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CHINA & YANGTZE
RIVER CRUISE

University of Memphis

Take a minute out of your busy day to imagine. See yourself hiking across the Great Wall of China, thousands of years of history spread out before you. Imagine the scent of flowers as you stroll through ancient gardens, the exotic flavors of a dim sum lunch, the breeze from a hand painted fan you picked up at a local market. See yourself encountering a life-size Terracotta Army, more than 6,000 warriors unearthed after thousands of years, or looking up at the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming architecture. Envision yourself cruising the fabled Yangtze River, flowing with it across the centuries, through breathtaking gorges, past waterfalls and deep canyons. You are in a land rich with its history, bursting with its future, and to be here is to live in a constant state of fascination.
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Go where the Yangtze flows across the centuries and the Forbidden City welcomes.

April 19 - May 1
$3,299

Other departure cities and dates
are available upon request

*Per person, Double Occupancy. Plus $329 government taxes, security charges, and airline fuel charge. Single Occupancy subject to availability add $800. Land only is available upon request..


AIRFARE FROM:
Memphis, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis,


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Flight arrangements, land accommodations, ground transportation and sightseeing are arranged and operated by Pacific Delight Tours, Inc., which may use other suppliers or providers to render the travel services. The itinerary is subject to change if required for scheduling purposes.

INCLUDED FEATURES
  • Round-trip transpacific air transportation via Northwest Airlines, or United Airlines
  • All intra-China air/land transportation
  • 7 nights in superior first-class hotels: 2 nights Shanghai, 2 nights Xian and 3 nights Beijing
  • 4 nights on board Victoria Cruises (All accommodations are in outside cabins with private balconies)
  • 31 meals: 11 American Breakfasts (AB); 10 Lunches (L); 10 Dinners (D) including 1 special Dinner/Show and Peking Duck Dinner, as indicated in the itinerary

 

  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels, luggage handling, hotel taxes and
    service charges
  • Individual visa fee for China
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and cultural entertainment in each city as listed in the itinerary
  • Escorted throughout by an experienced National Guide,
    plus English speaking local
    city guides
  • Complete pre-flight information

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 |U.S.A.
Shanghai. Depart for Shanghai today. Cross the International Date Line and lose one calendar day.

DAY 2 |Shanghai
Arrive in the bustling city of Shanghai, China's largest and most westernized city, located at the confluence of Huangpo River and Suzhou Creek. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. HUA TING HOTEL & TOWERS

DAY 3 |Shanghai
Spend today exploring this vibrant city. Visit the famous Bund, the East's most famous street. It's a wide riverside avenue dominated by buildings in the grand European style. Explore the graceful Yu Garden in the oldest part of Shanghai. After an enjoyable dim sum lunch, visit Shanghai Museum where a pageant of Chinese history unfolds for you as you take in objects as old as the dawn of time. Later this evening enjoy a captivating display of human balance and versatility in an amazing acrobatic show. HUA TING HOTEL & TOWERS (AB, L, D)

DAY 4 |Shanghai-Yichang
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to the ancient city of Yichang, located at the eastern end of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding a deluxe Victoria Cruises ship to begin an unforgettable journey on the fabled Yangtze River. (AB, L, D)

DAY 5 |Yangtze River Cruise
Today you visit the Three Gorges Dam site, the world's largest hydroelectric dam, a monumental set of five giant locks and a tribute to modern engineering. Continue cruising upstream through the stunning Xiling Gorge, longest of the famed Three Gorges. Natural rocks with fanciful profiles, waterfalls and canyons covered in jungle growth make for dramatic sights. (AB, L, D)

DAY 6 |Yangtze River Cruise
Early this morning, marvel at Wu Gorge's zigzagging valley Transfer to a motor launch for a cruise up the Daning River to view the Three Lesser Gorges. Alternately, your excursion may be on the Shennong Stream with its equally impressive small gorges. Life has changed little in these inner canyons over the centuries. People of the Ba Kingdom once lived here over two thousand years ago and entombed their nobles in coffins suspended high in cliff crevices. A spectacular story, a spectacular sight. Upon return to the ship you continue cruising through the dramatic Qutang Gorge, walled by steep mossy cliffs. (AB, L, D)

DAY 7 | Yangtze River Cruise
Your cruise continues upstream with a memorable shore excursion to one of the river towns to view the local life and hear and see how the dam project has changed the lifestyle of the local people. (AB, L, D)

DAY 8 | Chongqing-Xian
Time permitting, in the "Mountain City" of Chongqing, there will be a brief sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Joe Stillwell Museum with its collection of World War II memorabilia. Fly to historic Xian, a crossroads of ancient cultures that has served as the capital of eleven dynasties. grand New world hotel (AB, L, D)

DAY 9 | Xian
Visit the famed Wild Goose Pagoda and the South Gate. After lunch take an unforgettable excursion to the tomb of the First Emperor of China and revel at the remarkable underground ruins. Visit the archaeological site to view more than 6,000 life-sized and uniquely detailed figures of Terracotta Warriors and their horses. This is surely one of the most stunning sights of the trip. This exciting day culminates with dinner and a show. grand New world hotel (AB, L, D)

DAY 10 | Xian-Beijing
This morning fly to Beijing, the capital city of the People's Republic of China. In the afternoon experience an exciting rickshaw ride through ancient, narrow streets in the centuries old residential area of Beijing. CAPITAL HOTEL (AB, L, D)

DAY 11 | Beijing
Sightseeing today begins at the ornately embellished Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming architecture, located in a large park and housing the impressive Hall of Prayer. After lunch, explore the extraordinary Forbidden City. Pass through the gate of Heavenly Peace toTiananmen Square where the chronicles of history have played from ancient times to Mao's raising of the flag of the People's Republic of China. Surrounding the Square is the Chinese Revolution Museum, the Museum of Chinese History and the Great Hall of the People. CAPITAL HOTEL (AB, L, D)

DAY 12 |Beijing
Today's excursion takes you north of Beijing to experience one of the highlights of your visit - China's Great Wall, an extraordinary 4,000 mile-long fortification built over 2,000 years ago to thwart Barbarian invasions. Then, a short drive to where a tree and statue-lined road takes you to the magnificent Ming Tombs, a series of 13 underground palaces built to hold the lavish wealth of Ming emperors. This evening enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner while you discuss the day's experiences. CAPITAL HOTEL (AB, L, PD)

DAY 13 | Beijing-U.S.A.
Today leave Beijing, crossing the International Date Line, arriving the same day to connect with flights home. (AB)

AB-American Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner,
DS- Dinner/Show, PD-Peking Duck Dinner.

Itinerary, hotels and cruise are subject to change.