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Historic China of Yangtze River Silver Experience

13 days with Pacific Delight  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 • Depart USA
Depart USA and cross the international dateline.
Day 2 • Arrive Shanghai
Arrive at your Deluxe accommodations.
Day 3 • Shanghai
Today, visit the Shanghai Museum, where you’ll have the opportunity to discover some of China's priceless pieces of ancient art consisting of bronze, ceramic, jade and calligraphy; followed by a visit to Shanghai's old town, Yu Garden, Silk factory and the city's colonial European past at the Bund. Your tour will end at Xintiandi, the “French Concession,” where you may wish to enjoy dinner and return to your hotel by taxi on your own. (AB, L)
Day 4 • Shanghai / Yichang: Yangtze Cruise
This morning is at leisure. Later, transfer to the Shanghai airport or train station, where you will take a motor coach to Maoping to board your Victoria Cruises ship for an unforgettable cruise along the Yangtze River (Port Authority Requirement: boarding begins at 6:00pm). (AB, D)
Day 5 • Yangtze Cruise: Three Gorges Dam Excursion / Xiling Gorge
This morning,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 longest (41 miles) and deepest of the Three Gorges. Continue sailing upstream for the remainder of the day. (AB, L, D)
Day 6 • Yangtze Cruise: Small Gorges Excursion / Wu Gorge / Qutang Gorge
Disembark for an excursion via cruiser up Shennong Stream with its splendid Small Gorges. Alternatively, your excursion may be on Goddess Stream with its scenic, narrow gorges, while listening to local folk songs. Then, sail into the 25-mile long Wu Gorge celebrated for its Twelve Peaks and quiet beauty. Later, pass through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges. Return to your ship and continue sailing upstream. (AB, L, D)
Day 7 • Yangtze Cruise: Jade Emperor Scenic Area
Take a shore excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area near Fengdu, which has the largest image of the Jade Emperor in the world. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda. Later, return to your ship and continue sailing upstream. (AB, L, D)
Day 8 • Yangtze Cruise: Chongqing / Xi’an
Disembark in Chongqing, where you will visit Chongqing Zoo to see China's national animal the Giant Panda. Later, fly to historic Xi’an, ancient capital of China and site of many archeological treasures. Upon arrival, visit Beiyuanmen Muslim Street and the Grand Mosque. The local market offers a great selection of Chinese Muslim cuisine and craftsmanship. This evening, perhaps, join an optional traditional performance of music and dance from the Tang Dynasty period (extra cost). (AB, L)
Day 9 • Xi’an
A full day of sightseeing to 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). (AB, L)
Day 10 • Xi’an / Beijing
After breakfast, fly to the capital of China Beijing, a fascinating city rich in history and memorable UNESCO World Heritage sites. This evening, perhaps, sample one of the famous dishes of the imperial family at an optional Beijing Duck dinner (extra cost). (AB)
Day 11 • 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 section. 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. (AB, L)
Day 12 • 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. This evening, perhaps, join an optional performance of the Legend of Kung Fu (extra cost). (AB, L)
Day 13 • Depart Beijing
After breakfast, your tour comes to an end. (AB)
All This Included
  • Guaranteed land/cruise with 2 passengers
  • A group of 15 or more participants will be escorted by a professional bilingual Tour Director
  • English speaking guides on all sightseeing tours including UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Onboard lectures, entertainment, Tai Chi and Chinese language lessons, Captain's cocktail party and farewell banquet
  • All meals: 11 breakfast, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 3 Intra-China flights
  • All port charges
  • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program
  • 4 nights Victoria Cruises ship (Jenna) on the Yangtze River: Superior Stateroom with private balcony and “Boutique Lifestyle Service”
  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea service
  • Welcome fruit plate
  • Selection of two dining rooms
  • Soft drink included for lunch and dinner
  • Wine and beer offerings at dinner
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Daily printed itinerary
  • Private shore excursions with 6 or more passengers in a particular groups
  • Executive Lounge
  • Hot & cold soft drinks available daily
  • Afternoon “Happy Hour”
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and internet service
Accommodations on this Tour
Shanghai: Regal International East Asia Hotel
Cruising: Cabin onboard Victoria Jenna
Xi'an: Grand Noble Hotel
Beijing: Capital Hotel
  • 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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