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Luxury Small Group Journeys

China, Tibet & the Yangtze 2017


17 Days from $8,795

Limited to 18 guests

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Save 50% on the single supplement on select 2017 departures.

Explore remarkable cultures with an intriguing tour of Asia, travelling from China's Beijing and Chengdu to Lhasa, in the heart of Tibet, where you visit Potala Palace, before cruising through the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River.

A&K Advantages

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

Discover Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet's spiritual capital

Visit the less-crowded and well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

Enjoy a private tour with an on-site archaeologist at the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit

Visit the Panda Research Center, where you learn about China's unofficial national symbol in its 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 | Imperial Beijing
DAY 3:
Beijing | Walking the Great Wall
DAY 4:
Xian | In the Heart of China’s Eternal City
DAY 5:
Xian | Terra Cotta Warriors, Army for the Afterlife
DAY 6:
Chengdu | Spicy Sichuan
DAY 7:
Chengdu | Up Close with Pandas
DAY 8:
Lhasa | Gateway to Tibet
DAY 9:
Lhasa | Buddhist Treasures and Monk Debates
DAY 10:
Lhasa | Footsteps of the Dalai Lama
DAY 11:
Chongqing | Board ‘Yangzi Explorer’
DAY 12:
Cruising the Yangtze | Asia’s Great River
DAY 13:
The Three Gorges | China’s Ultimate Scenery
DAY 14:
Yichang to Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’
DAY 15:
Shanghai | Exhilarating Metropolis
DAY 16:
Shanghai | Thriving Waterfront
DAY 17:
Depart Shanghai

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Mongolia 5 Days from $3,995 Learn More
Post-Tour Extension: Guilin & Hong Kong 4 Days from $1,995 Learn More
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Suite Upgrade Package  | Upgrade to suites at all hotels throughout your journey from $1,765.

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
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DAY 2:
Beijing | Imperial Beijing

After a morning welcome briefing, participate in a tai chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven, one of the iconic sites of Beijing and a classic example of Ming architecture. After lunch, explore Tiananmen Square, and then walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power for centuries. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow guests.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3:
Beijing | Walking 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 and view the countryside. Return to Beijing this afternoon, where you Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong — a neighborhood of small winding alleyways.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4:
Xian | In the Heart of China’s Eternal City

Fly to Xian, made famous by Marco Polo. Once a vital stop on the Great Silk Road, Xian has become a melting pot of Asian and Middle Eastern influences. This afternoon, view the Great Mosque, a fascinating site blending classic Chinese temple architecture and central Asian embellishments. Visit the city’s lively Muslim Quarter with its teeming markets.

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

Today, view the incomparable Terra Cotta Warriors, lost to the world for two millennia until accidentally discovered by a farmer in 1974. Explore them with an on-site archaeologist at your side. Then, enjoy a private Chef’s Table experience in dumpling-making. Later, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s City Wall and cycle or stroll along its ramparts.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6:
Chengdu | Spicy Sichuan

Fly to Chengdu. Visit the People’s Park, the city’s largest public park, where you immerse yourself in local life and culture, watching area residents play traditional Chinese instruments, practice calligraphy and engage in tai chi. Enjoy a tea demonstration at a local teahouse. This evening, savor local Sichuan specialties at a traditional hot pot dinner.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7:
Chengdu | Up Close with Pandas

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center and observe giant pandas roaming in their natural habitat. Then, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Chengdu, a city renowned for its thriving music scene and nightlife.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8:
Lhasa | Gateway to Tibet

Fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, one of the highest cities on earth at 12,000 feet and your home for the next three nights. Relax and acclimatize.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9:
Lhasa | Buddhist Treasures and Monk Debates

Visit the vibrant Ani Tsankhung Nunnery and experience the spiritual heart of Tibet at the sacred Jokhang, a 1,300-year old temple. Wander Lhasa’s Barkhor Bazaar, and visit the Dropenling Tibet Handicraft Development Center. Continue to renowned Sera Monastery to witness lively “monk debates.” Then, discover the Dalai Lama’s former summer residence at Norbulingka, surrounded by trees, ponds, gardens and pavilions.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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, former winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11:
Chongqing | Board ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Fly to Chongqing to board your river cruiser for a three-night journey through the Three Gorges region. Tonight, view a documentary on the Three Gorges Dam Project.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 sights at a farmers market. This evening, attend the Captain’s Reception.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 ferry and travel up the Shennong Stream. Disembark to board local “pea pod” boats poled by Tujia boatmen and 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. Tonight, gather for a “Taste of China” Dinner experience.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 14:
Yichang to Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Arrive at the Three Gorges Project Dam Site. Following time for a photo opportunity, 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 Peninsula Shanghai
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 15:
Shanghai | Exhilarating Metropolis

Explore Shanghai, visiting Zhujiajiao, a water village evoking China’s medieval past. Cruise its main canal in a sampan (wooden boat). Enjoy a Scenic Sundowner at the House of Roosevelt, taking in skyline views of Shanghai. Then, attend a Shanghai Acrobatic show.

The Peninsula Shanghai
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 16:
Shanghai | Thriving Waterfront

Stroll the Bund, Shanghai’s popular promenade. Then, wander the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden. Later, explore the M-50 Contemporary Art District, and gather for a festive farewell dinner.

The Peninsula Shanghai
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 17:
Depart Shanghai

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

Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Tour Extension: Mongolia

Pre-Tour Extension: Mongolia

5 Days from $3,995

Internal Air From $745

Internal Air Routing: Ulaanbaatar/Gobi Desert/Ulaanbaatar/Beijing

DAY 1:

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and transfer to your hotel.

Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar
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DAY 2:

Fly to the vast Gobi Desert, visit scenic mountain gorges lined with glaciers, and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Three Camel Lodge
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4:

Return to Ulaanbaatar. Tour Gandan Monastery and visit Zanabazar Fine Art Museum and Sukhbaatar Square.

Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5:

After breakfast, fly to Beijing, China.

Meals: Breakfast

Post-Tour Extension: Guilin & Hong Kong

Post-Tour Extension: Guilin & Hong Kong

4 Days from $1,995

Internal Air From $775

Internal Air Routing: Shanghai/Guilin/Hong Kong

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
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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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow guests.

The Peninsula Hong Kong
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4:

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


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    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

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    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

    This departure operates with slightly revised sightseeing. Please contact A&K for details.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $1,585

(Beijing/Xian/Chengdu/Lhasa/Chongqing; 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 16.

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.'


Special Offer Terms & Conditions

Offer valid on select dates, subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Cannot be combined with Marco Polo Club single supplement discount or any other single supplement discounts.


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