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Highlights of China & the Yangtze

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Century Legend
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
11 Days from $4,799 per person

Take a step back in time 5,000 years or a leap forward into the future.

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. From China’s staggering architectural monuments—the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Great Wall—to the natural beauty of the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges, this itinerary introduces a discerning traveler to China’s highlights.

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  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.

  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.

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

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  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

    meal(s):Buffet 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, where you’ll celebrate your first night in Xi’an with 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):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Xi’an’s 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, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Dynasty dinner show

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. 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. Relax onboard 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

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. 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 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

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

    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

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  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.

    Featured Excursion:
    Spectacular skyscrapers, famous dim sum and acrobats

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  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

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
2 Apr 18 $4,999pp $6,799pp Request Quote
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Beijing to Shanghai
9 Apr 18 $5,099pp $6,899pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
16 Apr 18 $5,099pp $6,899pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
7 May 18 $5,399pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
14 May 18 $5,399pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
21 May 18 $5,399pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
2 Jul 18 $4,799pp $6,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
9 Jul 18 $4,799pp $6,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
23 Jul 18 $4,799pp $6,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
6 Aug 18 $4,799pp $6,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
13 Aug 18 $4,799pp $6,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
27 Aug 18 $4,799pp $6,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
3 Sep 18 $5,399pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
10 Sep 18 $5,399pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
17 Sep 18 $5,399pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
8 Oct 18 $5,399pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
15 Oct 18 $5,399pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: Century Legend
Beijing to Shanghai
22 Oct 18 $5,399pp $7,199pp 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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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

  • 10 buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 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
  • 6 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

  • 8 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

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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 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.

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

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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