Yangtze Sampler by Small Ship

Member price from
$4,299
Nonmember price from $4,399
13 days
Asia, China
1
AAA Vacations
Save $1,000 per couple or $500 solo when you pay in full at time of booking.

5-star Hotels in the heart of China's most important cities, expertly-guided sightseeing and the finest all-balcony ship on the Yangtze make this trip truly unforgettable.  And in congenial company, you'll explore all the highlights and enjoy authentic cultural encounters.

Included
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Escorted sightseeing and shore excursions with all entry fees
  • 28 meals featuring fine Asian and Western cuisine: 12 buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
  • 8 nights accommodation in deluxe and luxury hotels
  • 4 nights in a balcony stateroom on the MS Yangzi Explorer
  • All on-tour transportation and all 3 internal flights
  • Luggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and service fees, and all airline taxes and fees for your 3 included flights
Highlights
  • AAA Member Benefits - Enjoy a complimentary extra night in Beijing before your tour at the Fairmont Hotel and save $115 savings per person
  • Live the life of a city resident as you browse in a colorful local market for produce to bring to your hosts – a local Beijing family who will offer real personal insight into this rapidly evolving city
  • Learn Tai Chi with a master as you join him for a private class at the Temple of Heaven
  • A Xian resident shares his lifetime of experience as you explore with him through a city market filled with exotic fare
  • Meet the chef over lunch at Xiangyue Villa in Shanghai and learn about his fascinating career that took him from Shanghai’s finest restaurants to San Francisco and back
  • Includes 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites

*Pay-in-full by December 31, 2016

Day 1 - Complimentary extra night in Beijing - From AAA Vacations
AAA Vacations Complimentary Inclusion: Enjoy a complimentary extra night in Beijing before your tour at the Fairmont Beijing.
Day 2 - Beijing - Tour begins
Free day to relax or explore Beijing on your own. Meals: (B)
Day 3 - Beijing
With your Trip Leader, marvel at Tiananmen Square and tour the Forbidden City, once the exclusive enclave of emperors. At a local market, help your guide select produce for your hosts, a family you’ll join for lunch during your rickshaw tour through a hutong. This evening, enjoy a Peking Duck Banquet with wine. Meals: B, L, D
Day 4 - Great Wall - Summer Palace
Travel to Juyong Pass to explore atop one of the most scenic and historic sections of the Great Wall, the site of many ancient battles! Then tour the Summer Palace, erstwhile seasonal retreat of China’s royalty. Meals: B, L
Day 5 - Yichang -Cruise begins
Tour the Temple of Heaven whe re you’ll also enjoy a private class with a Tai Chi Master. Fly to Yichang and transfer to the pier to board the MS Yangzi Explorer, China’s finest ship. Settle in to your balcony stateroom before an elegant dinner with wine. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 - Three Gorges Dam
Early risers can start the day with Tai Chi on deck. Visit the massive Three Gorges Dam and cruise through Xiling Gorge Meals: B, L, D
Day 7 - Shennong Stream - Yangtze Gorges
Journey by sampan up Shennong Stream and then return to ship to navigate through the dramatic Wu and Qutang Gorges. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8 - Fengdu
Learn how life in a river town has changed since the completion of the Three Gorges Dam as you explore Fengdu’s New City. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9 - Congqing - Xian
Visit the Pandas in Chongqing Zoo and fly to Xian, where you’ll explore a local market with a native resident. Savor traditional dumplings and retreat to the 5-star Hilton Hotel. Meals: B, D
Day 10 - The Terra Cotta Army
A meeting with an archaeologist is a great introduction to your tour of the Terra Cotta Army . Today’s lunch is enlivened by a noodle-making demonstration. Meals: B, L, D
Day 11 - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai where you’ll be escorted to the landmark Fairmont Peace Hotel overlooking the historic Bund. Tonight you’ll thrill to a performance of the Shanghai Acrobats. Meals: B
Day 12 - Shanghai
Walk along the elegant waterfront Bund, delight in the lovely Yu Yuan Garden and tour the highly regarded Shanghai Museum. Sit down to lunch at Xiangyue Villa and meet with the chef to learn about his fascinating life which included time working at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. Meals: B, L, D
Day 13 - Shanghai - Tour ends
Transfer to the airport for your flight. Meals B
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