Trip Highlights

Beijing

Forbidden City- The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

Great Wall – The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger, stronger, and unified are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.

Hutong – Hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing. Thanks to Beijing’s long history and status as capital for six dynasties, almost every hutong has its anecdotes, and some are even associated with historic events. In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers. The hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing.

Itinerary

Day 1
Depart Home – Beijing
Begin your journey with the international flight to Beijing
Meet and transfer to the hotel with your tour manager
In-Flight
In-Flight Meal

Day 2
Beijing – Visit Tiananmen Square
Walk through the Forbidden City, home of the Chinese emperors and their household for five centuries
Optional Hutong tour and have a special lunch hosted by local family (US$50 pp)
Experience traditional Chinese Tea Culture
Optional Evening Entertainment – The Legend of Kung Fu (US$35 pp)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Beijing – Visit 2008 Olympic Games Sites , Bird’s Nest & Water Cube
Learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing
Walk in the clouds while hiking the 2,000-year-old Great Wall of China
Take a relax to enjoy Chinese traditional foot massage after hiking on Great Wall (at your own expense)
Take the option to enjoy Beijing Opera in the evening (US$35 pp)
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
Beijing – To experience Morning exercise -Tai Chi lesson , Temple of Heaven
Silk Factory Outlet – Learn about silk, the very trade item which started the famous Silk Road, and its delicate manufacturing process
Optional to visit Beijing Zoo to see Pandas in the afternoon (US$50 pp)
Breakfast

Day 5
Beijing – Yichang
Free day to explore Beijing by your own, or take the options
Option One: Beijing City tour to Lama Temple and Flea market, transportation, guide, admission and lunch inclusive (US$80 pp)
Take overnight train to Yichang
Breakfast

Day 6
Yichang Arrival On board
You will be pick up from Yi Chang train station
On board Yangtze River Cruise (M.S. Yangtze I) in the evening
Breakfast

Day 7
Yangtze River Cruise
Depart from Yichang, pass through Xiling Gorge
Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam
Pass through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks
In-cruise meal

Day 8
Yangze River Cruise
Shore excursion to Shennong Stream by boat
Set sail, passing through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge
In-cruise meal

Day 9
Yangtze River Cruise
Shore excursion to the Ghost City of Fengdu
In-cruise meal

Day 10
Yangtze River Cruise
Disembark in the morning in Chongqing
Transferred to airport to take scheduled flight to Home
Breakfast

Fine Print

Tour Dates: 2018

Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 24, April 21, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 7, Aug 11, Sep 15, Oct 13, 17 Nov

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • South African local home to airport Uber/Zebra Cabs Transfer Voucher R300
  • R1500 Flight Ticket Voucher Per Person if Flights are booked through DEALZILLA
  • China domestic flights
  • Hotel accommodation in Park Plaza Science Park or Traders Upper East Beijing, and MS Yangze 1 Cruise, Howard Johnson or similar in Shanghai if applied
  • Daily American style buffet breakfast in hotel and meals specified in the itinerary
  • Airport transfer for scheduled arrival date and departure date
  • Local transportation during the guided tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Sightseeing admissions except optional excursion

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

  • Visa fee if required
  • Departure city surcharge per Voucher Fine Print or by request, payable upon booking
  • High season surcharge per Voucher Fine Print or by request, payable upon booking
  • China domestic airport taxes US$50 pp payable upon booking
  • Tour tipping 10 days tour US$110 pp, 12 days tour US$130 payable upon booking
  • Personal expense
  • Meals and drink other than specified
  • Luggage fee and/or in-flight service charged by airline
  • Optional entertainment and tours payable upon arrival
  • Trip delay, or interruption by airline schedule change
  • Extra cost or missing tour caused by flight delay or cancel
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above
  • International Flights

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