15 Day Private Tour of China - from $ 2 999.00 pp
Discover this luxurious experience including 5 star hotels AND a cruise on the Yangtze River!
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You are invited to join us on a beyond expectations journey to China, to enjoy the many wonders of this mysterious land that captures not only the historical and cultural aspects, but also allows you to reveal its undiscovered beauty.
Beijing: is endowed with many attractions which appeal to the countless travel-addicts who visit each year, you can’t miss the Forbidden City, the splendid Great Wall and the vast Tiananmen Square!
Xi’an: the ancient capital of China, is blessed with time-honored history and culture, offering numerous things to see and do including the extraordinary Terra Cotta Warriors.
Chengdu: is endowed with various natural and historical sights, well-known for its slow-pace life style and its world-famous friend – the giant panda.
Chongqing: with its unbeatable geography, Chongqing is graced with unparalleled sightseeing opportunities. You must try their spicy dishes such as hot pot and mapo tofu, to have a better understanding of the local culture.
Yangtze River: The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia, sightseeing from Chongqing to Yichang, Ghost City, Shennong Stream, 3 Gorges Dam all the way to Wuhan. This deluxe on-board experience will surely become the highlight of your trip.
Wuhan: Every region boasts their own specialties and Wuhan’s hot dry noodles do not disappoint. Traditionally a humble breakfast food, adaptations and variations of this sesame infused local delicacy can now be purchased throughout the city until nightfall.
Shanghai: known as the "Oriental Paris", Shanghai is the financial capital of China. The city is a fascinating mix of East and West as new skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwine to form the city’s unique culture.
Day 1: Depart US for Beijing
Day 2: Beijing
Upon arrival at Beijing International Airport, your guide will greet you and escort you to your deluxe accommodations. (D)
Day 3: Beijing
In the morning, you’ll join the local elders at Temple of Heaven to practice Tai-Chi under instruction of a professional coach. It is not only a traditional way of how local elders exercise, but also a great chance for you to immerse yourself with the local culture. After that, you will see the vast Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. Then, visit the Imperial Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved imperial palace constructed in 1420. (B,L)
Day 4: Beijing
This morning, drive to the Great Wall of China, one of the country’s most famous tourist attractions and one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world. The Great Wall runs about 5,500 miles through 150 different counties and you will have enough time to explore this breath-taking piece of art. After some “intense exercise” given by the Great Wall, let’s slow down the pace and go visit the Ming tombs. The Ming tombs are a collection of mausoleums built by the emperors of the Ming dynasty of China. (B,L)
Day 5: Beijing - Xi’an
Now it’s time for your next destination – Xi’an.Transfer to airport for your short flight to Xi'an (own arrangement.) In 221 BCE, Emperor Qin Shi unified China and became the first Emperor. When he died, an entire Terracotta Army was constructed to be buried along with the Emperor. It was unearthed in 1974 by farmers, and then became one of the century’s greatest archaeological discoveries. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, and Terracotta Army replication factory. Then, take slow walks around The Small Goose Tower. (B,L)
Day 6: Xi’an
This morning visit one of Xi’an’s must see sites, The Ancient City Wall, one of the best-preserved city walls in China and one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. This afternoon, visit the Xi’an Museum. Composed of three parts including the museum, the site of Jianfu Temple in Tang Dynasty and Historical and Cultural Park of Small Wild Goose Pagoda, with museum, tower, temple and park enhancing each other’s beauty and bringing out the best in each other making it one of the most distinctive among museums in China. Afterwards visit Muslim Street, site of the local bazaar. Later you will be escorted to one of the oldest local opera theaters to learn Qinqiang Opera for yourself. A professional Qinqiang opera artist will dress you with full facial makeup, stage costume and specially designed decorations. It is your turn to get on stage and perform, don't be shy, you are the next local superstar! (B,L)
Day 7: Xi’an – Chengdu via Bullet Train
Take off to your next destination – Chengdu. First you will be visiting The Renmin Park, famous for its marriage market where it attracts a lot of people on the weekends. Even some parents come here to choose the future wives and husbands of their children. On the notes are written the personal information of those who wants to find a partner, including their gender, age, occupations, income, photos, telephone number and educational background. Their requirement for partners can be found on the notes. Besides the marriage market, you will also be having a local tea tasting session to chill out and relax for a while. Visiting the Jinli Street this afternoon to experience the culture of the three kingdoms. (B,L)
Day 8: Chengdu
This morning, drive to the Panda Breeding Research Center, an optimal place to see the Giant Pandas up close and not behind bars as at a zoo. Guess what? You are signed up for the program that feeds, cleans and plays with the Giant Panda as part of your duty! Get closer than anyone else can with those delightful creatures, pet the most precious species of China, this is an opportunity you can’t miss! For dinner, you must eat like a local, spicy hot pot with a bottle of beer along with night breeze, enjoying the slow pace lifestyle and treat yourself as a real Chengdunese. (B,L)
Day 9: Chengdu- Chongqing – via Bullet Train, embark Yangtze Cruise Ship
Today, we’ll drive to visit the famous Ciqikou Old Town, where you can see the old wooden houses, narrow streets and tea houses as well as enjoy the tasty local food and snacks and exquisite handicrafts. After a relaxing city tour day of picturesque Chongqing, your guide will invite you to board your deluxe cruise ship this afternoon, allowing you to experience our unique Yangtze River Cruise. (B,D)
Day 10: Cruise the Yangtze
Sail along the Yangtze River and enjoy your spectacular surroundings. Take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, known for its magnificent wooden Pagoda and named “The Pearl of the Yangtze” by the locals. The pagoda was built without nails and is considered one of the gems in Chinese architecture history. (Note: Shore excursion is subject to change due to water level.) An alternative optional shore excursion is Fengdu – the “Ghost City." (B,L,D)
Day 11: Cruise the Yangtze
Sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic one of three Gorge. Wu Gorge is famous for its quiet beauty. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Cruise the Yangtze-Yichang-Disembarkation-Wuhan
We will pass by and visit the massive Three Gorges Dam Project today, the world’s largest dam, measuring 606 feet high and 6,500 feet long. In 1997, the cofferdam was completed and the main structure began. The dam has two five stages locks to raise and lower ships to the different river levels. Each lock in the five stages is 65 feet high and 910 feet long. This afternoon, you will cruise on to Yichang to disembark before leaving to Wuhan. Tonight, we invite you to enjoy the most popular street for after dinner walks – JiangHan Road. Modern shops surrounded by architecture left from the Minguo period, a mashup of old and new, get ready to immerse yourself in the local night life! (B,L)
Day 13: Wuhan - Shanghai
Today you’ll spend the morning visiting one of the best-known museums in China – The Hubei Provincial Museum, with a large collection of state-level historic and cultural relics numbering in excess of over 200,000 objects, including the sword of Goujian, an ancient set of bronze bells (Bianzhong) and extensive artifacts from the tombs of Marquis Yi of Zeng and the tombs at Baoshan. This afternoon you’ll be experiencing the local Wuhan culture at “Hankou Li”, while learning to make a Chinese cultural object with your own hands, your choices are: draw your own Chinese Opera Mask, draw on and decorate a lantern, make a toy figurine, do hand embroidery and do scissor-cuts. Later, depart to airport for your short flight to Shanghai. (own arrangement) (B)
Day 14: Shanghai
To start your Shanghai journey, you will be visiting the famous Bund where the locals often start a day by doing exercise. Here you can see them walking, jogging, practicing Thai-Chi or flying a kite. Getting up early and joining them is a pleasant way of taking in the real local lifestyle. Then take a walk in the Yu Garden, which is small in size, but contains all elements that a classical Chinese garden should have. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters all have unique characteristics. Yu Garden is inside of Chenghuang Temple, which is contracted with many halls such as the grand hall, middle hall, bedroom palace, star god’s hall, yama palace, Xuzhen god hall and so on. Feel free to explore the area, many local dessert shops are concentrated nearby, you will definitely find something to please your stomach. Afterwards, a spot is reserved just for you at a famous local Xiaolongbao (steamed buns with soup) shop, where the local chef will teach you how to make those buns by hand. (B,L)
Day 15: Shanghai - Departure
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight home. (B)