The Yangtze River cruise is a wonderful way to discover China as it boasts a fantastic mix of total relaxation on board and incredible sightseeing adventures along the country’s mightiest river. Setting off the bustle and hustle of the tourist trail, sit back and relax on the sun deck while soaking up the dramatic landscape of Three Gorges, be immersed in the history, grandeur and culture of ancient China on shore excursions. The epic voyage, complete with luxury, comfort and convenience, affords you more intimate experience of enchanting China that you’ll cherish for years to come.
Qingdao, in China’s eastern Shandong province, is a port city of skyscrapers, parks and beaches bordering the Yellow Sea. It's known for its beer, a legacy of the German occupation (1898-1914). The Tsingtao Beer Museum celebrates the namesake brewery, founded here by Germans in 1903, and the Qingdao International Beer Festival is major event. There's also German-style architecture in the old city center.
Mar: 06, 20
May: 15, 22
Jul: 10*, 31
Oct: 09*, 30
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Depending to your flight time, you will fly out from Auckland on day one evening or day two morning to Qingdao, on arrival you’ll be met by one of your friendly tour guides and transferred to your hotel.
Today you will explore the Qingdao city. Your first stop is Zhangqiao Pier – a symbol of Qingdao. It was built in 1891 as a naval pier, and now is a famous landmark in the Qingdao Bay. Then followed a trip to Signal Hill Park, where you can take a bird view of old town. Later you will have a walk through Eight Great Passes to admire the seashore scenery and unique western-style buildings. Visit Qingdao Shell Carving factory. End the day at Ying Kou Lu market, one of the most famous local markets in Qingdao. Here you can see how the locals do their daily shopping with variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and most important you can find very fresh beer. Along with fresh seafood, it has become a popular hangout for the locals, and a great place for tourist to have a taste of Qingdao. Along the streets, there are many different styles of restaurants. So you can choose one of them and have a meal like a local.
This morning you will visit the Tsingtao Brewery Museum, where you can watch the exhibition of the complete process of making the beer and taste the freshly brewed beer. Then enjoy a walk along the coastline to the 2008 Olympics Sailing Center. Later today you will travel to Beijing.
Today is a leisure day to see Beijing at your own pace. Get to know the city by drinking in the stunning sights and treating yourself to some delicious local fare! Alternatively, you can join our suggested optional excursions. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES # IMPERIAL BEIJING TOUR: Explore the world famous Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. # MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “The Golden Mask Dynasty” Show or “Kong Fu Legend” Show
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic *Great Wall *(Juyongguan Section), one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Recognized by UNESCO, and get a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700 mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. Later in the day, it is your option to join our suggested excursions. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES # HUTONG LIFE TOUR: On this tour you will explore the hutongs of Beijing on the backs of rickshaws, a traditional mode of transport in Beijing. These rapidly disappearing traditional neighbourhoods offer a glimpse into the Beijing of the past. # PEKING DUCK BANQUET DINNER: Authentic Peking Duck Banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments.
This morning you will visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. You will then travel on the bullet train to Suzhou. When you arrive in Suzhou, our local representative will meet and greet you at the North Suzhou Railway Station. The local representative will transfer you to the hotel for rest.
Suzhou, the city of paradise, is also known as the Oriental Venice for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens. Suzhou is designated a UNEWSCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast, you will visit the Lingering Garden, a classic private garden with 500 years of history, and continue your journey to the Suzhou Silk Factory, the largest silk manufacturer in the country and discover the mysterious processing silk. After lunch, you can enjoy the optional excursion and explore the famous Grand Canal further. In the late afternoon, we will continue our journey to Wuxi, and visit the Nanchang Street before transferring to the hotel. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES # GRAND CANAL CRUISE: After lunch, you can enjoy a cruise along the ancient canal from the city to the picturesque Grand Canal.
This morning, you will begin your day with a visit to the Brilliance of Lake Lihu, located at the Famous Lake Taihu, followed by a visit to a Fresh Water Pearl Farm. We will then continue our travel to Hangzhou, once was described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world” This evening is at leisure. You will have the opportunity to appreciate the symbolic performance of Hangzhou as an optional activity. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES # THE ROMANTIC SHOW OF SONGCHENG: this evening, you could join the symbolic performance of Hangzhou. It is being performed over 2,000 times, and entertained over 60 million audiences. It is the theatre performance that has been performed for most times and has the largest audience number, along with the O Show in Las Vegas, and the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the three are regarded as the Top Three Famous Shows in the world.
Hangzhou, also known as the “Paradise on Earth”, has been immortalized by countless poets and artists. The West Lake Cultural Landscape has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This morning, you will visit the West Lake – it is known as the most beautiful lake in the country. During the visit, why not join the optional activity of boat riding on the West Lake, which is the most renowned feature of Hangzhou. After this, we will visit No. 1 Tea Plantation and taste the local well-known Dragon Well Tea. It is science proved that green tea is excellent for maintaining the well-beings, and today you will have the opportunity of learning the tea culture of the China’s best green tea – Dragon Well Tea. After lunch, we will drive to Shanghai. This evening, you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai by joining the optional Huangpu River Cruise ride. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES # BOAT RIDE ON THE WEST LAKE: During your visit to the beautiful West Lake, you can find out the most renowned feature of Hangzhou by joining the West Lake Boat Ride, which is noted for its scenic beauty blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. # HUANGPU RIVER NIGHT CRUISE: At night, you may enjoy the Huangpu River Night Cruise and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai
After breakfast, we will travel to the Bund, a famous site in Shanghai that is lined by the colonial architecture of European design. This area is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days, and now it is called the “Wall Street of the East”. The rest of the day is at free leisure. You are encouraged to join our suggested optional tours and activities that give you insights of Shanghai. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES # SHANGHAI INSIGHT TOUR: This tour takes you to Lujiazui Financial & Trade zone, where the Jinmao Tower is located. Jinmao is with 88 stories reaching a height of 420.5 meters and 290,000 square meter construction area, it is literally means “Gold Luxuriance Building” in Chinese. In here, you can find the perfect combination of traditional Chinese architectural style and the world’s modern architectural technology. After this, we will visit another famous site in Shanghai – Xi’tian’di. It is an historical and cultural character of the city tourism attraction, its unique Shikumen Shanghai-based urban construction attract people from the globe to explore this special leisure area. # CHINESE ACROBATIC SHOW: This evening, treat yourself by seeing the amazing ERA The Intersection of Time acrobatic show.
Today you will travel to Yichang pier where you will check-in to your comfortable cruise ship – home for the next four nights.
Your first day on the Yangtze River will begin with a beautiful buffet breakfast, and enjoy the relaxing morning by attending the Taichi class on board. This evening you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy an evening of entertainment. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES # Tribe of the Three Gorges: Explore the ancient past by visiting the historical village on the water, the brook-side tribe, and the mountain-top tribe. # Three Gorges Dam Site: It is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. You may also upgrade this excursion and to experience the world’s largest ship lock lift.
Today you will continue your cruise journey, and enjoy the available optional shore excursions on board at your choice. In the evening, enjoy music and dancing in a crew cabaret. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES # Shennong Stream: The stream flows through three beautiful gorges including the Mianzhu Gorge, Parrot Gorge and Longcangdong Gorge. Each gorge is renowned for its unique and stunning scenery. The Shennong Stream is also home to the Hanging Coffins, which are ancient coffins containing the remains of descendants of the Tujia people. # White Emperor City: It is an ancient temple that is located a top Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County, and it is the best viewing point to appreciate the entrance of Three Gorges.
Today is another relaxing day on cruise, you can choose to join your preferred optional shore excursions or discover the cultural activities on board. This evening you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with the rest of the travellers and crew and prepare for disembarkation tomorrow morning. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES # Shibaozhai Pagoda: This site had a history of over 400 years when it was built into the side of a 200-metre-tall hill. The striking nine stories red pagoda was built in 1819 to make it easier for people to reach the Buddhist temple at the very top of the hill. # Fengdu Ghost city: Fengdu Ghost City in Chongqing is a hot destination for many visitors and Yangtze River cruise travellers. This extremely old place is featured with the culture of “ghost” in China, and also a treasurable storage of the folk culture about Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism together.
Today you will disembark the cruise at Chongqing, which is known as the Mountain City in China before you are transferred to the airport to board your flight home.