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Ancient China Gorges & Gardens: Beijing, Yangtze River, Suzhou & Shanghai

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,121

DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Elevate your trip to China on this private tour, taking in the historic imperial sights of Beijing, the natural splendour of the Yangtze River region, and the enchanting canals of Suzhou. It all ends in space-age Shanghai, where centuries of history await discovery in the shadow of China’s future. You'll travel by train, plane and even cruise!


This 11-day, privately escorted trip opens up the iconic sights of China, alongside lesser known highlights. Begin in the ancient imperial capital, Beijing, and end in Shanghai for a glimpse of tomorrow’s China.

Beijing is one of the world’s great cities, overwhelming with its size, yet filled with quintessential symbols of China. A full day tour takes you to Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public plaza, stretching out from the Forbidden City, your next destination. The former imperial palace dates back to the 5th century, consisting of 9,999 rooms. Today, it is one of the most visited and instantly recognised complexes of its kind. In the afternoon, take in the Summer Palace, for an eye-catching summary of how China’s emperors once lived. The following day, take in the perfect geometry of the Temple of Heaven, and the serenity of its surrounding park, before embarking on your trip to China’s Great Wall. You’ll visit the Mutianyu section for a less crowded view of this engineering marvel.

The best way to experience the Yangtze River is on a cruise. Before boarding your river home for the next three nights however, you’ll pay a visit to the Chongquing Zoo, home to 230 kinds of animals, including giant pandas in its dedicated 2 hectare panda house. After a quick visit to the perfectly preserved old town of Ciqkou, it’s time to board your 5-star river cruise for three magical nights on the Yangtze.

The term ‘magical’ might also apply to your next destination, Suzhou. Arrive via high speed train after disembarking your cruise, then marvel at the picture-perfect gardens and photogenic canals of this city. Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden, and enjoy a sampan ride along the Grand Canal. Explore the Suzhou Museum for a 101 on the region, told within a gorgeously designed building, then find your serenity on scenic Tiger Hill, ending your day’s exploration with a stroll down Santang Cultural Street.

Another high speed train takes you to your final stop, Shanghai. Locals practice dawn tai chi in the shadow of architectural masterpieces on the Bund. All the while, the gleaming, space-age towers of Pudong demonstrate China’s commitment to the future. Learn about these contrasts and more at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. Then visit the 400 year-old Yu Garden for a gentle reminder that Shanghai didn’t spring up overnight. Tuck into some famous Shanghai soup dumplings for lunch, then spend your afternoon in the former French Concession, where small galleries and cafes now thrive. End your day with a ride to the top of the world’s second tallest building, Shanghai Tower, before spending your evening at leisure in Shanghai.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,121

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Day 1

Arrive Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, please make your way to the arrivals hall where you will be met by a Goway representative, holding a board with your name. You will the then be transferred to your hotel for check in. Rest of day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Beijing Pudi Hotel

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    Beijing Pudi Hotel



    This Beijing-based hotel is located at the foot of Mingcheng Wall, Jianguomen South Street, Dongcheng District. It is located in the bustling business district of the city center, adjacent to Tiananmen Square, Xiushui Street, and the Forbidden City. Just a stone's throw from Beijing Railway …

    This Beijing-based hotel is located at the foot of Mingcheng Wall, Jianguomen South Street, Dongcheng District. It is located in the bustling business district of the city center, adjacent to Tiananmen Square, Xiushui Street, and the Forbidden City. Just a stone's throw from Beijing Railway Station and close to Metro Line 1 and Line 2, to make it convenient for access to transportation. The hotel is elegantly decorated with 348 beautifully appointed guest rooms. A spacious room specially designed for business and leisure travelers alike with an average size of 40 square meters, complemented by high-speed internet access and a large workstation. The hotel features a specialty restaurant, bar, fitness centre, and indoor heated pool. The 24-hour room offers a meal service and a golden key concierge to help you start your unforgettable stay.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Lounge Bar
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Beijing

Today you will be picked up for your full day tour of Beijing which starts with Tian’anmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Next you will visit the Forbidden City, the best-known image of Imperial China built by more than 200,000 workers in the 5th century during the Ming Dynasty. This was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties with a total space of 9,999 rooms, the huge complex consists of the ceremonial spaces, working areas and private quarters once used by its privileged occupants.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the prestigious Summer Palace, featuring the Long Corridor with painted gallery, Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, Seventeen Arch Bridge and the Marble Boat. After a full day of touring, you will be transferred back to the hotel, and the evening is at your own leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Beijing

Today you will explore the Temple of Heaven, here you will see the locals doing morning exercises, such as Taichi, Shuttlecocking Kicking, etc. The temple is one of the finest creations of the Ming dynasty and with its stunning architecture it realizes the eternal Chinese desire to incarnate heaven in material form and represents the most advanced principles of mechanics and geometry of the time.

Thereafter continue on a drive out of Beijing to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, enroute you will have lunch at a local restaurant at the foot of the Great Wall.

After lunch you will visit the Great Wall of Mutianyu, a rugged section of the Wall that offers less crowded access and a more striking perspective as the Wall climbs and winds over the surrounding hills. Here the Great Wall of China presents a visual experience that consistently exceeds visitors expectations. Scholars estimate that the Wall, averaging 25 feet in height and nearly as thick, once stretched for 3,700 miles, passing through sixteen provinces. A cable car transfer is included up and down the wall. Later this afternoon, you will be transferred back to your hotel in the city.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Beijing fly to Chongqing

Today you will be collected from your hotel for your flight to Chongqing. On arrival, you will head to a the museum which is the former residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell, who was chief commander of US forces in the China-Burma-India Theatre during World War II. Thereafter, proceed to Chongqing Zoo, a highlight of this attraction is the Panda House which covers about 2 hectares in size. If time permits, you will be able to walk to Ciqikou, which is an old town preserved in sprawling modern Chongqing and has some typical traditional and cultural characteristics featured in mountainous areas.

Before boarding your ship for your Yangtze river cruise, you will enjoy a Sichuan flavor dinner at a local restaurant. Depending on the date of your departure, your boat will either be, Victoria Cruises, Century Cruises or Presidential Cruises. This is to be determined at time of booking.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Victoria Cruises

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    Victoria Cruises



    Victoria Cruises is the only American cruise line currently sailing China's Yangtze River. We proudly offer departures year round with international multi-lingual cruise directors.

    Victoria Cruises is the only American cruise line currently sailing China's Yangtze River. We proudly offer departures year round with international multi-lingual cruise directors.

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    • Boutique(s)
    • Dining Room
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Laundry Service

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Day 5

Yangtze Rizer Cruise

Early this morning, you will have the opportunity to take part in morning Tai Chi as you cruise downstream. Relax on deck and observe Chinese farm and village life. The first port of call is Fengdu, known as the "City of Ghosts". Take an optional shore excursion to Ghost City and the many temples in Fengdu which house silent ghost devils (additional cost). This afternoon, visit Shibaozhai, or "Stone Treasure Fortress", a 12-storey wooden structure located on a steep hill on the south bank of the Yangtze. Back on board, enjoy a welcome party with your captain this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Yangtze River Cruise

Today, you will arrive at the Three Gorges, one of the most spectacular sights in China. Qutang Gorge is known for its rugged and magnificent scenery, Wu Gorge for its twelve peaks, and Xiling Gorge for being the largest of the three. This morning, you might choose to take an optional shore excursion to Baidicheng, or "White Emperor City" (additional cost), or simply relax on board. This afternoon, take a sampan boat excursion to visit Shennong Stream and the lesser gorges. Tonight, enjoy more on board entertainment. Your vessel will pass through the Yangtze ship locks around 10:00pm.

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Day 7

Yichang to Suzhou by High Speed Train

On arrival, you will disembark at the Maoping pier, and transferred to Yichang for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will be transferred to the train station for a high speed train experience to Suzhou. The journey is around 6 hours and will arrive in the evening. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in and the rest of the evening is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Pan Pacific Suzhou

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    Pan Pacific Suzhou



    Find historic beauty at this luxury Suzhou hotel. Indulge in Chinese culture at a sanctuary that fuses the artistry of local architecture with contemporary luxury. Let us inspire your imagination and heighten your senses with a stay in one of the comfortable rooms. Flanked by …

    Find historic beauty at this luxury Suzhou hotel. Indulge in Chinese culture at a sanctuary that fuses the artistry of local architecture with contemporary luxury. Let us inspire your imagination and heighten your senses with a stay in one of the comfortable rooms. Flanked by a magnificent backdrop of traditional gardens, this hotel is just a one-hour drive from Shanghai, close to Lake Taihu and Hanshan temple. Spend time exploring Suzhou, savour gourmet meals, tempt your senses at our spa, or experience enchantment in our silk boutique. Discover your own private paradise at the Pan Pacific Suzhou hotel, where tranquillity reigns.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Suzhou

Today you will explore the Humble Administrators Garden followed by a traditional sampan ride on the Grand Canal. The largest of Suzhou's gardens, the Humble Administrators Garden dates back to 1513, and the use of water here is quite complex. The creation of multiple vistas and the dividing of spaces into distinct segments are the garden artist's means of expanding the compressed spaces of the estate.

Then, proceed to the Suzhou Museum, which has been a highly-regarded regional museum with a number of significant Chinese cultural relics, designed by world famous architect I.M.Pei.

Thereafter, continue to Tiger Hill (Hu Qiu) which enjoys a reputation as the first scenic spot in the State of Wu. Suzhou was once the capital of the State of Wu during the Spring and Autumn Period. It is where the King of Wu, He Lu, was buried after his death. The area was named Tiger Hill after a tiger was seen lying on the tomb of He Lu.

After stroll along the Santang Cultural Street, transfer back to hotel and evening is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Suzhou to Shanghai by High Speed Train

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for a transfer to the train station for your 30 min high-speed train to Shanghai. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to stroll the famous Bund/Waterfront and Nanjing street.

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Duration2 Nights
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Jinjiang Tower

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    Jinjiang Tower



    The hotel has a great location, it is highly recommended for both business and leisure travellers. Jinjiang Tower is ideally located in the heart of the city within walking distance to the Huaihai road, the city's most bustling commercial and shopping area. The spacious rooms …

    The hotel has a great location, it is highly recommended for both business and leisure travellers. Jinjiang Tower is ideally located in the heart of the city within walking distance to the Huaihai road, the city's most bustling commercial and shopping area. The spacious rooms are artistically designed with both western and eastern furnishings.

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Day 10

Shanghai

You will be picked up this morning and start your day by visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. The focus of the exhibit is a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai, showing existing buildings and approved future buildings. Other exhibits relate to Shanghai's history and planned development, including smaller scaled models focusing on particular areas of interest such as the Bund.

Proceed to the 400 years old Yu Garden. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Outside the garden, is the famous Chen Huang Miao - an area of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities.

You will enjoy a Shanghai flavor lunch at a local restaurant including soup dumplings (Xiaolongbao). This afternoon, head to the former French Concession to explore the local life. Its an area once leased to the French in the Luwan and Xuhui districts of the city, and is a reminder of an older Shanghai. Then ride the elevator to the top of the tallest building in Asia and the 2nd tallest building in the world, the new Shanghai Tower, for a birds-eye view of the old and new Shanghai by the Huangpu River. After your transfer back to the hotel, the rest of your evening is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 11

Exit Shanghai

Today you will be picked up from your hotel for your transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival airport transfer in Beijing
  • Private departure airport transfer in Shanghai
  • Private airport/hotel/airport transfers in all applicable locations as per itinerary
  • 3 nights deluxe accommodations in Beijing
  • 3 night deluxe cruise accommodation on Yangtze River (Victoria Cruises)
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations in Suzhou
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations in Shanghai
  • Private-guided tours and experiences as per itinerary
  • Shore excursions during Yangtze River cruise
  • Local English-speaking guide in each city
  • Domestic airfare for Beijing/Chongqing (economy class) incl. taxes
  • High-speed train tickets for Yichang/Suzhou/Shanghai (2nd class seat)
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 7 lunches, 3 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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15 Mar 2022
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