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
Your adventure begins with two quintessential experiences in China’s capital city. Today, you’ll experience a myriad of cultural gems, including the Forbidden City and Peking duck, a dish originally prepared for Chinese emperors. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)
Day 3: Beijing
Certain images immediately spring to mind when you think of China; looming largest is, of course, the Great Wall, which you will visit today. 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 Terra-cotta 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 Chongqing (Embark), Cruising the Yangtze River
Before you leave Xi’an for Chongqing, you have one more expedition, a visit to the Jade Carving Center, or Jade Factory, as it’s also known. Watch artisans carving intricate designs and learn what to look for when buying this special stone. Then, transfer to the airport and fly to Chongqing, where you’ll board your ship. (Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)
Day 7: 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. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Cruising the Yangtze River, Shennong Stream
A full day cruising the Yangtze River’s mystical, beautiful and completely mesmerizing Three Gorges and Shennong Stream await.
In the evening, you’ll savor a special Captain’s Farewell Dinner on this final night of your Yangtze River cruise. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Farewell Dinner)
Day 9: Cruising the Yangtze River, Yichang (Disembark), Fly to Shanghai
The Three Gorges Dam was an expensive and controversial undertaking, a massive project that involved relocating entire villages as well as submerging a number of cultural treasures behind the rising waters of the Yangtze River. The dam itself is an extraordinary engineering marvel, one that you can see up close today. (Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)
Day 10: Shanghai
After days of ancient warriors and timeless Chinese landscapes, Shanghai and its futuristic skyline can be something of a shock to the system. Enjoy a taste of both old and new today, as well as dim sum and a performance by the gravity-defying Shanghai Acrobats. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)
Day 11: 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)
A spellbinding odyssey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture and history.
Journey through a land of contrasts—skyscrapers and ancient temples, serene gardens and bustling city streets—to discover the heart of this ever-changing country. From China’s staggering architectural monuments—the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Great Wall—to the natural beauty of the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges, this itinerary introduces a discerning traveler to China’s highlights. The unique experience that is China fills your senses from the moment you arrive: the sound of Mandarin in Beijing’s streets, the scent of delicate Xi’an dumplings, the detailing on terra-cotta figures that have survived for millennia. Simultaneously ancient and contemporary, China must be heard, seen and felt to be understood—and Uniworld’s experts will be on hand to guide you through this vast land, as you delve into China’s cultural legacy and timeless wonders.
Meals onboard prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
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
9 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
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)
2 nights in Shanghai at the Fairmont Peace Hotel (or similar)
1 country: China
5 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Tour Manager
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
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.