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China: Observing Pandas & the Yangtze River Cruise Adventure

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China with Pandas & the Yangtze River Cruise

Highlights Include:

  • A three-night Yangtze river cruise
  • Visiting the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center
  • China’s famous Terra Cotta Warriors and the Great Wall of China
  • Attending the traditional Peking opera
Tour Details

From: $6,450 per person | Single supplement on request

14 days

Departures: Daily, All Year

China: Observing Pandas & the Yangtze River Cruise Adventure.  This package to China includes some of the most important experiences for visitors. Beginning in Beijing, China’s capital city, you will see a tremendous concentration of ancient and historic artifacts and edifices. From there, head into the countryside to see panda bears, before boarding your boat for a cruise down the Yangtze. To sail through the famous three Gorges of the Yangtze is to feel the power, majesty, and timelessness of perhaps the world’s greatest river.


This is a sample semi-independent itinerary. Travel will be independent with guided tours and activities along the way. Our Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1  Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive Beijing, China’s capital city. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Beijing

Day 2  Tiananmen Square, Imperial Palace and Summer Palace | Meals: B L

Visit Tiananmen Square, in the heart of the city, and walk to the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, home to China’s emperors for more than 500 years. Explore Beijing’s Old Living Quarter, the Hutongs, climb up the old Drum Tower for a bird-eye view of Old Beijing, followed by an evening of traditional Peking opera. Overnight in Beijing

Day 3  The Great Wall of China | Meals: B L

Visit the Sacred Way and Chang Tomb of Ming Dynasty before continuing to the Great Wall. The Great Wall of China was built over more than two thousand years and, like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains ,and plateaus, stretching more than 13,000 miles from east to west of China. Overnight in Beijing

Day 4   Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace | Meals: B L

Visit the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace with its exquisite gardens and perfect views. Overnight in Beijing

Day 5  Terra Cotta Warriors | Meals: B L D

Fly to Xi’an, a former ancient capital of China, surrounded by old city walls once used to protect the area. The Terra Cotta Warriors are Xi’an’s greatest and most important attraction. The first emperor of the Qin Dynasty ordered the making of the warriors. Enjoy a dumpling dinner, then stroll around the Muslim Quarter. Overnight in Xi’an

Day 6  Explore Xian and Travel to Chengdu | Meals: B L

Visit the Shaanxi History Museum, which houses a collection of over 300,000 precious artifacts showing the development of civilization in this region. See the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and explore Xian’s city wall. Fly to Chengdu. Overnight in Kunming

Day 7  Panda Breeding Research Center | Meals: B L

Visit China’s most adorable animal, the Panda, at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center. The Center duplicates the pandas’ natural habitat, and also cares for other rare and endangered wild animals. Visit the People’s Park for a glimpse of locals’ lives, and Jin Li, a narrow lane full of local colors. Overnight in Chengdu

Day 8  Train to Chongqing | Meals: B D

Enjoy a train trip to Chongqing, where you’ll visit the General Stilwell Museum. After dinner, embark your Yangtze River cruise. Overnight on board

Day 9  Yangtze River Cruise and Snowy Jade Cave | Meals: B L D

Disembark for an excursion to Fengdu Ghost City or Shibaozhai, or Snowy Jade Cave according to the river condition or cruise itinerary. Then return to the ship and continue your cruise. Overnight on board

Day 10  Cruise and Optional Shore Excursions | Meals: B L D

Cruise through the Qutang Gorge, and later, the Wu Gorge. Excursion to the Small Gorges, or take a shore excursion to Badong in a small wooden boat trip to enjoy the natural beauty of Shennong Stream. Overnight on board

Day 11  Three Gorges Dam, Disembark and Shanghai | Meals: B L

Visit the grandest hydroelectric project in the world, The Three Gorges Dam. Disembark in Yichang and fly to Shanghai. Overnight in Shanghai

Day 12  Shanghai Museum and City Tour | Meals: B

Shanghai Museum is a large museum of ancient Chinese art. Visit the Old Town Bazaar, the busiest shopping area in Shanghai. Continue to the Bund, the famous waterfront and a symbol of Shanghai. Overnight in Shanghai

Day 13  Train Excursion, Canal Boat Ride and Garden Visit | Meals: B L

Train excursion today to Suzhou to visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden, one of Suzhou’s classic gardens. Enjoy a boat ride on the small canals. The Garden of the Master of Nets is the smallest among the four most famous classic gardens in Suzhou, yet the finest. Return to Shanghai. Overnight in Shanghai

Day 14  Depart Shanghai | Meals: B

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your onward arrangements – or extend your stay in China!

  • Airfare in Economy class, Beijing-Xi’an including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Airfare in Economy class, Xi’an-Chengdu including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Airfare in Economy class, Yichang-Shanghai including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Ten nights’ accommodation
  • Three nights in Superior Cabin on Yangtze River Cruise
  • Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • High-speed train in First class, Chengdu-Chongqing
  • High-speed train in First class, Shanghai-Suzhou-Shanghai
  • City tours of the following areas: Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing , Shanghai
  • Guided tour and entrances to the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall of China, Terra Cotta Warriors, Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center, Three Gorges Dam, Shanghai Museum
  • Canal boat ride in Suzhou
Not Included
  • International flights and related taxes
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, and luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, highly recommended
  • Fees for passports, visas or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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