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Greeting from Italy!

 

We had a safe trip back home and, once jet-lag was gone, everything is back to normal.

The travel has been a fantastic, unique experience I will never forget. Thanks for setting everything so well, so precisely, so perfectly! Everything was really great, from the hotels to the guides. So...thank you! The only thing you couldn't really do anything on was the weather.  Maybe next time you can "book" also some sunny weather for us, ok? ^_^

That was my pleasure to meet you in Chengdu. I promise next time I'll come to China I'll be able to read the book you gave me ^_^

 

Here Autumn has come, it's quite cold and i miss pandas very much...

 

Many thanks for your email, hope to hear from you soon.

 

S. S.
Italy

August - September 2017
China Family Holiday (Beijing - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze Three Gorges - Shanghai - Suzhou)

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China Immersion with Yangtze CruiseTour Name:         China Immersion with Yangtze Cruise
Tour Code:          M167D639
Duration:            14 Days & 13 Nights
Destination:        Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai
Features:            Yangtze River Cruise is a great vacation for all ages. Covering the most essential parts of China, Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai, this is indeed an incredible China experience that brings you truly valuable and once-in-a-lifetime memories!
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Tour Price:          From $ P.P

Trip Summary

Detailed Itinerary

Dates & Prices

 Tour Dates

 Destinations

 Tours & Services

Meals

 Accommodation

Day01

 Beijing 

Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

Day02

 Beijing 

Visit Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Temple of Heaven, enjoy Peking Roast Duck Dinner. B, L, SD

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day03

 Beijing 

Morning Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking including cable cars. Take a Rickshaw Ride to visit the Hutongs, visit a local family and have lunch in their home. At night enjoy Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre. B, L, D

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

   Day04

 Beijing 

 A leisure day to visit Summer Palace, giant panda in Beijing Zoo, and Beijing Aquarium. B, L, D  Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day05

 Beijing / Xian

Transfer to airport and fly to Xian. Visit Xian Ancient City Wall with Bicycle ride, learn how to make dumplings at local's home. Enjoy splendid Tang Dynasty Show. B, L, D

Grand New World Hotel

 Day06

 Xian

Visit The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Drum Tower, walking on the Muslin Food Market and local bazaar in the old city area. B, L, D

Grand New World Hotel

 Day07

 Xian / Guilin 

Take morning flight to Guilin. Visit Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin.  B, L, D  Guilin Bravo Hotel
   Day08

 Guilin - Yangshuo

 Li River cruise to Yangshuo, take Chinese cookery lesson in Yangshuo. B, L, D  New West Street Int'l Hotel
   Day09

 Guilin / Chongqing

 Transferred to airport for flight to Chongqing. Arrival Chongqing, met and transferred to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town, Erling Park and Jie Fang Bei Pedestrian Street before the Yangtze Cruise ship embarkation. B, L, D  Yangtze Cruise Ship
   Day10

 Yangtze Cruise

 Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City B, L, D  Yangtze Cruise Ship
   Day11

 Yangtze Cruise

 Shore excursion to Shennong Stream. B, L, D  Yangtze Cruise Ship

 Day12

Yichang/ Shanghai

Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Arrive in Yichang at noon, be met at the dock and transferred to airport for flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel. B, L, D

 The Bund Hotel

 Day13

 Shanghai

Visit Ancient Water Town - Zhujiajiao, Yuyuan Garden and old city area. Enjoy splendid Chinese acrobatic Show at night. B, L, D

 The Bund Hotel

 Day14

 Shanghai

Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A

Day01 Arrival BeijingWelcome to Beijing,China
Today you arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Beijing. The rest of day is at your own disposal.


Day02 Beijing (B, L, SD)Temple of Heaven Beijing
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today you will have a day guided tour to explore Beijing. This morning the tour begins with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, located in the southern part of Beijing, and has been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries. It used as a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors, and is the largest one in Beijing among several royal altars to Heaven, Earth, the Sun, the Moon and other deities or symbolic forces of Nature. Then you will take a walking in the iconic Tiananmen Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. From here you will go on to the Forbidden City (also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum ) was commissioned by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700's and on wards. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China. The total area of the complex is 183 acres, so it takes quite a while to walk through, especially if you want to have a close look at everything. All together there are 9,999 1/2 rooms in the Museum, not all of which can be visited. At night you will enjoy delicious Peking Roast Duck Dinner at a fine local restaurant.


Day03 Beijing (B, L, D)Hutong tour in Beijing
This morning you will head to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. The Great Wall, like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India and the Hanging Garden of Babylon, is one of the great wonders of the world. Starting out in the east on the banks of the Yalu Rivers in Liaoning Province, the Great Wall stretches westwards for 12,700km to Jiayuguan in the Bobi Desert, thus known as the Ten Thousand Li Wall in China. In the afternoon you will return back the town and take a unique Hutong tour by a rickshaw to discover the old residential area of Beijing. Hutongs are closely associated with individual four-sided courtyard in which people live. Most Hutongs are running east west for the local dwellers to procure the sunlight. You will visit a local family and have lunch in their home. At night you will enjoy a splendid Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.


Day04 Beijing (B, L, D)Summer Palace Beijing
You start today's activity at the Summer Palace. Located at the northwest suburb of Beijing, the Summer Palace was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty, Its predecessor was the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyiyuan) started in 1750 and burned down by the British and French allied troops in 1860. In 1886, Empress Dowager Cixi used navy outlays and other funds in the reconstruction and renamed the park as Summer Palace in 1888.The Summer Palace in northwest suburban Beijing is the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China. This afternoon is for children-friendly activities. You will visit lovely and cute giant panda in Beijing Zoo, and after that you will enjoy some quality time at Beijing Aquarium.


Day05 Beijing / Xian (B, L, D)Cycling on Xian Ancient City Wall
Take a morning flight to Xian. Arrival in Xian, your guide and driver will meet you and transfer you to the town for a trip to the Ancient City Wall of Xian. Built 600 years ago (1374 - 1378) in the Ming Dynasty, the Wall was added on the Tang Dynasty walls. Being the most prominent walls built after medieval time, it is also the best-kept and biggest city walls in Xian. You will ride a bicycle on the Ancient City Wall. After that you will make Chinese dumplings at a local's home. At night you will enjoy the amazing Tang Dynasty Show.

 
Day06 Xian (B, L, D)Xian Terra Cotta Warriors
Your Xian tour begins with the mighty Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. Discovered in 1974, Xian Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Site is one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20th century. In a vault of approximately 12,000m2 and 5m underground lay some 8,000 terracotta infantry soldiers, archers, cavalrymen and chariots arranged in battle formation, ready to defend their emperor's immortal soul. After the visit you will have a very good local lunch at a graceful restaurant. Then you will head back town to visit the Drum Tower and have a walking on the Muslim food market and its nearby bazaar in the old city area.


Day07 Xian / Guilin (B, L, D)Reed Flute Cave Guilin
Transfer to airport to take your flight to Guilin. Arrive in Guilin, be met and visit Reed Flute Cave, visit Reed Flute Cave. Comprising different kinds of natural rock formations, Reed Flute Cave (Lu Di Yan) is the most important and sight worthy cave of Guilin vicinity for its length of 240 meters and its many stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes appealing to everyone's imagination. In addition, you will visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, located at the confluence of the Li River and Peach Blossom River in the south central area of Guilin City. It looks like a huge elephant stretching its trunk and drinking water, hence the name. Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin and its limestone landscape.


Day08 Guilin - Yangshuo (B, L, D)Rustic Guilin and Yangshuo
Guilin is perhaps China's most scenic city. It is no doubt that the best way to enjoy its picturesque scenery is from a floating deck of a luxury cruise on the Li River. Your guide and driver will transfer you from your hotel to Zhujiang Pier to board your wonderful river cruise tour to Yangshuo. Li River, also known as Guishui River or Gui River, takes its source at Mao'er Mountain in Xing'an County, which lies to northeast Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Li River makes its way hrough Guilin and Yangshuo and merges into Xijiang River in Wuzhou. The mountains on the banks over 40 kilometers long between Guilin and Yangshuo display their extraordinary beauty as a result of the development of the limestone. More than 40,000 hills lie along the two sides of the river, covering a total length of more than 150 kilometers. With their astonishing resemblance to bamboo shoot, screen, elephant and camel, these mountains, together with green banyans and green bamboo as well as the cottages and fishing boats, contribute to form a scenery picture depicting a haven of peace dominated by green. After a 4.5 hours cruise on the river you will finally make disembarkation at Yangshuo where you will take a Chinese cookery lesson. This class begins at the local market where ingredients for the dishes are chosen by students. Back at a covered, rooftop patio-classroom, you have an opportunity to learn three dishes and enjoy the dishes cooked by you and your children. 


Day09 Yangshuo - Guilin / Chongqing (B, L, D)Chongqing City China
In the morning you will be transferred to airport and take a flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival Chongqing, be received and escorted to take a city sightseeing including the Ancient Town Ciqikou where ancient building and streets over 200 years old preserved well. Then you will visit Erling Park to view the city on the top of a pagoda. Afterwards you will have some leisure walk on the Jie Fang Bei Pedestrian Street in Chongqing's city center. Transferred to the pier and board your Yangtze Cruise Ship. Then your guide will leave the boat and your cruise will start at about 10:00 pm.


Day10 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Yangtze River Cruise
Your memorable Yangtze Cruise begins today. Various activities onboard will expand your preparation for Yangtze exploration. Your ship will stop for a shore excursion at the famous Fengdu Ghost City where you can learn about China's afterlife culture. Afterwards, you will re-board the ship and continue your cruise. Usually there will be a welcome party hosted by the captain in the evening, this is the best chance to make new friends and be immersed in the staff's hospitality. So dress up and be ready to enjoy.


Day11 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Yangtze Three Gorges China1
Besides the enchanting landscape along the Yangtze River, today's sightseeing will be highlighted by the shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges. You will take a local sampan to enter the fabulous green gorges. Deep gorges, lush mountains, crystal waters, appalling cliffs, thriving groves and perhaps native wildlife make this excursion worthwhile. Get back to your ship after the stop, the ballroom maybe an ideal place to entertain at night.


Day12 Yangtze Cruise - Yichang / Shanghai (B, L)Yangtze Three Gorges Dam
Disembark early in the morning for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. There is a bus driving you to the peak where you could overlook the huge Three Gorges Dam composed of the dam, the hydropower stations and the navigation facility. After returning to the ship, please follow the check-out procedure. You will meet your local Yichang guide at the pier who you transfer you to Yichang Airport where you will take a flight to Shanghai. On arrival Shanghai, you will meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. 


Day13 Shanghai (B, L, D)Yu Yuan Garden Shanghai
This morning you will head to Zhujiajiao, Shanghai's ancient water town. You will have a boat tour in Zhujiajiao. Drive back the city and visit Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan garden is the most famous garden in south China and decorated with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. At night you will enjoy a splendid Chinese acrobatic Show. 


Day14 Depart Shanghai (B)Shanghai,China
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your China Family Tour.


 



Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01).
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

 

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