See Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai and Cruise Past Gorges on the Yangtze River
Included in all options:
- Round-trip airfare LAX, SFO, or JFK on Air China
- China domestic air tickets: Beijing to Yichang, Chongqing to Xian, Xian to Shanghai
- Fuel surcharge and tax
- Round-trip airport-hotel transfers in each city
- Daily breakfast available at hotel
- Daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) available on cruise
- Luxury hotel accommodation
- Three nights standard accommodations at DoubleTree Hilton Beijing
- Four nights outside cabin accommodations on Victoria Jenna cruise ship with private balcony
- Two nights standard accommodations at Grand Noble Hotel Xian
- Three nights standard accommodations at the Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel
- Meals per itinerary<p>
You can check out some trip highlights below. For a full itinerary, click here.
Days 1–4: Beijing
- Accommodations: DoubleTree Hilton
- 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. <p>
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. <p>
Days 9–11: Xian
- Accommodations: Grand Noble Xian.
- 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.<p>
Days 12–14: Shanghai
- Accommodations: [Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel] http://www.affordableasia.com/Hotel/HotelPop.aspx?HotelId=145)
- In Shanghai, China’s largest city, futuristic skyscrapers cast a bright, neon glow over the banks of the Yangtze River.
- Your tour takes you to the Shanghai Musuem and its collection of more than 100,000 artifacts and artwork from throughout Chinese history
- Another highlight of this leg: the Bund, a riverside area dotted with ornate Baroque, Gothic, and Romanesque architecture.
- Before heading back home, you can enjoy Shanghai at leisure on Day 13 take an optional tour of the bridges and pagodas perched above water in the village of Suzhou.
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