Family China & the Yangtze

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River Cruise
Walk on the Great Wall and ride back down on a toboggan; visit pandas up close in their natural environment; Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing; and enjoy a lesson in Mandarin during your Yangtze River cruise.


Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Embark on a three-night cruise upon the Yangtze River aboard all-balcony Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
    • Cruise with an A&K Young Explorers Guide who leads young guests in fun, age-appropriate learning activities, such as Mandarin lessons, crafts and games
    • Walk atop the less-visited Mutianyu section of the Great Wall - if you like, hop on a toboggan and ride back down
    • Visit giant pandas roaming freely in their natural habitat
    • Enjoy a dumpling-making demonstration for a unique Chef's Table experience
    • Stop at a pottery factory where you make your own miniature terra cotta soldier on a fun artisan visit
    • Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing through a hutong

What's this trip about?

    Walk on the Great Wall and ride back down on a toboggan; visit pandas up close in their natural environment; Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing; and enjoy a lesson in Mandarin during your Yangtze River cruise.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 18 people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityBeijing
End CityShanghai

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Family Friendly
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Asia
  • China


  • Beijing
  • Chengdu
  • Chongqing
  • Great Wall of China
  • Shanghai
  • Terra Cotta Warriors
  • The Forbidden City
  • Three Gorges Dam
  • Xian
  • Yangtze River
  • Yichang


  • Culture
  • Cycling
  • Educational/ learning
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Kid-friendly activities
  • Nature
  • River cruise

Trip includes

    • All accommodations
    • Meals and fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
    • Airport transfers
    • Services of A&K Tour Director

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Day 1: Arrive Beijing, China

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, China’s political and cultural hub. Transfer to your luxurious hotel.

Day 2: Beijing | The Great Wall & Famed Olympic Venues

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Walk or take a cable car to the top of the Great Wall of China. Hop on a toboggan for an exciting ride back down. Later, view the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest,” and the National Aquatics Center, dubbed the “Water Cube.” Gather for a cocktail and a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 3: Beijing | Tai Chi and Kung Fu

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Enjoy a morning tai chi class at the Temple of Heaven. Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong filled with winding alleyways. After lunch, walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City and wander Tiananmen Square. Tonight, take in a thrilling Kung Fu show.

Day 4: Beijing/Xian | Dumpling Demonstration

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Xian

Fly to Xian and enjoy lunch. Then, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s City Wall and cycle or stroll along its ramparts. Tonight, delight in a dumpling-making demonstration at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Xian/Chengdu | Terra Cotta Warriors

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu

Marvel at the legendary Terra Cotta Warriors, thousands of life-size ceramic soldiers “guarding” the tomb of China’s first emperor. Visit a pottery factory and make your own terra cotta soldier. Fly to Chengdu.

Day 6: Chengdu | A Visit with Giant Pandas

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center to encounter China’s living national emblem playing in its natural habitat. Attend the Sichuan Opera for a mystifying facechanging performance.

Day 7: Chongqing | High-Speed Train & River Cruiser

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'

Enjoy your morning at leisure before hopping on a high-speed train to Chongqing. On arrival, board your river cruiser to begin a three-night voyage on the Yangtze River through the scenic Three Gorges.

Days 8-9: Cruising the Yangtze | Mandarin & Calligraphy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'

Spend two adventurous days on the ship and exploring the shore. On board, young guests enjoy lessons in calligraphy and Mandarin, and have fun with crafts and games, in the company of an engaging A&K Young Explorers Guide.

Day 10: Yichang/Shanghai | Stunning Three Gorges Dam

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Visit the massive Three Gorges Dam Site before lunch on board. Disembark and fly to Shanghai, arriving in the evening.

Day 11: Shanghai | The Blend of Old & New

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Explore the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel by electric cart and visit the glass Skywalk of the World Financial Center for vistas of Shanghai. Stroll in Old Town and visit the Yu Garden. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.

Day 12: Depart Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart for home.

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Price From $5,995
Price per day$500
Single supplement (single occupancy)$1,595
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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Ship & cabin information
Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’
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.
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
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  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price
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Meals Included

10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Age Requirements
6 years and up
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