Grand China with Yangtze River 14 Days 12 Nights Tour Code: RPV

Visiting: Beijing 3 nights - Yangtze River Cruise 4 nights - Xian 2 nights - Shanghai 3 nights

Departure Date: 10/29/2017 ~ 11/12/2017     From $6699.00

Join us on an epic 12-night journey to China to see the best of this vast and intriguing nation, past and present. Experience the bustling capital of Beijing where skyscrapers tower over ancient hutongs, visit the awe-inspiring Great Wall, and sail along the storied Yangtze River by luxury cruise boat. See giant pandas at Chongqing and cap your adventures with a visit to the 2,000-year-old Terracotta Army at Xian and time in energetic Shanghai, China’s powerhouse.
Suggested Itinerary
Day  1

USA - Beijing, China

  • Fly from the US to Beijing, China’s capital.
Day  2

Beijing

  • Arrive at Beijing International Airport and relax with a transfer to your hotel. Check in for three nights and spend the balance of the day as you want, perhaps enjoying your hotel or getting a taste of fascinating Beijing independently.
Day  3

Beijing ( B L DP)

  • Relax over breakfast before taking a sightseeing tour of this incredible city, where skyscrapers loom over ancient alleyways and imperial palaces. Stroll in Tiananmen Square and explore the vast UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Later, enjoy the afternoon at the Summer Palace. Finish the day with a sumptuous Peking Duck dinner at a popular restaurant.

    Fine Dining Experience: Peking Duck dinner at the Temple Restaurant, one of the top unique restaurants in Beijing.

  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City Tour

    Enjoy a fascinating walking tour around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square, and explore the UNESCO-protected Forbidden City, the palatial complex used by China’s emperors between 1420 and 1912.

    Summer Palace with Lake Cruise Tour

    Experience the UNESCO-listed Summer Palace, once the garden retreat of China’s royals, on this scenic tour. Admire the exquisite architecture and landscapes, and enjoy a cruise on idyllic Kunming Lake.

Day  4

Beijing ( B L DH)

  • This morning is devoted to China’s most celebrated structure: the Great Wall. Stretching for over 3,700 miles, this ancient marvel was built to prevent invasions from the north and west. Head to the Badaling section of wall, and stroll the ramparts to experience their monumental scale, ascending and descending by cable car. Afterward, have lunch at the Commune by the Great Wall before spending the rest of the day in Beijing as you wish. You might want to join our included tour of the ‘hutongs,’ a honeycomb of old alleyways that offer a glimpse into old Peking.

    Fine Dining Experience: Lunch at the Commune by the Great Wall, a private complex of contemporary architecture designed by 12 Asian architects, hailed by Business Week in 2005 as a “New Architectural Wonder of China”.

  • Hutong Tour

    Discover the untainted charm of old town Beijing on a rickshaw tour of the hutongs (narrow alleyways). Lined with wood carvings, ornate brick designs and traditional courtyard residences, the hutongs offer a glimpse into a world far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Great Wall Tour

    Visit China’s UNESCO-listed Great Wall, the world’s longest man-made structure. Travel to the Badaling section, the best-preserved segment, and enjoy up to two hours to walk along the wall, originally built during the Ming dynasty. Continue to the Commune by the Great Wall, a boutique mountain resort that offers exclusive access to the Shuiguan stretch of wall. Enjoy a 3-course Western-style lunch at the Commune, and visit the off-limits Shuiguan section, experiencing the wall from a whole new angle.

Day  5

Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River Cruise ( B D)

  • Visit the beautiful Temple of Heaven before taking a flight to Yichang in Hubei Province, the embarkation point for your 4-night Yangtze cruise. Board the comfortable Victoria Jenna river cruise ship, and settle into your accommodation — a deluxe, spacious suite with a balcony and access to a private dining area. Tonight, enjoy dinner aboard as your ship sets sail.
  • Temple of Heaven Tour

    Visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties prayed the god of heaven for fruitful harvests. The architecture is widely dignified as the noblest example of religious architecture in all of China.

Day  6

Yangtze River Cruise ( B L D)

  • After breakfast, enjoy a private excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site. Marvel at the monumental structure — the world’s biggest dam — and learn how its construction required the displacement of 1.2 million people. Later, sail through the Three Gorges locks and scenic Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest gorge.
Day  7

Yangtze River Cruise ( B L D)

  • Today, enjoy a private outing to the Small Gorges, riding a smaller boat through the lovely Goddess Stream, or if conditions permit, the gorges of Shennong Stream. Marvel at the forested beauty and cliffs of Wu Gorge, and sail through Qutang Gorge, the most spectacular of the gorges.
Day  8

Yangtze River Cruise ( B L D)

  • Following breakfast, take a private trip to Shibaozhai, where an 18th- century wooden pagoda rises from a hill above the Yangtze. Alternatively, depending on river conditions, enjoy a private excursion to Fengdu to explore a village relocated after the Three Gorges Dam’s construction.
Day  9

Yangtze River Cruise - Chongqing - Xian ( B L DH)

  • Disembark at Chongqing this morning and visit Chongqing Zoo to see its Panda House. Observe the giant pandas before transferring to the airport for an afternoon flight to Xian. Arrive in China’s former capital and check in at your hotel in time for dinner.

    Fine Dining Experience: Buffet dinner at the luxurious Westin Hotel with a private visit to hotel’s Xian Qujiang Museum on Fine Art.

Day  10

Xian ( B L DS)

  • Steeped in 3,000-year-old history, Xian combines the trappings of modern China with an ancient center. Today, view Xian’s fortified 14th- century City Wall and wonder at the spectacular Terracotta Warriors, a life-size army of clay soldiers and chariots created to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, during the afterlife. Tonight, enjoy a folklore show and dinner at the Tang Dynasty Palace.

    Fine Dining Experience: Lunch at the Terracotta Museum. Dinner & show at the Tang Dynasty Palace with VIP seating.

  • Terracotta Warriors and City Wall Tour

    View Xian’s Terracotta Warriors, the incredible army of 8,000 life-size clay figures interred with China’s first Qin emperor in 200 BC, before visiting the city’s 14th-century walls, the best-preserved in China.

Day  11

Xian - Shanghai ( B DH)

  • Today fly to Shanghai, the supercharged hub of China’s economic revolution. On arrival in this captivating city, transfer to your hotel for dinner this evening.

    Fine Dining Experience: Tasting menu dinner at the luxurious Fairmont Peace Hotel.

Day  12

Shanghai ( B L)

  • Get acquainted with exuberant Shanghai with a comprehensive sightseeing tour. Visit the Shanghai Museum, the City God Bazaar and the Xintiandi shopping district. Step out onto the famous Bund riverfront to see the colonial buildings that recall Shanghai’s ‘golden age’ in the early 20th-century, and tonight, perhaps enjoy an acrobatics show for the entertainment.
  • Shanghai City Tour

    Get to know Shanghai, China’s most electrifying metropolis, on a full-day tour. Admire the colonial grandeur of the Bund, and visit Shanghai Museum, the vibrant City God Temple Bazaar, and more.

Day  13

Shanghai ( B DP)

  • Enjoy a day free in Shanghai today. Perhaps shop for souvenirs, or dip into the eclectic food scene. Alternatively, join us for an included trip to the canal-crossed water town of Suzhou, known for its manicured gardens, waterways and silk making. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

    Fine Dining Experience: Farewell dinner at the Shanghai Xijiao Guest Hotel, enjoying the picturesque vast gardens waterfront landscapes while dining.

Day  14

Shanghai - USA ( B)

  • After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai International Airport for your flight home.
AB = Full American Breakfast   B = Breakfast at hotel or on cruise   L = Lunch   LH = Lunch at hotel   D = Dinner at Local Restaurant   
DH = International Buffet Dinner at Hotel   DP = Special Dinner Party    DS = Dinner and show
Discount will be reflected upon booking, and 60 days advance booking is required.
StartEndLand PortionInt'l AirTotal Price
10/29/201711/07/2017$6699$800CA$7499
11/12/201711/21/2017$6699$800CA$7499

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• Advertised land prices are per person in double occupancy, including China domestic flight tickets (Beijing - Yichang / Chongqing - Xian - Shanghai) as per itinerary.

• Advertised int’l airfares are from Los Angeles (LAX ), San Francisco (SFO), Houston (IAH), and Washington DC (IAD) based on Air China (CA), including fuel surcharge and taxes / fees.

• Air surcharge for New York (JFK / EWR) departure with purchase of Land+Air Package is $100. For departures from other gateway cities, please call Ritz Tours for appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares.

• Air carrier and routing are at the sole discretion of Ritz Tours. For your preferred international carrier, please call Ritz Tours for pricing.

• For child rate and our airfare policy, please refer to our website or  see Terms & Conditions.

• Flight upgrade to CA Business Class on trans-Pacific segment surcharge: $2,600 round-trip from LAX/SFO/IAH/IAD, $3,200 round-trip from JFK/EWR, subject to availability.

• Prices are subject to change at any time without prior notice. For the most up-to-date prices, please check our website.

 

 

MORE LUXURY. MORE DISCOVERIES. MORE MEMORIES.

We know that every vacation can be elevated with an extra touch of comfort and personal attention. That’s why, as a Premier Tour guest, we give you more luxury, more space, and more hospitality to make your vacation special. And as a fnal touch, we give you a choice of optional tours so you can customize your travel experience to your wishes, making it as busy or as relaxed as you wish.
  • 5-Star Hotel Accommodations With Upgrades

    *   Beijing 3 Nights The St. Regis Beijing   Deluxe Room 

    *   Yangtze River 4 Nights The Victoria Jenna   Executive Suite 

    *   Xian 2 Nights The Westin Xian   Westin Executive Club Room 

    *   Shanghai 3 Nights Fairmont Peace Hotel Fairmont Gold Room 

  • Travel Protection

    *    Complimentary Travel Insurance with interruptions with Travelex

  • Your Luxury Vacation includes

    *   All international and internal flights

    *   Overseas airport transfers by private car on  arrival and departure

    *   8 nights’ hotel accommodation, with automatic upgrades to club/executive floors at each hotel

    *   4 nights’ cruise ship accommodation in the 5-star Victoria Jenna’s Executive Suite

    *   12 hotel or cruise ship buffet breakfasts

    *   8 restaurant or cruise ship lunches, including Western-style lunch at Commune by the Great Wall in Beijing, lunch at Terracotta Museum in Xian

    *   10 hotel, cruise ship or restaurant dinners, including Peking Duck dinner in Beijing,  hotel tasting menu dinner and Farewell dinner in Shanghai

    *   Comprehensive, leisurely paced guided tours in Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, including entrance fees

    *   Private shore excursions during Yangtze River cruise

    *   Services of expert local guides in China

  • Exciting Highlights

    *   Beijing  UNESCO World Heritage Sites:   Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Great Wall tour. Hutong tour.

    *   Yangtze River Cruise  Private shore excursions to Three Gorges Dam, Small Gorges and  Shibaozhai.

    *   Chongqing City tour and Panda Zoo visit.

    *   Xian UNESCO World Heritage Site:   Terracotta Warriors. City Wall and Tang Dynasty Dinner Show with  VIP seating.

    *   shanghai City tour, Suzhou tour, Farewell dinner party at  the very best local restaurant in Xijiao Guest Hotel.  

  • The St. Regis Beijing City: Beijing

    Set in the center of Beijing, the stylish St. Regis Beijing is a mere 6-minute stroll from a subway station, and three miles from the must-sees of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
    Deluxe Room / 323 sq ft  
    The St. Regis’ deluxe rooms offer luxurious, 5-star comforts and accommodations. Guests enjoy every modern convenience, including WiFi high-speed internet access, a state-of-the-art 42" LCD TV.
    Address: 21, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, 100020   Tel: 86 (10) 6460 6688
  • The Victoria Jenna City: Yangtze River Cruise

    The Yangtze’s newest and biggest river cruise ship, the Victoria jenna made its inaugural journey in 2009, and sets the standard in world-class river cruising. Comforts and amenities on board include a stunning atrium lobby, two restaurants, plush lounges, bars, a ftness center, beauty salon, lecture rooms, artist’s corner, gift shops, and four elevators.  
    Executive Suite / 333.47 sq ft  
    The Victoria Jenna’s Executive Suites are all outside and feature a private balcony. As an Executive Deck Program guest, you will enjoy a premium cabin location and full access to the private Lounge.  
    Address: 57-08 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377, USA   Tel: 1-800-348-8084
  • The Westin Xian City: Xian

    Located in the heart of Xian, the luxury Art Deco-style Westin Xian is a 5-minute walk from the 7th-century Big Wild Goose Pagoda and 30-minute drive from the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Three outstanding restaurants, an indulgent spa with warm indoor pool, a gym, and an onsite museum of fne art treasures complete the luxury and amenities.
    Westin Executive Club Room / 484 sq ft  
    Situated on the hotel’s stop floor, The Westin Executive Club rooms provide a perfect setting for guests to relax and revitalize against a backdrop of fabulous views over the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.  
    Address: 66 Ci En Road, Qu Jiang New District Xian, Shaanxi China   Tel: (86)(29) 6568 6568
  • Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai City: Shanghai

    Described as a ‘luxurious Art-Deco masterpiece,’ the Fairmont Peace Hotel makes a stunning base for enjoying Shanghai’s vibrant lifestyle. An icon of the city for over 80 years, this imperious hotel boasts a flagship location on the Bund, facing the skyscrapers of Pudong over the Huangpu River.  
    Fairmont Gold Room / 527 sq ft  
    As a Fairmont Gold guest, you will enjoy a host of exclusive privileges, including full access to the private Fairmont Gold Lounge, and more.  
    Address: 20 Nanjing Road East Shanghai China    Tel: 86 21 6138 6888