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China Insider including A 3 Night Yangtze River Cruise (Boutique Journey)

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Summary
Dining
Sightseeing
Inclusions
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Get a fascinating fix on China’s ever-changing landscape as you experience exciting cities (Beijing and Shanghai), explore the country’s smaller and wonderfully historic towns (Pingyao and Taiyuan) and rub shoulders with one of the greatest armies ever to be assembled (Xian’s Terra Cotta Warriors).  A highlight of your Brendan China vacation is a three-day Yangtze Cruise, taking you past the villages and through the Three Gorges that form quintessential China.

Inclusions
  • Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-14
  • All internal air flights: Taiyuan-Xian, Xian-Chongqing, Yichang-Shanghai
  • First-class transportation aboard the high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Taiyuan
  • Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • Deluxe stateroom with private balcony aboard the Century Legend
  • 13 breakfasts; 11 lunches; 9 dinners, including a Slow Food experience at the Great Wall
  • Reception at the top floor of the Crown Plaza in Xi'an
  • Services of an English-speaking local travel expert
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, provided in private, air-conditioned vehicles
  • Portfolio of travel documents
Dining

Brendan Vacations provides the following meals on this itinerary: 13 breakfasts; 11 lunches; 9 dinners, including a Slow Food experience at the Great Wall

Sightseeing

Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges. Headsets for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide's commentary. Optional Experiences are offered so you can include even more.

Vacation Highlights
Vacation Code: R601
Vacation Style: Guided Vacations
Type of Traveler: Cultural, Luxury, Small Group
Vacation Pace: 2
The Vacation Pace is the pace the vacation moves from a scale of 1 to 5. One being the slowest, five being the fastest-moving.
Operated By: Brendan Vacations
Discounts Available: A variety of discounts are available for this itinerary, including: Triple Room Reduction: $140; Young Traveler Discount: $478. Please check our savings page for all other available discounts.

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China Insider including A 3 Night Yangtze River Cruise (Boutique Journey) Itinerary

DAY 1
Arrive in Beijing, China

You will be transferred to your deluxe, centrally located hotel.

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You will be transferred to your deluxe, centrally located hotel.



Dining: None
Hotel Name: Fairmont Hotel Beijing
Class: Deluxe
City: Beijing
DAY 2
Beijing. Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square

Visit the Temple of Heaven and stop at a pearl workshop before heading to the magnificent Forbidd...

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Visit the Temple of Heaven and stop at a pearl workshop before heading to the magnificent Forbidden City. See the main halls and delight in a special viewing of exquisite antiques and treasures. After exploring vast Tiananmen Square, gather at an award-winning restaurant for a welcome dinner featuring Peking Duck and cheer the chef, who you will meet.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Fairmont Hotel Beijing
Class: Deluxe
City: Beijing
DAY 3
Beijing. Summer Palace and More

Venture to the Summer Palace and see the Beijing National Stadium and the Beijing National Aquati...

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Venture to the Summer Palace and see the Beijing National Stadium and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, nicknamed the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube. Have lunch at a local restaurant and experience a tea ceremony. Take a rickshaw ride through the city’s narrow alleyways, called hutongs, and visit a local family to learn about Chinese calligraphy.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel Name: Fairmont Hotel Beijing
Class: Deluxe
City: Beijing
DAY 4
Beijing / Great Wall - Mutianyu Section

Stop at a jade workshop to admire the workmanship that goes into crafting fine jewelry. After lun...

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Stop at a jade workshop to admire the workmanship that goes into crafting fine jewelry. After lunch, visit the Great Wall. Appreciate one of the most astonishing feats in human endeavor both with your exciting climb and from your hotel, offering Great Wall views. After your Great Wall climb, head to a nearby village along with a resident ecologist, explore the gardens and fields dedicated to the Slow Food program. Visit a family, then savor a village feast of organic foods grown in the gardens you’ve just viewed – it couldn’t be fresher!

NOTE: For your night at the Great Wall, you will need to pack an overnight bag. Your main luggage will be returned to you on Day 5.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Brickyard Eco Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Class: First Class
City: Great Wall
DAY 5
Great Wall / Taiyuan / Pingyao

Take the bullet train from Beijing to Taiyuan and drive to Pingyao, one of China’s best-pre...

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Take the bullet train from Beijing to Taiyuan and drive to Pingyao, one of China’s best-preserved walled cities.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel
Class: First Class
City: Pingyao
DAY 6
Pingyao. City Exploration

Visit Rishengchang, thought to be the earliest private bank in China, and the former County Court...

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Visit Rishengchang, thought to be the earliest private bank in China, and the former County Court, known as Yamen. See the amazingly intact ancient city walls, and wander through the cobbled lanes on your own. Shop for local arts and crafts and sample Shanxi vinegar and yellow wine.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel
Class: First Class
City: Pingyao
DAY 7
Pingyao / Taiyuan / Xi’an

Drive to Taiyuan and visit Chang’s Mansion, an estate showcasing the prosperity brought by ...

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Drive to Taiyuan and visit Chang’s Mansion, an estate showcasing the prosperity brought by the Silk Route. Later, fly to Xi’an, where you will stop at the Small Goose Pagoda and enjoy special access to the treasure room of the museum, closed to the general public. This evening, delight in a reception and views of Xi’an from the top of its tallest building.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel Name: Crown Plaza Xi'an
Class: Deluxe
City: Xi'an
DAY 8
Xi’an. Terra Cotta Warriors Museum

Depart the hotel early to avoid the armies of visitors who descend on the Terra Cotta Warriors Mu...

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Depart the hotel early to avoid the armies of visitors who descend on the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, home to the underground battalion of 6,000 life-sized pottery warriors and horses buried with the First Emperor 2,000 years ago. Back in the city, explore the Muslim Quarter and bazaar. After a brief rest at the hotel, head out for a dumpling dinner and demonstration at a local restaurant. Afterward, you may wish to attend an optional Tand Dynasty Show.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Crown Plaza Xi'an
Class: Deluxe
City: Xi'an
DAY 9
Xi’an / Chongqing / Yangtze River Cruise

Fly to Chongqing to see the delightful pandas at the Chongqing Zoo before boarding your Yangtze r...

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Fly to Chongqing to see the delightful pandas at the Chongqing Zoo before boarding your Yangtze river cruise aboard the luxury Century Legend.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Century Legend Ship
Class: Deluxe
City: Yangtze
DAY 10
Yangtze Cruise. Shibao Pagoda

Learn about the Three Gorges Dam, the construction of which required the relocation of more than ...

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Learn about the Three Gorges Dam, the construction of which required the relocation of more than one million residents. Visit a family to understand their new life and visit a kindergarten. Enjoy an evening captain’s welcome reception and crew cabaret on board your luxury river ship.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Century Legend Ship
Class: Deluxe
City: Yangtze
DAY 11
Yangtze Cruise. Shennong Stream

Pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge before boarding a small boat to navigate the picturesque S...

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Pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge before boarding a small boat to navigate the picturesque Shennong Stream. Back aboard your river ship, enter Xiling Gorge and sail through the Three Gorges Dam lock. Later, enjoy your shipboard farewell dinner.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel Name: Century Legend Ship
Class: Deluxe
City: Yangtze
DAY 12
Yangtze Cruise. Three Gorges Dam / Yichang / Shanghai

Launch an excursion to see the huge Three Gorges Dam and learn about its 17-year-long constructio...

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Launch an excursion to see the huge Three Gorges Dam and learn about its 17-year-long construction. Disembark your ship in Yichang, have lunch at a local restaurant and head to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Your hotel’s Bund location presents a cornucopia of possibilities for dinner on your own. Afterward, you may wish to attend an optional acrobatic show.



Dining: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel Name: Les Suites Orient
Class: Superior First Class
City: Shanghai
DAY 13
Shanghai. City Exploration

Walk The Bund to appreciate colonial Shanghai and glimpse the skyscrapers of Pudong. Discover bea...

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Walk The Bund to appreciate colonial Shanghai and glimpse the skyscrapers of Pudong. Discover beautiful Yu Garden and the surrounding Bazaar. Next, venture to the colonial French Concession where you will see the ivy-covered house that hosted Zhou Enlai, former Premier of China, when he visited Shanghai in 1946. Investigate the area on your own and then survey a unique, private collection of ancient shoes, including ones used for foot binding. With free time, you may wish to experience Nanjing Road, the first commercial road in Shanghai. Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner at a local restaurant.



Dining: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel Name: Les Suites Orient
Class: Superior First Class
City: Shanghai
DAY 14
Depart Shanghai

Transfer to the airport where your vacation ends.

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Transfer to the airport where your vacation ends.



Dining: Breakfast
Hotel Name: None
Class: None
City: Shanghai

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