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19 Days Classic China and Yunnan Tour with Yangtze Cruise Discovery
 
Beijing | Xian | Guilin | Kunming | Dali | Lijiang | Chongqing | Yangtze | Shanghai
 
 
Tour Description:
This is a private tour, We will assign private guide and van in each city and no other participants will be allowed to join in your group. Also the tour is totally flexible. You can start your own tours at anytime as you like. Moreover, if you would like to do some adjustment in this itinerary, please Email(ebiz@dditours.com) in what area you are not satisfied, we can adjust the itinerary according to your every request.
 
Daily Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Beijing ()

On arrival in Beijing, you will be met & transferred by our professional English speaking guide to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2
Beijing (B/L)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day city excursion to Tiananmen Square-the largest square in the world, Forbidden City-imperial palace of Ming and Qing Dynasty, and Temple of Heaven-here ancient emperors prayed for good harvest. Lunch at good local Peking Roasted Duck restaurants. You can choose the Peking Opera Show (or Chinese Kungfu show) as optional in the evening.

The Tian’anmen Square: The largest city square in the world.
The Forbidden City: the imperial palace for the Ming and Qing with a history of around 600 years.
The Temple of Heaven: The Temple of Heaven is a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations.

stone statues in the Sacred Way


Day 3
Beijing (B/L)
Buffet breakfast at hotel followed by full day trip to the Great Wall at Badaling, the Ming Tombs and the Sacred Way with lunch at local Chinese restaurant.

The Great Wall: the symbol of China and Climbing the Great Wall you can pass visitors from all over the world, and hear conversations in almost every language
The Ming Tombs: Consisting of mausoleums of 13 Ming emperors, is one of the largest imperial necropolises in China.
The Sacred Way: The way stood on both sides with marvelous stone sculptures by which means the road leading to heaven.


Day 4
Beijing/Xian (B/L/D)

Buffet breakfast at hotel, then transfer to the airport for flight to Xian-the ancient capital of China. Upon arrival meet and transfer the hotel. Lunch at local restaurant followed by visit to Shaanxi Historical Museum, Ancient City Wall. Dumpling Dinner at a good dumpling restaurant.

The Provincial Museum: Which is one of the best Museum in China and where you can learn a lot about the 5,000 year brilliant history of China.
The Ancient City Wall
: Xian City Wall was constructed in the early Ming Dynasty on the basis of the Imperial City of Chang An (Everlasting Peace) of the Tang Dynasty.


Day 5
Xian (B/L)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses with circle movie showed before returning to the city for visit of the big wild Goose Pagoda and the Courtyard of Family Gao with Shadow Puppet Show enjoying. Lunch at good local restaurant. You can choose the Tang Dynasty dinner Show as optional in the evening (highly recommended, as it is the best show in China).

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses: The most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin’s tomb.
The Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show: The show that presents the palace dances and sings in the Tang Dynasty.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses
The Big wild Goose Pagoda: It is one of the city’s most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xi’an today. In AD 652, the Big Goose Pagoda was built to store the sutras and the figurines of Buddha, which were brought from India by a famous Buddhist translator and traveler Tang Sanzang, also known by his Buddhist name as Xuanzang.
The Courtyard of Family Gao: The Courtyard of Family Gao: Located in Xian’s bustling shopping area, Gao’s Courtyard is the former residence of Ming Dynasty.The residence is well preserved or restored to replicate the originals. Xian Art Gallery works in the main houses and you can enjoy local Shadow Puppet Show here.


Day 6
Xian/Guilin (B/L)

Buffet breakfast at hotel, then transfer to the airport for flight to Guilin. Upon arrival meet and transfer to your hotel. Lunch at good local restaurant, followed by visit to Elephant Trunk Hill and the Reed Flute Cave, etc.

Bird & Flower Market: The famous Flowers and Birds Market is the city’s biggest, most attractive shopping market.
Elephant Trunk Hill
: the symbol of Guilin landscape.
The Reed Flute Cave: Inside this cave you will find many stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains and stone flowers in numerous forms.

Li River Day 7
Guilin (B/L)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Enjoy the Li River cruise with lunch on board. The ship will disembark in Yangshuo. Stroll at the famous West Street-where you could buy some small souvenirs for relatives and friends. on this way back, driver will give you several stops somewhere for taking pictures of rice paddies and water buffaloes.

Li River Cruise: Guilin scenery is acclaimed as the "Best Under Heaven" and the most beautiful scenes are found along the Li-River. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the scenery along the Li River become one of China’s top tourist destinations.

Day 8
Guilin/Kunming (B/L)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Half day to visit Fubo Hill & Seven Star Garden. Fly to Kunming in the afternoon. Upon arrival meet and transfer to your hotel.

Fubo Hill & Seven Star Garden: There are two versions concerning its name orgin. The folklore said that the hill got its name because of the Fubo General Memorial Temple on the Hill. The other is that Lijiang River flows here and is obstructed by the hill body to form a hug back flow, which is the literal meaning of “Fubo” in ancient Chinese. Seven Star Garden is Guilin views in miniature. It collects the view of mountain, water, caves, stones, pavillions and artifacts together. It is said that the seven hills in the park looked like the Big Dipper from the sky.

Day 9
Kunming (B/L)
One day excursion to Stone Forest, one of China’s most remarkable natural phenomena located 90 km southeast of Kunming. In the after noon, drive to the Western Hill, visit the famous "Dragon Gate".

Stone Forest: Known as "First Wonder of the World", one of the most important attractions of Yunnan.
West Hill: The western hill is a forest park. When you are walking in the round path in the hill, flourish trees, beautiful flowers and fountains provide you with a pleasant feeling

Stone Forest

Day 10
Kunming/Dali (B/L)
Buffet breakfast at hotel, then transfer to the airport for flight to Dali by morning flight. Upon arrival, visit the Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas of Chongshen Monastery and Dali old town.

Erhai Lake: the largest highland lake next to Dianchi and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China.
Dali old town: built in 1382 and is one the 24 most famous historical and cultural cities in China.
Three Pagodas of Chongshen Monastery: It is a symbol of the history of Dali City and has a history of over 1800 years.

Dayan Ancient City

Day 11
Dali/Lijiang (B/L)
In the morning, drive to Xizhou, taste the famous Three Flavours of Tea (Sandao Tea)and visit the local Bazaar, then enjoy the beautiful rural scenery by HORSE carriage. Lunch at the local Bai's family. Drive to Lijiang in the afternoon. Upon arrival, visit Wanggu Building to get a bird's view of the whole Ancient City of Lijiang.

Ancient City of Lijiang( Dayan Ancient Town ): The town is a largely Naxi settlement first built during the Southern Song Dynasty and was listed by the UNESCO on the list of the world’s major cultural heritages in 1997.
Wanggu Building: It is located at Lion Hill in the center of Lijiang Old Town and offers really excellent views over Lijiang and its neighbourhood

Day 12
Lijiang (B/L)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Visit Suhe Naxi people’s village, Baisha Murals in Baisha Naxi village and Black Dragon Pool.

Black Dragon Pool: The pool is listed in the Collections of Famous Pools in China because of its beauty.
Baisha:
which is a Naxi village with a 500 years old fresco

Day 13
Lijiang/Chongqing (B/L)
Buffet breakfast at hotel, then transfer to the airport for flight to Chongqing. Arrive at Chongqing, you will be met at the airport & transferred to take a half day city tour, in the evening board your deluxe cruise ship for the Three Gorges river journey.

Day 14
Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

Depart Chongqing 8:00am. Shore excursion at Fengdu or Shibaozhai.

Fengdu: known as the "Ghost City" and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.
ShibaoZhai (Stone Treasure Stockade): It is a towering wood red pavilion 12-storey high was built against a protruding 220-meter rectangular rock with sheer cliffs on the north bank of Yangtzi River.

Wu Gorge

Day 15
Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

Pass through the magnificent Qutang Gorge and beautiful Wu Gorge. Transfer to a small sampan to cruise the Shennong Stream.

Wu Gorge: the most beautiful section of the Yangtze River, The gorge was also known to be as dangerous as it is beautiful.
Shennong Stream
: a tributary of the Yangtze River, a sampan tour in Shennong Stream will allow you to experience a high speed adventure.
Qutang Gorge: the first of the three gorges of the Yangtze River, and the one that is famous for its sheer and spectacular precipices.

Day 16
Yangtze Cruise/Yichang/Shanghai (B/ L)
Visit the Three Gorges Dam. Arrives in Yichang about 12:00. Be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival meet and transfer to Hotel.

Three Gorges Dam: the largest water conservancy project ever under taken by human being is now being built at Sandouping in the middle of Xiling Gorge.


Day 17
Shanghai (B/L)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day city tour with visit to the Yu Garden, the "Bund" and the Jade Buddha Temple with lunch at local Chinese restaurant. You can choose the Acrobatic Show as optional in the evening.

Yu Garden: a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, dates back to the fabled Ming Dynasty.
The Jade Buddha Temple: The most famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai.
The Bund: known as a miniature museum of international architecture with dozens of high buildings standing along the shore.
The Bund


Day 18
Shanghai (B/L)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Half day tour of the Shanghai Museum and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower where you can have a bird's view of Shanghai. Lunch at local Chinese restaurant. Afternoon free for shopping.

Shanghai Museum: As one of the largest Museums in China, Shanghai Museum possesses a collection of 120,000 precious works of art.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower: a new landmark of Shanghai, is the tallest TV tower in Asia and third tallest in the world (after Toronto and Moscow)with a height of 468 metres.


Day 19
Shanghai Departure (B)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Free until transfer to the airport for flight to the next destination.
End of service.
 
 
 
Price Details(per person in US$):
Budget Class
(Tour Code: PYN190)
Travel in party of
2-5 persons
6-9 persons
in twin
extra single
in twin
extra single
High Season
$3779
$786
$3298
$786
Shoulder Season
$3675
$723
$3219
$723
Standard Class
(Tour Code: PYN191)
Travel in party of
2-5 persons
6-9 persons
in twin
extra single
in twin
extra single
High Season
$4049
$990
$3476
$990
Shoulder Season
$3928
$900
$3365
$900
Deluxe Class
(Tour Code: PYN192)
Travel in party of
2-5 persons
6-9 persons
in twin
extra single
in twin
extra single
High Season
$4275
$1250
$3779
$1250
Shoulder Season
$4089
$1112
$3618
$1112


High Season: September 1- October 31
Shoulder Season: April 1-August 31, November 01- November 30
 
 
 
 
Service included Service not included
A.
Hotels (twin share basis) as listed in the itinerary
B.
Entrance fees
C.
Personal Guide & Driver + Private car / van for Private Transfers & sightseeing
D.
Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=Dinner
E.
Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerary
F.
Service Charge & Government Taxes
G.
Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels
A.
Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets
B.
Visa Fees
C.
Gratuities, Tips to guides or drivers.
D.
Single Room Supplement
E.
Personal Expenses
F.
Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L", or "D"
G. Evening Optional Shows

Optional Full Day Suzhou Tour.
Itinerary

Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai ( B/L )
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day trip by coach or train to Suzhou where you will visit Garden of the Master of the Nets, Lingering Garden and Silk Factory with lunch at good local restaurants. Afternoon, boat trip on the ancient canal in Suzhou. Back to Shanghai in the evening.

Garden of the Master of the Nets: Suzhou is famous for its the Gardens. Garden of the Master of the Nets is an elaborate succession of small gardens. In the garden you would marvel at this unique architecture art.
Lingering Garden: It is the best preserved among all the Suzhou gardens.
Silk Factory: Suzhou is also famous for its silk production. In the factory you can see how the silk is processed from the silk worm to the final woven cloth.
Ancient Canal:which is 1,764 km (about 1200 miles) in length, is the longest man-made waterway as well as being the greatest in ancient China.

Price Details (per person in US$)
Budget Class
Travel in party of
2-5 persons
6-9 persons
in twin
extra single
in twin
extra single
High Season
$128
$35
$98
$35
Shoulder Season
$128
$35
$98
$35
Standard Class
Travel in party of
2-5 persons
6-9 persons
in twin
extra single
in twin
extra single
High Season
$140
$45
$110
$45
Shoulder Season
$136
$41
$106
$41
Deluxe Class
Travel in party of
2-5 persons
6-9 persons
in twin
extra single
in twin
extra single
High Season
$155
$55
$125
$55
Shoulder Season
$145
$45
$115
$45
Note:
1)
Prices quoted are subject to rooms availability at the time of booking is made.
2)

Prices are valid until December, 2016 and prices are not available in major holiday (October 1- October 7, Feb 7- Feb 13 ) in China.
3)
Our Price are subject to change of the exchange rate between US$ and RMB changes by 2% or more(Now: US$ : RMB=1 : 6.3).
4) The prices listed include a discount for cash payment either by wire transfer, for any other type of payment, the discount price may not apply and subject to certain amount surcharge.

 
 
 
Featured Hotels for this tour:
 
Budget Class
City
Hotel
Rate
Beijing
King Parkview Hotel or similar
Three Star
( ★ ★
)
Xi'an
Days Inn City Centre Hotel or Similar
Kunming
Jinjiang Hotel(B Building) or similar
Lijiang
Sanhe Hotel or Similar
Dali
Landscape Hotel or Similar
Guilin
Osmanthus Hotel or Similar
Shanghai
Ship
President Cruisers NO. 1, Yangtze Blue & Yangtze No.1 or similar
Four Star
( ★ ★ ★
)
Note: President Cruisers No. 1 and Yangtze Blue & Yangtze No.1 actually belong to 5-star cruise ships. We arrange them as 4-star cruise ships for standard class due to their outmoded decoration.
Standard Class
City
Hotel
Rate
Beijing
Sunworld Hotel or similar
Four Star
( ★ ★ ★
)
Xi'an
Xian Huashan Hotel or similar
Kunming
Jinjiang Hotel(A Building) or similar
Lijiang
Wangfu Hotel or similar
Dali
Asia Star Hotel or similar
Guilin
Shanghai
Lee Gardens Hotel Shanghai or similar
Ship
President Cruisers NO. 1, Yangtze Blue & Yangtze No.1 or similar
Deluxe Class
City
Hotel
Rate
Beijing
Radegast Lake View Hotel or similar
Five Star
( ★ ★ ★
)
Xi'an
Grand Noble Hotel or Similar
Kunming
Kai Wah Plaza International Kunming or similar
Lijiang
Guanfang Hotel or similar
Dali
Regent Hotel or similar
Guilin
Shanghai
Sunrise On The Bund Hotel or Similar
Ship
President Cruisers No. 7, 8, Prime & Yangtze No. 2 or similar