After settling in, you can spend all of Day 2 exploring Beijing, a massive city that mixes futuristic skyscrapers and centuries-old temples and palaces. You can take an optional side tour to check out the Great Wall, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
During this leg of the trip, you’ll take a guided tour of top Beijing attractions, including Tiananmen Square, one of the largest city squares in the world. Once the gateway to the Imperial Palace, the square is home to the National Museum of China, Chairman Mao's memorial, and the Monument to People's Heroes, a granite obelisk that stands nearly 10 stories tall.
Days 5–8: Yangtze River Cruise Toward Xian
A brief flight takes you south to Yichang, where you'll board The Victoria Jenna for a four-day cruise to visit small towns and gorges along the Yangtze River. You’ll see the massive Three Gorges Dam, which will soon serve as a major source of hydro-electric power in China.
Next, in Wushan, the tour takes a side trip to the Lesser Three Gorges. The river here is bordered by lush green mountainsides and rock caves. Later, at Wu Gorge, you’ll get views of 12 peaks shrouded in mist.
Before setting out for Xian, you can spend your final day on the Yangtze aboard The Victoria Jenna, or visit one of the surrounding villages.
While in Xian, you can spend the day free or choose an optional tour for an additional fee including the Terra Cotta Warriors—7,000 sculptures of soldiers that each have distinctive features.
In the afternoon, the optional tour stops off at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a towering Buddhist pagoda that dates back to 500 AD. At night, enjoy a show that celebrates the Tang Dynasty with elaborate costumes, dancing, and folk music.
Starting at $1,799, 14-day, 12-night China tour and Yangtze River cruise, with airfare
34 options available, including departures in September, October, November, and December 2013 from:
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Note: All options priced per person and valid for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay an additional fee to travel solo: ($800 for September and October departures, $700 for November and December departures). Read about package structures here.
For all options, book by: 5/17/13
Policies and Fees
Cancellation policy & fees: $200 fee for 60 days or earlier notice, $300 for 30-59 days advance notice, $500 fee for 15-29 days advance notice. $1000 fee for 3-14 days advance notice, fee up to Groupon price for notice within 3 days prior to departure.
Taxes: tax included.
Additional fees: Fee to travel solo: $800 for September and October departures, $700 for November and December departures
Other departure cities available for additional fees and are subject to availability at the time of booking.
Extended stay in Shanghai or an extension tour to Hong Kong is available and subject to availability at the time of booking, and will incur additional costs beyond the purchased Groupon value.