Code: CUC
Duration: 21 Days
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Experience China's Ancient And Modern Culture

China is one of the truly different destinations, with its distinct ancient and modern culture and its fascinating and sometimes painful evolution into a major contemporary nation. It is not a country that can be simply understood by touch-of-highlight tours and general sightseeing.

To help our travellers gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture, history and people, our travel program is a finely designed learning vacation combining historical sites, home visits, village walks, seminars, demonstrations and group discussions throughout the trip. Our program will take you from the Forbidden City in Beijing, home of the Last Emperor, to the ancient capital of Xian, world renowned for its terra cotta warriors. It will take you from the cradle of the Chinese civilization along the banks of the Yellow River, to the cosmopolitan excitement of Shanghai. It will take you through some of the most spectacular and memorable scenery in the world as your luxury cruiser travels the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River.

Our China learning vacation will introduce you to the historic and cultural essence of China. At the end of the trip, you will know that you have truly seen the REAL China up close.


·         1 Free for every 15 paying (can be adjusted as required)

·         21 nights accommodation double occupancy as per the itinerary

·         services of a professional guide and driver

·         air-conditioned motorcoach

·         all ground transportation and airport transfers

·         local taxes and service charges

·         admission to all sites as specified in the itinerary

·         educational resources or meeting support available upon request 

  • Air transportation from city of departure (quote provided prior to booking)
  • Gratuities to tour guides or drivers (can be included in price upon request)
  • Visa / passport fees  
  • Health, trip cancellation/interruption or baggage insurance: Recommended and available at very competitive rates from IGT
  • Meals not itemized in itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, phone calls etc.)
  • items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary


Day 1
Depart home city for Beijing.

Day 2
Afternoon arrive in Beijing, greeting at the airport and transfer to hotel. Dinner.

Day 3
Begin your exploration of China by touring three famous sites - Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.

Day 4
Excursion to the Great Wall. Then continue on to the Ming Tomb Gardens, burial ground of 13 emperors.

Day 5
Morning rickshaw tour of the old residential area of twisting lanes and courtyard homes. Enjoy lunch as the guest of one of the local families. Afternoon visit the Summer Palace. Beijing Duck dinner.

Day 6
Morning visit the Lama Temple, an elegant and ancient temple known as the Yonghe Lamasery, which is the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and rest.

Day 7
Morning excursion to the Yellow River. The neolithic and bronze age cultures reaching back 5,000 years makes this area the cradle of Chinese civilization. Afternoon visit the Henan Provincial Museum.

Day 8
Morning drive to Dengfeng County. Explore a local village and be a guest in one of the cave homes. Visit the school and enjoy leisure time with the local people.

Day 9
Morning visit to the Shaolin Monastery, the birthplace of the martial arts tradition in China and enjoy a Kungfu demonstration. Afternoon to Luoyang by coach, stopping at the ancient White Horse Temple en route.

Day 10
Morning tour of ancient Buddhist sites. Explore the Longmen Grottoes, one of the greatest cultural treasures, where up to 100,000 Buddhist statues carved into a great riverside rock face. Afternoon board the express train to Xian. En route view the terraced hills and deep gullies of the red earth country of one of the oldest settled regions of China.

Day 11
Full day exploration of this rich historic area. First, the 5,000 year old Banpo Neolithic Village, and finally the amazing Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors - the great underground army of the First Emperor of China, buried with him 2,200 years ago.

Day 12
Morning visit the Tang Art Museum and the Great Mosque. Afternoon fly to Chongqing. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

Day 13
Visit the city of Chongqing with its beautiful zoo and the amazing art gallery. After dinner, board the Yangtze Cruise, your home for the next four nights.You will spend the night in your cabin and the cruise ship departs Chongqing early in the morning.

Day 14
This morning, the ship docks at one of the three following ancient towns: Fengdu, Wanxian or Shibaozhai. You will tour the many temples and shrines, dedicated to the gods of the underworld. Following the tour, return to the ship and join the captain for a welcome dinner.

Day 15
The ship enters the first gorge, Qutang Gorge. You will see the high peaks, sheer cliffs and the narrow gates that shape the river. Next the ship will reach Wu Gorge, considered to be the most beautiful of the Three Gorges. Later in the afternoon, the ship stops in Badong, where you disembark for an excursion on the Shennong Xi.

Day 16
You will cruise through the last gorge, Xiling Gorge. The ship docks at Sandouping for a tour of the New Dam. The dam is a massive project, which is intended to control flooding and harness hydroelectric power.

Day 17
The ship arrives Wuhan around noon. You will disembark and transfer to hotel upon arrival.

Day 18
Sightseeing in Wuhan: visit the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, the Bonsai Gardens and Hubei Provincial Museum where the heaviest musical instrument in the world, a set of chime bells, with 3,000 years of history and a total weight of 2,500 kilogram, is displayed. Evening fly to Shanghai. Transfer to hotel.

Day 19
Morning visit the newly built, state-of-the-art, Shanghai Museum. After lunch, leisure walk along the legendary Bund.

Day 20
Full day sightseeing of the Childrens Palace, the Yu Garden, and the Jade Buddha Temple. Evening enjoy the Shanghai Acrobats.

Day 21
Morning excursion to Xitang Village, an old settlement of white plaster row houses and narrow slate-paved streets along an ancient canal. Afternoon return to Shanghai and transfer to the airport for your Air Canada flight back home. You will arrive in Toronto in the evening on the same calendar day.