China

BEIJING, XIAN, GUILIN, LI RIVER, CHONGQING,
YANGTZE RIVER, SHANGHAI

We can put this trip together for you and a group of your friends at any time of the year. Contact us at travel@patandmikestravel.com for details.

Terra Cotta Warriors

Terra Cotta Warriors

Sample itinerary (can be customized)

Note: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner. Breakfast is usually buffet style and allows you a choice of western or Chinese items to choose from. While on the ship all meals are on the ship. Approximate itinerary as follows. Details in the flyer.

Day 1: Leave the USA for Beijing, China. (international airfare not included)

Day 2: Arrive Beijing. Arrive in Beijing, China’s capital and cultural heart.

Day 3: Beijing. Spend the day touring the political center of China. The famous landmark, Tiananmen Square, is the largest public square in the world. See the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of Ming and Qing Dynasty, a powerful maze of ancient palaces and courtyards from which the Emperors ruled the land for 500 years. Visit the Temple of Heaven, where ancient emperors prayed for a good harvest. It’s a masterpiece of ancient architecture and landscape design, which simply illustrates the origins of one of the world’s greatest civilizations. Tonight, enjoy a Chinese Kung Fu show. B, L.

Day 4: Beijing. Excursion to the Great Wall, the symbol of China. It promises to be a highlight of your trip. For dinner tonight, feast on the famous Peking Roasted Duck. B, L, D.

Day 5: Beijing – Xian. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Xian. Lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy a visit to the Shaanxi Historical Museum and the ancient city wall, constructed in the early Ming Dynasty. Tonight, a special dumpling dinner! B, L, D.

Day 6: Xian (Terra Cotta Warrior Visit). Xian is the starting point to the west for the Silk Road. The highlight today (maybe of the whole trip) is a visit to the massive excavation site that contains 8,000 Terra Cotta warriors and horses, each individually sculpted 2,000 years ago to amazingly life-like proportions and built to protect Emperor’s Qin’s tomb. Tonight, enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. B, L.

Day 7: Xian-Guilin. Fly to Guilin. Lunch at a local restaurant, and then visit the Elephant Trunk Hill (the symbol of Guilin) and the Reed Flute Cave, which is known for its fascinating natural stones. B, L.

Day 8: Guilin and Li River Cruise. Cruise on the Li river, and have lunch on board. See gorgeous karst peaks, water buffalo patrolling the fields, school kids and fisherman floating by on bamboo rafts, and more. The ship will disembark in Yangshuo, where you can stroll on the famous West Street to buy small souvenirs for relatives and friends. B, L.

Day 9: Guilin to Chongqing. Transfer to the airport for flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival, enjoy a half-day city tour of Chongqing. In the evening, board a deluxe cruise ship (President Cruisers) to begin a journey on the Yangtze. B, L.

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise. Our river adventure will begwhen the ship departs Chongqing. Later, a shore excursion at Fengdu. Fengdu, known as the “Ghost City” because Chinese tradition holds that the souls of the dead go here, was built more than 1800 years ago and is considered a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good. B, L, D.

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise. Pass through the magnificent Qutang Gorge, the first of the three gorges on the Yangtze River. The Qutang Gorge is famous for its sheer and spectacular precipices. See the lovely Wu Gorge, which is considered the most beautiful section of this famous river. A relaxing day! B, L, D.

Day 12: Yangtze Cruise/Yichang/Shanghai. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by human beings, is now being built at Sandouping in the middle of Xiling Gorge.  Upon arrival in Yichang, fly to Shanghai. B, L.

Day 13: Shanghai. Full-day sightseeing tour of the city to include visits to the Yu Garden (a peaceful retreat in the middle of bustling Shanghai), Nanjing Shopping Road and the Bund area (known as a miniature museum of international architecture), and the Jade Buddha Temple (the most famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai). B, L.

Day 14: Shanghai. Half-day tour of Shanghai Museum and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (a new Shanghai landmark) or a free day for you to explore Shanghai on your own. Have fun! B.

Day 15: Shanghai to the US or extension. Today, we’ll have buffet breakfast at hotel and you’re free until your transfer to the airport for your flight home or to Hong Kong for your optional extension.

 

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