Grand China and the Yangtze

An 18-Day Uniworld River Cruises tour starting from $CALL

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Tour Length: 18 Days
Countries Visited: China
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Tour Operator: Uniworld River Cruises
Tour Code: UNI-38-2017
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An in-depth exploration of China’s rich history and extraordinary cultural wonders. 

Your journey starts in Beijing, with tours of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Walk along the Great Wall—the world’s largest man-made structure—and marvel at the Temple of Heaven, a Ming Dynasty masterpiece. Tour the city’s atmospheric and ancient hutongs via rickshaw, enjoy lunch in the home of a friendly local family, and take a cruise on Shichahai Lake, once part of the imperial pleasure gardens.

Fly to Xi’an to see the Terra-cotta Warriors—a UNESCO-designated army of more than eight thousand life-sized soldiers and horses carved from stone that has drawn visitors from around the world. Visit the “water villages” of Tongli and Suzhou, stroll through the Humble Administrator’s Garden, and learn about the intricate art of Suzhou-style embroidery. Then it’s onward to Shanghai, China’s largest city, renowned for its architecture, dim sum, and acrobats. Enjoy tours of the Shanghai Museum and the Old Town quarter, and stroll along the waterfront Bund.

Your Yangtze River cruise will wind through the narrow and dramatic Three Gorges, a spectacular region with mist-shrouded mountain peaks and strange limestone karsts. Visit the Shibao Pagoda and take a smaller boat along the Shennong Stream for an up-close view of the area. In Guilin, you will visit the city’s zoo, home to giant pandas that are delightful to watch. Cruise the Li River through Guilin’s ethereal landscapes—recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site—a Chinese scroll painting come to life. Visit a tea plantation and explore Reed Flute Cave, where colored lights transform stalactites and stalagmites into a surreal visual spectacle. Conclude your journey in Hong Kong, which presents a fascinating blend of East and West, ancient and modern.

Who will enjoy this cruise/tour
This 18-day cruise/tour is designed for travelers looking for an in-depth experience of both ancient and modern-day China. In addition to must-see sights—Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, the Great Wall, and giant pandas—your adventure includes 5 days on the Yangtze River and the scenic Three Gorges, the Li River and ethereal landscapes of Guilin, classical Chinese gardens in Suzhou, and 3 days in cosmopolitan Hong Kong.

 
 
YOUR CRUISE/TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

4-night Yangtze River cruise in a riverview Uniworld Signature Suite with a private balcony onboard the Century Legend*
13 nights in centrally located luxury hotels, including buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes, and porterage*
All transportation throughout your trip, including flights within China
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
17 buffet breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners
Peking duck Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine in Beijing
Captain’s Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine onboard the ship
Special-themed meals: hutong family- hosted lunch in Beijing, traditional dumpling banquet and Tang Dynasty dinner in Xi’an, and dim sum lunch in Shanghai

EXPLORE
16 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout your trip (except in Hong Kong)
State-of-the-art portable audio headset system on select excursions throughout your trip

EXPERIENCE
Exclusive VIP benefits onboard
Group photo and commemorative gift
Exciting evening entertainment, including a Kung Fu show in Beijing, a Tang Dynasty show in Xi’an, and the Shanghai Acrobats

Information including ship and hotels are subject to change.
 
 

Day 1 - Beijing
Day 1: Beijing

A dedicated Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the opulent Ritz-Carlton, Beijing.

Day 2 - Beijing
Day 2: Beijing

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: The imperial heritage of China’s capital: Forbidden City and Peking Duck lunch

Tiananmen Square is your gateway to the Forbidden City, a vast complex of palaces, gardens and offices that housed China’s emperors for 500 years. Savor a treasure of a different kind over lunch—Peking Duck, served to emperors since the 13th century—and wonder at the UNESCO-designated Temple of Heaven, where emperors performed rituals to guarantee the empire’s safety.


Day 3 - Beijing
Day 3: Beijing

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Culture, history and intrigue: hutongs and Welcome Dinner at the Great Wall

What lies behind the doors of the 500-year-old courtyard houses in Beijing’s hutongs? Find out as you explore this historic residential neighborhood that developed around the Forbidden City during the 15th century via rickshaw and sit down for lunch with a local family. 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
Day 4: Beijing, fly to Xi'an

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Grace and art—Beijing’s Summer Palace and Xi’an’s traditional dumpling banquet

Qing Dynasty emperors fled Beijing’s summer heat to relax by the shores of Kunming Lake, where they built their Summer Palace and created a garden that embodies the highest achievement in Chinese landscape design. Stroll the inviting Long Corridor, admiring the bridges and temples adorning the man-made lake, and drift over its peaceful waters in a boat that offers ravishing views.

Fly to Xi’an and check into the Shangri-La Hotel. Enjoy a traditional Xi’an dumpling banquet in the city widely considered the home of this savory tidbit.


Day 5 - Xi’an
Day 5: Xi’an

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: China’s first capital—a Terra-cotta Army and the Tang Dynasty dinner show

The life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses were made over 2,200 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, yet it wasn’t until the last century when about 8,000 of these figures were excavated. They represent the army that protected the empire, but they were just part of its defenses: China’s first great wall still guards China’s first capital, both of which you’ll visit. Get in the spirit of the Tang Dynasty with a traditional Chinese dinner, accompanied by a cultural performance.


Day 6 - Xi'an, fly to Hangzhou
Day 6: Xi'an, fly to Hangzhou

Jade has been cherished in China for 10,000 years. Watch artisans carving intricate designs and learn what to look for when buying this special stone before flying to Hangzhou, a lakeside city legendary for its beauty, where you will check into the luxurious Shangri-La Hangzhou Hotel.



Day 7 - Hangzhou
Day 7: Hangzhou

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Poetic vision—Impressions of West Lake show and Lingyin Temple

One of China’s most idyllic visions—West Lake, where wooded hills, colorful pagodas and placid waters lure you with their serenity, and Lingyin Temple, one of China’s oldest Buddhist shrines, adds to your soul-soothing pleasure. At nightfall, the lake becomes the stage for an open-air show of light, dance and music, which is directed by famous Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who also helmed the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


Day 8 - Shanghai
Day 8: Shanghai

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Famous dim sum and spectacular Shanghai Acrobatic Show

Whether you’re exploring old or new Shanghai, one thing remains constant—dim sum. Indulge in a traditional dim sum lunch, complete with dumplings and steamed buns, before venturing out to explore, and cap off the day with the famous Shanghai acrobatic troupe performing their astonishing, gravity-defying routines.

Day 9 - Shanghai
Day 9: Shanghai

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Glamour, skyscrapers, and art deco gems

Shanghai is one of the world’s most exhilarating cities, and your hotel, the Pudong Shangri-La, gives you a great view of both its 19th-century commercial heritage and its 21st-century skyscrapers: The Bund, Shanghai’s historic promenade, lines at Huangpu River opposite the hotel, the Oriental Pearl Tower, perhaps the city’s best-known landmark, is next door. Enjoy a delicious hotel dinner.

Day 10 - Shanghai, fly to Yichang
Day 10: Shanghai, fly to Yichang

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Authentic Eats and Exploration: Experience Fangweng and the Sanyou Cave

Fly to Yichang and get the adventure started with a meal at Fangweng, a famous cliffside restaurant. Explore the Sanyou Cave, known for its incredible inscriptions, at the northern edge of the Xiling Gorge. Then board the ship to embark on your next adventure down the mighty Yangtze.

Day 11 - Yichang, cruising the Yangtze River
Day 11: Yichang, cruising the Yangtze River

FEATURED EXCURSION: Powering China’s future—Three Gorges Dam

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 China’s landscape, but its scale is a tribute to the nation’s ambition. Get to know some of your fellow passengers during the Captain’s Welcome Reception.



Day 12 - Cruising the Yangtze River, Goddess Stream
Day 12: Cruising the Yangtze River, Goddess Stream

FEATURED EXCURSION: The magical Goddess Stream

Float through one of the world’s most exquisite landscapes: The pristine turquoise waters of the Goddess Stream shimmer around your small boat and sheer cliffs rise high overhead.

Note: Due to water conditions, we may substitute a Shennong Stream boat tour if the Goddess Stream is not available.


Day 13 - Cruising the Yangtze River, Shibaozhai
Day 13: Cruising the Yangtze River, Shibaozhai

FEATURED EXCURSION: The Yangtze’s fairytale landscapes

Mist-shrouded peaks loom above the winding Yangtze for miles as you cruise through the Three Gorges region. Every view is a picture straight out of China’s iconic watercolor illustrations. A stop at Shibao Pagoda, built into the side of a steep hill that is now an island as a result of rising waters from the Three Gorges Dam, offers you a colorful encounter with some unusual legends. The Captain’s Farewell Dinner caps off your cruise.


Day 14 - Cruising the Yangtze River, Chongqing
Day 14: Cruising the Yangtze River, Chongqing

FEATURED EXCURSION: The tour of Chongqing: West China’s Biggest Inland City

You’ll start your day with pandas at the Chongqing Zoo before exploring Chongqing landmarks on a city tour. Be sure to work up an appetite, because you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After, you’ll head for the world-famous Stilwell Museum to observe relics of American General Joseph Stilwell. Dinner will be served at the Hilton Chongqing, right before checking in for a comfortable night’s stay.

Day 15 - Chongqing, fly to Guilin
Day 15: Chongqing, fly to Guilin

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Colorful and bewitching Reed Flute Cave and a taste of history: China’s iconic beverage

Poets have long paid tribute to Guilin’s amazing natural beauty, and poetry will come to life in the rainbow-colored stalactites and stalagmites of the Reed Flute Cave—crystal dragons and castles. What will you see? Let you imagination roam in this fantastic natural wonder. Then, taste history at a plantation that grew tea for Ming emperors.

Day 16 - Guilin, cruising the li River, xingping, fly to hong Kong
Day 16: Guilin, cruising the li River, xingping, fly to hong Kong

FEATURED EXCURSION: Mystic Li River

Chinese poets and painters have celebrated these mist-wreathed peaks that can be found along the Li River. While sailing the Li River, you’ll feel as if time has stood still with quaint villages, fishermen plying the water in tiny boats and grazing water buffalo. Once in Yangshuo, experience a town that has been a leading economic and cultural center since the Tang Dynasty and is now a popular destination for adventure travelers.

Note: The Cruise/Tour Manager will not accompany you to Hong Kong. You will have the services of a local expert instead.

Day 17 - Hong Kong
Day 17: Hong Kong

FEATURED EXCURSION: “Pearl of the Orient”—Hong Kong’s highlights

This vertical city, with its 100-story skyscrapers, never sleeps. Delve into its historic neighborhoods—Victoria Peak, the Aberdeen Fishing Village—and check out bargains at Stanley Market.


Day 18 - Hong Kong, transfer to the airport
Day 18: Hong Kong, transfer to the airport

Transfer to Hong Kong International Airport for your flight home.

 
         
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YOUR CRUISE/TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

4-night Yangtze River cruise in a riverview Uniworld Signature Suite with a private balcony onboard the Century Legend*
13 nights in centrally located luxury hotels, including buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes, and porterage*
All transportation throughout your trip, including flights within China
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
17 buffet breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners
Peking duck Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine in Beijing
Captain’s Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine onboard the ship
Special-themed meals: hutong family- hosted lunch in Beijing, traditional dumpling banquet and Tang Dynasty dinner in Xi’an, and dim sum lunch in Shanghai

EXPLORE
16 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout your trip (except in Hong Kong)
State-of-the-art portable audio headset system on select excursions throughout your trip

EXPERIENCE
Exclusive VIP benefits onboard
Group photo and commemorative gift
Exciting evening entertainment, including a Kung Fu show in Beijing, a Tang Dynasty show in Xi’an, and the Shanghai Acrobats

Information including ship and hotels are subject to change.
 

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