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China: Cities, Pandas & the Yangzi River                                

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Date: You pick!
Host: Locally Guided
Cost: Varies by experience
Trip Type: Custom & CLIENT APPROVED

Summary

This sample itinerary can be customized to your specifications. Take only parts of this trip, modify, add ... whatever suits you!

This is an outline of a journey taken by a family of 5 (2 rooms throughout), who travelled to China for 14 nights/15 days in May 2014. Accommodations chosen were in the 4- and 5-star level in this case. The river cruise was on a luxury vessel.

This sample trip offers history, culture, a Yangzi River Cruise plus private touring with guide & driver (sometimes a driver/guide)

Questions? Please contact Civilized Adventures' Adventure Travel Specialist Julie Bates who handled all the arrangements for this journey: julie@civilizedadv.com

Sample Itinerary

Click on a day below to view  a brief itinerary, then please CONTACT US for a detailed trip outline. 

 

Day 1 - Shanghai

Day 1 - Shanghai

Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. We suggest a stay in a classic hotel right on the Bund. (Shanghai hotel for 3 nights)

Day 2 - Shanghai

Day 2 - Shanghai

Meet your private guide and see Shanghai: visit the "Urban Planning Exhibition Hall" and see displays of Shanghai past & present and view an IMAX movie that introduces Shanghai to you. Continue to a cooking class with lunch included, then tour the French Concession by classic vintage motorcycle (you'll be in the sidecar) for 1 hour. (Shanghai, 2nd night, B, L)

Day 3 - Shanghai

Day 3 - Shanghai

Tour with your private guide. Stops can include the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter (some call this the "real Shanghai") and the Bund area. End with a visit to the 100th floor of the Shanghai Financial Centre for amazing views.  (Shanghai, 3rd night, B)

Shanghai to Chengdu - Where

Day 4 - Shanghai to Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Later meet your guide for an afternoon tour of the Old Town. After some time to relax and have dinner (not included) your guide will take you to the Face Changing Performance where we'll reserve "best seats in the house'. (Chengdu hotel, 2 nights, B)

Chengdu - where

Day 5 - Chengdu

Visit the Panda Research Centre where you can spend about 3 hours on-site. Either return to Chengdu or continue to Leshan to see the famous "Big Sitting Buddha" which overlooks the river and is reached by boat (note: this is a 2-hour drive from Chengdu).   (2nd night in Chengdu, B)

Day 6 - Chengdu to Yangzi River (via Dazu and Chongqing)

Day 6 - Chengdu to Yangzi River (via Dazu and Chongqing)

Drive to Dazu and visit the World Heritage-listed Grottoes with their amazing rock carvings dating back to the 7th century AD. Continue to Chongquing Pier to board your ship and embark on your 4 night cruise. During the cruise all meals and shore excursions are included. (Yangzi river cruise, B, D)

Days 7 & 8 - Yangzi River Cruise

Days 7 & 8 - Yangzi River Cruise

Shore excursions include: the town of Fengdu; Shennong Stream; Three Gorges Dam Project.  (Yangzi river cruise, B, L, D daily)

Day 9 - Disembark then Wuhan - to Xian


Day 9 - Disembark then Wuhan - to Xian

Morning shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Project. Then disembark and drive to Wuhan and fly to Xian. Check-in to your hotel for a two-night stay.  (Xian hotel, 2 nights, B daily)

Day 10 - Xian

Day 10 - Xian

Drive to see the Terra Cotta Warriors museum, then return to Xian for an afternoon bike excursion along the top of the city wall. Also visit the Wild Goose Pagoda. (Xian hotel, 2nd night, B)

Day 11 - Xian to Beijing


Day 11 - Xian to Beijing

Fly to Beijing then transfer to your hotel. Meet your guide this afternoon for a tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. After some free time, you'll be taken to see the famous Kung Fu Show. (Beijing hotel, 4 nights, B daily)

Day 12 - Beijing


Day 12 - Beijing

Early departure to get to a remote section of the Great Wall. Spend as much time as you wish walking the wall. Lunch is a packed lunch from your hotel (previously arranged). (2nd night in Beijing, B)

Day 13 - Beijing


Day 13 - Beijing 

Visit the famous Temple of Heaven followed by a fun tour by rickshaw through the Hutongs or alleyways of old  Beijing. These lanes are lined with traditional homes. The rest of your time in Bejing is at your leisure. (3rd night in Beijing, B)

Day 14 - Beijing


Day 14 - Beijing 

Full day at leisure. (4th night in Beijing, B)

Day 15 - Beijing


Day 15 - Depart

You'll be transferred to the airport in time to check-in for your homeward or onward flights. (B)

 

Please remember, this is just one suggestion. Call us for YOUR Custom Civilized Adventure!

Cost

Cost

Any prices we list are approximate; they can change with exchange rate flucuations or due to any change you might make as you customize this program. Prices will vary based on the time of year and level of experience you are looking for. Please contact us for more information.

Suggested time of year: August through April

Sample cost (2014 rates): US$ 7,600 per person, for a family of 5 staying in deluxe rooms where possible, including the 4 night river cruise, all airfares (Shanghai-Chengdu/Wuhan-Xian-Beijing) and touring.

(Posted Nov. 17 '15)

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