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Grand China 2021

19 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing
Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Enjoy a four night stay in Beijing. (Dinner)

Day 2 Beijing
Start your tour with a visit to China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu. 

Freechoice: Spend an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3 Beijing
Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City.

Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. It was once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, and this section is not usually open to the general public.

Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the Hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways.

Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at The Exchange. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Beijing
Freechoice: Hunt for ingredients at the wet markets for a wonderful interactive cooking class. Alternatively, learn the ancient art of writing Chinese calligraphy or visit the incredible 15th-century Temple of Heaven.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5 Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake. Later, fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise
Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise
Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China Gala Dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu
Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Experience China’s new high-speed train network on the way to Chengdu and settle in for a two night stay.

Freechoice Dining: Dinner is a delicious choice between traditional Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace, Western ribs and burgers at Mooney’s Irish bar, or international fare at Café Z. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Chengdu
A special day as a member of the Panda Volunteer Training Program. Enjoy an enchanting encounter with rare Giant panda cubs as you help staff at the Dujiangyan Panda Base prepare food to feed and care for them.

Wander through the old quarter, visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the 2nd-century Wuhou Temple.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Chengdu > Xi’an
Travel on the new High Speed Train to Xi’an and then explore the ancient city wall on foot, by bike or electric buggy. Tonight, enjoy a performance at the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show over dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights at a historically located hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Xi’an
Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an incredible opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process. 

Later, enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

Be treated to a private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. 

Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 13 Xi’an > Guilin
Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter before flying to Guilin. Spend the evening at your elegant hotel in Guilin. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14 Guilin > Yangshuo
Enjoy picturesque vistas as you sail down the idyllic Li River to Yangshuo. Later, stroll around the Old Town before settling back at your luxurious hotel for a two night Special Stay. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 15 Yangshuo
Venture into the countryside to discover a rural way of life rarely encountered by tourists. Visit Fuli, the hometown of China’s iconic painted paper fans. You’ll even get to meet a master of the art and try your hand at creating your own souvenir.

This evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 16 Yangshuo > Guilin > Shanghai
Return to Guilin and fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai. Travel on the high speed Maglev train, then enjoy a three night Special Stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 17 Shanghai
Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its striking heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Later, admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, witness the renowned agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 18 Shanghai
Freechoice: Visit the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square, before exploring the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges, or cruise along Huangpu River. 

Later, spend your free time exploring Nanjing Road, before enjoying your farewell dinner.

Soak in the view of the Bund and Pudong with farewell drinks from the rooftop bar. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 19 Shanghai
It’s the end of a journey you’ll look back on fondly for years. (Breakfast)

Please note: pre-release itinerary subject to change

Tour Map
All This Included
From old timber houses on narrow cobblestone streets to cormorant fishermen using their fascinating techniques, this itinerary is your opportunity to discover a China many modern travellers don’t get to witness first-hand.

It’s the China beyond Beijing and Shanghai – a charming wonderland where ancient crafts are still applied in the time-honoured fashion. You’ll get to embrace natural wonders, from rivers that snake through beautiful rolling landscapes to striking limestone outcrops that evoke images of old Oriental water colour paintings. There’s something both strange and familiar about the places you’ll visit, at once thrillingly new and comfortingly recognisable. That is part of their allure, and their wonder.
  • 44 meals including 18 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 13 Dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
To be determined
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
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* 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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