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Countries

China, Hong Kong ...more China, Hong Kong

Locations

Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Yichang, Fuling, Chongqing, Chengdu, Hong Kong ...more Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Yichang, Fuling, Chongqing, Chengdu, Hong Kong

Grand China and the Yangtze

2021
18
Days
From
$0
Operated By Uniworld River Cruises

Countries

China, Hong Kong ...more China, Hong Kong

Locations

Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Yichang, Fuling, Chongqing, Chengdu, Hong Kong ...more Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Yichang, Fuling, Chongqing, Chengdu, Hong Kong

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.

The political and cultural capital of China and home to more than 20 million people, Beijing exemplifies everything visitors find most intoxicating about China. Ancient monuments contrast with modern high-rises, and traditional crafts flourish alongside international businesses. Exquisite art, stunning UNESCO sites, serene parks and teeming streets all contribute to the unique flavor of this astonishing city.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch
Featured Excursions: The Imperial heritage of China’s capital—Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Peking Duck lunch with afternoon Temple of Heaven visit and Tai Chi class

The Imperial heritage of China’s capital—Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Peking Duck lunch with afternoon Temple of Heaven visit and Tai Chi class

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.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Featured Excursions: Culture, history and intrigue: hutongs, teahouse and the Great Wall

Culture, history and intrigue: hutongs, teahouse and the Great Wall

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.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Dinner
Featured Excursions: Grace and art—Beijing’s Summer Palace and Xi’an’s traditional dumpling banquet

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

Xi’an’s famous Terracotta 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.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Featured Excursions: China’s first capital—Terra-cotta Army and Tang Dynasty dinner show

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

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.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Dinner
Featured Excursions: Jade Factory visit

Jade Factory visit

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 of the 5,000-year-old Middle Kingdom. There, you’ll see an “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” show.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch
Featured Excursions: Poetic vision—Lingyin Temple and Enduring Memories of Hangzhou show

Poetic vision—Lingyin Temple and Enduring Memories of Hangzhou show

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. 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 was controlled by European interests in the 19th century.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch
Featured Excursions: Glamour, skyscrapers, art deco gems and famous dim sum

Glamour, skyscrapers, art deco gems and famous dim sum

Today you have the luxury of an entire day to explore Shanghai however you wish. Then, in the evening, experience yet another cultural highlight of your journey—a thrilling performance by the dazzling and gravity-defying Shanghai Acrobats.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch
Featured Excursions: Spectacular Shanghai Acrobatic Show

Spectacular Shanghai Acrobatic Show

From Shanghai, you’ll fly to Yichang. When you arrive in Yichang, you’ll enjoy an up-close look at one of the three locks of the Gezhouba Dam and a visit to the Gezhouba Central Vegetable Market, providing you with an intimate look at local people’s lives. Make your way to the Yichang Urban Planning Museum, which will introduce you to the past, present and future of Yichang. After, you’ll stroll through the Riverside Park, a picturesque spot on the northern side of the Yangtze River. Here, you’ll be able to marvel at the 400-year-old Tianran Pagoda.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Featured Excursions: The Balance of Yichang: Modern technologies and ancient pagodas

The Three Gorges Dam was an 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.

You are invited to a Captain’s Welcome Reception before dinner.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Welcome Dinner
Featured Excursions: Powering China’s future—Three Gorges Dam

Powering China’s future—Three Gorges Dam

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 and Shennong Stream.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Featured Excursions: The magical Shennong Stream

The magical Shennong Stream

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.

This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner onboard.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Farewell Dinner
Featured Excursions: Fuling—816 Underground Project

Fuling—816 Underground Project

Disembark in the port of Chongqing and jump on a bullet train to Chengdu, where you’ll be transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Chengdu. Enjoy lunch at the hotel before a visit to People’s Park.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch
Featured Excursions: People's Park and Kuanzhai Alley

People's Park and Kuanzhai Alley

Chengdu, or “Panda City” as it’s affectionately known, is a beguiling blend of centuries-old traditions and bustling city life. Nestled among sleek skyscrapers sit preserved streets, temples and historic sites. Today, you’ll venture to the Sanxingdui Museum, an archaeological museum teeming with cultural relics.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Featured Excursions: Panda Breeding Research Base and Sanxingdui Museum

Panda Breeding Research Base and Sanxingdui Museum

Check out of your hotel and head to the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport for your flight to Hong Kong.

Meals Breakfast Buffet

Hong Kong presents a dizzying juxtaposition of East and West, ancient and modern. This bustling, glittering, multicultural city, which you’ll explore today, is famous for its soaring skyscrapers, fabulous shopping, Star Ferries crisscrossing Victoria Harbour and the lingering traces of its British colonial past.

Meals Breakfast Buffet
Featured Excursions: “Pearl of the Orient"—Hong Kong’s highlights

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

Today, you will be transferred to the Hong Kong International Airport for your flight home.

Meals Continental Breakfast Breakfast Buffet

Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

Price Includes
Dining
  • Meals onboard prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 17 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Farewell Dinner
  • 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
Excursions
  • 15 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Accommodations
  • 4-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 Hangzhou at the Midtown Shangri-La (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Shanghai at the Fairmont Peace Hotel (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Chengdu at the Ritz-Carlton Chengdu (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Hong Kong at the Kowloon Shangri-La (or similar)
Experiences
  • 1 country: China, including Hong Kong
  • 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Tour Manager
  • Cultural enrichment
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
Ship Information
Grand Suite
  • Grand Suite (420 sq ft - 39 sq m).
  • Note that amenities may differ from those of a Uniworld company-owned ship.
Suite
  • Suite (333 sq ft - 31 sq m).
  • Note that amenities may differ from those of a Uniworld company-owned ship.
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Deck Plan
Dates & Prices

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