Wonders of China & the Yangtze River

Experience China's marvels, ancient and modern, rural and cosmopolitan, on this fantastic 16-day tour that features a relaxing 4-night upstream cruise of the Yangtze River. Float by the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges and steep cliffs of the Qutang Gorge. Explore the booming city of Shanghai, including Yuyuan Garden. Marvel at an acrobatic show. Stand before the 8,000 warriors in the life-size terracotta army in Xian. Interact with China's national treasure at the Panda Breeding Sanctuary. Try your hand at the art of Chinese calligraphy and take a tai chi lesson. Discover for yourself the mysterious Forbidden City and the immense Tiananmen Square. Walk a section of the Great Wall, tour the old, narrow streets of Beijing by rickshaw and share lunch with a local family in their Hutong home.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Duration
15 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1ShanghaiOvernight Flight: Set out on a journey to exciting Shanghai, affluent Chengdu, fascinating Xian and historic Beijing. Your tour also features a 4-night cruise on the captivating Yangtze River.
Day 2ShanghaiShanghai, China - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in booming Shanghai, the economic capital of the People's Republic of China. This bustling city's futuristic skyline will leave you speechless.
Day 3ShanghaiShanghai: Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager shares a few key phrases of the native language. Then, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. Set out for the waterfront district, known as the Bund, which runs along the Huangpu River. Famous for its impressive colonial buildings, you'll feel as though you have stepped back into 19th-century Europe. Explore Old Town's narrow streets and relax in the tranquil Yuyuan Garden. Enjoy lunch at a celebrated local restaurant known for its xiao long bao soup dumplings. Get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner before enjoying an amazing acrobatics show.
Day 4ShanghaiShanghai: Discover the treasures of the Shanghai Museum, home to artifacts that span China's rich history. Visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and view the centerpiece of the museum, a vast scale model of Shanghai as it will look in 2020. The afternoon is yours to explore as you wish.
Day 5ShanghaiShanghai - Yichang - Board Cruise Ship: Visit a silk factory and learn how artisans create this luxurious fabric. All aboard the Mag Lev train where magnetic levitation technology allows you to reach speeds over 260 miles per hour! Next, board your flight to Hubei province. Touching down in Yichang, embark your ship for a 4-night upstream Yangtze River cruise.
Day 6Three Gorges DamCruising - Three Gorges Dam - Xiling Gorge: Begin your day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck. Sail into dramatic Xiling Gorge, the longest section of the Three Gorges. Discover the state-of-the-art site of the Three Gorges Dam. The dam, inside the first of the three gorges, is the world's largest hydroelectric project. Tonight, enjoy the Captain's welcome dinner and cabaret.
Day 7Wu GorgeCruising - Shennong Stream - Wu Gorge - Qutang Gorge: Take in the tranquil surroundings on a ride up the remote Shennong Stream in traditional pea boats. Upon returning to your ship, enjoy the majestic vistas as you sail through Wu Gorge, well-known for its 12 forest-covered peaks. This afternoon, be amazed as you sail by the dramatic steep cliffs that surround the Qutang Gorge.
Day 8ShibaozhaiCruising - Shibaozhai: Arrive at Shibaozhai, an imposing hill along the banks of the Yangtze River. Adorning the hill is a 9-story red pagoda where you can climb the stairs to the top of Shibaozhai, the perfect place to take in the view of the river and surrounding area.
Day 9ChongqingChongqing - Disembark Cruise Ship - Chengdu: Disembark this morning in the mountain city of Chongqing and travel to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. Spend time on your own strolling through its ancient streets with a blend of historic and modern architecture. Come to know the leisurely lifestyle and teahouse culture that makes this city captivating. Tonight, sample the fresh, bold flavors of the local cuisine.
Day 10ChengduChengdu: Your morning begins with a visit to the Panda Breeding Sanctuary to learn how China's national treasure is being protected from extinction. Your guided tour allows you the rare opportunity to see the Giant Panda in its natural environment. The sanctuary is also home to the Red Panda. Enjoy an afternoon visit to Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the former home to one of China's famous poets who was often referred to as the "Shakespeare of China." End your day by exploring Jinli Old Street with its traditional-style buildings.
Day 11ChengduChengdu - Xian: This morning we fly to the ancient city of Xian, surrounded by the best-preserved city wall in China and where the illustrious Silk Road concludes. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Xian dumpling banquet.
Day 12XianXian: Today, explore the incredible excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors. This vast clay army, 8,000 strong, was created to guard China's first emperor in the afterlife. You'll be amazed at the detail - each soldier has a different face. Lunch today is a Xian specialty - hand-pulled noodles. Tonight you may choose to enjoy an optional Tang Dynasty dinner and show, complete with Imperial cuisine.
Day 13XianXian - Beijing: This morning, fly to the capital of China - Beijing. Contemplate history during a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public spaces in the world. Next, discover the Forbidden City, an awe-inspiring 15th-century complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens that were once home to the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Day 14BeijingThe Great Wall: Discover the Great Wall, China's legendary landmark. Live out a lifelong dream as you visit the picturesque Juyongguan section to walk along this celebrated structure. Next, visit a jade workshop to learn how local artists create these masterpieces. On your way back to Beijing, relive the excitement of the 2008 Summer Olympics when you view Olympic Park, the Water Cube and the famous Bird's Nest Stadium. Tonight, you may opt to attend the Peking Opera and explore Wangfujing Street.
Day 15BeijingBeijing: Visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperor came twice each year to pray. Relax amidst the locals doing their morning exercises. Later, take a thrilling rickshaw tour through the oldest part of Beijing. With an interpreter, learn about a local family's way of life and share lunch with them in their Hutong home. They will also teach you the art of dumpling making. Next, spend time with a Chinese calligraphy master and learn about this ancient art. Your final stop features a traditional tea ceremony. Later, enjoy a special farewell dinner including Peking Duck.
Day 16BeijingBeijing - Tour Ends:
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
10/11/2017$2,899.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
11/01/2017$2,899.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Shanghai Mingde Grand Hotel Shanghai, China
Xian Grand New World Xian, China
CHENDGDU TIANFU SUNSHINE HOTEL , China
Beijing Zhongle Six Star Hotel Beijing, China
Victoria Cruises London, China
Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel Beijing, China
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.
  
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