Day 1 – Beijing
A Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Beijing.
Day 2 – Beijing
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: The imperial heritage of China’s capital: Forbidden City and Peking Duck lunch
Tiananmen Square provides your gateway to the UNESCO-designated Forbidden City, complete with palaces and gardens that housed China’s emperors for 500 years. Savor a treasure of a different kind over lunch—Peking Duck—a dish once served to emperors. Complete your imperial heritage exploration at the Temple of Heaven—another UNESCO World Heritage site and a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design.
Day 3 – Beijing
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Culture, history and intrigue: hutongs, teahouse and Welcome Dinner at the base of the Great Wall
What lies behind the doors of the 500-year-old courtyard houses in Beijing’s hutongs? Find out as you explore the area via rickshaw and sit down for lunch with a local family. Two towers mark the neighborhood—one, a 600-year-old bell tower, hosts a traditional tea ceremony that will remind you of tea’s central place in China’s culture. Cap off your day at the Great Wall, followed by a Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at the base of the Great Wall itself.
Day 4 – Beijing, fly to Xi'an
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Grace and art—Beijing’s Summer Palace and Xi’an’s traditional dumpling banquet
Emperors fled the summer heat to relax by the shores of Kunming Lake, where they created a Qing Dynasty garden embodying the highest achievement in Chinese landscape design. Stroll the Long Corridor, admiring the bridges and temples, and drift over the peaceful waters in a boat. From Beijing, fly to Xi’an, where you’ll settle into the Shangri-La Hotel and be treated to a traditional dumpling banquet.
Day 5 – Xi'an
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: China’s first capital—Terra-cotta Army and Tang Dynasty dinner show
Twenty-two centuries ago, Emperor Qin Shi Huang unified a huge area (and gave it his name)—and he intended to keep what he conquered, even in the afterlife. He created an astonishing terra-cotta army to guard his tomb, which laid undisturbed until the 20th century. Only about 8,000 of the UNESCOdesignated Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses have been excavated, and they still stand in battle formation at the museum dedicated to this amazing archaeological discovery. A jade workshop shows off another aspect of Chinese artistry, and a lovely traditional dinner and a cultural performance that re-creates the music, folk dances and gorgeous silk costumes of the Tang Dynasty provide the perfect ending to the day.
Day 6 – Xi'an, fly to Lhasa
High on the Tibetan Plateau, Lhasa, the cultural and historical capital of Tibet, is both a thriving modern town and a mystical destination of pilgrimage. Check into the Shangri-La Lhasa hotel, where dinner comes with amazing views of the world’s highest city.
Day 7 – Lhasa
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Otherworldly Jokhang Temple and Tibet Museum
Jokhang Temple, where butter lamps flicker and incense fills the air, is the holiest site in the holy city. Deepen your understanding of Tibet’s history at the Tibet Museum, meet a local family, and conclude an enlightening day with dinner at the hotel.
Day 8 – Lhasa
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Places of the gods - Potala Palace and Sera Monastery
Lhasa is certain to elicit awe with visits to some of its most sacred places. Be captivated and inspired by a mystic sense of peace at the jewel-bedecked tombs and golden altars of Potala Palace, the UNESCO-honored historic home of the Dalai Lamas, and at Sera Monastery, where Buddhist monks still practice their faith under the watchful eye of Manjashuri, the God of Wisdom.
Day 9 – Lhasa, fly to Chongqing, cruising the Yangtze River
FEATURED EXCURSION: Giant Pandas
Before boarding your ship in Chongqing, visit the giant pandas at the zoo.
Day 10 – Cruising the Yangtze River, Shibaozhai
FEATURED EXCURSION: The Three Gorges—the Yangtze’s fairytale landscape
Mist-shrouded peaks loom above the winding Yangtze as you cruise through the Three Gorges region, offering views straight out of China’s iconic watercolor illustrations. A stop at Shibao Pagoda, built into the side of a steep hill, offers a colorful encounter with some unusual legends. End the day with the Captain’s Welcome Reception.
Day 11 – Cruising the Yangtze River, Goddess Stream
FEATURED EXCURSION: The magical Goddess Stream
The turquoise waters of the Goddess Stream shimmer around your small boat as sheer cliffs rise high overhead. The day offers one of China’s most amazing contrasts, for your ship will leave these peaceful waters to navigate the Three Gorges Dam locks. Bid adieu to the river with a Farewell Dinner.
Note: Due to water conditions, we may substitute a Shennong Stream boat tour if the Goddess Stream is not available.
Day 12 – Cruising the Yangtze River, Yichang (disembark), fly to Shanghai
FEATURED EXCURSION: Powering China’s future—Three Gorges Dam
As the world’s largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam is designed to control flooding on the Yangtze and provide electrical power for a huge part of the country. The controversial project has forever altered the landscape, but its scale is a tribute to the nation’s ambition. Fly to Shanghai, where you’ll check into the Fairmont Peace Hotel.
Day 13 – Shanghai
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Spectacular skyscrapers, famous dim sum and acrobats
Past, present and future combine on the exciting, busy streets of Shanghai, one of the world’s most exhilarating cities. The Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade, brimming with spectacular skyscrapers designed by world-famous architects, reminds you that this city was the West’s gateway to China, while Shanghai’s Old Town—the original walled city with traditional teahouses, temples, narrow alleyways and markets—reminds you of its legendary heritage. Whether looking forward to the future or back at the past, one thing remains constant—dim sum. Be treated to a traditional dim sum lunch complete with dumplings, steamed buns and rice noodles. Cap off the day watching the famous Shanghai acrobatic troupe perform their astonishing, gravity-defying routines.
Day 14 – Shanghai, transfer to the airport
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your adventure with a memorable optional extension in Hong Kong.
Embrace the yin and yang of wonders old and new on this soul-enriching expedition.
Their names alone evoke the wonder and timeless allure of China: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Goddess Stream. Wide enough for cavalry to ride along its crest, stretching from the Yellow Sea to China’s eastern border, the Great Wall is one of China’s legends. In Xi’an, 8,000 life-size Terra-cotta Warriors stand in formation, facing the enemies of an emperor who died 2,200 years ago. The red and white walls of the Potala Palace rise massively above Lhasa, and the floor of the gold-domed Jokhang Temple has been worn smooth by centuries of pilgrims reverently prostrating themselves before a seventh-century Buddha. Experience all of this on an adventure that also encompasses Beijing’s imperial palaces and exquisite gardens, Shanghai’s towering skyscrapers and the ethereal landscape of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges.
3-night Yangtze River cruise in a riverview Uniworld Signature Suite with a private balcony onboard the Century Legend*
10 nights in luxury hotels, including buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes, and porterage*
Tips for local experts and drivers
All transportation throughout your trip, including flights within China
All transfers on arrival and departure days
13 buffet breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
Peking Duck Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine in Beijing
Captain’s Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner
Complimentary house wine, local beers, and soft drinks during onboard dinners
Special themed meals: hutong family-hosted lunch, traditional dumpling banquet, Tang Dynasty dinner, dinner with folk show in Lhasa, and dim sum lunch
11 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout your trip
State-of-the-art portable audio-headset system on select excursions throughout your trip
Exclusive VIP benefits onboard
Exciting evening entertainment, including a kung fu show, a Tang Dynasty show, and the Shanghai Acrobats
Hong Kong | Discover Hong Kong’s vibrant blend of Eastern and Western cultures
As Britain’s last major colony until it reverted back to China in 1997, Hong Kong has a truly fascinating and multifaceted cultural heritage and offers much to explore. Visit Repulse Bay and the fishing village of Aberdeen, and take a ride in a traditional sampan. Head up to Victoria Peak—the island’s highest point—for a panoramic view of the city and harbor. Hong Kong is also a shopper’s paradise, with chic boutiques, gem factory outlets, and the famous Stanley Market, filled with incredible bargains galore.
Included in your 4-day stay:
3 nights at the Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong (or similar)
Buffet breakfast daily
All service charges, taxes, and porterage
Exclusive Hong Kong Island tour
Boat ride at Aberdeen Fishing Village
Flight from Shanghai or Beijing to Hong Kong
Private arrival and departure transfers
Note: Price depends on season of travel.
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.