Visiting Cities: Beijing, Wuhan, Yichang, Chongqing, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xi’an, Suzhou& Shanghai - with Yangtze River Cruise on NEW 5-star ship with all private balconies thru the Three Gorges (with shore excursions to World’s Largest Dam, Shennong Stream or Three Lesser Gorges, & Fengdu or Wanxian),
Departure City: San Francisco ($160 R/T Add-on from LAX; $180 from SEA, SAN, PHX, PDX - all plus $28 tax) ---- Call for other cities.
*priced per person, double occupancy
** Tour price & all taxes/fees are subject to change until final payment **
MAR 20 [WED] - San Francisco / BEIJING (2 meals served on board the flight to China)
Board Air China wide-body B 747- 800 jumbo jet for China. Cross the International Date Line and lose a day.
MAR 21 [THU] - ARRIVE BEIJING
Upon arrival, meet your national guides at the airport and transfer to the 5-star Wanda Realm Hotel or similar: http://wanda-realm-beijing.hotel-rn.com/index.htm?lbl=ggl.
MAR 22 [FRI] - BEIJING (AB, L, D)
A late departure is planned to help you acclimate to the new time zone. Visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, the residence of emperors for more than 500 years. In the afternoon visit a Jade or Cloisonné factory. Dinner on your own with many choices at and by our hotel.
MAR 23 [SAT] - BEIJING (AB, L, D)
Depart at 7 AM after breakfast. The highlights for today start with a crowd-free early visit to the Great Wall, a symbol of Chinese ancient civilization. Then visit the Aviation Museum, largest one in Asia, where you will wander around various types of old airplanes and fighters. The Director of Beijing Aviation Association will greet your tour with a ceremony of exchanging presents and his representatives will host you around this special museum. Lunch will be at a special shopping venue. Dinner on your own at or by the hotel.
MAR 24 [SUN] - BEIJING (AB, L, D)
Late morning departure as we travel to Summer Palace, a summer resort for Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Enjoy Beijing Duck Dinner in the afternoon. Dinner on your own at or by the hotel.
MAR 25 [SUN] - BEIJING / WUHAN / YICHANG / CRUISE (AB, L, D)
Fly to Wuhan (at junction of Yangtze & Han Rivers). Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum. After lunch, board a coach for a pleasant ride through lovely countryside to Yichang where we will board the 5-star newest Yangtze No. 2 cruise ship or similar which is approved by National Tourism Administration of China and enjoy dinner on board. For ship information, visit: www.ccotc.com/cruise.do?method=queryCruiseById&id=27&menu=0. Dinner on board.
MAR 26 [MON] - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (B, L, D)
Our ship departs at 7 AM. Onboard activities include all kinds of lectures presented by your river guides. Take a shore excursion around 9 AM to the world famous Yangtze River Dam construction exhibition site before passing through all 5 locks of the world’s largest, recently completed Three Gorges Dam - the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man. Sail through the first and longest of the Three Gorges - Xiling Gorge. Ship will dock for the night when we arrive at the town of Wushan. Enjoy a Welcome cocktail party hosted by the captain in the evening.
MAR 27 [TUE] - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (B, L, D)
This morning we will board a smaller ship to transport us to smaller boats for a trip up the Daning River through the Three Lesser Gorges OR up the Shennong Stream - both are stunning areas of dramatic hillsides, caves and lush bamboo groves. Our cruise will then continue on through second of the Three Gorges - Wu Gorge followed by the last and shortest of the Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge.
MAR 28 [WED] - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (B, L, D)
Today we continue to cruise upstream to visit the ancient city of Fengdu (“Ghost City”) where a new residential area for immigrants is located; and we also explore the local farmer’s market and a kindergarten, or visit Wanxian for a shore excursion to the local town to see similar sights before returning to the ship for a farewell banquet in the evening.
MAR 29 [THU] - CHONGQING / CHENGDU (B, L)
Our cruise concludes as we arrive in Chongqing. Disembark by 7:30 AM for a City tour to visit the Gen. “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell Museum and nearby Flying Tigers Museum. After lunch take high-speed express train to Chengdu. Check into the new 5-star Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden Hotel or similar. Dinner on your own (huge buffet + menu choices). www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/chengdu/ctupg/hoteldetail/photos-tours#scmisc=nav_photos-tours_cp&
MAR 30 [FRI] - CHENGDU (AB, L, D)
In the morning you will enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Center to witness the conservation efforts being made to save this endangered species. The center is the largest giant Panda reserve in the world. In the afternoon we will visit Remin Park (People’s Park) which is a lush area where visitors can really immerse themselves with Chengdu locals. Then we will drive to nearby Kuanzhai Alley (Wide & Narrow Alley) ancient streets for visitors to relax, admire the traditional style of buildings, buy some curios, and taste some local snacks.
MAR 31 [SAT] - CHENGDU / GUILIN (AB, L, D)
Take morning flight to Guilin. After lunch we will visit Old Yangtang Airport south of Guilin with special government permit which is the site of the huge new Flying Tiger Guilin Heritage Park and Museum (opened on our March 2015 tour). This old airport site was once used by Flying Tigers during World War II (1941-45). Outside the Command Cave used by Gen. Claire Chennault, view the stone tablet set up by Mrs. Claire Chennault with her inscription engraved on it. You will have ample time to explore the museum and park and board the C47 “Buzz Buggy” which arrived from Australia over the “HUMP” on 19 NOV 2016 to now remain on permanent display courtesy of the Flying Tigers Historical Organization (FTHO). Check into the best 5-star Lijiang Waterfall Hotel located in the heart of the city, or similar: www.lijiangwaterfallhotel.com/. In the evening attend the VIP banquet in our hotel hosted by the Municipal Government of Guilin and the city Tourism Administration in honor of our VIP delegation. TV and News media interviews will focus all day on these events.
APR 1 [SUN] - GUILIN / YANGSHUO / GUILIN (AB, L)
Spend the morning aboard a scenic Li River cruise passing picturesque farms and fishing villages with its thousands of limestone outcroppings. Guilin, with its unique conical mountains, has been the inspiration for generations of silk scroll painters. Dinner on your own at or near hotel - many choices.
APR 2 [MON] - GUILIN / XIAN (AB, L)
You will first explore the beautiful Reed Flute Caves. Residents of this area were able to hide in the many cavesduring then bombings in WW II and this was among those used extensively. Then visit a Tea Plantation and factory. Fly to Xi'an in the afternoon and check into the 5-star Grand Noble Hotel or similar: www.gnhotel.com/xian_index.php?Locale=en-us. Dinner on your own - hotel has a great buffet.
APR 3 [TUE] - XI'AN (AB, L, D)
After breakfast, depart at 9:30 AM for the famous Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum, one of the Eighth Wonders of the World, which is the burial site of an incredible army of 8,000 lifelike clay soldiers. After lunch, visit the Ancient City Wall, the only city wall remaining fully intact in all of China followed by a visit to the Art and Handicraft Factory. Enjoy the evening Dumpling Banquet and the famous Tang Dynasty Culture Show.
APR 4 [WED] - XI'AN / SHANGHAI (AB, L, D)
After breakfast, take noon flight to Shanghai (onboard lunch). Major sightseeing of city includes Old Town Shanghai and YuYuan Garden. After dinner, enjoy Acrobatic Show. Check into the 5-star Four Points by Sheraton - Shanghai, Daning or similar - www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1986
APR 5 [THU] - SHANGHAI / SUZHOU / SHANGHAI (AB, L)
After breakfast, take deluxe coach to Suzhou, silk capital of the world and the Venice of China. Upon arrival, visit the Master of the Nets Garden and the Silk Factory. After lunch, cruise on the famous Grand Canal. Then visit the (silk) Embroidery Institute before your coach ride back to Shanghai and dinner on your own.
APR 6 [FRI] - SHANGHAI (AB)
Enjoy your leisure day in Shanghai for shopping and/or more touring. Optional tours will be available and will be presented to you by our local operator the day before your free day. Lunch & dinner are on your own on this free day of many choices (hotel has a dinner buffet plus there are MANY restaurants located all around the hotel).
APR 7 [SAT] - SHANGHAI / San Francisco (AB) [2 meals are served on the flight home]
After breakfast, transfer to the airport around noon and take Air China to Beijing for a seamless connection to your non-stop international flight back to San Francisco, CA, arriving also on April 7th (gain back the day lost on the flight to China as you cross back over the International Dateline).
** Price: SPECIAL $3549 pp (based on DBL Occup.)
Single Supplement: $958 per person (call for details)
** Price Includes:
- Roundtrip International PLUS 4 China domestic air tickets (all jet airliner flights);
- Hotel and Ship accommodations, meals, transfers & sightseeing listed above;
- English-speaking guides;
- Special VIP tour of Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park & Museum + VIP banquet - plus shows listed above.
** Price Excludes: