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Please note: The following extensions are hosted by Marathon Tours & Travel staff.

Pre-Tour Package | Post-Tour Option One | Post-Tour Option Two

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Pre-Tour Package | Hong Kong: May 10 – 13, 2020​

(Please note: The Pre-Tour Package can be combined with all itineraries except Package Three | Six-Night Beijing Budget​)

Sunday, May 10 – Arrive in Hong Kong and receive a cordial welcome by our English speaking local representative who will coordinate your ride to the Kowloon Shangri La Hotel.  After checking in, you have free time to explore this fascinating city.

Monday, May 11​​ – Whether you are visiting Hong Kong for the first time or returning after a long absence, today’s half-day Island Tour will provide you with a good orientation of Hong Kong.  The tour circles the beautiful island with stops at Stanley Market, where you can stroll through Stanley's famous seaside village bazaar, and Aberdeen Fishing Village, home of the "Boat People" whose lifestyle has not changed much since the early days of their settlement.  A 15-minute sampan ride is included.  You will also view the most popular beach in town, Recluse Bay Beach, and visit an exquisite jewelry factory where the world's most famous jewelry-setting art is made.  You will finish your tour of Hong Kong Island with a panoramic ride that brings you to Victoria Peak where the harbor and the city sprawl in front of you.  (breakfast and lunch included)

Tuesday, May 12​ – Today is a free day at your leisure.  Some suggestions include a visit to see the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) or Disneyland Hong Kong or Macau! Please reach out to us for ideas. (breakfast included)

Wednesday, May 13​ - After breakfast today we will depart for the Hong Kong Airport for your flight to Beijing. (breakfast included)

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Option One | Post-Race Xi’an Extension: May 19 – 21, 2020​

Tuesday, May 19 - After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and transfer to the Beijing Airport for a 90 minute flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by an English-speaking local representative who will coordinate the transfer to the hotel.  The group will tour the enormous city wall and then have a guided walking tour through the Muslim quarter of Old Town. This afternoon check-in to the Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square. Please note that lunch today is on the plane. Tonight we enjoy the famous dumplings at Defachang's.  (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Wednesday, May 20​ - After breakfast we will visit the famous life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors who have been guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi for 2,000 years and the Horse Museum. We will have lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi'an. The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show is included this evening. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Thursday, May 21 – After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Beijing. (breakfast included)

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Option Two | Post-Race Three City with Yangtze River Cruise: May 19 - May 27, 2020​

Tuesday, May 19 - After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and transfer to the Beijing Airport for a 90 minute flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by an English-speaking local representative who will coordinate the transfer to the hotel.  The group will tour the enormous city wall and then have a guided walking tour through the Muslim quarter of Old Town. This afternoon check-in to the Hilton Xi’an. Please note that lunch today is on the plane. Tonight we enjoy the famous dumplings at Defachang's.  (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Wednesday, May 20 - After breakfast we will visit the famous life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors who have been guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi for 2,000 years and the Horse Museum. We will have lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi'an. The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show is included this evening.(breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Thursday, May 21 – After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. We will enjoy a city tour of Chongqing highlighting the hilly city. We will experience the local specialty, a hot pot dinner, before boarding the m/v Victoria Jenna. (breakfast and dinner included)

Friday, May 22 – Join us for early yoga on the bow of the ship before breakfast, or sleep in. As we travel down the Yangtze River we will see dramatic landscapes along the gorge. Today will offer the option to visit Fengdu “Jade Emperor” (additional cost applies). (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Saturday, May 23 – As we continue down the Yangtze River we will see more dramatic landscapes carved by the mighty Yangtze River. Today we will offer you the optional opportunity to visit the White Emperor City  (additional cost applies), and then experience the smallest of the gorges, Wu Gorge. This excursion is included as we board the smaller sampan boats for a short cruise down the gorge. Tonight we celebrate with the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Sunday, May 24 – Our final day on the river will bring us to the largest hydro-dam in the world, Three Gorges Dam Site. We will disembark in Yichang after lunch. We will do a local city tour and visit the local bungee jump site before heading to the airport for our flight to Shanghai. This evening we check into the Portman Ritz Carlton. (Breakfast and lunch included)

Monday, May 25 – After breakfast today, you have the day at your leisure. (Breakfast included)

Tuesday, May 26 – After a sumptuous buffet breakfast you will start your day by visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, located in the People’s Square. The focus of the exhibit is a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai. You will then visit the old town and Yu Yuan Garden. The garden was started in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty. The name Yu Yuan means Garden of Happiness. After a dim sum lunch you will visit the Bund/Waterfront followed by a visit the French Concession and Xintiandi before returning to the hotel. (Breakfast and lunch included)

Wednesday, May 27 – Say goodbye to China as you will be transferred to the airport to board your returning flight home. (Breakfast included)

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