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Signature China & the Yangtze (2018)

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Days: 13  |  From: $6,595


Signature China & the Yangtze

Day 1: Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive in the capital city and transfer to your luxurious hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Day 2: Beijing | Homage to Heaven

Start the day with a tai chi class at the Temple of Heaven. Later, explore Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest public squares and a site of great political significance. Visit the Forbidden City, China’s former imperial palace, now a vast museum housing imperial treasures.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing   |   Meals: B L

Day 3: Beijing | The Great Wall

Ride a cable car to the top of the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, enjoying sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Afterward, take a pedicab ride through a hutong, a vast yet intimate neighborhood of small winding alleyways.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: Xian | The Great Silk Road

Fly this morning to Xian at the eastern terminus of the Great Silk Road. After lunch, walk through the Muslim Quarter and see the Great Mosque.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian   |   Meals: B L

Day 5: Xian | Terra Cotta Warriors

Visit the excavation site of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, the life-size army created during the Qin Dynasty to protect China’s first emperor in his afterlife. Later, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s impressive City Wall, with the option to stroll along its ramparts.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian   |   Meals: B L

Day 6: Chengdu | People’s Park

Fly to Chengdu and transfer to your hotel. Immerse yourself in local life and culture at the People’s Park, where area residents play traditional Chinese instruments, practice calligraphy and engage in tai chi.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu   |   Meals: B L

Day 7: Chengdu/Chongqing | Board the ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you witness the distinctive bear in its natural habitat. Then, travel by high-speed train to Chongqing and board your comfortable river cruiser for a three-night journey through the Three Gorges.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Cruising the Yangtze | Nature’s Beauty

Begin the day with tai chi on deck, and take a shore excursion to a nearby village. Back on board, receive a lesson in Mandarin or Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. Attend the Captain’s Reception, followed by dinner and entertainment.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 9: Cruising the Yangtze | The Stunning Three Gorges

Today, cruise the Qutang and Wu Gorges. Anchor at Badong, where you board a ferry and travel up the Shennong Stream. Disembark to board local “pea pod” boats poled by skilled Tujia boatmen. Later, sail the Xiling Gorge and enjoy a “Taste of China” dinner.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 10: Yichang/Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Arrive at the Three Gorges Project Dam Site. Following time for a photo opportunity, fly to Shanghai and transfer to your luxury hotel on the Bund. The balance of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund   |   Meals: B L

Day 11: Shanghai | Exploring by Sampan

Visit the traditional water village of Zhujiajiao, where you glide through its main canal on a sampan (wooden boat). Later, attend a Shanghai Acrobatic performance.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund   |   Meals: B

Day 12: Shanghai | Life on the Bund

Stroll the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden. Then, view Shanghai’s distinctive skyline while walking along the lively Bund. Later this afternoon, explore studios and galleries in the M-50 Contemporary Art District.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund   |   Meals: B L

Day 13: Depart Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly home.

Meals: B

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