Victoria Cruises (www.VictoriaCruises.com) and Ritz Tours (www.RitzTours.com) are offering a comprehensive 12-day Yangtze Essence program, giving travelers the opportunity to explore the rich history of China. For further incentive, travelers that book by Feb. 28, 2014 can save up to $300 per couple.
The 12-day adventure features a luxurious four-day Yangtze River cruise in a private-balcony superior stateroom with stunning views of the mist-shrouded Three Gorges aboard the recently renovated five-star Victoria Anna. Passengers will discover cultural and scenic gems, including an excursion to the “Ghost City” of Fengdu, an educational tour of the Three Gorges Dam site, and a small boat experience through one of the Yangtze’s tranquil tributaries (Goddess Stream, Daning River, or Shennong Stream, based on river conditions).
The comprehensive 12-day program also encompasses the major highlights of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai.
While in Beijing travelers will visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall, while the highlight of the Xi’an experience is arguably the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit. Travelers will also explore the Ming Dynasty City Wall, the most intact city wall in China, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an.
The experience culminates in Shanghai where guests will discover the elegant waterfront of the Bund, City God Temple Bazaar and the peaceful halls of Yu Garden before returning home.
The 12-day program starts at $2,199 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes: all accommodations; 24 meals; comprehensive sightseeing tours; all shore excursions; experienced escorting hosts for groups of 10 or more; expert local city guides and river guides to enhance tour experiences; domestic air transportation in China; and air-conditioned tour coach buses with the service of professional drivers. A single room supplement starts at $700. China visa fees are not included. An early booking discount of $150 per person will be shown during booking.
Travelers seeking a more in-depth tour to China have the option of the 15-day Majestic China & Yangtze River Cruise program from $4,499 per person, based on double occupancy. With this program passengers will enjoy Victoria Cruises’ Executive Amenities Program, featuring private balcony Executive Suite accommodations and a host of VIP additions including “white glove” service, access to exclusive ship areas, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, enhanced dining privileges, shoe shine service and reserved seating for evening entertainment (must be reserved in advance).
This tour comprises all the highlights of the 12-day program with an added stop in Guilin, allowing visitors to take in the scenery that has inspired countless Chinese artists at honored landmarks such as the illuminated rock formations of Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill. The 15-day tour also gives travelers an extra day in Shanghai for exploring. For further incentive, travelers that book by Feb. 28, 2014 can save up to $400 per couple.
All Ritz Tours programs feature five-star hotel accommodations and Ritz Tours now offers TRAVEL GUARD® traveler’s insurance which covers guests at no additional charge.
For more information or to book a Ritz Tours program, visit www.RitzTours.com.
New York-based Victoria Cruises established new standards of excellence for sailing China’s Yangtze River when its first ship edged out of port in 1994. Victoria Cruises remains the service leader on the Yangtze River with each ship earning the coveted five-star rating from the China National Tourism Administration. Victoria Cruises has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years including the 2011 TravelAge West WAVE Award Editor’s Pick for Best River Cruise Line as well as Best New River Cruise Ship in 2010 with the launch of the luxurious Victoria Jenna. Travel Weekly also recently selected the Victoria Jenna as a Silver Award Winner for the Magellan Awards’ River Cruise Ship category. The cruise line operates a variety of itineraries on the Yangtze ranging from four to nine days.
For more information and a free color brochure or promotional DVD, contact Victoria Cruises at 136-18 39th Avenue, 12th Floor, Flushing, NY 11354; phone (800) 348-8084, (212) 818-1680; fax (212) 818-9889. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.victoriacruises.com.
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