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China, Tibet & the Yangtze 2021

14 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Beijing
Arrive at the Beijing Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the opulent Ritz-Carlton Beijing. This stunning hotel is located in the heart of the city, where modernity, exemplary service and rich Chinese tradition seamlessly blend together.

Day 2: Beijing
The political and cultural capital of China and home to more than 20 million people, Beijing exemplifies everything visitors find most intoxicating about China. Spectacular ancient monuments contrast with ambitious modern high-rises, and traditional crafts flourish alongside booming international businesses—which you’ll discover today. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)

Day 3: Beijing
Today is a bucket list kind of day, as you stand at last atop China’s most iconic site—the Great Wall. You’ll also have tea at a traditional teahouse and take a rickshaw ride through the city’s ancient hutongs, where you’ll enjoy lunch. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Beijing, Fly to Xi’an
Leave dynamic Beijing behind today and head north to the lush lakeside Summer Palace, home to one of China’s most beautiful classical gardens. From there, plunge into the past in China’s first capital, where you’ll celebrate your first night in Xi’an with a traditional dumpling banquet. (Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)

Day 5: Xi’an
Xi’an’s Terracotta Army has been called the 8th Wonder of the World, and it’s certainly the most extraordinary archeological find of the 20th century. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Tang Dynasty dinner show with fabulous food, music and vibrant costumes. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Xi’an, Fly to Lhasa
Today you’ll fly to Lhasa, the ancient cultural and religious epicenter of Tibet, where the majestic Himalayan peaks will make you feel like you’re on top of the world—figuratively and literally—in the world’s highest capital city. (Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)

Day 7: Lhasa
Enter the hushed inner sanctum of the spiritual heart of the city, the Jokhang Temple, where you will have a rare opportunity to gaze upon the most sacred icon of Tibetan Buddhism—an ancient statue of the Buddha that legions of devout pilgrims journey vast distances to see in person. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Lhasa
The enormous hilltop Potala Palace is the first thing visitors see in Lhasa, and today you’ll have a chance to venture inside this vast and well-preserved site. It is said to contain a thousand rooms, including the private rooms where the Dalai Lama himself once resided. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Lhasa, Fly to Chongqing (Embark), Cruising the Yangtze River
Check out of your hotel and fly to Chongqing, the booming capital of western China, where you’ll board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Then learn the word of the day: panda. Pandas are one of China’s most beloved (and adorable) cultural symbols, and you’ll get to see some of these gentle giants today. (Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)

Day 10: Cruising the Yangtze River, Shibaozhai
Near Fuling, you’ll be offered the extraordinary chance to visit the 816 Underground Project, a giant nuclear installation, which the military started constructing in the mountains in the 1960s. It boasts 18 man-made caves, more than 130 roads and tunnels, and an almost 80-meter-high cave where the nuclear reactor was placed. The project was abandoned in a nearly finished state in 1984 before the manufacturing of plutonium-239 began. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Cruising the Yangtze River, Shennong Stream
Today will be a highlight of your journey—a full day cruising the Yangtze River’s mystical, beautiful and completely mesmerizing Three Gorges and Shennong Stream. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Farewell Dinner)

Day 12: Cruising the Yangtze River, Yichang (Disembark), Fly to Shanghai
The Three Gorges Dam was a project that involved relocating villages and submerged a number of cultural treasures behind the rising waters of the Yangtze. The dam itself is an engineering marvel you can see from an up-close perspective today. (Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)

Day 13: Shanghai
An international economic hub, Shanghai has drawn entrepreneurs from all over the world for 150 years. But while Shanghai may be the “city of the future,” you can still find remnants of its history in Old Town and the area known as the Concessions, which you’ll discover today. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)

Day 14: Depart Shanghai
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your flight home, or extend your trip with a memorable optional extension to Hong Kong. (Continental Breakfast, Breakfast Buffet)

Tour Map
All This Included
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. 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.

Dining

  • Meals onboard prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary house wine, local spirits and beer,. soft drinks, tea, and coffee will be served at the Explorer Bar, deck 6, between 3pm and 11pm throughout the cruise. Onboard lunches and dinner include complimentary house wine, local beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Onshore lunches and dinners include complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea

Excursions

  • 10 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

Accommodations

  • 3-night cruise in a riverview suite on the stunning Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • Lavishly appointed riverview suites, all with private balconies
  • 3 nights in Beijing at the Ritz-Carlton Beijing (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Xi'an at the Hyatt Regency Xi'an (or similar)
  • 3 nights in Lhasa at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Shanghai at the Fairmont Peace Hotel (or similar)

Experiences

  • 1 country: China
  • 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Tour Manager
  • Cultural enrichment
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
Accommodations on this Tour
Beijing: Ritz-Carlton Beijing
Xi'an: To be determined
Lhasa: To be determined
Cruising cabin onboard: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Shanghai: To be determined
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $0 per person.
  • Single supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
  • 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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