Comprehensive in scope yet briefer in duration than many China tours, this relaxed, well-paced 14-day journey combines monumental Beijing, a cruise on the fabled Yangtze, fascinating Xian, and cosmopolitan Shanghai. In a small group limited to 24 travelers, begin with a four-night discovery of 2,000-year-old Beijing and its legendary sights: vast Tiananmen Square; the Forbidden City; the splendid Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO site; and the Summer Palace. Encounter the famed Great Wall and savor a traditional Peking Duck dinner. For fascinating glimpses of fast-disappearing traditional life, ride a rickshaw along Beijing’s ancient alleyways and visit a local family’s home. Traveling on to Xian, see the acclaimed Small Wild Goose Pagoda. A tour highlight follows at the museum housing one of China’s most memorable sights: the astounding Terra Cotta Warriors, some 7,000 life-sized warriors that guarded China’s first emperor’s tomb. In Chongqing’s zoo, meet China’s beloved pandas face-to-face. Then set sail aboard a Victoria Cruises premier ship on a three-night voyage along the storied Yangtze, prized for its natural beauty. Pass through the spectacular Three Gorges, boarding a sampan for a cruise through the stunning Small Gorges. After touring the immense Three Gorges Dam, disembark and set off for Shanghai, the “Paris of the East,” a dynamic city epitomizing 21st-century China. During a three-night stay, discover the popular upscale Xin Tian Di district; beloved 16th-century Yu Yuan Gardens; the Shanghai Museum’s priceless collections; and the European-influenced Bund. Explore the dazzling city of Hong Kong with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Beijing, China
Day 2: Arrive Beijing
Day 3: Beijing
Day 4: Beijing/Great Wall
Day 5: Beijing
Day 6: Beijing/Xian
Day 7: Xian
Day 8: Xian/Chongqing/Board Ship
Day 9: Yangtze Cruising – Shibaozhai or Fengdu
Day 10: Yangtze Cruising – Qutang Gorge/ Wu Gorge/Small Gorges/Xiling Gorge
Day 11: Yangtze Cruising – Three Gorges Dam/Shanghai
Day 12: Shanghai
Day 13: Shanghai
Day 14: Depart for U.S.
**Pricing and itinerary subject to change until final brochure publication**