DAY 01: BEIJING ARRIVAL
On arrival at Beijing International Airport, you will be transferred to Hotel. Overnight stays in Beijing.
DAY 02: BEIJING CITY TOUR
After Breakfast, proceed for Beijing City Tour. You will be visiting Tian'anmen Square, which is the city centre. Many key events affecting the whole country took place here. Visit Forbidden City, where the Emperors used to live with his many wives' It has the largest quadrangle in the world! Go on Tricycle Hutong Tour to experience the daily life of Beijing residents, climb the Bell Tower. Enjoy a Chinese dumpling lunch with local dishes cooked by the housewife. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner, serving the most famous meal in Beijing—Beijing Duck. Also see an exciting Chinese Acrobatic Show. Overnight stays in Beijing.
DAY 03: BEIJING – GREAT WALL - OLYMPIC VENUES
After Breakfast, meet your local guide in the hotel lobby, who will take you on a 2 hour drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The Great Wall was built on high mountains. Take the Cable Car up to the wall. Walk for about half an hour on the Wall, to arrive at "Wild Wall," a part that has not been restored for over 500 years. Stop a while at the Olympic Stadium, nicknamed 'Bird's Nest' and the National Aquatic Centre, panoramic also known as the "Water Cube." Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stays in Beijing.
DAY 04: BEIJING - XI'AN CITY TOUR
After Breakfast, check out from your Hotel in Beijing and Fly to Xi'an. Your local guide and driver will meet you upon arrival at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport and take you to downtown. Xi'an is called the "Museum City". Visit the Shanxi Historic Museum, one of the best museums in China, with collections from 1.7 million years ago. Next, stop at the symbol of Xi'an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved building and a holy place for Buddhists. Tonight, enjoy a special dumplings dinner to taste more than 10 types of different dumplings. After dinner, enjoy the spectacular Tang Dynasty Show, with music and dance giving you an impressive view of Ancient China 1400 years ago including its splendid history, brilliant arts, distinct traditions and customs. Overnight stays in Xi’an.
DAY 05: XI'AN – BANPO- TERRACOTTA WARRIORS- GREAT MOSQUE
After Breakfast, visit a prehistoric settlement at Banpo, to see the life of the early settlement. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the most significant Archaeological excavations of the 20th Century and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
In the afternoon, drive to the Great Mosque, built in AD 742 for Muslim traders from Central Asia who settled in Xi'an. It is still an active place of worship today. This evening, enjoy an optional Chinese herbs feet massage. Overnight stays in Xi’an.
DAY 06: XI'AN – CHONGQING – THREE GORGES YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
After Breakfast, check out from your hotel in Xi’an and continue sightseeing. Visit Xi'an City Wall, the best preserved city wall in China. Enjoy a bird's eye view of this ancient city. Later Fly to Chongqing. Upon arrival at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, meet your local guide at the Airport for transfer to Chongqing city. Time permitting; visit the pandas in the Zoo. Enjoy one of the most famous cuisines in China—Chongqing Hot Pot. Transfer to the dock for your deluxe Yangtze River Cruise. Overnight on board.
DAY 07: FENGDU EXCURSION
First stop is the town of Fengdu where you will enjoy shore excursion. Climb the many stairs to the Temple of the Emperor of Hell. This area is filled with temples and garish statues of demons and devils. See the partly-submerged rubble of the old town of Fengdu and the shiny new housing across the water, where the Fengdu inhabitants were re-housed. Join the Captain in the evening for welcome drinks and dinner. Overnight on board.
DAY 08: THREE GORGES – SHORE EXCURSION
Rise early this morning and be on deck as you sail through the towering cliffs and mountains of the gorges Qutang and Wu Gorge. In the afternoon, take smaller boats for a trip up a tributary of the river. An interesting 3 hour shore excursion, Shennong Stream is an area of the Yangtze that has changed considerably since the water level has risen. Where the gorge widens slightly, you transfer into smaller boats pulled by teams of "trackers" who wade thigh-deep through the water. Trackers were once the main method of pulling boats along parts of the Yangtze River. Later, enter Xiling Gorge. Overnight on board.
DAY 09: THREE GORGES – YICHANG - SHANGHAI
Visit the site of the enormous Three Gorges Dam Project. At any given time, up to 30,000 laborers were involved in its construction. 1.3 million People were relocated. Return to the boat and sail for one and a half an hour to Yichang. Disembark and transfer to Yichang Airport for Shanghai. Arrive and check in at your hotel and overnight stays in Shanghai.
DAY 10: SHANGHAI CITY TOUR
After Breakfast, go for Shanghai City Tour. You will be visiting Yu Garden, outside which is the Old Town. Enjoy a walking tour of the small alleys. Spot refurbished tenement homes with doors framed with large stones (Shi ku men), see 1st National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, French Park and the St. Nicholas Church. The old residence of Zhou Enlai and the home of Sun Yat-sen are good examples of houses of the period - short and squat Shi ku mens hidden in twisty alleyways. After lunch, drive to Shanghai Museum to learn about the history of its development from a pimping village in the last Century to a modern metropolis. Enjoy a night cruise along the Bund, for a view evocative of the splendor and decadence of old Shanghai. Overnight stays in Shanghai.
DAY 11: SHANGHAI DEPARTURE
After Breakfast, Check out from your hotel in Shanghai and will be transferred to Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your return journey.
*THE TOUR ENDS*