Japan and China: Celebrity Cruises and a Tour Part 2

Shortly after publishing the Japan and China post, I was dissatisfied with the tour options.

I decided to spend the time to create the tour I wanted.

It is a lot of work, but none of the packaged tours excite me.

Research Sources






Day 1 Shanghai Upon arrival you will be greeted by your guide.
Bund Walking Tour + Shanghai Museum + Urban Planning Center
Shanghai Cuisine Banquet
Tonight you will have a local Shanghai Cuisine banquet at Xian Qiang Fang.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Westin Bund Center
Day 2 Shanghai Old Town & Yuyuan Garden Tour
Dim Sum Lunch
Jade Budda + Art District
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Westin Bund Center
Day 3 Chengdu Morning transfer to Shanghai  Airport for flight heading to Chengdu
Wenshu Temple Tour + Local Tea Ceremony
Hot Pot Dinner in Kuanzhai Xiangzi District
Transfer back to the hotel after the dinner
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Shangri-La Chengdu
Day 4 Chengdu Giant Panda Research & Breeding Center Visit
Sichuan Chili Bean Paste Factory Visit

Museum of Sichuan Cuisine Cooking Class
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Shangri-La Chengdu
Day 5 Chengdu Departure for Leshan,

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Anantara Emei Resort
Day 6 Chengdu Emishan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Ananatara Emi
Day 7  Xian Take flight heading to Xian.
Xian City Wall Tour
Muslim Quarter Night Market Tour

Meals: Breakfast
Shangri-La Hotel, Xian
Day 8 Xian Terracotta Warriors Tour + Lunch 

Small Wild Goose Pagoda Tour
Dumpling Class at De Fa Chang Restaurant
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian
Day 9  Beijing Morning transfer to Xian Airport for flight heading to Beijing
Hangyangling Museum
Summer Palace TourMeals: Breakfast
Grand Hyatt Beijing or Park Plaza
Day 10  Beijing Temple of Heaven Martial Arts & Dance Visit.
Old Beijing Noodles Lunch
Beijing City Tour
Markets Tour
Peking Duck Dinner
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
 Grand Hyatt Beijing or Park Plaza Wangfujing
Day 11  Beijing The Great Wall Mutianyu Tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 Grand Hyatt Beijing or Park Plaza Wangfujing
Day 12  Beijing After breakfast, transfer to the airport

Meals: Breakfast

If the above itinerary matches your needs, feel free to ask a tour operator for an estimate.

Important Notes

  • There is a consensus amongst destination experts, Wendy Perrin site, that The Yangtze River is not worth it.
  • Panda’s, Giant and Red, are also on loan in other countries. For example, the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington D.C has both.
  • Pricing for the above itinerary will probably be more than $5000 per person.



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