Comprehensive in scope yet briefer in duration than many China tours, this relaxed, well-paced journey combines monumental Beijing, a cruise on the fabled Yangtze River, fascinating Xian, and cosmopolitan Shanghai. Traveling in your prized small group of no more than 24 guests, you will have the good fortune to meet local people and to experience a host of China’s highlights, both ancient and of the moment. View the full trip itinerary.
This trip is being hosted by the Wagner College Alumni Association in partnership with Odyssey's Unlimited, Inc. For specific questions about this trip, please contact the tour operator Odysseys Unlimited at (888) 370-6765 (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. EST). General questions, and requests for a printed trip brochure can be directed to the Wagner College Office of Alumni Relations at (718) 390-3224.
- Trip Overview
- Traveling in a small group of no more than 24 guests, you’ll have the good fortune to meet local people and to experience a host of China’s highlights, both ancient and of the moment. Your 14-day tour begins in 2000-year-old Beijing, China’s modern-day capital. Experience its legendary sites: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, and, of course, the Great Wall. Enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant. A tour highlight is a special rickshaw ride for an inside look at life along Beijing’s ancient alleyways or hutongs, and a visit to the home of a local family for a rare glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle that is fast disappearing. Continue to Xian and visit the museum housing the recently excavated terra-cotta army of nearly 8,000 life-size warriors, called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Fly to Chongqing and visit the zoo housing the beloved pandas. Board a premier ship of Victoria Cruises for a three-night cruise on the Yangtze, one of the world’s longest and busiest rivers. Witness daily life along its shores on included shore excursions and see the spectacular Three Gorges, Smaller Gorges, and the much-heralded dam. Our tour concludes in Shanghai, a dazzling city that epitomizes 21st-century China. Discover the European-influenced Bund, the renowned Shanghai Museum, with its priceless collections, and the 16th-century Yu Yuan Gardens. Spend additional time exploring dynamic Shanghai, China’s most prosperous, vibrant, and cosmopolitan city, with an optional 3-day/2-night “On Your Own” post-tour extension. View the full itinerary.
Days 1-5: September 2-6, 2014
Tour Beijing including Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and the Great Wall. Ride a rickshaw through Beijing’s ancient alleyways (hutongs), and experience a traditional Peking Duck Dinner.
Days 6-8: September 7-9, 2014
Tour the Terra Cotta Warriors archaeological site, called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” and enjoy a special dinner of traditional Chinese dumplings. After a flight to Chongqing, visit the zoo housing pandas.
Days 9-11: September 10-12, 2014
Enjoy a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River—one of the world’s busiest and longest rivers – including Three Gorges and Smaller Gorges. Take a small boat excursion down the Daning River to explore the stunning Lesser Gorges. Take a morning tour of the immense Three Gorges Dam project.
Days 12-13: September 13-14, 2014
In Shanghai visit the magnificent Bund and the 16th century Yu Yuan Gardens. Attend a lively Chinese acrobatics show. Tour the acclaimed Shanghai Museum before some leisure time to explore this city nicknamed “Paris of the East”. Toast our China adventure at a farewell dinner.
Day 14: September 15, 2014
Depart Shanghai for the U.S.
“SHANGHAI – ON YOUR OWN” - OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXTENSION
Days 14-15: Shanghai
No need to transfer anywhere: you are right at home for the next two nights, free to further explore Shanghai as you wish. Options include returning to the Bund; enjoying a scenic boat ride along the Huangpu River that bisects Shanghai; embarking on an excursion to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao; or visiting the Oriental Pearl TV Tower for a bird’s-eye view of this dynamic city. Should you visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, you also may wish to explore the Shanghai Municipal History Museum (located in the basement of the tower) that commemorates Shanghai’s colonial period from 1860 to 1949. Or you may choose to stroll through People’s Square, a vast area of gardens located in the heart of the city and home to the Shanghai Museum that we visited earlier on our tour; take in a music or theater performance at Shanghai Grand Theater; or do some shopping on Nanjing Road, one of the world’s most popular shopping districts where you can find some of the world’s most renowned department stores as well as independent vendors selling traditional items such as silks, jade, embroidery, wool, and clocks.
Day 16: Shanghai/Depart for U.S.
After breakfast you’ll take an included transfer to the airport for your return flights to the United States.
36 Xiao Yun Road • Chaoyang District • 100027 Beijing, China
Phone: 011-86-10-646-89999 • Fax: 011-86-10-646-89913
Ideally located in the heart of the city, the Renaissance Beijing is just a few minutes away from the Embassy District. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, café, lounge, fitness center, sauna, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, beauty salon, and indoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.
Sheraton Xian North City Hotel
No. 32 Wei Yang Road • 710014 Xian, Shaanxi, China
Phone: 011-86-29-8886-6888 • Fax: 011-86-29-8629-2775
Opened in February 2012, the Sheraton Xian North City Hotel stands outside of Xian’s North Gate, just minutes from the old city. This contemporary-style hotel offers three restaurants and a lounge, fitness center with indoor pool, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and hair salon. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and feature private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.
Victoria Cruises Premier Ships
With the largest fleet to ply the Yangtze, multilingual cruise directors, and informative river guides, Victoria Cruises offers a comprehensive Yangtze experience as the leader in Yangtze River cruising. Air-conditioned and carrying 198–308 passengers, the ships feature breakfast and lunch buffets and classic Chinese dinner banquets, reading room, fitness area, gift shop, and beauty salon. On-board activities include lectures on Chinese history and culture, Tai Chi lessons, calligraphy demonstrations, and traditional entertainment in the evening. Cabins all are outside, non-smoking, and 155 square feet with private bathroom with bathtub and shower, balcony, and satellite TV. Hair dryers are available upon request.
Hilton Shanghai (also used for Optional Post-Tour Extension)
No. 250 Hua Shan Road • 200040 Shanghai, China
Phone: 011-86-21-6248-0000 • Fax: 011-86-21-6248-3868
The Hilton Shanghai is situated in the center of Shanghai’s commercial district within close walking distance of the city’s main attractions and shopping. This 43-story hotel offers a variety of amenities, including laundry/valet service, barbershop and beauty salon, gift shop, elevators, Internet access, several restaurants and lounges, and safety deposit boxes. The hotel also has a health club with fitness center, indoor pool, spa, sauna, steam bath, and massage service. Furnished with contemporary décor, air-conditioned guest rooms offer private bath with hair dryer, sitting area, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.
All prices are per person based on double occupancy in an outside cabin and include airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees of $539, which are subject to change until final payment is made.
$500, check or credit card payable to Odyssey's Unlimited, Inc.
Air, Land & Cruise
$4,334 inclusive from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Please call Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. for prices from other cities.
$3,495; arrival and departure transfers not included.
Single Traveler/Single Supplement
Please ADD $1,095.
3-day/2-night post-tour extension to Shanghai – “On Your Own”
$245 total price (single supplement for $195). Business Class upgrade on international flight is available on a request basis – please call for details.
Pricing on this tour is subject to change. Finalized pricing will be made available approximately 8 months prior to departure.
***NOTE: This trip involves full days of sightseeing and significant amounts of walking. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour.***
Your Tour Price Includes:
- Round-trip air transportation from the U.S.; all flights within itinerary
- 12 nights accommodations: 3 nights aboard Superior First Class ship of Victoria Cruises,
- 9 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
- 29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
- Extensive sightseeing and entrance fees for all included features
- Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
- Private motorcoach transportation throughout the trip, including on shore excursions
- Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
- Luggage handling for one bag per person
This trip involves full days of sightseeing and significant amounts of walking. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour. The trip is open to all alumni and their friends and family, friends of Wagner College, faculty and staff.
Deposits, Payments and Cancellations
A $500 deposit is required to hold your space on this trip. Additional terms regarding cancellations is forthcoming. At this time, if you are interested in attending this trip, please notify the Wagner College Office of Alumni Relations at (718) 390-3224.
Through our tour operator, Odyssey's Unlimited, Inc. travel insurance is available for purchase. The specific terms and conditions for such travel insurance will be available soon.
The Wagner College Alumni Association, Wagner College and our operators act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation and ship arrangements and exercise every care possible in doing so. However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the service of any automobile, motorcoach, launch or any other conveyance used in carrying out this program or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the program. We cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, force majeure or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make such alterations to this published itinerary as may be deemed necessary. The right is reserved to cancel any program prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the program. No refund will be made for an unused portion of any tour unless arrangements are made in sufficient time to avoid penalties. Baggage is carried at the owner's risk entirely. It is understood that the ship's ticket, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the cruise company. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. Neither the Alumni Association, Wagner College nor our operators accept liability for any carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket in connection with the tour. Program price is based on rates in effect at the time the brochure is printed and is subject to change without notice to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates, tariffs or fuel charges. As a condition of participation, all confirmed participants are required to sign a Release of Liability.