China, Tibet & the Yangtze

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
17 days
From: $ 8,295 $ 488 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Embark on a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River aboard all-balcony Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
  • Discover Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet's spiritual capital
  • Visit the less-crowded and well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
  • Enjoy a private tour with an on-site archaeologist at the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit
  • Visit the Panda Research Center, where you learn about China's unofficial national symbol in its natural habitat
  • Experience the narrow winding lanes and courtyard residences of a traditional hutong

Short Description

Explore remarkable cultures with an intriguing tour of Asia, travelling from China's Beijing and Chengdu to Lhasa, in the heart of Tibet, where you visit Potala Palace, before cruising through the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River.

Style Small ship cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury (5*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Beijing
End City Shanghai

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Beijing, China

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, China’s capital and cultural hub, where you are transferred to your luxurious hotel.

Day 2: Beijing | Imperial Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

After a morning welcome briefing, participate in a tai chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven, one of the iconic sites of Beijing and a classic example of Ming architecture. After lunch, explore Tiananmen Square, and then walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power for centuries. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow guests.

Day 3: Beijing | Walking the Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Travel to the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Walk or ride a cable car to the top and view the countryside. Return to Beijing this afternoon, where you Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong — a neighborhood of small winding alleyways.

Day 4: Xian | In the Heart of China’s Eternal City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Xian

Fly to Xian, made famous by Marco Polo. Once a vital stop on the Great Silk Road, Xian has become a melting pot of Asian and Middle Eastern influences. This afternoon, view the Great Mosque, a fascinating site blending classic Chinese temple architecture and central Asian embellishments. Visit the city’s lively Muslim Quarter with its teeming markets.

Day 5: Xian | Terra Cotta Warriors, Army for the Afterlife

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Xian

Today, view the incomparable Terra Cotta Warriors, lost to the world for two millennia until accidentally discovered by a farmer in 1974. Explore them with an on-site archaeologist at your side. Then, enjoy a private Chef’s Table experience in dumpling-making. Later, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s City Wall and cycle or stroll along its ramparts.

Day 6: Chengdu | Spicy Sichuan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu. Visit the People’s Park, the city’s largest public park, where you immerse yourself in local life and culture, watching area residents play traditional Chinese instruments, practice calligraphy and engage in tai chi. Enjoy a tea demonstration at a local teahouse. This evening, savor local Sichuan specialties at a traditional hot pot dinner.

Day 7: Chengdu | Up Close with Pandas

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center and observe giant pandas roaming in their natural habitat. Then, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Chengdu, a city renowned for its thriving music scene and nightlife.

Day 8: Lhasa | Gateway to Tibet

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa

Fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, one of the highest cities on earth at 12,000 feet and your home for the next three nights. Relax and acclimatize.

Day 9: Lhasa | Buddhist Treasures and Monk Debates

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa

Visit the vibrant Ani Tsankhung Nunnery and experience the spiritual heart of Tibet at the sacred Jokhang, a 1,300-year old temple. Wander Lhasa’s Barkhor Bazaar, and visit the Dropenling Tibet Handicraft Development Center. Continue to renowned Sera Monastery to witness lively “monk debates.” Then, discover the Dalai Lama’s former summer residence at Norbulingka, surrounded by trees, ponds, gardens and pavilions.

Day 10: Lhasa | Footsteps of the Dalai Lama

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa

Visit Sanggye Dhunghor, where some 200 statues are carved into a dramatic rock face. Next, venture beyond the towering walls of the awe-inspiring Potala Palace, former winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

Day 11: Chongqing | Board ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'

Fly to Chongqing to board your river cruiser for a three-night journey through the Three Gorges region. Tonight, view a documentary on the Three Gorges Dam Project.

Day 12: Cruising the Yangtze | Asia’s Great River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'

Disembark for a shore excursion to Fengdu where you visit a village relocated by construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Meet a local family, visit a kindergarten and take in a kaleidoscope of sights at a farmers market. This evening, attend the Captain’s Reception.

Day 13: The Three Gorges | China’s Ultimate Scenery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'

Early this morning, ‘Yangzi Explorer’ navigates the Qutang and Wu Gorges before anchoring at Badong, where you board a ferry and travel up the Shennong Stream. Disembark to board local “pea pod” boats poled by Tujia boatmen and view the scenic Bamboo Gorge. The Tujia are members of a local minority culture famed for their boat-building skills and keen knowledge of the Yangtze. Tonight, gather for a “Taste of China” Dinner experience.

 

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Day 14: Yichang to Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Peninsula Shanghai

Explore the Three Gorges Dam Site and Exhibition Center this morning. Then, disembark and fly to Shanghai. On arrival this evening, transfer to your elegant hotel, on the city’s historic Bund.

 

Day 15: Shanghai | Exhilarating Metropolis

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Peninsula Shanghai

Explore Shanghai, visiting Zhujiajiao, a water village evoking China’s medieval past. Cruise its main canal in a sampan (wooden boat). Enjoy a Scenic Sundowner at the House of Roosevelt, taking in skyline views of Shanghai. Then, attend a Shanghai Acrobatic show.

Day 16: Shanghai | Thriving Waterfront

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Peninsula Shanghai

Stroll the Bund, Shanghai’s popular promenade. Then, wander the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden. Later, explore the M-50 Contemporary Art District, and gather for a festive farewell dinner.

Day 17: Depart Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or to depart for a post-tour extension.

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Overpriced, too much crammed into each day, and important aspects of the trip dropped....with no advance notice

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Wings over Mediterranean Sept 2022. Other than the intra-city flights which were first class private jet, the rest was......average. Tour buses with windows too small to see any passing points of interest. A 250 sq ft "luxury" hotel room---thought I was in a Motel 8. Museum tours led by local experts who over-talked so long that they cut into anything that was planned for the remainder of that day. Restaurants....3 in particular very small, crowded, and not even remotely above average. Written itinerary says "and then return to your host city and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure." No way...we usually got back to the hotel around 5:30 after already passing up at least one planned exhibit. We had no special tour group privileges...we were just part of the pack and were overrun by tourists at every stop. $40,000 per person....a big huge "ouch"
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We took the A & K Small Group Tour to Rome, Florence & Venice. The experience exceeded expectations! Wonderful itinerary (with the ability to flex to the group's unique needs & requests!). Our guide (Emmanuela) was exceptional! Fun, extremely organized, considerate of all group members & always making sure that we had a 5-Star experience. Highly recommend this company (& this tour) - we will travel with A & K again!
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THIS COMPANY HELD ME FINACIALLY HOSTAGE FOR A AFRICAN MAY 2021 SAFARI. I HAD TO CANCELL THE SEPTEMBER 2021 TRIP BECAUSE THEY BASCIALLY STEALLING MONEY FROM ME. DO NOT BOOK WITH THEM.
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We are just returning from our African safari and it was amazing! It exceeded our every expectation. The best part was spending time with our excellent A&K guides Ngochi and Ngige. We learned so much from them and they were excellent spotters. I loved seeing their excitement when we spotted something new. It is obvious they love what they do even after 20 years in the business.
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Covid threw us a few curves (mandatory Covid tests, masks, etc) but it is a great time to travel. We felt completely safe and were on our own private safari!
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Ship Name

Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Ship Stats

  • 38 deluxe cabins, 20 suites and four specialty suites
  • Private balcony in all cabins and suites
  • Viewing lounge with bar
  • International restaurant offering a wide array of menu options
  • Double-decker theater area with bar
  • Spa and beauty salon

Ship Description

With luxurious staterooms and public areas, expert onboard guides and a peerless staff and crew, ‘Yangzi Explorer’ is ideal for cruising the mighty Yangtze.

Yangzi Explorer’s’ spacious and elegant staterooms range from a roomy Deluxe Cabin — at 333 square feet, the largest cabin of its kind on the river — to the palatial Imperial and Celestial suites at 1,183 square feet. Some suites feature a private sun deck/balcony, king-size bed and separate lounge with panoramic views. All cabins and suites include private balconies with al fresco sitting area, private bathroom, minibar, air conditioning and flat-screen TV.

All Deck & Cabin Plans (affiliate link)

Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 18

Limited to 18 guests.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation fees per person

Luxury Small Group Journeys, Marco Polo Journeys, Connections Land Journeys, and related Group Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions

  • If 91 days prior to departure or more cancellation fee is $500
  • Is 90-61 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 20% of program price
  • If 60-31 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 50% of program price
  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price

Age Notes :

Min. Age: 10

Additional Information

  • Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a pre-tour extension to Mongolia (5 days from $3,995) and a post-tour extension to Guilin & Hong Kong (4 days from $1,995).


Pre-Tour Extension: Mongolia, Days: 5 | From: TBA

Internal Air Routing: Ulaanbaatar/Gobi Desert/Ulaanbaatar/Beijing

Available to add to select departure dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

Day 1

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Three Camel Lodge

Fly to the vast Gobi Desert, visit scenic mountain gorges lined with glaciers, and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Three Camel Lodge

Stop at Bayan Zag, where dinosaur egg fossils were found amid the Flaming Cliffs. Visit a camel-breeding family and ride a Bactrian camel.

Day 4

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar

Return to Ulaanbaatar. Tour Gandan Monastery and visit Zanabazar Fine Art Museum and Sukhbaatar Square.

Day 5

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, fly to Beijing, China.

 

Post-Tour Extension: Guilin & Hong Kong, Days: 4 | From: TBA

Internal Air Routing: Shanghai/Guilin/Hong Kong

Available to add to select departure dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

Day 1

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin

Fly from Shanghai to Guilin and transfer to your hotel. Visit Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill.

Day 2

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Peninsula Hong Kong

Enjoy bamboo rafting from Yangdi to Xingping, transfer to Yangshuo, ride a bicycle or golf cart in the country. Fly to Hong Kong.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Peninsula Hong Kong

Depart for Sheung Wan, visit a local herbal medicine market and Man Mo Temple. Ride a sampan to a floating village in Aberdeen. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow guests.

Day 4

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

 

  • 5 Things That Will Surprise You in China | From Beijing to Shanghai, ancient and modern still collide in five magical places.
  • Suite Upgrade Package | Upgrade to suites at all hotels throughout your journey from $1,765.
  • Take This Journey Private | This itinerary is also available as an independent journey, Signature China, Tibet & the Yangtze, with A&K local guides.
  • Customize This Journey | If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

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What's excluded

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included

16 Breakfasts,13 Lunches and 9 Dinners

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