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 15 [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 16 [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 17 [FRI] - BEIJING (AB, L, D)
Visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, the residence of emperors for more than 500 years. In the afternoon visit Summer Palace, a summer resort for Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Visit Jade or Cloisonné factory.
MAR 18 [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 host your tour around this special museum along with a ceremony of exchanging presents. Lunch will be at a special shopping venue. Drive by Olympic National Stadium "Bird's Nest" & Water Cube and enjoy a Beijing Duck Dinner in the evening.
MAR 19 [SUN] - BEIJING / WUHAN / YICHANG / CRUISE (AB, L, D)
Take morning flight to Wuhan (at junction of Yangtze and Han Rivers). Upon arrival, visit the world-class Hubei Provincial Museum known for its ancient giant bronze bells. After lunch, board a coach for a pleasant ride through lovely countryside to Yichang where we will board the newest 5-star 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=queryCruiseList&typeid=5
MAR 20 [MON] - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (B, L, D)
Our ship departs at 7 AM. Onboard activities include all kinds of lectures presented by your river guide. We will sail through the first of the Three Gorges - Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges before passing through all 5 locks of the world's largest, newly completed Three Gorges Dam. Then take a shore excursion to the world famous Yangtze River Dam construction exhibition site before sailing through the second of the Three Gorges - Wu 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 evening.
MAR 21 [TUE] - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (B, L, D)
This morning we will board a smaller ship to transport us to small "peapod" boats for a trip up the Shennong Stream (pulled by "Trackers") OR up the Daning River through the Three Lesser Gorges, a stunning area of dramatic hillsides, caves and lush bamboo groves. Our cruise will then continue on through the last of the Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge.
MAR 22 [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.
MAR 23 [THU] - CHONGQING / CHENGDU (B, L)
Our cruise concludes as we arrive in Chongqing for a City tour to visit the Gen.“Vinegar Joe” Stilwell Museum and the nearby Flying Tigers Museum . After lunch, take afternoon 2-hour high-speed express train to Chengdu and check into the 5-star Crowne Plaza Chengdu West Hotel or similar: www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/chengdu/ctucp/hoteldetail. Dinner on your own - hotel has a big buffet plus menu.
MAR 24 [FRI] - CHENGDU / GUILIN (AB, L, D)
In the morning enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Center to witness the conservation efforts being made to save this endangered species and enjoy the antics of the baby Pandas. The center is the largest Giant Panda reserve in the world. After lunch, stroll on Jinli Street, an ancient street for visitors to relax, admire the traditional-style buildings, buy some curios and taste some local snacks. After dinner, take evening flight to Guilin. Check into the best 5* Lijiang Waterfall Hotel located in the city of the city, or similar. www.waterfallguilin.com/EN/.
MAR 25 [SAT] - GUILIN / YANGSHUO / GUILIN (AB, L, D)
Spend a day 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. After a visit to a Tea Plantation, return to the hotel for rest or additional local exploration (our hotel has the best location in this city for that). In the evening attend the VIP banquet in our hotel hosted by the Municipal Government of Guilin and the City Tourism Administration along with other local officials from the Provincial and Municipal governments in honor of our VIP delegation. Observe the first Dedication Ceremony of Artifacts Presentation to the Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park & Musuem (was just opened last March on our 2015 tour) by the American Flying Tiger Histroical Organization. TV and news media interviews will focus on this event.
MAR 26 [SUN] - GUILIN / XI'AN (AB, L, D)
After breakfast, depart at 9:30 AM via coach to visit Old Yangtang Airport south of Guilin with special government permit, which is the site of the new Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park & Museum. This old airport was once used by Flying Tigers during WW II (1941-1945). 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. After lunch, explore the beautiful Reed Flute Caves. Residents of this area were able to hide in the many caves during the bombings of WW II abd this was among those used most extensively. 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.
MAR 27 [MON] - XIAN (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 ffully intact in all of China - followed by a visit to the Art and Handicraft Factory. Enjoy the evening Dumpling Banquet with its famous Tang Dynasty Show.
MAR 28 [TUE] - XI'AN / SHANGHAI (AB, L, D)
After breakfast, take noon flight to Shanghai. 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.
MAR 29 [WED] - SHANGHAI / SUZHOU / SHANGHAI (AB, L)
After breakfast, take deluxe coach to Suzhou ("Venice" of China & Silk Capital of the World). Upon arrival, visit the Masters of the Nets Garden and the Silk Factory. After lunch, cruise on Suzhou's famous Grand Canal. Then visit the Embrodiery Institute before your coach back to Shanghai and dinner on your own.
MAR 30 [THU] - SHANGHAI (AB, L)
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).
MAR 31 [FRI] - 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 March 31st (gain back the day lost on the flight to China as you cross back over the International Dateline).
** Price: SPECIAL $3399 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 dinners plus shows listed above
** Price Excludes: