China Yangtze #1 Tour On Earth!
15 Day - May 12, 2013
5 Star Luxury with optional Bali extension! - SOLD OUT!
Special Guest Educator
Why China is the BEST Tour in the world!
Let us try and tell you, in a few words, why china is the best tour anywhere in the world. A cruise on the Yangtze is more beautiful than cruising the inside passage of Alaska. The 60,000 life size stone carvings of Dazu (carved by monks over thousands of years), is a site to behold. The Li River and its staggering beauty will be one of your best days on earth. You will marvel as you explore the 9 mile (still in tact) city wall of Xian, with its draw bridges and moats still in place. Climbing the Great Wall create memories for a lifetime. The China Cultural Village makes the Polynesian Cultural Center look puny. Add the experience of seeing the Terracotta Warriors, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Hong Kong, Beijing and so much more – All in a country that is friendly and loving to Americans. Please believe us on this one, IT IS THE BEST TOUR IN THE WORLD!!!!
Quality Does Make A Difference!
No other company can match the quality of sites visited, the quality of hotels, the quality of food, the quality of ship and especially the quality of pricing! We really are the “The Best For Less!” Call and let us explain why we are able to deliver the best for a lot less!
Our special designed tour really is a 5 Star Luxury tour!! We are not staying in first class (3 star) or Deluxe (4 star) hotels. Our hotels are all 5 star Luxury Hotels. Our ship is the only ship on the Yangtze with all mini suites, each with a private balcony! You will never feel crowded. We have the best large quality buses that we never fill to the brim. We have the best English speaking guides! We send experienced American escorts with every group and most importantly, our special tour has been designed by us after years of experience in China so we can bring you the very best of everything! The following is a quote from one of our passengers who went with us a year after going to China with a different company – “Your worst hotel was better than the best hotel we had with ___, and your worst meal was better than the best meal we had with ___”. Don’t kid yourself, quality does matter!
A few things that make us better than other tours
Partial list of what your 5 star China Package Includes
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 May 12: Fly to SFO
You will fly in the evening to San Francisco to catch our late night flight from California to Hong Kong.
Day 2 May 13: Fly to Hong Kong
Approximately 1:30 am depart from SFO to Hong Kong on Singapore Airlines.
Day 3 May 14: Hong Kong
This morning early you will arrive into Hong Kong. Upon arrival we will enjoy a tour of Hong Kong that includes a boat ride on old Sampans through the harbor of Hong Kong. Overnight Hong Kong.
Day 4 May 15: Hong Kong - Shenzhen - China Cultural Village – Li River
This morning we will travel into Mainland China to the city of Shenzhen and the China Cultural Village. The Chinese Government worked with the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii to create their China Cultural Villages featuring their many ethnic groups found in China, like Mongolians, Tibetans, etc. After our visit to the Cultural Village we will fly to Guilin (Li River) where we will overnight.
Day 5 May 16: Guilin and Li River Cruise
This will be a highlight day as we sail on the Li River through some of the most beautiful and unique rock formations found anywhere in the world. The scenic drive to and from the Li River is filled with terraced rice paddies. Later in the afternoon you will visit the beautiful Reed Flute Cave before returning to your hotel. Guilin is possibly the most beautiful city in China.
Day 6 May 17: Guilin – Xian
This morning we will fly from Guilin and the Li River to Xian, home of the Terracotta Warriors. Today will also include a city tour with a special visit to Xian’s ancient city wall. This may be the best preserved City Wall in the world. Dating back over 500 years, the ancient city wall stretches almost 9 miles around the city with its moat and draw bridges still intact. The top of the wall is wide enough to put 4 semi-trucks side by side. Overnight Xian
Day 7 May 18: Xian
We will spend the day visiting the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s great archeological treasures. We will also visit the Wild Goose Pagoda. Xian is the capitol of 11 dynasties and one of the largest medieval cities in the world.. This evening we will attend one of the best cultural shows you will see anywhere in the world – The Tang Dynasty Dinner and Cultural Show. This fantastic show is full of music, dance and colorful traditional costumes. Overnight Xian.
Day 8 May 17: Xian – Wuhan – 5 star cruise ship
This morning you will fly to Wuhan. We will then take a beautiful drive to the 3 Gorges Dam and our 5 star luxury ship on the Yangtze. We will spend 5 days 4 nights cruising the beautiful majestic Yangtze River.
Day 9 May 20: Cruising the Yangtze
Cruising the Yangtze can be more beautiful than cruising the inside passage of Alaska. With lush green mountains, manicured farms and fjord like 3,000 foot cliffs, you will be awe struck at its beauty. We will start our day by visiting the world's largest man made dam. We will then enter the 5 ship locks of the 3 Gorges Dam. The ship's locks of the Panama Canal pale in comparison. Each of the 5 ship locks will raise the ship 60 feet into the air. Spectacular, unique, mystic and magical are the adjectives describing the magnificent scenery along the Three Gorges, unfolding on a monumental scale, equal to the Grand Canyon. Today we will go through the Misty Gorge where you will see exquisite peaks, grotesquely shaped rocks and silvery waterfalls.
Day 10 May 21: Cruise the Yangtze River and the Three Lesser Gorges
We will start our day with our shore excursion into the Three Lesser Gorges. This is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We will then return and continue sailing through Wu Gorge and on to the grandest Gorge on the Yangtze, the Qutang Gorge.
Day 11 May 22: Cruise the Yangtze River
Today will be a highlight day as we visit the new city of Fendgu, the whole city including parks, homes and businesses have all been built in the last few years. Today you will meet the people, visiting their homes and seeing how they live.
Day 12 May 23: World Heritage Site: Dazu – Beijing
This morning we leave our 5 star luxury ship on the Yangtze in Chongqing and then drive back into the mountains to visit the special stone carvings of Dazu. Here monks have been carving life size stone carvings for over 1,000 years. There are over 60,000 carvings in the Dazu Grottos! Most of our passengers have liked this site as well or better than the Terracotta Warriors in Xian. A MUST SEE IN CHINA. This place is rarely on tours offered by others and again will be one of your favorite highlights of China. We will also stop at a farming community out in the country to see what rural farm life is really like. We will return to Chongqing to take our flight to Xian. This evening we will fly to Beijing.
Important Note: Those doing the Tibet Extension will separate from the main group today. They will fly this morning to Lhasa Tibet. They will spend two nights and two days visiting such sites as the fantastic Potala Palace that was built in the 15th Century. The Potala Palace was the home of the Dalai Lama until 1959 when the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India.
Day 13 May 24: Beijing
Today we will visit the Temple of Heaven and then head to the Summer Palace (the summer residence of China’s Emperors. This afternoon we will make our anticipated visit to the Forbidden City. A huge complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens. The Forbidden City was off limits to common people for over 500 years).
Day 14 May 25: Beijing – Great Wall
This morning early we will travel 40 miles north of Beijing to the Great Wall. This extraordinary 4,000 mile long fortification was built to thwart the barbarian invasions. A walk along the enormous towered and turreted wall is spectacular. We will return to Beijing where you will have a free afternoon to shop at Silk Alley or relax before your flight back home.
Day 15 May 26: Beijing – home OR Optional Extension to Bali
This morning you will fly home OR take the recommended extension to the most beautiful island on earth – Bali!!!
Bali Optional Extension
6 Day 5 night extension:
You will be staying in two hotels located on different sides of the island. One of them has on its grounds and part of the resort, the number 1 golf course in all of Asia. This Greg Norman Championship course plays 7 of its holes along the ocean or out over the ocean. It is equal to or better than the beautiful courses found along the California Coast Line. Best of all you can play 18 holes with cart and caddie for under $100 when staying at the hotel.
Your Optional extension includes:
Fly The #1 Airline in the world – Singapore Air
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