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17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Hong Kong


Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Shanghai, Hong Kong-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Shanghai-Yichang, Chongqing-Xian, Xian-Beijing & Beijing-Hong Kong
  • 15 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Shanghai
    • 4 nights cruise upstream on the Century Sun, Yangtze River
    • 2 nights Xian
    • 3 nights Beijing
    • 3 nights Hong Kong
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 29 meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager Days 2-14
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Visit the Forbidden City and Summer Palace
  • See the world famous Terracotta Army
  • Visit the Great Wall, the World’s longest man-made structure
  • Explore the classical Yuyuan Garden and the Bund Riverside
  • Savor a famous Peking Duck Dinner with Wine
  • Admire panoramic views of Hong Kong Island from Victoria Peak
  • Visit Aberdeen Harbor, home of the floating fisherman’s village

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for China
Depart for China. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai, the thriving metropolis on China's eastern coast. This dynamic city is constantly changing and growing, with an unforgettable skyline. Remainder of the day at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the time change
Overnight: Shanghai

DAY 3, Saturday - Shanghai City Tour
Morning briefing with your tour manager about the exciting trip that awaits you. Then, on to see some of the city's major highlights. Begin at the classical Yu Yuan Gardens in the Old Quarter, built during the Ming Dynasty, a quiet and serene sanctuary in this frenetic city, with its scenic pavilions, ponds and streams. Continue to the lively Bund, Shanghai's popular promenade; stroll along the park-like waterfront and experience the old world charm. After lunch at a local restaurant, on to the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai, dating back to the Qing Dynasty. Return to the hotel late afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure
Optional: Acrobatic Show with Dinner
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Shanghai
Today is at leisure in Shanghai. Join the optional full day tour to Suzhou, including lunch and a cruise on the Grand Canal. Morning departure from Shanghai for the drive to Suzhou, known as the “Venice of the East”. Upon arrival in this charming city, relax on a boat ride along the narrow waterways of the legendary Grand Canal followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue to the beautiful and fragrant Garden of the Master of the Nets, a UNESCO World Heritage site. End the day in Suzhou with a walk along bustling Guanquin Street, where the locals gather for entertainment and food. Return to Shanghai later this evening
Optional: Full Day Suzhou with Lunch
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Flight to Yichang; Embark cruise
Morning visit to a silk carpet and embroidery shop in Shanghai to understand more about this ancient Chinese craft; see some of the beautiful creations, unusual styles and masterful techniques. Afterward, transfer to the airport for the flight to Yichang, the second largest city in Hubei province after Wuhan, its capital. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before continuing to the Yichang Port for embarkation on your cruise ship. This evening, you'll begin the scenic journey on the fabled Yangtze, the longest river in China and the third longest river in the world. You'll be warmly welcomed aboard by the friendly international staff. A memorable voyage awaits you
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Xiling Gorge
This morning, an optional tour to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest and most ambitious hydroelectric project ever undertaken by man, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. In addition to producing electricity, the dam was constructed to increase the Yangtze River's shipping capacity and reduce the potential for floods. This project has forever changed the landscape surrounding the Yangtze River and has also forced the re-location of people who once lived along the river. Tour the massive site to see this impressive achievement of engineering. Following the visit, return to the ship as it cruises upstream and enters the dramatic Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest section of the Three Gorges
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Three Gorges Dam
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Wu Gorge & Qutang Gorge
Awake this morning to beautiful vistas on the river. Sail through the Wu Gorge, famed for its magnificent Twelve Peaks. Today, your optional tour will take you on a scenic journey up Shennv Stream, the journey accompanied by local folk songs and dances. Continue through the Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three gorges, flanked by lush terraced hillsides
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shennv Stream
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Cruise to Shibaozhai
The ship arrives this morning at Shibaozhai, built during the Ming Dynasty. This pagoda is sometimes referred to as one of the eight construction wonders of the world, built into the side of a rocky cliff face and constructed without use of nails. This vermilion 12-story pagoda stands impressively over 100 feet high. The optional tour highlights the main attraction of the temple, with its traditional Chinese design. The structure is inspired by the mountains with patterns and figures that vary from odd to extraordinary. Climb the stairs and experience the most extraordinary sights of the valleys below
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shibaozhai
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Disembark Cruise; Fly to Xian
Disembark the Yangtze River cruise this morning in Chongqing, a major metropolis and one of the top emerging cities in China. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove. Upon arrival, visit the renowned Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures. See the Tang Dynasty murals which colorfully depict daily life in ancient China. Time to relax before the late afternoon visit to the Muslim district of Xian; learn more about Chinese Muslims and witness the preparation of local foods in the market. Return to the hotel with a stop en route at the gigantic Bell and Drum Towers
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Xian Antiquities Tour with Terracotta Army
Morning visit to Xingqing Park, a hub of activity where you may have the chance to join the residents of Xian in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this technique. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience! Continue to visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of life-sized soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being discovered and excavated today, more than thirty years since the time of its unearthing
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Sunday - Flight to Beijing
Depart Xian on a flight to Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China. Afternoon at leisure - feel the pulse of this city of contrasts with its astonishing history and wondrous sights. Join the optional half-day Hutong Tour which begins with a Rickshaw ride through the old narrow streets and alleyways. See the courtyard homes which once covered all of Beijing - only a few still survive today. Hear more about “old China" from a local family who will welcome you to their home
Optional: Half Day Hutong Tour (PM)
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Monday - Great Wall of China
An amazing day! Travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most spectacular structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route, stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. Then it's time to climb the ramparts of this ancient wonder to view breathtaking mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. Afterward, relax at lunch in a local restaurant. Drive via the site of the 2008 Olympics to see the National Stadium and the sprawling Olympic Village followed by a stop at the Beijing Zoo to see the famous Pandas - a must for all travelers to China. Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Full Day Tour of Forbidden City & Summer Palace
Today, visit huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square's Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Next, enter the Forbidden City, which served as the Imperial Palace until 1912. The extraordinary and immense walled complex is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Afterward, continue outside the city to the fabled Summer Palace, resort of the Empress Dowager. Have lunch at a local restaurant followed by a visit to the palace grounds, filled with a variety of picturesque gardens and architectural structures. Then, stop at a local Pearl Shop to learn about the famous Chinese pearls. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner featuring China's famous Peking Duck
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Flight to Hong Kong
Bid farewell to your tour manager as you depart Beijing on a flight to Hong Kong situated on China's south coast, known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor. Meet a local guide and transfer to your hotel in this extraordinary city. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own - there are endless things to see and to do and to buy. This is also a great city for adventurous eaters - street vendors abound on every corner with a huge assortment of regional specialties ranging from fish balls to tofu. Of course, there are many upscale restaurants as well dedicated to the finest gourmet cuisine
Overnight: Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Thursday - Hong Kong City Tour
Begin the morning with a tour of Hong Kong Island. Ascend Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the city and the harbor below. The Peak is the highest mountain on the island and home to a variety of birds and colorful butterflies. Continue to Stanley Market, a bargain-hunter's paradise. Return along the coast of fashionable Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay to Aberdeen Harbor, home to the floating fishermen's village. Stop at a local jewelry factory near Aberdeen for a glimpse into the art and craftsmanship that has made Hong Kong famous. Remainder of the day to shop to your heart's content, or just "people-watch" from a local outdoor café
Optional: Hong Kong Harbour Cruise & Lei Yue Mun Village Seafood Dinner
Overnight: Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Friday - Full Day in Hong Kong
On your last day in Hong Kong, don't miss the optional full day tour to Lantau Island and the Po Lin Monastery. You'll discover pristine beaches, lush valleys, soaring mountains and spiritual enlightenment. Stop at the Tai O fishing village with its traditional houses on stilts before ascending to the Po Lin Monastery. This Buddhist monastery features the Giant Buddha, the tallest outdoor seated Buddha in the world. After a vegetarian lunch at a local restaurant, end the day with a spectacular ride aboard the Skyrail cable car (weather permitting) offering stunning views of the South China Sea
Optional: Full Day Lantau & Po Lin Monastery Tour with Lunch
Overnight: Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17, Saturday - Depart China
Depart Hong Kong on your return flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi, Shanghai

This deluxe hotel is located within the commercial center of Shanghai.

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Century Sun Cruise, Chongqing

This super 5-star deluxe cruise vessel, MV Century Sun is designed and equipped according to world class standards.

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Grand New World Hotel Xian, Xian

This first class hotel is situated within the old city walls near the West Gate.

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Park Plaza Beijing Science Park, Beijing

This first class hotel is situated in Beijing’s Silicon Valley.

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Metropark Hotel Kowloon, Hong Kong

This first class hotel is located in the heart of Kowloon with easy access to major shopping and commercial areas.

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Acrobatic Show with dinner

Day #3 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Mar 2016         $29
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. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Full Day Suzhou with lunch

Day #4 01 Jul 2014 - 31 Mar 2015         $59
This morning, depart your hotel for a 2.5 hour drive from Shanghai to Suzhou. Located in Jiangsu Province, this ancient city enjoys the name of "Paradise on the earth" or Venice of the East. Your day begins on the famous Grand Canal, the longest man made Canal in the world. Travel leisurely down the narrow waterways and under the elegant bridges. From your boat you will see the sites of this ancient city and the daily life of the people who inhabit the banks of the canal. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant followed by a visit to the Garden of the Master of the Nets. This privately owned garden is one of the most beautiful and most perfectly proportioned in Suzhou.The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. Later, enjoy free time along Guanquin Street, a famous street in Suzhou among locals for gathering, entertainment and food, and a favorite among visitors for its rich culture and sightseeing opportunities. Return to Shanghai late this evening.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Yangtze River Optional Shore Excursion Package

Day #5 01 Apr 2013 - 31 Mar 2016         $80
(1) Visit Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest electricity-generating plant; (2) Visit the natural scenic wonders of the Shennv Stream; (3) Visit Shibaozhai, an interesting pagoda built into the side of a hill.

For itineraries with Century Cruise Line

Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show

Day #9 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Mar 2016         $59
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 China's Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Dumpling Dinner

Day #10 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Mar 2016         $15
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. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Half Day Hutong Tour

Day #11 01 Jan 2012 - 08 Jan 2016         $29
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 Beijing's 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. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Hong Kong Harbour Cruise & Lei Yue Mun Village Seafood Dinner

Day #15 01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015         $94
This evening begins with a harbour cruise on a traditional Chinese sightseeing junk where you can enjoy the exciting night views of Hong Kong Harbour. Unlimited drinks are included during the cruise. You will disembark at Lei Yue Mun fishing village for a brief walk ashore. Situated at Hong Kong's Eastern Harbour, it is widely known to gourmets as a seafood paradise. Here you can watch locals choose from a variety of seafood fresh from fishmongers' stalls and tanks to have it cooked to their own specifications in one of Lei Yue Mun's many restaurants. Enjoy a traditional Chinese Seafood Dinner and then return to the ship to sail back, enjoying more of the glittering harbour views by night.

Hotel pick up and drop off is provided. Tour is approximately 3 hours.

Full Day Lantau & Po Lin Monastery Tour with Lunch

Day #16 01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015         $134
Full day tour to Lantau Island, the largest island in Hong Kong. Drive along the expressway and the Tsing Ma Bridge, the world's longest road-and-rail suspension bridge to the island. This island is often referred to as "the lungs of Hong Kong", owing to its abundant indigenous forests and undeveloped land. Highlights of this full day excursion includes a visit to the tranquil Tai O Fishing Village, and a steep mountain climb to Po Lin Monastery on the Ngong Ping plateau in Hong Kong. Founded in 1927, the Buddhist monastery of Po Lin features the impressive Tian Tan Buddha, the tallest outdoor seated Buddha in the world. A vegetarian lunch will be served at the local restaurant. The tour ends with a spectacular ride aboard the Skyrail cable car offering stunning views as you descend to Tung Chung (Should the Skyrail be canceled due to inclement weather or other safety reasons, alternative transportation will be arranged).

Pick up and drop off is provided. Tour departs at 8:45 am. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

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*Not Included:
Yangtze River Cruise service charge of RMB 150 (approx. US$25) per adult per cruise (charged directly to your account upon embarkation), optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Shanghai-Yichang, Chongqing-Xian, Xian-Beijing, and Beijing-Hong Kong.

Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Alternative sights may be visited depending upon water levels and darkness.

Please note, Hong Kong is an independent extension and your tour manager will not accompany you. Local English-speaking guides will be there to provide limited assistance.


Entry Requirements:
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. For visa information, check our Visas page.


 

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