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Yangtze Sampler by Small Ship - 13 day(s), Asia, China

Overview

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.

What’s Included

  • Professional tour director
  • Escorted sightseeing and shore excursions with all entry fees
  • 27 meals featuring fine Asian and Western cuisine: 12 buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
  • 7 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
  • Gratuities for drivers, waiters, and porters
  • Luggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and service fees, and all airline taxes and fees for your 3 included flights

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Start date:
5/7/14
End date:
5/19/14
Duration: 13 Days
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Start date:
5/21/14
End date:
6/2/14
Duration: 13 Days
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Start date:
6/11/14
End date:
6/23/14
Duration: 13 Days
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Start date:
7/16/14
End date:
7/28/14
Duration: 13 Days
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Start date:
8/20/14
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9/1/14
Duration: 13 Days
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Start date:
9/17/14
End date:
9/29/14
Duration: 13 Days
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Start date:
10/8/14
End date:
10/20/14
Duration: 13 Days
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Start date:
10/15/14
End date:
10/27/14
Duration: 13 Days
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Start date:
10/22/14
End date:
11/3/14
Duration: 13 Days
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Complimentary extra night in Beijing
AAA Vacations Complimentary Inclusion: Enjoy a complimentary extra night in Beijing before your tour at the Sofitel Wanda Hotel.
Day 2 - Beijing - Tour begins
Free day to relax or explore Beijing on your own. Meals B
Day 3 - Beijing
Full-day sightseeing begins in Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Then browse a local market and help your guide to select produce for your hosts, a resident family you’ll join for lunch during your rickshaw tour through a hutong, an ancient enclave in the bustling city. Tonight’s welcome dinner features Peking Duck, a regional specialty. Meals B,L,D
Day 4 - Great Wall - Summer Palace
A full and unforgettable day awaits... Walk atop the Great Wall and visit the lovely Summer Palace, erstwhile retreat of China’s Emperors. Meals: B,L
Day 5 - Beijing - Board ship
Fly to Yichang and transfer to the MS Yangzi Explorer, China’s best, and settle in to your balcony stateroom before an elegant dinner with wine. Meals B,D
Day 6 - Three Gorges Dam
Early risers can start the day with invigorating Tai Chi before an expansive breakfast buffet. Enjoy a relaxing morning of scenic cruising or join in the ship’s enriching cultural program. After lunch, visit the Three Gorges Dam and return to ship for Afternoon Tea as you cruise through Xiling Gorge. Meals B,L,D
Day 7 - Shennong Stream - Yangtze Gorges
A morning sampan excursion takes you up Shennong Stream, celebrated for its spectacular mountain scenery. Back onboard, the Explorer navigates through Wu Gorge, renowned for its massive cliffs, and Qutang Gorge, the narrowest of the Three Gorges. Meals B,L,D
Day 8 - Fengdu
After breakfast, step off ship in Fengdu for a first hand look at how life in a small river town has changed since the completion of the massive Three Gorges Dam. Join your guide to explore Fengdu’s New City, built for local residents who were forced by the Dam’s rising waters to relocate to higher ground. You’ll visit a colorful city market filled with a wide variety of produce and locally made goods, and then enjoy a performance of traditional Chinese dance presented by city residents. Continue to the Old City to visit a Qing Dynasty mansion, deserted since the completion of the New City relocation project. Back onboard, you can try your hand at traditional brush painting, learn Mah Jong, watch as the ship’s chef prepares savory Chinese dumplings – or just enjoy the captivating scenery from your private balcony or one of the ship’s inviting public areas. At this evening’s festive Farewell Dinner, your crew will be colorfully garbed in traditional Chinese dress. Meals B,L,D
Day 9 - Congqing - Xian
Visit the Panda Hall before your flight to Xian, where a walking tour through the Muslim market reveals ancient rhythms of the Silk Road. Enjoy a dinner of savory dumplings, a regional favorite, and retreat to the new Hilton Hotel, within the city’s ancient walls. Meals B,D
Day 10 - The Terra Cotta Army
With our signature Small Group, you’ll enjoy a better view and more time to marvel at the Terra Cotta Warriors. See the ancient walls of the city and enjoy a noodle-making demonstration at lunch. Meals B,L
Day 11 - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai and transfer to the Le Royal Meridien. Then step out with your guide to explore this bustling part of town. Tonight you’ll attend a thrilling performance of the Shanghai Acrobats. Meals B
Day 12 - Shanghai
Today’s sightseeing begins at the Shanghai Musuem, with its carefully curated exhibits spanning centuries of Chinese culture. Then tour the Yu Yuan Garden and drive along the historic waterfront Bund. This evening’s farewell dinner features fine regional fare. Meals B,L,D
Day 13 - Shanghai - Tour ends
Our tour program ends this morning after breakfast. Meals B

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Tour Code:
GENTYS
Main Activity:
Cruising
Other Activities:
Museums / Culture
Sightseeing
Walking
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