Best of China

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River Cruise
Be prepared to enjoy 13 days with 3 nights along the Yangtze River on board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, small-group shore excursions, and exclusive access to local attractions beyond the tourist trail. 
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Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Dine At The Great Wall:Be the envy of your friends with a private chef-prepared buffet lunch on a quiet stretch of the Great Wall of China
    • Summer Palace Cruise:Glide across Kunming Lake aboard a traditional vessel to admire the gardens and ancient pavilions of the Summer Palace
    • See The Terracotta Warriors:Descend into dark excavation pits to glimpse the life-sized clay soldiers of the ancient Terracotta Army in Xi'an

What's this trip about?

    Be prepared to enjoy 13 days with 3 nights along the Yangtze River on board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, small-group shore excursions, and exclusive access to local attractions beyond the tourist trail. 

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Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range18 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal transport included (including local flights)
Start CityBeijing
End CityShanghai

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Asia
  • China


  • Beijing
  • Great Wall of China
  • Shanghai
  • Three Gorges Dam
  • Xian


  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • River cruise
  • Ruins & Archaeology

Trip includes

    • Three-night Yangtze River cruise aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
    • Small-group shore excursions and onboard entertainment during your cruise
    • Enjoy unique moments and exclusive access to local attractions beyond the tourist trail on included Signature Experiences
    • All flights within China
    • 32 fine meals, as well as beer and wine with lunch and dinner on your cruise
    • The services of an APT Tour Director and local guides
    • Customise your holiday with a range of APT Freedom of Choice inclusions
    • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping

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Day 1: Arrive Beijing 

Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, the remainder of the day is yours at leisure. Later this evening, get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Three Nights: Raffles Beijing Hotel 

Day 2:



Board a traditional vessel for a cruise around the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace in Beijing. Here you will find a variety of palaces, gardens and pavilions, as well as Longevity Hill and manmade Kunming Lake. Admire the scenery as yo...

Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall Of China 


Indulge in a private lunch at the Great Wall of China.

Today, set out for the Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea up into the Gobi Desert for more than 6,000 kilometres. Travel back to Beijing this evening and indulge in an authentic Peking Duck banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments. 

Day 4: Beijing, Yichang, Embark Ship 

After the morning at leisure, transfer to the airport and fly to Yichang. On arrival, transfer to your luxury river ship and settle in for your cruise along the Yangtze River.

Stay: Four Nights: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer 

Day 5: Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam 

Cruise along the Yangtze River through China’s most picturesque area, the spectacular Three Gorges region. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple, built around 770 BC – 476 BC and set ami...

Day 6: Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge

Disembark your ship at Badong and transfer by ferry to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). As you cruise on this longboat, poled by a local Tujia boatman, you’re able to absorb the serenity of the river and take in the rich surrounding forest and towering rock fo...

Day 7: Fengdu Or Relocation Tour 

Rise early to participate in a tai chi class atop the ship’s Observation Deck for a relaxing start to your day. Following breakfast, disembark for a tour of Fengdu, a graceful little ‘Ghost City’ that lies in the foothills of the mountains by the river. Fengdu is note...

Day 8: Chongqing, Xi'an 

Disembark your ship for the final time in Chongqing this morning. A strategic port since ancient times, Chongqing was established in the 11th century and has a dramatic history, having played a key role in World War II due to its mountainous landscape. Head to the Cho...

Day 9: Xi’an, Terracotta Army 

Today you will discover the attractions of Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China with more than 3,000 years of history. The city was one of China’s Four Great Capitals and is the eastern point of the famous Silk Road. Visit the ancient city wall, one of the largest...

Day 10:

Xi’an, Shanghai 

Transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. On arrival, ride the high-speed Maglev train and watch the kilometres race towards an exhilarating 300 kilometres. Once predominantly a fishing and textiles town, rapid growth has seen Shanghai transform into a globally sig...

Day 11: Shanghai 

This morning, be joined by a local guide for an orientation tour through downtown Shanghai. Stop at the Oriental Pearl Tower and take an elevator to the viewing deck, where you will delight in panoramic views of the city. Standing at 468 metres high, it is one of the ...

Day 12: Shanghai 


Choose your activity this morning. Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city, then explore Yu Garden and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Regarded as one of the most lavish gardens in China, Yu Gard...

Day 13: Depart Shanghai 

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

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Price per day$420
Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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For all holiday packages the following APT cancellation fees apply: Days of Notice:            Fee Per Person 100 days or more       Loss of deposit 99-61 days                  50% of holiday package price 60 days or less         100% of holiday package price All cancellations must be received in writing by APT and are not effective until this notification has been received. If your holiday has commenced, 100% of the full holiday package price is charged. There is no refund for unused services or if portions of the holiday package are missed.  Additional cancellation fees may also be charged in respect of accommodation reserved outside the holiday package dates. These cancellation fees are in addition to any fees that may be levied by APT and your travel agent (if any). You acknowledge that the amounts estimated under the Cancellation Policy are reasonable and represent a genuine pre-estimate of APT’s loss. If you request changes after APT has issued your documents, APT may charge you a fee of AUD$70 per person in addition to any applicable cancellation fees.

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