Sailing through China in 16 Days

Next up on our tour list is our 16 day journey through China on the Yangtze River (Code D16E). The Yangtze River is the longest river in China and the third longest river in the world. The river flows eastward from Tibet, going through southern China before meeting the ocean at Shanghai. Along with the Yellow River, it is the most important river in China, providing millions of people with food, water, and electricity.

Of course, the Yangtze River is most famous for it’s scenery. Many traditional Chinese paintings depict scenes from the river. And the famous Three Gorges are also found along the river.

Cruising along the river is a must for any first time traveller to China. It provides a definite contrast to the bustling city life found in Beijing and Shanghai.


The Three Gorges Dam


Many may be concerned about how the Three Gorges Dam has transformed the Yangtze River’s scenery. I cannot tell you from personal experience how the scenery has been affected by the dam, as I went on the Yangtze River cruise before the completion of the dam. But our customers report that the scenery is still as magnificent and breathtaking as ever.

Our tour works with Victoria Cruises to bring our guests the experience of sailing along the Yangtze River. Victoria Cruises holds the reputation of having the best staff and accommodations on the Yangtze River.

Day-by-Day Itinerary in a Nutshell

Day 1: USA->Shanghai

Day 2: Shanghai->Wuxi

Day 3: Wuxi->Hangzhou (highlights: Liyuan Garden, pearl farming factory, Qinghe Lane)

Day 4: Hangzhou->Suzhou (highlights: West Lake, local teahouse)

Day 5: Suzhou->Beijing (highlights: Panmen Scenic Area, Garden of Master Net, silk weaving workshop)

Day 6: Beijing (highlights: Palace Museum, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Qianmen District, Peking Duck)

Day 7: Beijing (highlights: Great Wall of China, National Stadium/Bird’s Nest, The Legend of Kung Fu show)

Day 8: Beijing->Xian (highlights: Temple of Heaven)

Day 9: Xian (highlights: Terra Cotta Army, Shaanxi History Museum, Tang Dynasty stage show)

Day 10: Xian->Chongqing (highlights: Hanyanling Museum, city tour of Chongqing)

Day 11: Cruising along the Yangtze River (highlights: Fengdu “the City of Ghosts”)


Victoria Cruise Ship


Day 12: Cruising along the Yangtze River (highlights: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Three Lesser Gorges)

Day 13: Cruising along the Yangtze River->Wuhan (highlights: Three Gorges Dam Site, Yichang)

Day 14: Wuhan->Shanghai (highlights: Yellow Crane Tower)

Day 15: Shanghai (highlights: Old Town, the Bund, Shanghai World Finance Center Observation Deck, Shanghai Expo Memorial Park).

Our land only prices for next year start at $2,899 with departure dates in May, June, September, October, and November.


Qutang Gorge


Hope to see you on the river!


New China Tour Itineraries

Sorry about the lack of recent posts. I was having trouble with my WordPress account, but now everything is fixed so we can get on with the show!

We recently released a couple new tour itineraries for November and December with land only prices starting at $399. These are special rates that include airfare, hotel, and tour fees.  Jump the cut to see details.

The Great Wall of China (Tours B8RE and B8SE)

Continue reading

Highlighting Classic China in 12 Days

I’ve decided that as a continuation of the previous post that I should talk about all the tours we offer. I’ll start providing links to these posts on our Tour Itineraries page after they begin to move down the list of blog posts.

So. The next most popular tour we have is our 12 day Classic Highlight Tour, which covers Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Guilin, Xi’an, and Beijing.

Like before, I’ll only introduce the cities in this post. For an actual day-by-day itinerary and pricing info, visit our website.

I’ve talked about Shanghai and Beijing quite a lot in the past and I gave a brief overview of Suzhou and Hangzhou in the previous tour post. So here I will focus on the cities of Guilin and Xi’an.

The city of Guilin is located in southern China on the banks of the Li River. It’s known for it’s natural scenery along the river. Cruising the Li River is a must for any visitor, as is seeing the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill.


The Li River



The Reed Flute Cave (from Wikipedia)



Elephant Trunk Hill


Fun Facts: Guilin was used as a backdrop to the film/novel The Painted Veil. It was also the inspiration for the design of the Wookie Planet in Star Wars III.


Of course, Xi’an is famous for the Terra Cotta Army. The army was created to protect the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and consists of over a thousand soldiers, horses, and chariots. All the statues have unique faces, since the people that created them used their fellow co-workers as models for the warriors.


The Terra Cotta Warriors



Close Up of the Warriors


This tomb was discovered in 1974 after a farmer came upon it while digging a well. Since then scientists have been continuously  excavating the rest of the tomb.

Interesting note: The warriors were once entirely painted, but time has worn off the colors, leaving them the color they are today. Only a handful of warriors still show signs of their original colors.

Other than the Terra Cotta Warriors, Xi’an is also famous for the Wild Goose Pagoda, which is over 1000 years old, and it’s traditional Tang Dynasty folk performances.


The Wild Goose Pagoda (from Wikipedia)



Tang Dynasty Dance Performance


So that wraps up my brief intro to our 12 day tour. Prices this fall start at $2,499. For more details, check out our website (link above).

Day-by-Day Itinerary in a Nutshell

Day 1: USA->Shanghai

Day 2: Shanghai->Wuxi

Day 3: Wuxi->Hangzhou (highlights: Liyuan Garden)

Day 4: Hangzhou->Suzhou (highlights: West Lake, local teahouse)

Day 5: Suzhou->Beijing (highlights: Panmen Scenic Area, Garden of Master Net, Silk Weaving Workshop)

Day 6: Beijing (highlights: Great Wall of China, National Stadium/Bird’s Nest, )

Day 7: Beijing (highlights: Palace Museum/Forbidden City, Qianmen District)

Day 8: Beijing->Xian (highlights: Temple of Heaven, Capital Museum)

Day 9: Xian (highlights: Terra Cotta Army, Tang Dynasty Stage Show)

Day 10: Xian->Shanghai (highlights: Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum)

Day 11: Shanghai (highlights: Old Town, The Bund, Shanghai World Finance Center, Shanghai World Expo Memorial Park)

Day 12: Shanghai->USA