Deluxe China Yangtze Spectacular

17 Nights / 18 Days • Private Departure

This is a really popular trip, especially for first-time visitors to China - it's an easy way to see a lot of the country and get a feel for the ancient culture and modern vibe. And including airfare from Toronto or Vancouver means great value too.
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Jill Fost
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Visit Beijing, X’ian, Guilin, Shanghai – and even take a cruise down the famed Yangtze River. This trip is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 people.

Don’t go with a huge tour group! Our private departures are affordable – so take a partner or some friends and go in style.

INCLUDES:

  • Airfare from Toronto or Vancouver via Air Canada
    (Round Trip Economy class)
  • Economy class domestic airfare in China
  • All 5 star accommodations (listed below)
  • Yangtze Cruise: Victoria Anna (5-star)
  • Sightseeing and meals as specified
  • English speaking guide throughout
  • Round trip airport transfers in China

PRICE:

CAD$5,700 + CAD $634

(Trip + Airline taxes) 
Price is per person, based on double occupancy.
Applies to departures September 5 and 12, 2017.
Other dates are available, please ask.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 - Arrival Day

You begin your adventure. Depart Toronto to Beijing (prices from other airports available on request). En route, you will cross the International Dateline.

DAY 2 - Beijing

Upon arrival at Beijing, meet and transfer to hotel.
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Beijing

Your tour starts in late morning to Tian’anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world with the capacity of 1 million people. Forbidden City, located in the center of Beijing, it is the largest existing, best-preserved Imperial Palace in the world today covering a total area of 720,000 square meters. Next, the Summer Palace presents a breathtaking arrangement of lake, landscape, pagodas and pavilions, a fine example of Chinese gardening art. Visit a Pearl Farm.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4 - Beijing

Following breakfast, you will visit the Ming Tombs. Then, visit the “Sacred Way” – a boulevard lined with sculpted stone animals. Next, drive to the Great Wall, the world’s greatest man-made structure winding dragon-like across Northern China and praised as a “Wonder of the World”. This is the only earthly evidence of man visible from the moon. Visit a Jade Factory en-route. Tonight you will enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner, the no. 1 typical food of Beijing.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, small dinner

DAY 5 - Beijing

This morning in Beijing, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of 15th Century architecture inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Then take a Hutong Tour. Hutongs are age-old urban lanes unique to Beijing. At present, there are 4,550 hutongs around Beijing, and the structures that compose the Hutongs are mostly residential compounds. After lunch, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 6 - Beijing

Today is a free day at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Beijing – Xi’an

This morning is at your leisure. After lunch, fly to Xi’an – once the capital of 11 dynasties, and one of the most important archaeological sites in China. Upon arrival in Xi’an, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a brick-tower architecture boasted a five-storey structure about 60 meters high.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8 - Xi'an

A full day excursion takes you to one of the most exciting archaeological finds in recent years – the unearthing of more than 6,000 Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. These figures guard the tomb of Emperor Qin and are buried in the huge pit covering more than three acres. Next, visit the Bampo Museum, site of a 6,000-year old Neolithic village. This evening, enjoy a special Dumpling Dinner followed by a delightful Tang Dynasty Show.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, small dinner

DAY 9 - Xi’an – Guilin

This morning in Xi’an, you will visit Shaanxi Provincial Museum and Ming Dynasty City Wall. Afternoon fly to Guilin and visit the Elephant Hill, which looks like a giant elephant drinking water with its trunk.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 10 - Guilin

After breakfast, you will enjoy a cruise on the Li River and are exposed to the beauty and scenery surrounding it. Disembark at Yangshuo and sample some of the many colourful markets before returning by coach to Guilin. Afternoon, you will visit the striking stalagmite and stalactite formations of the Reed Flute Cave and Fubo Hill.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 11 - Guilin – Chongqing…Yangtze Cruise

Today, you will fly to Chongqing, the embarkation point of the Yangtze River cruise and embark on the deluxe cruise ship, your home for the next 3 nights.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 12 - Yangtze Cruise

After breakfast, the Cruise Director will conduct a briefing to all passengers of the ship’s facilities and sailing itinerary followed by an introduction of the gorges. After lunch, you will arrive in Fengdu – the Ghost City. It attracts tourists with temple and shrines dedicated to the gods of the underworld. Instruments of torture and wild demon images are displayed.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 13 - Yangtze Cruise

This morning, you will enter the Three Gorges, one of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures. Today you will pass through the first two – Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic. The 25-mile long Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Take an excursion through the Daning River Small Gorges, which are narrower than the Three Gorges, but very impressive. Enter Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 14 - Yangtze Cruise…Yichang – Shanghai

After breakfast, you will visit the Three Gorges Dam Site, the world’s largest and most powerful hydroelectric dam. Towering 610 feet high and stretching 1.3 miles wide, the dam will create a reservoir that extends nearly 400 miles upstream. With swells of national pride, some Chinese call this dam the modern Great Wall. Disembark in Yichang and fly to Shanghai.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 15 - Shanghai

During your stay in Shanghai, see the riverfront promenade, “the Bund” – a splendid vantage point to view the colourful traffic on the Huangpu River & Pudong Development Zone. Visit Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum & Yu Yuan Garden. After dinner, you will enjoy an Acrobatic Show.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 16 - Shanghai – Zhujiajiao – Shanghai

Today, you will take a Zhujiajiao excursion, a river town near Shanghai and followed by a tour of a Silk Factory.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 17 - Shanghai

Today is a free day at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18 - Departure day

Depending on the time of your flight, this morning you’ll have breakfast and transfer to the airport for your trip home.
Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Beijing – King Grand
  • Xian – Golden Flower
  • Guilin – Shangri‐la Guilin
  • Shanghai – Renaissance Putuo
  • Yangtze Cruise – Victoria Anna

NOTE: All accommodation is subject to substitution to a property of similar quality.

Are you interested in this trip or one like it? Get in touch - we would love to help!

1.877.926.2500
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Helen Hewetson
Owner

Price is per person in CAD, based on two people sharing a standard room for dates shown. Departure is guaranteed and operates with a maximum of 12 people. A deposit of $2,000. per person is required at time of booking to secure your spot; full payment for this tour is required May 25, 2017. Please note: taxes and fees are subject to change. Proof of insurance is mandatory; if you need to purchase trip cancellation or health insurance please inquire. Tour is operated by The Travel Society, 174 Spadina Ave., Suite 404, Toronto, ON, M5T 2C2, Canada; 1 (877) 926 2500; TICO Registration #1280649. Please see thetravelsociety.com/booking-conditions/