Traveling in a small group of no more than 24 guests, you’ll have the good fortune to meet local people and to experience a host of China’s highlights, both ancient and of the moment.
Your 14-day tour begins in 2000-year-old Beijing, China’s modern-day capital. Experience its legendary sites: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, and, of course, the Great Wall. Enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant. A tour highlight is a special rickshaw ride for an inside look at life along Beijing’s ancient alleyways or hutongs, and a visit to the home of a local family for a rare glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle that is fast disappearing. Continue to Xian and visit the museum housing the recently excavated terra-cotta army of nearly 8,000 life-size warriors, called the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Fly to Chongqing and visit the zoo housing the beloved pandas. Board a premier ship of Victoria Cruises for a three-night cruise on the Yangtze, one of the world’s longest and busiest rivers. Witness daily life along its shores on included shore excursions and see the spectacular Three Gorges, Smaller Gorges, and the much-heralded new dam. Our tour concludes in Shanghai, a dazzling city that epitomizes 21st-century China. Discover the European-influenced Bund, the renowned Shanghai Museum, with its priceless collections, and the 16th-century Yu Yuan Gardens.
Spend additional time exploring dynamic Shanghai, China’s most prosperous, vibrant, and cosmopolitan city, with an optional 3-day/2-night “On Your Own” extension.
$4,969, per person, double occupancy, including air from SFO