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China Highlights
Holiday length: 17 days
Start city: Shanghai
End city: Kunming
Departs: Daily

  Discover on this fantastic tour the essential highlights of China: the scenic landscapes of the Yunan province, a cruise on the Yangtze River and on the Li River, Plus an optional extension off the beaten track to the 'living museum' city of Lijiang and its surrounding natural wonders

Day 1

Arrival transfer to your hotel. (D)
Day 2

Full day tour including emporium–lined Nanjing, the new Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Peace Hotel, the Bund and the Children's Palace. (B,L,D)
Day 3

  Shanghai – Beijing
Fly to China's capital, Beijing. (B,L,D) 
Day 4-5

Two days to explore this fascinating city. Highlights include a "pedicab" tour of the Hutongs, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the exquisite Temple of Heaven. Also visit the Great Wall, a short distance outside the capital. Dinner followed by  acrobatic show. (B,L,D)
Day 6

  Beijing – Xian
Today fly to Xian, capital of Shaanxi province. (B,L,D)
Day 7

Explore Xian and its tomb complex with its army of lifesize terracotta soldiers. Other highlights include the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, the City Gate and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening, cultural show about Dang Dynasty after dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 8

  Xian – Wuhan - Yichang
Fly to Wuhan . After dinner, board your deluxe cruise ship in Yichang for a memorable voyage. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - 11

  Yangtze River Cruise (Yichang to Chongqing)
Spend three unforgettable days cruising on the Yangtze through the fabled Three Gorges.  Start your cruise by passing the Three Gorges Dam - the world's largest dam.  Then cruise along Xiling Gorge and its fantastic scenery; Wu Gorge with its sheer cliffs and lofty Twelve Peaks.  Finally discover Qutang Gorge and the ghost city of Fengdu. (B,L,D).
Day 12

  Chongqing - Guilin
Arrive in Chongqing on morning. Transfer to airport and fly to Guilin. (B,L,D)
Day 13

  Guilin – Li River Cruise
Cruise on the tranquil Li River for  stunning views of the towering mountains and green shores. Later explore the famous  Reed Flute Cave.  (B,L,D)
Day 14

  Guilin – Kunming
Fly to Kunming,  the "spring city", home of many markets including the famous flowers and birds market. (B,L,D)
Day 15

  Kunming – Stone Forest
Full day tour to the Stone Forest known as the "First Wonder of the World". Folk performance show after dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 16

  Stone Forest – Kunming
Return to Kunming. Half-day city tour including Dragon Gate, West Hills and Grand View Park. (B,L,D)
Day 17

Departure transfer to the airport. (B)Or possible extension to Lijiang.
Optional Extension
Day 17

  Kunming – Lijiang  - Zhongdian
Fly to Lijiang.  Explore the old town, the Naxi quarter, and the surrounding traditional villages. Later scenic drive to Zhongdian (3200m). (B,L,D)
Day 18

  Zhongdian – Tiger Leaping Gorge - Kunming
Drive through a panorama of snow-crowned mountains, deep valleys and rushing rivers to the breathtaking Tiger Leaping Gorge. Return to Lijiang. Afternoon at leisure. Evening tour of the Old City at night and dinner in a traditional restaurant.  (B,L,D)
Day 19

  Lijiang – Kunming
Today fly back to Kunming. Remainder of the day ay leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 20

  Kunming departure
Departure transfer to the airport. (B)

  • Accommodation with private facilities
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Professional guides
  • Transfers and touring in A/C vehicle
  • Travel Notes
  Areas of high altitudes are reached in the extension.


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