17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise

4 Beijing, 2 Xian, 4 Yangtze River, 2 Guilin & 3 Shanghai
Roundtrip airfare from LAX, 4 Beijing, 2 Xian, 4 Yangtze River, 2 Guilin, 3 Shanghai, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing

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Price Includes
  • Flights LAX-Beijing, Shanghai-LAX
  • Other departure cities available
  • Airline fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights
  • 15 nights accommodations at First class hotels
  • 4 nights at the [Huabin International Hotel], Beijing
  • 2 nights at the [Grand New World Hotel], Xian
  • 4 nights at the [Victoria Empress], Yangtze River
  • 2 nights at the [Guilin Royal Garden Hotels], Guilin
  • 3 nights at the [Yafan Longmen Hotel], Shanghai
  • All transfers
  • 30 meals: 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Special Features
  • Great Wall of China
  • Forbidden City
  • Terracotta Army
  • Li River Cruise
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Monday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA to China. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey
DAY 2: Tuesday - Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
DAY 3: Wednesday - Forbidden City, Summer Palace Tour & Panda Visit
This morning, following a welcome orientation with your tour manager, enjoy a full day tour of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Begin at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Erected in 1417 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the square was renovated and renamed two centuries later at the onset of the Great Qing Dynasty. View several impressive monuments outlining the Squares perimeter, including the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Squares famed ceremonial gateway. From here, venture north for a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), a construction comparable to the Pyramids in Egypt. Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Visit a local Pearl Shop before a visit to the Summer Palace. Lunch will be served at an authentic Chinese restaurant during the Summer Palace visit. Later today, a visit with the Pandas at the Beijing Zoo ( B, L )
DAY 4: Thursday- Great Wall of China
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure on Earth, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of Chinas northern frontier. Stop at a local Jade Shop before arriving to the Great Wall. Walk along the promenades and enjoy the unrivaled scenic views of beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. Afterwards, depart for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Following lunch, a brief stop at the Beijing Olympic village before returning to Beijing.

Evening you may choose our optional tour (Peking Duck Dinner). The Peking Duck Dinner has the reputation of being the most culturally famous meal in China. It is a must to experience during your visit to the country. Enjoy the culinary presentation as the chef roasts the duck directly over the fire and then slices the meat tableside. The duck is served with very thin pancakes, Chinese onions and special sauce. Transfers to and from your hotel included. ( B, L )

DAY 5: Friday - Full Day in Beijing
Full day at leisure to explore Beijing independently, or you may choose our optional tour (Half Day Hutong Tour with Transportation & lunch). In Old China, Hutongs (lanes no wider than 9 meters) are formed by lines of siheyuan (compounds comprising of rooms around a courtyard) that connect the ancient city surrounding the Forbidden City. As is tradition, the houses of Old Beijing were constructed in this form on the basis of Fengshui: the ancient Chinese practice of design and spatial arranging. On this tour, travel by rickshaw through Beijings unique Hutong area to absorb the culture and traditions of Old China, including a visit with a local family. Here you will have the opportunity to interact and discover the similarities and differences of the Hutong people. Further to this discovery, you will learn to prepare Jiao Zi (Chinese dumpling) which you will dine on for lunch with your new found friends. ( B )
DAY 6: Saturday - Flight to Xian
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Later this afternoon, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Opened to the public in 1991, the museum is in southern Xian, and is home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures from the Han and Tang dynasties.

You may choose our optional tour (Xian Dumpling Dinner). This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring nearly 20 varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. ( B, L )

DAY 7: Sunday - Xian Antiquities Tour with Terracotta Army
This morning, after breakfast you will have the opportunity to take a short walk to the local bird market at Xingqing park. A market filled with beautiful flowers, birds and local culture. Later this morning visit to a local Lacquer Furniture Shop. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of Xians antiquities. Your tour includes the archaeological site at the tomb of Chinas first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (259-210 B.C.), where more than 8,000 finely sculpted, life-size terracotta soldiers and horses were discovered by local farmers in 1974. The archaeological excavation of the three pits where the Terracotta Army was found continues today, more than thirty years since the time of its unearthing.

Evening you may choose our optional tour (Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show). Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 hot courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of Chinas Tang Dynasty. ( B, L )

DAY 8: Monday - Flight to Wuhan/Yichang
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Wuhan. Upon arrival in Wuhan, journey by bus to Yichang. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, then transfer to board your ship on the Yangtze River. ( B, D )
DAY 9: Tuesday - Xiling Gorge
This morning, you will have the option to visit the Three Gorges Dam near the Sandouping Village. This dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. Following your visit, cruise upstream to Xiling Gorge. The longest section of the Three Gorges system, it comprises the rapids of Xietan, Qintan and Kongling, collectively known as the Three Rapids of Xiling. Optional Shore Excursion: Three Gorges Dam. ( B, L, D )
DAY 10: Wednesday - Wuxia & Qutang Gorge
This morning, enjoy an optional to visit the Small Three Gorges along the Daning River. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountain passes as you sail through the 25-mile long Wuxia (Witches) Gorge, famous for its fabled Twelve Peaks. According to legend, the peaks are believed to be the spirits of 12 fairies, the most famous of them being the Shennu Feng (Goddess) Peak, which is topped by a huge rock resembling a kneeling maiden. Continue through the Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three Yangtze gorges, and admire its bluffed banks and lush terraced hillsides. Optional Shore Excursion: Lesser Three Gorges. ( B, L, D )
DAY 11: Thursday - Cruise to Fengdu
Cruise to Fengdu, the "Ghost City" and view the temples at Mingshan Hill. Alternatively, the cruise may visit Wanxian or Shibaozhai depending on local conditions. Optional Shore Excursion: Fengdu Ghost City. ( B, L, D )
DAY 12: Friday - Disembark Cruise Fly to Guilin
This morning disembark in Chongqing. Visit the Stillwell Museum and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before transferring to airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival in Guilin, transfer to your hotel. Later today visit a tea garden. Here you will learn how Chinese tea is grown and you will take part in a tea making demonstration. This evening enjoy a unique tea dinner at local restaurant. All menu items are inspired by, cooked with or immersed in tea. ( B, L, D )
DAY 13: Saturday - Li River Cruise
Cruise the crystal clear Li River and view the many vertical rock formations, stone pinnacles, bamboo groves and villagers reaping rice along the river banks. The high forested peaks that dominate the banks and terraced hillsides are why the Li River is one of Chinas top sightseeing destinations. Many of the peaks are associated with legendary stories of mystical spirits and love. Later this afternoon, lunch will be served on board. ( B, L )
DAY 14: Sunday - Flight to Shanghai
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore Shanghai on your own.

Evening, you may choose our optional tour (Shanghai by Night with Dinner). Depart for dinner in a local restaurant. After the dinner, drive to the pier near the Bund waterfront to board a ship for a 40 minute cruise on the Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai. Witness the 200 years of Colonial history. You will see European style buildings on one side of the river and the futuristic skyline of Shanghai on the other side. After the cruise, experience an exciting drive through the citys wall of buildings to witness this thriving capital of the Far East. ( B )

DAY 15: Monday - Shanghai City Tour
Early this morning you will have the opportunity to take a short walk from the hotel to Huangpu Park where you will be able to relax and enjoy the local flavor of Shanghai. Later this morning, tour the major attractions of Shanghai. Wander the classical Yuyuan Garden, built during the Ming Dynasty by the high-ranking government official Pan Yunduan. The Gardens total area occupies approximately five acres, and features pavilions, ponds, rockeries, cloisters, and streams all within six scenic zones, including the Sansui Hall and Wanhua Chamber. In existence for 400 years, the Gardens were specifically constructed for Pans aging parents as a sanctuary in which to live out their lives. Next, experience the old world charm of the Bund, the former "Wall Street" of the foreign powers. Walk along its park-like waterfront promenade between the Wusong River and Old Town. Later today, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before stopping at a local silk carpet shop. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Evening, you may choose our optional (Acrobatic Show with dinner). Having undergone thousands of years of evolution, the Shanghai acrobatic arts has now blossomed into a unique style. The Shanghai Circus death-deifiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. This evening, enjoy a world-class performance that includes dance, magic, acrobatics and beautiful music after dinner at local restaurant. ( B, L )

DAY 16: Tuesday - Full Day in Shanghai
Full day at leisure to explore Shanghai independently, or you may choose our optional (Half Day Shanghai Museum). Visit the Shanghai Museum, home to a collection of 120,000 precious cultural relics. Steeped in ancient wisdom and philosophical vision, the museums galleries are overrun with art from various China dynasties, including the Ming, Qing, Shang and Zhou. View bronzeware, jadeware, pottery and porcelain, Chinese calligraphy and paintings, seals and Buddhist sculptures, as well as priceless tokens and handicrafts of the minority nationalities. ( B )
DAY 17: Wednesday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. ( B )

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Beijing-Xian, Xian-Yichang, Chongqing-Guilin, and Guilin-Shanghai.
  • Cruise Itineraries are subject to change. River conditions may not always permit the cruise to see all three of the Small Gorges due to water levels and darkness.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • Visa is required for China, For visa information, check our  Visa page.
Not Included
  • Optional tours, and gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.