The Middle Kingdom is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations-and some of the world’s most spectacular sights. Discover the Forbidden City in Beijing with an expert local guide. Then explore the narrow streets of “Old China” on a special rickshaw excursion. Ascend via gondola to less-visited sections of the majestic Great Wall. In Xi’an, take a tour of the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang and his Terra Cotta Warriors. Glide through the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges aboard the newest and most deluxe ship, M/V Victoria Jenna. And indulge yourself with luxurious accommodations and world-class dining in cosmopolitan Shanghai. Throughout this exclusive journey, see China your way-in style.
DAYS 1 - 3
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to your luxury accommodations.On the morning of Day 2 visit Tiananmen Square, said to be the largest square in the world, and the Forbidden City, a beautifully preserved imperial palace complex. In the afternoon, visit the Summer Palace, noted for its beautiful royal garden. On Day 3 you will be driven to the Great Wall, one of the world’s great wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, stroll along the “Avenue of Animals” to tour the Ming Tombs set beside the Sacred Way. (2B, L)
DAYS 4 & 5
Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the hutongs of Beijing, which provide an enlightening and intimate glimpse of life in the city long ago. Then fly to the city of Xi’an with an afternoon visit to the landmark Small Goose Pagoda and Xi’an Museum. Visit the life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors, created by imperial edict around 220 B.C., and the Shaanxi Historical Museum, one of the most important museums in China that houses cultural relics dating back thousands of years. (2B)
The city of Chengdu is home to the Panda Breeding and Research Center. There are fewer than 1,000 pandas in the world and they are considered a Chinese national treasure. A natural habitat has been created for the pandas at the Center, and you can watch as they eat and play.(B)
DAYS 7 - 9
Yangtze River Cruise
From Chengdu, travel to Chongqing, where you board the luxuriousM/V Victoria Jenna. One of the newest cruise ships on the Yangtze, the ship provides large staterooms, private balconies, exceptional amenities and à la carte dining. Panoramic windows in your stateroom allow you to watch the changing landscape pass by. Highlights of your 3-day cruise will be the immense rock walls along the river, a fascinating excursion into a tributary of the river and the massive Three Gorges Dam. (3B, 3L, 3D)
mv Victoria Jenna
DAYS 10 - 12
Shanghai Depart for Home
Fly to Shanghai, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Stroll along the serene garden paths of Yu Yuan and tour the Jade Buddha Temple. A tour of the city includes a visit to the famous Shanghai Museum. On Day 12 you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination. (3B)
December 31, 2011
From $3,525.00 per person double occupancy.
From $1,615.00 single room supplement.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.