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Vantage Deluxe
                        World Travel
Extraordinary Wonders of China & the Yangtze River 2005


  ~ 22 Days including 4 days
aboard the Victoria Cruises


The leisurely 4-night Yangtze River cruise included in this program may be your last opportunity to marvel at the Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

That’s because the massive Three Gorges Dam is complete ... already, the river is rising behind it. Soon gorges, river towns, and countless archeological treasures will be submerged forever.

On this amazing travel program you’ll not only see the gorges and their treasures, you’ll visit Beijing and the Forbidden City ... the Great Wall ... the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi’an ... Hangzhou ... bustling Shanghai ... Hong Kong ...and much more. Join Vantage on this alluring trip to the Orient.
china great wall
Great Wall of China

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Calligraphy Lesson

Included Features
Your Price Includes
  • 4 nights cruising on the Yangtze River in an outside cabin (with a private balcony!) aboard an award-winning Victoria Cruises ship
  • 16 nights at Moderate Deluxe, Superior First-Class, and First-Class hotels
  • FREE roundtrip international airfare from select U.S. cities
  • All transportation on tour including 5 flights between cities, a First-Class train trip, and travel by air-conditioned motorcoach
  • An experienced English-speaking Vantage Program Manager to accompany you throughout your journey
  • 46 Meals: 20 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners (a mix of Chinese and Western-style meals)
  • Vantage 5% Travel Credit upon your return of at least $179 to use towards your next Vantage Memorable Journey®
  • All transfers and baggage handling at overseas airports

  • Your Itinerary
      Day Location

      1 Depart home / Fly Overnight

      2-5 Beijing, China

      6-7 Xi’an, China

      8-9 Hangzhou, China

      10-12 Shanghai, China

      13-16 Yichang / Embark Victoria Cruises

      17 Disembark / Chongqing, China / Guilin, China

      18 Guilin, China

      19-21 Hong Kong, China

      22 Return Home / or Begin 3 Night Optional Bangkok Extension



    Included Sightseeing
    23 Sightseeing Tours & Cultural Connections
  • Tour of Beijing featuring Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Full-day excursion to the Great Wall with a visit to the Ming Tombs
  • Tour of the Summer Palace and the Peking Zoo
  • Visit to Xi’an’s Old City Wall and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Tour of Xi’an’s 2200-year-old Terra Cotta Army, the greatest archeological find of the 20th century
  • Full-day tour of Hangzhou, highlighted by a cruise on serene West Lake and a visit to a 4th-century Buddhist Monastery
  • Full-day tour of Shanghai including the Bund, the Shanghai Museum, and a Children’s Palace
  • Full-day tour of Suzhou featuring the Master’s Net Garden, a canal-boat ride, and a visit to a silk-spinning factory
  • Tour of the Three Gorges Dam construction site on the Yangtze
  • Motorboat cruise of a stunningly scenic tributary of the Yangtze
  • Visit to an old town on the Yangtze River
  • Visit to the General Joseph Stilwell Museum and Erling Park
  • Full-day cruise on the Li River amidst a spectacular landscape
  • Tour of Guilin’s Reed Flute Cave and Seven Star Park
  • Half-day tour of Hong Kong

    Cultural Connections
  • Dine on a legendary dish at the Welcome Peking Duck Banquet — from a recipe developed 300 years ago
  • Tour of a Beijing hutong district by trishaw with home visits for tea and lunch
  • Enjoy ancient theatrical arts with an evening at the Peking Opera
  • Sample jiaozi (Chinese dumplings), each artfully shaped to reveal its filling
  • Experience the glorious epoch of the Tang Dynasty during a special banquet complete with musical entertainment from that era
  • Visit a tea-growing village where you’ll see a tea-drying demonstration and tea ceremony. Your visit includes lunch at the home of a local farmer
  • Visit the Huqingyutang Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum, with lecture
  • Enjoy cultural activities as you cruise: tai chi, calligraphy, Chinese language lessons, painting, kite making, and more

    Beijing: 52° 67° 78° 85° 86° 85° 78° 66° 49° 37°
    Hong Kong: 71° 77° 83° 86° 89° 89° 87° 83° 76° 70°
    Shanghai: 53° 65° 74° 81° 88° 87° 80° 72° 61° 51°
    Xi’an: 57° 68° 78° 89° 89° 87° 77° 66° 53° 42°