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NEW YORK (Sept. 18, 2007) - Victoria Cruises, the leading innovator and pioneer on China's magnificent Yangtze River, has partnered with Pacific Delight Tours, the largest provider of escorted and independent tours to the region, to create a 13-Day vacation that covers the best attractions China has to offer at an unprecedented value.

Starting at $2,358* per person, based on double occupancy, the aptly named Historic Cities & Yangtze River SuperValue tour includes a relaxing river sailing on one of Victoria Cruises' five-star vessels, as well as air travel to and within China, first-class accommodations, transfers, guides, meals (11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners), $100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance, and the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program.

China is the birthplace of one of the oldest civilizations on the planet, and home to countless marvels and beauties.  Pacific Delight Tours'13-day Historic Cities & Yangtze River SuperValue features an abundance of sightseeing as follows:

SHANGHAI: two nights at the Hua Ting Hotel & Towers, with:

  • A tour of the Shanghai Museum to peruse cultural relics spanning 5,000 years of history.
  • A visit to the Bund, China's version of Wall Street during the 1940's.
  • A stop at the classical Yu Gardens, featuring over 30 pavilions.
  • A tour of a Children's Palace, where you may see children participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities including music, dance, art, model making, science, technology and computer science.
  • A tour of Shanghai's renowned Carpet Factory where ancient oriental rug weaving techniques are still in use today.
  • An excursion to the Nanjing or Huai Hai Road Emporium for some bargain shopping.

YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: four nights from Yichang to Chongqing in a lavish balcony stateroom, enjoying:

  • A spectacular view of centuries-old pagodas and temples nestled along the mist-shrouded Yangtze.
  • Many onboard activities during the Yangtze River cruise such as a lecture on the art of calligraphy, Tai Chi lessons and a host of nightly entertainment options provided by Victoria Cruises.
  • An excursion to the impressive Three Gorges Dam Site in Sandouping, an extraordinary feat of engineering.
  • A visit to Shibaozhai, a stone fortress with a spellbinding red pavilion built atop a hill.
  • An excursion down the Daning River or Shennong Stream to the Small Gorges.
  • A tour of Chongqing, with a visit to the Stilwell Museum, featuring Flying Tigers World War II memorabilia.

XIAN: two nights at the Ginwa Plaza Hotel, featuring guided tours and activities such as:

  • An outing in Xian to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, an army of more than 8,000 life-sized 3rd century statues.
  • A movie depicting the history of the emperor and the Terra Cotta Warriors filmed using Circle Vision technique.
  • A tour of the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum for a fascinating glimpse into ancient Chinese civilization.

BEIJING: three nights at the Capital Hotel Beijing, with sightseeing including:

  • A visit to Tiananmen Square with a tour of the 15th century palace at Beijing's Forbidden City.
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