• Limited Time Offer - Save up to 30% on select departures

    Limited Time Offer - Save up to 30% on select departures
  • AARP Members Save $100 on ANY departure

    AARP Members Save $100 on ANY departure
  • Additional Savings for Past Travelers

    Additional Savings for Past Travelers

Highlights of China & the Yangtze

11 Days from $5,199 per person

Style: Boutique River Cruises | Pace: Leisurely

A spellbinding odyssey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture and history. Journey through a land of contrasts—skyscrapers and ancient temples, serene gardens and bustling city streets—to discover the heart of this ever-changing country. Simultaneously ancient and contemporary, China must be heard, seen and felt to be understood.

Print Itinerary

Overview

A spellbinding odyssey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture and history. Journey through a land of contrasts—skyscrapers and ancient temples, serene gardens and bustling city streets—to discover the heart of this ever-changing country. Simultaneously ancient and contemporary, China must be heard, seen and felt to be understood.

  1. 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 your luxury hotel.

    hotel:Ritz-Carlton Beijing
  2. Your adventure begins with two quintessential experiences in China’s capital city. 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 experience today, a dish originally prepared for Chinese emperors. 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

    The imperial heritage of China’s capital—the Forbidden City and Peking Duck lunch
    Delve into the mystique and majesty of China’s imperial legacy today, beginning in Tiananmen Square. The center of contemporary civic life in Beijing, the square was first laid out in 1651 during the reign of the first Qing emperor. Over the centuries the enormous square has been the scene of imperial ceremonies, political demonstrations, parades and, in 2008, the Olympic opening festivities. Now surrounded by Communist monuments, including Mao Zedong’s mausoleum (note the long line of people waiting to get in for a brief glimpse of the Chairman’s remains), it is the gateway to the Forbidden City. Take a moment to pose with your fellow guests for a complimentary group photo to commemorate your visit.

    As you pass through Tiananmen Gate, also known as the Gate of Heavenly Peace, you step into one of Beijing’s treasures, the Forbidden City. For over 500 years the Forbidden City was home to the emperors and empresses of China, a place none could enter without imperial permission (hence its name), but in 1925 it became the Palace Museum—an institution noted for its unparalleled collections of Ming and Qing Dynasty treasures. The UNESCO-designated palace complex, with its temples, pavilions, courtyards and gardens (covering some 100 acres), offers visitors a glimpse into the lives and rituals of China’s imperial families, as well as some of the world’s most outstanding architecture and design.

    Relax after your exploration of the Forbidden City with a festive lunch of Beijing’s succulent signature dish, Peking Duck. Emperors were the first to enjoy this classic preparation of slow-roasted, crispy-skinned duck; in fact, the first mention of this delicacy dates back to the imperial kitchens in 1330, and it became eponymous with Beijing—or Peking, as it was then known—in the 1450s.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Ritz-Carlton Beijing
  3. Certain images immediately spring to mind when you think of China. Panda bears. Tea houses. The Great Wall. Believe it or not, all three of these are on today’s agenda, as well as a rickshaw ride through the city’s ancient hutongs. Be sure to charge up your camera and get ready to experience some truly epic bucket list moments.

    Featured Excursion:
    Culture, history and intrigue—pandas, hutongs, teahouses

    Culture, history and intrigue—pandas, hutongs, teahouses
    Today’s sights encompass some of China’s most iconic images, from the smiling faces of giant pandas to the massive Great Wall. A stop at the panda habitat at the Beijing Zoo lets you see these charming—and endangered—creatures in a gardenlike setting before you expand your experience of the city’s traditional culture with a visit to the hutongs. These historic residential neighborhoods developed around the Forbidden City during the 15th century. Traditional multi-generational homes built around courtyards line the narrow lanes, along with tiny shops selling everything from luxury goods to everyday necessities. Not only are the sights along the winding streets fascinating, but you’ll get to see them in the most traditional way—via rickshaw. You’re in for another taste of tradition as you take a seat at a teahouse and breathe in the delicate aromas of China’s most famous export, savoring a cup of tea presented with graceful ceremony.

    Though the Great Wall stretches 5,500 miles through northern China—for comparison purposes, remember that the United States is about 3,000 miles wide—part of it is surprisingly close to Beijing. You’ll head off to see the longest man-made structure on Earth this afternoon. The wall was begun in the third century BC as a way to keep out hostile invaders from the north; it proved so stalwart a defense that generations of warlords and emperors maintained and extended it, although it was never a continuous barrier. The section north of Beijing dates mostly to the Ming Dynasty. Now that its military purposes are firmly in the past, you may clamber up the steps and take a memorable walk along this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its stone and tamped-earth pathway offers an extraordinarily peaceful and awe-inspiring setting with expansive mountain views.

    Enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Dinner
    hotel:Ritz-Carlton Beijing
  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, where you’ll celebrate your first night in Xi’an with a traditional (and incredibly labor intensive) dumpling banquet. You have one more special excursion to enjoy in Beijing this morning, then you’ll fly to Xi’an for the next leg of your Chinese adventure.

    Featured Excursion:
    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
    Even emperors suffered in Beijing’s summer heat, so they built a lake just north of the city and then added a series of palaces and pavilions on the banks of that lake (it also provided water for the city), where they could enjoy cool breezes off the water. Over the centuries emperors turned their Summer Palace into one of China’s most beautiful gardens, incorporating elements from myth (the three islands in Kunming Lake represent the three divine mountains in the East Sea), philosophy and other exquisite gardens, including those in Suzhou. Stroll along the Long Corridor, decorated with some 14,000 paintings, and step aboard a small boat to float out onto the serene waters of Kunming Lake. As you take in the views of Longevity Hill, with its temples and pavilions, and the 17-arch bridge, you’ll see a perfect example of Chinese garden design.

    Leaving Beijing behind, you fly south to Xi’an, China’s first capital, home to the Terra-cotta Army—and to one of China’s culinary delights. Check into your hotel and then savor a traditional Xi’an dumpling banquet. Traditionally reserved for special occasions (perhaps because making them can be so labor-intensive), each little dumpling is a delectable work of art—and, after all, your visit to Xi’an is surely a special occasion, so you deserve every one of the 16 different kinds of dumplings that will be served.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Hyatt Regency Xi'an
  5. Xi’an’s terra-cotta army has been called the 8th wonder of the world, and it’s certainly the most extraordinary archaeological 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. 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. Of course you will visit this amazing archaeological find, but your day incorporates two other special Xi’an attractions.

    Featured Excursion:
    China’s first capital—Terra-cotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Dynasty dinner show

    China’s first capital—Terra-cotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Dynasty dinner show
    In 1974 a farmer digging a well stumbled upon one of the 20th century’s most astonishing archaeological finds: a massive army of terra-cotta figures that stand guard over the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (259-210 BC). Though thousands of members of this army have been excavated so far, many more remain; work uncovering the tomb complex continues—and the emperor’s tomb chamber is yet to be revealed. Terra-cotta acrobats, musicians and officials were also created to accompany the emperor in the afterlife; all are now on display at a museum devoted to this incredible find. Each life-sized figure is unique—no mass production for those ancient craftsmen!—and as you explore the museum, you’ll be amazed by the intricacy of the workmanship. This terra-cotta army was by no means Qin Shi Huang’s only bequest to China: It might be fair to say that he created the nation of China itself. He unified a vast swath of the country and established the administrative systems that governed China until 1911. In fact, he even gave his dynasty’s name to the nation. Qin is pronounced “chin,” and it is from this name that the modern word “China” comes.

    Though the museum of the Terra-cotta Army may be Xi’an’s most famous destination, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is its most iconic sight, and it’s also on your agenda for the day. One of the holiest Buddhist temples in China, Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built in the seventh century to house the Buddhist texts the temple’s abbot, Xuanzang, brought back from India, where he spent 16 years collecting them. He and his monks devoted many years to translating those texts into Chinese; their translations are still in use at the temple. Constructed of wood and white brick (all without mortar), the pagoda is an architectural wonder. It is located on the grounds of the still active Temple of Thanksgiving and boasts a park and large plaza where locals sometimes gather to fly kites. Remember to put a few coins in your pocket for this excursion—tradition says that throwing them through the pagoda’s window will bring you good luck. Who wouldn’t want to give it a try?

    End your day with a colorful entertainment that pays tribute to the city’s history. Xi’an reached its apex during the Tang Dynasty, when Tang emperors laid out a city that became a model for Chinese urban development, so the era holds a special place in the hearts of Xi’an’s citizens. A traditional Chinese dinner, complete with a milky rice wine that is served warm, is accompanied by a lavishly staged cultural performance that draws on the music, folk dance and beautiful silk costumes of the Tang era. The performance you’ll see is rooted in early folk celebrations that honored the harvest, and it blends ancient music and movements to visually express the splendor of the Chinese civilization.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Hyatt Regency Xi'an
  6. Before you leave Xi’an for Chongqing, you have one more expedition: a visit to the Jade Carving Center, or Jade Factory, as it’s also known. Jade has been cherished in China for 10,000 years; it is valued for its intrinsic beauty, of course, but it also has tremendous symbolic meaning. Watch artisans carving intricate designs and learn what to look for when buying this special stone. Transfer to the airport and fly to Chongqing, where you’ll board your ship and settle into your Executive Suite.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  7. 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 here to do some exploring, perhaps climbing to the top to ensure that all your dreams come true (or so an ancient legend says). The capital of western China and one of the largest cities in the country, Chongqing on the upper Yangtze has seen explosive growth in the past half century. Although the city is a major metropolis, the region is chiefly known for its mountains, hot springs and dense forests, which shelter temples, tombs and karst caves. Relax on board as the ship cruises from Chongqing towards China’s fabled Three Gorges, stopping en route to visit Shibao Pagoda.

    Featured Excursion:
    The Three Gorges - The Yangtze’s fairytale landscapes

    The Three Gorges - The Yangtze’s fairytale landscapes
    Shibao Pagoda is a temple built directly into the side of a steep peak that is now an island, a result of the rising waters from the Three Gorges Dam. Painted a bright red (the color associated with happiness and good fortune) and featuring an elaborately carved entrance and unusual round windows, the 12-story pagoda is yours to explore. At one time the temple consisted of just the top three stories; the other nine stories were constructed essentially to house the ladder-like staircase that leads up to the top. It’s something of a challenge to climb, which may be why legend says reaching the top will make your dreams come true—by your being here, we’d like to think they already have. (Don’t worry—there’s another, less strenuous way to get to the top: You can take a path up the hill and cross a bridge to the temple.) Shibao Pagoda is, quite simply, magical.

    Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception before dinner.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. 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. The Yangtze is the third-longest river in the world (only the Nile and the Amazon are longer), and the days you spend on board your luxurious ship will show you some of its most beautiful sights. 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:
    The Magical Goddess Stream

    The Magical Goddess Stream
    Limestone cliffs, sheathed in greenery, loom above the water; mountains, wreathed in mist, tower in the distance. Every vista seems to be a traditional Chinese watercolor come to life. Climb aboard a small motorboat and enter a magical landscape as you drift quietly along the Goddess Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze that flows through some of the most extraordinary scenery in the Three Gorges region. Pristine turquoise waters shimmer and bubble between the sheer cliffs that rise high overhead. Mysterious traces of ancient peoples appear in the cliff faces, including coffins suspended among seemingly unreachable rocks. There are those who believe the goddess of the stream created some of the ravishing peaks you can see from your boat: Does Feifeng Peak look to you like a phoenix about to drink from the stream’s waters? Legend says that the goddess transformed a golden phoenix into the mountain. Whether you recognize a similarity or not, there’s no denying the enchantment of this region. Note: Due to water conditions, we may substitute a Shennong Stream boat tour if the Goddess Stream is not available.

    In the evening, you’ll savor a special Captain’s Farewell Dinner on this final night of your Yangtze River cruise.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
  9. The Three Gorges Dam was a hugely expensive and controversial undertaking, a project that involved relocating entire villages and submerged a number of cultural treasures behind the rising waters of the Yangtze. The dam itself is an engineering marvel, one that you can see from a breathtakingly up-close perspective today.

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

    Powering China’s future—Three Gorges Dam
    Today, you’ll disembark the ship in Yichang and explore the Three Gorges Dam on foot. Get ready for some spectacular views and the exhilarating roar of rushing water. Known the world over, the dam harnesses the power of the mighty Yangtze in order to provide electricity to ever-growing China; it is the largest hydropower project ever undertaken. Talk of building such a system first began in 1919, but it wasn’t until 1992 that the Chinese congress gave it the go-ahead. It opened in 2006, with the final generators being installed in 2012. The dam is also intended to control flooding on the Yangtze, which has been a severe problem for many centuries. It has not been without controversy, but it is an unparalleled expression of national ambition and a major new national landmark.

    After your visit to the dam, you’ll fly to Shanghai, where you’ll settle into your room and relax.

    School visit
    Arts, sciences, languages, athletics—Yichang International School, Longpanhu, aims to give its students a strong and broad educational base, with the goal of creating citizens of the world. English as a second language is a major focus of the curriculum, so the school partners with schools in the United States, with American students visiting the Chinese campus and Chinese students visiting US campuses in California and Texas. Your visit to the campus will encompass a wide range of classroom experiences: everything from science to ceramics and calligraphy, and you will have a chance to meet and chat with some of the articulate and bright high school students here. The campus itself is beautiful, but the personal encounters with the students will be even more enchanting.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Fairmont Peace Hotel
  10. After days of pandas, 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, as well as dim sum and a performance by the gravity-defying Shanghai acrobats. Nearly 24 million people live in 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:
    Spectacular skyscrapers, famous dim sum and acrobats

    Spectacular skyscrapers, famous dim sum and acrobats
    Call it the once and future boomtown. Shanghai, China’s onetime window to the West, is once again its commercial capital, and this morning’s tour will take you to some of this engaging city’s most impressive sights. Begin with a ramble through Old Town—the original walled city, where you will find traditional tea houses, temples, narrow alleyways and markets—for a taste of historic Shanghai. When you stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River, you encounter the heart of the old colonial concessions: Buildings here pay tribute to the English, French or German consuls and businessmen who owned them. A plethora of art deco buildings demonstrate why Shanghai was known as the Pearl of the Orient in the 1920s. Today’s Bund features exuberant street life as well as beautiful architecture. It’s also an ideal spot for admiring the views of the Pudong district and its spectacular skyscrapers, among them the tallest building in Asia. What would a visit to Shanghai be without a traditional dim sum lunch? Relax at your hotel over a delectable selection of savory dumplings, steamed buns and rice noodle rolls with a variety of fillings, then go out and explore a little on your own. You might visit Yu Garden, a lovely traditional garden first laid out in 1559, or check out one of the nearby shopping streets for a taste of Shanghai’s famous shopping scene.

    After dinner on your own, experience spinning plates, flying knives and whirling hula-hoops as agile acrobats dance across swaying tightropes and perform death-defying leaps. You’ll be truly dazzled as the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe performs their astonishing, gravity-defying routines.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Fairmont Peace Hotel
  11. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your flight Home, or extend your trip with a memorable optional extension in Hong Kong.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast/Buffet
Request a Quote
  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

  • Transfer Guidelines

    Airport Transfers are available 24 hours a day.

Print Itinerary
Cruise Start Date Suite Grand Suite Availability Price
13 Apr 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
20 Apr 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
4 May 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
11 May 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
18 May 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
1 Jun 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
8 Jun 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
31 Aug 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
14 Sep 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
21 Sep 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
5 Oct 19 $6,499 pp
$5,199 pp
$7,999 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
12 Oct 19 $5,499pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Beijing to Shanghai
  • 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 fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
  • Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
  • Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
  • AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive $100 Member Benefit Discount on all Uniworld River Cruises booked through Grand European Travel plus receive a free travel gift.
  • Past Travelers receive additional savings. Call for details.
  •  View River Cruise Terms & Conditions
Print Itinerary

  • All Meals Included Onboard All Meals Included Onboard
  • 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

Dining

  • All meals included onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 10 buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Peking Duck lunch in Beijing
  • Captain’s Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary house wine, local spirits and beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee; onboard lunches and dinners include complimentary house wine, local beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea; onshore lunches and dinners include complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea

Accommodations

  • 3-night Yangtze River cruise in a riverview Executive Suite with a private balcony onboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer*
  • 7 nights in luxury hotels, including buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes and porterage*

Excursions

  • 8 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
  • State-of-the-art portable audio headset system on select excursions throughout your trip

Experiences

  • 1 country: China
  • 5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Tips for local experts and drivers
  • All transportation throughout your trip, including flights within China
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including lectures and discussions

*Ships and hotels are subject to change.

Request a Quote
  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

  • Transfer Guidelines

    Airport Transfers are available 24 hours a day.

Print Itinerary
EXPLORE EXTRAVAGANTLY ON THIS MULTI-STORY MASTERPIECE

The newest ship on the Yangtze is a sanctuary of lavish features, with the largest cabins and suites on the river—all with private balconies—and a crew-to-guest ratio beyond compare (1:1 to be specific).

Click HERE to view a pdf of ship facts (and click HERE to download software to open a pdf file).

 

Inaugurated: 2008
Renovated: 2017
Travels on: Yangtze River
Guests: 124
Staff: 124

Grand Suites: 2 (420 sq ft)
Suites: 6 (333 sq ft)

Length: 300 ft
Width: 53.8 ft
Voltage: 220 volts

GRAND SUITE

SUITE

The newest ship on the Yangtze is a sanctuary of lavish features, with the largest cabins and suites on the river—all with private balconies, and a crew to guest ratio beyond compare (1:1 to be specific).

Print Itinerary
  • 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.

Request a Quote
  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

  • Transfer Guidelines

    Airport Transfers are available 24 hours a day.

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 Pricing:
$1,499 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $649.

May - September Pricing:
$1,429 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $599.

October Pricing:
$1,699 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $799.

Additional fees may apply, please call for details.

NOTE: This extension is for cruise/tours that end in Shanghai.

Ulaanbaatar and Gobi Desert, Mongolia

Included in your 7-day stay:

  • 1 night at the Hilton Airport, Beijing (or similar)
  • 3 nights at the Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar (or similar)
  • 2 nights at the Three Camel Lodge, Gobi Desert (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Ulaanbaatar city tour and Throat Singing performance
  • Yol Valley (Vulture Gorge) visit
  • Visit to a camel breeder family
  • All transfers, transportation and intra-Asia flights
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout your trip

Pricing:
$8,699 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $1,299.

Additional fees may apply, please call for details.

NOTE: Offered on four departure dates: June 1, 2019; August 31, 2019; September 14, 2019; September 21, 2019. This extension is for cruise/tours that begin in Beijing.

Request a Quote
  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

  • Transfer Guidelines

    Airport Transfers are available 24 hours a day.

Be the First to Know!

Sign up for our emails and receive exclusive offers, travel information, announcements, and more!
Providing peace of mind and unparalleled service for over 40 years.