China, Tibet and the Yangtze

A 14-Day Uniworld River Cruises tour starting from $6,749

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Tour Length: 14 Days
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Tour Operator: Uniworld River Cruises
Tour Code: UNI-34-2017
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Embrace the yin and yang of wonders old and new on this soul-enriching expedition. 

Your itinerary starts in Beijing, with visits to Tiananmen Square—the largest public square on earth—and the Forbidden City, hidden away for years from the outside world. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s hutongs, the city’s old maze-like neighborhoods, and dine in the home of a local family. Gaze in awe at the ornately decorated Temple of Heaven, a Ming Dynasty pagoda built without a single nail. Walk along the majestic two-thousand-year-old Great Wall, which offers wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Fly to Xi’an to see the famous Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses—all eight thousand of them—each completely unique and buried more than two millennia ago to watch over China’s first emperor.

Onward to Lhasa—the “place of the gods”—one of the highest cities on earth (at 11,450 feet) and Tibet’s spiritual heart. Visit the 13-hundred-year-old Jokhang Temple, the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism, its flagstones polished by centuries of prostrating religious pilgrims. Venture within the Potala Palace, former residence of the Dalai Lama, an architectural masterpiece containing one thousand rooms. You will also visit Sera Monastery, where monks gather to debate Buddhist philosophy.

Observe giant pandas at the Chongqing Zoo, then embark upon your Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges. Savor the spectacular scenery as the ship winds through dramatic narrow passageways. Stop en route at the 12-story-high Shibao Pagoda, situated on an island that was a mountain peak in the days before the Three Gorges Dam. Conclude your journey in Shanghai, renowned for its architecture, dim sum, and amazing acrobats, all of which you will have opportunities to experience first-hand.

Who will enjoy this cruise/tour
This 14-day itinerary is for travelers seeking a soul-enriching and spiritually enlightening journey that encompasses China as well as the mysterious, remote region of Tibet—places that often seem light years apart and thus make for an irresistible travel experience. This cruise/tour also includes 4 days on the Yangtze River, exploring its mystical Three Gorges.

 

Your Cruise/tour Package Includes:

Travel
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

Taste
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

Explore
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

Experience
Exclusive VIP benefits onboard
Group photo
Exciting evening entertainment, including a kung fu show, a Tang Dynasty show, and the Shanghai Acrobats

*Ship and hotels are subject to change.

 

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 swath of the country and created an astonishing stone army to guard his tomb, which laid undisturbed until the 20th century. About 8,000 of the UNESCO-designated Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses have been excavated, still standing in battle formation. You’ll visit the museum dedicated to this amazing archaeological discovery, as well as the serene seven-story Big Wild Goose Pagoda, sacred to Buddhists since the seventh century. 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 a day in China’s ancient capital.

Day 6 - Xi'an, fly to Lhasa

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. You’ll 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, Shennong 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 Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.

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. Savor 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 - Depart Shanghai

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your adventure with a memorable optional extension in Hong Kong.

 
         
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

Your Cruise/tour Package Includes:

Travel
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

Taste
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

Explore
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

Experience
Exclusive VIP benefits onboard
Group photo
Exciting evening entertainment, including a kung fu show, a Tang Dynasty show, and the Shanghai Acrobats

*Ship and hotels are subject to change.

 

Port Charges: $0.00

Base category: Signature Suite

 
 

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