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Essence of China with Yangtze River Cruise
11 Days

ITINERARY

11 Days : Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Shibaozhai, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Shennong Stream, Xiling Gorge,Yichang, Shanghai, Suzhou

Tour Overview:
China’s most awe-inspiring sights and cities are included in this 14-day feast of travel adventure. Behold, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra Cotta Warriors and the ancient city of Fengdu. Enjoy the deluxe cruise ship for a trip down the Qutang and Wu Gorges finally landing in breathtaking Shanghai.

Day 1 (Wed) – Arrive Beijing

Arrive in Beijing the capital of the People’s Republic of China. You are welcomed at the airport and escorted to the hotel.


Day 2 (Thu) – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace

Start your tour this morning with a visit to the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and the Forbidden City, the 250-acre palace containing more than 9,000 rooms. Closed to the common people for centuries, it was only opened to the public in 1949. Afternoon explore the Summer Palace, the retreat of China’s royal families for over 2,000 years (BL)


Day 3 (Fri) – Great Wall Excursion & Ming Tomb

Visit the Great wall, stopping en route at the Bird’s Nest & Water Cube for a picture stop. The Great Wall, built 2,300 years ago and extending 3,750 miles, can be seen from space!. Afternoon visit Sacred Way and Ming Tomb – Changling Tomb. Tonight enjoy Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)


Day 4 (Sat) – Temple of Heaven & Lama Temple / Xian

In the morning visit the Temple of Heaven, possibly the country’s most popular symbol and the Lama Temple, considered as the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. Later fly to Xian, once the largest city in the world. Xian was the national capital for eleven Chinese dynasties and a major link between Asia and Europe. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. (BL)


Day 5 (Sun) – Terra Cotta Warriors & Wild Goose Pagoda

Xian captured the interest of the world in 1974 with the discovery of the astonishing third-century BC burial sites of the first emperor to unite China, Qin Shi Huangdi. Visit the archaeological site to see thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors, which have been standing guard over the Imperial Tomb for 2,000 years and the the ceramics & pottery workshop. Enjoy Noodle making demonstration followed by lunch. Afternoon visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Temple and the Ancient City Wall. In the evening, enjoy an *optional Tang Dynasty Show and dinner. (BL)


Day 6 (Mon) – Xian / Chongqing / Cruise

Morning is free until transfer to airport for flight flying to Chongqing. Arrive Chongqing, city tour if time permits. Sichuan flavor dinner at local restaurant, and then transfer to pier to board on the cruise , embark on Victoria Jenna or Sabrina (Superior Cabin on the Main Deck) to explore and discover the mysteries of the Yangtze River. Relax and enjoy your downstream Cruise on the Yangtze. (BD)


Day 7 (Tue) – Shibaozhai

Shore excursion to Shibaozhai, literally translated into English as the “Stone Treasure Fortress.” Located in Zhong County at the south bank of the Yangtze River (30 miles away from Wanxian), it was first built in Qing Dynasty in 1750 with a height of 56 meters. Shibaozhai is simply a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs, standing on the riverside. A red wooden pagoda, 12 stories high, was built against the rock wall. Visitors can climb to the top by spiral staircase in the pagoda, 160 meters above the river to gain a panoramic view of the winding river, the village and the countryside. (BLD)


Day 8 (Wed) – Qutang Gorge / Wu Gorge / Shennong Stream

Qutang Gorge finds the river carving its way between sheer precipices of overhanging mountains on both sides. Continue through the wondrous Wu Gorge, a meandering landscape of dazzling peaks and rocks, forming a whimsical gallery of natural beauty. Upon arrival at the famed Shennong Stream, board the small boat and sail deep into the fabled Three Lesser Gorges. Enjoy the vistas of Parrot Gorge and Dragon Boat Gorge with their breathtaking scenery. Return back to the boat and continue to the third Xiling Gorge as we pass through many historical sites. Sail through the huge Three Gorges Dam and the five ship locks. (BLD)


Day 9 (Thu) – Xiling Gorge / Yichang / Shanghai

Take a shore excursion to see the massive construction of Three Gorges Dam, the world largest hydroelectric project. Continue sailing down in the second section of Xiling Gorges. Disembark in Yichang and proceed to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, “the Paris of the East”- China’s most westernized and largest city. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the hotel. (B)


Day 10 (Fri) – Shanghai Sightseeing

Your morning tour of Shanghai includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden and the Old Town. Afternoon visit the Shanghai Museum and the Bund, a wide, tree-lined avenue along the Huangpu River and Tianzifang Artist area, famous for small craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and narrow alleys. Evening enjoy an *optional performance by the famous Chinese acrobats. (BL)


Day 11 (Sat) – Shanghai / Home

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

Arrive in Beijing on Wednesday
Departs Shanghai on Tuesday
2020
Dates Dbl Occ. Sgl Occ.
Jul 08 - Jul 18 2615 3535
Jul 22 - Aug 01 2615 3535
Aug 05 - Aug 15 2615 3535
Aug 19 - Aug 29 2615 3535
Sep 02 - Sep 12 2740 2775
Sep 16 - Sep 26 2740 2775
Oct 07 - Oct 17 2740 2775
Oct 14 - Oct 24 2740 2775
Nov 11 - Nov 21 2695 3690
Nov 18 - Nov 28 2695 3690
2021
Mar 17 - Mar 27 2705 3695
Mar 24 - Apr 03 2705 3695
Apr 07 - Apr 17 2705 3695
Apr 14 - Apr 24 2705 3695
May 05 - May 15 2705 3695
May 12 - May 22 2705 3695
May 19 - May 29 2705 3695
Jun 02 - Jun 12 2615 3535
Jun 16 - Jun 26 2615 3535
Jun 23 - Jul 03 2615 3535
Jul 07 - Jul 17 2615 3535
Jul 21 - Jul 31 2615 3535
Aug 04 - Aug 14 2615 3535
Aug 08 - Aug 18 2615 3535
Sep 01 - Sep 11 2740 3775
Sep 08 - Sep 18 2740 3775
Sep 15 - Sep 25 2740 3775
Oct 13 - Oct 23 2740 3775
Oct 20 - Oct 30 2740 3775
Nov 10 - Nov 20 2740 3775
Nov 17 - Nov 27 2740 3775
2022
Mar 16 - Mar 26 2575 3460
Mar 23 - Apr 02 2575 3460
Optional Tour Sell PP
Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show with round-trip transfers (Day 5) 135
Shanghai Acrobatic Show with round-trip transfers (Day 10) 175
Cabin Upgrade on Victoria Cruise Sell PP
Superior Cabin with Private Balcony & Amenity Package 160
Executive Suite with Amenity package is included 695
Blackout Dates - Oct 01'20, Feb 11'21, May 01'21, Oct 01'21, Jan 31'22
*Solo Travel Supplement available upon request
*Supplements may apply for special events and holidays
Hotels
Beijing
Capital Hotel Beijing (4*, Superior Room) or similar
Xian
Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda (4*, Superior Room) or similar
Chongqing
Victoria Sabrina Cruiser
Shanghai
Ambassador Hotel Shanghai (4*, Superior Room) or similar

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INCLUSIONS

SITA Exclusive:
As a guest of SITA, you will receive a personalized traditional signature stamp engraved with your name. The signature stamp has remained as a symbol of Chinese culture and the art of calligraphy.

Inclusions & Highlights

  • First-class accommodations with private facilities
  • 3 nights Yangtze Cruise with private balcony
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner as specified
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • All sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to monuments and cultural events
  • Internal flights – Beijing / Xian / Chongqing, Yichang /
  • Shanghai
  • Domestic airport tax and fuel surcharge
  • Baggage handling
  • Great Wall
  • Visit to a local home.
  • Terra Cotta Warriors
  • Visit to a Watertown

For all passengers in Suites and Upgraded Superior Cabins with Amenity Package will receive the following services and amenities:

  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea service
  • Welcome Fruit Plate
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service in the Executive Lounge
  • Nightly turn down service with printed Daily Itinerary
  • Diet soda included for lunch and dinner
  • Private shore excursions with 6 or more passengers in a particular group
  • Dining selection from two dining rooms (choice of dining room to be made at the beginning of the voyage)
  • Hot & Cold soft drinks available daily in Executive Lounge (Pepsi, Sprite, Juice, Coffee, and Tea)
  • Complimentary “Happy Hour” one hour before dinner in the Executive Lounge (including House Wine, Beer, and Soda)*
  • Complimentary house wine and beer offerings at dinner

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