China, Tibet & the Yangtze (2015)

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Days: 17  |  From: $9,595


China, Tibet & the Yangtze

Day 1: Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive in Beijing, China’s capital and cultural hub, where you are transferred to your luxurious hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Day 2: Beijing | The Great Wall

This afternoon, walk or ride a cable car to the top of the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall for sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Later, gather with fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Beijing | Imperial Glory

Start the day with a tai chi class taught at the Temple of Heaven, one of the iconic sites of Beijing. Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong, a neighborhood of small winding alleyways. After lunch, explore Tiananmen Square and then walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power for some 600 years.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: Xian | The Eternal City

Fly to Xian, made famous by Marco Polo. Once the last stop on the Great Silk Road, Xian is a melting pot of Asian and Middle Eastern influences. Explore the Yangling Museum, site of Han Dynasty tombs. View the Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter on a fascinating Market Visit.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Xian | Terra Cotta Warriors

Today, view the incomparable Terra Cotta Warriors. Lost to the world for two millennia until accidentally discovered by a farmer in 1974, you explore them with an archaeologist at your side. Later, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s City Wall and cycle along its ramparts.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian   |   Meals: B L

Day 6: Chengdu | Up Close to Pandas

Fly to Chengdu to visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center and come face to face with pandas roaming free in their natural habitat.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu   |   Meals: B

Day 7: Chengdu | Leshan’s Giant Buddha

Today you travel off the beaten path to the relaxed riverside city of Leshan, where a private boat ride brings you before its 1,300-year-old, stone-carved Buddha. At 233 feet tall, it is the largest stone Buddha in the world. Hike to the summit to enjoy the vistas before lunch.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Lhasa | Gateway to Tibet

Fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, one of the highest cities on earth at 11,450 feet and your home for the next three nights. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax and acclimatize.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa   |   Meals: B

Day 9: Lhasa | Buddhist Treasures

Visit the vibrant Ani Tsangkung Nunnery and reveal the spiritual heart of Tibet at the sacred Jokhang, a 1,300-yearold temple housing Tibet’s most revered golden Buddha. After lunch, wander Lhasa’s Barkhor Bazaar and visit renowned Sera Monastery to witness lively “monk debates.” Discover the Dalai Lama’s former summer residence at Norbulingka, where the Dalai Lama escaped in 1959.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa   |   Meals: B L D

Day 10: Lhasa | Footsteps of the Dalai Lama

Visit Sanggye Dhunghor, where some 200 statues are carved into a dramatic rock face. Next, venture beyond the towering walls of the awe-inspiring Potala Palace. A 13-story architectural masterpiece replete with 1,000 rooms, it was the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa   |   Meals: B L D

Day 11: Chongqing | Board ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Fly to Chongqing to board your boutique luxury river cruiser for a three-night journey through the Three Gorges region. Tonight, view a documentary on the Three Gorges Dam Project in the ship’s Tang Theatre.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 12: Cruising the Yangtze | Asia’s Great River

Disembark for a shore excursion to Fengdu where you visit a village relocated by construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Meet a local family, visit a kindergarten and take in a kaleidoscope of images at a farmers market. Attend the Captain’s Reception, followed by dinner.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 13: The Three Gorges | China’s Ultimate Scenery

Early this morning, ‘Yangzi Explorer’ navigates the Qutang and Wu Gorges before anchoring at Badong, where you board a private ferry and travel up the Shennong Stream. Disembark to board local “pea pod” boats poled by Tujia boatmen and view the picturesque scenery of Bamboo Gorge. The Tujia are members of a local minority culture famed for their boat-building skills and keen knowledge of the Yangtze River’s many currents and eddies.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 14: Yichang to Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Fly to Shanghai and transfer to your elegant hotel, located on the city’s historic Bund. Enjoy a rooftop Scenic Sundowner while taking in the panoramic views of Shanghai’s Bund and treelined Pudong districts.

The Peninsula Shanghai   |   Meals: B L

Day 15: Shanghai | Exhilarating Metropolis

Explore Shanghai, visiting Zhujiajiao, a water village evoking China’s past. Stroll its centuries-old lanes and board a sampan (wooden boat) to glide along its main canal. Tonight, attend a Shanghai Acrobatic show.

The Peninsula Shanghai   |   Meals: B

Day 16: Shanghai | Thriving Waterfront

Wander through the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden. Later, stroll the Bund, Shanghai’s most popular promenade. Explore artist studios and galleries in the M-50 Contemporary Art District, and then gather for a festive farewell dinner.

The Peninsula Shanghai   |   Meals: B L D

Day 17: Depart Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or to set off for a post-tour extension.

Meals: B

Mongolia Pre-Tour Extension

5 days, priced from $1,795; internal air priced from $720
Available on the May 18, Jun 15, Aug 10 and Sep 14 departures.
Day 1: Arrive in Ulaan Baatar, transfer to your hotel. Gather for a welcome dinner. Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace | Meals: D
Day 2: Fly to the vast Gobi Desert, visit scenic mountain gorges lined with glaciers. Three Camel Lodge | Meals: B L D
Day 3: Stop at Bayan Zag, where dinosaur egg fossils were found amid the Flaming Cliffs. Visit a camel-breeding family and ride a Bactrian camel. Three Camel Lodge | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Return to Ulaan Baatar. Tour Gandan Monastery and visit Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum with time to shop. Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace | Meals: B L D
Day 5: After breakfast, fly to Beijing. Meals: B

Guilin & Hong Kong Post-Tour Extension

4 days, priced from $1,845; internal air priced from $775
Available on the May 4, May 18, Jun 15, Sep 14, Sep 21, Sep 28, Oct 5, Oct 12 and Oct 19 departures.
DAY 1: Fly from Shanghai to Guilin and transfer to your hotel. Visit Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill.
Shangri-la Hotel, Guilin
DAY 2: Enjoy bamboo rafting from Yangdi to Xingping, transfer to Yangshuo, ride a bicycle or golf cart in the country. Fly to Hong Kong. The Peninsula Hong Kong | Meals: B L
DAY 3: Depart for Sheung Wan, visit a local herbal medicine market and Man Mo Temple. Ride a sampan to a floating village in Aberdeen. The Peninsula Hong Kong | Meals: B L D
DAY 4: After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart. Meals: B

Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a pre-tour extension to Mongolia (5 days, from $1,795) and a post-tour extension to Guilin & Hong Kong (4 days, from $1,845).

Take This Journey Private | This itinerary is also available as an independent journey, Signature China, Tibet & the Yangtze, with A&K local guides.

Customize This Journey | If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

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