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October 2017 Complete China Tour

Complete China Tour – October 4-14, 2017

china93Take the China tour of a lifetime this coming April! This tour is full of highlights including: the scenic rice terraces of rural China, cruising on the Li River, walking on the Great Wall of China, exploring the Forbidden City, bargain shopping, and coming face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors.  Your family and friends won’t forget this magical tour and part of the world.

Included is: round-trip airfare from Salt Lake City, all hotel accommodations, sightseeing as outlined in itinerary, most meals, ground transportation via deluxe coaches, and excellent English speaking guides.

Itinerary:

October 4 – Leave from Salt Lake City and begin your journey across the Pacific Ocean to magical Asia.

October 5 – Late night arrival into Xi’an, China. Transfer straight to your hotel to rest from your journey.

October 6 – Your exciting day in Xi’an begins with a relaxing bike ride on the ancient city wall or you may wish to take a ride in a traditional rickshaw. Learn the legend as to how the Wild Goose Pagoda received its name as you visit this holy place revered for centuries. Your day will wind down as you enjoy the city water fountain show accompanied with orchestrated music. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 7 – You will be in awe as you visit the Terracotta Warrior museum. It has been said to be the most exciting archaeological find of the 20th century and considered as the 8th Wonder of the World. It is nothing short of astonishing! Later today board a short flight to Guilin, China where you will spend the night. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 8 – This morning you will transfer to the stunning mountain village of Longi. Take part in a cultural experience as the Longi women demonstrate their long hair that they cut once in their lifetime. You will then arrive at your mountain retreat where you will spend the night. Enjoy a walk up to your hotel built into the mountainside with incredible vistas overlooking rice terraces built into the mountains as far as eye can see! Walk through the surrounding mountainside village to be greeted by quaint minority shops, rich smells of delicious cuisine, and happy villagers. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 9 – Set sail for a cruise down the Li River. The Li River cruise from that departs from Yangshuo is the centerpiece of your trip to Guilin. Gorgeous peaks give you surprises at each bend of the river under the blue sky. These “gumdrop” mountains have helped this part of the country gain worldwide recognition for being one of the most scenic spots in the entire world. Hold up your 20 Yuan bill and what do you see – the exact same view on the Li River you will cruise by! An optional live light show on the river this evening will be a great way to end the day. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 10 – Relax during some free time this morning before your non-stop flight to Beijing. Today you’ll pay a visit to the Summer Palace which is listed as one of the world UNESCO World Heritage Sites and ranked as one of the finest classical gardens in the world. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 11 – Today you will visit the Forbidden City which was built in the 15th century. The Forbidden City includes the Imperial Palace which was the residence of the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Later you will walk on the 98-acre quadrangle of Tiananmen Square, which is one of the largest public squares in the world. Nearby learn about China’s fresh water pearls and visit one of the largest pearl showrooms on the planet. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 12 – Winding across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, the Great Wall of China stretches over 4,000 miles. Today as you experience climbing a section of the Great Wall, marvel at its size and grandeur. Not far from the wall you will explore the Ming tomb area and stroll down the path of the Sacred Way of the Animals. Also learn all about the history of jade and its relationship to China. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 13 – The Temple of Heaven is first on our agenda today and is located in a beautiful park. Elderly Chinese come by the thousands daily to exercise and to participate in Chinese cultural activities. Most tourists find themselves participating in the middle of these activities with the local Chinese. In the afternoon, experience a Hutong Tour, and take a glimpse into the world of yesterday while being pedaled through the narrow streets on bicycle-pedaled rickshaws. You will see how neighborhoods in Old China existed and how they are preserved in the middle of a modern city today. (Breakfast, Lunch)

October 14 – After breakfast, you will have some last minute free time for shopping or relaxing before the flight home. Your flight back to the USA leaves in the afternoon with an evening arrival. Welcome home!

 

 

Alf GunnYour Host: Alf Gunn

Alf Gunn has hosted in China and loves that part of the world. He is also an expert on travel to Brazil with incredible first-hand knowledge of the customs, culture, and Brazilian lifestyle.  Fluency in Portuguese and Spanish afforded him a 30-year law enforcement career followed by security consulting in Latin America.  Now a veteran of nine specialty tours to Brazil, Alf maintains email newsletter correspondence with over 2,000 Americans who have lived in Brazil.  He admits he loves to meet people and his trips go beyond sightseeing to provide unique people-to–people experiences on international cruises and in-country tours.  He and Marcia call the Pacific Northwest their home, where most of their 12 grand kids live and where he bicycles and sea kayaks year-round.

 

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Guilin, Xi’an & Beijing Tour with Airfare from Salt Lake City (other cities available) – Double/Triple Occupancy – $2599 per person (includes tour, air and taxes)

Single Occupant Cost – Additional $700

Chinese Visa – $195 per person

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment-pay by check to avoid it)

Deposit Required for Reservation – $1200 per person

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*Trip cancellation and emergency protection available
*Passports are required
*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after final payment is made
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