Fall 2015 Trip to China With Yangtze Cruise
Fall Trip to China with Yangtze Cruise departing Los Angeles September 18, 2015.
Beijing, Xi’an, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai
Take a fall trip to China including a Yangtze Cruise for a great fare including airfare. Tropical Sails Corp is offering this great trip, guaranteed departure. We will escort the tour if the numbers grow to 20 passengers. Even if we do not escort the tour, our great partners in China will make sure you have great trip. The special fare from Los Angeles is $3099 including airfare. From Phoenix, the air add-on is $299. (Hint, Take Southwest and save some money)
September 18. Your trip to China begins with flights: Hometown to Beijing. Your flight from Los Angeles to Beijing will provide you with meals, beverages, and entertainment.
September 19. Arrive Beijing
You’ll get your fist real taste of China on the transfer from Beijing International Airport. Your guide will accompany you to your luxurious accommodations. You will have options for your afternoon or evening based on arrival time.
September 20. Beijing (AB, L, SD)
Today you’ll begin your China sightseeing tour. The first stop is Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing. Then walk through the magnificent Forbidden City, which stood as the imperial palace for China from the Ming Dynasty until the end of the Qing Dynasty, a period of 500 years. Next you will visit the exquisite 15th century Temple of Heaven – to see the Imperial Ceiling of Heaven with its Echo Wall and the Nine-Dragon Cypress, more than 500 years old. In the evening, you will enjoying an authentic Peking Duck Banquet.
September 21. Beijing (AB, L)
Today you’ll see and perhaps climb the Great Wall of China, one of the country’s most famous tourist attractions and one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world. It runs about 5,500 miles through 150 different counties. You will then have a Seminar on Chinese Jade Culture at a local Jade Museum. After lunch, visit the Changling Exhibition Hall of the Ming Tombs, where thirteen of the sixteen Ming dynasty emperors are buried. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (at your own expense – $50)
September 22. Beijing (AB, L)
Tour the elegant Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site with the largest imperial garden in the world, a favorite retreat for many of the emperors during the Qing Dynasty. Then, stop at a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls. In the afternoon tour Beijing’s 700 year old Hutongs (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab, as well as visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs of old Beijing people and their unique architectural structure. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to shop and explore at Wangfujing Street. In the evening you may choice an optional tour of attending a superb and thrilling Chinese Kung-Fu Show (at your own expense – $50).
September 23. Beijing / Xian (AB, SD)
Today fly to historic Xian, ancient capital of China and site of archaeological treasures. Upon arrival in Xian, your first stop will be at the Buddhist Jianfu Temple, where the towering Small Wild Goose Pagoda commands panoramic views of the city. And your dinner will be the feast of the Imperial Dumpling Banquet, followed by a splendid Tang Dynasty Stage Show.
September 24. Xian / Chongqing (AB, L)
According to UNESCO, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the Eighth Wonder of the World. Today’s excursion will take you to modern China’s greatest archaeological discovery – The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, which silently guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor for over 2,200 years. Next you’ll head to the Terracotta Replication Factory that actually re-made terracotta soldiers. Later you’ll board a plane to Chongqing, the picturesque “Mountain City”.
September 25. Chongqing – Yangtze River (AB) ship
Visit the Chongqing Zoo and a chance to watch the lovable Giant Pandas. Afternoon stop at Chongqing Flying Tigers Museum, as well as the Ciqikou Old Town (ancient Porcelain Village), which is a famous China attraction for its porcelain during the Ming and Qing dynasty. The day ends by boarding the cruise to begin the highly anticipated Yangtze River cruise adventure.
September 26. Cruise on Yangtze River (AB, L, D) ship
As the moves on, you could see the lofty peaks, precipitous cliffs and towering trees on both sides of the gorges. The included shore excursion at the Fengdu Ghost City is offered. You may take a chairlift to the top for a couple of dollars. In the evening, join the Captain’s Welcome Dinner Party.
September 27. Cruise on Yangtze River (AB, L, D)
Today, the will firstly sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic one among the Three Gorges. Then sail though the breathtaking Wu Gorge, where you could indulge yourself in the beautiful scenery along freely. Later, disembark at Wushan and boat on Shennong Stream. Shennong Stream is endowed with crystal clean water, picturesque stones and crips fresh air. Boating along the stream would never fail to be an terrific experience. Later, the ship will pass through the ship lock of the Three Gorges Dam.
September 28. Yangtze River – Yichang / Shanghai – Suzhou (AB) ship
In the morning, disembark to visit the mighty Three Gorges Dam project, the largest dam project in the world, 606-feet in height and 6,500-feet in length. Then the ship will sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest one among the Three Gorges. Later, disembark at Yichang, the terminus of your memorable Yangtze River Cruise. Our guide will pick you up and transfer you to board the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to Suzhou by coach.
September 29. Suzhou – Hangzhou (AB, L)
Suzhou, known as the “Venice of the East”. The classical gardens in Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000. Visit the Liuyuan, translated as Lingering Garden, is a classical garden renowned for its beauty. The Silk Spinning Factory will be the next stop where you can enjoy a silk fashion show.
September 30. Hangzhou – Shanghai (AB, L)
Hangzhou, one of the seven Capitals of ancient China and known for its tea products. This morning take a leisurely Boat ride on West Lake to see the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow-draped islands and admire the Su Causeway before stopping for a taste of Dragon Well Tea at the Longjing Green Tea village. Later drive back to Shanghai, the largest city by population in China.
October 01. Shanghai (AB, L, D)
Today you’ll soak up the more commercial aspects on Old Street, Nanjing Road, the famous Bund. Visit a Silk Spinning Mill where you can doing some shopping. Then step back in time at the Shanghai Museum with more than 120,000 art objects. Our farewell dinner this evening will be a banquet of delicious Shanghai cuisine. In the evening, you may join an optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (at your own expense – $50).
October 02. Shanghai (AB)
Today is free for leisure or last minutes shopping. You can cap of the celebrations by attending a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show – “ERA – Intersection of Time” (at your own expense – $60).
October 03. Shanghai to Hometown (AB)
Today you’ll board a flight to return home. Your amazing China trip ends.
Suggested Options on your trip to China:
September 21. – The Golden Mask Dynasty $50
September 22. – The legend of Kung Fu Show $50
September 30. – Boat ride on the Grand Canal $20
October 01. – Night Cruise on the Huangpu River $50
October 02. – Permanent Show “ERA – Intersection of Time” $60
Your Trip to China Inclusions:
Flights LAX-Beijing, Shanghai-LAX (for All-Inclusive package) Other departure cities available.
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
Beijing to Xian
Xian to Chongqing
Yichang to Shanghai
14 nights Deluxe accommodations:
Beijing 4 nights – Hotel Jen Upper East Beijing
Xian 1 night – Sheraton Xian Hotel
Chongqing 1 night – Crowne Plaza Chongqing New North Zone
Yangtze River 3 nights – MV President No 8 (Deluxe Cabin with Balcony)
Suzhou 1 night – Pan Pacific Suzhou
Hangzhou 1 night – Crowne Plaza Hangzhou Xanadu Resort
Shanghai 3 nights – Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel
All transfers as per itinerary
Knowledgeable English-speaking tour guides
28 meals: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Administration & Entrance fees as per itinerary
Scheduled shopping opportunities are shown in blue.
NOT Included in your trip to China:
- Tips for guides, bus drivers, cruise line employees. Budget $7-10 per day.
- Meals not mentioned in itinerary
- Optional boat ride at Summer Palace $2
- Lift up the hill at Fengdu. $3
- Picture book at Great Wall with group photo. $10
- Travel Insurance may be purchased from Tropical Sails Corp.
- Personal items, excess beverages.
- China Visa. Approx $175.