Cities of the Orient
|Great Wall of China||Terracotta Warriors||Yangtze River Cruise||Li River Cruise||Buddhist Site||Beautiful Scenery||Temples & Palaces||UNESCO World Heritage||Cultural Show||Shopping|
19 days from $ 5710
Tour the history and culture of Beijing and Xian, the natural beauty of Guilin and Yangshuo and the dramatic scenery of the Yangtze River. End your journey in vibrant Hong Kong, the city where East meets West.
Included in the price
Fully Inclusive Price Features
• International flights, current taxes and fuel surcharges. Based on New York and Los Angeles departures. All US and Canada gateways available. Supplements may apply.
• Domestic airfare and ground transportation
• Group airport transfers
• Three meals per day
• Sightseeing and entrance fees
• National Escort throughout with Local Insider Guides in each destination
• Visa fees for US and Canadian passport holders
Days 1-2 : Depart the US
Your flight will arrive and you will be met at the Airport by your National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time you will transfer to your hotel. There will be no sightseeing today. A tour introduction will be held sometime in the evening or the following morning.
Day 3 : Arrive Shanghai
Sightseeing today involves a full day of touring around the center of the city including 3-4 hours on foot. Be mindful of your valuables while in the Old Town (Yuan Bazaar) as it is very crowded.
Day 4 : Shanghai – Beijing
Enjoy easy sightseeing this morning before you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Beijing. You will be transferred to your hotel and check-in.
Day 5 : Beijing
Sightseeing in central Beijing involves Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Afterwards we visit the Temple of Heaven. If time permits you will have time free at your leisure to visit the copy markets.
Day 6 : Beijing
You will rise early this morning to drive 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass section of the Great Wall. The aim of this is to avoid the crowds of tourists who will arrive later in the morning, and the heat of the day. Your visit here involves walking from the bus to the first section. After your group has been given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history you will have free time to explore the rest at your own pace. In the afternoon, drive 1 hour to the Summer Palace. The palace is set over an extensive park and man-made lake complex.
Day 7 : Beijing – Xian
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to. Upon arrival you will visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum before checking into your hotel.
Day 8 : Xian
The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is located more than a 1 hour drive outside of Xian. Within the museum area the warriors can be seen in 3 different "pits" which are active archaeological digs. The site is large and, towards the summer months, can be hot outside. This afternoon you will visit the City Wall. You will be given time to explore at your own pace. There are options here to hire a bicycle or an electric cart to drive along the length of the wall.
Day 9 : Xian to Wuhan – Yangtze River Cruise
You will take a morning flight from Xian to Wuhan. Then transfer through the countryside from Wuhan airport to the docks near Yichang, located downstream from the Three Gorges Dam. Board the ship and check into your cabin for the next four nights.
Day 10 : Yangtze River Cruise
Shore excursion to the site of the Three Gorges Dam. Disembark the ship and drive to the Three Gorges Dam. The coach will pass through the surrounding areas and will drop you off at the viewing area above the ship locks.
Day 11 : Yangtze River Cruise
Take an excursion through the Goddess Stream, also known as ‘Shennv Xi’ in Chinese before entering the Wu Gorge, taking in forest covered mountains and cliffs. Continue on through the Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic gorge in China.
Day 12 : Yangtze River Cruise
Today you will visit either Shibaozhai Temple on the south bank, or Fengdu on the north bank. Shore excursion to Shibaozhai Temple: This small temple was built at the top of a nine-storey pavilion clinging to the sheer south bank near Qutang Gorge. Sightseeing here involves climbing the nine storeys inside the building. Shore excursion to Fengdu Fhost City: The town of Fengdu was relocated across to the south bank during the Three Gorges Dam Project. The Fengdu Ghost City Temple lies on the steep hill above the demolished town. Disembark via a pontoon and walkway. There is a free passenger cart which takes you up to the middle area of the temple complex (this is a temporary measure until the construction of an elevator from the port to Fengdu is complete). It can carry 10-12 people up at a time and takes about 3-5 minutes each way. You will then need to walk the rest of the way up. There are about 150-200 large steps, without handrails.
Day 13 : Chongqing – Guilin
Check-out of the cabins early this morning and disembark in Chongqing. Visit Chongqing Zoo’s new Panda House. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 14 : Guilin – Yangshuo
You will take a 3 hour leisurely cruise from Guilin to the small town of Yangshuo. A simple meal will be served on board. These are small cruise boats usually holding approximately 100 passengers with an enclosed dining area on the lower deck and an open viewing area on the upper deck. As it is so popular, there are generally many boats at the docks. Please be reassured that the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing as the boats cruise past unspoilt countryside. will walk with you to your hotel, approximately a 15 minute walk from the river.
Day 15 : Yangshuo
This morning we discover the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo with its pretty hills and local farms. The afternoon is at leisure. We meet again this evening for a display of traditional cormorant fishing.
Day 16 : Yangshuo – Hong Kong
Explore the Reed Flute Caves, named for the clumps of slender reed once commonly found at the entrance to the caves. This morning transfer to Guilin Airport for our flight to vibrant Hong Kong. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel. Breakfast only included)
Day 17 : Hong Kong
Touring today around Hong Kong Island and Kowloon is easy paced sightseeing. (Breakfast only included)
Day 18 : Hong Kong
Today’s sightseeing on Lantau Island takes approximately 8.5 hours at an easy pace. Enjoy dinner this evening at the top of Victoria Peak as your farewell celebration. (Breakfast and dinner only included)
Day 19 : Depart Hong Kong
Touring is included in the morning on the final day in Hong Kong. Today’s sightseeing involves 1-2 hours on foot. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring along appropriate sun protection. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight. (Breakfast only included)
Dates and Prices
This document is designed to be read in conjunction with the other pre-departure information provided by Wendy Wu Tours including the tour itinerary as described in our brochure and/or website. It aims to provide a straightforward description of the physical activities involved in sightseeing or travelling during the tour.
If there are any particular challenges, from the length of time spent on your feet, the length of drives and flights, to the standard of remote accommodation for our more adventurous tours; they will be explained here.
All passengers must read this document to ensure the itinerary is suitable for their interests and physical capabilities. This is not your final itinerary and therefore does not mention all the sites visited. The order of sightseeing is subject to change.
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