Essence of China with Yangtze River Cruise
11 Days


11 Days : Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Shibaozhai, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Shennong Stream, Xiling Gorge,Yichang, Shanghai, Suzhou

Tour Overview:
China’s most awe-inspiring sights and cities are included in this 14-day feast of travel adventure. Behold, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra Cotta Warriors and the ancient city of Fengdu. Enjoy the deluxe cruise ship for a trip down the Qutang and Wu Gorges finally landing in breathtaking Shanghai.

Day 1 (Wed) – Arrive Beijing

Arrive in Beijing the capital of the People’s Republic of China. You are welcomed at the airport and escorted to the hotel.

Day 2 (Thu) – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace

Start your tour this morning with a visit to the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and the Forbidden City, the 250-acre palace containing more than 9,000 rooms. Closed to the common people for centuries, it was only opened to the public in 1949. Afternoon explore the Summer Palace, the retreat of China’s royal families for over 2,000 years (BL)

Day 3 (Fri) – Great Wall Excursion & Ming Tomb

Visit the Great wall, stopping en route at the Bird’s Nest & Water Cube for a picture stop. The Great Wall, built 2,300 years ago and extending 3,750 miles, can be seen from space!. Afternoon visit Sacred Way and Ming Tomb – Changling Tomb. Tonight enjoy Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)

Day 4 (Sat) – Temple of Heaven & Lama Temple / Xian

In the morning visit the Temple of Heaven, possibly the country’s most popular symbol and the Lama Temple, considered as the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. Later fly to Xian, once the largest city in the world. Xian was the national capital for eleven Chinese dynasties and a major link between Asia and Europe. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. (BL)

Day 5 (Sun) – Terra Cotta Warriors & Wild Goose Pagoda

Xian captured the interest of the world in 1974 with the discovery of the astonishing third-century BC burial sites of the first emperor to unite China, Qin Shi Huangdi. Visit the archaeological site to see thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors, which have been standing guard over the Imperial Tomb for 2,000 years and the the ceramics & pottery workshop. Enjoy Noodle making demonstration followed by lunch. Afternoon visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Temple and the Ancient City Wall. In the evening, enjoy an *optional Tang Dynasty Show and dinner. (BL)

Day 6 (Mon) – Xian / Chongqing / Cruise

Morning is free until transfer to airport for flight flying to Chongqing. Arrive Chongqing, city tour if time permits. Sichuan flavor dinner at local restaurant, and then transfer to pier to board on the cruise , embark on Victoria Jenna or Sabrina (Superior Cabin on the Main Deck) to explore and discover the mysteries of the Yangtze River. Relax and enjoy your downstream Cruise on the Yangtze. (BD)

Day 7 (Tue) – Shibaozhai

Shore excursion to Shibaozhai, literally translated into English as the “Stone Treasure Fortress.” Located in Zhong County at the south bank of the Yangtze River (30 miles away from Wanxian), it was first built in Qing Dynasty in 1750 with a height of 56 meters. Shibaozhai is simply a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs, standing on the riverside. A red wooden pagoda, 12 stories high, was built against the rock wall. Visitors can climb to the top by spiral staircase in the pagoda, 160 meters above the river to gain a panoramic view of the winding river, the village and the countryside. (BLD)

Day 8 (Wed) – Qutang Gorge / Wu Gorge / Shennong Stream

Qutang Gorge finds the river carving its way between sheer precipices of overhanging mountains on both sides. Continue through the wondrous Wu Gorge, a meandering landscape of dazzling peaks and rocks, forming a whimsical gallery of natural beauty. Upon arrival at the famed Shennong Stream, board the small boat and sail deep into the fabled Three Lesser Gorges. Enjoy the vistas of Parrot Gorge and Dragon Boat Gorge with their breathtaking scenery. Return back to the boat and continue to the third Xiling Gorge as we pass through many historical sites. Sail through the huge Three Gorges Dam and the five ship locks. (BLD)

Day 9 (Thu) – Xiling Gorge / Yichang / Shanghai

Take a shore excursion to see the massive construction of Three Gorges Dam, the world largest hydroelectric project. Continue sailing down in the second section of Xiling Gorges. Disembark in Yichang and proceed to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, “the Paris of the East”- China’s most westernized and largest city. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the hotel. (B)

Day 10 (Fri) – Shanghai Sightseeing

Your morning tour of Shanghai includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden and the Old Town. Afternoon visit the Shanghai Museum and the Bund, a wide, tree-lined avenue along the Huangpu River and Tianzifang Artist area, famous for small craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and narrow alleys. Evening enjoy an *optional performance by the famous Chinese acrobats. (BL)

Day 11 (Sat) – Shanghai / Home

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)

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Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Apr 03 - Apr 13 CAD 3,920 CAD 5,515
Apr 10 - Apr 20 CAD 3,920 CAD 5,515
Apr 24 - May 04 CAD 3,920 CAD 5,515
May 08 - May 18 CAD 3,920 CAD 5,515
May 15 - May 25 CAD 3,920 CAD 5,515
May 29 - Jun 08 CAD 3,795 CAD 5,280
Jun 12 - Jun 22 CAD 3,795 CAD 5,280
Jun 26 - Jul 06 CAD 3,795 CAD 5,280
Jul 03 - Jul 13 CAD 3,795 CAD 5,280
Jul 17 - Jul 27 CAD 3,795 CAD 5,280
Jul 31 - Aug 10 CAD 3,795 CAD 5,280
Aug 14 - Aug 24 CAD 3,795 CAD 5,280
Aug 28 - Sep 07 CAD 3,975 CAD 5,620
Sep 04 - Sep 14 CAD 3,975 CAD 5,620
Sep 11 - Sep 21 CAD 3,975 CAD 5,620
Oct 09 - Oct 19 CAD 3,975 CAD 5,620
Oct 16 - Oct 26 CAD 3,975 CAD 5,620
Nov 13 - Nov 23 CAD 3,905 CAD 5,505
Nov 20 - Nov 30 CAD 3,905 CAD 5,505
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Mar 19 - Mar 29 CAD 3,740 CAD 5,165
Optional Tour Sell PP
Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show with round-trip transfers CAD 195
Shanghai Acrobatic Show with round-trip transfers CAD 225
Cabin Upgrade on Victoria Cruise Sell PP
Superior Cabin with Private Balcony & Amenity Package CAD 230
Executive Suite with Amenity package is included CAD 985
*Solo Travel Supplement available upon request
*Supplements may apply for special events and holidays
Novotel Beijing Peace (4*) or similar
Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda (4*, Superior Room) or similar
Victoria Jenna Cruiser (5*, Superior Cabin with Private Balcony on Main Deck)
Metropark Jichen Hotel Shanghai (4*, Superior Room) or similar
WordPress Responsive Table

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SITA Exclusive:
As a guest of SITA, you will receive a personalized traditional signature stamp engraved with your name. The signature stamp has remained as a symbol of Chinese culture and the art of calligraphy.

Inclusions & Highlights:

  • First-class accommodations with private facilities
  • 3 nights Yangtze Cruise with private balcony
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner as specified
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • All sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to monuments and cultural events
  • Internal flights – Beijing / Xian / Chongqing, Yichang /
  • Shanghai
  • Domestic airport tax and fuel surcharge
  • Baggage handling
  • Great Wall
  • Visit to a local home.
  • Terra Cotta Warriors
  • Visit to a Watertown

For all passengers in Suites and Upgraded Superior Cabins with Amenity Package will receive the following services and amenities:

  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea service
  • Welcome Fruit Plate
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service in the Executive Lounge
  • Nightly turn down service with printed Daily Itinerary
  • Diet soda included for lunch and dinner
  • Private shore excursions with 6 or more passengers in a particular group
  • Dining selection from two dining rooms (choice of dining room to be made at the beginning of the voyage)
  • Hot & Cold soft drinks available daily in Executive Lounge (Pepsi, Sprite, Juice, Coffee, and Tea)
  • Complimentary “Happy Hour” one hour before dinner in the Executive Lounge (including House Wine, Beer, and Soda)*
  • Complimentary house wine and beer offerings at dinner

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