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Grand China & Yangtze Cruise

Grand China & Yangtze Cruise  17 Days

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Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Longsheng's Dragon Spine Terraces, Chongqing (panda), Yangtze River Cruise, Suzhou, Tongli (water town), Shanghai

Incredible chance to go on an incredible tour to see the highlights of China.  A group of 9 of Chris' personal friends just returned and unanimously declared it to be the trip of a lifetime.  They all raved about the wonders they saw, the treatment by China Spree (the tour company), the luxurious accomodations, etc.

If we get a group of 10, we can have a private guide just for our group at most places.

Book by August 31, 2014 for FREE upgrade to Victoria Anna's

Executive Deck VIP Program

Overview

With its imperial treasures, historical wonders, amazing landscapes and stunning modernity, China never ceases to amaze. Our signature journey showcase you the timeless treasures China has to offer with a perfect balance of popular highlights with the off-the-beaten-path expedition.

You start with Beijing's imperial wonders including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China, as well as a stroll through the old maze-like Hutongs for a glimpse at how most urban Chinese families once lived. Continue to Xian, home of the impressive legion of Terracotta Warriors, where you visit the Wild Goose Pagoda and bicycle on the ancient City Wall.

You fly to the subtropical Guilin and spend a day sailing down the Li River, as a rich tapestry of limestone hills rise majestically out of the earth in front of you. This scenery of timeless beauty inspired Chinese poets for thousands of years. What makes this trip truly unique and exciting is an exclusive hiking tour to the hidden gem of Longsheng's Dragon Spine Terraces, inhabited by minority nationalities. This discovery is rarely available in the conventional itineraries.

Then continue to Chongqing to visit the Giant Panda before board your 3-night cruise down the Yangtze. Sail through its picturesque Gorges, and tour the Three Gorges Dam site, coming to understand why the Yangtze has been China's lifeline for millennia.

Your trip concludes in Shanghai, an ultra-modern city that offers a fascinating glimpse into China's future. Watch the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats perform their magnificent gymnastic feats, enjoy the view from one of the city's tallest buildings. From Shanghai, spend a day visiting the charming water town of Suzhou and Tongli, which have delightful gardens, bridges, canals, and traditional homes. What's Included

Roundtrip non-stop flights from San Francisco (SFO), Houston (IAH) and New York (JFK) to Beijing

All Intra-China flights, ground transportation and transfers

First class hotel accommodations with private bath, daily American buffet breakfast

3-night downstream Yangtze Cruise aboard one of the finest Yangtze cruise ships--Victoria Anna, Outside cabins with private balcony, picture window and private bath

Comprehensive private sightseeing tours and evening shows including entrance fees

38 bountiful meals including 15 American buffet breakfast, 13 lunches and 10 dinners (subject to change depending on China internal flight schedule)

Unique culinary events including an authentic Peking Duck dinner, and a delicious Dumpling Banquet in Xian

Exclusive Culture InSites Program: Hutong tour in rickshaws, including a visit to a local family home and home-hosted lunch, etc.

Special evening shows including Tang Dynasty stage show and a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatics

Professional service of an expert, resident Tour Director throughout China (for the group of 10 travelers or more)

Professional local guiding service in each destination city

Baggage handling service throughout China

Pricing is as follows:

04/26/2015 - 05/12/2015  $4099 (includes airfare from JFK)  $3399 (land only)-$400 (discount for booking by JAugust 31st...though I suspect that it will still be available in September)  Reserve

Escorted, All Inclusive China Tours featuring scheduled departures including transpacific airfare with Air China non-stop flights from San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK) to Beijing. "Land Only" is available if you would like to arrange the flights to China on your own.

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The following tour fares are cash only fares and include transpacific airfare (except "Land only"), and all applicable fuel surcharge, U.S.A. and China government taxes & fees. The actual tour pricing is the listed tour fare deduct the applicable discount. Read more information, regarding single room supplement, tour payment options, "Land only" package, air routing, child discount, applicable airline fees, and business class upgrade, under the following table. Additional baggage fees may apply.

Day 1Depart USA

Day 2Beijing

Day 3Beijing

Day 4Beijing

Day 5Xian

Day 6Xian

Day 7Guilin

Day 8Guilin-Longsheng

Day 9Guilin-Yangshuo

Day 10Yangtze Cruise

Day 11Yangtze Cruise

Day 12Yangtze Cruise

Day 13Shanghai

Day 14Shanghai

Day 15Suzhou & Tongli

Day 16Shanghai

Day 17Journey home

Trip Highlights Uncover China's imperial wonders

Uncover China's imperial wonders

Imperial Beijing:

where your exciting tour starts, to discover China's proud capital and its countless imperial treasures such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the legendary Great Wall.

Xian - dynastic capital:

Your history lesson continues when you visit the historic heartland of China, the home of the buried Army of Terra Cotta Warriors.

Scenic Guilin:

By the Chinese standard, "the most beautiful city under heaven" for its surreal limestone pinnacles and the fabled Li River. You will find out why.

Idyllic Long Sheng:

A legendary corner of China, a true gem for its spectacular Dragon Spine Rice Terraces and minority villages.

Chongqing:

China's wartime capital also home to the "Flying Tigers" during WWII. Visit Giant Panda before you board the downstream Yangtze cruise.

Yangtze River Cruise:

3-night cruise through Yangtze River's fabled Three Gorges, aboard one of the finest Yangtze cruise ships--Victoria Anna with guaranteed balcony cabin. Daily shore excursions and onboard entertainment included. Visit the massive Three Gorges Dam; cruise through the 5-stage ship lock; explore the scenic Shennong Stream on motorized sampans, and tour Shibaozhai, an old Yangtze riverside town.

Classic Suzhou:

China's artistic center over centuries, a city of gardens, canals, and silk art

Water town Tongli:

a typical water village in the region.

Metropolitan Shanghai:

once the "Pearl of the Orient" in 1930s, now the trendiest city in China, a perfect place to wrap up your memorable China journey. Savor China's world-renowned delicacies with special culinary events

Savor China's world-renowned delicacies with special culinary events

Peking Duck Dinner: delight in the succulent, crispy and aromatic Peking Duck dinner right after you climbed the Great WallXian Dumpling Banquet: Enjoy a 17-course dumpling dinner, each with distinctive shapes and aroma. Experience the real China, up-close and personal, with our Culture Insite Program

Experience the real China, up-close and personal, with our Culture Insite Program

Hutong tour in Beijing: explore the alleyways and courtyard homes of old Beijing riding rickshaws, and conclude the tour with a home-hosted lunch at local family home.Visit Chongqing’s old town. Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in your trip

Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in your trip

The Great WallForbidden CitySummer PalaceTemple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in BeijingTerra-cotta Warriors and Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, XianClassic Gardens of Suzhou

17 Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise [masked])Featured Accommodations Yangtze CruiseVictoria AnnaMarriott Beijing City Wall, ShanghaiMarriott Shanghai City CenterXianSheraton Xian North CityGuilinSheraton Guilin Hotel *Please note that we closely monitor all the hotels we use, reading our customer's feedback about their experience with the hotels listed below. Based on this feedback, if any of these hotels does not live up to China Spree's standards, we will change them immediately. Sometimes this may be a last-minute decision. Customer satisfaction is always our priority.

Victoria Anna

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Victoria Anna 
Recognized as the leader of the Yangtze River cruise, Victoria Cruises, the only American cruise company on the River, distinguishes itself from all other Chinese cruise lines with its superlative services, top dining experience, enrichment lectures, shipboard activities and shore excursions. 

While all other cruise lines on the Yangtze are competing by building bigger ships, Victoria Cruises reinvented the river cruise with its philosophy of small ship, boutique ship, enhanced by its exclusiveExecutive Deck Program

Over the past few years, China Spree has been working with all major cruise lines on the Yangtze for our China cruise tour programs. Forming the strategic partnership with Victoria Cruises for our 2013 sailing season, China Spree cruise tours 2013 feature quality boutique ship cruise experiences with improved onboard services, food and shore excursions, enhanced by the includedExecutive Deck Program, with full privileges at Executive Lounge. These Executive Deck Program features includes A La Carte dinning, complimentary beverage package, free laundry, complimentary WiFi, and other privileges that were initially designed exclusively for travelers on suite accommodations. Now, however, these excellent comforts are available for China Spree travelers as well. 

Book selected China Spree Cruise Tours by the promotion deadline as specified on our website to 
receive Victoria Anna's Executive Deck Program
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The most elegant and special vessel in Victoria Cruises fleet, Victoria Anna encompasses five decks of sheer elegance highlighted by a rich tapestry of colors, gleaming woods, sparkling chandeliers, and American and European influences with Asian accents. The ship is also one of the most technologically advanced river cruise ships in the world. 

Victoria Anna is the first Victoria Cruises' vessel to feature two separate kitchens and an à la carte dining room with western menus introduced by Chef Walter Staib. The five-star cruise line introduced its Executive Deck program and its goal–in addition to providing a refreshing new look and enhanced amenities such as concierge service–is a major leap forward for its culinary program. 

Passengers aboard the Victoria Anna enjoy the most elaborate culinary program on the Yangtze, as the ship's chefs are trained by award-winning Philadelphia-based Concepts By Staib, to prepare high-quality Western dishes in addition to authentic Chinese delicacies. The Dynasty Dining Room offers the most seating, while the upper deck VIP Club restaurant offers a la carte dining, as well as omelet & egg stations for breakfast, noodle and sandwiching stations for lunch, and Carving and Peking Duck stations for lunch or dinner (varies by day). 

The Victoria Anna also features a lecture room, library/reading room, cocktail lounge, beauty parlor and mini-spa, gift shop, spacious observation deck, business center, health clinic, lavish atrium lobby and two elevators for guests' convenience. In addition to onboard activities such as Tai Chi lessons, the Yangtze Club offers a host of invigorating nightly entertainment options as well as computer terminals for Internet access. Passengers traveling with their own laptops can also rent Wireless 3G USB modems through which they can use to access the internet from most areas of the ship. 

The scheduled Victoria Anna ship refurbishments in spring 2013 will include upgraded interiors and enticing enhancements that include a new lobby and public areas. 

Elegant in design and style, Victoria Anna is setting new standards in service, food, and comfort of boutique ship river cruise. Discover China's greatest river and savor the ambience usually found only on small boutique ships.  Read more >> 

Marriott Beijing City Wall

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Marriott Beijing City Wall 
All rooms are luxuriously appointed with amenities that ensure a comfortable stay and equipped with 37" LCD TV, safe, IDD, high-speed Internet access and a spacious work desk, and bathroom with separate bathtubs & standing shower. Its spacious room size is 460 square feet on average. 

Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall features 7 distinctive restaurants, bars and entertainment venues full of gastronomic delights. The hotel's various facilities and services including Quan SPA, a fitness center, an indoor-heated swimming pool, 24-hour room service, laundry, high-end shops, gold key service, private chamberlain and a stay to remember. 

Free High-Speed Internet Access for All Marriott Rewards Members, which is free to join and has no blackout dates on redemption stays. 

The hotel is about 5-7 minutes walk to the famous Chang An Avenue, 2-minute walk to the subway station, and within walking distance (about 35 minutes) to the Tiananmen Square and the Silk Alley. 

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Located in the heart of downtown Shanghai, our hotel is within walking distance to Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, People's Square, the Bund and the metro station. It's the perfect place to unwind when travelling for business or leisure. 

All rooms are luxuriously appointed with amenities that ensure a comfortable stay, with Marriott's trademark "New Bedding", and equipped with 42" LCD TV, iPod docking station, safe, IDD, high-speed Internet access and a spacious work desk, and bathroom with separate bathtubs & standing shower. 

Enjoy international cuisine and local favorites from our chefs, as they prepare various choices at our five restaurants and lounges. After a day of meetings or sightseeing, take a dip in our indoor pool, visit our fully equipped gym or have a relaxing massage at our spa. Other amenities include a business center, 24-hour room service, and concierge. Over 2000 sq m of dedicated event space awaits with two pillar-free ballrooms and seven additional meeting rooms. 

Free High-Speed Internet Access for All Marriott Rewards Members, which is free to join and has no blackout dates on redemption stays. 

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A sophisticated retreat from the crowds and hectic pace of the city, Sheraton Xian North City Hotel is well equipped to keep you refreshed and in touch. During your busy schedule of travel, work, and exploration, our hotel remains your haven. 

Settle down after a busy day and have a fully relaxing experience in one of our 490 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, including 29 upscale service apartment suites, ranging from 39 to 573 square meters. Warm earth tones enhance their modern decor. 

Deluxe Rooms are spacious, with stylish furnishings. Each rooms contains The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, a 40" LCD Flat Screen Television, a mini-bar, direct-dial telephones with voicemail, complimentary High Speed Internet Access and WiFi, and a personal safe that can store a laptop. 

Executive Club Rooms and Suites feature stunning Daminggong Palace and city views, king or twin beds, and separate bathtubs and showers in bathrooms. Executive Club guests also have special access to the Executive Club Lounge. A relaxing, upscale space, the Club Lounge offers coffee, tea, a breakfast area, light snacks throughout the day, and evening cocktails. Connect with friends via complimentary wireless High Speed Internet Access, work with your team in a meeting room, or simply catch your favorite TV show. 

You'll find a variety of places to gather for food and drinks, all under one roof at Sheraton Xian North City Hotel. Our stunning Lobby Lounge is a relaxing place to connect with business associates and fellow travelers over a cocktail. 

Yue, our Chinese restaurant, offers a delectable assortment of authentic Cantonese cuisine, while our fine-dining steakhouse has imported cuts and world-class service. Feast, an all-day dining restaurant, brings you mouth-watering flavors from the East to the West, with a buffet and an à la carte menu. 

We offer a full range of recreational facilities and services. Wind down with a soothing massage from an experienced therapist without leaving the comfort of the hotel. Our signature treatments are influenced by our region's history and are designed to brighten your look and your mood. 

Be at your peak at all times and let our fitness center be your solution to a healthy lifestyle while traveling. Our facilities feature state-of-the-art equipment, an aerobics studio, an indoor temperature-controlled swimming pool, and a sauna. 

On the 4th floor, the fully-equipped Business Center is open 24 hours a day. Take care of all your business needs, including printing, photocopying, High Speed Internet Access, equipment rental, and mobile phone charging, as well as secretarial, translation, and courier services. 

Stay in touch at The Link@Sheraton Experienced with Microsoft® in the heart of our lobby, designed for you to socialize with friends old and new. Feel free to use our computer terminals, or bring your laptop for complimentary wireless High Speed Internet Access. Check your e-mail, search for information, review local attractions, and even print boarding passes. 

There are two Sheraton hotels in Xian and Sheraton Xian North City is a new property built in 2011. 

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Dedicated to complete guest satisfaction, the Sheraton Guilin offers exceptional service including 24-hour room service, same day laundry and dry cleaning. The Business Center also offers fast Internet connection, postal, and other secretarial facilities. All rooms feature individually controlled heating and air-conditioning, IDD telephone, personal computer outlets, electronic door locks, combination of bath and shower with vanity and toilet, and more. Swim laps in the outdoor swimming pool or head to the gymnasium where you'll find all the gear for your cardiovascular training, bodybuilding, or simply toning your muscles. Sauna and massage facilities are also available, as well as poolside snacks and drinks in the summer. 

Retreat to one of our 430 newly renovated guest rooms, including our 17 suites. Relax and unwind while you watch your favorite shows on flat-screen satellite TV, order in dinner, or surf the web online with our High Speed Internet Access. And get a great night's sleep on our famously comfortable Sheraton Sweet Sleeper (SM) Bed. 

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China Trip Planning—Is this Trip Right for You?

Most westerners travel to China only once in their lifetime. China Spree wants to ensure that you have all the resources to plan your dream vacation. Please read the following information regarding the level of activity you can expect, your physical requirements, trip destination information, tour pacing and meal arrangements specific to this China trip.

Physical Requirements:

This trip is suitable for China Spree travelers who live an active lifestyle, enjoy good health and mobility, are comfortable participating in 3-5 hours of daily physical activities and sightseeing, and are able to walk 2-3 miles unassisted over the course of each day. It is not appropriate for individuals who rely upon wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Agility and balance are suggested for the hiking tour to the Dragon Spine Terraces.

Dragon Spine Terraces 
This journey includes an exclusive hiking tour to the Dragon Spine Terraces in the Guilin and Longsheng area. It's not like climbing a mountain, but it's not just a simple hike either. Please click here for feedbacks from China Spree travelers about this hiking tour.

If you like, you may skip this hiking tour, and enjoy a relaxing day exploring Guilin on your own. The Sheraton Guilin is ideally located along the Li River, and this hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and free internet access. Some down time on your own at this half way point of your trip is usually greatly appreciated.

Use your free time to take a leisure walk along the Li River, admiring one of China's most renowned areas of natural beauty. Enjoy the sweet fragrance of the Osmanthus trees while being captivated by the cultural life as it gently surrounds you; fishing on the Li River, vendors setting up exotic foods, people bicycling on their way to work and so much more. This is an excellent opportunity for you to have a free day of doing nothing but enjoying everything around you and can be a very relaxing and satisfying experience. Don't worry about lunch as we will provide you with lunch credit so that you can eat whatever you'd like on this free day.

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Keeping an eye on the Tropics

Read more about the climate of cities on this China tour.

China Visa Required:

U.S. and Canadian citizens traveling to China must have a valid passport and a visa obtained prior to entering the country. Please read Passport & China Visa for the complete information including answers to ALL your questions about VISA to China. Download China Visa Instructions.

Flight Schedule:

This China cruise tour package comprises of air travel segments using commercial flights with airlines, such as Air China. This is NOT a chartered flight and therefore the passage contract and your air tickets, once issued, shall constitute the sole agreements between you and the airline(s), and are subject to terms and conditions specified by the airlines.

Please download Flight Schedule, and make sure to read All About Flights section for further information of baggage allowance, mileage, and seating & dietary request, etc. Also read more about Air Travel andFrequently Asked Questions.

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