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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Beijing touring, including Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall
  • Beijing hutong tour and home visit
  • Traditional Peking Duck dinner
  • Xian’s Terra Cotta Warriors
  • Three-night Yangtze River cruise including Three Gorges and Small Gorges
  • Cruise aboard premier ship of Victoria Cruises
  • Included shore excursions
  • Visit to site of new Three Gorges Dam
  • Shanghai sightseeing: acclaimed Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens
Day-by-Day Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Beijing, China

Day 2: Arrive Beijing We arrive in the Chinese capital and transfer to our hotel. After time to relax we meet our tour director for a walking tour of the area surrounding our hotel. Dinner is on our own.

Day 3: Beijing After this morning’s briefing with our tour director, we begin our discovery of this 2,000-year-old city at vast – and infamous – Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911). Tonight we enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner at a local restaurant.B,D

Day 4: Beijing/Great Wall Our day begins with a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s ancient back roads and alleys (hutongs). Here we visit the home of a local family for a rare glimpse of the traditional communal life style that is fast disappearing. Then we make a brief photo stop at Olympic Park, site of the 2008 Olympic Games. This afternoon we encounter the Great Wall, the incredible collection of ancient defense installations (and UNESCO World Heritage site) that stretches more than 5,500 miles and where we visit the Mu Tian Yu section by cable car. B,L,D

Day 5: Beijing This morning we tour the splendid Temple of Heaven complex where China’s emperors once worshipped. Later this afternoon we tour the Summer Palace, the former royal retreat with beautiful gardens and temples that is now a park attracting both visitors and locals. B,L

Day 6: Beijing/Xian This morning we fly to Xian. Once among the world’s greatest cities, Xian devolved into a provincial backwater until the accidental discovery of the Terra Cotta Warriors in 1974 – considered among the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th-century. This afternoon we tour Xian’s impressive nine-mile city wall and moat. Tonight we enjoy a special dinner of traditional Chinese dumplings. B,L,D

Day 7: Xian Our day begins at Small Wild Goose Pagoda (c. 652 CE), among China’s most acclaimed Buddhist temples. After lunch we visit the museum housing the renowned Terra Cotta Warriors, the more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers created to guard China’s first emperor in the afterlife. We see these astounding pieces, each with an individually sculpted face, standing in military formation in three separate vaults. The entire complex is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. B,L,D

Day 8: Xian/Chongqing/Board Ship This morning we fly to Chongqing, where we visit the zoo housing the beloved pandas. Following dinner at a local restaurant, we board the Victoria Sabrina and set sail this evening. B,L,D

Day 9: Yangtze Cruising – Shibaozhai or Fengdu Prized for its haunting natural beauty, the Yangtze is one of the world’s busiest and longest (3,600 miles) rivers. With its source in the mountains above Tibet, the Yangtze receives some 700 tributaries as it winds through China. As we cruise along, this afternoon we visit either the Red Pagoda in Shibaozhai or the “ghost city” of Fengdu, with its shrines and temples. B,L,D

Day 10: Yangtze Cruising – Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge/Small Gorges/Xiling Gorge It’s a day of beautiful scenery as we first pass through narrow Qutang Gorge, smallest of the Yangtze gorges, followed by tranquil Wu Gorge. Known as “Sorcerer’s Gorge,” Wu stretches for 25 miles, past cloud-enshrouded peaks with lush vegetation clinging to the slopes. Then we board a small sampan for a cruise through the stunning Small Gorges. Flanked by sheer cliffs and steep mountains, the Small Gorges recall scenes from ancient Chinese scroll paintings. Back on board Victoria Sabrina, late this afternoon we enter 42-mile Xiling Gorge, with its swift rapids and churning whirlpools. B,L,D

Day 11: Yangtze Cruising – Three Gorges Dam/Shanghai This morning, we tour the site of the immense Three Gorges Dam, five times larger than Hoover Dam. We then continue through the scenic eastern section of Xiling Gorge to Yichang. Here we disembark and fly to Shanghai, the “Paris of the East.” We dine together tonight at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 12: Shanghai Our day begins with a walking tour of the Xin Tian Di shopping and entertainment area of reconstituted traditional homes. We continue on to be loved 16th-century Yu Yuan Gardens, whose plantings, courtyards, and pavilions create the illusion of mountains, caverns, and lakes. After lunch together we tour the acclaimed Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art and artifacts. Tonight we dine on our own then attend an acrobatics show. B,L

Day 13: Shanghai This morning we visit the Bund, the mile-long riverside embankment where foreign investors – and their buildings – once held sway over Shanghai. Still one of the city’s most popular attractions, the Bund draws visitors and locals alike. Then the remainder of the day is at leisure; your tour director will help you find your way from here, perhaps to the bustling Nanjing Road shopping district … to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower for a bird’s-eye view of this dynamic city … or to a scenic boat ride along the Huangpu River that bisects Shanghai. Tonight we toast our China adventure at a farewell dinner. B,D

Day 14: Depart for U.S. We depart Shanghai for our return flights to the U.S. B

Please note: This trip involves full days of sightseeing and significant amounts of walking on stairs and uneven surfaces. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 12 nights’ accommodations: 3 nights aboard Superior First Class ship Victoria Sabrina; 9 nights in Deluxe hotels
  • 29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip, including shore excursions
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
2022 Tour Dates & Prices

2022 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Mar 18
Mar 25
Apr 8
Apr 22
Oct 14
Oct 21
May 6
Sep 2
Sep 16
Sep 30
Los Angeles,
San Fran,
Port (OR), Seattle$4,584$4,784$4,984
Boston, Chicago,
New York, Phoenix,
Wash, DC
Altanta, Baltimore,
Charlotte, Cincinnati,
Cleveland, Dallas, Denver,
Detroit, Hou, Mia, Minn
Orlando, Phil, Tampa

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy in an outside cabin and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $489, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $995 Mar, Apr; $1195 all other dates. Your $475 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2022 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round- trip Trans-Pacific flight: $4,595 per person

    Sofitel Beijing Central Hotel, Beijing / Days 2-5 / Deluxe

    Newly opened in April of 2019, the grand Sofitel Beijing Central offers a luxurious retreat in the heart of Beijing, with soaring ceilings, ample lounge areas, and elegant furnishings and decor.  Hotel amenities include two fine dining restaurants, a cocktail bar, fitness center, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), indoor swimming pool, spa with sauna and a range of treatments (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Large, air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Wyndham Grand Xian South, Xian / Days 6-7 / Deluxe

    The Wyndham Grand Xian South blends traditional Chinese architectural influences with upscale, contemporary style.  Its surroundings echo the hotel’s connections to history and modernity, as it stands within walking distance of the famous Giant Wild Goose Pagoda as well as a 24-hour shopping mall.  This contemporary-style hotel offers two restaurants and a lounge, fitness center with indoor heated pool, hot tub, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and hair salon.  Air-conditioned guests rooms have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Victoria Sabrina, Yangtze Cruise / Days 8-11 / Superior First Class

    Additional information to come.

    Kunlun Jing An, Shanghai / Days 11-13, Extension / Deluxe

    This 43-story hotel is located in the heart of Shanghai’s former French Concession within walking distance of the famous shopping areas of Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road and other attractions in the commercial and entertainment district. The 772-room Kunlun Jing An offers a variety of amenities, including eight restaurants and lounges, laundry/valet service, barbershop and beauty salon, gift shop, elevators, internet access, and safety deposit boxes. The hotel also has squash and tennis courts, a health club with fitness center, indoor pool, spa, sauna, steam bath, and massage service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, sitting area, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Shanghai – On Your Own

3 days/2 nights for $225 total price
Single Supplement: $165

Spend additional time exploring dynamic Shanghai,
China’s most prosperous, vibrant, and cosmopolitan city.

Your Tour Price Includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at The Kunlun Jing An (Deluxe)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to the airport
Tour Directors
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Suggest Reading for Your Vacation

John Bryan Starr
Understanding China
A Yale professor’s essential primer on the history, politics and economy of China. A succinct and refreshingly forthright best-selling guide, this third edition brings us right up to date with events in the rapidly evolving nation.

Jung Chang
Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China
In this riveting tale of three generations spanning the end of Old China, Mao’s regime and the Japanese occupation, Chang chronicles the enormous changes in China since 1929.

Simon Winchester
The River at the Center of the World
With ease and grace, Winchester writes about the character of the Yangtze and the people and places along its banks. An absorbing portrait of the great river that flows through the heart of China.

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Guide China
This hefty illustrated guide to sites, attractions and places throughout China features excellent maps and hundreds of color photographs and site diagrams.

National Geographic
China Adventure Map
A double-sided, full-color map of China, at a useful scale of 1:4,375,000, which shows roads and cities. Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper.

Richard Perry Hayman
Yangzi River Map
Double-sided, this full-color map guide features photos and ten maps showing the Yangzi from the Himalayas to the East China Sea.

Kathy Flower
Culture Smart! China
This is a handy guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.

Kevin Bishop
Odyssey Guide Xi’an, Shaanxi & the Terracotta Army
With color photographs, insightful essays on culture and history, site plans and places of interest in and around China’s ancient capital.

Geremie R. Barme, Mary Beard (Editor)
The Forbidden City
A compact, elegant volume in Harvard’s excellent Wonders of the World series, this pocket history illuminates the culture, mystique, architecture and politics of imperial Beijing. Fittingly, the book opens with Mao’s symbolic address from the Gate of Heavenly Peace.

Deirdre Chetham
Before the Deluge, The Vanishing World of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges
A vivid portrait of the Three Gorges region of the Upper Yangtze River, by the director of the Asia Center at Harvard. Chetham offers a personal, detailed glimpse into the daily life along the river, its spectacular natural beauty and checkered history, including recent efforts to tame it.

Evan Osnos
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China
Longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker Osnos considers China’s modern struggle: the conflict between a growing need for individualism and the Communist Party’s fight for conformity.

Julia Lovell
The Great Wall, China Against the World, 1000 BC – 2000 AD
The Who, Why and Wherefore of the Great Wall, this marvelous history demolishes myths (no, the wall is not a continuous structure of great antiquity, as much of it was built in the 1600s) with fresh insight and wit.

Louisa Lim
The People’s Republic of Amnesia, The Legacy of Tiananmen Square
NPR China correspondent Lim evaluates the impact of the Tiananmen Square Massacre through the interwoven stories of eight individuals involved in and shaped by the events of June 4th, 1989.

William Lindesay
The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China
A beautiful introduction to the extraordinary tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China, this concise visual overview features richly colored illustrations and photographs accompanied by detailed captions.

Jonathan Spence
Mao Zedong
Yale sinologist, writer and historian Spence tracks the life of the architect of the People’s Republic from his provincial upbringing to his savage three-decade rule.

Peter Hessler
River Town, Two Years on the Yangtze
Hessler’s compelling, personal story of life as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fuling, where foreigners are a curiosity, explores the culture, traditions and ideas of an isolated world.

John Hersey
A Single Pebble
A haunting novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winner. Hersey writes, with deceptive simplicity, of an American engineer looking for a dam site on the Yangtze. Think Hemingway on the Yangtze.

Kirk Denton (Editor)
China, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
An introduction both to China’s finest modern writers and its diverse cultures, concerns and landscapes, organized geographically.

Tash Aw
Five Star Billionaire
The celebrated Malaysian author brings his characters together in gritty, glamorous and very cosmopolitan 21st-century Shanghai to wheel and deal and make their fortunes. A harrowing piece of contemporary literature.

Amy Tan
The Valley of Amazement
Moving between the glittering world of courtesans in turn-of-the-century Shanghai, a remote Chinese village and the rough- hewn streets of nineteenth-century San Francisco, bestselling author Amy Tan’s long-awaited epic novel maps the lives of women connected by blood and history.

Henry Nicholls
The Way of the Panda
Nicholls, whose previous book was on the Galapagos tortoise, here turns to the panda as a powerful political and cultural symbol for modern China as well as for conservation.

Martin Walters
Chinese Wildlife
This compact introduction to birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and plants found from the Tibetan plateau to the deserts, tropical forests and mountains includes 200 color photographs.


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