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Grand China & the Yangtze

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Yangtze River, China
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
18 Days from $7,699 per person

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. The Li River, where bamboo boats float through scenery lifted from watercolor paintings, and the Reed Flute Cave, offering rainbow-colored stalactites and stalagmites, bring poetry to motion. Old and new, grand and intimate, China offers wondrous contrasts just waiting to be uncovered.

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

  2. Your adventure begins with two quintessential experiences in China’s capital of Beijing. Off limits to commoners for 500 years, the Forbidden City was once considered the cosmic center of the universe (and for good reason, as you’ll see for yourself). Peking Duck is another cultural gem you’ll get to experience today, a complex dish originally prepared for Chinese emperors.

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

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

    Featured Excursion:
    Culture, history and intrigue—hutongs

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Welcome Dinner
  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

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  5. Xi’an’s famous 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. Prepare to be amazed! You’ll also visit one of the holiest Buddhist temples in China and enjoy a traditional Tang Dynasty dinner show with fabulous food, music and flamboyant costumes.

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

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. 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.

    Featured Excursion:
    Artisan carving

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  7. 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 and grace of the 5,000-year-old Middle Kingdom.

    Featured Excursion:
    Poetic vision Impressions of West Lake show and Lingyin Temple

    meal(s):Breakfast & Lunch
  8. 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. But 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 were controlled by European interests in the 19th century.

    Featured Excursion:
    Glamour, skyscrapers, art deco gems and famous dim sum

    meal(s):Breakfast
  9. Spend the day exploring Shanghai on your own. If you have a taste for heights, step out onto the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower’s glass-floored observation deck— some 1,100 feet above the Pudong district. Browse through the shops on Nanjing Road or see what China’s modern artists are creating at the China Art Museum.

    Featured Excursion:
    Spectacular Shanghai Acrobatic Show

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  10. From Shanghai you’ll fly to Yichang and board your elegant ship, the Century Legend, to begin your journey along the legendary Yangtze River. The next few days will offer unparalleled visual splendor as you pass through some of the most extraordinary and dramatic landscapes in the world.

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  11. The Yangtze is the third-longest river in the world (only the Nile and the Amazon are longer), and the days you spend onboard your ship will show you some of its most beautiful sights. 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. Relax and prepare to be dazzled.

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

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  12. 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, 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 for the Goddess Stream boat tour.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  13. Do you believe in magic? The bright red Shibo Pagoda was originally built into the side of a mountain peak, but that peak became an island after the completion of the Three Gorges Dam. Step ashore to do some exploring, perhaps climbing to the top to ensure that all your dreams come true (or so an ancient legend says).

    Featured Excursion:
    The Yangtze’s fairytale landscapes

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Dinner
  14. Visitors have been seeing all sorts of fantastic things in Reed Flute Cave ever since the Tang Dynasty. What do the cave’s curiously shaped limestone formations look like to you? There’s only one way to find out…

    Disembark in the busy port of Chongqing, where you’ll hop on your flight to Guilin.

    Featured Excursion:
    Colorful and bewitching Reed Flute Cave

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  15. The landscapes of the Li River look like a Chinese scroll painting come to life, with its conical limestone karsts, mist-shrouded mountain peaks, terraced rice paddies, grazing water buffalo and fishing villages seemingly frozen in time. You’ll see all this and more on today’s scenic cruise to Yangshuo, a popular destination for hikers and cyclists.

    Featured Excursion:
    Mystical Li River

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  16. When it comes to China’s best-known cultural icons, there are few things more iconic than tea and panda bears. Experience both today with a visit to a 400-year-old tea plantation and a park that a pair of giant pandas call home.

    Featured Excursion:
    Giant pandas and a taste of history—China’s iconic beverage

    meal(s):Breakfast & Lunch
  17. Hong Kong presents a dizzying juxtaposition of East and West, ancient and modern. This bustling, glittering, multicultural city is famous for its soaring skyscrapers, fabulous shopping, Star ferries crisscrossing Victoria Harbor and the lingering traces of its British colonial past.

    Featured Excursion:
    “Pearl of the Orient"—Hong Kong’s highlights

    meal(s):Breakfast
  18. You’ve been on the adventure of a lifetime with your grand China tour; today, you will be transferred to the Hong Kong International Airport for your flight home, carrying marvelous memories with you—and perhaps some wonderful souvenirs as well.

    meal(s):Breakfast

Important Visa Information

Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country.
Cruise Start Date EXECUTIVE SUITE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE Availability Price
1 Apr 18 $7,899pp $9,799pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Hong Kong
8 Apr 18 $7,999pp $9,899pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Hong Kong
15 Apr 18 $7,999pp $9,899pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Hong Kong
29 Apr 18 $7,999pp $9,899pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Hong Kong
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Beijing to Hong Kong
13 May 18 $8,099pp $9,999pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Hong Kong
20 May 18 $8,099pp $9,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Hong Kong
10 Jun 18 $7,699pp $9,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Hong Kong
22 Jul 18 $7,699pp $9,599pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Hong Kong
5 Aug 18 $7,699pp $9,599pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Hong Kong
2 Sep 18 $8,199pp $10,099pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Hong Kong
9 Sep 18 $8,299pp $10,199pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Hong Kong
16 Sep 18 $8,299pp $10,199pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Hong Kong
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Beijing to Hong Kong
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Beijing to Hong Kong
21 Oct 18 $8,299pp $10,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Hong Kong

*Visa required for this trip and must be obtained prior to traveling, call for details.

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 cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

All inter-trip air related charges in economy class for flights detailed in the day-by- day itinerary are included in the Land Only price shown based on accurate airfare as of June 14, 2016. At the time you purchase your trip the inter-trip air prices may be higher.

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.

Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country. 

 

  • 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

  • 17 buffet breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Peking Duck lunch in Beijing
  • Dinner is served at the base of the Great Wall with complimentary wine
  • 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 and dim sum lunch

Travel

  • 4-night Yangtze River cruise in a riverview Executive Suite with a private balcony onboard the Century Legend*
  • 13 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

  • 14 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 at the Great Wall
  • Exciting evening entertainment, including a Tang Dynasty show, Impressions West Lake show in Hangzhou and the Shanghai Acrobats

* Ship and hotels are subject to change.

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  • 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 24 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.

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.

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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

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