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China, Tibet & the Yangtze

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Forbidden City, Beijing
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
14 Days from $6,999 per person

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, Goddess Stream. 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 Terracotta Warriors stand in formation, facing the enemies of an emperor who died 2,200 years ago.

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  1. Arrive in Beijing and be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will escort you to the opulent Ritz-Carlton, Beijing.

  2. 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. Exquisite art, stunning UNESCO sites, serene parks, and teeming streets all contribute to the unique flavor of this astonishing city.

    Featured Excursion:
    The imperial heritage of China’s capital—the Forbidden City and Peking Duck lunch

  3. Today is a Bucket List Moment kind of day, as you stand at last atop China’s most iconic site—the Great Wall. The views are spectacular! You’ll also have tea at a traditional teahouse and take a rickshaw ride through the city’s ancient hutongs—historic neighborhoods that date back to the 15th century—where you will have lunch with a friendly local family at their home.

    Featured Excursion:
    Culture history and intrigue hutongs teahouses and the Great Wall

  4. Leave the hustle and bustle of Beijing behind today and head north to the serenity of the Summer Palace, home to one of China’s most beautiful classical gardens. From there, plunge into the past in China’s first capital, Xi’an, where you’ll be treated to a traditional (and incredibly labor intensive) dumpling banquet.

    Featured Excursion:
    Grace and art—Beijing’s Summer Palace and Xi’an’s traditional dumpling banquet

  5. The imperial capital for 10 ancient dynasties, Xi’an achieved its greatest renown under the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), when it was a great international metropolis and the eastern terminus of the legendary Silk Road. Today it is the capital of Shaanxi Province and most famous for a museum devoted to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

    Featured Excursion:
    China’s first capital—Terra-cotta Army and Tang Dynasty dinner show

  6. Upon arrival in Lhasa, you’ll check in to the Shangri-La Lhasa Hotel, where dinner comes with amazing views of the world’s highest city.

    Featured Excursion:
    Artisan carving

  7. Enter the hushed inner sanctum of the spiritual heart of the city, Lhasa’s holiest 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.

    Featured Excursion:
    Otherworldly Jokhang Temple and Tibet Museum

  8. The enormous hilltop Potala Palace is the first thing visitors see in Lhasa, and today you’ll have a chance to actually venture inside within 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. Later, visit Sera Monastery, an active place of worship and study with an amazing collection of Buddhist art.

    Featured Excursion:
    Places of the gods: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

  9. Check out of your hotel and fly to Chongqing, the booming capital of western China. Although Chongqing is a major metropolis, the area is known chiefly for its mountainous landscape and the dense forests that shroud temples, tombs and caves. Your elegant ship, the Century Legend, awaits you here.

    Featured Excursion:
    Giant pandas

  10. Relax and prepare to be dazzled as your ship carries you through some of the most glorious scenery in the world. Limestone cliffs, sheathed in greenery, loom above the water; mountains, wreathed in mist, tower in the distance. The river itself, deep and powerful, busy and serene, will work its enchantment as it carries you past bucolic fishing villages, hillside rice paddies, ancient cliff carvings and historic temples.

    Featured Excursion:
    The Three Gorges—the Yangtze’s fairytale landscape

  11. Today will be a highlight of your journey—a full day cruising the Yangtze River’s mystical, beautiful and completely mesmerizing Three Gorges, with scenery that has captivated artists and poets for thousands of years.

    Featured Excursion:
    The magical Goddess Stream

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

  12. The Three Gorges Dam was a hugely 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.

    Featured Excursion:
    Powering China’s future—Three Gorges Dam

  13. After days of panda bears, ancient warriors and timeless Chinese landscapes, Shanghai and its futuristic skyline can be something of a shock to the system. Yet beyond the building boom and the avant-garde architecture, you can still find traces of Shanghai’s colorful and fascinating colonial-era history. Enjoy a taste of both old and new today, including the city’s famous delicacy—dim sum—and a performance by the gravity-defying Shanghai acrobats.

    Featured Excursion:
    Spectacular skyscrapers, famous dim sum and acrobats

  14. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your flight Home, extend your trip with a memorable optional extension to Hong Kong.

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  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships

Taste

  • 13 buffet breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Peking Duck lunch in Beijing
  • Captain’s Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary house wine, local beers and soft drinks during onboard dinner

Travel

  • 4-night Yangtze River cruise in a riverview Executive 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

Explore

  • 12 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
Cruise Start Date EXECUTIVE SUITE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE Availability Price
6 Apr 18 $7,099pp $8,899pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
20 Apr 18 $7,299pp $9,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
4 May 18 $7,299pp $9,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
18 May 18 $7,299pp $9,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
15 Jun 18 $6,999pp $8,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
29 Jun 18 $6,999pp $8,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
31 Aug 18 $7,499pp $9,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
7 Sep 18 $7,499pp $9,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
14 Sep 18 $7,499pp $9,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
5 Oct 18 $7,499pp $9,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
12 Oct 18 $7,499pp $9,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Port Charges included.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the cruise.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

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Length: 456 ft / Width: 65 ft / Voltage: 220 volts / Guests: 398 / Staff: 150

Presidential Suites: 2 (1,140 sq ft) / Executive Suites: 23 (415 sq ft) / Rivers: Yangtze River, Li River

The five-star-rated Century Legend is a state-of-the-art ship designed by European architects and shipbuilders specializing in sophisticated marine design. The many defining features of this well-appointed vessel include restaurants, bars, a cinema, indoor pool, fitness center, and onboard spa, as well as Uniworld Signature Suites with balconies and a host of special VIP benefits.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Presidential Suite

Private balcony, cozy sitting area, comfy robes and slippers, fine bath products, satellite TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, and mini bar

Signature Suite

Private balcony, cozy sitting area, comfy robes and slippers, fine bath products, satellite TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, and mini bar

Features & Amenities

Uniworld Signature Suites offer private balconies, cozy sitting areas, robes and slippers, fine bath product, satellite TV, air-conditioning, and mini bar.

This modern ship features two restaurants, including the Executive VIP Restaurant, six-story atrium, multi-function lounge, spa with massage services, sauna, fitness center, pool, cinema, library, boutique and elevator. 

Lobby

Lobby

Pool

Cinema

Observation Lounge

Hallway

  • U.S. citizens traveling to China must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting China will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • The currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB).  Yuan is the name of a unit of the renminbi currency – something may cost one yuan of 20 yuan.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in China. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable clothes that can be layered to give you many options for how to dress in China’s various climates. A lightweight jacket will come in handy and study walking shows are recommended for sightseeing excursions. Keep in mind that your shoulders and legs should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Add an Optional Cruise Extension Package

 

Hong Kong

Included in your 4-day stay: 
• 3 nights at the Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong (or similar)
• Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
• Exclusive Hong Kong Island tour
• Boat ride at Aberdeen Fishing Village
• Flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong
• Private arrival and departure transfers 

April, November Pricing:
$1,399 per person (single supplement $649)


May - September Pricing:
$1,299 per person (single supplement $599)


October Pricing:
$1,499 per person (single supplement $599)
Additional fees may apply, please call for details.
NOTE: this extension is for cruises that end in Shanghai

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