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12 Days Luxury Cruise Tour
Highlights of this package


-Excursion to superb Mutianyu Great Wall.
-Access to the Hall of Clocks and Treasure Gallery in the Forbidden City.
-Luxury cruise on the mighty Yangtze River.
-Authentic Chinese cuisine and western meals at carefully selected restaurants.

Day 1 - Beijing (No meal included)
A top tourist attraction in Beijing

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the guide and be transferred to your hotel in the city center.

Day 2 - Beijing (B, L, D)
A top tourist attraction in Beijing

After enjoying your breakfast your tour begins with a walk through Tiananmen Square, which is the world's largest with a capacity to hold over one million people. Continue through the beautiful Gate of Heavenly Peace to enter the splendid Fobidden City. It was the sacred heart of the empire for about 500 years (1420 - 1911), totally 24 Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors lived and ruled here. Your tour here will include access to two special exhibition halls, Hall of Clocks and Treasure Gallery, which are not included in normal tours.

Have lunch at Family Li Imperial Cuisine Restaurant, the first Michelin star restaurant in Beijing famous for Chinese imperial cuisine.

In the afternoon embark on a pedi-cab tour of the hutongs(alleyways) in Beijing's historic Houhai(Back Lakes)district. These alleyways containing traditional courtyard homes used to be neighborhoods in Beijing. Though many have been torn down to make room for modern buildings, some are saved and well preserved. On this tour, you will get to visit several homes and chat with the families who reside in them, a rare insight into everyday life of Beijingers.

Tonight enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner at Dadong Restaurant which is considered by many as the best duck restaurant in Beijing and repeatedly voted "Best Chinese Restaurant of the Year" in Beijinger's Annual Restaurant Awards. The skin of the duck at Dadong is crispy and you dont find any oil at all in the duck meat, more tasty and healthier.

Day 3 - Beijing (B, L)
Mutianyu Great Wall

Today head for the superb Mutianyu section of the 2,000-year-old Great Wall, which is the country's most famous attraction and one of the few sights in the world that is still able to exceed the expectations of visitors. Walking along the walls and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes. Cable car ride is available to save your energy.

For lunch, you will taste the authentic American food at Mutianyu Schoolhouse Restaurant.

After having lunch visit the Summer Palace, a royal residence set among traditional Chinese gardens on the beautiful Kunming Lake.

Stroll along the famous Long Corridor and enjoy the traditional imperial architecture.

Dinner is on your own choice.

Day 4 - Beijing | Xian (B, L, D)
A top tourist attraction in Beijing

Today you will visit the spectacular Temple of Heaven, one of the most important landmarks of Beijing and a magnificent example of ceremony architecture, where emperors offered ritual sacrifices and prayed for good harvests.
 
This noon, you will taste authentic Cantonese cuisine and dim sum for lunch at Crystal Jade.

After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport and take flight to Xian. Upon your arrival, your local guide will meet you and transfer you to the city center. Tonight you will enjoy dinner at Tang Palace while watching a fantastic dancing show Tang Dynasty Show. It is quite impressive and reflects the social conditions and culture of Tang Dynasty (618-907) vividly.

Day 5 - Xian (B, L, D)
A top tourist attraction in Xian

This morning depart with your guide and driver for Xian´s most famous attraction,the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum,one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.

Lunch will be served at Xian Restaurant. This time-honored restaurant serves authentic Shaanxi food including various traditional Xian snacks.

After having lunch drive to the Great Mosque which stands on the Muslim Street, a famous food street in Xian.

Dinner will be your own choice tonight.

Day 6 - Xian | Chongqing | Three Gorges Area (B, L, D)
A top tourist attraction in Xian

This morning you will be transferred to the airport and take flight to Chongqing. Have buffet lunch at Bafeishengyan Restaurant. After lunch, take a half day tour of the city, including the Chongqing Museum and General Stilwell Museum which was found in memory of five-star general Joseph Warren Stilwell (1883-1946). He contributed a lot to Chinese people during the Second World War.  For dinner, you will make it at Little Swan Hot Pot Restaurant to enjoy local hot pot food.

At night you will be transferred to the port and get on the cruise ship.

Day 7 - Three Gorges Area (B, L, D)
A top tourist attraction in Three Gorges Area

Today make shore excursion to Fengdu, a legendary old town made famous by old stories of sinister spirits and terrible ghosts. You will see many statues of ghosts and devils in the mountain town.

Return to the ship and continue cruising down the Yangtze.

Day 8 - Three Gorges Area (B, L, D)
A top tourist attraction in Three Gorges Area

After enjoying your breakfast sailing through the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Have a shore excursion to Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gorges, then sail through the Three Gorges dam shiplocks.

Day 9 - Three Gorges Area | Yichang | Shanghai (B, L, D)
A top tourist attraction in Three Gorges Area

This morning you will visit the Three Gorges Dam, which is the world´s largest water project. Disembark the cruise at about 1:30 pm.

Then you will be transferred to the airport and board the flight to Shanghai.

Your guide in Shanghai will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Check in for a 3-night stay. Dinner is your own choice tonight.

Day 10 - Shanghai (B, L, D)
The Bund

Today visit the lively People´s Square, a popular area for Shanghai residents to do morning stretching exercises and a good spot to take in a panoramic vista of the city.

Continue to the Urban Planning Museum to learn more about the city´s future and past and to see a scale model of how Shanghai will look in 2020.

Then move on to the Former French Concession to experience a mixture of both Chinese and Parisian taste.

Lunch will be served to you at Din Tai Fung Restaurant which is highly praised for its ´steam dumplings´ and many other authentic dim sum items.

In the afternoon pay a visit to the Shikumen Museum, where a traditional courtyard home is decorated as it would have been in the 1920s.

After that visit the trendy boutiques and restaurants in the Xintiandi district.

Dinner at Beauty South 881 Club.

Day 11 - Shanghai (B, L)
A top tourist attraction in Shanghai

This morning, travel to Yuyuan Garden, an exquisite classic garden with a history of more than 400 years.

Have lunch at Lvbolang Restaurant. It is one of the famous restaurants in Shanghai. A mass of foreign governmental leaders and famous people in other fields have enjoyed food here, though it is not highlighted with the deluxe decorations. It looks significant and customers can see the Chenghuangmiao (Town God’s Temple) directly just through the windows.
 
After lunch, take an excursion tour to Zhujiajiao water village. The picturesque Zhujiajiao is a classic water village, over 400 years old with a signature five-arch bridge spanning the Cao Gang River.
 
Dinner is on your own.

Day 12 - Shanghai (B)
A top tourist attraction in Shanghai

Free till being transferred to the airport. End of the fabulous tour in China.

Service included

- Hotel accommodation (or similar class, double occupancy)
- Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (B= breakfast, L= Chinese lunch, D= Chinese dinner)
- Experienced English speaking guide in each city
- Air-conditioned private car or van for transfers and sightseeing
- Domestic flights (economy class), airport tax and fuel charge
- Service Charges & Government Taxes
- Travel Agency Liability Insurance

Service not included

- International transportation
- Chinese visa
- Personal expenses such as: excess luggage charge (please verify your flight documentation), beverages, laundry services, etc.
- Tips or gratuities to local driver and guide

Remarks

- Price is valid for  minimum group size of 2 people;  For group of 6 and more people we arrange a complimentary national escort.

- Price for one person is on request.

- Single room supplement is for hotel accommodation only. Single cruise cabin supplement is on request.

Beijing

As the Cultural, Political and Economic Nexus of China, Beijing, an international megapolis without borders, is a city of contrasts, sounds, scents and sensations.Ambling through this city, you will be on a journey shuttling between the past and the future constantly. No matter what you are looking for, its dramatic cityscape, fascinating contrasts and impeccable vibrancy are bound to fulfill. Read More: Beijing City Guide .

-Forbidden City

-Temple of Heaven

-Beijing Summer Palace

-Mutianyu Great Wall

-Tiananmen Square

Xian

The antique and modernity overlaps in Xian to form a seamless union appealing to travelers. Stare down the Terra Cotta Warriors, mount the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, meander along the City Wall, browse through the Muslim Street, be awed by the Tang Dynasty show and seal your stay with a sumptuous Dumpling Feast.

-The Big Wild Goose Pagoda

-Terra-Cotta Warriors

Chongqing

Chongqing is called the “Mountainous City” and “Foggy City” in China. It is also considered as a legendary city because of its past history and celebrities. Spicy food and diversified snacks is one of the city’s highlights. Besides, the dialect and people here have distinctive features and well-known all over China.

Three Gorges Area

Three Gorges area of Yangtze River is one of the worlds largest grand canyons with magnificent landscape section of waters and mountains. Three Gorges area is one of Chinas top 10 scenic spots. Across Chongqing Municipality and Hubei Province, various scenic spots, magnificent rivers and mountains and natural attractions famed at home and abroad are available on the two sides of Three Gorges. Starting from Baidicheng Fengjie County in Chongqing to Yichang, Hubei province, Three Gorges area is comprosed of Quetang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge with the total length of 193 kilometers. Three Gorges area is the essence of the Yangtze River scenery, and the gem of mountains and rivers in China. The grandness of Qutang Gorge, the enchantment of Wu Gorge and the steepness of Xiling Gorge, and more flaring small attractions such as Daling River, Shennong Stream, Xiang Stream and so on in Three Gorges area will draw your eyes and soul tightly. In geography, Three Gorges area starts from Yichang city, Huibei Province, however in convention especially in tourism; Wuhan is considered as the starting point of Three Gorges area.

Yichang

Yichang, originally known as Yiling, in the southwest of Hubei Province, is located in the middle or upper reaches of the Yangtze River. The world-famous Three Gorges Project is being done in Yichang. It is the second center city in Hubei province and administers three cities and five counties. Yichang has an area of 21,000 square kilometers with the total population of 4149300, and the number of urban population is about 1338000 in Yichang city.

Shanghai

Shanghai is a city mushrooming along the scenic Huangpu River. Ancient gardens and relics contrast with futuristic high rises. Water towns encircle its urban core. Temples,churches and cathedrals coexist in this melting pot. Come to explore Shanghai and fall in love with a city with no boundary...

-Yuyuan Garden

-The Bund

Chinese people boast their profound and incomparable China cuisine culture throughout the world. Traveling in China and tasting Chinese food is surely an unforgettable and impressive experience. Absolute China Tours provides the finest available Western and Chinese restaurants in any destination. Some serve authentic Chinese cuisine of different regions; some may remind you of your sweet home. From Michelin star restaurants to local privately run dining house, your tour in China will be a great memory.

Beijing

Xiao Wang Fu

Xiao Wang Fu serves home style dishes in a romantic setting, located besides Houhai Lake. The restaurant offers tasty dishes from different regions of China. In addition to the fresh and authentic dishes, it offers excellent service. As a result, the restaurant was awarded In September 2003 with the Five Stars Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. This was the first time that a privately held restaurant in China received this award.

Crystal Jade

This Singaporean chain, bills itself as "authentic Cantonese and the decor and presentation make it ideal for extravagant dining. The menu features the usual dim sum delights (i.e. pork buns and radish cakes), barbecued pork (cha shao rou), and some more interesting selections like fish glazed in osmanthus honey sauce. Voted "Outstanding Dim Sum" in the Beijinger's Reader Restaurant Awards.

Dadong Duck Restaurant

The ducks are leaner than those of other roast duck restaurants. It has been repeatedly voted "Best Chinese Restaurant of the Year" in the Beijinger's annual Reader Restaurant Awards. Try dipping a slice of duck in the sugar provided alongside other condiments? somehow, it works beautifully. The 160-page menu is a work of art in itself, with a plethora of duck dishes backed up by vegetable dishes, soups and more.

Li Jia Cai (Family Li Imperial Cuisine)

Retired professor Mr. Li's house restaurant deserves its devoted following. It serves set meals of imperial-style food . Sitting down to a meal at the Li's table is more than just an exquisite gourmet experience; it is a chance for everyone to savor one of the most prestigious and rare cuisines in the world, to dine on foods which used to be the exclusive domain of the Imperial Family.

Schoolhouse Canteen

Schoolhouse Canteen serves food based on fresh local ingredients and home made from scratch in their own kitchens under the leadership of Executive Chef Randhir Singh. The Canteen's a la carte luncheon menu offers Western comfort food and fusion are as well as several Chinese and Asian specialties to accommodate the tastes of our guests, who come from all over the world to the visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Shanghai

LAN Club

For those seeking the ultimate dining experience, LAN Club Restaurant has a unique blend of contemporary design and quiet luxury, complemented by the most attentive service. LAN Club Restaurant delivers excellence in fine dining, whether the occasion is group dining or romantic escape. There are many kitchen areas, each one skilled in preparing authentic flavors from around the world. All of this combines with expert service, exquisite food, and glorious wines to ensure a memorable experience of stylish, sophistication and classic dining experience at LAN Club.

Crystal Jade

Situated in the second floor of Nanli Square in down town Xintiandi, an obscure location yet famous for authentic Cantonese cuisine. Crystal Jade is a popular restaurant in Shanghai. It has won many awards, including the "one of the Best Shanghai restaurants" by Shanghai Tatler in 2006, No.1 Best Dim Sum by That's, "The best Cantonese restaurant" in 2003, 2004 and 2005 by "Modern Weekly", the 2004-2005 yearly "Eat and Drink Mobilization" and "Most popular restaurant" by "Sky Weekly".

Lynn

Vogue & modern, Lynn, the new generation of Shanghai cuisine, revitalizes famous Suzhou, Zhejiang and Shanghai dishes with modern cooking techniques. Lynn Shanghai cuisine, with it's unique taste, culinary skills and environment, evolves as the emblem of beauty and fashion. To the discerning diner, Lynn is an unforgettable experience and a true feast for the senses.

T8

T8 features a creative, eclectic mix of contemporary European, Asian flavored cuisine. This makes T8 a major attraction in a city that boasts a distinguished culinary tradition. T8 was awarded as one of the best 50 restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Traveller 2002.

Jean Georges

Shanghai features Mr. Vongerichten's eminent French cuisine in a refined setting, with sweeping views of the Bund and Pudong neatly complimenting his lilting recipes. Mr. Vongerichten's first signature restaurant outside of New York has set the bar for fine dining in Shanghai, with an inspired seasonal menu, elaborate wine list, and elegant, understated service.

Din Tai Fung

This restaurant's popularity and reputation for delicious Taiwanese cuisine is well deserved. The tender, juicy crab roe-filled dumplings are accompanied by a tasty mouthful of broth in each bite, and the chicken and beef soup nicely complements the palate. No wonder tasting the dumplings in Din Tai Fung is considered by many as one of the 10 must-do things in Shanghai.

Hangzhou

Lou Wai Lou Restaurant

Located at the side of fascinating West Lake, the restaurant is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Hangzhou. The Begger麓s Chicken, Fried Shelled Shrimps with Dragon Well Tea are the most recommended food.

Double occupancy USD4363
Single Room Supplement USD1451
First Class Upgrades (Domestic Air) USD597

Remarks

- Price is valid for  minimum group size of 2 people;  For group of 6 and more people we arrange a complimentary national escort.

- Price for one person is on request.

- Single room supplement is for hotel accommodation only. Single cruise cabin supplement is on request.

Prices per person

From US$4363(double occupancy)

Summary

  • Day 1Arrive Beijing
  • Day 2Beijing
  • Day 3Beijing
  • Day 4Beijing to Xian
  • Day 5Xian
  • Day 6Xian to Chongqing
  • Day 7Yangtze River Cruise
  • Day 8Yangtze River Cruise
  • Day 9Yichang to Shanghai
  • Day 10Shanghai
  • Day 11Shanghai
  • Day 12Shanghai

Cruise Ship

Victoria Anna (Standard)

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