Yangtze River Explorer
Guilin and Yangtze River Explorer
The Guilin Yangtze River Explorer trip spans 15 days and includes: Shanghai – Guilin – Li River – Yangshuo – Chengdu – Chongqing – Yantze River Cruise – Xian – Beijing
*Includes: Round Trip air from Vancouver, hotels, sightseeing, meals as per itinerary, English speaking guides, taxes, per person double occupancy. From $4280 per person.
BLD=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Day 1 (Your date of departure)
Day 2 – Shanghai
Crossing the International Dateline, you lose a day and arrive in Shanghai at approximately 2:30 PM. You are joined by your English speaking Chinese national guide (who is with you for the entire tour), as well as your English speaking local guide. On the way to your hotel you will stroll on Shanghai famous waterfront, “the Bund” and Nanjing road. After supper, you will be brought to your hotel for check-in. You will be ready for a good night’s sleep.
Day 3 – Shanghai
Day 4 – Shanghai
Day 5 – Guilin
Day 6 – Guilin – Yangshuo
Day 7 – Chengdu
This morning you will fly to Chengdu, Capital of the Sichuan province. Chengdu is famous for its wonderful spicy cuisine, breathtaking scenery, unique wildlife, and local culture. You willvisit the Giant Panda Research and Breeding Center. This 92 acres park was created to simulate their natural habitat and is home to giant pandas, the endearing red, or lesser panda, and other endangered species. You will visit the nursery to see the successful breeding program, and the many enclosures among lakes, bamboo groves and shady walkways, to view the pandas at rest and play. Later you will tour the “old street” and experience a wonderful peek at the very well preserved old China. BLD
Day 8 – Chongqing
This morning you will board the bullet train for the 2 hour trip to Chongqing. Known as the “Mountain City”, Chongqing was built on mountain slopes at the confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers. You may notice a lack of bicycles compared to other cities you visit, thanks to the hilly terrain. Upon arrival and after lunch you will visit the famous old Ci Qi Kou Street (Porcelain Village) which dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) with its many old houses and little shops where residents are still rooted to their traditional way of life. Later you will visit the new downtown area (Jie Fang Bei) of the city. Before boarding the ship you will have the opportunity to purchase snacks and wine if desired for the cruise. Supper will be on board the ship later on in the evening. You will spend the night on your Yangtze River cruise boat, one of the M.S. Yangtze 2. BLD
Day 9 – Yangtze Cruise
Day 10 – Yangtze Cruise
Today you will experience the three famous gorges of the Yangtze River Explorer. First is Qutang Gorge, the shortest gorge with narrow canyons, tight switchbacks and stunning mountains on either side. Look for the Chalk Wall at the entrance of this gorge. You pass through the Wu Gorge, most remembered for its strange peaks and rock formations. Look for the twelve peaks enshrouded in rain and mist. The peak of the Goddess is the tallest, standing at over 1000 meters.Last is the Xiling Gorge, the longest and perhaps most spectacular of the three. Look for streams, springs, karst caves and interesting stones in the surrounding mountains. BLD
Day 11 – Yangtze Cruise – Xian
Day 12 – Xian – Beijing
Day 13 – Beijing
Day 14 – Beijing
Day 15 – Return home
Health /Cancellation/Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
*Prices and Itineraries are subject to change if deemed necessary, or required by conditions beyond the supplier’s control.