Georgetown University Alumni Association
Classic China & the Yangtze
November 1 - 14, 2016
Join the Georgetown Travel Society from November 1 - 14, 2016 to discover the highlights of China and the grandeur of the Yangtze River, in a small group of no more than 24 travelers.
Begin in 2,000-year-old Beijing, site of Tienanmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall. Fly to Xian where you’ll see one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of recent time: the intact life-size army of 7,000 Terra Cotta Warriors. Enjoy a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River, one of the world’s longest and busiest rivers. Your tour concludes in Shanghai, the “Paris of the East.”
Participants will share this air-inclusive tour with Columbia University alumni and friends. Space is limited to just 24 guests so call today to secure your place on this exciting tour to China!
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices:
Tour Dates: November 1 - 14, 2016
Tour Rates: from $3,795 per person (excluding international airfare)*
from $4,684 total price from Los Angeles, San Francisco ($4,195 air, land & cruise inclusive plus $489 airline taxes and fees)*
*All rates are per person based upon double occupancy. Airfare from other cities is available. Airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees are subject to change until final payment is made. Please see the brochure or contact us for more information.
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 lifestyle 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 that 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 our Victoria Cruises ship 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. As we cruise along this storied waterway, this afternoon we visit either the Red Pagoda in Shibaozhai or the “ghost city” of Fengdu, with its complex of shrines, temples, and monasteries. 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, the shortest of the Three Gorges, followed by tranquil Wu Gorge. Then we board a small sampan for an excursion along the Daning River to the stunning Small Gorges. Flanked by sheer cliffs and steep mountains, the Small Gorges recall scenes from ancient Chinese scroll paintings. Back on board our Victoria Cruises ship late afternoon, we enter the scenic western section of 42-mile long Xiling Gorge, with swift rapids and churning whirlpools. Later tonight we enter the locks of the immense Three Gorges Dam. B,L,D
Day 11: Yangtze Cruising – Three Gorges Dam/Shanghai After touring the site of the immense Three Gorges Dam Project this morning we continue on to Yichang, where we disembark and fly to Shanghai, the “Paris of the East.” Dinner tonight is on our own in this cosmopolitan city. B,L
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 beloved 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
What is included:
- Round-trip air transportation from listed cities for international air-inclusive participants; all flights within itinerary (China/Tibet) for all participants
- 12 nights accommodations: 3 nights aboard Superior First Class ship of Victoria Cruises; 9 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
- 29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
- Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
- Services of a Professional Tour Director
- Private motor-coach transportation throughout your trip
- Luggage handling for one bag per person
- Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
What's not included:
Passport, visa and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; baggage charges on aircraft if applicable; international airfare, transfers and baggage handling to/from hotel on day of arrival and/or departure if you have booked as a "land only" participant or if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the "Included Features" section of the program brochure.
Please contact us toll free at 1-866-525-8664 or by email at GeorgetownTravelSociety@Georgetown.edu for additional information on this program.