Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 SHANGHAI, CHINA
Welcome to Shanghai, China’s largest city and center of trade. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 SHANGHAI
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDENS, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore Nanjing Road, the city’s main pedestrian and shopping area.
Day 3 SHANGHAI–YICHANG (EMBARKATION)–YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Enjoy your morning at leisure before a short flight brings you to Yichang. Upon arrival, board your 4-night CRUISE through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.
Day 4 CRUISING: THREE GORGES DAM
Start your day with a visit to the THREE GORGES DAM site. Afterward, watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze’s longest.
Day 5 CRUISING: WU GORGE–QUTANG GORGE
Today, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Shennong Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. Later, sail through two of the three gorges—Wu Gorge, known for its forest-covered mountains, and Qutang, the shortest but most dramatic gorge. NOTE:Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Goddess Stream.
Day 6 CRUISING: JADE EMPEROR SCENIC AREA
Your SHORE EXCURSION today takes you to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, featuring a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism. Return to your ship where the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activites. NOTE:Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be offered.
Day 7 CRUISING: CHONGQING (DISEMBARKATION)–CHENGDU
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing, and transfer to the train station to board your BULLET TRAIN to Chengdu. On arrival, visit the GIANT PANDA RESEARCH BASE and marvel at these beautiful animals.
Day 8 CHENGDU–XI’AN
Today, fly to Xi’an, the former ancient capital. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 9 XI’AN
Today, enjoy a visit to the first emperor’s funeral vault to see the amazing TERRACOTTA WARRIORS. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots, and horses. Later, visit the ancient CITY WALL, built in 1378 and surrounding the city. The balance of the day is at your leisure.
Day 10 XI’AN–BEIJING
Take a WALKING TOUR through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. This afternoon, fly to Beijing, the capital of China and the country’s political, social, and historical hub.
Day 11 BEIJING
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. You’ll also visit the treasure-filled FORBIDDEN CITY, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the center of politics.
Day 12 BEIJING
The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, PEKING DUCK.
Day 13 BEIJING
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.