CHINA: FOREVER YANGTZE
Cultural tour of China

The Yangtze Rivers has been the bread of China - and it gorges crosses some of the most beautiful scenery not only in China but also of Asia. This 14 days program covers the most well known of Chinas cities from Beijing the capital city to Xian where the silk road started in bygone days. From Xian we fly to Chongqing to start our - a one of it's kind Yangtze River Cruise. With beautiful and enchanting scenery we cross the different gorges to Yinching from where we take a short flight to the most lively city in China - Shanghai. Left to the end it is a shoppers paradise with lots of activities.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 14 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Avg. Tour Size : 25 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Beijing
Day 02: Beijing
(B, L)
Day 03: Beijing
(B, L)
Day 04: Beijing
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Beijing/Xian
(B, L)
Day 06: Xian
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Xian/Chongqing
(B, L, D)
Day 08: Yangtze River Cruise
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Yangtze River Cruise
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Yichang/Shanghai
(B, L)
Day 11: Shanghai
(B, L, D)
Day 12: Shanghai
(B, L)
Day 13: Shanghai
(B)
Day 14: Shanghai/Depart
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Beijing

Arrive Beijing. Meet and transfer to hotel. Check in time starts from 1500 hrs.
Overnight: Beijing International Hotel (4 nights)

Day 02: Beijing

Today’s tour including Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City & Summer Palace. (B, L)

Day 03: Beijing

Morning visit the Great Wall Badaling and walk along its ramparts for breathtaking views (2 hours).   On the way back to the hotel visit Jade stone workshop and photo stop at the Bird's Nest & Water Cube. (B, L)

Day 04: Beijing

We head out to visit Temple of Heaven including the Imperial Hall of Pray Harvest, the Imperial Vault and the Imperial Sacrificial Altar. Plus see local people doing Taichi and morning exercises there. After lunch visit a pearl workshop and a Hutong Tour by richshaw ride. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Beijing/Xian

Take a late morning flight to Xian – the ancient capital over 1100 years. Afternoon sightseeing tour including Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which was regarded as the landmark of Xian. When dynasties expanded its territories enormously to the west with many Buddhism Scriptures, Monks and the envoys came to China, the temple was built and a larger team of scholars was organized here for translation of the Buddhism Scriptures into Chinese and it became a holy place for pilgrimages. Behind the pagoda is the courtyard, which tells great Buddhism envoys story. The Provincial Museum shows us Chinese archaeology's excavation at Xian Areas from very beginning of Chinese primogenitors of Neolithic Age 20000-8000 years ago to the glorious dynasties 980AD.
Overnight: Jian Guo Hotel (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 06: Xian

Full day excursion tour to the famous UNESCO site of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors & Bronze Chariots, watching the archaeologists are continuing on the fields for further excavation. After lunch visit the Ceramics & Pottery Center. Evening enjoy Dumpling dinner & Tang Dynasty Show. (B, L, D)

Day 07: Xian/Chongqing

Fly to Chongqing.  Visit the Panda Zoo then enjoy a local flavored hot pot dinner before embarkation your Yangtze cruise.
Overnight: M/V President Prime Cruise (3 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 08: Yangtze River Cruise

Shore excursion at Fengdu (Ghost City) is a place to learn about Chinese ghost culture, the afterlife, and to see what the Chinese would call a “model of hell”.  Fengdu became known as Ghost City in the Tang Dynasty, when two Imperial court officials married and settled on Ming Mountain to practice Taoist teachings.  The couples’ surnames, Yin and Wang, sounded like “King of Hell” in Chinese.  They supposedly became immortals.  Thus was born Fengdu City of Ghosts – the hell theme and ghosts culture stuck.  Return back the boat and continue sailing. (B, L, D)

Day 09: Yangtze River Cruise

Sailing into the 1st Qutang Gorge and the 2nd Wu Gorge. Shore excursion at Shennong Stream, change to the small boat and sail deep into the fabled Three Lesser Gorge of 3 hours exploration. After get to the upstream change to a small sampan and visit an ethnic village.  Return back to the boat sail through the huge Xiling Gorge. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Yichang/Shanghai

Excursion to the Three Gorges Dam site and pass through the 5 ship locks with lowering of the ship.  Chinese lunch onboard before disembarkation. Disembarkation at Yichang then transfer to airport for a flight to Shanghai. Meet and transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Ocean Hotel (4 nights) (B, L)

Day 11: Shanghai

Full day sightseeing tour including Yu Garden – built 400 years ago, a famous private garden with architectures of Ming & Qing dynasties. After lunch visit Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Xintiandi and Pudong New Development Zone. In the evening enjoy the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Shanghai

A day excursion to the water town of Suzhou to visit Garden of Master of Nets, the Grand Canal, Silk spinning factory and Pingjiang Road in the old town before returning to Shanghai. (B, L)

Day 13: Shanghai

Day free at leisusre. (B)

Day 14: Shanghai/Depart

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)

B=Breakfast, S=Snack, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Please contact us for details on departure dates & pricing

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017 - -


Notes

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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Domestic air/cruise tickets
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per the itinerary
  • Services of local English speaking guides/drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • China AIF (approx US$ 190.00)
  • Airport/Departure taxes
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1200

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and average tour size of 25 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.