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Glitzy Shanghai; 4-night first class Yangtze River cruise; Xi'an & Terra Cotta Warriors; Strolling the Great Wall; Forbidden City tour
Breakfast and dinner (at local restaurants and some hotels) are included daily; all meals on cruise. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, ships crew, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
China has a great diversity of climates. The northeast has hot and dry summers and bitterly cold winters. The north and central region has almost continual rainfall, hot summers and cold winters. The southeast region has substantial rainfall, with semi-tropical summers and cool winters. Our tours in spring and fall occur when temperatures and humidity are relatively low; our May / June trip can expect sticky heat in some locations.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout China will be by private air-conditioned bus. Domestic flights via scheduled Chinese carriers. Yangtze River cruise is rated 4 or 5 star. The program for the Yangtze cruise may vary depending on which cruise ship we have contracted for our tour, though actual sightseeing does not vary much from ship to ship. The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure some heat and long days. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. Porters are available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.
Hotels used on tour are modern, comfortable, well-located, air-conditioned, 4-star properties with en suite bath / toilet. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Porters are generally available (see 'Inclusions').
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)
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