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Ancient Civilizations Exploration of China, Turkey & Egypt

25-Day Beijing - Xian - Kunming - Lijiang - Kunming - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai - Istanbul - Cappadocia - Istanbul - Cairo - Luxor - Nile Cruise - Aswan - Cairo

  • Code: CT-L/S105
  • Category: Luxury & Standard
  • Departure: Daily

[ B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner ]

Great Wall, Beijing

Great Wall of China

Day 01: Arrival in Beijing

Our guide will meet you at Beijing Airport according to your flight schedule and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of your day is free.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Central Plaza (4 stars)
Day 02: Beijing

Today you will walk through the Tiananmen Square which is the landmark of modern Beijing and attracts numerous visitors from abroad and at home every day. Then go to visit the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. The a la carte lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant. The Forbidden City is one of the largest and best-preserved palace complexes in the world and the Temple of Heaven is famous for its Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in ancient time. Tonight you will enjoy a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre. (B+L)

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Central Plaza (4 stars)
Day 03: Beijing
The highlight morning excursion will take you to climb up the Badaling Great Wall which is the most visited segment of the Great Wall. To avoid the tourist eateries at the Wall, you will be taken to a local popular Sichuan restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb. There are totally 13 imperial tombs of the Ming Dynasty, scattered over an area of 15.4 square miles in Changping District to the northwest of Beijing. On the way back to downtown, drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You will see its appearance at a distance. (B+L)  

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Central Plaza (4 stars)

Terra cotta warrior, Xian

Terra cotta soldier, Xian

Day 04: Beijing - Xian
This morning you will visit the ornate Summer Palace on the shores of the immense Kunming Lake and then have a Hutong tour. Ingeniously conceived and elaborately designed, the Summer Palace features the garden styles of both northern and southern China and hence is justifiably known as the 'garden of gardens'. We will arrange you an a la carte lunch in a well-selected restaurant at noon. Take a flight to Xian and transfer you to the hotel. (B+L)

Accommodation: Grand New World Hotel (4 stars)
Day 05: Xian
The highlight of the day is to visit the astounding Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. The museum mainly consists of three pits marked numerically in order of their excavation. Featured with the life-size warriors and horses, the Terracotta Amy is renowned as one of the World's eight wonders. Then return to the city for an a la carte lunch at a renowned restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which is a Buddhist temple with miraculous architecture. It was built with layers of bricks without any cement in between. The seams between each layer of bricks and the so-called "prisms" on each side are clearly visible. Later today, you will visit the City Wall which is the most intact and largest city wall built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in China. This evening you will enjoy the marvelous Tang Dynasty Show. (B+L+D)

Note: Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at the Tang Dynasty Palace is arranged for Luxury series while Standard series will have the Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dances Show at Shaanxi Opera Theater.

Accommodation: Grand New World Hotel (4 stars)
Day 06: Xian - Kunming

In the morning visit the Great Mosque and a local family. Unlike most mosques in Middle Eastern or Arab countries, the Great Mosque in Xian is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations, for the mosque has neither domes nor traditional-style minarets. While in the local family, you will experience the folk life style. After enjoying a delicious a la carte lunch at a local cuisine restaurant, take a flight to Kunming and transfer you to the hotel. (B+L)

Accommodation: Kunming Hotel (4 stars)

Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan

Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan

Day 07: Kunming - Lijiang

You will not miss the highly recommended spot in Kunming today. Drive to Lunan to visit the Stone Forest. In a region stretching about 400 square kilometers, there abounds with numerous stone formations just like the stone pillars, stalagmite, stone peaks, appearing like a big forest. Hence comes the name the Stone Forest. Walking through the alleys in the Stone Forest is just like touring around the art museum. Countless stone peaks have sprung up from the ground, assuming a thousand different shapes, all fanciful and picturesque. Then take an afternoon flight to Lijiang and transfer you to the hotel. (B+L)

Accommodation: WangFu Hotel (4 stars)
Day 08: Lijiang

For your first day in Lijiang, you will visit the Baisha Village and a local Naxi family to get to know the local custom and the ethical way of people's life there. Then visit the Baisha Murals, the Rock Joseph's Former Residence in Yuhu Village. In the afternoon spend some time exploring the Old Town by yourselves in a leisure way. You will feel peaceful and relaxed by walking around this ancient town away from the noisiness. (B+L)

Accommodation: WangFu Hotel (4 stars)
Day 09: Lijiang - Kunming - Guilin

The guide will see you off at Lijiang airport to take a flight to Kunming. Upon arrival in Kunming, please connect the flight to Guilin by yourself. We will inform you the detailed flight information in advance. Please don't worry and it is easy for you to do the connecting. Upon arrival in Guilin, our guide will pick you up at the Guilin airport and transfer you to the well-selected hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel (4 stars)

Stone Forest, Kunming

Li River cruise, Guilin

Day 10: Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Enduring memories are created today as you cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, you can take a short bicycle trip to the countryside where you will visit a local villager's home and experience his rural lifestyle. Alternatively, we will transfer you there instead of riding bicycles. Then take the short drive back to Guilin. (Sometimes the food served on the cruise is not the best, so consider a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning) (B+L)

Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel (4 stars)
Day 11: Guilin - Shanghai

The first stop in Guilin will be the Reed Flute Cave. As one of the numerous natural caves in Guilin, the Reed Flute Cave is the most noteworthy and renowned one that cannot be missed for any comers here. When you enter the Reed Flute Cave, your eyes will be feasted with a large display of stone formations, such as stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone flowers, stone curtains, stone mushroom and so forth. Then you will visit the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. The natural view and human landscape there reflect each other and you will enjoy the eyeful beautiful sceneries. Then take a flight to Shanghai and transfer you to hotel.(B+L)

Accommodation: Ya Fan Long Men Hotel (4 stars)
Day 12: Shanghai
In the morning, visit the Shanghai Museum and Yuyuan Garden. Shanghai Museum is located near the city center at People's Square on Nanjing Road and is one of the four largest in China. (The others are in Beijing, Xian and Nanjing). The museum has eleven special galleries and three comprehensive exhibition halls. It features collections of bronzes, chinaware, painting and calligraphy. The Yuyuan Garden is a featured classical garden of Southeast China and attracted numerous visitors who are interested in the traditional Chinese culture. After an a la carte lunch, our guide will transfer you to the Bund where you may visit many old buildings with different styles and we would like to arrange a short cruise trip on the Huangpu River for you. Some free time will be also left for you to wonder around by yourself. And you will also visit an old street in Shanghai. (B+L) 

Accommodation: Ya Fan Long Men Hotel (4 stars)
Day 13: Departure from Shanghai
You will be transferred to the airport to board your onward flight to Turkey, also an amazing land with ancient civilization. (B)

Accommodation: On the Flight
Day 14: Arrive in Istanbul
Today upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport, our local representative will pick you up on time, then accompany you to take the private air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel. The rest day is free on your own. You can restore energy in the hotel for upcoming exploration or stroll around briefly on your own.

Accommodation: Dosso Dossi Old City Hotel (4 stars)
Day 15: Istanbul Old City
In the next 3 days, our Turkey tours will lead you to discover its grand mosques, cathedrals, royal palaces, unique landforms and more to the full extent. 

The starting point will be Istanbul housing many UNESCO World Heritages. After breakfast, your private guide and the driver will pick you up at the hotel. The first stop of today will be Hagia Sophia, a former church that was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. Then we will go to visit the opposite Blue Mosque. The mosque's six minarets demonstrate its supremacy and glory. Next we will visit the Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace, which was the residence of Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. After visiting these tourist attractions, the guide will escort you to the bustling Grand Bazaar to experience the life of the locals. Finally send you back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Dosso Dossi Old City Hotel (4 stars)
Day 16:Fly to Cappadocia
The driver will wait for you at the hotel lobby on time in the morning and transfer you to the airport for flight to Cappadocia. After arriving at Kayseri Airport in 1.5 hours, your local guide and the driver will pick you up from the Arrival Hall, and then begin today's trip. First, go to Devrent Valley and Monk's Valley (Pasabag) and enjoy local cuisine in the quiet town of Avanos. After lunch, we will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum and Uchisar Rock Castle. At the end of the day, send you to the local Cave Hotel to stay overnight. (B+L)

Accommodation: Mithra Cave Hotel  (4 stars)
Day 17: Cappadocia Tour, Fly Back to Istanbul
We are going to continue the wonderful Cappadocia in the morning. Firstly go to Derinkuyu Underground City, the deepest and largest Underground City in this area, and then take a walk in the beautiful Lhlara Valley. After lunch, we're going to visit the Pigeon Valley, which has thousands of pigeon holes. After the visit, send you to the airport for flight back to Istanbul. When you arrive at the airport, the driver will wait for you and send you to the hotel. (B+L)

Accommodation: Dosso Dossi Old City Hotel (4 stars)
Day 18: Fly to Cairo, Airport Pick-up
According to your flight schedule, the driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport to fly to Cairo, the capital of Egypt. We believe you will be surprised by one of the world’s four ancient civilizations and our professional service during the following Egypt tour packages

When you arrive at Cairo International Airport, our local representative will be there to pick you up and escort you to your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle. You can move freely in the rest of the day. (B)

Accommodation: InterContinental Cairo Semiramis (5 stars)
Day 19: Pyramids of Giza & Egyptian Museum
After having breakfast in the hotel, your private Egyptologist guide and the driver will pick you up at the lobby. We'll start the day by exploring the Giza pyramids, including the three Great pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, the Great Sphinx, and the Valley Temple. After driving back to the city for lunch at noon, we'll visit the Egyptian Museum - the flagship of which is Tutankhamun's gallery on the second floor. Finally go to the bustling Khan El Khalili Bazaar, one of Cairo's oldest markets to experience locals' lives. (B+L)

Accommodation: InterContinental Cairo Semiramis (5 stars)
Day 20: Fly to Luxor and board Nile River Cruise
You will fly to Luxor early this morning. The whole flight will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. When you arrive at Luxor Airport, your guide and the driver will pick you up on time and accompany you to check in the cruise ship. Lunch will be served on board and in the afternoon we will visit the Karnak Temple and the Luxor Temple, two famous attractions on the east bank of Luxor. After today's visit, send you back to the ship for dinner. (B+L+D)

Cruises: MS Concerto or similar (5 stars)
Day 21: Luxor West Bank, Nile Cruise Sailing
After breakfast onboard, we will explore the west bank of Luxor. The first spot will be the Valley of Kings, which has buried more than 60 pharaohs. It should be noted that you can only visit three of the tombs. If you want to visit other tombs, you will need to pay extra entrance fee at your own expense. Then we'll go to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which was founded in honor of Hatshepsut, the most powerful and only female pharaoh of ancient Egypt. On the way back to the cruise ship, we are going to stop at Colossi of Memnon, where you can take pictures. Enjoy your sailing along the Nile to Edfu in the afternoon. (B+L+D)

Cruises: MS Concerto or similar (5 stars)
Day 22: Nile Cruise
In the morning your guide will accompany you to the Edfu Temple, also known as the Temple of Horus. The temple is about 5 kilometers away from the shore, so we'll arrange for you to take a local carriage to get there. After sightseeing, return to the ship and sail to Kom Ombo. Upon arrival we will get off the ship and walk for 5 minutes to Kom Ombo Temple. The crocodile God Sobek and the falcon-headed God Horus are both enshrined in this very rare double god temple. Return to the ship for lunch at noon, then we will sail to Aswan. (B+L+D)

Cruises: MS Concerto or similar (5 stars)
Day 23: Abu Simbel
This morning, your guide and the driver will pick you up from your cruise and drive three hours to visit the most spectacular temple in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temple, which consists of two temples: one is the temple of Ramses II, and the other is next to it, the small temple that Ramses II built for his beloved wife, Queen Nefertari. When the excursion is over, we will return to the ship. The Nile, which flows through Aswan, is clear and the both banks are lush, so you can admire the scenic views of the river while sunbathing in the Sun Deck. (B+L+D)

Cruises: MS Concerto or similar (5 stars)
Day 24: Aswan City, Fly to Cairo
Check out from the ship after breakfast. Then the guide will show you three most famous attractions in Aswan, the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and Temple of Philae. The Temple of Philae is known as the most beautiful temple in Egypt. It is located on Agilkia Island in the Nile River, so we need to take a 15-minute ferry ride to get there. You should not miss taking panoramic pictures of the temple of Philae on the boat. After the visit, transfer you to the Aswan Airport for the flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for rest. (B+L)

Accommodation: InterContinental Cairo Semiramis (5 stars)
Day 25: Departure from Cairo
The driver will pick you up from the hotel after breakfast and send you to the airport. May you have a nice flight and have had a great time with us! (B)

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