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YANGTZE ESSENCE 11 DAYS 10 NIGHTS [2011-KDLZRDV]
         

Visiting: Beijing(3 nts), Xian(2 nts), Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise(3 nts), Yichang, Shanghai(2 nts)
  Code: KDLZRDV
Value: ★★★★★
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Yangtze River Cruise: The old Chinese saying, "If you haven't travelled up the mighty Yangtze, you haven't been anywhere," perfectly describes this river's range of spectacular landscapes. From its origin in the Tibetan Plateau, Asia's third longest river sweeps past some 4,000 miles of lush green valleys, mist-shrouded mountains and the majestic Three Gorges. For over two centuries, the Yangtze has served as a vital commercial highway and is considered to be the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization. Today, this divine river continues to captivate visitors with its awe-inspiring beauty and strength.

Victoria Cruises: The Victoria Cruise Company's ships are excellently furnished and have undergone renovation and restoration yearly since 2002. All Victoria Cruise premier ships have private balconies which allow passengers to enjoy the natural beauty of the Three Gorges comfortably from their own cabin. Specials features of the Victoria Cruise Company:An American-managed company,International multi-lingual cruise directors,All ships are fully air-conditioned Narrative by knowledgeable river guides while sailing through the Three Gorges.

Terra Cotta Warriors: Buried in the mausoleum of China's First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, the Terracotta Warriors are one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. The standing army of life-size warriors was commissioned by Qin to enforce his rule over the afterlife. They remained buried underground until 1974 when farmers digging a well unearthed a terracotta head. Since then, the famed Terracotta Warriors have been attracting thousands of visitors worldwide who come to witness this spectacular piece of China's historic past.

Great Wall: Like a giant dragon snaking its way 4000 miles across China's northern borders, the Great Wall stands today as a bastion of culture in the hearts and minds of the Chinese people. Constructed in 220 BC, this sprawling defense system was originally built to protect against northern invaders, but stands today as one of the world's greatest wonders. As you climb its ancient steps, pause to admire sweeping views of China's ever-changing landscapes.

Forbidden City: Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings with roughly 9,000 bays of rooms and covers 720,000 m2 (7,800,000 sq ft). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

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Visiting: Beijing(3 nts), Xian(2 nts), Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise(3 nts), Yichang, Shanghai(2 nts)

An ideal introduction to China's most famous cities, this program is highlighted by a breathtaking cruise along the majestic Yangtze River. Explore the extraordinary variety of China's landscapes on a journey through the stunningly scenic Three Gorges, the ancient wonders of Beijing and Xian and the exhilarating metropolis of Shanghai.
Date: 3 /16/2011 ~ 11/16/2011
Main Features: Victoria Cruises - Queen, Air tickets, Fine Dining, Special Entertainment, Sightseeing, Travel Protections, 5star hotels and more...
Itinerary: Cruise fligts bus (B- Breakfast L- Lunch D- Dinner)
AB=American Breakfast | CB=Chinese Breakfast | B=Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner
DP=Dinner Party| DH=Dinner at Hotel | DS=Dinner and Show

Day 1 | Arrive-Beijing          
Our voyage to China and the mysterious Yangtze River begins as we arrive in Beijing. Check in to our hotel and spend the remainder of the day free at leisure.
Hotel: Beijing - Beiing New Otani Hotel ★★★★★

Day 2 | Beijing       (AB,L,DP)   
The nation's vast capital boasts a rich history spanning more than 3000 years, with countless historical and cultural treasures to prove it. Uncover the city's extraordinary heritage on a city tour beginning with a walk through Tiananmen Square, a massive public square named for its Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen). Walk past Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall and proceed to the Forbidden City, an enormous palace complex and the former imperial seat until 1912. Visit the priceless royal treasures in the on-site Palace Museum and continue on to the emperors' vacation retreat, the stunning Summer Palace. Drive by the 2008 Olympics Bird’s Nest and Water Cube and this evening, enjoy Beijing's culinary jewel – a Peking Duck dinner at a popular restaurant.
Hotel: Beijing - Beiing New Otani Hotel ★★★★★

Day 3 | Beijing       (AB,L,DH)     
The legendary Great Wall of China has long been a symbol of the country's strength and pride, capturing the imagination of people worldwide. Trek across its ancient steps and enjoy the sweeping views of the wall as it snakes its way across sprawling mountains and valleys. Descend the wall and visit the Sacred Way. Lined with intricately carved stone statues, this "divine road" takes us to the 13 Imperial Ming Mausoleums.
Hotel: Beijing - Beiing New Otani Hotel ★★★★★

Day 4 | Beijing -Xian        (AB, L, DH)  
Before flying to Xian we visit the Temple of Heaven, a massive complex frequented by emperors for annual ceremonies of prayer. The temple was constructed to be three times larger than the Forbidden Palace, as the emperors dared not build their residence larger than a dwelling for Heaven. Later in the day, we board a short flight to the "Eternal City" of Xian, regarded as one of the birthplaces of ancient Chinese civilization.
Hotel: Xian - Hyatt Regency Hotel ★★★★★
Day 5 | Xian       (AB,L,DS)   
Though blessed with an abundance of cultural and historical treasures, the Terra-Cotta Warriors remain Xian's star attraction. Walk through the underground pits and admire the life-sized funereal honor guard, which stands in ranks near the tomb of Emperor Qin Shih Huang. During lunch we enjoy an authentic noodle-making demonstration and continue on to visit the Ming Dynasty City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening we gather for an Imperial Dumpling Banquet followed by a Tang Dynasty Show.
Hotel: Xian - Hyatt Regency Hotel ★★★★★
Day 6 | Xian -Chongqing -Yangtze River Cruise        (AB,L,D)  
Board a flight to Chongqing, a scenic cliff-side city that overlooks the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. After a brief city tour we board the majestic Victoria cruise ship and set sail for our Yangtze River adventure.
Hotel: Victoria Cruises ★★★★★
Day 7 | Yangtze River Cruise        (AB, L, D)   
Arrive at our first shore excursion at the "ghost city" of Fengdu. With a history of nearly 2000 years, Fengdu is filled with temples and shrines dedicated to the gods of the underworld. Return aboard the ship for dinner and evening cruising.
Hotel: Victoria Cruises ★★★★★
Day 8 | Yangtze River Cruise        (AB, L, D) 
Today we approach one of China's most globally recognized icons, the Three Gorges. We first pass through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest of the three, followed by the 25-mile long Wu Gorge. Admire the serene beauty of its mountains and sheer limestone cliffs, then board a smaller vessel to access the dramatic Lesser Gorges. Return aboard the ship and sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges. This evening we sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship lock systems.
Hotel: Victoria Cruises ★★★★★
Day 9 | Yangtze River Cruise -Yichang -Shanghai      (AB, L, DH)  
Disembark at Sandouping Village, the site of the Three Gorges Dam. Meet an engineer from the Three Gorges Dam Project and learn more about the construction of the world's largest hydroelectric dam. This multibillion-dollar effort aims to provide a new source of energy to China and its construction has forever changed the landscape of the Yangtze River valley. Return aboard our ship and sail on to our final destination of Yichang, where we board a flight to Shanghai.
Hotel: Shanghai - Swissotel Grand Hotel ★★★★★
Day 10 | Shanghai      (AB,L,DS)    
A glittering metropolis and one of China's most vital shipping ports, Shanghai possesses an intriguing blend of Eastern and Western influences. Sightseeing today takes us to the renowned classical garden, Yu Garden, followed by a walk along the elegant waterfront boulevard known as the Bund. Enjoy the sweeping views of Shanghai's futuristic skyline, then drive by Nanjing Road. This evening we attend a performance by the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.
Hotel: Shanghai - Swissotel Grand Hotel ★★★★★
Day 11 | Shanghai ~ USA / HongKong       (AB)   
Our vacation comes to an end as we check out of our hotel and depart Shanghai. Board the international flight back home or extend our vacation with an optional extension to the dynamic island of Hong Kong.
 

Price List :

Departure Date

Land only*

Air tickts

Single Supplement

03/16, 03/23

$1799 $700 $750
03/30,11/16 $1899 $800 $750
04/06, 04/13, 04/20, 04/27,
05/04, 05/11, 05/18, 05/25,
06/01,06/15, 06/29,
07/13, 07/27, 08/10, 08/24
$1999
$800
Jun-$900
$750
09/07, 10/05
$2099
$800
$750

1) Air tickets price are based on SFO/LAX departure.

2) Departure from JFK, add $100.00 on air tickets.

3) Departure from other cities, please call 1-800-282-7108 or 1-909-895-8858 for rate.

Fare excluding: $150 government imposed taxes and fees, including the September 11th security fee.  Additional baggage charges may apply.China visa fee and personal expenses.

The hotels are 4/5 stars. We reserve the rights of changing hotel at the same class.

Preferred rate is only valid if booked outside of 60 days prior to departure and has limited availability.  Rates are based on Air China and are guaranteed once full payment is received.

AB=American Breakfast | B=Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner
DP=Dinner Party| DH=Dinner at Hotel | DS=Dinner and Show

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Hotel City: Beijing
Beijing Otani Hotel
26, Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing China. 100022
Tel: 86 10 6512 5555
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Rate:
★★★★★


Hotel City: Xian
Xian Hyatt Regency Hotel

Address:158 Dong Da Jie, Xian Shannxi 710001 China
Tel: 86 29 8769 1234
Web:(Click here)

Rate:★★★★★

Hotel City: Yangtze River Cruise
Victoria Cruises

Address: 57-08 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377, USA
Tel: 1-800-348-8084
Web:(Click here)
Rate:
★★★★★

Hotel City: Shanghai
Shanghai Swissotel Hotel

Address: 1 Yu Yuan Road, Jing An District Shanghai 200040 China
Tel: 86 21 5355 9898
Web:(Click here)
Rate:
★★★★★
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