Experience Chinese culture on this journey featuring a four-night cruise on the Yangtze. You also ride a pedicab in Beijing, make dumplings with a local family and partake in tai chi with a master.
Connections Worldwide Group Journeys 2014
Limited Availability! Save $500 on the October 8 departure.
Discover your destination through these local connections.
Visit a family home for a dumpling making lesson and lunch
Enjoy a fun Neighborhood Connection when you hop into a pedicab and explore a traditional Beijing neighborhood
See a noodle making demonstration on a tasty Culinary Connection
Participate in traditional tai chi exercise, lead by a tai chi master
Visit a Yangtze River village to mingle with the locals
Participate in a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy lesson for an engaging Artisan Connection
Take a traditional sampan ride through the local floating villages
Enjoy a tea service at a local Shanghai teahouse
Arrive in Hong Kong, the City of Lights, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
Visit the Dried Food and Herbal Medicine Market in the Western District. Continue to the incense-filled Man Mo Temple and to the Peak Tram for a funicular ride up to Victoria Peak. Enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city from the observation deck. Later, take a sampan ride through the local floating villages of Aberdeen harbor, where generations of families live on junks (traditional boats). Your afternoon is at leisure; tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong | Meals: B D
After breakfast, fly to Shanghai.Fairmont Peace Hotel | Meals: B
Rise early for a walk to the Bund promenade along the Huangpu River, where you participate in tai chi exercises with a tai chi master. After breakfast at your hotel, explore Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter and the 16th-century Yu Garden, before sipping tea at a local teahouse.Fairmont Peace Hotel | Meals: B D
Fly from Shanghai to Yichang, where you board Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer.’Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer' | Meals: B D
Visit the Exhibition of the Three Gorges Dam Project for a tour of the area. The largest construction project ever undertaken, the Dam Project stands at 1.2 miles in length and 600 feet high. Tonight, join your captain for a welcome reception before dinner.Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer' | Meals: B L D
Disembark in bustling Badong and then transfer by ferry to a location where you begin your journey aboard a traditional longboat poled by Tujia boatmen. Unrivaled scenery greets you at the middle course of the Yangtze with crystalline waters, verdant forests and towering rock formations. On your return, sail through the mountainous and unusual Wu Gorge, dramatic Qutang Gorge with its 3,900-foot walls and the majestic cliffs of Kui Men gate.Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer' | Meals: B L D
Depending on water and weather conditions, disembark for a shore excursion in either the village of Fengdu with its market and elaborate Daoist temple, or the mountain city of Wanzhou, known as the gateway to the East Sichuan Basin. Enjoy chatting with locals and gaining insight into the ways of China’s remote communities. Later, return to ‘Yangzi Explorer’ and continue sailing westward.Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer' | Meals: B L D
Disembark in Chongqing before joining your guide for a tour of the city of and Chongqing Zoo, where you see China’s famous pandas. After lunch, fly to Xian, the ancient eastern terminus of the Silk Road, and transfer to your hotel.Hilton Xian | Meals: B L
Visit one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century, the Terra Cotta Warriors. See more than 8,000 life-size figures said to represent second-century Chinese military might. Enjoy lunch while watching a noodle-making demonstration. Afterward, stroll through the markets of the old city quarter and see the Chinese architectural style of the exquisite Great Mosque. Visit the Ming-era City Walls as well. Tonight, enjoy a show inspired by Tang Dynasty music and dance.Hilton Xian | Meals: B L D
This morning, visit the Yangling Museum, which features archaeological finds from Han Dynasty tombs. Fly to Beijing, where you are transferred to your hotel.Fairmont Beijing | Meals: B
Begin at Tiananmen Square, where thousands gather to walk and explore the surrounding monuments. Continue to the Forbidden City, so named because it was barred to all but its emperors and the servants who attended them. The Imperial Palace is a vast complex of halls, pavilions and courtyards, where 24 emperors — aided by their ministers, soldiers and servants — once ruled imperial China for nearly 500 years. Tonight, savor traditional Peking duck at a local restaurant.Fairmont Beijing | Meals: B D
Hop into a pedicab and explore a traditional Beijing neighborhood. Hutongs, winding alleyways that were once the lifeblood of old Beijing, used to number in the thousands; today they are disappearing under urban renewal. Visit a home for a dumpling making lesson and lunch with the family, for an authentic Culinary Connection. Afterward, travel to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China to explore its best-preserved section. Return to Beijing, pausing en route to photograph the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, fixtures of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This evening, gather for cocktails and a farewell dinner.Fairmont Beijing | Meals: B L D
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.Meals: B
Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
|Oct. 08, 2014 - Oct. 21, 2014||$5,195 (was $5,695)||Main Deck||Available|
|Oct. 15, 2014 - Oct. 28, 2014||$5,695||Main Deck||Call for Availability|
|Oct. 22, 2014 - Nov. 04, 2014||$5,695||Main Deck||Limited Availability|