Experience the mystique and culture of the Far East with YMT’s new China Tour which includes a Yangtze River cruise! You’ll spend 3 nights and see all the main sights in Beijing including Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. Visit the Great Wall of China where you’ll walk along an ancient path and discover one of the world’s most intriguing architectural marvels. Then it’s on to Xi’an to see the more than 8,000 figures that make up the Terracotta Warriors. Then, fly to Chongqing to see Giant Pandas before embarking on a remarkable 3-night Yangtze River Cruise with panoramic views of the world’s third longest river, complete with three included shore excursions. The final stop is Shanghai for 2 nights and more included sightseeing featuring the French Concession, Shanghai Museum and the Jade Buddha Temple. Three internal flights in China are included and YMT has also arranged a special optional round-trip group flight from Los Angeles to China. We highly recommend this option for your convenience.
Yangtze River cruise ships: Feb 22 - Victoria Cruise Lianna, Mar 21 & Apr 25 -Yangtze Gold Cruises Gold 6. All on board accommodation is in superior (Victoria) /deluxe (Gold) double cabins with private facilities. All cabins have balconies. Please note that the river cruises have a recommended additional crew gratuity of $25USD which is additional and will be added to your on board account.
Arranging your air travel: We recommend that you book your air to China with YMT, at least from Los Angeles. That way, you will travel on our special group flight with your fellow travelers to and from China. However if you are making your own flight arrangements to Los Angeles, ensure you have plenty of time to connect. We strongly recommend that you allow a minimum of 5 hours between arriving and departing flights. Upon your return you will have to clear immigration and customs before you are able to check in for your onward flight. If this is the case, please check your flight times to/from Los Angeles with YMT once you have made your final payment.
Departure dates: The YMT departure dates listed on the front page are the days we will arrange your departing flight from your home city if you purchase airfare add-on from us. Your flight to China will likely depart after midnight, which would make it the following day.
Activity level: Some of the sightseeing on this tour requires extended periods of walking and standing, walking over rough or uneven ground, climbing steps, several airplane flights, getting on and off boats and buses and generally navigating busy tourist sites. While this shouldn’t pose a challenge to most guests, please consider before booking that this is an active tour.
Included meals: Hotel breakfasts will generally be a mix of Chinese and international dishes. All lunches and dinners stated in the itinerary will be in local restaurants (eg. outside the hotel) and will be Chinese dishes. In Beijing and Shanghai, western style food is generally available (at your own cost); however in other areas, availability of western style food may be very limited. The Yangtze River cruise restaurants can be buffet or waiter service with Chinese and some international food.
Passports and Visas: A passport and a valid Chinese tourist visa (extra charge) is required to participate in this tour. Getting a Chinese visa is straightforward. Unless you live near a Chinese consular office, YMT recommends you use one of the many visa agencies that offer a convenient and hassle free service. Contact a local visa agency for full application requirements and fees or alternatively visit www.china-embassy.org. As a Chinese tourist, your visa is valid for 3 months from date of issue. We suggest applying for visas 60 days before travel.
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7-Night Hotel Accommodations: In moderate hotels, plus guaranteed early check-in to your room upon arrival in Beijing
3-Night River Cruise on Yantze River: Aboard Victoria Lianna (2/22) in a superior cabin or aboard the Yangtze Gold 6 (3/21 & 4/25) in a deluxe cabin
Three internal flights: Within China and one piece of checked baggage (44 lbs) per person
Sightseeing: Special events as listed on land portion
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners
Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of checked baggage per person
Service: A professionally trained tour director who is knowledgeable on the local area and will provide you with a wealth of information