Day 5 • Beijing / Xi'an
This morning, visit the exquisite 15th-century Temple of Heaven. See the Imperial Ceiling of Heaven with its Echo Wall and the Nine-Dragon Cypress, more than 500 years old. This afternoon, fly to historic Xi’an, ancient capital of China and site of many archeological treasures.(AB, D)

Day 6 • Xi'an
See the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors and the Bronze Chariot buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang for more than 2,000 years and discovered by farmers in 1974; followed by a viewing of the 360-degrees circle-vision movie (movie subject to availability). Afterward, visit Beiyuanmen Muslim Street and the Grand Mosque. The local market offers a great selection of Chinese-Muslim cuisine and craftsmanship. In the afternoon, enjoy a dumpling lunch and a noodle-making demonstration. This evening’s highlight is a traditional performance of music and dance from the Tang Dynasty period.(AB, L, DS)

Day 7 • Xi’an / Chongqing: Yangtze Cruise
Today, fly to Chongqing, a picturesque mountain city. Upon arrival, visit Chongqing Zoo to see China's national animal the Giant Panda (feed the pandas if time permits) and the old town area of Chi Chi Kou (also if time permits). Later, board your Victoria Cruises ship for an unforgettable cruise along the Yangtze River (Port Authority Requirement: boarding begins at 6:00pm).(AB, L, D)

Day 8 • Yangtze Cruise: Shibaozhai
Disembark in Shibaozhai with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze.” Depending on river conditions (if a visit to Shibaozhai is not possible), alternative shore excursion will be to Fengdu, the new resettlement town on the Yangtze’s south bank, or to the “Ghost City”. Later, return to your ship and continue sailing downstream.(AB, L, D)

Day 9 • Yangtze Cruise: Qutang Gorge / Small Gorges Excursion / Wu Gorge
After passing through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges, disembark for an excursion via cruiser up Goddess Stream with its scenic, narrow gorges, while listening to local folk songs. Alternatively, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its splendid Small Gorges. Sail into the 25-mile-long Wu Gorge celebrated for its Twelve Peaks and quiet beauty. Return to your ship and continue sailing downstream.(AB, L, D)

Day 10 • Yangtze Cruise: San Dou Ping / Xiling Gorge / Yichang / Shanghai
This morning, take a specially designed sightseeing boat through the recently completed, unique ship lock with a passenger ship lift, the world’s largest. Then, visit the Three Gorges Dam which spans the Yangtze River at San Dou Ping—it is the world’s largest power station. Return to the ship and sail through Xiling Gorge, the most scenic       of the gorges. Continue sailing on to Maoping, where you will disembark and transfer to the airport in Yichang for your flight to Shanghai.(AB)

Day 11 • Shanghai
Today, see Shanghai’s highlights including Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the old town, the city’s colonial European past at the Bund, the modern Xintiandi and a renowned Shanghai silk factory. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel and later attend an astonishing performance of the world-famous Shanghai acrobats.(AB, L, DH)

Day 12 • Shanghai
Enjoy today at leisure. If you’d like, book an optional tour.(AB)

Day 13 • Depart Shanghai
After breakfast, prepare to bid farewell to China, as you board your departing flight home/onward.(AB)
Tour Map
All This Included
Experience historic Beijing, ancient Xi'an, cosmopolitan Shanghai, and a scenic Yangtze River luxury cruise.
  • Guaranteed land/cruise with 2 passengers
  • A group size of 10 or more participants will be escorted from arrival in China by a professional bilingual Tour Director
  • English speaking guides with Quiet Vox sound systems in pre-selected cities
  • Historical sightseeing and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Onboard lectures, entertainment, Tai Chi and Chinese language lessons, Captain's cocktail party and farewell banquet
  • Free WiFi in all hotels
  • Performances:  Tang Dynasty, Shanghai Acrobatics
  • All meals: 11 breakfast, 7 lunches, 8 dinners with special culinary experience Beijing Duck dinner
  • Some dinners in hotels
  • 3 Intra-China flights
  • All port charges
  • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program
  • Executive Suites with private balcony: 3 nights on board Victoria Cruise Ship (Jenna) on the Yangtze River
  • Executive Suites with “Boutique Lifestyle Service”
  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea service
  • Welcome fruit basket
  • Selection of two dining rooms
  • Diet soda included for lunch and dinner
  • Wine and beer offerings at dinner
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Daily printed itinerary
  • Private shore excursions (with 6 or more passengers in a particular group)
  • Executive Lounge
  • Hot & cold soft drinks available daily
  • Afternoon “Happy Hour”
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and internet service
  • FiveStarPlus® hotels: 3 nights Beijing: The Ritz-Calton • 2 nights Xi'an: Shangri-La • 3 nights Shanghai: The Portman Ritz-Calton
Accommodations on this Tour
Beijing: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Chao) - Chaoyang District-Beijing
Xi'an: Shangri-La Hotel
Cruising: Cabin onboard Victoria Jenna
Shanghai: The Portman Ritz-Calton
  • Preferred accommodations subject to change to similar class accommodations.
  • 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.

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