The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Classic China and the Yangtze River

Oct. 16 – Oct. 29, 2019 Wait List Only


Visit the 2,000-year-old capital of Beijing, experiencing its legendary sites: Tiananmen Square, the famed Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace.

Enjoy a rickshaw ride along Beijing’s ancient alleyways (hutongs), and a visit to a local family’s home. Travel to Xian and visit the museum housing the astounding terra cotta army of some 7,000 life-sized warriors, one of China’s most memorable sights. Fly to Chongqing and visit the zoo housing the beloved pandas. Then board a Victoria Cruises ship for a classic three-night cruise on the fabled Yangtze. See the spectacular Three Gorges, the Small Gorges, and the immense Three Gorges Dam. Conclude your tour in dynamic Shanghai with visits to the renowned Shanghai Museum, the European-influenced Bund, and 16th-century Yu Yuan Gardens. Explore dazzling Hong Kong with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Round-trip air transportation from Los Angeles or San Francisco; all flights within itinerary
  • 12 nights' accommodations: 3 nights aboard Superior First Class ship of Victoria Cruises; 9 nights in Deluxe hotels
  • 29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip, including shore excursions
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Dates Oct. 16 – Oct. 29, 2019 Wait List Only

Cost $4,195* (From price. Airfare included from San Francisco or Los Angeles. Additional $489 airline taxes and fees. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land and Cruise

Region Asia

Activity level



Contact Debbie Vargo
614-292-2372 or
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1




We arrive in the Chinese capital and transfer to our hotel. After time to relax we meet our tour director for a walking tour of the area surrounding our hotel. Dinner is on our own.

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After this morning’s briefing with our tour director, we begin our discovery of this 2,000-year-old city at vast – and infamous – Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911). Tonight we enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

Our day begins with a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s ancient back roads and alleys (hutongs). Here we visit the home of a local family for a rare glimpse of the traditional communal life­style that is fast disappearing. Then we make a brief photo stop at Olympic Park, site of the 2008 Olympic Games. This afternoon we encounter the Great Wall, the incredible collection of ancient defense installations (and UNESCO World Heritage site) that stretches more than 5,500 miles and where we visit the Mu Tian Yu section by cable car. B,L,D

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This morning we tour the splendid Temple of Heaven complex where China’s emperors once worshipped. Later this afternoon we tour the Summer Palace, the former royal retreat with beautiful gardens and temples that is now a park attracting both visitors and locals. B,L

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This morning we fly to Xian. Once among the world’s greatest cities, Xian devolved into a provincial backwater until the accidental discovery of the Terra Cotta Warriors in 1974 – considered among the most significant archaeo­logical finds of the 20th century. This afternoon we tour Xian’s ­impressive nine-mile city wall and moat. Tonight we enjoy a special dinner of traditional Chinese dumplings. B,L,D

Our day begins at Small Wild Goose Pagoda (c. 652 CE), among China’s most acclaimed Buddhist temples. After lunch we visit the museum hous­ing the renowned Terra Cotta Warriors, the more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers created to guard China’s first emperor in the afterlife. We see these astounding pieces, each with an individually sculpted face, stand­ing in military formation in three separate vaults. The entire complex is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. B,L,D

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This morning we fly to Chongqing, where we visit the zoo housing the beloved pandas. Following dinner at a local restaurant, we board our Victoria Cruises ship and set sail this evening. B,L,D

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Prized for its haunting natural beauty, the Yangtze is one of the world’s busiest and longest (3,600 miles) rivers. As we cruise along this storied waterway, this afternoon we visit either the Red Pagoda in Shibaozhai or the “ghost city” of Fengdu, with its complex of shrines, temples, and monasteries. B,L,D

It’s a day of beautiful scenery as we first pass through narrow Qutang Gorge, smallest of the Yangtze gorges, followed by tranquil Wu Gorge. Then we board a small sampan for a cruise through the stunning Small Gorges. Flanked by sheer cliffs and steep mountains, the Small Gorges recall scenes from ancient Chinese scroll paintings. Back on board our Victoria Cruises ship, late this afternoon we enter 42-mile Xiling Gorge, with its swift rapids and churning whirlpools. Tonight we enter the locks of the immense Three Gorges Dam. B,L,D

We tour the site of the immense Three Gorges Dam Project this morning then continue cruising to Yichang. Here we disembark and fly to Shanghai, the “Paris of the East.” Dinner tonight is on our own in this cosmopolitan city. B,L

Our day begins with a walking tour of the Xin Tian Di shopping and entertainment area of reconstituted traditional homes. We continue on to be­loved 16th-century Yu Yuan Gardens, whose plantings, courtyards, and pavilions create the illusion of moun­tains, caverns, and lakes. After lunch together we tour the acclaimed Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art and artifacts. Tonight we dine on our own then attend an acrobatics show. B,L

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This morning we visit the Bund, the mile-long riverside embankment where foreign investors – and their buildings – once held sway over Shanghai. Still one of the city’s most popular attractions, the Bund draws visitors and locals alike. Then the remainder of the day is at leisure; your tour director will help you find your way from here, perhaps to the bustling Nanjing Road shopping district … to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower for a bird’s-eye view of this dynamic city … or to a scenic boat ride along the Huangpu River that bisects Shanghai. Tonight we toast our China adventure at a farewell dinner. B,D

We depart Shanghai for our return flights to the U.S. B

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.


Contact Debbie Vargo at Ohio State Alumni Tours:
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3

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