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Legends of China Premier

17 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. Visit a cloissoné workshop to witness the elaborate process of creating beautiful, enameled objects with pieces available to buy. Dine on Peking Duck at the excellent Quanjude restaurant and enjoy a 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 Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)
Day 6 The Terracotta Warriors
Fortuitously found by local farmers, the Terracotta Warriors are one of the world's 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 stumbled upon them in 1974. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition before returning to the city. Later study with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these cultural delicacies. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Beautiful Guilin
Explore Hanyangling Mausoleum. The artefacts recovered here, viewable from the glass walkways above, give a fascinating insight into daily life during the Western Han Dynasty. Fly to Guilin, a city set in the dramatic limestone karst landscapes of the Li River valley. Visit the South China Pearl Museum to discover the fascinating 1,700 year history of pearling in the South China Sea. As well as displays and demonstrations there are also beautiful pieces to buy. (B,L)
Day 8 Cruise the Li River
Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo. The magnificence of the limestone karsts and serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. On arrival, enjoy dinner before Impression Sanjie Liu, a light spectacular that perfectly utilises the karst landscape as a theatre and the Li River as a stage. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Yangshuo countryside Tour
This morning, enjoy a half-day countryside tour of beautiful Yangshuo. This afternoon, relax, explore or take part in an optional activity of Bamboo rafting. (B)

Day 10 Explore Guilin's Pagodas
Return to Guilin for a walking tour, see the Sun and Moon Pagodas and the West Lake before watching the famous cormorant fishermen demonstrating their age-old technique (B).
Day 11 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 12 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 13 Dramatic Yangtze Gorges
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through 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 ships river guide. (B,L,D)
Day 14 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 before we disembark and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)
Day 15 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-panelled houses and numerous atmospheric waterways once used to transport goods. 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 (at your own expense). (B)
Day 16 Stylish Shanghai
Walk in the Yu Gardens, a classic example of traditional Chinese horticulture. Visit the colonial Bund, the Silk Museum and the Old Town, 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 9 in Jin Mao Tower with views of the Pudong skyline.
Day 17 Depart Shanghai
Transfer to the airport for your flight back 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 idyllic, languid Li River
  • Relax in the tranquil setting of Yu Garden
  • Toast your journey with a farewell cocktail overlooking the Huangpu River
All This Included
Wind your way from Beijing to Shanghai in style, discovering China's natural grandeur and imperial wonders en route - see the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors before cruising down the Li and Yangtze Rivers.
  • 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: Xian Shangri-La Hotel
Guilin: Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Yangshuo: Yangshuo Resort
Cruising: Cabin onboard President No. 8 Cruise Vessel
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 paid locally US$134
  • 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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