China


with OPTIONAL YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE EXTENSION

NYC Educators – You can join this trip. It’s during Spring Break!
 

Price Full Package
(Including Flights From New York)
$3,259 per person


Price for Land Only
$2,599 per person


*Prices per person based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement
$650 per person

Dates:
April 9 - 18, 2020

Duration: 
10 days

Locations Visited
Shanghai - Xian - Beijing

Accommodations  
5 Star

Deposit 
$500 due at the time of booking
Deposits accepted only while space is available

Final Payment: 
Due by January 15, 2020

Travel Protection 
Full Package
$233 per person (double)
$290 per person (single)

Travel Protection 
Land Only Package
Price varies based on cost of your flights

Optional Yangtze River Cruise Extension

Dates:
April 18 - 22, 2020

Price 
Double Occupancy
$1,699 per person

Single Room Supplement
$450 per person

Travel Protection 
Supplement
$150 per person (double)
$216 per person (single)

Note: U.S. citizens planning to visit China's mainland must apply for an entry visa through the Chinese Embassy or Consulate. More information on How to Apply for a Chinese Visa can be found on the China Embassy website. You can also use a visa service company such as CIBT visas to process your visa application.

China Trip FAQs

Time Zone:
China Standard Time (CTS)

Money:
Yuan (CNY)

Weather:
Beijing: High: 69 Low: 47

Shanghai: High: 68 Low: 53

Language:
Chinese

Acrobatic Show

Acrobatic Show

Chinese Dimsum Cuisine

Chinese Dimsum Cuisine

China Pagoda

China Pagoda

Xian Temple

Xian Temple

China's Olympic venues, the Bird's Nest

China's Olympic venues, the Bird's Nest

China's Olympic venues, Water Cube

China's Olympic venues, Water Cube

Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin Kung Fu

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

Beijing China Road

Beijing China Road

Chines Fishermen

Chines Fishermen

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

Shibaozhai

Shibaozhai

China Ceramics

China Ceramics

Chinese Lanterns

Chinese Lanterns

Shanghai at Night

Shanghai at Night

Terrra Cota Warriors

Terrra Cota Warriors

China

China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Martial Arts

Martial Arts

INCLUDES

  • Round trip flights from New York (Other departure cities available)

  • 5 Star hotel accommodations

  • English speaking guides throughout

  • All transportation (as noted in itinerary) 

  • All entrance fees

  • 16 meals 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Great Wall of China

  • Tiananmen Square

  • Terra Cotta Warriors 

  • Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace 

  • Canal Cruise in Shanghai 

  • Traditional Rickshaw ride

  • Chinese Cooking Demonstration

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Depart USA

Shanghai City

Shanghai City

  • Depart the USA on your flight bound for Shanghai, China

Day 2 – Friday, April 10, 2020 – Shanghai

  • Arrive in Shanghai, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel

Hotel:  Regal International East Asia Hotel Shanghai
Meals:  None

Day 3 – Saturday, April 11. 2020 – Shanghai

  • Visit the Yu Garden in Shanghai

  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

  • Balance of the day is at leisure, or join an optional excursion

Oriental Pearl TV

Oriental Pearl TV

This morning, visit one of Shanghai's oldest attractions, the Yu Garden. The garden was originally constructed in the 16th century, but the current layout was part of a five-year restoration project which began in the 1950's. After exploring the Yu Garden's impressive rockeries and pavilions, enjoy lunch with your fellow travelers. The balance of the day is at leisure in Shanghai to explore on your own.

Optional Excursion: Oriental Pearl TV Tower & Shanghai Museum, $50 (purchased locally)

Suzhou Bridge Canal

Suzhou Bridge Canal

Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai
Begin your tour at the Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art, which houses a collection of 120,000 precious works. Next, get a panoramic view of the city atop the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, a unique architectural addition to the Shanghai cityscape and one of the largest radio and TV towers in the world. Other stops on this optional tour include the lively Xintiandi Bar Street and the picturesque French Concession.

Optional Excursion: Dinner and acrobatics show, $48 (purchased locally)

This evening, take advantage of an optional dinner followed by an exciting acrobatics show.

Hotel:  Regal International East Asia Hotel Shanghai
Meal:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – Sunday, April 12, 2020 – Shanghai

  • Full day Suzhou tour

Boat ride through Suzhou's lovely canals

Boat ride through Suzhou's lovely canals

Travel by motor coach to Suzhou, China's well-known "city of gardens". On this full day excursion including lunch, you will visit the Master of Nets Garden, explore a local market, take a ride by rickshaw for a tour of water town, visit a silk factory and embark on a boat ride through Suzhou's lovely canals. Return by motor coach to Shanghai later this evening.

Hotel:  Regal International East Asia Hotel Shanghai
Meals:  Breakfast, lunch

Day 5 – Monday, April 13, 2020 – Shanghai & Xi'an

Chinese Dance

Chinese Dance

  • Transfer by maglev train to the airport for your flight to Xi'an

  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in

  • Balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Join the group for a dinner show in the evening

After breakfast, transfer by maglev train to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure for independent exploration. This evening, enjoy a Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty dance performance.

Hotel:  Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an
Meal:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – Xi'an

Terra Cotta Warriors Museum

Terra Cotta Warriors Museum

  • Visit the famous Terra Cotta Army archeological site

  • See the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and City Wall

  • Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant

Budhha Gian Tian An

Budhha Gian Tian An

Today, board your touring coach and drive to the site of the famous 2,200-year-old Terra Cotta Army, among the most important archaeological discoveries of modern times. More than 8,000 life-size ceramic soldiers, chariots and horses have been uncovered, but it's only a fraction of the total buried there to protect the tomb of the first Qin emperor. Each soldier is based on an actual person of the time, and all segments of Chinese society are represented. Learn more about this fascinating site during your visit to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Other stops on today's tour include the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and City Wall, followed by an included lunch. Time permitting, you'll also enjoy a chance to shop for ancient Chinese furniture or ceramics.

Hotel:  Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an
Meal:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 – Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - X'ian & Beijing

  • Fly from Xi'an to Beijing

  • Afternoon tour of Beijing's Hutongs

  • Visit a pearl factory for shopping then continue to dinner

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing, China's historic and cultural capital. Upon arrival, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

This afternoon you'll travel to the intricate maze of Beijing's Hutongs to explore the way the Chinese have lived for centuries. These ancient, labyrinthine alleys or lanes are still an important feature in the urban landscape of Beijing, where houses along Hutongs still occupy one third of the total area, providing housing for half the population and providing yet another example of Beijing as an ancient yet modern city. End your tour with a visit to an exquisite pearl factory and enjoy an included dinner.

Hotel: Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 – Thursday, April 16, 2020 – Beijing

Ming’s Tomb Temple

Ming’s Tomb Temple

  • See China's Olympic venues, the Bird's Nest and Water Cube

  • Stop at a jade factory for a demonstration and shopping

  • Explore the Great Wall of China

  • See the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs

Depart after breakfast on a full day included excursion to the Great Wall of China. En route, view the Olympic venues, the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube, and enjoy a visit to the jade factory with a presentation and some time for shopping.

Peking Duck Dinner - photos c/o wikipedia

Peking Duck Dinner - photos c/o wikipedia

The Great Wall follows a ridge of barren hills and stretches at least 13,000 miles. Construction of the Great Wall, which spanned more than two thousand years, began between the 7th and 6th century B.C. and continued through the Ming Dynasty. The wall was originally built of stone, wood, grass and earth, but during the Ming Dynasty, bricks were produced in kilns set up along the wall. The bricks were carried by men, donkeys, mules, and even goats, which had bricks tied to their heads before being driven up a mountain.

Conclude your visit at the Sacred Way, an ancient road linking the Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. A massive stone archway, built in 1540 at the southern end is decorated with designs of clouds, waves and divine animals.

Optional Excursion: Peking Duck dinner and Legend of Kung Fu show, $53 (purchased locally)

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

Tonight, enjoy an optional Peking Duck dinner followed by the Legend of Kung Fu show, a special Shaolin Kung Fu stage performance that blends music, martial arts, and a moving story.

Hotel: Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 – Friday, April 17, 2020 – Beijing

  • See Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City

  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

  • Tour to the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

Summer Palace China

Summer Palace China

Today's tour begins at historic Tiananmen Square. Afterward, continue to the Forbidden City, located at the exact center of the ancient city of Beijing where it served as the imperial palace during the mid-Ming and Qing Dynasties. Known as the Palace Museum today, its extensive grounds cover 720,000 square meters, 800 buildings and more than 8,000 rooms. The Forbidden City is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world and was declared a World Heritage site in 1987.

After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a tour to the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.

Enjoy some time at the Summer Palace, the quintessential Chinese garden, a UNESCO World Heritage site ranked among the most noted classical gardens of the world. Continue to the Temple of Heaven, the most holy of Beijing's Imperial temples, is the place where Chinese Emperors came to worship heaven and to pray for a good harvest.

Yangtze River

Yangtze River

Hotel: Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 – Saturday, April 18 – Depart Beijing/Arrive USA

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight

  • Arrive in the USA later today

Meal: Breakfast

OPTIONAL YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE EXTENSION

Day 10 – Saturday, April 18 – Beijing & Yichang

The Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam

  • Afternoon flight to Yichang

  • Board your deluxe Yangtze Rive Cruiseship

  • Enjoy an included buffer Dinner on board

Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Yichang. Upon arrival, transfer to board your cruise ship, the Victoria Katarina, one of the Yangtze's largest deluxe river cruisers. Enjoy an buffet dinner on board then settle into your executive-level superior cabin with outside balcony and enjoy the upgraded executive-level services and amenities that are included.

South of Yangtze River

South of Yangtze River

Hotel: Victoria Katarina Cruise Ship
Meals: Dinner

Day 11 – Sunday, April 19 – The Three Gorges Dam & Xiling Gorge

The Three Gorges

The Three Gorges

  • See the impressive Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping

  • Sail through the Xiling Gorge

Three Gorges Dam & Yangtze River

Shennong Stream (Photo c/o  China Yangtze.com )

Shennong Stream (Photo c/o China Yangtze.com)

Before setting sail for the Xiling Gorge, the first of the three famous gorges you'll visit during your cruise, you first have an opportunity to learn about the huge dam project built on the Yangtze River. The Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken by mankind, and has been a dream for generations. The Chinese Government finally gave its approval to launch the project in 1992, some seventy years after Sun Yat-sen first proposed the idea, and was completed in 2006, and became fully operational in 2011. The dam produces electricity, increases the river's shipping capacity, and reduces the potential for floods downstream by providing flood storage space. Currently the dam has generated enough electricity to cover more than one third of its cost.

Return to your river cruiser and begin your sail through the Xiling Gorge, longest and historically the most turbulent of the Yangtze gorges. Before the passage was made safe in the 1950s, the whole surface of the water was a swirling mass of whirlpools sucking the froth they created into their centers.' Xiling comprises seven small gorges and two of the fiercest rapids in the stretch of the Yangtze between Chongqing and Yichang.

Hotel: Victoria Katarina Cruise Ship
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wu Gorge (Photo c/o  alchetron.com )

Wu Gorge (Photo c/o alchetron.com)

Day 12 – Monday, April 20 – Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge & Qutang Gorge

  • Take an excursion to through the Shennong Stream

  • Sail to Wu Gorge, the most beautiful section of the Yangtze

  • Continue to Qutang Gorge and the Kui Gate

After breakfast, take an excursion to through the Shennong Stream. With crystal clear water, this tributary of the Yangtze River flows swiftly from north to south through deep gorges. Board a ferry boat for a relaxing ride upstream. Then, switch into smaller wooden "pea-pod boats" for an exciting, high speed adventure along this newly opened unspoiled river.

Qutang Gorge (Photo c/o ChinaAdvisory)

Qutang Gorge (Photo c/o ChinaAdvisory)

Return to your river cruiser and continue sailing to Wu Gorge, the most beautiful section of the Yangtze River, flanked by high peaks that are often capped by fog or clouds. The steep slopes of the gorge are green with trees and bushes but navigators from times past knew that the lovely scenery hid dangers, including whirlpools, quicksand and rapidly varying currents. Continue sailing to Qutang Gorge, known for its sheer and spectacular precipices and uniquely beautiful natural formations from every direction. Two mountains, the Red Passage Mountain to the north and the White Salt Mountain to the south, form the Kui Gate, a giant passage through which the tumultuous Yangtze bursts in an exciting rush of rolling and roaring water.

Hotel: Victoria Katarina Cruise Ship
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 – Tuesday, April 21 – Jade Emperor Scenic Area

Chongqing Hongya Cave

Chongqing Hongya Cave

  • View the 100 foot tall statue of the Jade Emperor, the largest image of the Jade Emperor in the world

Today you'll visit the sacred site of the Jade Emperor Scenic Area. Located on the northern side of the river, the site features a 100 foot tall statue of the Jade Emperor, one of the most important gods of Chinese Taoism. Also located in the area are over 200 Buddhist and Taoist sculptures.

Depending on weather conditions, Shibaozhai may be substituted: Shibauzhai, with its impressive 9-story wooden pagoda, is appropriately names "The Pearly of the Yangtze." Shibaozhai is a steep rocky hill which resembles a colossal jade seal on the horizon.

Chongqing Panda Zoo

Chongqing Panda Zoo

Hotel: Victoria Katarina Cruise Ship
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 – Wednesday, April 22 – Chongqing & Depart/Arrive USA

  • Disembark your cruise ship at Chongqing this morning

  • Visit the former headquarters of General Joseph W. Stilwell, now a WWII museum

  • Proceed to the Chongqing Panda Zoo to see the giant panda

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight via Beijing

  • Arrive in the USA later today

Panda

Panda

You arrive at Chongqing this morning, disembark the cruise ship and board your touring coach. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. Afterwards visit the former headquarters of General Joseph W. Stilwell, now a museum that pays tribute to the cooperation between the allied powers of the U.S. and China and their combined efforts against fascism during the Second World War. Next, you'll proceed to the Chongqing Panda Zoo to see the giant panda. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight home via Beijing

Hotel: Victoria Katarina Cruise Ship
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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