Super Value Tours - Beijing, Xian+Private Yangtze Cruise (Upstream) 15 days_Beijing, Xian, Wuhan, Yangtze 3 Gorges, Chongqing

Beijing, Xian+Private Yangtze Cruise (Upstream) 15 days

Wuhan to Chongqing (2019)

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Beijing, Xian, Wuhan, Yangtze 3 Gorges, Chongqing

Departs Nov 2 2019

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  • Cruise Upgrades: Executive Room +$600/room; Presidential Suite + $1999/room
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Highlights

Sister companies, Super Value & Signet Tours, come together for a luxury charter on Century Legend.

  • Board our private cruise on the Yangtze River.
  • Admire majestic views of the Three Gorges, enjoy fun onboard activities, & excursions. 
  • This date includes our amazing tour of Beijing and Xi'an pre-cruise.

Special Features

Beijing

  • Stay in our centrally-located hotel to avoid as much of Beijing's notorious traffic as possible - our tour is designed to ensure ample time to enjoy the biggest highlights: the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square
  • Escape the crowds, and overnight in Gubei Water Town, a resort outside Beijing. Our extra time under the Great Wall means you can see many diverse perspectives during day and night - near and far; a great way to enjoy a more original section of the Great Wall.

Xi'an

  • Terracotta Army: Our route is carefully designed to let you best enjoy this amazing piece of human history

Wuhan

  • Board in Wuhan and cruise all the way to Chongqing, save time from being on the road, fully enjoy the cruise and wonders of Yangtze River!
  • Visit the Yellow Crane Tower, visit the museum, and explore the cultural connotation of this historic city

Three Gorges of Yangtze River Enjoy different aspects which lie within the green hills, green water, canyons... Indulge in the flow of ancient ink paintings with expert explanations of the beauty of the Three Gorges:

  • Xiling Gorge: The longest of the Gorges - enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides.
  • Wu Gorge: Known as the most beautiful of the Gorges, count the 12 peaks of Wushan and witness the true face of the goddess.
  • Qutang Gorge: The shortest but most dramatic of the Gorges.
  • Three Gorges Dam: Enjoy an unforgettable view of the world's largest dam during the day and experience the spectacular feeling of our ship passing the five-level ship lock at night.
  • Places of interest: Visit the Three Gorges, Stone Treasure Fortress and other scenic spots along the Yangtze River
  • Super Value activities: Since we reserve the entire ship, all arrangements are specially-designed for Super Value/Signet guests. Specially designated hosts will explain the story, give a Three Gorges Humanities History Lecture, host our Super Value evening party, and the Super Idol night... all with much excitement!

Chongqing

  • Experience the millennial Dazu Rock Carvings and enjoy the night view of the mountain city

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Beijing: Waldorf Astoria – Stay in one of Beijing's best hotels.
  • Great Wall: Gubei Water Town: elegant boutique hotel designed in classic Chinese style under the Great Wall.
  • Xi'an: Wyndham Grand Xian – Newly renovated, stay in the heart of Xi'an. 
  • Private Charter Cruise - Century Legend: Built in 2013, the Legend is the latest and most advanced luxury cruise ship on the Yangtze River.

CULINARY EXPERIENCES

  • We take great pride in arranging and sharing great culinary experiences with you. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste authentic Chinese delicacies including a Beijing favorite - Peking Duck, mutton hot pot, and much more. Aboard our cruise, enjoy a carefully designed menu including specially-prepared Peet's coffee from the United States, snacks from all over the world, and imported wines from different European countries every night...Food, wine and drink in the Yangtze River!

SUPER VALUE STANDARD

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable guide with extensive Super Value training.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details
  • High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.
  • Unlimited bottled water is provided throughout the entire trip.
  • Porterage service included at every hotel.

Important note for Visas: Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  Visa fees not included in tour fare.

Tour Map
Itinerary
Day1

767 Depart from US/ Canada

Day2

Arrive at Beijing 【Dinner】

  • "Ni Hao" or "Welcome" to China! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrival gate and bring you to our hotel. Airport transfer is available for flights arriving between 10:30AM~8:30PM.
  • Our centrally-located hotel gives you access to explore the city.

DinnerBeijing Local Specialties HotelWaldorf Beijing

Day3

Beijing (1.5 hrs) Mutianyu Great Wall (1.5 hrs) Beijing【3 Meals】

  • Mutianyu Great Wall: Mutianyu features some of the most iconic views, we have designed three walking tour courses; choose one to match your physical strength level and interest
  • Imperial Summer Palace: Stroll through the regal and picturesque palaces and gardens of the Qing Dynasty
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchBeijing Noodle Set DinnerPeking Duck Banquet HotelWaldorf Beijing

Day4

Beijing  (2.5 hrs) Gubei Water Town 【3 Meals】

  • Tiananmen Square: Walk through one of the largest public squares in the world, the site of many unforgettable historical events. 
  • Forbidden City: Visit the home of 24 Ming and Qing Dynasty Emperors and the center of the Chinese political power for more than 500 years. 
  • Temple of Heaven: Morning visit to one of the most historically important temples in China built during the Ming Dynasty.  
  • Gubei Water Town: Enjoy breathtaking views and old town atmosphere from our resort at the foot of the Great Wall.

We include special arrangements for upgraded waterfront rooms (1 large bed) on a first come, first served basis.  In case you need twin rooms (2 beds per room), please kindly let us know at time of booking. Twin rooms do not have a waterfront view.

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Day5

Simatai Great Wall【3 Meals】

  • Great Wall - Simatai:
    • Named "One of the World's Top 25 Sites" by TIME, we have hand-picked this section of the Great Wall for its more natural views and to escape the crowds.
    • Ride a Gondola to the top and enjoy a hiking tour atop the Great Wall.
  • Gubei Water Town: After a vigorous adventure atop the Great Wall, roam quiet streets of this canal town where the Great Wall can still be seen from small alleyways.
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Day6

Gubei Water Town smiley (1.5hrs) Beijing Airport 767 (2 hrs) Xi'an 【3 Meals】

  • Fly to Xian, the ancient capital of China.
  • Ancient City Walls: Explore original fortifications of the ancient city, dating back 500 years. Choose from either a walking or biking (about 40 min, difficulty: ★★☆☆☆) tour.
  • In the evening, feel free to explore the outdoor shopping center, "Great Tang All Day Mall" or the Big Wild Goose Pagoda - both within walking distance of our hotel.
  • Accupressure Foot Massage: A great way to reduce fatigue and relax your body.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerHotel Buffet HotelWyndham Grand Xian

Day7

Xi'an 【3 Meals】

  • Xi'an Museum: Hear vivid vivid stories of ancient Xi'an and the Silk Road for the best understanding of China's origins
  • Terracotta Warriors and Horses: Witness a true wonder and one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the world. Our hotel's proximity gives us earlier access to the museum. Super Value Tours has carefully planned a special route to help avoid crowds and clearly depicts the history and story of the magnificent Terracotta Army.
  • Small Wild Goose Pagoda - A tranquil spritual icon of Xian. Climb to the top for a view of the city or enjoy a traditional Chinese Shadow Puppet performance.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerLocal Specialties HotelWyndham Grand Xian

Day8

Xi'an Airport 767 Wuhan【3 Meals】

  • Fly to Wuhan, the "center" of China, where we will start our cruise.
  • Board "Century Legend" luxury cruise ship
  • Stroll Hankou River Beach and experience the style of the Yangtze River City in Wuhan
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Day9

Wuhan ship Yangtze River Jingzhou Section【3 Meals】

  • Yellow Crane Tower: the first of the three famous buildings of Jiangnan, the building is nostalgic and overlooks the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge
  • Hubei Museum: Our tour is dedicated to the four major treasures of the museum. Enjoy wonderful chime performances and trace the profound Gu Chu culture
  • Return to the cruise after lunch and officially set sail
     
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Day10

ship Jingzhou section of Yangtze River【3 Meals】

  • Traditional Tai Chi morning exercise on sun deck; awaken with the vitality of the day between the morning and the morning light (free participation)
  • Cruise Leisure: You can choose to participate in onboard activities or enjoy free time
  • Welcome Night: Singing and dancing to invigorate the body and mind, all guests are welcome
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Day11

ship The Yangtze River Three Gorges【3 Meals】

  • Traditional Tai Chi morning exercise on sun deck; awaken with the vitality of the day between the morning and the morning light (free participation)
  • Xiling Gorge (special explanation): The cruise ship slowly sails through the first gorge of the Yangtze River, known for its “risk” in history, and enjoys the beautiful scenery on both sides of the strait.
  • Three Gorges family (onshore tour): Our tour explores local customs including stiltled buildings, ancient sailing boats, washing streams, and weeping marriage... capture life along the ancient Three Gorges
  • Three Gorges Dam (onshore tour): A project of great controversy, but an engineering feat which cannot be disputed. See and walk on the world’s largest dam.
  • Night of Dam crossing: With our professional explanation, learn and feel how the cruise ship passes the spectacle of the massive five-level ship lock

* Guests who choose not to participate in onshore tours may participate in onboard activities or enjoy free time.

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Day12

ship The Yangtze Three Gorges【3 Meals】

  • Traditional Tai Chi morning exercise on sun deck; awaken with the vitality of the day between the morning and the morning light (free participation)
  • Wu Gorge (special explanation): The cruise ship sails through the second gorge of the Yangtze River, known as the "show", counting the twelve peaks of Wushan and looking up at the graceful posture of the goddess
  • Goddess Creek (by boat): Explore the wonders and original customs of the Wushan Mountains
  • Qutang Gorge (special explanation): The cruise ship sails through the third gorge of the Yangtze River, which is famous for its “Xiong”, and the gateway to the west end of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River – Kui mén
  • Super Value Idol Night: A fun night full of singing and dancing with our guests! 

* Guests who choose not to participate in onshore tours may participate in onboard activities or enjoy free time. 

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Day13

ship The Yangtze Three Gorges【3 Meals】

  • Traditional Tai Chi morning exercise on sun deck; awaken with the vitality of the day between the morning and the morning light (free participation)
  • Shibaozhai (onshore tour): known as one of eight architectural miracles in the world
  • Farewell party: special activities for a warm and unforgettable evening

* Guests who choose not to participate in onshore tours may participate in onboard activities or enjoy free time. 

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Day14

ship Chongqing 【3 Meals】

  • Dock at Chaotianmen Wharf in Chongqing, bid farewell to our cruise ship
  • Dazu Rock Carvings: Explore stone sculptures that have survived for thousands of years, and appreciate the genuine Thousand Hand Guanyin
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Day15

Chongqing flight Next Destination【Breakfast】

  • We bid farewell as our trip comes to an end. A private airport transfer is arranged according to your flight, or you may continue to your next destination.
  • Airport sendoff available for flights departing Chongqing International Airport from 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Guests may choose to return to the United States, Canada, or choose to stop in Taipei, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia or major cities in the mainland (additional airfare will apply)
 

BreakfastHotel Buffet

Health & Safety 

  • This tour involves standing and walking for up to 1 hour at a time over inclined or uneven streets.
  • Some areas of this tour are not wheelchair accessible.

 

Passports & Visas

  • Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  Visa fees not included in tour fare.

Upgrades

 

  • In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no options are sold on tour.
 

 Dietary Restrictions

  • It's important everyone has a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e. no lamb, etc), please let us know. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.

Luggage Handling

  • Domestic flights in China have a checked luggage limit of 44lbs (20kg) per person.

 

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

A visit to the Great Wall is thrilling and can vastly change perspectives in a positive way. Super Value Tours includes a less-commercialized section so you can avoid the crowds and have ample time to quietly enjoy the magnificent beauty of the area. 

The Mutianyu section is located 45 miles northeast of Beijing, and the beauty is breathtaking. The Great Wall presents a different face in all 4 seasons: Flowers bloom across the mountain in spring, bright green grass dresses the hillside in summer, red and yellow leaves adorn the mountaintop with gold in autumn, and snow blankets the Wall in winter.

Imperial Summer Palace

This second palace served the Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat from the stifling confines of the Forbidden City. The complex suffered two major attacks, one during the Anglo-French invasion of 1860 and again during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. The surviving garden was rebuilt in 1886 and 1902, and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1998.

Tiananmen Square

Directly across the Forbidden City, Tiananmen (literally "Gate of Heavenly Peace") Square has been the site of several key events in China's history, and holds great cultural significance.

A half mile long and over a quarter mile wide, the gargantuan scale is hard to imagine for many people until they have a chance to see it in person. At maximum capacity, this famous square can contain over 100 million people simultaneously!

The National Palace Museum (Forbidden City)

The Chinese Imperial Palace was the throne of power from the mid-Ming Dynasty (~1400AD) to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1920AD) from which the Emperors ruled for 500 years. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world.

Temple of Heaven

The temple also known as Tian Tan, is one of the largest temple complexes in China and a paradigm of Chinese architectural balance and symbolism. The complex was visited by the Emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven for a good harvest. Today, the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven has become a favorite gathering place for early morning practitioners of Tai Chi and other bustling social activities.

Great Wall of China at Simatai

Nicknamed the "Wild Wall" for its unrestored beauty, the Simatai section of the Great Wall is adjacent to Gubei Water Town. The city wall is built on a steep hill and is famous for its unique beauty. 

Simatai Reservoir divides this part of the Great Wall into two parts: 16 carefully crafted watchtowers stand to the east, and 18 in the west. Luo Zhewen, a famous Chinese ancient architect, once commented "the Great Wall of China is the highest in the world, and the Great Wall of Simatai is the best of the Great Wall of China." It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 and is a state-level key cultural relic.

Gubei Water Town

Gubei Kou (literally "Old North Opening"), is named for its historic status as one of the Great Wall's key checkpoints during ancient times. The local village was restored in 2016 to create a resort town in classic Chinese style. We arrange an overnight stay here so you can have ample time to enjoy one of the world's most beautiful landmarks; take in unique evening views of the Great Wall and take a walking tour on the wall during the day. Located at the foot of the Simatai Great Wall, the resort is in a picturesque location where visitors can appreciate the beauty of the Great Wall from many different perspectives.

Xi'an Ancient City Wall

The Ancient City Wall of Xi'an was constructed in the early Ming Dynasty (1300AD), and is a symbol of great significance for China's most famous historic cities. A main feature of the Xi'an City Wall lies in the fact it has been preserved, which is rarely seen elsewhere in the world. The Ancient City Wall has corner towers, ramparts, sentry towers, gate towers, battlements and a number of city fortifications with very strong defensive capabilities.

Terracotta Army Museum

The life-sized Terracotta (clay) warriors and horses of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor who unified China, date back over 2,000 years (210BC) and were unearthed in 1974 by local farmers. The delicately carved figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians, each with different expressions and unique faces. A vast collection has been unearthed across 3 separate pits, but archeologists estimate the entire army consists of over 8,000 soldiers with a majority of the original warriors still buried in the pits.

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Rich Chinese tradition and modern style flawlessly combine at Waldorf Astoria Beijing. This distinctive hotel was the former residence of Li Hongzhang, an influential politician from China's last imperial dynasty. Today, its prime location in the heart of Beijing (within 10 minutes walking distance to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City) makes it one of the best bases for exploring the city.

Gubei Water Town Wuzhenhui Boutique Hotel

Special features: Stay in a traditional water town near the Great Wall 

With an incredible location at the foot of the Great Wall at the Simatai Gubei scenic spot, this boutique hotel was carefully designed to showcase traditional Chinese cultural elements while providing modern comfort and convenience. Carved wooden furniture, stone walkways, and Chinese landscaping come together to give you a very charming feel. Walk through the town and look out at the illuminated Simatai Great Wall to enjoy a serene and wonderful evening. 

* We include special arrangements for upgraded waterfront rooms (1 large bed). As rooms are limited, priority will be based on order of booking. In case you need twin rooms (2 beds per room), please be sure to let us know in advance. Twin rooms do not have a waterfront view.

Wyndham Grand Xian

Special Features: Excellent location (Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Downtown) 

Located in the heart of the Tang Dynasty city of Xi'an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, numerous scenic spots, and unique local shopping are within easy reach. The 3100-year history of Xi’an is a magnificent backdrop which inspired the design of the hotel itself. The exterior reflects the deep history of Xi'an while the interior has a smooth modern design. Guests staying here will feel exquisite Chinese hospitality and modern comfort.

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