Depart the ship and leave for the city of Beijing. A 2½-hour drive will bring you to the famous Tian’anmen Square, the largest gathering spot in the world. After lunch, continue to the Forbidden City—a huge collection of temples and imperial buildings. Check in at a centrally located Beijing Hotel. Tonight you will be treated to a feast of the famous Peking duck dinner, right here in Peking.
Day 2 (B, L, D)
Begin your day with a tour to the 15-century Temple of Heaven, set in one of the largest parks in Beijing. After a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant you will transfer to airport for a flight from Beijing to Xi’an. Dinner will be served at your hotel.
Day 3 (B, L, D)
Depart your hotel this morning for a motor coach ride to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda—a temple built to house Buddhist scriptures brought back from India by traveling monk Xuan Zang. Enjoy a pleasant shopping stop at the Jade Factory with thousands of products made from one of the most beautiful stones in the world. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant; then you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum. This unbelievable collection of thousands of life-size terra cotta warriors and their horses were unearthed by archaeologists in 1974. One of the most important finds to date in the world, this legion was created under the command of unified China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang. He was terrified that his enemies would pursue him even after death, and so he ordered this "army" to protect his burial site—and for centuries indeed it did. Each warrior is different, as you will discover as you are led through the vaults where these and other treasures have been found. Marvel at the sheer numbers, and the incredible detail in each and every figure. Later, visit the ancient City Wall before enjoying the Tang Dynasty dinner and show. Dinner is accompanied by a cultural program including a concert played on Tang Dynasty musical instruments and colorful dances more than 1,000 years old.
Day 4 (B)
Begin your day with a flight from Xi’an to Shanghai, China’s business capital. Upon arrival, you will transfer directly to the ship waiting at Shanghai’s pier.
Due to this tour’s popularity, exclusivity, and strict booking conditions, tour bookings must be confirmed 60 days prior to the actual call at Xingang, with no cancellations allowed thereafter.
It is the guests sole responsibility to obtain any necessary visas, vaccinations or tourist cards before traveling to participate in overland adventures or overnight tours unless noted otherwise in the description.