EN433 Beijing-Urumqi-Turpan-Dunhuang-Xian-Chongqing-Yangtze Cruise-Shanghai 18 Days

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EN433 Beijing-Urumqi-Turpan-Dunhuang-Xi'an-Chongqing-Yangtze Cruise-Shanghai 18 Days
Silk Road-Yangtze Cruise 18 Days
Tour Code: EN433
Tour Itinerary:

Day 01  USA-Beijing
You board the trans-Pacific flight bound for Beijing (cross the international date line).
 
Day 02  Beijing (L)
Upon arrival in Beijing, you are met and escorted to the hotel by the tourguide.
 
Day 03  Beijing (B, L)
After breakfast you embark the first day of sightseeing. Beijing was selected as the host city for the 2008 Olympics and you can see much signs of preparation as the motorcoach takes you around. Next, you visit the Forbidden City, the official abode to the emperor and his royal court. During China's imperial era, commoners were not allowed inside its gates except by special invitation.

Day 04  Beijing (B, L)
In the morning, you have a tour of the Great Wall, one of the seven great man-made wonders of the world and definitely China's star attraction, which meander 4000 miles across China's northern regions. Then, you can go shopping this afternoon.
 
Day 05  Beijing (B, L)
You have a full day of sightseeing on your own.
 
Day 06  Beijing-Urumqi (B, L)
Today you travel by air to the far removed world of the Silk Road. On the way to the airport, you stop at the somber Temple of Heaven where emperors came to pray for a bountiful harvest. Xinjiang is home to many of China's ethnic minorities whose wonderful cultures add extra delight as you continue on this amazing journey.
 
Day 07  Urumqi (B, L)
You first visit Heavenly Lake (Tianchi) situated at an elevation of over 6000 ft; it is surrounded by green pastures and pristine conifer forests. Snowy Alp-like peaks soar to great heights and enclose the lake. Then, you continue on by motorcoach across the dry basin area to the oasis town of Turpan. You will pass by Flaming Mountain to visit the ancient city of Gaochang, once an important garrison town on the Silk Road. Nearby are the ancient tombs of Astana, a Tang Dynasty burial ground. At Turpan tonight you attend a local dance show.
 
Day 08  Turpan-Urumqi (B, L, D)
Turpan is famous for its grapes and other fruits. Today you have the opportunity to visit Grape Valley, which is a complete contrast from yesterday's sun-drenched landscapes. You also visit the life blood of Turpan which delicate Karez irrigation system that provides water to its crops. Later, a motorcoach takes you back to Urumqi where you visit an open-air bazaar. In the evening, you have a better appreciation for Uighur culture as w enjoy a superb local roast lamb dinner.

Day 09  Urumqi-Dunhuang (B, L)
Lush green fields and rolling sand dunes of Dunhuang served as a rest stop for weary traders on the Silk Road. It was also the gateway through which Buddhism, Islam and Christianity entered China. At Dunhuang you visit Singing Hill, Crescent Moon Springs and the City Museum. In the evening, you attend a local Minority Show.
 
Day 10  Dunhuang (B, L)
You first visit the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang. It have been praised as a "glittering pearl that adorns the Silk Road" and is considered the great treasure house of Buddhist arts in existence. The Mogao's 492 grottoes contain some 45,000 sq. meters of murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures which span 10 consecutive dynasties. In the afternoon, you visit the Historic Museum, White Horse Pagoda and Film City.
 
Day 11  Dunhuang-Xi'an (B, L)
You board a short flight to Xi'an, which served as the departure point for travelers on the Silk Road. Xi'an, or "Chang An", was the capital for 13 dynasties and a city unrivalled in terms of historic charm. On the way into town, you will drive by the ancient and massive City Wall and stop at the Xi'an Bell Tower.
 
Day 12  Xi'an (B, L)
Today you have a visit of the Terra Cotta Warriors. In 221 BC, Qin Shi Huang unified all of China and became its first emperor. When he died, an entire Terra Cotta Army was constructed and buried with him. The discovery in 1974 of the Terra Cotta Warriors ranks as one of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries and attracts throngs of visitors to Xi'an each year. In the evening, you catch a performance of the captivating Tang Dynasty Stage Show, the very one lauded in all the guide books as being a "must see" in Xi'an.
 
Day 13  Xi'an-Chongqing-Yangtze Cruise (B, L)
You depart Xi'an for Chongqing by air. Located in Sichuan province, Chongqing is China's largest municipality and lies in the mountainous regions. After a brief city tour, you are transferred to the docks to board the cruise ship. In the veil of the night, the ship sets sail down the mighty Yangtze.
 
Day 14  Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
The ship's first stop occurs at one of three towns largely depending on local river conditions Shibaozhai, Fengdu or Wanzhou. At Shibaozhai, a visit is made to the 12 story wooden pagoda-built completely without a single nail. Fengdu contains over 700 temples and is known for its statues of ghosts and devils depicting the afterlife. And Wanzhou is better known as being "Gateway to Eastern Sichuan."
 
Day 15  Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
You enter the Three Gorges, one of nature's most extraordinary sculptures. Qutang Gorge is the shortest and narrowest of the three but also reputedly the most visually dramatic. In the evening, the cruise ship sails through the Three Gorges ship locks.
 
Day 16  Yangtze River Cruise-Yichang-Shanghai (B, L)
The Three Gorges Dam is built to control the devastating floodwaters of the Yangtze while generating hydroelectric power. The ship's arrival at Yichang marks the end of the Yangtze cruise. Then, you are transferred to the airport to board the flight to Shanghai, arriving later in the day.

Day 17  Shanghai (B, L)
With a population of over 16 million, Shanghai stands as China's largest city and its shining star of commerce. The city tour includes visits to beautiful Yu Garden and a drive down bustling shopping district at Nanjing Road. Finally, you spend time surveying the exhibits at the famous Shanghai Museum. In the evening, we attend a special performance of Chinese Acrobatics.

Day 18  Shanghai-USA (B)
You are transferred to the airport to board the homebound international flight.

Departure Date: January-December
Price: Special Offers on request.

Service Included:
* Entrance fees.
* Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=Dinner.
* Private Car/Van for transfers & sightseeing and English-speaking Local Guide.
* Hotels deluxe/comfort class (Land category 4-star or 5 star by any possibility, twin share bases with breakfast).
* Trains and Flights as listed in the itinerary and Airport Taxes.

Service not Included:
* Visa Fees and International flight.
* Gratuities, Tips to guides and drivers.
* Personal Expenses.
* Single Room Supplement.

Note:
Prices are not valid by High Season and Chinese holiday periods, for e.g.: April 30th - May 3th, Sep 30th to Oct 7th, and Chinese New Year period which usually falls in End of January. With high season and main holidays the Price will increase. Price for Superior class hotels will be some higher and for middle class hotels will be some lower.
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