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Day 1:
Arriving at Shanghai, you’ll be greeted and driven to your hotel.
Day 2:
Today, you’ll explore China’s temple to modernity, with a visit to the Oriental Pearl Television Tower and the Shanghai Historical development Centre. After lunch, you’ll explore the preserved historic European waterfront of colonial Shanghai and the Jade Buddha Temple.
Day 3:
In the morning, you’ll visit the beautifully serene Yu Garden, followed by a wander of Shanghai Old Town. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the French Concession, the pedestrianized Xintiandi zone within the historic district and Shanghai Museum.
Day 4:
This morning, you’ll catch the flight to Guilin, for your stay in one of the world’s most profoundly beautiful landscapes. After settling in to your hotel, you’ll visit the natural wonders of Reed Flute Cave, Folded Colours Hill and Seven Star Park.
Day 5:
Today, you’ll have a river cruise through the achingly beautiful and stunningly dramatic landscape from Guilin to Yangshuo, where you’ll disembark and spend the night.
Day 6:
This morning, you’ll catch the flight to Xi'an and your hotel. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the city’s impressive city walls and the Shaanxi Museum to see its remarkable collection of ancient artefacts.
Day 7:
Today, you’ll have an exploration of the site of the world famous Terracotta Warriors, viewing the vast ancient army and discovering the background to the excavations. Later, you’ll visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and the Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts Museum. In the evening, you’ll be driven to the railway station to catch the overnight sleeper train to Chongqing.
Day 8:
Arriving at Chongqing, you’ll have breakfast before an exploration of Ciqikou ancient town, Chongqing Zoo, home to over 200 species of animal, including the iconic Pandas, and the China Three Gorges Museum. In the evening, you’ll board the Victoria Cruise boat for your cruise of the Yangtse River, departing Chongqing at 21:00 hours.
Day 9:
This morning, you’ll have an excursion to the ‘Ghost City’ of Fengdu, focus of many legends concerning the crossover to the afterlife, featuring the ‘bridge of helplessness’ the first of three tests for the departed soul, which together with the Ghost Torturing Pass and the Tianzi Palace tests, determine the fate of the participant.
Day 10:
Today, your cruise continues through the three gorge of Qutang (5 miles), Wu (25 miles) and Xiling (41 miles). After Wu Gorge, you’ll have a side excursion of the Goddess Stream aboard a smaller vessel. In the evening, you’ll pass through the lock gates of the mighty Three Gorges Dam.
Day 11:
In the morning, you’ll have an excursion to the famous dam, before continuing downriver to Yichang, where you’ll disembark and be taken to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Beijing.
Day 12:
Upon arrival in China’s capital city, you’ll have breakfast, followed by a visit to the Great Wall, one of mankind’s most remarkable structures. After lunch, you’ll visit the Ming Tombs Complex, housing the remains of the era’s 13 Emperors.
Day 13:
This morning, you’ll visit the revered Temple of Heaven, one of China’s most influential buildings, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before visiting Tiananmen Square and passing in to the Forbidden City. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a tea ceremony and a visit to the famous Imperial Gardens of the Summer Palace.
Day 14:
Your time will be free until you are taken to the airport for your onward or departure flight.