China Dreaming – Travelzoo Special: LAX

Beijing, Nanjing, Overnight River Cruise w/Balcony, Yangzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, Shanghai

Starting From $999.00 Land + Air

Duration 9 Days


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Charming Travel Destinations, Travel Agencies & Bureaus, El Monte, CA

Travel to a land rich in stories, treasures and memories to be made in style as the tour offers a relaxing 3 night balcony-overnight cruise on the Yangtze River. Blessed with spectacular sights, the destination’s endless charms leaves visitors speechless. Discover China’s fine culture and tradition throughout Beijing, Wuxi, Yangzhou and Shanghai, where ancient history meets urban lifestyle. Travel across the “Land of the Dragon” and experience China’s best throughout the day and enjoy the cruise’s many exciting amenities and entertainment at night. Enjoy a China Dreaming Tour today!

This Tour Package Includes:

  • Land + Air LAX or JFK on Air China or similar
  • Overnight Yangtze Cruise
  • 8 nights hotel & overnight cruise accommodation
  • Meals Per Itinerary
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • International & Domestic Flights

Tour Highlights:

  • Balcony-Yangtze Overnight Cruise 
  • Great Wall of China
  • Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
  • Confucius Temple
  • Li Garden
  • Xintiandi
  • Free Leisure Time to Explore

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Passport fees, visa fees, etc.
  • $90USD compulsory guide tips per person and gratuities
  • Personal purchases
  • Meals/admission not in itinerary
  • Optional tours (If applicable)

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Meals: B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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Have any questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Section.

  • Day 1: Beijing, China
    Upon arrival at Beijing International Airport, transfer to the hotel and check in. The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy.

    *Airport Arrival Transfer Included in the Tour has a waiting period 30 mins. and up to 2 hrs. If travelers would like their transfers to be at another time to avoid wait, an additional $35USD will be necessary.
  • Day 2: Beijing
    In the morning, visit the famous Great Wall of China. You will visit the Juyong Pass of the Wall, one of the three famous passes, was a solid stronghold encircling a valley. Enjoy a walk on the wall and seeing rugged mountain scenery as it is beautiful, and the fort and perimeter wall have been restored to their original glory. The Wall was listed as a World UNESCO Heritage site in 1987. Later, tour a Jade shop. Jade is regarded as the most valuable and precious material in Chinese culture, jade has been used throughout the centuries for important and highly prized objects. This afternoon, head to the Olympic Park where the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games took place. The park was designed to contact ten venues, the Olympic Village, and other supporting facilities. See the Bird's Nest (Photo stop), the National Stadium, which is situated in Olympic Green Village. (B, L)
    Optional Tour: Tiananmen Square Night Drive & Dinner
  • Day 4: Beijing ~ Nanjing ~ Overnight-Yangtze River Cruise
    This morning, transfer to the airport/train station for your departure to Nanjing, where its history, nature and modernization can be witnessed in one glance. On arrival, visit the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. Afterward, visit the Confucius Temple, dedicated to worshipping China’s most influential philosopher, Confucius. Originally, the temple was constructed in the year of 1034 in the Song Dynasty (420-589). It suffered repeated damage and has been rebuilt on several occasions since that time. The grounds offer an enticing sight of one of the longest screen walls and the largest statue of Confucius in China. Find radiant displays of gold, jade, silver and bronze illustrating the philosopher’s life. After dinner, transfer to the port to embark on an overnight cruise. (B, D)
  • Day 5: Nanjing ~ Yangzhou
    This morning, the cruise arrives at the Yangzhou Port. Today, the entire day will be at your own leisure to enojy and explore Yangzhou at your own pace or opt for an optional tour. Enjoy the overnight Yangtze River Cruise and sleep in comfort. (B, D)
    Optional Tour: Yangzhou City Tour with Lunch
    Optional Tour:
    Yangzhou City Tour & Grand Canal Cruise with Lunch
  • Day 6: Yangzhou ~ Wuxi ~ Suzhou
    After breakfast, coach to Wuxi for the beautiful garden, Li Garden, which is on the shore of the Lake Tai. Later, visit Taihu Pearl Museum and learn about how early as four thousands years ago, Chinese people found a kind of delicate gem when searching for food in the ocean. From then on, countless pearl jewelries and artworks have been created by Chinese people and gradually pearls became one of the important parts in Chinese culture. After lunch, head to Suzhou. You will visit the Lingering Garden. One of the four most famous gardens in China. Possessing typical Qing style, it is well known for the exquisite beauty of its magnificent halls, and the various sizes, shapes, and colors of the buildings. Return to the cruise this evening to enjoy the buffet dinner and appreciate the show on board. Enjoy the overnight Yangtze River Cruise and sleep in comfort. (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Suzhou~ Shanghai 
    This morning, we will arrive in Shanghai. This is the last stop for the cruise. On arrival, visit Xintiandi. It is unique because of its concept of construction. It retains the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai. Here you can enjoy international gallery, bars and cafes, boutiques and theme restaurants. When you walk into it, you will get the taste of both Shanghai in the 1920's and the sonic modern lifestyle of urbanites of the 21st century. Afterward, head to Jiannan Silk Shopping Center, where you can find some great silk products for souvenirs. Silk was and still is such an important product from China, that visiting a Chinese Silk Shop is a must when in China. (B, L)
    Optional Tour: Shanghai World Financial Center w/ Dinner
  • Day 8: Shanghai
    Today, the entire day will be at your own leisure to enjoy or opt for an optional tour. (B)
    Optional Tour: Shanghai Ancient Town, Bund and Nanjing Road Tour w/ Lunch
  • Day 9: Shanghai ~ Home
    Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home as your trip comes to an end. (B)
*This package includes guided tours featuring the highlights of certain cities in a brief visit.
*Excluding a Compulsory tipping US$90 per person for the whole trip.
*Arrival & departure transfers are included at specific times. Please check when booking for other options & additional fees may apply. 
*Airport Arrival Transfer Included in the Tour has a waiting period 30 mins. and up to 2 hrs. If travelers would like their transfers to be at another time to avoid wait, an additional $35USD will be necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the group size of this tour?
    The maximum group size will be 35 people per coach.
  2. What airlines are used for this tour?
    Charming Travel Destinations uses multiple airlines including Air China, Asiana, Cathay, United and etc. to provide the best available rates.
  3. How long is the flight time?
    Flight length varies depending on city of departure and number of stops. 
  4. What do I do if I want to extend my stay?
    Please let us know during your booking, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  5. How long is the duration of tour?
    A full day of tour is scheduled from around 8am to 7pm
  6. Can three guests stay in the same room?
    Yes, each room has a maximum occupancy of either 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. The triple room deduction rate is $50 per person. If there are two children, a second room will need to be booked. If a child occupies a bed, the child rate cannot be applied. Due to the fact most hotels in China do not have three beds, the room will most likely have a king or queen and one rollaway.
  7. Can we change the meal plan?
    Charming Travel Destinations offers vegetarian meal options for travelers. If you have any food allergies, please let us know during your booking.
  8. What information do I need to provide to book?
    Please provide legal names, email address, phone number, mailing address, number of rooms (single-triple occupancy), travel insurance preference, birthdates, and passport information.
  9. Do I need a visa to visit China?
    Visa is required. Due to restrictions, we are only able to assist those living in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii. Travelers residing elsewhere will have to acquire the visa on own. If you would like us to assist with the visa, it’ll cost $200USD.
  10. How much is the deposit to reserve a spot in the tour?
    For Land Only, the deposit is $300USD. For Land + Air packages, the deposit will be 50% of overall tour price
  11. Are there gratuities included? If not included, how much?
    Compulsory tipping US$90 per person for the whole trip.
  12. What is included on the cruise?
    The cruise includes meals specified in the itinerary, cabins with balconies, room cleaning and activities on the cruise.
  13. What is excluded on the cruise?
    Shore excursions, personal expenses, meals not specified in the CTD itinerary, and tips are not included in the pricing.
  14. Does the itinerary follow the cruise ship itinerary?
    Charming Travel Destinations’ itinerary differs from the cruise ship’s itinerary as the tour only uses the cruise as an overnight accommodation. Because of the difference, please do not follow the cruise’s itinerary or any other group on the cruise.
  15. How do you board the cruise?
    The cruise works similar to flight tickets. Display your ticket by your tour guide and passport to front desk to check-in
  16. What services are on-board the cruise?
    Many services are free of charge including soft drinks but some extra services require a supplementary charge.
    Services with extra charge include wine, medical services and a business center.
  17. Does this tour have any shopping stops?
    There are 3 designated local shopping stops on this tour and a minimum of time that must be spent at each shopping site (60 mins). However, there is no obligation to purchase anything. Visits should be treated as a cultural learning experience as all products are deeply ingrained in the Chinese culture and are worth learning about and make fun souvenir gifts as well. Shopping time will not exceed more time than the popular landmark sightseeing spots in our itinerary.

  • Asia Hotel – Beijing, China* or similar
    No 8 West Xinzhong Street, East Gongti Road, Dongcheng,

    In a sleek high-rise, this upscale hotel is an 8-minute walk from a metro station, 6 km from the Forbidden City and 8 km from Tiananmen Square. 

    Warmly decorated, the airy, polished rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; upgraded rooms add living areas with sofas. Club level rooms have access to a lounge that includes a business center, a meeting room and a snack bar.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm

  • Century Sky Cruise – China* or similar

    Century Sky, as the sister ship of Century Sun, is designed and furnished onboard in accordance with the standard of the international 5-star hotel and it is also known as the “Chongqing’s Tourism Business Card”.

    Century Sky features spacious, all-outside cabins with private balconies in European styles. It has totally over 150 luxury suites and deluxe cabins to provide comfortable stay for you. Other facilities on this cruise include a grand restaurant, a sun bar, a cigar bar, a five-story open-air Grand Atrium Lobby, and two mid-ship sightseeing elevators, etc. Crews onboard are both professional and warm-hearted to provide you great service, so you will meet a nice trip on Century Sky.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm

  • Baolong Hotel – Shanghai, China * or similar
    No. 180 Yixian Road , Hongkou, 200051 Shanghai, China

    The Shanghai Baolong Hotel (Baolong Binguan) is located in the northeast of Shanghai, about 24 km (15 mi) from Hongqiao Airport, 10 minutes drive from Shanghai Railway Station and 15 km (9.3 mi) from the city center. Metro Line 3's Dabaishu Station or Jiangwan Town Station are about a 15 minute walk away. The hotel has a total of 379 guestrooms and suites ranging from standard to presidential suites, comfortably decorated and equipped with air conditioning, color TV, telephone, mini bar and refrigerator.

    The Grand Mercure Baolong Hotel also has an International Convention Center and variously sized meetings room and a business center offering fax, typing and photocopying services. There is a wide range of recreational facilities including tennis courts, an ice skating rink, an indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, sauna, beauty salon and the Star River Disco to choose from. The Grand Mercure's restaurants offer Shanghai and Chaozhou cuisine, Japanese dishes and there is also a Piano bar and shopping arcade on the premises.

    Check in: 2:00pm
    Check out: 12:00pm

Arrival Land Land+Air Availability
Apr 28, 2019 $625.00 $999.00 BOOK NOW
May 05, 2019 $625.00 $999.00 BOOK NOW

Prices are based on per person, double occupancy.  “Land Only” rates do not include international air tickets. Charming Travel Destinations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum 2 passengers to guarantee rate. All hotels are subject to availability. Hotels may be substituted with another or similar category. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time and prices are not guaranteed until we receive your final payment.  We reserve the right to modify the itinerary to ensure a smooth and safe trip.
China visa is required for all US passport holders.

Email us at [email protected] for Air Rates from the other departure cities.

*Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date.
*This package includes guided tours featuring the highlights of certain cities in a brief visit.
*Excluding a Compulsory tipping US$90 per person for the whole trip.
*Airport Arrival Transfer Included in the Tour has a waiting period 30 mins. and up to 2 hrs. If travelers would like their transfers to be at another time to avoid wait, an additional $35USD will be necessary.

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