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22-day China & Thailand In Depth with Cruise Voyage

Tour code: ETC-A06   

The tour package includes the most famous travel destinations in China and Thailand such as Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and offers chances to marvel at some of world’s great natural and cultural wonders. Moreover, you’ll explore the fascinating oriental nations by luxury cruise ships.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Beijing  Beijing Arrival
2 Beijing  Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, The Summer Palace
3 Beijing  Great Wall, Ming Tomb, The Sacred Road
4 Beijing - Shanghai Fly to Shanghai, Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple
5 Shanghai  Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the old quaters of Shanghai, The Bund and Nanjing Road
6 Shanghai - Yichang Fly to Yichang, boarding the Yangtze cuise ship
7 Yangtze Cruise Three Gorges Dam site, Three Gorges dam shiplocks, Xiling Gorge
8 Yangtze Cruise Excursion to Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream; Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge
9 Yangtze Cruise Shore excursion to Fengdu or Wanzhou
10
Chongqing - Xi’an FlFly to Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum
11
Xian  Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda
12
Xi’an - Guilin  Fly to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave
13
Guilin - Yangshuo  Li River cruise, West Street, optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu'
14
Yangshuo - Longji - Guilin Longji rice terraces, Ping An Zhuang Village
15
Guilin - Guangzhou  Speed train to Guangzhou, Yuexiu Park, Five Ram Statue, Chen Family Temple
16
Guangzhou - Bangkok  Fly to Bangkok
17
Bangkok  Wat Traimit, Grand Palace with temple Wat Phra Kaew, Aft Wat Pho, Temple of Dawn-Wat Arun
18
Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok Bang Pa In Palace, Wat Yai Chaimongkhol and Ayutthaya Historical Park., Chao Praya cruise
19
Bangkok - Chiang Mai Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and Meo Hill Tribe Village
20
Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai  Golden Triangle, Mae Sai Border, long neck villages
21
Chiang Mai  Chiang Mai Baan Chang Elephant Park
22
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai Departure

Day 1 Arrival Beijing (no meal)

Arrive in Beijing. Our guide will meet you at the airport & transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

Take a private escorted tour to go to the Tiananmen Square, located at the heart of Beijing, is the world's largest city center square. Secondly, go to the Forbidden City, officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was constructed between 1406 and 1420 by the Ming emperor Zhu Di and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors over the following 505 years. The Summer Palace comes the last one on the plan. Its 70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, gardens and other ancient-style architectural structures.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)

Private escorted tour to the Great Wall, the greatest of the eight ancient architectural wonders in the history of human civilization. Then go to Ming Tomb, about 50 kilometers from the northwest of Beijing, is the best preserved Chinese imperial tombs and have been nominated by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. The Sacred Road, namely "the way leading to Heaven", is affiliated with Ming Tomb. At night, a famous and delicious Peking Duck Banquet is offered.

Day 4 Beijing - Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, visit 3 highlights today: first, visit Shanghai Museum, a large museum of ancient Chinese art which is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls with a collection of over 120,000 pieces. Secondly, pay a visit to Yu Garden to appreciate its brilliant historical garden art and have a leisurely stroll in it. At last, go to the Jade Buddha Temple, which is the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma.

Shanghai Tour to Yu Garden

Day 5 Shanghai (B, L)

In the morning, Visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower and wander around the old quarters of Shanghai to get close to Shanghai people's life and appreciate the architecture style there. Then proceed to the Bund and Nanjing Road-- as it is known to all, the Bund is the waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period.

Day 6 Shanghai - Yichang (B, D)

Transfer to airport and fly to Yichang. Arrive at Yichang, be met and have dinner before boarding the ship.

Day 7 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Visit Three Gorges Dam site, sail through the Three Gorges dam shiplocks and Xiling Gorge.

Day 8 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Excursion to Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream; pass through Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge

Day 9 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Shore excursion to Fengdu or Wanzhou.

Day 10 Chongqing - Xi’an (B, L)

Arrive in Chongqing and disembark the cruise at 09:00am, and transfer to the airport heading for Xi’an. Upon arrival, transfer to visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is known as the eighth wonder of the world and a museum to display terra-cotta warriors and horses in Qin Dynasty (221-207B.C.).

Day 11 Xi’an (B, L)

After breakfast, go to the Shaanxi History Museum, which boats a large collection of unearthed cultural relics of China. Then visit the Ancient City Wall, the best-kept and biggest city walls in China--13,912 meters in circumference, 12 meters in height, and the foundation is 18 meters in width and the top of the wall is 15 meters wide. Later, go to the Wild Goose Pagoda-- the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty (618--907) for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang.

Day 12 Xi’an - Guilin (B, L)

Enjoy the free time until your guide escort you to airport for you flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, visit Reed Flute Cave near Guilin downtown--inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition.

Day 13 Guilin - Yangshuo (B, L)

Take a leisurely Li River cruise, and disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape - Yangshuo. At Yangshuo, you can have a free afternoon for your own exploration. At night, the West Street is a must-go where shows lively nightlife with both Chinese and western style. Besides, you can also go to watch the optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu' on the natural stage along Li River.

Day 14 Yangshuo - Longji - Guilin (B, L)

Drive to Longji to see the rice terraces. It is a feat of farm engineering which was first built in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Then visit Ping An Zhuang Village, where you can know about Zhuang people's life, customs, etc.

Day 15 Guilin - Guangzhou (B, L)

In the morning, transfer to train station for your bullet train to Guangzhou, upon arrival, go to Yuexiu Park - the largest park in Guangzhou City, and take photos of Five Ram Statue – the landmark of the city. Then pay a visit to Chen Family Temple, the largest, best preserved, and most decently decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province.

Day 16 Guangzhou - Bangkok (B)

Enjoy free time in the morning. After breakfast, our guide escorts you to Guangzhou airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide in Bangkok and transfers to the hotel.

Day 17 Bangkok (B, L)

After breakfast, explore the capital city of Thailand. In the morning, visit the Wat Traimit, Grand Palace with temple Wat Phra Kaew, After lunch, we will visit the one of the oldest temple in Bangkok, Wat Pho, then visit Temple of Dawn-Wat Arun.

Day 18 Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to Ayutthaya. Enjoy the beautiful view along road. On the way to Ayutthaya, visit Bang Pa In Palace where is the old Royal summer palace.  Upon arrival Ayutthaya, visit Wat Yai Chaimongkhol and Ayutthaya Historical Park. After that, take a Chao Praya cruise back to Bangkok, and enjoy the country view of riverside. Disembark at Bangkok pier, free at leisure in the rest of day.

Day 19 Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B, L)

Enjoy free time in the morning. After breakfast, our guide escorts you to Bangkok airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide in Chiang Mai and transfers to the hotel. After lunch, explore Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and Meo Hill Tribe Village. Drive back to hotel, and enjoy free night on your own.

Day 20 Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to Chiang Rai, visit Hot Spring on the way. Then head to Golden Triangle in Chiang Sean, where are the borders of Myanmar-Laos-Thailand. After lunch visit Mae Sai Border. Last, visit long neck villages. Transfer back to Chiang Mai.

Day 21 Chiang Mai (B, L)

After breakfast, visit Baan Chang Elephant Park which Give you a wonderful introduction to the Thai elephants. You will learn about the behaviors and lifestyle of these elephants, also you can learn how to control and bath the elephants as if you are a Mahout (elephant trainer). All the while, you will be able to ride elephant Bareback through the hill around our Park.

Day 22 Chiang Mai Departure (B)

Enjoy free time in the morning until our guide escorts you to airport for your flight to next destination.

PRICES START FROM PER PERSON

As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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