China is a land of history and refinement unparalleled in the world. Attentive visitors are immersed in a sea of visual and cultural experiences unlike any other they may have had elsewhere. Each geographic area in China teems with its own identity as an energetic variation on the great theme of Chinese civilization. You will be amazed at how regions differ vastly yet express similar values and ideas.
Your grand China tour starts in Beijing. Enjoy an exploration of the beauty of the imperial city and meetings with urban Chinese residents. Discover the splendor of China’s glorious past: The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Great Wall; also witness the dynamic and ever-changing life pace in today’s capital of China.
Travel by air to Xi’an, once the largest city in the world. Visit and explore the Terracotta Warriors Museum in homage to Qinshihuang. It is considered China’s preeminent archaeological discovery. Tour other important historic sites in the ancient Tang Dynasty capital.
Your next stop is Guilin, and with Longsheng and Yangshuo, this south China region sports picturesque karst mountains rising from rice paddies and rice terraces cultivated by local farmers. Guilin area has one of the most idyllic landscapes of China, and your cruise down the Li River will reveal its beauties at each bend of the river, and your hotel stay will allow you to touch the authentic rural life of China with a mesmerizing experience.
Continue to Chongqing where you will board the deluxe cruise ship Salina Victoria and begin sailing. The 3-night Yangzi River Cruise allows you to enjoy the dramatic Three Gorges scenery and the magnificent river culture to their fullest. It includes daily stops on the way downstream. You can enjoy all the beautiful views from the comfort of a modern ship. Your cruise ends in Yichang and travel by vehicle to Wuhan for a flight to Xi’an. The last stop of this tour is Shanghai, China’s most populous city and economic powerhouse. The European Bund still retains the glamour of the colonial era; modern shopping malls, Chinese specialty stores, western pubs & bars, and boutique shops scatter all around the center of Shanghai. Visit the traditional Yuyuan Garden and spend some time exploring Shanghai Museum, the best in China. Fly home from Shanghai and arrive in North America on the same day.