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Yangtze Sampler Small Ship Cruise + Tour

12 days with Alexander+Roberts  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing
You’ll be met on arrival and escorted to the luxurious Fairmont Beijing Hotel.
Day 2 - In + around Beijing with your Trip Leader 
Marvel at Tiananmen Square and tour the Forbidden City, once the exclusive enclave of emperors. At a local market, help your guide select produce for your hosts, a family you’ll join for lunch during your rickshaw tour through a hutong. This evening, enjoy a Peking Duck Banquet with wine. (B+L+D)
Day 3 Great Wall + Summer Palace
Travel to Juyong Pass to explore atop one of the most scenic and historic sections of the Great Wall, the site of many ancient battles! Then tour the Summer Palace, erstwhile seasonal retreat of China’s royalty. (B+L)
Day 4 - Fly to Yichang to begin your cruise
Tour the Temple of Heaven whe re you’ll also enjoy a private class with a Tai Chi Master. Fly to Yichang and transfer to the pier to board the MS Yangzi Explorer, China’s finest ship. Settle in to your balcony stateroom before an elegant dinner with wine. (B+L+D)
Day 5 - Three Gorges Dam
Early risers can start the day with Tai Chi on deck. Visit the massive Three Gorges Dam and cruise through Xiling Gorge. (B+L+D)
Day 6 - Up Shennong Stream and through the Yangtze Gorges
Journey by sampan up Shennong Stream and then return to ship to navigate through the dramatic Wu and Qutang Gorges. (B+L+D)
Day 7 - Ashore in Fengdu
Learn how life in a river town has changed since the completion of the Three Gorges Dam as you explore Fengdu’s New City. (B+L+D)
Day 8 - Fly to Xian
Visit the Pandas in Chongqing Zoo and fly to Xian, where you’ll explore a local market with a native resident. Savor traditional dumplings and retreat to the 5-star Hilton Hotel. (B+D)
Day 9 - Discover the Terra Cotta Army
A meeting with an archaeologist is a great introduction to your tour of the Terra Cotta Army . Today’s lunch is enlivened by a noodle-making demonstration. (B+L+D)
Day 10 - Onward to Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai where you’ll be escorted to the landmark Fairmont Peace Hotel overlooking the historic Bund. Tonight you’ll thrill to a performance of the Shanghai Acrobats. (B)
Day 11 - Shanghai sightseeing
Walk along the elegant waterfront Bund, delight in the lovely Yu Yuan Garden and tour the highly regarded Shanghai Museum. Sit down to lunch at Xiangyue Villa and meet with the chef to learn about his fascinating life which included time working at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. (B+L+D)
Day 12 - Farewell to Shanghai
Transfer to the airport for your flight. (B)
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Experience life as a city resident as you browse in a market for produce to bring to your hosts, a local Beijing family who will offer real personal insight into this rapidly evolving city.
  • Learn Tai Chi with a master as you join him for a private class at the Temple of Heaven.
  • A Xian resident shares his lifetime of experience as you explore with him through a city market filled with exotic fare.
  • Meet the chef over lunch at Xiangyue Villa in Shanghai and learn about his fascinating career that took him from Shanghai’s finest restaurants to San Francisco and back.
  • Includes 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
All This Included
Attentive Trip Leaders, 5-star hotels in the heart of China's most important cities, extensive sightseeing and the finest ship on the Yangtze make this trip unforgettable.
  • All-inclusive 4 nights in a balcony cabin on the MS Yangzi Explorer including all sightseeing, fine dining and wine with lunch and dinner
  • Extensive escorted sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees + 7 nights in our handpicked deluxe and luxury hotels
  • 27 meals featuring international and Chinese cuisine: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
  • All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and all 3 internal flights
  • Luggage handling, hotel taxes, port charges, and fees for all included flights
Accommodations on this Tour
Beijing: Fairmont Beijing
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Yangzi Explorer
Xian: Hilton Hotel
Shanghai: Fairmont Peace Hotel
Pre and Post Add-ons
Be a Hong Kong Insider!
4-Day Small Group Extension from $1,299
Experience facets of Hong Kong which few visitors ever glimpse. We include your flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 3 nights at the 5-star Kowloon Shangri-La, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen and our exclusive Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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