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Exquisite China Premier

15 days with Wendy Wu Tours  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Beijing. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel. (D)
Day 3 Explore Imperial Beijing
Begin the day like many locals with gentle exercise, as you partake in a private Tai Chi lesson with a master in the Temple of Heaven park. Cross vast Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City - a monument to a dynastic past, the palace served as the home of emperors for 500 years. Your visit includes entrance to the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering gallery showcasing the everyday trappings of royal life. Dine on Peking Duck at the excellent Quanjude restaurant and enjoy an optional Chinese acrobatic show. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Champagne on the Great Wall
From the Gobi Desert to the Bohai Sea the Great Wall stretches thousands of miles. Visit the beautiful Mutianyu section, stopping at the ideal spot to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the views of the Wall as it snakes over craggy peaks. Return to Beijing via the Jade Museum, then take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs where you'll stop for a lesson in calligraphy with a learned scholar. Enjoy a free evening at lively Houhai Lake. (B,L)
Day 5 Ancient City Walls
Fly to Xian. Walk on the 14th century walls for an excellent overview of the city. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of your hotel. This evening, watch a colourful and sometimes humorous Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)
Day 6 The Terracotta Warriors
Fortuitously found by local farmers, the Terracotta Warriors are one of the worlds most famous archaeological discoveries. View the enigmatic ranks in the company of an archaeologist who works at the site and who will put their story into context. Next we have exclusively arranged for you to meet the discoverer of the Warriors - learn about the moment they were uncovered by talking to one of the farmers who fortuitously stumbled upon them in 1974. On the way back to Xian, visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Study with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these cultural delicacies. In Xian the preparation of these bite-sized morsels has been perfected into an art form with their delicate wrappers crafted to represent their filling. Tonight there is an option (at your own expense) to take a city night tour which includes the dazzling fountain display in front of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Sichuan Opera
Explore the fascinating Hanyangling Mausoleum, burial place of Emperor Jing and Empress Wang of the Western Han Dynasty, and the restoration laboratory. Fly to Chengdu, where there will be an optional Sichuan Opera - the face-changing art of Bian Lian. (B,L,)
Day 8 Pandas with an expert
Visit Chengdu's Panda Centre where an expert will talk to you about the Centres work and the pandas themselves as you observe these peaceful bears. Later visit the Peoples park, matchmakers corner and a traditional tea house. This evening enjoy a quintessential Sichuan hot pot dining experience (B,L,D)
Day 9 Ciqikou
Transfer to Chongqing and visit Ciqikou, a historic district full of traditional architecture - spend a free evening here exploring before boarding your ship. (B,D)
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
The Yangtze has long played a pivotal role in the history, culture and economy of China - this voyage is the perfect way to get an insight into its importance. The first excursion will be to Shibaozhai, a hilltop pagoda beside the river. This evening the captain will host a welcome reception followed by a lavish dinner at the à la carte restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Dramatic Yangtze Gorges
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through the Wu and Qutang gorges before cruising along the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to further explore. Back on the boat, expand your knowledge on the dam project with a presentation by the river guide. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Three Gorges Dam Project
This massive feat of engineering saw the century-old dreams of Chinese luminaries come to fruition. Created to harness the power of the Yangtze, it is difficult to not be awestruck as you stand on the viewing platform. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam exhibition centre. Our vessel must then negotiate the five-step Three Gorges Dam lock. Disembark and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)
Day 13 Zhujiajiao water town
China's attractive water towns exude a rustic charm. The 1,700 year old Zhujiajiao is a typical example, boasting old stone bridges, wood-paneled houses and numerous atmospheric waterways once used to transport foods. Return to Shanghai where the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the facilities of your hotel, or you may wish to take a ride on the super fast Maglev train. (B)
Day 14 Stylish Shanghai
Walk through the Old Town in the Yu Gardens, a classic example of Chinese horticulture. Visit the colonial Bund and the Silk Museum, before admiring the collections of the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Meiyuancun and toast the end of the tour with a cocktail at Cloud in Jin Mao Tower with views of the Pudong skyline. (B,L,D)
Day 15 Depart Shanghai
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, arriving there the same or following day. On arrival you will be transported home by chauffeured transfer. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Take a Tai Chi class with a master at the peaceful Temple of Heaven
  • Toast with champagne on top of the Great Wall of China
  • Admire the blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture at the Grand Mosque
  • Cruise down the dramatic Yangtze River, passing the imposing Three Gorges
  • Wander the idyllic water town of Zhujiajiao
  • Toast your tour with a farewell cocktail over the Huangpu River
All This Included
Indulge in China's most spectacular sights on a luxury itinerary that includes a cruise on the mighty Yangtze River, the awe-inspiring Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors and Chengdu's gorgeous Giant Pandas.
  • Domestic transportation
  • 5* accommodation
  • Meals as stated
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Visa fees for US and Canadian passport holders
Accommodations on this Tour
Beijing: Regent Beijing Wangfujing
Xian: Shangri-La Hotel
Chengdu: Shangri-La Hotel
Cruising: President 8 Deluxe Balcony Cabin on Executive Floors
Shanghai: Shanghai Grand Central Hotel 
  • Order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.
  • To fully participate in this tour, you must be able to walk, sometimes for long distances and sometimes over uneven surfaces without assistance; complete some long days of touring with minimal breaks; climb steps sometimes without handrails; step on/off coaches without assistance; dis/embark between moving pontoons, docks and boats, sometimes without handrails or assistance.
  • Yangtze River Cruise itineraries, sightseeing and excursions are subject to change due to water levels, river conditions and cruise line. Alternate excursions may be substituted at the discretion of the cruise company and cannot be guaranteed
  • Tipping payable locally RMB 1,030. 
  • 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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