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Luxury Small Group Journeys

China & the Yangtze 2017


13 Days from $6,795

Limited to 18 guests

Discover China's past and present - from the bustling capital, Beijing, to the myriad faces of the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian. Visit the iconic giant panda bears and explore the storied Yangtze River on an all-balcony river cruiser.

A&K Advantages

Embark on a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River aboard all-balcony Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'

Go off the beaten path to the less-visited and best-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China

View the incredible Terra Cotta Warriors with an on-site archaeologist

Enjoy an up-close-and-personal encounter with giant pandas, where they roam free in their natural habitat

Experience the narrow winding lanes and courtyard residences of a traditional hutong

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1:
Arrive Beijing, China
DAY 2:
Beijing | China’s Dynastic Capital
DAY 3:
Beijing | View the World from the Great Wall
DAY 4:
Xian | Key to the Great Silk Road
DAY 5:
Xian | Terra Cotta Warriors, Army for the Afterlife
DAY 6:
Chengdu | Exploring the People’s Park
DAY 7:
Chengdu to Chongqing | Pandas and a Bullet Train
DAY 8:
Cruising the Yangtze | Asia’s Great River
DAY 9:
The Three Gorges | China’s Ultimate Scenery
DAY 10:
Yichang to Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’
DAY 11:
Shanghai | Pearl of the Orient
DAY 12:
Shanghai | Life on the Bund
DAY 13:
Depart Shanghai

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Beijing & the Summer Palace 3 Days from $1,695 Learn More
Post-Tour Extension: Hong Kong 3 Days from $1,495 Learn More
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DAY 1:
Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive in the capital city of Beijing, China’s longtime seat of power, where you are transferred to your luxurious hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
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DAY 2:
Beijing | China’s Dynastic Capital

After your welcome briefing, participate in a private tai chi lesson taught by a master instructor at the ancient Temple of Heaven, the single most beautiful example of classical Ming period architecture. After lunch, explore the imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City and take in the sweep of history at Tiananmen Square. Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner at your hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3:
Beijing | View the World from the Great Wall

Travel to the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Walk or ride a cable car to the top of the wall to take in sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. After experiencing this wonder of the world, return to Beijing. Then, Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong, a vast yet intimate neighborhood of small winding alleyways dating to China’s dynastic period.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4:
Xian | Key to the Great Silk Road

Fly to Xian, a modern city cloaked in over 3,000 years of history. Once the most eastern stop on the Great Silk Road, Xian has become a melting pot of Middle Eastern and Asian influences. Upon arriving, enjoy lunch, and then visit the old city quarter with its teeming markets and beautiful Great Mosque, a 14th-century national heritage site. A blend of classic Chinese temple architecture and central Asian embellishments make it one of the most fascinating sites in Xian.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5:
Xian | Terra Cotta Warriors, Army for the Afterlife

Today, accompanied by an on-site archaeologist, visit the excavation site of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, the life-size army created during the Qin Dynasty to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his afterlife. More than 8,000 soldiers are spread throughout three dig pits, each revealing a unique face, testifying to the remarkable craftsmanship that went into making them. Then, enjoy a Chef’s Table dumpling-making demonstration followed by lunch. Later, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s impressive City Wall with the option to cycle or stroll along its ramparts.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6:
Chengdu | Exploring the People’s Park

Fly to Chengdu, the charming capital of Sichuan Province. After lunch, 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. Observe a traditional tea demonstration and learn about unique, centuries-old match-making techniques still in use today. Tonight, enjoy a special Sichuan hot pot dinner.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7:
Chengdu to Chongqing | Pandas and a Bullet Train

Today, visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center. Enjoy the rare opportunity to observe these endangered creatures roaming freely in their natural habitat. Then, board a high-speed train for a ride through the Chinese countryside to Chongqing, where you embark on your luxury river cruiser, ‘Yangzi Explorer,’ for a three-night journey to Yichang. Settle into your cabin as the ship sails downstream to the stunning Three Gorges region. Tonight, watch a fascinating documentary on the Three Gorges Dam Project in the ship’s Tang Theater.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8:
Cruising the Yangtze | Asia’s Great River

Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast. Then, disembark and enjoy a shore excursion to Fengdu, where you take in local life on a visit to a village relocated to make way for the Three Gorges Dam Project. Meet with a local family, visit a kindergarten and enjoy a kaleidoscope of sights at the farmers market. This afternoon, learn about Chinese traditional medicine and reflexology. This evening, attend the Captain’s Reception.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9:
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 ferry and travel up the Shennong Stream. Transfer to “pea pod” boats poled by Tujia boatmen to view the scenic Bamboo Gorge. The Tujia are members of a local minority culture famed for their boat-building skills and keen knowledge of the Yangtze. Return to ‘Yangzi Explorer’ by ferryboat, accompanied by a Tujia boat tracker who shares insights into his daily life. Tonight, savor a “Taste of China” dinner, followed by onboard entertainment.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10:
Yichang to Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Arrive at the Three Gorges Project Dam Site. Following time for a photo, fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to your elegant hotel, located on the city’s historic Bund. The balance of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11:
Shanghai | Pearl of the Orient

Explore dynamic Shanghai, where stunning modern skylines meet classic street markets and gardens. Contrast this experience with a visit to the charming rural village of Zhujiajiao, a traditional water village harkening back to China’s imperial past. Glide along its main canal on a sampan (wooden boat). Tonight, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner at the House of Roosevelt, before attending a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe, featuring dazzling feats of strength, balance and athleticism.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 12:
Shanghai | Life on the Bund

Stroll the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden with its pavilions and streams. Walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s most popular promenade. This afternoon, explore studios and galleries in the M-50 Contemporary Art District. Then, gather tonight for a festive farewell dinner.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 13:
Depart Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home or begin a Hong Kong Post-Tour Extension.

Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Tour Extension: Beijing & the Summer Palace

Pre-Tour Extension: Beijing & the Summer Palace

3 Days from $1,695

DAY 1:

Arrive Beijing, China, and transfer outside the city to your extraordinary hotel — a tranquil, luxurious sanctuary located just steps from the historic Summer Palace.

Aman at Summer Palace
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DAY 2:

Visit the Summer Palace, the largest and most wellpreserved royal park in China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces is acclaimed as a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.

Aman at Summer Palace
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3:

Transfer to Beijing and visit the Water Cube and Bird’s Nest in Olympic Park. Encounter the 798 Art District, a once industrial complex built by East Germany, this area has been reclaimed by a thriving artist community. Check in to the Four Seasons Beijing for the start of your main tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Post-Tour Extension: Hong Kong

Post-Tour Extension: Hong Kong

3 Days from $1,495

Internal air from $430 (Shanghai/Hong Kong)

DAY 1:

Arrive in Hong Kong, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

The Peninsula Hong Kong
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DAY 2:

Transfer to Sheung Wan for a stroll through its herbal medicine market and then take an informative look at Man Mo Temple. Enjoy a view of the city from Victoria Peak. Drive to Aberdeen and board a sampan to experience the floating villages of the Tanka community. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner with your fellow guests.

The Peninsula Hong Kong
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3:

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Oct 20 - Nov 01
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    Main Deck
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    $6,795
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    $2,795
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    $825
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    Xiling Deck
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    $6,895
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    $2,895
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    $825
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    Wu Deck
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    $6,995
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    $2,995
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    Wu Deck (Suite)
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    $7,795
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    $3,695
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    Qutang Deck (Suite)
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    $7,995
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    $3,895
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    Jade (Suite)
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    $10,795
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    $6,795
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    Mandarin (Suite)
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    $10,795
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    $6,795
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    Celestial (Suite)
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    $10,795
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    $6,795
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    Imperial (Suite)
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    $10,795
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    $6,795
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    Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions available on this departure.

  • Oct 27 - Nov 08
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    Price
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    Cabin Class
    Main Deck
    Price
    $6,795
    Single Supplement
    $2,795
    Internal Air From
    $825
    Availability
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    Cabin Class
    Xiling Deck
    Price
    $6,895
    Single Supplement
    $2,895
    Internal Air From
    $825
    Availability
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    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck
    Price
    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal Air From
    $825
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    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $7,795
    Single Supplement
    $3,695
    Internal Air From
    $825
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    Cabin Class
    Qutang Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $7,995
    Single Supplement
    $3,895
    Internal Air From
    $825
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    Cabin Class
    Imperial (Suite)
    Price
    $10,795
    Single Supplement
    $6,795
    Internal Air From
    $825
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    Cabin Class
    Celestial (Suite)
    Price
    $10,795
    Single Supplement
    $6,795
    Internal Air From
    $825
    Availability
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    Cabin Class
    Mandarin (Suite)
    Price
    $10,795
    Single Supplement
    $6,795
    Internal Air From
    $825
    Availability
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    Cabin Class
    Jade (Suite)
    Price
    $10,795
    Single Supplement
    $6,795
    Internal Air From
    $825
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    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $825

(Beijing/Xian/Chengdu; Yichang/Shanghai)

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 12.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note that two groups of 18 A&K guests may be travelling

on board 'Yangzi Explorer' simultaneously.


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