Grand Yangtze Experience
14 Day Package
Featuring: Beijing- Xian- Wuhan- Yichang- The Yangtze River Cruise- Chongqing- Shanghai
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Featuring: Beijing- Xian- Wuhan- Yichang- The Yangtze River Cruise- Chongqing- Shanghai
|March 27-April 9,
April 24-May 7,
May 22-June 4
June 19-July 2,
July 31-August 13,
October 23-Nov. 5
· The above land only prices are inclusive of the domestic air fares in China along with the Chinese taxes and fuel surcharges
INTERNATIONAL AIR FARES BOOKED THROUGH PILGRIM TOURS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ABOVE ITINERARY
Complimentary initial airport arrival transfer in Beijing and final airport departure transfer in Shanghai are provided if your transpacific flights is booked through Pilgrim Tours. If airfare is booked on your own, then airport transfers are an additional expense.
• All domestic air and ground transportation.
• 8 night's hotel accommodations at five-star deluxe hotels.
• Deluxe Five-Star MV. President No. 7 Cruise Ship on the Yangtze River with included shore excursions and three meals daily on board.
• Escorted tours and sightseeing with admission and English speaking tour guides in each city.
• 28 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners including Peking duck dinner, dumpling dinner banquet in Xian, and Shanghai cuisine farewell dinner party.
• Cultural entertainments: Tang Dynasty dance and music show with dinner in Xian, shipboard singing and dancing show on the cruise.
Day 01 (Mon) US/BEIJING
Take an international flight from the US to Beijing, China. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane. Movies will also be available during the flight.
Day 02 (Tues) BEIJING
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our tour guide. For those arriving in Beijing earlier today, you may spend the rest of the day for leisure or join in one of the optional tours (at an extra expense) in Beijing.
Day 03 (Wed) BEIJING (AB, L, SD)
Today you will visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most intact conglomeration of ancient structures of the imperial palace. This was the palace for 24 Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors who ruled China for over 500 years. Take a photo stop at the National Center for the Performing Arts, also known as the National Grand Theatre, designed by the French architect Paul Andreu. You will also tour the Summer Palace, the famous resort of Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Feast your eyes on the Long Corridor, Longevity Hill, and Kunming Lake. If time permits, you may also have the opportunity to see pandas at Beijing Zoo located nearby the Summer Palace. Attend a welcome Peking Duck Dinner tonight.
Day 04 (Thurs) BEIJING (AB, L)
The highlight today is a trip to the astonishing Great Wall of China at Juyongguan Pass, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind. After lunch, you will stroll along the Sacred Way guarding the Ming Tombs, lined with different statutes of animals such as lions, elephants, camels and etc. Later in the day, you will make a photo stopover at the Olympic Park where you will view the exterior of the Bird Nest-China National Stadium and Water Cube-China National Aquatic Center.
Day 05 (Fri) BEIJING (AB, L)
This morning you will visit the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site - the Temple of Heaven where emperors used to pray for good harvest. You will also attend a morning lesson of Taiji (also referred to as Taichi by the Westerners) exercise on the site of the Temple of Heaven given by a professional. Taichi is a type of internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. T'ai chi theory and practice evolved in agreement with many Chinese philosophical principles, including those of Taoism and Confucianism. After lunch, you enjoy your free afternoon for leisure or shopping. You may also take an optional tour of Hutong (Chinese alleyways) by riding aboard a rickshaw pedicab through the narrow lanes of the old residential quarters in the afternoon ($45 per person).
Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys in Beijing, formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighborhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. Hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing. Thanks to Beijing's long history and status as capital for six dynasties, almost every hutong has its anecdotes, and some are even associated with historic events. In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers. The hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing. Taking a Hutong tour is a great way to enjoy the local cultures, giving you a unique opportunity to glimpse into the local resident's daily life.
Day 06 (Sat) BEIJING/XIAN (AB, SD)
After breakfast, you will take a flight to Xian, the ancient capital city for 11 dynasties in Chinese history. Upon arrival at the airport in Xian, you will be met and taken to tour the well preserved Ancient City Wall of Xian. After hotel check-in, enjoy some free time for leisure, before attending a dumpling dinner banquet, followed by an on-stage show of Tang Dynasty dance and music.
Day 07 (Sun) XIAN (AB, L)
The excursion today takes you to visit the Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and see the awesome Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, widely regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. After lunch, you may enjoy the rest of the day for leisure or join the optional night walking tour of Muslim Street, known for the local yummy snacks and a variety of local artifacts.
Day 08 (Mon) XIAN/WUHAN/YICHANG (AB, L, D)
Today you will take a flight for Wuhan, where you will be met and transferred for a high speed train ride (or bus ride) to Yichang. If time permits, you may take a brief side trip in the city of Wuhan. Upon arrival in Yichang, you will be met and transferred to the pier in Sandouping to embark on the Five Star M.V. President No. 7 Cruise Ship. Spend the night on the cruise ship. Ship departs late at mid night and enters Xiling Gorge.
Day 09 (Tues) THE YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: XILING GORGE/THREE GORGES DAM (AB, L, D)
Enjoy this morning for leisure or attend the onboard cultural programs. You may also take an optional shore excursion of the Tribes of the Three Gorges to take a glimpse into the local life of Xiling Gorge. After lunch you will take a shore excursion of the Three Gorges Dam. Return to the ship in the afternoon, while the cruise ship will pass through the five level ship locks of the well-known Three Gorges Dam, giving you a unique opportunity to experience the grandeur of the world's biggest dam project. Attend Captain's Welcome Party while ship continues sailing through the Xiling Gorge.
Day 10 (Wed) THE YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: WU GORGE: BADONG/QUTANG GORGE: SHENNONG STREAM (AB, L, D)
Upon arrival in Badong this morning, you will be transferred to a pea- boat for Shennong Stream drifting to experience the breathtaking scenery. Return to the cruise ship for lunch on board while ship sails though Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Later in the afternoon, you may take optional shore excursion of the White Emperor City.
Day 11 (Thurs) YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: FENGDU (AB, L, D)
This morning you will take an included shore excursion of Shibaozhai Pagoda, which literally means the Stone Treasure Fortress. In the afternoon, the ship is scheduled to arrive in Fengdu, the legendary home of the King of Hades-often referred to as the "ghost city: Go ashore to take an optional shore excursion of this "ghost city" and visit Mingshan Hill's Temples. Continue sailing for Chongqing. Attend Captain's Farewell Dinner Banquet, followed by the talent show performed by the crew tonight.
Day 12 (Fri) CHONGQING/SHANGHAI) (AB)
Upon disembarking from the Yangtze cruise this morning, you will be met and taken for a brief city tour of Chongqing before taking a flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at the airport in Shanghai, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure, or take an optional tour of Zhujiajiao Water Town ($45 per person) in the afternoon.
Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao Water Town enjoys a history of more than 1700 years, has been well known for the well preserved cultures and ancient architectural style buildings including the unique old stone bridges.
Day 13 (Sat) SHANGHAI (AB, L, SD)
Shanghai, China's largest city (home to 16 million people), is also China's principal port on a deep estuary of the Yangtze River. Often regarded as "the Paris of the East," Shanghai has retained the flavor of its past European influences.
The excursion today takes you to the Bund - a waterfront area that showcases many landmark buildings of western style built in the early 20th century, the bustling Nanjing Road, Chenghuangmiao Old Town, and Tianzifang, an old neighborhood with hidden alleyways full of boutiques and art galleries. You will also visit the well-known Shanghai Museum of Art and History, which ranks among the great museums of the world. Attend a farewell dinner celebration of Shanghai cuisine in the evening, followed by an optional cruise on Huangpu River ($45 per person) to enjoy a fascinating night view of Shanghai.
Day 14 (Sun) SHANGHAI/US (AB)
After breakfast you will take a departure transfer to the airport for the flight back home.
AB: American Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner