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AAA Travel Carrollwood 813-963-2121
AAA Travel Westshore 813-289-5800 x 2463
AAA Travel New Tampa 813-929-3430
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Included international airfare will be roundtrip from Chicago, O’Hare (ORD). Passengers will be responsible for their own USA domestic air transportation to Chicago (ORD)

Included:  

Round-trip International Airfare from ORD (Chicago O’Hare) including taxes
All on-tour flights in China as per itinerary
Land tour as per itinerary
All transfers as specified below
Accommodation in standard rooms as listed in itinerary
Meals as specified
Transportation in air-conditioned motor coach for all included sightseeing/activities
Sight-seeing as per itinerary led by qualified English-speaking guides
Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated
Services of AAA Tour Manager
The cost of a mandatory Chinese Visa
All gratuities to on-tour guides, ship’s crew, drivers, porters and tour assistants.
All Taxes and Fees

Not Included:

The cost of a United States Passport, valid for at least six-months past the RETURN date of your trip.
The cost of round-trip airfare and applicable air taxes or any other form of transportation from/to your home city to the international gateway departure airport of Chicago O'Hare (ORD).
Any checked baggage fees, overweight/excess baggage fees or onboard service/amenity fees charged by any domestic or international airlines. Note: Chinese airlines can be very strict about luggage limits and weight restrictions. Your one checked bag should weigh no more than 44 pounds.)
Meals not listed as included in the itinerary.
Alcoholic beverages (except where noted)
Transportation to and from any non-included activity.
Sightseeing and/or admission fees for any attractions or excursions not listed as included.
Hotel porter/bellman tipping for any luggage in excess of 1 standard suitcase per person.
The cost of any voluntary upgrade to a higher class of airline seat, hotel room or ship cabin than what was originally booked.
Souvenirs, medications, medical care, room service, internet charges, postage or any other expenses of a personal nature.
Gratuities/payments to non-tour staff/local Chinese for assistance with walking, wheelchairs, and/or porterage of carry-on bags or other personal items.
Any costs associated with transportation, accommodations, meals or other expenses incurred as the result of delayed arrival on the tour, early departure from the tour or temporary voluntary separation from the tour group.
Any costs associated with receiving medical care during the tour program.
The cost of any unforeseen or newly mandated government taxes or fees imposed by Chinese authorities in the course of the tour program.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Thursday, October 06
Depart Chicago

Depart on your international flight to Beijing.

Day 2: Friday, October 07
Welcome To Beijing

Group arrival transfer and check-in to the superior first class Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing, perfectly located in the heart of the capital. Overnight at the Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

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Day 3: Saturday, October 08
The Splendors of Imperial Beijing

Your full-day exploration of the capital begins as you stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public plazas in the world, includes a complimentary group photo. Then follow in the footsteps of Ming Dynasty emperors as you tour the Forbidden City. Explore by rickshaw through a hutong, an ancient city enclave where traditional courtyard homes still endure amidst Beijing’s many skyscrapers. In a colorful local market, you’ll help your guide to purchase fresh fruits and produce which you’ll present to a resident family, your hosts for today’s specially-arranged lunch. Tonight feast on a Peking Duck dinner with local beer and wine.  Overnight at the Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing  Meals B, L, D

Day 4: Sunday, October 09
Out and About in the Capital

After breakfast, tour the Temple of Heaven where you’ll join city residents for invigorating Tai Chi exercise before a guided tour of this architectural masterpiece, established in the early 1400’s. This afternoon, stroll in the Summer Palace where graceful pavilions, palaces and landscaped grounds cluster along the shores of Lake Kunming. Enjoy a boat ride on Kunming Lake if the weather permits.  Today, we will also visit the famous Panda Hall to see the pandas at the Beijing Zoo. Overnight at the Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing  Meals B, L

 

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Day 5: Monday, October 10
The Great Wall

Journey through the rugged mountains this morning to Jvyongguan Pass, one of the most impressive sections of the Great Wall and the site of many ancient battles. You’ll enjoy a richer, more authentic experience as you walk atop this ancient fortification. Return to the city where we’ll drive by the iconic venues of the 2008 Olympics. Overnight at the Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing  Meals B, L

Day 6: Tuesday, October 11
Fly to Xian

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian, China’s ancient capital for 13 dynasties. Upon arrival, you’ll visit Hanyangling Tomb and its underground exhibition center. Not as well-known as the Terra Cotta Army and often bypassed by larger tour groups, this significant archaeological site was just opened in 2001 and contains impressive 2,000-year-old burial relics of a Han Dynasty Emperor and Empress. Check-in to the Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel in deluxe rooms. Tonight’s dinner features savory dumplings, a regional favorite.  
Overnight at the Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel  Meals B, D

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Day 7: Wednesday, October 12
The Terra Cotta Army and Our Exclusive Tour Antiquity Experience

Your highlight of today is the comprehensive sightseeing at the excavation site of the Terra Cotta Army, China’s greatest archaeological discovery where thousands of life-size terra cotta warriors were buried long ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor. With curators guiding your discovery and deepening your knowledge, our Touch Antiquity experience at the Xian Museum gives you the rare opportunity to examine and handle ancient relics excavated from burial sites in and around Xian – including priceless bronze and ceramic pieces. Also visit the beautiful Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Overnight at the Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel  Meals B, L

Day 8: Thursday, October 13
Provincial Saving & Breeding Research Center and Fly to Chongqing to Embark Your Luxury Ship

Southwest of Xian, visit the Provincial Saving & Breeding Research Center of the Rare Wild Animals. Here you will see the rare takins, crested ibis and the golden monkeys of Qinling Mountains. Continue to the airport for your flight to Chongqing, where you’ll be met and escorted to the riverbank to board the luxurious MS Yangzi Explorer. Settle in to your balcony stateroom before dinner is served in the elegant Dynasty Palace restaurant. This evening, a film about the enormous Three Gorges Dam will be shown in the Tang Theater. Overnight on board MS Yangzi Explorer  Meals B, D

Day 9: Friday, October 14
The “Ghost City” of Fengdu

Alight in Fengdu this morning to explore the ancient temples of the famed “Ghost City.” Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of scenic cruising or join in the ship’s cultural program… You might learn about traditional Chinese medicine or see a demonstration of the arts. Back onboard, you can try your hand at traditional brush painting and calligraphy, learn Mah Jong and watch as the ship’s chef prepares traditional Chinese dumplings. This evening, Captain’s Welcome Reception is followed by dinner and then entertainment in the Tang Theater.
Overnight on board MS Yangzi Explorer  Meals B, L, D

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Day 10: Saturday, October 15
Through the Three Gorges and Up Shennong Stream

Cruise through the magnificent Qutang Gorge, the narrowest and perhaps most dramatic of the river’s celebrated Three Gorges. Later, journey by traditional sampan up one of the Yangtze’s most scenic tributaries into an unforgettable landscape of mountain peaks and clear streams. Overnight on board MS Yangzi Explorer  Meals B, L, D

Day 11: Sunday, October 16
Visit the Three Gorges Dam and Fly to Shanghai

Visit the Three Gorges Dam before disembarking your ship in Yichang. Enjoy a city tour in Yichang before your late afternoon flight to Shanghai. Take the Maglev train to downtown Shanghai where you’ll check in to the Sofitel Shanghai Hyland.  Overnight at the Sofitel Shanghai Hyland   Meals B, L

Day 12: Monday, October 17
From the Ming Dynasty to the 21st Century

Begin your city tour with a drive along the Bund, Shanghai’s grand waterfront boulevard, and a visit to the Shanghai Museum – one of the best of its kind in China. You’ll also visit Pudong New Territory and Tianzifang. A lunch is included. This evening, enjoy a thrilling performance by skilled Chinese acrobats. 
Overnight at the Sofitel Shanghai Hyland  Meals B, L, D

Day 13: Tuesday, October 18
Free Day

Today is a free day at leisure. Tonight, gather with your group for a Farewell Dinner with local beer and wine. Overnight at the Sofitel Shanghai Hyland
Meals B, D

Day 14: Wednesday, October 19
Depart Shanghai and Fly to Chicago

Group departure transfer to the airport for your flight homewards. 
Meals B

 

PRICING:

$6,999 Double, per person, including international airfare and all taxes

$8,999 Single, per person, including international airfare and all taxes

Above pricing is for standard accommodations on land and sea

-We have 3 cabins (standard cabin, upgraded location) on the Xiling Deck of the Yangzi Explorer ship for an additional $69 per person, double or $129 per person, single.

-We have 1 cabin (standard cabin, upgraded location) on the Wu Deck of the Yangzi Explorer ship for an additional $149 per person, double or $279 per person, single.

-We have 4 suites on the Qutang Deck of the Yangzi Explorer ship for an additional $979 per person, double or $1769 per person, single.

Post-Tour Extension to Hong Kong

$1699, Double, per person
$2899, Single, per person

Day 14: Wednesday, October 19
Fly to Hong Kong

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, you will be warmly greeted and escorted to the stylish Mira Hong Kong, perfectly located in Kowloon’s Tsimshatsui district, home to some of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment. Overnight at The Mira Hong Kong

Day 15: Thursday, October 20
Be a Hong Kong Insider!

Spend an unforgettable day traveling around Hong Kong like a savvy insider with our impassioned guide, an in-the-know city resident. You’ll see the highlights, delve into hidden corners and sit down to lunch at world-famous Jimmy’s Kitchen!

Your day begins as it does for thousands of city residents – aboard the MTR. Join your guide on the city’s efficient Mass Transit Railway and ride to the Prince Edward Station. Ascend to street level and explore Bird Street and the Flower Market, local institutions which are still thronged daily by city residents as they have been for decades! Then your guide will hail a cab for a quick ride down to the harbor front. Step aboard the historic Star Ferry, established more than a century ago, and cruise across bustling Victoria Harbor over to Hong Kong Island. As the skyscrapers and hills of the Island draw closer, you’ll agree that this is one of the most spectacular water crossings in the world!

Step off the Star Ferry on Hong Kong Island and dive into the non-stop action of Central, one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant districts. Rise above the hustle-and-bustle as you navigate with your guide along the city’s unique pedestrian overpass system, high above the traffic-filled streets and through the elegant shopping malls of the International Finance Center, one of the world’s tallest buildings. Then step aboard the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator and ascend to historic Hollywood Road, still the heart of Hong Kong’s thriving trade in Chinese antiques and antiquities.

Hop into another taxi and drive to neighboring Wan Chai, the setting of Richard Mason’s famous novel and movie, “The World of Suzie Wong.” This is now one of Hong Kong’s most popular and upscale city-center residential districts, and here we’ve special arrangements for you to visit the simple apartment of a Hong Kong expatriate, where every modern convenience is ingeniously incorporated into a relatively small space.

A delightful ride aboard one of Hong Kong’s historic double-decker trams brings you back to Central where you’ll see the impressive headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, designed at the turn-of-the-century by Sir Aston Webb, the architect responsible for the eastern façade of Buckingham Palace. Take a break from sightseeing and sit down to lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen – a local institution beloved by residents, career ex-pats and visitors!

After lunch, an unforgettable ride aboard the Peak Tram offers great views of Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline. Take your time atop Victoria Peak to experience the panorama that unfolds before you… from the buildings of Central and across Victoria Harbor to Kowloon and beyond.

A taxi will return you to the base of Victoria Peak to catch the MTR back to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight at The Mira Hong Kong
Meals B, L

Day 16: Friday, October 21
Free Day

You have the entire day free to enjoy as you wish. Your hotel’s central location in Kowloon makes it easy to step out and explore at your own pace. Overnight at The Mira Hong Kong  Meals B

Day 17: Saturday, October 22
Depart Hong Kong and Fly to Chicago

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.
Meals B

 Passport and Visa Requirements
All U.S. citizens are required to have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months after their return to the U.S.  Currently, a visa to China is required for U.S. citizens. 

Booking & deposit: 

A $700 per person deposit is due within 7 days of booking as well as passport information and date of birth, or by 130 days prior to departure whichever comes first.

Final payment: 100 days prior to departure along with a completed Guest Information form.

Cancellations:

Individual cancellations are subject to the following per person fees:

  • Up to 121 days prior to departure: If tickets issued, airline cancellation penalties
  • 120-91 days prior:  $700 plus airline cancellation penalties
  • 90-61 days prior to departure: 50% of program price plus airline cancellation penalties
  • Within 60 days of departure: 100% of the program price

AAA Travel Carrollwood 813-963-2121
AAA Travel Westshore 813-289-5800 x 2463
AAA Travel New Tampa 813-929-3430
www.AAA.com/travel

*Itinerary is subject to change.

 

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