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15 days March 24 - April 7, 2018
$1895 ppdo
Land only
$2595 ppdo Includes airfare
from LAX and all taxes!

Day 1: YOUR EXOTIC JOURNEY TO CHINA
begins this evening with an afternoon non-stop departure from Los Angeles to China aboard China Eastern Airlines.


Early morning in Shanghai

Day 2: SHANGHAI.
Early evening arrival in Shanghai, the most modern city in China.  You will be met by your national guide and escorted to your First Class hotel, with the remainder of the evening at leisure.  SUNRISE ON THE BUND HOTEL (or similar)


Preparing for the Shanghai Acrobat Show

Day 3: SHANGHAI.
Morning city tour includes visiting the Jade Buddha Temple. Opt for a Mongolian BBQ lunch, followed by a tour of the magnificent Shanghai Museum. Why not take in the famous Shanghai Acrobat Show this evening? (B)  


New Shanghai

Day 4: SHANGHAI.
Day at leisure. An optional excursion by train travels through the countryside to Souzou, capital of the Silk Route immortalized by Marco Polo. After visiting the city’s famous gardens, you will cruise down the Grand Canal, the largest man-made waterway in the world. Thousands make their homes on floating barges and in quarters lining the Canal. After lunch, included with the tour, a visit to a working silk factory completes your day in the country. (B)


Shopping  

Day 5: SHANGHAI.
Full day at leisure for shopping, strolling the famous Bund waterfront, or visiting Shanghai Disneyland. (B)  


The famous Shanghai Bund Waterfront  

Day 6: SHANGHAI/CRUSING.
Fly from Shanghai to Yichang, an important port on the mighty Yangtze River. Lunch is served in-flight. Tour the region by motorcoach; dinner in Yichang. Transfer to the 5-star Victoria Jenna and settle into your balcony stateroom. The deluxe vessel is the largest, most comfortable vessel in Victoria’s fleet. Set sail in the evening. (B,D)


Yangtze River Gorge

Day 7: CRUSING.
Pass through the locks of Gezhouba Dam and arrive in Soudouping, site of the Three Gorges Dam project. Tour the construction area, which will so drastically affect the country. Tonight, enjoy a fashion show performed by your crew.  (B,L,D)


The mighty Yangtze

Day 8: CRUSING.
An unforgettable day as you pass through the Three Gorges.  This morning explore the Shennong Stream or the Daning River by small, motorized sampans, showcasing some of China’s most spectacular scenery.  Towering cliffs soar over the narrow river canyon where unique wildlife abounds.  (B,L,D)

Day 9: CRUSING.
Your boat anchors at one of three typical river towns—Shibaozhai, Fengdu, or Wanxian--followed by a walking tour that will introduce you to the local attractions. Captain’s farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 10: CRUSING/CHONGQING-XIAN.
End of cruise.
Disembark and tour Chongqing’s Panda Zoo, the free market, Artist Village, and People’s Square. Fly to Xian. TITAN TIMES HOTEL (or similar)(B)


Chongqing Panda Zoo

Day 11: XIAN.
Morning tour takes you to the recently uncovered treasure trove of over 7,000 life-size buried Terra Cotta Warriors from China’s first emperor, Xin. You will see an introductory film chronicling the history of the site on a 360 degree screen, visit the extraordinary archaeological dig, and tour the adjacent museum.


Terra Cotta Warriors  

Afternoon optional excursion: After lunching on regional dumplings, enjoy an afternoon city tour featuring the Wild Goose pagoda and a visit to the top of the city wall. Evening optional event: A multi-course meal and cultural performance at the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. (B)


Pedicabs

Day 12: XIAN/BEIJING.
After breakfast, fly to Beijing, China’s vibrant capital for the last seven centuries.  Upon arrival, opt to explore the Hutong district by pedicab (includes lunch). BEIJING PLAZA HOTEL (or similar)  (B)


The Great Wall

Day 13: BEIJING.
On today’s exhilarating excursion, you will travel to the legendary Great Wall, which is the only man-made structure visible from space! Enjoy the breathtaking view before proceeding to visit the Ming Tombs, burial site of the Ming Dynasty royalty. (B,L)


Ming Tomb Lion

Day 14: BEIJING.
Free day. Opt to tour Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. Tonight, you will be offered to partake in a farewell Peking Duck banquet, followed by a sampling of Peking Opera. (B)


ACT in Tiananmen Square

Day 15: BEIJING/USA.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Your unforgettable journey will end when you arrive in the U.S. on the same day. Xie Xie! (Thank you!) (B
)


Schoolgirls in the Forbidden City


 

$2595 Includes All This:

Round trip air from the West Coast. Small regional charges from other cities

First Class hotels throughout

Deluxe 5-day Yangtze River cruise aboard the 5-star MS President #8 Yangtze.
Balcony Stateroom cabins

21 meals, including full board on cruise

Comprehensive sightseeing

All shore excursions

A.C.T. tour director throughout

 
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