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(Yangtze River Cruise)
Explore Shanghai with your private cruise before you embark on a 7 night cruise on the Yangtze River, the third longest river on Earth, and lifeblood of China. Sail through thousands of years of Chinese history, culture and economy, all firmly rooted in the waters of the Yangtze. Your time on board between Shanghai and Chongqing will be enhanced by daily group excursions, exploring intriguing cultural and historic sites of the Yangtze River basin in Nanjing, Huangshan and Wuhan, not to mention cruising the incredible Three Gorges Scenic Spot, one of China's forerunners for UNESCO World Heritage status. Visit Chongquing before you fly to Beijing and discover the city with your private expert guide.
Cruise Departure Dates:
Shanghai-Chongqing: Apr 18, May 2,16,30, Sep 12,26, Oct 10,24 (2014)
Chongqing-Shanghai: Apr 12,26, May 10,24, Sep 6,20, Oct 4,18 (2014)
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Relive the Golden Age of Old Shanghai in this dazzling, Art Deco jewel, infused with every thoroughly modern five-star luxury that today’s discerning travelers expect. Just steps from the famous People’s Square and Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street and a 10 minute stroll to the historical Bund. Every one of the guestroom and suites features a spacious bathroom with separate shower and bathtub, broadband internet and Wi-Fi access, IP Phone, iHome iPod docking station, DVD Player, 42” LCD-TV in bedroom and 19” LCD-TV in bathroom and a generously sized business desk. Many rooms feature a private balcony or terrace making the hotel indeed a rarity among Shanghai hotels.
Experience a full day private guided tour of Shanghai visiting the Shanghai Museum, Urban Planning Museum, Nanjing Road, the Bund, cruising on the Huangpu river and enjoying the views from the Oriental Pearl Tower. The museum is an authentic treasure house of ancient Chinese art and holds around 120,000 precious relics. Bronzes, pottery, paintings and calligraphies are distinctive features of the museum's collection. The nearby Urban Planning Hall is a fun and informative introduction to Shanghai’s exciting past and future. Strolling down Nanjing Road, which was once listed as one of the most interesting streets in the world, you will arrive at the historic Bund. Enjoy a cruise on the Huangpud river that divides old Shanghai from the futuristic Pudong, before venturing across the water for a trip up the Oriental Pearl Tower to view the city from above. The majority of this tour is best to be done by foot.
Meet your private driver and guide at the hotel, and depart Shanghai for a half-day excursion to Zhujiajiao; a beautiful water town on the banks of the Yangtze an hour outside of Shanghai. The 47 square kilometer town is almost 1700 years old. Its beauty lies in its lovely streams, which reflect the traditional houses built on their banks. Large and small gondola-like boats in typical Chinese style ply the waters all around the city. After your tour, you'll be returned to Shanghai.
Meet your driver for a pier transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of the ship. Your welcome dinner this evening will provide an ideal opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
The Victoria Sophia is specifically designed to accommodate both leisure and business travelers, it has over 1200 square feet on the upper floor, with conference rooms, space for cocktail parties, private meetings, and guest lecture sessions.The Victoria Sophia has been redesigned with private balconies for all cabins to allow intimate, private viewing of the scenery of the Three Gorges. The Victoria Sophia's hospitable, well-trained staff makes passengers feel comfortable and at home aboard this floating hotel.
Today you'll cruise to Nanjing where you'll participate in a full-day tour of Nanjing. During the course of the day, you'll get to visit the Ming Dynasty City Wall open-air museum, and also a Qing Dynasty-style bazaar which surrounds a Confucian Temple.
Continue cruising west along the Yangtze, stopping for a shared full-day excursion to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a prominent subject of traditional Chinese art. Its renowned for its sunsets, granite peaks and pine-lined cliffs. Depending on weather conditions, Jiuhuashan or "Mountain of the Nine Lotuses" may be substituted if conditions do not permit a visit to Huangshan.
Your morning cruise will bring you to today's shared excursion of Wuhan, where you'll visit the Heptachord Terrace (Guqin Tai). A remnant of the Northern Song Dynasty, the grounds comprised of a main building, courtyard, garden and tea house, were designed to commemorate the legend of Yu Boya, a tale of friendship.
Today is a full day sailing the magnificent Yangtze River, en route to the UNESCO World Heritage 'Three Gorges' section of the river. Spend some time at the bar, or enjoying the scenery from the observation lounge.
Today you'll arrive in Yichang, sailing through the Gezhou Dam. You'll join a shared visit to the Three Gorges Dam site (the world's largest power station), before rejoining your ship to sail through the Three Gorges Dam locks.
You'll sail through the Wu Gorge (Great Gorge) today, and enjoy a shared excursion to the Daning River Small Gorges, one of the most scenic parts along the Yangtze and its tributaries.
This morning you'll take a shore excursion to Fengdu, visiting either the "Ghost City" on Mingshan Hill, or the new relocation village for families who have moved as result of the Yangtze's rising waters brought about by the Three Gorges Dam.The statues and buildings of the Fengdu Ghost City attraction grounds create an eerie sense of a town of lost souls.
Bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as you disembark from your ship this morning.
Enjoy a private sightseeing tour of Chongqing, situated in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. The city features the Dazu Rock Carvings, Gold Buddhist Mountain, Fishing Town, an ancient battlefield, and the Ci Qi Kou village packed with handicraft souvenirs.
Transfer between the airport and the pier with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide.
Fly from Chongqing to Beijing. Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours.
The Grand Hyatt Beijing is one of the finest hotels in Beijing. In the prestigious Oriental Plaza in the center of Beijing, the hotel is just moments from Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City, the city center and the Wang Fu Jing shopping street. Enjoy an elegantly decorated room, as well as the cuisine at the hotel's exquisite and innovative restaurants. The Grand Hyatt Beijing is a modern, elegant hotel, offering the best of both worlds - a subtle blend of Western and Oriental traditions encompassing contemporary hotel design and convenience with classic standards of service and excellence.
Enjoy a full day private guided tour with lunch at the Great Wall at Mutianyu located 45 miles northeast of Beijing. This section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles. Construction started in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 577) and was restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Built mainly from granite with its 8 meter high walls that are 5 meters wide at the top, it is notable for its 22 watchtowers. Drive to the Ming Tombs - the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums and necropolis are remarkable for their palatial architecture. Originally built as the tomb of Emperor Zhu Di and his empresses, the succeeding twelve emperors had their tombs built closely nearby in a grand complex. Lunch is included.
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