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2004 Yangtze Specials Deluxe

** Our most popular China tour program **

A. 2004 Departure Dates
Mar.: 21, 28, 31
Apr.: 03, 04, 05, 07, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28
May: 01, 02, 03, 05, 09, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26
Jun.: 02, 09, 16, 18, 23, 27, 30
Jul.: 03, 07, 10, 14, 17, 24, 28, 31
Aug.: 04, 07, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28, 30
Sept.: 01, 04, 06, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
Oct.: 02, 04, 06, 09, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
Nov.: 03, 06, 10, 13, 17
B. Tour Itinerary:
  • Day 1 US/Shanghai
    Depart San Francisco with your transpacific United Airlines, Northwest or Air China flight for Shanghai.
  • Day 2 Arrive Shanghai
    Arrive Shanghai, China's most populous city and a rising economic center in Asia. Our guide and driver will be greeting you at the airport and escort you to your 5 star Sheraton Huating Hotel & Towers or same class.
  • Day 3 Shanghai (B, L, D)
    Stroll along the world famous Bund waterfront, where your guide will show you the landmarks along China's Wall Street and one of the world's highest buildings in the newly developed land across the bustling Huangpu River. In the afternoon, shop along the Old City Town and Nanjing Road -- Shanghai's past and present center business districts.
  • Day 4 Shanghai/Wuhan/Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
    Continue your exploration to the Jade Buddha Temple in the morning. Fly to Wuhan and board the fine cruise ship, M. V. President I, II, III, M. S. Blue Whale or M. S. Yangtze Angel. Set sail at 5 p.m. (Different cruise ships have different itineraries. Description on cruise is just an example). * For departures March - May, 2003, check into Holiday Inn tonight and board the ship next day, due to the Three Gorge Project activities (read more details).
  • Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise Jingzhou(B, L, D)
    While you are learning Taiji from a cruise director in the morning, your cruise ship is sailing through the most fertilized land of Yangtze in the middle reaches. Arrive Jingzhou at 5pm. Visit the twin city with modern textile industry and 3,000-year history: ancient city wall with moat; a large museum with "Ten World's Most" exhibits including a male corpse buried 2,000 years ago. Relax on the sundeck as you observe the farms and happy village life in the heartland of China. Captain's welcome banquet. * For departures March - May, 2003, Morning guided  sightseeing to Chimes Museum, an unprecedented discovery in our ancient Chinese musicology and Potted Plant Garden. After lunch in Wuhan, transfer to Maoping to board the cruise ship, M. V. President I, II, III, M. S. Blue Whale or M. S. Yangtze Angel. (Different cruise ships have different itineraries. Description on cruise is just an example). On the way, visit the Jingzhou (Shashi) with city wall and museum.
  • Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise Three Gorges Dam> (B, L, D)
    Passing the shiplock at Gezhouba Dam, you enter the fabled Yangtze Three Gorges this morning. Disembark at the Three Gorges Dam construction site for a close look at the world's largest hydro project. Then reach Badong for overnight. Xiling Gorge, the first and longest of the three gorges, is featured with dramatic shoals, verdant cliffs, temples and landmark rocks.
  • Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise Badong (B, L, D)
    Excursion in a small boat exploring the Shennong Stream: ancient plank road remains along the river, mysterious ancient Ba people's coffins suspended high on the cliff, wild monkeys running under the primitive bushes and trees.... Continue to the 2nd gorge, Wu Gorge. The weathered twelve peaks of Goddess shapes a deep zigzagging valley and forested mountains.
  • Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise Wanxian(B, L, D)
    Qutang Gorge. Sailing through the 5,000 ft high, 300 ft wide passage and the breath-taking gorges onto Wanxian. A shore excursion includes visits to the museum with a suspended coffin on display, silk factory, and open market selling everything fresh -- an insight into the local daily life. After Captain's farewell banquet, there is a gala party tonight on the ship till next day morning.
  • Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise/Chongqing/Xian (B, L, D)
    Your cruiser reaches Chongqing at 9 AM. Disembark the ship and fly to Xian, an ancient capital for 13 dynasties and now a modern metro city. Transfer to your 5 star ANA Grand Castle Hotel or same class.
  • Day 10 Xian (B, L, D)
    Today, we set off to view China's first emperor's 6,000 life size Terra-cotta Soldiers and their horses, chariots, and weapons, "the eighth wonder of the world. Also visit legendary Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient City Wall. If time permits, visit Banpo Neolithic Museum. A marvelous Tang Dynasty dumpling dinner and show.
  • Day 11 Xian/Beijing (B, L, D)
    Fly to Beijing, China's capital, 2008 Olympic Games host city. You will marvel at the ever changing and splendid city in blend of old and new, even if you are not a first time visitor. Stay in your 5 star Kunlun Hotel orsame class.
  • Day 12 Beijing (B, L, D)
    Visit the world's largest plaza -- Tiananmen Square. The magnificent royal court Forbidden City offers endless treasures and stories. Continue to the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, the symbols of the country.
  • Day 13 Beijing (B, L, D)
    Great Wall, bordering the Gobi Desert. Walk on the Great Wall is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Also visit the Ming Imperial Tombs. An authentic Peking Duck farewell dinner party concludes your 2-week China tours.
  • Day 14 Beijing/US (B)
    Take your homebound transpacific flight to the US. You will arrive home the same day, with everlasting memories.
C. Tour Costs

  • $2,199 pp from San Francisco.
  • Land only: $1,599 pp;
  • Single Supplement: $788 and subject to availability.
  • Add-on: $50-$250 pp from other cities (please call).
  • May, August, September & October departures are $140 pp additional. Cabin upgrades are available upon request.

D. Included
  • Round-trip int'l air from SFO
  • Transportation between cities
  • 5 star deluxe hotel accommodations, double occupancy
  • Famed deluxe 4 or 5 star cruise ships up the Yangtze River (based on standard outside cabin)
  • Shore excursions along the Yangtze Three Gorges
  • American breakfast buffet, Chinese lunch and dinner daily
  • Private sightseeing with English speaking guides
  • Special banquets and cultural events
  • All transfers

E. Excluded

  • Gratuities
  • China group visa processing: $60 per person
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport Taxes and International Departure Taxes

F. Terms and Conditions

  • $300 per person deposit is required upon booking. Balance is due 60 days before departure.
  • A passport valid at least 6 months after departure date is required; 1 photo needed.
  • Cancellation policy: a full refund less $125 p. p. will be given for cancellations received 100 or more days prior to departure; a $250 p. p. penalty applies to 60-99 days before departure; 30% of total tour cost penalty 31-59 days; 50% tour cost penalty 20-30 days; 80% penalty 7-19 days; no refund 6 days before or on departure day.
  • Your travel agent and Yangtze Cruises, Inc select with great care reputable travel suppliers. The right is reserved to make any changes that might become necessary in executing the tours. The services are subject to conditions imposed by the suppliers: airlines, hotels, tour operators, cruise ships, etc. We cannot therefore assume responsibility for any claim loss, damage, cost, injury, death, etc. resulting from factors beyond our control. All services are strictly between the suppliers and the purchaser.
  • International airfares are subject to change by the airlines, unless full payments have been made or tickets have been issued.
  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Not included: items not on the table d'hote menus; purchases from the mini-bar, phone, fax and laundry; and items of a personal nature.
G. Remarks
  1. Prices are based on paying by checks or cash (cash discounted).
  2. B-breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner.
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