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China Excursion

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Date(s) - Monday, July 9, 2012 - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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16 Day Ultimate China Excursion

Great Wall of China

This 16 day extravaganza prices out at $3699 per person riding in coach and based on double occupancy. Just think about it that works out to $230 a day. The pricing includes round trip airfare from New York’s JFK to Shanghai and returning from Beijing back to New York. It also includes all you hotel stays on the attached itinerary, all meals except 2 lunches, and a 4 night cruise down the beautiful Yangtze River on a beautiful ship in a balcony cabin. All transfers, portage, entrance fees are included.

Day 1 Monday July 9,2012
Fly from New York to Shanghai
Crossing the International Date Line you will lose one calendar day.

The Shanghai Bund District

Day 2 Tuesday July 10,2012
Arrive Shanghai
Upon your arrival at Shanghai International Airport you will be met and transferred to the hotel – Renaissance Zhongshan Park.

Day 3 Wednesday July 11,2012
Shanghai AB / L /D
Sight see Shanghai’s highlights: the Shanghai Museum, with an audio tour describing the special features of the museum’s permanent collections, view the Shanghai Urban Planning Center, Yu Garden and the Old Town, the city’s colonial European past at The Bund, the modern Xintiandi, and a renowned Shanghai silk rug factory.
Tonight after dinner, enjoy an astonishing boat ride in the Shanghai Harbor marveling at all the beautiful skyline at night.

Day 4 Thursday July 12,2012
Shanghai to Hangzhou by bus AB / L /D
Departure transfer to Hangzhou by bus. Arrive Hangzhou lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit the tea plantation. Hangzhou teas are famous worldwide.
Hotel – Zhejiang International Hotel.

West Lake in Hangzhou

Day 5 Friday July 13,2012
Hangzhou AB /L /D
A full day sightseeing tour includes a cruise on lovely West Lake, revered by artists and poets throughout China, Ling Yin Temple and Six Harmony Pagoda. Visit Green Tea Plantation.

Tongli Canals

Day 6 Saturday July 14,2012
Hangzhou /Tongli by bus AB /L /D
Tongli / Suzhou by bus
Enroute to Suzhou stop at the water town of Tongli know for its well preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty homes and arched Bridges. In Suzhou visit the Garden of the Master of Fishing Nets, and the new Suzhou Museum, designed by I.M. Pei.
Hotel – Suzhou Grand Metro Park Hotel or similar

Suzhou Grand Canal

Day 7 Sunday July 15,2012
Suzhou to Shanghai by bus AB / D on board ship
Shanghai / Yichang by air
After Breakfast take a boat ride on the Grand Canal before transferring to Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to Yichang, where you board a Five-Star Victoria Cruise ship to begin your memorable upstream cruise. Enjoy buffet dinner on board ship. *If direct flight is not available, fly to Wuhan and travel by motorcoach on to Yichang. Victoria Katarina. Standard cabin with private balcony on main deck.

Our Ship on the Yangtze

Day 8 Monday July 16,2012
Yangtze Cruise San Dou Ping / Xiling Gorge AB, L, D
Stop at the village of San Dou Ping to see the amazing Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Return to your ship and sail up river through the massive Three Gorges ship locks. Once past the dam, cruise through scenic Xiling Gorge, longest of the famed Three Gorges.

Wu Gorge

Day 9 Tuesday July 17,2012
Yangtze Cruise Wu Gorge / Small Gorges / Qutang Gorge AB, L, D
This morning, marvel at Wu Gorge’s deep zigzagging valley. At Wushan, a cruiser takes you for an amazing excursion up the scenic Daning River’s renowned Small Gorges – Dragon Gate, Misty or Emerald. Continue by sampan to the picturesque mini-gorges of the Ma Du River with its clear, swift running water, unusual rock formations, and monkeys and goats along the banks. Depending on the water level and river conditions of the Yangtze River, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its equally spectacular small gorges. Depart Wushan, passing through dramatic Qutang Gorge, with steep mossy cliffs that crowd the sky.

The Ghost City of Fendu

Day 10 Wednesday July 18,2012
Yangtze Cruise Fengdu* AB, L, D
A shore excursion at Fengdu shows the unique temples at Mingshan Hill, filled with statues of ghosts and devils.

Chongqing Zoo

Day 11 Thursday July 19,2012
Yangtze Cruise /Arrive Chongqing AB /L /D
Disembark in Chongqing. Full Day tour of Chongqing. Visit the Graffiti Street and Chongqing Zoo.
Lunch and dinner at local restaurant
Overnight at Harbour Plaza.

Day 12 Friday July 20,2012
Chongqing to Xian AB / D (No lunch)
Fly Chongqing to Xi’an. Arrive in Xi’an sightseeing transfer to Xi’an City Wall before check in to your hotel- Grand New World Hotel.

Terra- Cotta army of Xian

Day 13 Saturday July 21,2012
Xian to Beijing AB /L /D
This morning explore the life-sized Terra- Cotta army , buried with the emperor for over 2200 years, the Bronze Chariot, Circle Vision Movie. Then fly to China’s capital, Beijing .
Hotel – Crowne Plaza Sun Palace.

Forbidden City

Aireal View of Forbiden City

Day 14 Sunday July 22,2012
Beijing AB /L /D
This morning, see vast Tiananmen Square and the extravagant Ming-era Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, including them jewelry section. After lunch, visit the elegant Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the largest imperial garden in the world. The grounds include over 3,000 structures with a variety of pavilions, towers and arched bridges surrounding Lake Kunming with boat ride (weather permitting).
Stop at the Jade or Pearl Factory.
Tonight, attend a Beijing Duck dinner at Quanjude Fangzhuang Restaurant.

Summer Palace

Day 15 Monday July 23,2012
Beijing AB /L /D
After your breakfast, you will visit the Temple of Heaven and experience a highlight of your trip today as you visit the renowned Great Wall. On the way, if traffic allows, stop to photograph the iconic “Bird’s Nest”– the Beijing National Stadium–host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Then arrive at the amazing Great Wall, and walk along its ramparts as emperors once did. After lunch, visit a Cloisonné Factory and observe the skilled artisans at work as they create intricate designs.
This afternoon tour Beijing’s historic Hutong (“narrow lanes”) area by old-fashioned pedicab. Climb up the Drum Tower and see a traditional drum performance. Visit a local family living in a courtyard-style home known as a Shiheyuan.

Day 16 Tuesday July 24,2012
Beijing / JFK AB
Departure transfer to the airport for flight to hometown. Crossing the International Date Line you will arrive on the same day.

Meal Code: AB
= American Breakfast
= Lunch
= Dinner

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