China & Yangtze River Cruise with Hong Kong

BEIJING, XIAN, SHANGHAI, GUILIN, YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE & HONG KONG

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  • Duration: 17 days
  • Price: from $2,799

Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to China. Reserve by September 4, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

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Immerse yourself in an ancient culture on this comprehensive tour and cruise of fascinating China! Cruise down the Yangtze River in style aboard one of Victoria Cruises‘ premier ships, shop in energetic Hong Kong, visit the Terra Cotta Soldiers in Xian, tour the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square in Beijing, and visit the Bund in Shanghai. First class accommodations can be found on every smarTours trip (including this one!), so get ready for a trip of a lifetime and call to book your next vacation today!
Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 3 nights in Beijing
  • 2 nights in Xian
  • 2 nights in Shanghai
  • 4-Night Yangtze River Cruise
  • 2 Nights in Guilin
  • 2 Nights in Hong Kong

 

  • Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
  • Great Wall (Beijing)
  • Terra Cotta Soldiers (Xian)
  • The Bund (Shanghai)
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • Li River (Guilin)
  • Victoria Peak (Hong Kong)
  • Round-trip airfare from San Francisco via Air China (Add $100 if departing from NYC, JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-China flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodation at deluxe hotels
  • Deluxe Yangtze River cruise aboard Victoria Cruises Premier ship in outside cabin with picture window and private balcony
  • 33 meals: 15 full buffet American breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours, admission fees included
  • All shore excursions
  • English-speaking Tour Director and local guides

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $799 ($999 for Sep & Oct tours). 
Add $100 if departing from New York (JFK).
Business Class Upgrade
SFO/Beijing/SFO add $3300. JFK/Beijing/JFK add $3700
China visa fee is not included.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your magical journey to China & Hong Kong begins this afternoon as you depart on your non-stop flight bound for Beijing, China.
Day 2
Arrive Beijing.
After crossing the International Date Line you arrive late this afternoon in Beijing, China’s lively capital and host to the 2008 Summer Olympics. You’ll be greeted at the airport and travel to your deluxe hotel centrally located in downtown Beijing, within easy access to Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a welcome briefing. Capital Hotel
Day 3
Beijing.
Start your exploration of Beijing with a visit to the vast Tiananmen Square, surrounded by impressive buildings and monuments. It is an excellent spot for people watching! Later, discover with a local expert the Forbidden City, former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing Panda bears Beijing Zoodynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. In the afternoon you’ll delight in a visit to the Beijing Zoo where you’ll see the adorable Giant Pandas. This evening savor an included special welcome banquet featuring the famous “Peking Duck”. (B,L,D)

Day 4
Beijing & Great Wall.
On today’s exhilarating excursion venture outside the city to the legendary Great Wall, which extends nearly 4,000 miles. Time to view and mount the well-preserved ramparts of this ancient wonder before proceeding to the Summer Palace, a former royal retreat of the Empress Dowager and now a lovely park. Here, enjoy a scenic boat ride on peaceful Kunming Lake. This evening you’ll be our guest and delight in the “Legend of Kung Fu” show, a special stage performance that blends music and martial arts, highlighting the history and development of the fascinating Chinese martial arts, known as Kung Fu. (B,L)

Day 5
Beijing & Xian.
A morning at leisure to explore as you wish. You may join an optional excursion ($60, lunch included) to Beijing’s ancient back alleys (Hutong) by rickshaw and witness the way the Chinese have lived for centuries. You’ll also visit the home of a local family and have lunch with them. Continue to the splendid Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming Dynasty architecture. Later today, fly to Xian, ancient capital of China for eleven dynasties and historic gateway to the old silk trading route. Golden Flower Shangri-La Hotel (B)

Day 6
Xian.
On an included guided excursion visit one of the world’s most amazing archaeological discoveries: a life-size Terra Cotta Army of soldiers and horses guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi. It was unearthed in 1974 after being buried with the first Qin emperor for 22 centuries! Later, visit the intriguing Tang Art Museum and view excellent exhibits and demonstrations of Chinese culture including folk arts, ancient painting works and calligraphy. This evening savor a delicious dumpling dinner, a local specialty, and delight in a Tang Dynasty spectacular folklore show. (B,L,D)

Day 7
Xian & Shanghai.
Today fly to Shanghai, often described as “Paris of the East”. An intriguing, dynamic city, today’s Shanghai weaves the seaport legacy of its past with impressive new 21st century architecture. Upon arrival, you’ll be escorted to your luxury hotel. This afternoon embark on a guided orientation drive followed by a stroll down the Bund, the bustling and exciting waterfront along the Huangpu River. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel. Crowne Plaza Fudan Hotel (B,D)

Day 8
Shanghai.
Start your day with a guided walk amidst the scenic ponds, colorful pavilions and walkways of the 16th century Yu Yuan Garden, a delightful reminder of old Shanghai. You’ll also visit the acclaimed Shanghai Museum displaying exquisite ancient Chinese art and artifacts. After an included lunch, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace.This evening you may join an optional ($40) dinner followed by a mesmerizing acrobatic show. (B,L)

Day 9
Shanghai/Yichang.
Today board a short flight to Yichang, a sprawling riverfront town in western Hubei Province. Yichang is also the gateway to the Yangtze River Gorges. Later today you’ll embark your luxurious River Cruiser and settle into the spacious cabin. Set sail late tonight. Victoria Cruises Premier Ship (B,L,D)

Day 10
Yangtze River Cruising.
Spend the day cruising along one of the world’s finest stretches of river scenery. First, dock at Sandouping village and visit the ongoing Yangtze Dam project, the world’s largest hydroelectric power project. You’ll enjoy a lecture on the progress of the project, view a model of the completed dam and savor the scenic views. Return to your ship and sail through the Three Gorges ship-locks towards the Xiling Gorge, a long, twisting passage through rushing rapids, weathered peaks, landmark caves and temples. Tonight, you’ll be the Captain’s guest at a cocktail reception. (B,L,D)

Day 11
Yangtze River Cruising.
An unforgettable day begins as you continue sailing through the Three Gorges. Proceed through the misty Wu Gorge, its twelve peaks soaring above. Dock in Wushan and board a smaller boat for a thrilling side trip up the Daning River to see the “Small Gorges,” presenting some of China’s most spectacular scenery. Towering cliffs soar over the narrow river and unique wildlife abound. Your spectacular voyage unfolds as you pass through the last of the “Three Gorges”, Qutang. This breathtaking narrow passage is the grandest of them all. (B,L,D)

Day 12
Yangtze River Cruising.
Today, continue your cruise along the Yangtze River. Dock in Fengdu, a graceful town lying at the foothill of the mountains and right by the river.  A shore excursion is included to the Relocation Village developed for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze River’s rising waters due to the Three Gorges Dam. Tonight, enjoy a farewell banquet and cultural show on board. (B,L,D)

Day 13
Arrive Chongqing/Guilin.
Disembark in the mountain city of Chongqing, a modern river port with ancient history spanning 3000 years. Later, fly southward to Guilin, home to the magnificent karst limestone formations, mist-covered hills and bamboo groves made famous through centuries of Chinese art. This afternoon, visit the famous Reed Flute Cave. Guilin Bravo Hotel (B,L)

Day 14
Guilin & Li River Cruise.
Towering limestone pinnacles and misty waters form the backdrop of today’s leisurely cruise on the fabled Li River. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery before arriving at the bustling market town of Yangshou where you have some free time to explore and shop. This evening savor a special dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 15
Guilin/Hong Kong.
Fly to Guangzhou, a prosperous city in southern China. Here, board a high-speed catamaran for a short ride through the Pearl River Delta to the scenic harbor of Hong Kong. Transfer to your hotel in the heart of bustling Kowloon, near the majestic harbor promenade. This afternoon savor first glimpses of thriving Hong Kong as you join your tour director for an orientation walk. Regal Kowloon Hotel (B)

Day 16
Hong Kong.
A morning tour of Hong Kong Island features a drive to the top of Victoria Peak for a spectacular city and harbor view. Then visit the renowned Stanley Market where bargains await, the scenic Repulse Bay and the Aberdeen floating fishing village. Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace, visit one of the fascinating museums or “shop until you drop”. (B)

Day 17
Hong Kong/USA.
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Your memorable journey comes to an end as you arrive back in the U.S. later today. (B)

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your departure flights from the USA and back are on Air China. You are expected to arrive at your gateway airport, San Francisco (SFO) or New York (JFK), no later than 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure time. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting fight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice. The current schedule is as follows:

Departure City:                           San Francisco (SFO)                 New York (JFK)

Depart:                                                 1:30pm                                                 3:30pm

Return:                                                 12:30pm                                               2:30pm                

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Air China does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

Travel to China requires a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens require visa to enter China. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Passengers traveling to China need to have individual visas stamped in their passports. To obtain an individual visa for China, please follow one of the following:

  1. If you prefer to apply for your visa directly with the Chinese Consulate, you will have to apply in person.   Chinese Consulates do not accept mailed-in visa applications.  Please contact the Chinese Consulate nearest your area for visa requirements and application forms and fees.
  2. If you do not reside close to a consulate, we suggest that you use a visa service to facilitate the processing of the visa.  We recommend using CIBT.  Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002
  3. If you do not have access to a computer, and you are not able to apply for your visa in person, please contact CIBT to have a form mailed to you.  If you plan to use the services of CIBT and have any questions regarding the application please call them directly at 800-406-1523.
  4. We recommend that you apply for the visa in-person or through CIBT, at least 45-50 days before your scheduled departure to China. If you apply earlier, your visa may expire by the time you are scheduled to take your trip!

PLEASE NOTE:  An invitation letter addressed to the Chinese Consulate will be e-mailed to you approximately 50 days prior to your departure date.  This invitation letter will include the addresses and telephone numbers of the hotels and land operator in China.  You will need to print this invitation and present it with your China visa application.  When you send us your final payment, please make sure you provide us with your correct e-mail address on your tour registration form.  Also please note that visa procedures may change at any time.  You should check directly with the consulate, or if using CIBT online at www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions before submitting your paperwork.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

 TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

 HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

 CLIMATE

You may expect temperatures averaging in the 50’s in March and November, 60’s in April, 60’s and 70’s in May, September and October and 80’s in June through August.  Hong Kong temperatures are somewhat warmer.

 NON-INCLUDED MEALS

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $15-20 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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Jul 28, 2014 by Arlene

I just got back from this trip and it was terrific.....Chen our tour director was wonderful, caring ,knowledgeable, funny and spoke excellent English made us feel so welcome. Every local tour guide we had was also terrific. Thank you Harry,Vivian,john , Jenny, Jean and all the others plus the bus drivers. I spent 15 of the 17 days with a lot of fun people and we were like family after a few days....SMARTOURS you rock. Arlene


China Yangtze trip

Apr 17, 2014 by Elizabeth Layous

We are new to SmarTours and have recently returned from the 17 day China/Yangtze River Cruise trip. We had an extraordinary trip. Our tour guide was "Harry" Sun. He is perhaps the best guide we have ever had and we have had many excellent guides. He was gracious and kind and took such good care or us. We lucked into a great group of 36 who were all (!) punctual and no complainers. I can't believe the wealth of sights that were included in the trip. We also took the two optional trips and they were fabulous. This has to be the BEST travel bargain ever. The hotels were all first rate and since we love Chinese food we really enjoyed the cuisine. We can't say enough about how much we packed in to 17 days. We will be great ambassadors for China and for SmarTours. Well done and thank you!
Elizabeth Layous


Great trip

Dec 06, 2013 by Ron

This was an awesome trip.. thank you SmarTours


smarTours , USA 5.0 5.0 3 3 I just got back from this trip and it was terrific.....Chen our tour director was wonderful, caring ,knowledgeable, funny and spoke excellent English made us feel so welcome. Ever

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