Spirit of China & the Yangtze River


  • 13 days

  • China

  • Active pace

tour : 2190

Overview

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Spend 13 spellbinding days on your affordable tour of China, including a picturesque 4-night Yangtze River cruise. Your vacation in China begins in the exciting city of Shanghai on the Yangtze River delta. You’ll marvel at the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum—with works of art dating 6,000 years old. Then, fly to Yichang to embark on your 4-night cruise on the legendary Yangtze River.

Before passing through the dramatic vistas of the Xiling Gorge, you’ll visit the monumental Three Gorges Dam. Disembark briefly from your ship to glide on the mysterious emerald waters of Shennong Stream on a boat excursion, then continue on the Yangtze through its dramatic gorges lined with forested mountain views. You’ll tour the Jade Emperor Scenic Area with its100-foot-tall statue depicting the Taoiest deity. Disembark from your Yangtze River cruise for more adventures, beginning with a ride on the bullet train to Chengdu, where you’ll visit the Giant Panda Research Base. You’ll fly to Xi’an, one of China’s great ancient capitals, to see the emperor’s vault surrounded by the stunning find of its thousands of Terracotta Warriors, chariots, and horses guarding the tomb. In Beijing, take a guided tour of Tian’anmen Square past Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the Forbidden City—the largest collection of China’s ancient buildings and home to the historic Ming and Qing dynasties. Your budget-minded tour of China includes once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a visit to the iconic Great Wall of China. You’ll witness sweeping vistas from the wall that once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain.

Your value-minded tour of China and the Yangtze River is a journey into a spirit of history, beauty, culture, and natural wonders like no other.

Highlights

SHANGHAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Four-night cruise through the Three Gorges, including a tour of the Three Gorges Dam Site, a boat excursion on Shennong Stream, and a shore excursion to the Jade Emeperor Scenic Area
CHONGQING–CHENGDU
Travel by bullet train
CHENGDU
Visit the Giant Panda Research Base
XI’AN
Sightseeing with Local Guide including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors and the City Wall; walking tour through Muslim quarter
BEIJING
Guided city sightseeing including headsets; visit Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall; Peking Duck dinner

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

SHANGHAI, CHINA

Day
1

Welcome to Shanghai, China’s largest city and center of trade. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

SHANGHAI

Day
2

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDENS, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore Nanjing Road, the city’s main pedestrian and shopping area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SHANGHAI–YICHANG (EMBARKATION)–YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Day
3

Enjoy your morning at leisure before a short flight brings you to Yichang. Upon arrival, board your 4-night CRUISE through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CRUISING: THREE GORGES DAM.

Day
4

Start your day with a visit to the THREE GORGES DAM site. Afterward, watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze’s longest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: WU GORGE–QUTANG GORGE

Day
5

Today, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Shennong Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. Later, sail through two of the three gorges—Wu Gorge, known for its forest-covered mountains, and Qutang, the shortest but most dramatic gorge.
NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Goddess Stream.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: JADE EMPEROR SCENIC AREA

Day
6

Your SHORE EXCURSION today takes you to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, featuring a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism. Return to your ship where the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activites.
NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be offered.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: CHONGQING (DISEMBARKATION)–CHENGDU

Day
7

. Disembark your cruise in Chongqing, and transfer to the train station to board your BULLET TRAIN to Chengdu. On arrival, visit the GIANT PANDA RESEARCH BASE and marvel at these beautiful animals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CHENGDU–XI’AN

Day
8

Today, fly to Xi’an, the former ancient capital. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

XI’AN

Day
9

Today, enjoy a visit to the first emperor’s funeral vault to see the amazing TERRACOTTA WARRIORS. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots, and horses. Later, visit the ancient CITY WALL, built in 1378 and surrounding the city. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

XI’AN–BEIJING

Day
10

Take a WALKING TOUR through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. This afternoon, fly to Beijing, the capital of China and the country’s political, social, and historical hub.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BEIJING

Day
11

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. You’ll also visit the treasure-filled FORBIDDEN CITY, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the center of politics.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BEIJING

Day
12

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, PEKING DUCK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

BEIJING

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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