Best of China and Yangtze River Cruise
Including overnights in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, China
 12 Days • 22 Meals
Experience the spectacle that 3,000 years of Chinese history has produced. Explore the Great Wall of China, the imperial Forbidden City, the Three Gorges Dam and a wonderful cruise on the Yangtze River.

 Highlights
  • 22 Meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Tours
  • Included excursions to the must-see sites: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven and the Terra Cotta Warriors, all guided by expert English-speaking guides
  • Three nights in Beijing
  • Two nights in Xian
  • Two nights in Shanghai
  • Three-night cruise aboard the RV Century Sun on the mighty Yangtze River from Chongqing to Yichang
  • All meals included onboard ship
  • Included guided excursions with English speaking local guides
  • Complimentary bottled water on the ship
  • Spacious public areas
  • Visit to Old Beijing with a Pedi cab ride
  • Lunches at local restaurants in Beijing and Xian
  • Complimentary lessons on Chinese Tai Chi
  • Local entertainment on the ship
  • Culinary lessons on cooking Chinese food
  • Participate in a Chinese Folk dance
  • $60 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your transpacific flight to Beijing, China, the capital of the Peoples’ Republic of China.
Day 2  Beijing, China
Upon arrival in Beijing you’ll be met by a Mayflower tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3  Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
Begin the day by discovering Beijing, the heart, soul and spirit of this mysterious and mystical land. Marvel at Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the imposing buildings that surround it. Walk through the echoing courtyards and monumental palaces of the Forbidden City, once home to China’s emperors and royal family. This evening, at our welcome dinner, enjoy Peking duck, a local specialty. Meals: B, D
Day 4  Great Wall of China
Today’s excursion journeys to the Great Wall of China, one of the ‘Eight Wonders of the World’ and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascend via cable car and the reward is a breathtaking view. The amazing wall, complete with ramparts, watchtowers and the infamous zigzag shape, meanders across hills and valleys and fades away into the distance. Enjoy an included lunch during the excursion. Meals: B, L
Day 5  Temple of Heaven and Xian
Before departing Beijing, visit the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of 15th-century architecture, geometry and engineering, where the emperors came to pray for good harvests. Its grand architectural style and profound cultural connotation give an insight into the practices of the ancient Eastern civilization. This afternoon, fly to Xian, the ancient capital of 11 dynasties of China. Dinner is included at the hotel. Meals: B, D
Day 6  Terra Cotta warriors
This morning, travel to the spectacular sight of the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, guarded by 8,000 life-size Terra Cotta warriors and horses, in battle formation. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s one of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. After an included lunch, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Meals: B, L
Day 7  Chongqing and embarkation of the RV Century Sun
Board a morning flight to Chongqing, the former capital during WWII. During the city tour, visit the Grand Auditorium and General Stilwell’s Museum, founded in memory of this American General who contributed a great deal to the people of China. After the tour, transfer to the pier for embarkation of the RV Century Sun, home for the next three nights. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Shibaozhai Pagoda
Enjoy the scenic sailing on the Yangtze River this morning. This afternoon’s shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda is included. Join the Captain’s welcome party this evening followed by dinner. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9  Qutang and Wu Gorges
This morning cruise the Qutang Gorge, which is five miles long and the narrowest, most dramatic of all gorges. The mountains on either side reach as high as 4,000 feet. This combination of narrow canyons among high mountains is often considered the most beautiful of all the Three Gorges. In the afternoon, sail through the Wu Gorge followed by an included excursion to Shenny Stream. Enjoy the Captain’s farewell dinner on your final evening aboard the ship. Meals: B, L, D
Day 10  Maoping, Three Gorges Dam and Shanghai
After an early morning arrival in Maoping, depart for the Three Gorges Dam, which spans the Yangtze River in Hubei province near Yichang. It is the largest hydroelectric river dam in the world, more than five times the size of the Hoover Dam. After the shore excursion, sail through the scenic Xiling Gorge and arrive in Yichang where you disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Meals: B, L
Day 11  Shanghai
Begin the day by exploring Shanghai with a city tour that takes you to the waterfront known as ‘The Bund’, the 16th-century Yu Garden, French Concession and the Pudong area. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner, Chinese style, at your hotel. Meals: B, D
Day 12  Shanghai/USA
This morning, transfer to the Shanghai airport and return home with fond memories of the life enriching experiences from China and your cruise on the Yangtze River. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 2-4  The Westin Beijing Financial Street or similar, Beijing
Days 5-6  Sheraton Xian North or similar, Xian
Days 7-9  Aboard the RV Century Sun
Days 10-11  Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden or similar, Shanghai
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Per Person Twin Single Room Availability
September 15, 2018 $2,469 add $1,379 Sold Out
October 13, 2018 $2,469 add $1,379 Guaranteed
September 14, 2019 $2,569 add $1,479 Available
October 12, 2019 $2,569 add $1,479 Available
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Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

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