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China by Train and Yangtze Riverboat

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Program #3588RJ
26 Days | 25 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
The Great Wall stretches more than 5,500 miles across rugged land and mountains — reflecting the vastness, history, and traditions of China. Take a walk on this man-made wonder and then get closer to daily Chinese life in a journey by train and Yangtze riverboat that transports you from Beijing to Shanghai and across the Yellow Soil Plateau to China’s Silk Road capital —Xi’an. Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of countryside villagers along the way as you explore their marketplaces, talk openly with English-speaking students, and learn about traditions that have been at the heart of Chinese culture for thousands of years.


Highlights

• Share lunch with a Beijing courtyard family, and then enter the Forbidden City, seat of Emperors and once forbidden to all others.
• From your train carriage, enjoy close glimpses of China’s colorful country life.
• Discover hidden hillside villages and lush landscapes of Guizhou Province.

Program Notes

No overnight trains; most train travel during daylight hours; 10-hour train ride to Kaili. Optional tai chi and Chinese conversation. Some sites have uneven terrain, unpaved paths, cobblestones, uneven or steep steps with no railings. Group leaders are full-time Chinese Foreign Affairs Office staff, university graduates fluent in English.

Activity Notes

Walking up to three miles daily; uneven terrain; steep steps at docks, often without railings. Long daytime train rides.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Beijing, 4 nights; train to Luoyang, 2 nights; train to Xi’an, 3 nights; Yangtze vessel, 3 nights; Wuhan, 1 night; train to Changsha, 2 nights; train to Kaili, 2 nights; coach to Guiyang, 2 nights; fly to Shanghai, 3 nights; departure.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
24 nights of accommodations
71 meals: 23 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 26 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
29 Field trips
23 Hands-on experiences
6 Performances
3 Flights during the program

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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