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GRAND YANGTZE EXPERIENCE (15 Days)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
Save $150 per person with reservation and deposit placed 90 days or more prior to departure.
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  15 Days/13 Nights Tour
All Inclusive Land & Cruise Tour Fares From $1795 P/P
(after early bird discount)

BEIJING – XIAN – WUHAN – YICHANG – THE YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE – CHONGQING – SUZHOU – SHANGHAI
As one of our popular prime tours featuring five star deluxe hotels and five star deluxe cruise ship with private balcony on the Yangtze, Grand Yangtze Experience tour gives you a combined experience of both the ancient civilizations in Beijing and Xian and the contemporary life and culture in Shanghai and Suzhou. In addition, the trip offers you a special opportunity to experience the hinterland and coastal areas of China by cruising on the Yangtze with deluxe Five Star M.S. Yangtze 2 Cruise Ship.

Itinerary

AB: American Breakfast • L: Lunch • D: Dinner • SD: Special Dinner

Day 01 (Sun)  US/BEIJING
Take an international flight from the US to Beijing, China. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane. Movies will also be available during the flight.

Day 02 (Mon)  BEIJING
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our tour guide. For those arriving in Beijing earlier today, you may spend the rest of the day for leisure or join in the optional tours in Beijing.
(For information about optional tours, please click on “Option” of the top menu bar on this page.)

Day 03 (Tues)  BEIJING (AB, L, SD)
Today you will visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the largest and most intact conglomeration of ancient structures of the imperial palace. This was the palace for 24 Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors who ruled China for over 500 years. Take a photo stop at the National Center for the Performing Arts, also known as the National Grand Theatre, designed by the French architect Paul Andreu. You will also tour the Summer Palace, the famous resort of Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Feast your eyes on the Long Corridor, Longevity Hill, and Kunming Lake. If time permits, you may also have the opportunity to see pandas at Beijing Zoo located nearby the Summer Palace. Attend a welcome Peking Duck Dinner tonight.

Day 04 (Wed)  BEIJING  (AB, L, D)
The highlight today is a trip to the astonishing Great Wall of China at Juyongguan Pass, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind. After lunch, you will stroll along the Sacred Way guarding the Ming Tombs, lined with different statutes of animals such as lions, elephants, camels and etc. Later in the day, you will make a photo stopover at the Olympic Park where you will view the exterior of the Bird Nest-China National Stadium and Water Cube-China National Aquatic Center.

Day 05 (Thurs)  BEIJING  (AB, L, D)
This morning you will take a tour of Hutong (Chinese alleyways) by riding aboard a rickshaw pedicab through the narrow lanes of the old residential quarters. You will have the opportunity to take a glimpse of the local residents’ daily life. After lunch, you will tour the delicately crafted Temple of Heaven, where the emperors used to pray for good harvest. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.

Day 06 (Fri)  BEIJING/XIAN  (AB, SD)
After breakfast, you will take a flight to Xian, the ancient capital city for 11 dynasties in Chinese history. Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda upon arrival in Xian. Enjoy a dumpling dinner banquet, followed by an on-stage show of Tang Dynasty dance and music.

Day 07 (Sat)  XIAN   (AB, L)
After breakfast, visit the Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and see the awesome Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, widely regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. After lunch, take a tour of the well preserved Ancient City Wall. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.

Day 08 (Sun)  XIAN/WUHAN/YICHANG (AB, L, D)
Today you will take a flight for Wuhan, where you will be met and transferred for a high speed train ride (or bus ride) to Yichang. If time permits, you may take a brief side trip in the city of Wuhan. Upon arrival in Yichang, you will be met and transferred to the pier in Sandouping to embark on the Five Star M.S. Yangtze 2 Cruise Ship. Spend the night on the cruise ship. Ship departs late at mid night and enters Xiling Gorge.

Day 09 (Mon)  THE YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: XILING GORGE/THREE GORGES DAM  (AB, L, D)
Enjoy this morning for leisure or attend the onboard cultural programs. You may also take an optional shore excursion of the Tribes of the Three Gorges to take a glimpse into the local life of Xiling Gorge. After lunch you will take a shore excursion of the Three Gorges Dam. Return to the ship in the afternoon, while the cruise ship will pass through the five level shiplocks of the well-known Three Gorges Dam, giving you a unique opportunity to experience the grandeur of the world’s biggest dam project. Attend Captain’s Welcome Party while ship continues sailing through the Xiling Gorge.

Day 10 (Tues)  THE YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: WU GORGE/BADONG/QUTANG GORGE: SHENNONG STREAM (AB, L, D)
Upon arrival in Badong this morning, you will be transferred to a pea- boat for Shennong Stream drifting to experience the breathtaking scenery. Return to the cruise ship for lunch on board while ship sails though Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Later in the afternoon, you may take optional shore excursion of the White Emperor City.

Day 11 (Wed)  THE YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: FENGDU  (AB, L, D)
This morning you will take an optional shore excursion of Shibaozhai Pagoda, which literally means the Stone Treasure Fortress. In the afternoon, the ship is scheduled to arrive in Fengdu, the legendary home of the King of Hades-often referred to as the “ghost city: Go ashore to take the shore excursion of this “ghost city” and visit Mingshan Hill’s Temples. Continue sailing for Chongqing. Attend Captain’s Farewell Dinner Banquet, followed by the talent show performed by the crew tonight.

Day 12 (Thurs)  CHONGQING/SUZHOU (VIA SHANGHAI) (AB, L)
Upon disembarking from the Yangtze cruise this morning, you will be met and taken for a brief city tour of Chongqing before taking a flight to Shanghai. You will be picked up at the airport in Shanghai and transferred to Suzhou, noted for its landscaped gardens.

Day 13 (Fri)  SUZHOU/SHANGHAI) (AB, L, D)
Today you will cruise on the world famous ancient Grand Canal of more than 2400 years history to experience the unique cultures and glimpse the daily life of the local residents. You will also visit the silk embroidery factory, the Master of Fishing Nets Garden and the ancient Panmen Gate, the only existing water & land gate. Take a stroll along the famous Shan Tang Street with a history of more than 1100 years, where you can still experience the past prosperity of Suzhou and its traditional cultures well preserved. Return to Shanghai in late afternoon.

Day 14 (Sat)  SHANGHAI   (AB, L, SD)
Shanghai, China’s largest city (home to 16 million people), is also China’s principal port on a deep estuary of the Yangtze River. Often regarded as “the Paris of the East,” Shanghai has retained the flavor of its past European influences.

The excursion today takes you to the Bund - a waterfront area that showcases many landmark buildings of western style built in the early 20th century, the bustling Nanjing Road, Chenghuangmiao Old Town, and Tianzifang, an old neighborhood with hidden alleyways full of boutiques and art galleries. You will also visit the well-known Shanghai Museum of Art and History, which ranks among the great museums of the world. Attend a farewell dinner celebration of Shanghai cuisine in the evening, followed by an optional cruise on Huangpu River to enjoy a fascinating night view of Shanghai.

Day 15 (Sun)  SHANGHAI/US  (AB)
After breakfast you will take a departure transfer to the airport for the flight back home. 
Tour Features

  • All domestic air and ground transportation.
  • 9 nights hotel accommodations at five-star deluxe hotels.
  • Deluxe Five-Star M.S. Yangtze 2 Cruise Ship on the Yangtze River with included shore excursions and three meals daily on board.
  • Escorted tours and sightseeing with admission and English speaking tour guides in each city.
  • 34 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners including Peking duck dinner, dumpling dinner banquet in Xian, and Shanghai cuisine farewell dinner party.
  • Cultural entertainments: Tang Dynasty dance and music show with dinner in Xian, shipboard singing and dancing show on the cruise.
To reserve this tour, simply fill out our online reservation form and our representatives will contact you
2014 Departures Land Tour Fares Single Supplement
3/16-3/30 $1995 $850
3/23-4/06  4/06-4/20  4/20-5/04
5/04-5/18  5/18-6/01
$2195 $1000
6/01-6/15  6/15-6/29  6/29-7/13
7/13-7/27  7/27-8/10  8/10-8/24
8/24-9/07
$2095 $950
9/07-9/21  9/21-10/05  10/05-10/19
10/19-11/02  11/02-11/16
$2295 $1100
11/09-11/23  $2095 $850
  • The cruise itineraries including shore excursions are subject to seasonal change at the time of operation due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam Project and the river conditions.
  • The above land only prices are inclusive of the domestic air fares in China along with Chinese taxes and air fuel surcharges.
  • The initial airport arrival transfer in Beijing and final airport departure transfer in Shanghai are not included if your transpacific flight is booked on your own.

Transpacific Air Fares Booked Through Champion Holidays in Conjunction with the Above Itinerary

Complementary initial airport arrival transfer in Beijing and final airport departure transfer in Shanghai are provided if your transpacific flight is booked with Air China through Champion Holidays in conjunction with the above tour schedule
 
Gateway Mar. -
April
May
1-19
May 20 -
Aug. 31
Sept. 1 -
Oct. 31
Nov. 1 -
Dec. 9
Dec.
10-23
Dec.
24-31
LAX $1000 $1200 $1650 $1200 $1000 $1650 $1200
JFK $1100 $1300 $1750 $1300 $1100 $1750 $1300
  • The above preferred air fares are available based on limited spaces, and could be secured when reservation with full payment for international air fare is received more than 90 days prior to departure. The above air fares are subject to confirmation by Air China, the featured airlines;
  • The above international air fares are inclusive of airlines fuel surcharges, and the government imposed taxes and fees including the September 11 security fee. Additional baggage charges may apply. For details about the baggage allowance information, please check www.airchina.us
           
For group reservation of 10 passengers or more taking the same tour, please contact us for group incentives.
To reserve this tour, simply fill out our online reservation form and our representatives will contact you
Beijing
Courtyard By Marriott Beijing Northeast Hotel
or
The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing 

Xian
Grand Noble Hotel

Suzhou
Jiasheng Palace Hotel

Shanghai
Wyndham Bund East Shanghai Hotel
or
Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel

The Yangtze River Cruise Ship
M.S. Yangtze 2 Cruise Ship

All the optional tours are English guided tours with round trip transfers and applicable admissions included. Tips and gratuities are extra at customers’ discretion.

BEIJING:

Tour of Mutianyu Great Wall of China with one way cable car fare and lunch ( available on the arrival day in Beijing (Day 2 in the itinerary) for those from LAX)
(about 6-7 hours including time for transfers and lunch)-
Code: BJMTYGW      $70 P/P
The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu section is located farther away from the city proper of Beijing, and is a lot less crowded in comparison with other sections of the Great Wall. The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall stretches about 2 miles with 22 watchtowers for you to explore. Surrounded by woodland and streams, Mutianyu Great Wall possesses unique characteristics in its construction and gives you a breathtaking view.

Tour of Yonghe Lamasery (available on the arrival day afternoon in Beijing (Day 2 in the itinerary) for those from LAX)
(2.5-3 hours including transfer time)
Code: BJYL      $40 P/P
Yonghe Lamasery, also known as Lama Temple, is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in the world. The building complex originally served as the official residence for Prince Yong who later became an emperor in Qing Dynasty.

Tour of 798 Art District (available on the arrival day afternoon in Beijing (Day 2 in the itinerary) for those from LAX)
(3.5-4 hours including transfer time)
Code: BJ798      $40 P/P
"798" is located in the Dashanzi area, to the northeast of central Beijing.It is the site of state-owned factories including Factory 798, which originally produced electronics. Beginning in 2002, artists and cultural organizations began to divide, rent out, and re-make the factory spaces, gradually developing them into galleries, art centers, artists' studios, design companies, restaurants, and bars. It is often compared with New York's Greenwich Village or SoHo, attracting attention from all around. Bringing together contemporary art, architecture, and culture with a historically interesting location and an urban lifestyle, "798" has evolved into a cultural concept, of interest to experts and normal folk alike, influential on our concepts of both urban culture and living space.


Kung Fu (Martial Art) Show
(2.5-3 hours including transfer time)
Code: BJKF      $40 P/P
The entertaining one hour thirty minutes show combines the performance of Chinese martial art with modern dance.

Beijing Opera (also known as Peking Opera) Show
(2.5-3 hours including transfer time)
Code: BJPO      $40 P/P
Beijing Opera has been referred to as China’s national opera, which combines the traditional Chinese music, singing and dancing with all performers in the special costumes.

SHANGHAI:

Night Cruise on Huangpu River (available on the night of Day 13, the previous night before you leave Shanghai)
(2.5-3 hours including time for transfer to pier)
Code: SHNC      $45 P/P
Enjoy a fascinating night view of the city of Shanghai by cruise on Huangpu River (about one hour cruise).

Tour of Zhujiajiao Water Village (available on the morning of Day 14-your departure date from Shanghai, for those flying back to LAX via Air China flight)
(4-5 hours including transfer time)
Code: SHZJJ      $45 P/P
Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao Water Village has been well known for the well preserved cultures and ancient architectural style buildings.


Jewish Heritage Tour(available on the morning of Day 14-your departure date from Shanghai, for those flying back to LAX via Air China flight)
(3-4 hours including transfer time)
Code: SHJH      $40 P/P
In the 1930s, more than thirty thousand Jewish refugees came and settled in Shanghai from Europe. The tour will take you to Huoshan Park for the Monument for Jewish Refugees, the Jewish ghetto in Hongkou District, Ohel Moshe Synagogue which now serves as Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, and etc.

Tour of the Oriental Pearl Tower(available on the morning of Day 14-your departure date from Shanghai, for those flying back to LAX via Air China flight) 
( 3 hours including transfer time)
Code: SHOPT      $45 P/P
Being the world’s third tallest TV & Radio Tower, the Oriental Pearl Tower has enjoyed a high popularity as a distinct landmark in Shanghai. With included admission, you will have access to the observation sightseeing deck to have a bird’s eye view of Shanghai. In addition, you will also visit the Shanghai Municipal History Museum in the tower.

Acrobatic Show in Shanghai
(2.5-3 hours including transfer time)
Code: SHAS      $45 P/P
The one hour and thirty minutes acrobatic show in Shanghai has been considered the best acrobatic show in China. 

"Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful-Top Notch All the Way!"- L. O'Connor

" The tour was excellent from start to finish. David and Mei were two of the best tour guides I have ever had. Their knowledge of the culture of China and their English were the best."- J. Higgins

" We are back from our China trip and wanted to let you know we had a great time. Wonderful scenery, interesting culture, history and architecture! The Terra-cotta Warriors were awesome, the river cruise was really enjoyable, and Shanghai Huangpu River cruise at night was a major highlight for us. We definitely would receommend this trip. Our tour guides were prompt and available at each destination."-L. & B. Morrow

" One of the best trips I have done. We enjoyed the attention from tour guide and etc. on a very private basis. We were taken care of very well from morning until night. Tours were excellent!! I will recommend Champion Holidays to all my friends. I will use you again anytime I go back to Asia." - V. Borromeo
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