Yangtze Cruising

Ritz Tours offers offering a Grand Yangtze Discovery program

By: J.L. Erickson

Ritz Tours is offering a 17-day Grand Yangtze Discovery program, with an upstream tour beginning in the cosmopolitan port city of Shanghai and offering a Yangtze River journey with Victoria Cruises.

Cruise travelers will view the dramatic Three Gorges, Mt. Huangshan and historical villages. Shore excursions, also are offered, as well as lectures, cultural presentations and entertainment.

After the cruise, travelers head to Xian, the historic starting point of the Silk Road, where travelers can experience Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s famous Terra Cotta Warriors and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

The last stop on the program is Beijing, China’s capital city, where travelers get several days to tour the sites including Tiananmen Square, the ancient Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven and the Ming Tomb Museum.

Priced from $2,599 per person, double, the upstream version of the tour features roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco, airfare between cities visited in Asia, accommodations in five-star hotels, sightseeing in air-conditioned motor coaches, meals and entertainment per the itinerary and tour guides.

The downstream version of the tour is 16 days, because of less sailing time with the current.

Departure dates are through early November, and single supplements cost an additional $1,200 to $1,400 per person depending upon the date of departure.