This amazing journey through China is one of the most all inclusive fam programs we have offered! All air from two international gateways, JFK and LAX, is included. Most dining throughout the entire program, comprehensive touring and special features, along with luxurious outside staterooms on the elegant Yangtze river cruise, as well. Discover China, from terracotta warriors to fluffy pandas and to modern skylines and ancient history!
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Oct 24. LAX – Beijing by flight
Depart from LAX or JFK today aboard a spacious jet for your transpacific journey. When you cross the international dateline from east to west, you lose a day and you will “gain” the lost day back when you fly from China back to US. Our international host carrier is China Eastern Air to Beijing and home from Shanghai.
Oct 25. Arrive at Beijing Hotel in Beijing
Upon arrival at Beijing at approximately 11 AM , we will be met by the tour guide from Spring Tour, transfer to our hotel and enjoy a nice lunch. We check into our hotel for an afternoon bit of rest. This evening we will meet up again to enjoy some “lite” touring around the city and enjoy a group dinner, as well.
Oct 26. Beijing (B/L/D) Hotel in Beijing
This morning after breakfast we will begin our special tours in and around Beijing! Beijing is the capital of China and the 2008 Olympics was successfully held here! Although the city and her citizens have embraced modernity, especially after the country opens itself to the rest of the world about 50 years ago, it has beautifully preserved not only its ancient buildings but also its long-standing culture and heritage. A trip to Beijing, therefore, is a comprehensive look of its past, present, and even future. For a lot of experts, Beijing’s history began even before the first dynasty existed. As early as more than 25,000 years ago, some of the world’s first Homo erectus lived among the caves of Fangshan. There’s no doubt, however, the city is more connected to the different dynasties that ruled the land. One of the earliest and well-known dynasties in Beijing was Qin, which started in 226BC. Emperor Qin was able to conquer Jin and reunited the rural areas. By 1215, a Mongolian leader named Genghis Khan spread his kingdom within China, including Zhongdu. By 1368, the Ming Dynasty flourished in the city; and the emperor, his family, and some elected officials chose the Forbidden City to be their official complex. Around this time, the name of the city was changed to Beijing.
A tour coach will pick us up at the hotel, with the first stop visiting the Temple of Heaven, then continue the visit to Tiananmen Square, a famous landmark and the world’s largest public square. Next we enter and tour the Forbidden City – the royal palace of ancient Chinese emperors. During our touring, lunch is included and this evening dinner is included also.
Oct 27. Beijing (B/L/D)
A visit to China is not complete without setting foot on the Great Wall. The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in northern China, built originally to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusions by various nomadic groups. Plan to bring comfortable walking shoes if you want to scale the Great Wall and truly appreciate its magnificent view! We will make time for some special visits to a Jade factory and Cloisonné Factory, as well. In the afternoon, you will go inside the Summer Palace to visit the royal garden there, as a special treat! The Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, It greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long since been recognized as “The Museum of Royal Gardens.”
Oct 28. Beijing / Xian by air (B/L/D) Hotel in Xian
Today you will fly to Xian, the renowned starting point of the Ancient Silk Road, from Beijing. Xian was also the capital belonging to eleven ancient dynasties in Chinese history. You will visit the 600 year old City Wall. It’s the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Tonight you will enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Oct 29. Xian city tour (B/L/D) Hotel in Xian
One of the high lights of your tour to China will be today, a memorable day of sightseeing will begin as you view remnants of China’s ancient past: the Life-Sized Terra-Cotta Army, buried with the emperor for over 2200 years, the Bronze Chariot and Circle Vision Movie. Tonight we will all enjoy the delicious Chinese dumplings banquet and watch one of the best shows in China – Tang Dynasty Dance and Music!
Oct 30. Xi’an/Chengdu by air (B-D)
Today during our touring in Xian we will visit the Shaanxi History Museum, one of the best museums in China, then we continue to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built 1000 years ago. In the late afternoon, we fly to Chengdu with China Eastern Air and check into our hotel. Dinner will be offered in downtown Chengdu.
Oct 31. Chengdu (B/L/D)
Today we will go to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The Buddha is carved out of a cliff and faces the confluence of the three cities in Leshan. It is the world’s largest Buddha carved from a stone. We will enjoy lunch after our visit and return to our hotel for a short rest at the hotel before dinner. This evening you will visit the old downtown of Chengdu. Chengdu is a city brimming with a strong leisurely ambiance. Jinli Street is particularly representative of this city. It is recorded that as early as the Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 206 BC), Jinli Street was the most famous place for Baldachin, a rich ornate cloth and you will find so many lovely souvenir stores in this area, too. Strolling down the narrow street, you will find yourself surrounded by old-world stores selling Shu Embroidery, lacquer products, folk handicrafts, curios, or calligraphy and paintings of celebrities. Most of the special local products can be found here.
Nov 01. Chengdu-Chongqing – Special Panda Visit and President Cruise No.7
Today before you go to Chongqing, you will go to visit the largest Giant Panda Center in the world. Located just 10 km (6miles) away from downtown Chengdu, the Panda Breeding Research Center has been created to imitate the pandas’ natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. It cares also for other rare and endangered wild animals living on approximately 92 acres. Giant pandas, lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals are fed and bred there throughout the year. Verdant bamboo, bright flowers, fresh air, a natural hill scene and a beautiful artificial view are merged ingeniously at the base.
In the afternoon, we depart for Chongqing by the bullet train. After we arrive we will enjoy a city excursion in Chongqing, then board on our luxurious river cruise boat for FAMTrips.travel Best of China Tour & Yangtze River Cruise. The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows over 3,915 miles from the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghaieastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea in Shanghai.
Nov 02. Yangtze River-Fengdu on President Cruise No.7
The first shore excursion will be the Fengdu Ghost City. Located on the Ming Mountain, Fengdu County is known to most Chinese as the Ghost City. Having nearly two thousand years of history, this region combines the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhisn with the mystique of ghosts. Many famous literary works contain vivid references to Fengdu. In the evening, the Captain will be hosting a welcome cocktail party and after dinner you’ll be entertained with show performances by members of the crew.
Nov 03. Cruising on the Shennong Stream
In the morning, the boat will sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges. Then our river cruise boat will sail pass Wu Gorge, famous for its quiet beauty. In the afternoon, you’ll take a shore excursion on a small riverboat through the Shennong Stream, which offers clear water, picturesque rock formations, and wild animals. Later in the afternoon, the boat will sail pass through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges and in the evening the boat will pass through the five-stage ship locks and the Three Gorges Dam. Dinner will be a captain’s farewell banquet.
Nov 04. Yichang – Shanghai (by flight)
In the morning after breakfast on the ship, we will enjoy a land excursion and visit the Three Gorges Dam. The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric river dam that spans the Yangtze River in Sandouping, close to Yichang. It is the world’s largest electricity-generating plant of any kind. You’ll then return to the boat and check out as this concludes the Yangtze River cruise, prior to boarding our late afternoon flight to Shanghai, we will have time for lunch and then board our included flight to Shanghai. We will arrive into Shanghai around 8 PM and go to our hotel. Dinner will be on your own this evening.
Nov 05. Shanghai (B-L-D)
Today you will visit Shanghai Museum in the morning, then go to visit the Chenghuang Temple and the city’s colonial European past at The Bund. We will enjoy lunch and dinner both while touring this afternoon and then later in the evening, you will enjoy a short river cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy the great night view of Shanghai. After the cruise, you can also go to the old French Concession area to see the night life of Shanghai!
Nov 06. Shanghai / LAX or JFK by air
This morning after an early breakfast, you will ride the Maglev, the world fastest train to the airport for your return flight back to USA. Your wonderful Educational FAM is over all too soon as you will board the home bound flight on China Eastern Air and bid a fond farewell to China today. You will gain the lost day back by crossing the international dateline.
Super Inclusive International Air, Land and Cruise Rate for Agents: $2699
Non Industry Guest Add $300 / Single supplement: $1100
Hotel reference for the tour in each city:
Beijing: Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven or better
(great location and very excellent accommodation)
Xian: Grand Park Xian or better
Shanghai: Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel or better
Chongqing Yangtze River Cruise President No. 7
- Round Trip International Air from JFK or LAX and All China Domestic Air flights with the airport tax and fuel surcharge included
- Four and Five Star Hotels with hotel buffet breakfast daily
- English speaking tour guide in each city
- Air conditioned tour coach
- Admission entrance tickets to the places to visit as listed
- Most Lunches and dinners (listed in the itinerary)
- Special Dinner show in Xian ( DS = dinner show)
- Five Star River Cruise with Outside Staterooms
Price Does Not Include:
- China Visa: (FAMTrips and Spring Tours can assist with this)
- Gratuity tips to the tour guides or drivers throughout the touring and the Yangtze River cruise boat tips
Estimated amounts for tips:
Gratuity to the tour guide and driver in each city:
$10 per day from each customer, (the tour guide and the driver will share this $10.)
Gratuity to the staff on the boat:
$30 pp which is paid to purser at end of cruise.
Gratuity tips to the tour guide/ driver on cruise shore excursion:
Suggested $10 total from each person to the guide and the driver who share this.
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