17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Hong Kong Saturday Departure

17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Hong Kong Saturday Departure

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Ship: MV Century Sun
Starts: Shanghai, China on Sat, Oct 24, 2020
Ends: Hong Kong, China on Mon, Nov 09, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

China

Rivers Visited

Yangtze

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, Oct 24, 2020): DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for China

Depart for China

Day 2 (Sun, Oct 25, 2020): DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai, the thriving metropolis on China's eastern coast. This dynamic city is constantly changing and growing, with an unforgettable skyline. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the time change

Overnight: Shanghai

Day 3 (Mon, Oct 26, 2020): DAY 3, Monday - Shanghai City Tour

This morning, see some of the city's major highlights. Begin at the lively Bund, Shanghai's popular promenade; stroll along the park-like waterfront and experience the old world charm. After, on to the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai, dating back to the Qing Dynasty. Return to the hotel late afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, gather together at your hotel's restaurant for an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager about the exciting trip that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Tue, Oct 27, 2020): DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Shanghai

Today, is at leisure in Shanghai. Join the optional full day tour to Suzhou, including lunch and a cruise on the Grand Canal. Morning departure from Shanghai for the drive to Suzhou, known as the "Venice of the East". Upon arrival in this charming city, relax on a boat ride along the narrow waterways of the legendary Grand Canal. Later, walk along bustling Pingjiang Road, where the locals gather for entertainment and food and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue to the beautiful and fragrant Garden of the Master of the Nets, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Shanghai later this evening

Optional: Full Day Suzhou with Lunch

Overnight: Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 (Wed, Oct 28, 2020): DAY 5, Wednesday - Fly to Yichang, Embark Cruise

Morning is at leisure for independent explorations in Shanghai. In the afternoon, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden in the Old Quarter, built during the Ming Dynasty, a quiet and serene sanctuary in this frenetic city, with its scenic pavilions, ponds, and streams. Afterward, continue to a silk carpet and embroidery shop in Shanghai to understand more about this ancient Chinese craft; see some of the beautiful creations, unusual styles and masterful techniques. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Later, transfer to the airport for the flight to Yichang, the second largest city in Hubei province after Wuhan, its capital. Upon arrival, continue to the port for embarkation on your cruise ship. This evening, you'll begin the scenic journey on the fabled Yangtze, the longest river in China and the third longest river in the world. You'll be warmly welcomed aboard by the friendly international staff. A memorable voyage awaits you

Overnight: Yangtze River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 (Thu, Oct 29, 2020): DAY 6, Thursday - Xiling Gorge

This afternoon, an optional tour to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest and most ambitious hydroelectric project ever undertaken by man, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. In addition to producing electricity, the dam was constructed to increase the Yangtze River's shipping capacity and reduce the potential for floods. This project has forever changed the landscape surrounding the Yangtze River and has also forced the relocation of people who once lived along the river. Tour the massive site to see this impressive achievement of engineering. Following the visit, return to the ship as it cruises upstream and enters the dramatic Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest section of the Three Gorges

Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Three Gorges Dam

Overnight: Yangtze River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Fri, Oct 30, 2020): DAY 7, Friday - Wu Gorge & Qutang Gorge

Awake this morning to beautiful vistas on the river. Sail through the Wu Gorge, famed for its magnificent Twelve Peaks. Today, your optional tour will take you either on a scenic journey up Shennong Stream, traveling in small boats between rolling hills and rocky cliffs or on a scenic journey up Shennv Stream, the journey is accompanied by local folk songs and dances. Continue through the Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three gorges, flanked by lush terraced hillsides

Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream

Overnight: Yangtze River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sat, Oct 31, 2020): DAY 8, Saturday - Cruise to Shibaozhai

The ship arrives this morning at Shibaozhai, built during the Ming Dynasty. This pagoda is sometimes referred to as one of the eight construction wonders of the world, built into the side of a rocky cliff face and constructed without the use of nails. This vermilion 12-story pagoda stands impressively over 100 feet high. The optional tour highlights the main attraction of the temple, with its traditional Chinese design. The structure is inspired by the mountains with patterns and figures that vary from odd to extraordinary. Climb the stairs and experience the most spectacular sights of the valleys below

Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shibaozhai

Overnight: Yangtze River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Sun, Nov 01, 2020): DAY 9, Sunday - Disembark Cruise; Fly to Xian

Disembark the Yangtze River cruise this morning in Chongqing, a major metropolis and one of the top emerging cities in China. Continue to Eling Park, located on a hill near the heart of the city. The park was established at the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1909 by a wealthy businessman. Discover hundreds of plant species during a stroll though the different parts of the well-tended gardens. Ascend to the lookout tower for stunning views of the Chongqing skyline. Later, transfer to the airport for the flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove

Overnight: Xian

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 (Mon, Nov 02, 2020): DAY 10, Monday - The Terracotta Army

Morning visit to Xingqing Park, a hub of activity where you may have the chance to join the residents of Xian in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this technique. Lunch is a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience! Visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being discovered and excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its unearthing. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe

Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment

Overnight: Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 (Tue, Nov 03, 2020): DAY 11, Tuesday - Flight to Beijing

Depart Xian on a flight to Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China. The afternoon is at leisure. Feel the pulse of this city of contrasts with its astonishing history and wondrous sights. Join the optional half-day Hutong Tour which begins with a Rickshaw ride through the old narrow streets and alleyways. See the courtyard homes which once covered all of Beijing - only a few still survive today. Hear more about "old China" from a local family who will welcome you to their home

Optional: Half Day Hutong Tour (PM)

Overnight: Beijing

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 (Wed, Nov 04, 2020): DAY 12, Wednesday - Great Wall of China, Summer Palace

An amazing day! Travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most spectacular structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route, stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. Then it's time to climb the ramparts of this ancient wonder to view breathtaking mountain passes, plateaus, and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. Afterward, a relaxing lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to the fabled Summer Palace, a resort of the Empress Dowager with its palace grounds, filled with a variety of picturesque gardens and architectural structures. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery before strolling along the sprawling palace. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a Beijing restaurant

Overnight: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Thu, Nov 05, 2020): DAY 13, Thursday - The Forbidden City, Beijing Zoo

Start your day with a visit to a huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square's Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Next, enter the Forbidden City, which served as the Imperial Palace until 1912. The extraordinary and immense walled complex is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Then, continue to a local pearl shop to learn about the famous Chinese pearls. Have lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the Beijing Zoo to see the famous Pandas - a must for all travelers to China. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner featuring China's famous Peking Duck

Overnight: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Fri, Nov 06, 2020): DAY 14, Friday - Flight to Hong Kong

Bid farewell to your Tour Manager as you depart Beijing on a flight to Hong Kong situated on China's south coast, known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor. Meet a local guide and transfer to your hotel in this extraordinary city. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own - there are endless things to see and to do and to buy. This is also a great city for adventurous eaters - street vendors abound on every corner with a huge assortment of regional specialties ranging from fish balls to tofu. Of course, there are many upscale restaurants as well, dedicated to the finest gourmet cuisine
Overnight: Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 (Sat, Nov 07, 2020): DAY 15, Saturday - Hong Kong City Tour

Begin the morning with a tour of Hong Kong Island. Ascend Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the city and the harbor below. The Peak is the highest mountain on the island and home to a variety of birds and colorful butterflies. Next, drive down to Aberdeen Harbor, home to the floating fisherman's village. Continue along the coast for a stop at fashionable Repulse Bay, a beautiful locale with one of the loveliest beaches in the region. Statues of the gods Tin Hau and Kwun Yum who are protectors of fishermen, tower over the gardens that lead to the beach. Proceed to Stanley Market, a bargain hunter's paradise before returning to you hotel this afternoon. Should you wish, you can join your tour guide for a quick walking tour around your hotel area to help familiarize yourself with the neighorhood. The remainder of the day is free to shop to your heart's content, or just "people-watch" from a local outdoor café. This evening, perhaps participate in the optional Hong Kong Harbour Cruise on a traditional Chinese sightseeing junk.* Marvel at the glittering panoramic views of the harbor. Afterward, enjoy a Cantonese dinner at a local Chinese restaurant
*If motorized sightseeing junk is not available, you will cruise on a modern double-decker sightseeing vessel
Optional: Hong Kong Harbour Cruise & Dinner
Overnight: Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 (Sun, Nov 08, 2020): DAY 16, Sunday - Full Day in Hong Kong

On your last day in Hong Kong at leisure, don't miss the optional full day tour to Lantau Island and the Po Lin Monastery. Discover pristine beaches, lush valleys, soaring mountains and spiritual enlightenment. Stop at the Tai O fishing village with its traditional houses on stilts before ascending to the Po Lin Monastery. This Buddhist monastery features the Giant Buddha, the tallest outdoor seated Buddha in the world. Have lunch at the monastery's vegetarian restaurant. Refuel on vegetarian specialties and aromatic tea, knowing that your lunch helps support the site's upkeep. End the day with a spectacular ride aboard the Skyrail cable car (weather permitting) offering stunning views of the South China Sea
Optional: Full Day Lantau & Po Lin Monastery Tour with Lunch
Overnight: Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 (Mon, Nov 09, 2020): DAY 17, Monday - Depart China

Depart Hong Kong on your return flight

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Part-Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Shanghai, Hong Kong-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Shanghai-Yichang, Chongqing-Xian, Xian-Beijing & Beijing-Hong Kong
  • 15 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Shanghai
  • 4 nights cruise upstream on the Yangtze River
  • 2 nights Xian
  • 3 nights Beijing
  • 3 nights Hong Kong
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 29 meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners with beer
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager Days 2-14
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • Visit the Forbidden City, once residence of Chinese emperors and Summer Palace
  • See the world famous archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Army
  • Visit the Great Wall, the World’s longest man-made structure
  • Explore the classical Yuyuan Garden and the Bund Riverside
  • Savor a famous Peking Duck dinner with wine
  • Admire panoramic views of Hong Kong Island from Victoria Peak
  • Visit Aberdeen Harbor, home of the floating fisherman's village
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Yangtze River Cruise gratuity charge of RMB 150 (approx. US$25) per adult per cruise (charged directly to your account upon embarkation), optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Shanghai-Yichang, Chongqing-Xian, Xian-Beijing, and Beijing-Hong Kong.

    Passengers should select flights that depart Hong Kong between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm due to scheduled airport bus transfer times. Passengers arriving outside of these times will be required to either purchase a private transfer or take a taxi on their own.

    Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Alternative sights may be visited depending upon water levels and darkness.

    Hong Kong is an independent extension and your tour manager will not accompany you. Local English-speaking guides will be there to provide limited assistance.

    While sailing with Victoria or Century Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: or


    Accommodation Details:
    Ship by Departure Day of the Week:
    Monday Departures - Victoria Anna*
    Thursday Departures - Century Glory
    Friday Departures - Victoria Sophia*
    Saturday Departures - Century Sun*Victoria Cruise cabins on Monday & Friday departures cannot comfortably accommodate 3 people; therefore, our triple adult and twin with child pricing reflects the additional cost of an upgrade to Executive Suite.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Ship Information

    MV Century Sun


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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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