Enchanting China & the Yangtze River
Experience China in depth on this mesmerizing river cruise vacation. Visit world-famous historical sights in Beijing, Xi’an, Lijiang, and Shanghai, including the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs, Terracotta Warriors, and Yu Yuan Gardens. Attend special cloisonné and lacquer workshops, a noodle-making demonstration, and a calligraphy class; ride a rickshaw through Beijing’s hutongs. Enjoy a Peking Duck welcome dinner, as well as “The Tang Dynasty” dinner show, an acrobatic show, and the Lijiang Impression Show. Marvel at the Three Gorges Dam site on your magical 3-night Yangtze River cruise and take a sampan ride on the stream. This vacation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit famous historical sights, learn about new cultures, shop for unique gifts, and taste authentic Chinese cuisine.
Cruise: deluxe 3-night cruise from Chongqing to Yichang in a Deluxe Stateroom with two lower beds, private facilities, and balconyDay 1 Arrive Beijing: welcome to ChinaDays 2-4 Beijing: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian’anmen Square, the Summer Palace, Great Wall, cloisonné workshop, and Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs; Peking Duck welcome dinner; walking tour of Donghuamen night market; hutong tour by rickshawDay 5 Beijing–Xi’an: fly to Xi’an; calligraphy class; enjoy “The Tang Dynasty” dinner showDay 6 Xi’an: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors, a lacquer workshop, and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstrationDay 7 Xi’an–Chengdu: fly to Chengdu; visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research BaseDay 8 Chengdu–Lijiang: fly to Lijiang; walking tour of Old TownDay 9 Lijang: Lijiang Impression Show; visit the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture and Black Dragon PoolDay 10 Lijang–Chongqing (Embarkation)–Yangtze River Cruise: fly to Chongqing; begin your Yangtze cruise aboard the Century LegendDay 11 Shibaozhai: walking tour; welcome party and performance by the ship’s crewDay 12 Qutang Gorge–Wu Gorge–Shennong Stream: boat excursion down one of the Yangtze’s lesser gorges including sampan ride; Captain’s farewell banquetDay 13 Three Gorges Dam Site–Xiing Gorge–Yichang (Disembarkation)-Shanghai: sightseeing of the impressive dam site; fly to ShanghaiDay 14 Shanghai: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum; see an acrobatic showDay 15 Shanghai: your vacation ends this morning
Beijing Fairmont Beijing (D)Xi’an Hilton Xi’an (SF)Chengdu Shangri-La Hotel (D)Lijiang Crowne Plaza Lijiang Ancient Town (MD)Yangtze Cruise Century LegendShanghai Fairmont Peace Hotel (D)
Breakfasts (B): American breakfast dailyLunches (L): 10 lunchesDinners (D): 9 dinners including a Peking Duck welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai