Arrive Beijing, China
Arrive in Beijing, China’s political and cultural hub, where you are met and transferred to your luxurious hotel.
Beijing | Adventure at the Great Wall
Travel to the less-visited Mutianyu section of the magnificent Great Wall of China, which you walk along as great warriors once did, before hopping in a toboggan for an exciting ride back down. Later, view the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest,” and the National Aquatics Center, dubbed the “Water Cube.” Gather for a cocktail and a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Beijing | Tai Chi & Kung Fu
Start the day with a morning tai chi class for the family, which you experience at the Temple of Heaven. Ride Like a Local with an exciting pedicab ride through a maze of winding alleyways known as a hutong. After lunch, walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City and wander Tiananmen Square. Tonight, take in a thrilling kung fu show.
Xian | The Art of Dumpling Making
Fly to Xian and enjoy lunch. Then, stand atop the ramparts of Xian’s City Wall. Tonight, a fun culinary adventure awaits with a Family Foodie Experience at a local restaurant, where you learn to make traditional dumplings.
Xian | The Emperor’s Ancient Army
Play archaeologist today with a visit to the site of the legendary Terra Cotta Warriors, where thousands of life-size ceramic soldiers who “guard” the tomb of China’s first emperor continue to be unearthed. Later, visit with artisans at a local pottery factory and enjoy the chance to make your own clay soldier.
Chengdu | Bullet Train Ride
Travel by high-speed train to Chengdu, the charming capital of Sichuan Province. Later, attend the Sichuan Opera for a dazzling “face-changing” performance.
Chengdu & Chongqing | Face to Face with Giant Pandas
In the morning, visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you encounter the adorable giant panda — China’s living national emblem — in a beautiful, sprawling habitat. Later, hop on a high-speed train to buzzy Chongqing. On arrival, board your river cruiser to begin a three-night voyage on the Yangtze River.
Cruising the Yangtze | Along Asia’s Great River
Start your morning with tai chi on the deck before breakfast. Disembark in the small city of Fuling and enjoy a shore excursion, beginning with a visit to the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum. Descend 150 feet underwater to see centuries-old rock carvings. Afterward, continue to a local market to gain insight into the region’s rich culinary culture. This afternoon, learn about traditional Chinese medicine. Tonight, attend the Captain’s Reception.
Cruising the Yangtze | The Three Gorges
Early this morning, ‘Yangzi Explorer’ navigates the Qutang and Wu gorges before anchoring at Badong, where you board a ferry and travel up Shennong Stream. Transfer to “pea pod” boats poled by Tujia boatman to view a scenic gorge. The Tujia are members of a local minority culture famed for their boat-building skills and keen knowledge of the Yangtze. Gain insights into their daily lives by visiting a village before returning by ferryboat to ‘Yangzi Explorer.’ Tonight, savor a “Taste of China” dinner, followed by onboard entertainment.
Shanghai | Pearl of the Orient
Arrive at the Three Gorges Dam site for a photo stop. Then, fly to Shanghai and transfer to your luxury hotel on the Bund with views of a glittering sea of skyscrapers. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore as a family.
Shanghai | Where Old Meets New
This morning, take part in an interactive kung fu class. Then, pass through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel by electric cart and visit Shanghai Tower for more remarkable vistas of action-packed Shanghai. Step back in time with a stroll in Old Town and a visit to the beautiful Yu Garden. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly home.