17 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS

CHINA YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE & HONG KONG

China: Beijing - Guilin - Hong Kong - Shanghai - Xian - Yangtze River
Hong Kong: Aberdeen - Hongkong Island - Kowloon - Repulse Bay - Stanley (Chek Chue)
Starting from $4,410 (Land Only)

CHINA YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE & HONG KONG

A classic journey that combines China’s most popular destinations with a fabulous Yangtze River cruise; finishing in one of the Asia’s great cities – Hong Kong. See the treasures of Beijing, home to such magnificent sights at the Forbidden City and Great Wall. Xian’s Terracotta Warriors are recognized as one of the worlds greatest archaeological finds, and scenic Guilin has inspired poets and painters for ages. Feel the pulse and vibrancy of Shanghai, and cruise the mighty Yangtze River, traversing the famous Three Gorges. Hong Kong, with great sights, world-class shopping, exquisite dining, and a vibrant nightlife, has it all.

INCLUDES
  • Hotel accommodations for sixteen nights, including hotel taxes and service charges.
  • 4 Nights accommodation at Capital Hotel Beijing
  • 2 nights accommodation at Golden Flower Hotel, Xi'an
  • 3 Nights accommodation aboard Victoria Cruise
  • 2 nights accommodation at Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi
  • 2 nights accommodation at Guilin Bravo Hotel
  • 3 Nights accommodation at Park Hotel in Hong Kong
  • Sixteen full American breakfasts and thirteen lunches.
  • Three dinners: Peking duck in Beijing, Tang Dynasty dinner show in Xi'an and Shanghai cuisine in Shanghai.
  • Flights within the itinerary: Beijing/Xi’an/Chongqing, and Yichang/Shanghai/Guilin/Hong Kong.
  • Extensive sightseeing program in China with English-speaking guide.
  • Visit the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Hutongs, and Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors archaeological site, Shaanxi Provincial Museum, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an.
  • Three-night downstream Yangtze River Cruise with shore excursions.
  • Walk on the Bund, and visit Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, and Xintiandi area in Shanghai.
  • Evening acrobatic show in Shanghai.
  • Li River Cruise and visits to Yangshuo and the Reed Flute Cave in Guilin.
  • Hong Kong Island Tour in Hong Kong.
  • Round-trip airport to hotel transfers in each city.
EXCLUDES
  • Airport User Fee (Approx. $16 for Intl flights)
  • Any optional tours mentioned.
  • International airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Tips & Personal items
  • Tips and Personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry)
  • International Airfare (Please contact us for details)
ITINERARY
Day 1 - BEIJING

Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer by sedan to your hotel in Beijing. China’s capital city located in the north, Beijing is a sprawling cultural and political center, as well as a central base to many fascinating sites. Few other Chinese cities offer such a concentrated view of ancient and modern China.


Day 2 - BEIJING

Today we embark on a full-day tour of Beijing. Tour the incomparable Forbidden City, home to two dynasties spanning 500 years. This architecturally stunning 200-acre compound, with more than 800 buildings and 9,000 rooms, houses a vast collection of imperial treasures and cultural artifacts. Visit Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest public square, and site of Mao Zedong's Mausoleum and the Great Hall of the People. Rounding out the day is a tour of the Hutongs (backstreets of Beijing), and a delicious Peking Duck dinner this evening. Meals Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 3 - BEIJING

No visit would be complete without an excursion to see the Great Wall, truly one of the greatest feats of human engineering, stretching nearly 4,000 miles long. Begun in the 7th century B.C., final additions were completed in 16th century A.D. and originally built to keep out invaders of the north. Also visit the Changling (Ming Dynasty) Tomb and "Sacred Way", a seven-kilometer road lined with statues of guardian animals and officials. Meals Breakfast – Lunch


Day 4 - BEIJING

A full-day tour takes us to the Summer Palace, home to China’s largest imperial garden. We will also tour the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming architecture built for imperial sacrifices conducted on the summer and winter solstices, and one of Beijing's grandest attractions. Meals Breakfast – Lunch


Day 5 - XI'AN

Fly to Xi'an, an ancient capital of China for eleven dynasties and the starting point of the famed Silk Road. The cradle of Chinese civilization and inhabited since before the Neolithic era, Xi'an lies 35 miles west of the confluence of the Wei and Yellow rivers. In the afternoon tour Big Wild Goose Pagoda, originally built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty. Meals Breakfast - Lunch


Day 6 - XI'AN

Today embark on a full-day tour of the Provincial Museum displaying more than 2,000 ancient artifacts reflecting the evolution of Chinese civilization. Visit the amazing underground tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang; guarded by more than 7,000 life-size Terra Cotta warriors and horses, the tomb is one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures. Later in the evening, enjoy a memorable Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show. Meals Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 7 - YANGTZE RIVER

Fly to Chongqing, starting point of your 3-night downstream Yangtze River cruise. Time permitting; enjoy lunch and an afternoon tour of Stilwell Museum. Afterwards, transfer to the pier to board your ship, and set sail this evening. Meals Breakfast - Lunch


Day 8 - YANGTZE RIVER

Enjoy the scenery and facilities onboard the ship as you cruise along the river. Embark on a shore excursion to Fengdu, the famous Ghost City located along the banks. Meals Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 9 - YANGTZE RIVER

A highlight of any Yangtze River sailing is passing through the Three Gorges area. First traverse Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most spectacular, followed by Wu Gorge, and finally Xiling Gorge. Meals Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 10 - SHANGHAI

This morning we have a shore excursion to visit the Three Gorges Dam site. Truly an engineering marvel, it is the largest dam project and hydroelectric power station in the world. This afternoon we disembark the ship after lunch and transfer to Yichang Airport for our flight to Shanghai. Meals Breakfast - Lunch


Day 11 - SHANGHAI

A full-day tour of Shanghai takes us to see the famous waterfront “Bund” area, lined with many stately buildings of European architecture from pre-1949. Visits today also include Yu Garden, with its many halls and pavilions, Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, and the Xintiandi area. This evening enjoy an acrobatic show after dinner. Meals Breakfast – Lunch - Dinner


Day 12 - GUILIN

Fly to Guilin, known for it's lovely scenery that has inspired poets and painters throughout the years. Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel. Meals Breakfast – Lunch


Day 13 - YANGSHUO/GUILIN

Take a cruise on the Li River today. Wind your way through an amazing landscape of karst topography, where beautiful limestone peaks rise from the green plain at odd angles, and daily life happens along the riverbanks. We also visit a local market in Yangshuo; a picturesque town of wonderful shops and restaurants, surrounded by karst mountains and bordering the Li River. Meals Breakfast – Lunch


Day 14 - HONG KONG

This morning tour Reed Flute Cave, where amazing stone formations of stalactites and stalagmites take on familiar shapes of people, nature, food, and other familiar objects. Afterwards see the scenic Fubo Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill. In the afternoon fly to Hong Kong, the former British colony said to have a foot in the east, and foot in the west. Meals Breakfast - Lunch


Day 15 - HONG KONG

Discover Hong Kong Island this morning on a morning tour. Visits include Victoria Peak for fabulous views of the city, mountains, and Victoria Harbour below; Aberdeen Floating Village, Repulse Bay, and Stanley Market. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own. Meals Breakfast


Day 16 - HONG KONG

Today is free to explore Hong Kong on your own. Optional tours, such as to Lantau Island, Macau, or a Harbour Dinner Cruise can be arranged upon request. Meals Breakfast


Day 17 - DEPART HONG KONG

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meals Breakfast


DEPARTURE & RATES

Gold Plan

Land Only
Dates Price
From October 09 2017 to October 31 2018 $4410
Single Supplement
Dates Price
From October 09 2017 to October 31 2018 $475
Notes
  • Victoria Cruises sailing schedule: 2011-2012 Downstream cruises everyday except Saturday. First saling date Mar 1. Last sailing date Nov 27
  • Tour prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All tour information is correct at time of tours going live, however is subject to change, please confirm all details at time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Conditions page. http://www.travelplantours.com/?Page=Terms+%26+Conditions
  • Upgrade to super deluxe hotels available upon request
  • All rates in Net USD. Rooms subject to availability.
  • Domestic airfares (if applicable) are current and are subject to change. They are inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharges
  • When travel falls over a holiday surcharges may apply. Rugby Sevens every late March is usually blacked out.
  • Tours are either based on private services or SIC as outlined on the tour description and itinerary.
  • Rates are valid from January 1 to December 31 2012
  • For triple rooms use double pp rate. Triples are a twin room with an extra bed (rollaway).
  • All tours are "go any day" except the Yangtze River program.
  • For 1 pax traveling alone, the single extra is already included in the tour price.

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