Magical China & the Yangtze River
Discover China’s ancient history and fascinating culture on this delightful China river cruise. Sightseeing with a Local Guide shows you the highlights in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, with inside visits that include the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Great Wall, Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs, the Terracotta Warriors, Dayan Pagoda, the Bund, and Yu Yuan Gardens. Enjoy an acrobatic show, participate in a calligraphy class, visit lacquer and cloisonné workshops, and attend a noodle-making demonstration. You’ll also tour the ancient Hutongs by rickshaw and visit a silk factory. Enjoy a performance of the Peking Opera, “The Tang Dynasty” dinner show, and an authentic Peking Duck dinner. On your 3-night river cruise along the majestic Yangtze, see the impressive Three Gorges Dam site—a magnificent vacation!
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 2-3 Beijing: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Summer Palace, Great Wall, cloisonné workshop, and Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs; Peking Duck welcome dinner; Peking Opera performanceDay 4 Beijing–Xi’an: hutong tour by rickshaw; fly to Xi’an; “Tang Dynasty” dinner showDay 5 Xi’an: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors, a lacquer workshop, and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstrationDay 6 Xi’an–Chongqing (Embarkation)–Yangtze River Cruise: calligraphy class; fly to Chongqing; visit a local zoo to see pandas; begin your Yangtze cruise aboard the Century Paragon or Century LegendDay 7 Shibaozhai: walking tour; welcome party and performance by ship’s crewDay 8 Qutang Gorge–Wu Gorge–Shennong Stream: boat excursion down one of the Yangtze’s lesser gorges including sampan ride; Captain’s farewell banquetDay 9 Three Gorges Dam Site–Xiling Gorge–Yichang (Disembarkation)–Shanghai: sightseeing of the impressive dam site; fly to ShanghaiDay 10 Shanghai: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum; see an acrobatic showDay 11 Shanghai: your vacation ends
Beijing Fairmont Beijing (D)Xi’an Hilton Xi’an (SF)Yangtze Cruise Century Paragon or Century LegendShanghai Fairmont Peace Hotel (D)
Breakfasts (B): American breakfast dailyLunches (L): 8 lunchesDinners (D): 8 dinners including a Peking Duck welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai