Day 1/Nov 16/Saturday SFO TO SHANGHAI
Fly SFO to Shanghai.
Day 2/Nov 17/Sunday ARRIVE SHANGHAI
Arrive Shanghai, which is becoming a symbolic of the rapid growth of China's economy, upon arrival, a friendly guide will meet you and transfer you to deluxe Huating Hotel and Tower Shanghai.
Day 3/Nov 18/Monday SHANGHAI AB, L, SD
After breakfast in the hotel, your day sightseeing begins with the visit of architectural masterpiece ĘC Shanghai Museum, the Bund (waterfront) and the Orient Pearl- TV Tower. Enjoy a regional dinner tonight.
Day 4/Nov 19/Tuesday SHANGHAI/WUHAN/CRUISE AB, D
Visit the silk rug factory in the morning. Fly to Wuhan, airport reception/dinner at a local restaurant, then board a deluxe Victoria Cruise ship for your upstream sailing. (The Yangtze River cruise's schedule is subject to change due to the close of the Three Gorges ship lock)
Day 5/Nov 20/Wednesday YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: AB, L, D
Chenlingji to Yueyang
Morning arrival at Chenlingji. Shore excursion shows ancient Yueyang Tower overlooking scenic Dongting Lake.
Day 6/Nov 21/Thursday YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: AB, L, D
San Dou Ping to Xiling Gorge/Wu Gorge /Wushan
Stop at San Dou Ping to see the Three Gorges Dam Project, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Sail through Xiling Gorge, longest of the famed Three Gorges. Then marvel at Wu Gorge’s deep zigzagging valley.
Day 7/Nov 22/Friday YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: AB, L, D
Three Small Gorges or Shennong Stream/ Qutang Gorge
Transfer to a motorboat for an excursion on either Daning River or Shennong Stream to view their breathtaking small gorges. Reboard the ship and pass through the dramatic grandeur of Qutang Gorge, framed by steep mossy cliffs.
Day 8/Nov 23/Saturday YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: AB, L, D
Fengdu (or Wanxian)
A shore excursion today at legend-rich Fengdu or Wanxian.
Day 9/Nov 24/Sunday YANGTZE CRUISE/CHONGQING: AB,L,SD
Morning cruise through now – gentle countryside to Chongqing. On arrival, you will be met and transfer to your hotel, today’s Chongqing city tour includes a visit to the Zoo where you can see the Giant Pandas. Enjoy the regional Hotpot Dinner tonight. Check into deluxe Harbor Plaza Hotel.
Day 10/Nov 25/Monday CHONGQING AB, L
Free day at leisure.
You can take the optional hiking/nature tour in Northern Hot Springs Park (Bei Wenquan Gongyuan) area, 55 km north-east of the city, overlooking the Jialing River, the Bei Wenquan (Northern Hot Springs) are in a large park that is the site of a 5th century Buddhist temple. The springs have an Olympic-size swimming pool where you can bathe to an audience. There are also private rooms with big hot baths. Water temperature averages around 32C (89.6F). Swimsuits in red that symbolizes happiness can be rent here.
Day 11/Nov 26/Tuesday CHONGQING TO BEIJING AB
Fly Chongqing to Beijing, transfer to New World Courtyard Hotel.
Day 12/Nov 27/Wednesday BEIJING AB, L
Full day escorted excursion to Lhasa Temple (Tibetan Monastery) and the Great Wall, rarely-visited Mutianyu section.
Day 13/Nov 28/Thursday BEIJING AB, SD
Free day at leisure.
You can take the optional hiking tour to Huanghuaguan section, one hour and half drive from Beijing.
Enjoy Peking Duck dinner tonight.
Day 14/Nov 29/Friday BEIJING AB
All day free to explore on your own.
Day 15/Nov 30/Saturday BEIJING TO SFO AB
After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to airport for your return flight.
AB= American breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner SD= Special dinner
Tour features include:
. Round- trip transpacific air transportation via Northwest Airlines
. All intra-China air/land transportation
. 4 or 5 star deluxe hotel accommodations (centrally located)
. Deluxe Victoria cruise ship including shore excursions
. Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel and baggage handling
. Sightseeing tours, bilingual tour guides, admissions
. Cultural entertainment and meals as specified
. China airport taxes: $6 each domestic departure and $11 for int'l departure, you pay local currency at the airports
. Tips to tour guides and drivers:
. Some meals that are not listed in the itinerary
. Drinks, laundry, and any personal expenses