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Grand China and the Yangtze 2021

18 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.

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. Ancient monuments contrast with modern high-rises, and traditional crafts flourish alongside international businesses. Exquisite art, stunning UNESCO sites, serene parks and teeming streets all contribute to the unique flavor of this astonishing city. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)

Day 3: Beijing
Certain images immediately spring to mind when you think of China. Pandas. The Great Wall. Believe it or not, both of these are on today’s agenda. The pandas are on view at the Beijing Zoo—you’ll also experience a traditional teahouse and 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 famous 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. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Xi’an, Fly to Hangzhou
Intrepid explorer Marco Polo called Hangzhou the greatest city he’d ever seen, but don’t take his word for it—judge for yourself as you get your first glimpse of this ancient Chinese capital today, celebrated throughout the centuries for its extraordinary natural beauty. (Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)

Day 7: Hangzhou
China’s classically designed gardens and landscapes are a cultural treasure revered around the world, and you’ll see one of the best examples today at Hangzhou’s idyllic West Lake. Another highlight: Lingyin Temple, one of the country’s oldest Buddhist sites, providing an intriguing glimpse of the serenity of the 5,000-year-old Middle Kingdom. There, you’ll see an “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)

Day 8: Shanghai
Today you’ll head to Shanghai, China’s largest city. An international economic hub, it has drawn entrepreneurs from all over the world for 150 years. 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 was controlled by European interests in the 19th century. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)

Day 9: Shanghai
Today you have the luxury of an entire day to explore Shanghai however you wish. Then, in the evening, experience yet another cultural highlight of your journey—a thrilling performance by the dazzling and gravity-defying Shanghai Acrobats. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)

Day 10: Shanghai, Fly to Yichang (Embark)
From Shanghai, you’ll fly to Yichang. When you arrive in Yichang, you’ll enjoy an up-close look at one of the three locks of the Gezhouba Dam and a visit to the Gezhouba Central Vegetable Market, providing you with an intimate look at local people’s lives. Make your way to the Yichang Urban Planning Museum, which will introduce you to the past, present and future of Yichang. After, you’ll stroll through the Riverside Park, a picturesque spot on the northern side of the Yangtze River. Here, you’ll be able to marvel at the 400-year-old Tianran Pagoda. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Cruising the Yangtze River
The Three Gorges Dam was an expensive and controversial undertaking, a project that involved relocating entire villages threatened by the rising waters of the Yangtze. The dam itself is an engineering marvel that you can see from a breathtakingly up-close perspective today.

You are invited to a Captain’s Welcome Reception before dinner. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Welcome Dinner)

Day 12: Cruising the Yangtze River, Shennong Stream
Today is destined to 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, Dinner)

Day 13: Cruising the Yangtze River
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.

This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner onboard. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Farewell Dinner)

Day 14: Cruising the Yangtze River, Chongqing (Disembark), Train to Chengdu
Disembark in the port of Chongqing and jump on a bullet train to Chengdu, where you’ll be transferred to the Chengdu Ritz-Carlton. Enjoy lunch at the hotel before a visit to People’s Park. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)

Day 15: Chengdu
Chengdu, or “Panda City” as it’s affectionately known, is a beguiling blend of centuries-old traditions and bustling city life. Nestled among sleek skyscrapers sit preserved streets, temples and historic sites. Today, you’ll venture to the Sanxingdui Museum, an archaeological museum teeming with cultural relics. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16: Chengdu, Fly to Hong Kong
Check out of your hotel and head to the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport for your flight to Hong Kong. (Breakfast Buffet)

Day 17: Hong Kong
Hong Kong presents a dizzying juxtaposition of East and West, ancient and modern. This bustling, glittering, multicultural city, which you’ll explore today, is famous for its soaring skyscrapers, fabulous shopping, Star Ferries crisscrossing Victoria Harbour and the lingering traces of its British colonial past. (Breakfast Buffet)

Day 18: Depart Hong Kong
Today, you will be transferred to the Hong Kong International Airport for your flight home. (Continental Breakfast)

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All This Included
A far-ranging exploration of China’s cultural treasures and natural wonders.

From man-made marvels—the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terra-cotta Warriors—to scenes of natural beauty that inspire artists and poets, discover the vast range of this sprawling nation. Beijing offers imperial grandeur and atmospheric old-world neighborhoods; Shanghai flaunts dizzying skyscrapers and surprising art deco mansions; Hong Kong mixes East and West and the best shopping in the world. Yet China is a country where gardeners have devoted a thousand years to creating an ideal landscape in Hangzhou. Old and new, grand and intimate, China offers wondrous contrasts just waiting to be uncovered.


  • Meals onboard prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 17 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 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


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


  • 4-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)
  • 2 nights in Hangzhou at the Midtown Shangri-La (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Shanghai at the Fairmont Peace Hotel (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Chengdu at the Ritz-Carlton Chengdu (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Hong Kong at the Kowloon Shangri-La (or similar)


  • 1 country: China, including Hong Kong
  • 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
Xian: To be determined
Hangzhou: To be determined
Shangai: To be determined
Cruising cabin onboard: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Chengdu: Chengdu Ritz-Carlton
Hong Kong: To be determined
  • 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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