Pacific Delight Tours, a leading U.S.-based tour operator to China and Asia, is rewarding travel agents with $250 bonus commission on all of its land-only Gold Experience China & Yangtze River tours booked by March 31, 2013. At the same time, the FiveStarPlus luxury specialist is offering a combinable $500 discount (per couple) on select programs, which agents can use to entice clients.
Pacific Delight's most popular program – the 11-night Imperial China & Yangtze River Gold Experience – is priced from $3,199 per person, based on double occupancy, land-only ($2,949 per person reflecting discount) and features stays at Ritz-Carlton properties in Beijing and Shanghai as well as the Shangri-La Hotel Xi'an and JW Marriott Chongqing.
A three-night Yangtze River sailing on the five-star Victoria Anna (pictured above) in upgraded private-balcony Executive Suite accommodations comes complete with "Boutique Lifestyle Service" featuring a host of special VIP touches. Enhanced amenities include personalized "white glove" featuring a host of special VIP touches. Enhanced amenities include personalized "white glove" service, access to exclusive ship areas, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, a la carte dining privileges, complimentary laundry service (restrictions apply), shoe shine service and reserved seating for evening entertainment.
Passengers will experience sail through the Three Gorges as well as a visit to a farmer's home and local market at the Fengdu resettlement village on the Yangtze's south bank. Travelers will also enjoy a small boat experience through one of the Yangtze's tributaries (Daning River or Shennong Stream, based on weather conditions) and an educational tour of the Three Gorges Dam site.
Travelers will observe the marvels of Beijing, beginning with Tiananmen Square and Ming-era Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. They will also visit the Great Wall as well as the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. A rickshaw tour of Beijing's Hutong district ends with a traditional drum performance followed by a visit to a local family's courtyard-style home.
Guests will also encounter the giant panda at the Chongqing Zoo and observe the Terra-Cotta Warriors of Xi'an. The program concludes in Shanghai, where visitors will explore the city's Old Town, Yu Garden and the colonial promenade known as The Bund. The Shanghai acrobats will provide a send-off performance for guests.
International airfare is not included, but can be purchased through Pacific Delight Tours at competitive rates. Arrival and departure airport/hotel transfers are only included when airfare is purchased from Pacific Delight Tours.