Eighteen Days on the Yangtze

Devin Galaudet China is one of the largest countries in the world with a long, rich history, a promising future and an air of mystery. While seeing its many faces could prove to be an overwhelming task, Ritz Tours may have an answer with its current tour offering, 18-day Majestic Yangtze River Excursion (

By: Devin Galaudet

China is one of the largest countries in the world with a long, rich history, a promising future and an air of mystery. While seeing its many faces could prove to be an overwhelming task, Ritz Tours may have an answer with its current tour offering, 18-day Majestic Yangtze River Excursion (upstream version), which offers a little bit of everything at a reasonable price.

Starting at $2,999 per person, the Majestic Yangtze tour sets out from Los Angeles or San Francisco ($3,149 from New York’s JFK) before arriving in Beijing. Guests will visit some of the most popular tourist attractions in the region: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and the Emperor’s Summer Palace, the Ming Tomb Museum, the Temple of Heaven and, of course, the Great Wall.

Upon arrival in Shanghai, visitors will discover a vibrant urban scene, and great shopping with stops including Yu Gardens and Nanjing Road plus entertainment by China’s famed acrobats prior to boarding a Victoria Cruise ship and excursion along the Yangtze River.

Traveling between Chongqing and Yichang, this river cruise passes through the Three Gorges as Victoria Cruises presents a wide variety of lectures, demonstrations and entertainment.

After the Yangtze, a stay in Xian features Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terra Cotta Warriors, discovered nearly 2,200 years after original burial with the Emperor Huang. Other stops include the excavation site, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and a visit to the Ancient City Wall.

The historic portion of the tour finishes with a scenic voyage down the Li River. The Li passes through Bamboo groves, Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave.

This full adventure concludes in Hong Kong for a three-day stint. An organized tour of the city hits Stanley Market, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen’s Floating Community and some down time for personal exploration of what has been described as the “Jewel of the Orient.”

Departure dates for Ritz Tours 18-day Majestic Yangtze River Excursion are good from March to November. Prices are based on double occupancy and do not include applicable taxes. Single supplements cost $1,100 to $1,400 per person depending upon departure dates. Add-on prices are optional from selected major cities, starting at $100 per person. All packages come with roundtrip airfare, five-star accommodations, three meals a day, entertainment per program schedule and tour guide. Ritz Tours also provides free Travel Insurance Protection for travelers having completed final payment 45 days before departure.

For travelers looking to extend stays Ritz offers optional packages to Bangkok, Tokyo and Vietnam (newly added) in incorporation with the Majestic Yangtze River Excursion.

In addition, Ritz Tours recently announced a new winter special, “Shanghai in a Week,” offering pricing from $777 plus tax per person, based on double occupancy, good through March 21. Participants receive roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco (starting at $899 from New York’s JFK, per person, double occupancy with an extra night due to air transportation), intra-China airfare, accommodations, air-conditioned transportation to attractions, meals, entertainment per the itinerary and tour guide accompaniment. Single supplements are $150 extra.

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