Highlights of China & the Yangtze

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A spellbinding odyssey through five thousand years of Chinese culture and history. Your journey begins in Beijing at the huge Tiananmen Square, a nearly hundred-acre site that has witnessed a staggering number of major historic events. Explore the Forbidden City, once off-limits to all but the Emperor’s inner circle, an enormous complex that was China’s sea...

Overview

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

Highlights

    • Explore the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Discover legendary Great Wall
    • Visit the giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo
    • Enjoy Cruising the Yangtze River
    • Explore Shennong Stream

What's this trip about?

    A spellbinding odyssey through five thousand years of Chinese culture and history. Your journey begins in Beijing at the huge Tiananmen Square, a nearly hundred-acre site that has witnessed a staggering number of major historic events. Explore the Forbidden City, once off-limits to all but the Emperor’s inner circle, an enormous complex that was China’s seat of power for nearly five hundred years. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the city’s hutongs—old neighborhoods with labyrinthine lanes—and dine at the home of a local family.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityBeijing
End CityShanghai

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Asia
  • China

Attractions

  • Beijing
  • Chongqing
  • Great Wall of China
  • Shanghai
  • Shangri-La
  • Terra Cotta Warriors
  • The Forbidden City
  • Three Gorges
  • Three Gorges Dam
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Xian
  • Yichang

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • River cruise
  • Wildlife viewing

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Itinerary

Travel Map
Day 1: Beijing
Arrive at the airport, where you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will escort you to the Ritz-Carlton, Beijing.

Day 2: Beijing
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, hutongs tour with home-hosted lunch, and Peking duck Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine Your first full day in Beijing takes you to Tiananmen Square, which is both a centre of modern civic life in Beijing and t...
Day 3: Beijing
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: The Great Wall and kung fu show at Beijing’s Red Theatre Walk along a section of the legendary Great Wall, a UNESCO-designated site that has been one of the man-made wonders of the world since its construction began in the sixth century to keep out...
Day 4: Beijing, fly to Xi'an
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Temple of Heaven and Beijing Zoo with giant panda visit Start the day touring the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO-designated site completed in the 15th century. A masterpiece of architectural and landscape design, it influenced architecture throughout C...
Day 5: Xi'an
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Museum of the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, City Wall, and Tang Dynasty dinner show Twenty-four centuries ago, China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, was entombed with a vast army of warriors and horses made of clay. The large tomb complex lay un...
Day 6: Xi'an, fly to Chongqing, cruising the Yangtze River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Big Wild Goose Pagoda and traditional dumpling banquet Visit the seven-story Big Wild Goose Pagoda, sacred to Buddhists since the seventh century; tradition says that throwing coins from the pagoda’s windows brings good luck. Enjoy a sumptuous dumpling banquet before flying to Chongqing, where you’ll board your elegant ship.

Day 7: Cruising the Yangtze River, Shibaozhai
FEATURED EXCURSION: Shibao Pagoda Although the Yangtze is almost 3,500 miles long, the 75 miles known as the Three Gorges is famous for its matchless scenery. Every view is a scene reminiscent of China’s iconic watercolor illustrations. The ship will stop at the colorf...
Day 8: Cruising the Yangtze River, Shennong Stream
FEATURED EXCURSION: Explore Shennong Stream Board a small boat for a cruise down the Shennong Stream, a pristine tributary of the Yangtze, to explore the beautiful landscape of the Wu Gorge. Later in the day, your ship will navigate the enormous Three Gorges Dam locks. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine will be served.

Day 9: Cruising the Yangtze River, Yichang, fly to Shanghai
FEATURED EXCURSION: Three Gorges Dam Before disembarking in Yichang, visit the world’s largest hydroelectric project—the Three Gorges Dam—designed to control flooding on the Yangtze and provide electrical power to a vast swath of the country. Its location has caused co...
Day 10: Shanghai
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Shanghai city tour, dim sum lunch, and Shanghai Acrobats performance Stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade, and admire the view of the Pudong district with its spectacular skyscrapers. After savoring a tasty and traditional d...
Day 11: Depart Shanghai
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your adventure with one of our memorable optional extensions.

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Price From $4,799
Price per day$436
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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Award-winning Uniworld—the world's ONLY authentic boutique cruise line™—offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, and Asia. The company’s European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality, and numerous other all-inclusive benefits.

In 2004, Uniworld was acquired by The Travel Corporation (TTC), a highly successful international travel group founded by Stanley Tollman. TTC has more than 30 top brands, including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, and Contiki, as well as Red Carnation Hotels, a renowned collection of four- and five-star luxury properties.

TTC has made major investments in Uniworld's ships, crew, and staff, with an eye towards providing guests with all the elements of an unforgettable Six-Star Experience: Expertise; Service; Luxurious Ships, Uniquely Designed; Culinary; Choice; and Truly All-Inclusive. Combining the tour planning and hotel management expertise of TTC’s sister companies with Uniworld’s decades of superior nautical experience has created an entirely new category of luxury river cruising.

In partnership with its sister company, Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld takes pride in its long-lasting relationships with guests, for whom there is “No request too large, no detail too small.” Uniworld employs a professionally trained, dedicated, English-speaking staff, so guests never have to worry about communication.

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Century Paragon
The five-star-rated Century Paragon is a state-of-the-art ship designed by European architects and shipbuilders specializing in sophisticated marine design. The many defining features of this well-appointed vessel include restaurants, bars, a cinema, indoor pool, fitness centre, and onboard spa, as well as Uniworld Signature Suites with balconies and a host of special VIP benefits.
Rivers: Yangtze River Guests: 398 Staff: 150 Suites: 2 (1,140 sq ft) Stateroom: 34 (301 sq ft) Length: 456 ft Width: 65 ft
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We hope nothing will come between you and your Uniworld vacation. Should you need to cancel your booking or any portion of it, your cancellation must be received in writing. It will be effective on the date of receipt. Cancellation charges, per person and based upon the date of cancellation, are as follows: Below are the Cancellation Notice Received Before Tour Start Date and regarding Cancellation Charges Per Person 90 days or more - $300 nonrefundable deposit 89 – 60 days - 35% of the fare** 59 – 30 days - 50% of the fare** Less than 30 days - 100% of the fare** No Show - 100% of the fare** **Fare is defined as the cost of any cruise, land, or air element purchased from Uniworld. Port charges are fully refundable if they have been paid prior to cancelling your trip.
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