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    Beijing-Yangtze Cruise-Xian 11 Days (code: BYX)

Duration:   11 Days 10 Nights
Cities:   Beijing-Yangtze Cruise-Xian
Tour Type:   Group tour of fixed departure dates
Tansport:   Land tour only
Hotels(local):   4 stars+
Deal:   From AU$1199 per person
Full Itinerary   Availability & Prices   Special Remarks
Day 1: Arrival in Beijing Hotel:Ritan International Hotel or similar ( 5 stars )  
Welcome to China! Once you retrieve your luggage and go through the customs at Beijing Capital Airport, you will easily spot our guide warmly greeting you, holding a banner with your name on. A comfortable transfer will take you to the reserved hotel. After checking in, we suggest you have a good rest for the remainder of the day.
Day 2: Beijing ( B + L ) Hotel:Ritan International Hotel or similar ( 5 stars )  
Your first stop will be to the grandest public plazas in the world – Tiananmen Square. You will then continue on to the Forbidden City, one of the greatest palaces in the world. Afterwards you will enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Afterwards, you will visitBeijing Zoo and see adorable giant panda. 

Optional Program: 
Then you may choose to join the optional tour of Hutong Rickshaw, and visit Siheyuan Folk House.  In the evening, you may choose to have Hot Pot dinner(optional), or you may arrange the dinner on your own.
Day 3: Beijing ( B + L ) Hotel:Ritan International Hotel or similar ( 5 stars )  
After enjoying your breakfast, you will head north of the city 70km to conquer the Great Wall of Juyong Pass and to behold the beautiful rugged mountain landscapes that surround this impressive structure. You will then continue on to the largest Jade Carving Workshopin Beijing, Afterwards, You will then continue on to take photos with the exteriors of the 2008 Olympic Games sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Afterwards you will experience an Orient Foot Massage and learn about traditional Chinese medicine. And visit the famous Silk Street Market to have a shopping. 
The dinner will be arranged on your own.

Optional Program: 
In the evening, you may choose to join the optional evening performance – the Kung Fu Legend.
Day 4: Beijing ( B + L ) Hotel:Ritan International Hotel or similar ( 5 stars )  

After enjoying your breakfast, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors used to worship to the universe, and prayed for the harvest. Then, we will learn about silk in silk factory. And enjoy the shining of the pearls in pearl shop.

Optional Programs: 
During this day you may choose to join (or not) the following optional programs: optional tour to Summer Palace, renowned for its beautiful gardens once enjoy by the Emperors and their families, optional dinner of Peking Roast Duck and optional acrobatic show at night.

Day 5: Beijing Yichang ( B ) Hotel:MV Victoria Cruises or similar ( 5 stars )  
Depart from Beijing. Head for Yichang. 
You are suggested to take high-speed train from Beijing to Yichang. 
Meet your local guide upon arrival at Yichang and then get driven to board the cruise. 
Suggested train #G555 (ETD12:51 - ETA20:05)
Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise ( B + L + D ) Hotel:MV Victoria Cruises or similar ( 5 stars )  
Morning visit Three Gorges Dam Site
Sail through the 3 Gorges shiplocks & Xiling Gorge
Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise ( B + L + D ) Hotel:MV Victoria Cruises or similar ( 5 stars )  
Excursion to Goddess Stream or Shennong stream (depending on river conditions)
Pass through Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge
Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise ( B + L + D ) Hotel:MV Victoria Cruises or similar ( 5 stars )  
Excursion to Shibaozhai
Day 9: Chongqing Xian ( B ) Hotel:Qujiang Yinzuo Hotel or similar ( 4 stars+ )  
Disembark and get the transfer to airport.  Fly to Xian and meet your Xian guide who will assist you to check in hotel. 
Flight schedule to be decided. 
Day 10: Xian ( B + L ) Hotel:Qujiang Yinzuo Hotel or similar ( 4 stars+ )  
For a span of more than 1,000 years Xi'an served as the capital city for 13 dynasties. Its history endows Xi'an with a great number of precious relics and historical sites. The Terracotta Army is deemed the eighth wonder of the world. Discovered accidentally in 1974, this incredible army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array has guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. 1.5 hours from Xian, there is also an excellent museum and film about the history of the vaults. Photos (no flash) are allowed. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Also today you will visit a terracotta sculpture factory to learn about the crafts. 
Tonight you will join an optional program: Xian Dumpling Banquet + Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.
Day 11: Depart from Xian ( B + L ) Hotel:Central Int'l Hotel or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

This morning you will visit Wild Goose Pagoda, which is regarded the landmark of Xi’an. When dynasties expanded its territories enormously to the west with many Buddhism Scriptures, Monks and the envoys came to China, the temple was built and a large team of scholars was organized here for translation of the Buddhism Scriptures into Chinese and it became a holy place for pilgrimages. Behind the pagoda is the courtyard, which tells great Buddhism envoys story. Then proceed to Provincial Museum which shows Chinese archaeology’s excavation at Xi’an Areas from very beginning of Chinese primogenitors of Neolithic Age 20000- 8000 years ago to the glorious dynasties 980 AD.  This afternoon, walk through the famous Moslem Street, where many delicious local snacks and interesting souvenirs are selling. Dinner is on your own. 

Drive to Xian airport and fly to your next destination. Service completes when the tour guide sees the group off at the airport. 

 

Please be noted that the flight departing from Xian should takes off no earlier than 6PM.  Please contact us to see if it’s possible to adjust the itinerary if you encounter some problems while looking for suitable flights.