Experience the best of China – a combination of our China Highlights and including a three night cruise on the mighty Yangtze River.
On arrival in Beijing you will be met by a local English speaking guide for the transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Visit Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Tonight there is a option to join in a Legends of Kung Fu Show with Peking Duck Dinner additional $116 pp.
This morning one of the highlights of your tour with a visit to the Great Wall of China and the Ming Dynasty’s Imperial Tomb. If time permits a visit to a Jade Stone carving factory and stop for photos of the 2008 Birds Nest & Water Cube from the Olympic Centre.
This morning start the day with a visit to the Temple of Heaven where ancient Chinese Emperors made sacrifices to Heaven and prayed for bountiful harvests. then continue onto a Pearl Factory. After lunch enjoy a traditional rickshaw ride through the ancient Hutong’s of the old city.
Transfer to the airport this morning for the flight to Xi’an, on arrival you visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum which houses precious art treasures, stone carvings and historical relics of the Han and Tang Dynasties. Afternoon visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda regarded the landmark of Xian.
Enjoy a full day tour to the 2000 year old UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Army of Qin Terracotta Warriors & Bronze Chariots which remains stunningly well preserved: a vigilant force standing guard over an ancient imperial burial site. en-route a visit to a Ceramics & Pottery Centre. Tonight enjoy a Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show.
Morning flight to Chongqing. On arrival visit the Panda Zoo then later enjoy a local flavoured hot pot dinner before boarding your River Cruiser, the MV President Prime Cruise (Deluxe cruise, standard cabin with private balcony).
Start your cruise with a distance of 692 kms through all the great gorges and flooded deep mountain valleys. In the afternoon, visit Shibaozhai which looks like a strangely-shaped pagoda hugging a hill.
Cruising into the Qutang Gorge and the second Wu Gorge where you will see mossy cliffs which are hemmed by hanging pathways under the Twelve Peaks. In Shennong Stream, you will change to a small boat and sail deep into the stream. returning to the main ship and continue sailing into the Xiling Gorge.
Excursion to the Three Gorges Dam site is included this morning before passing through teh Five Step lock and ending the cruise in Yichang. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.
Full day tour starts with a visit to the classical Yu Gardens. Continue onto the Shanghai Museum with its enormous collections. Explore the colonial European past at the Bund. Then continue to Xintiandi Street a well-known boutique area of fashion and tradition. This evening a spectacular Shanghai Acrobatic Show with dinner.
A full day excursion to the water town of Suzhou, which is known as the “Venice of the East”. Visit the Garden of master of Nets one of the most famous gardens in China before taking a cruise on the Grand Canal. you will also visit a silk spinning factory and Pingjiang Road Old Town before returning to Shanghai.
After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to Shanghai airport for your onward flight.
13 days ex Beijing – twin share
Single supplement from $ 1289
Staying in 4 star hotels
Return airport transfers throughout, 10 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels with daily breakfast, 3 nights aboard the deluxe cruise MV President Prime in a standard cabin with private balcony, additional meals as stated, all sightseeing with local English speaking guide including all entrance fees and domestic flights Beijing-Xian-Chongqing and Yichang-Shanghai.
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