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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Family China & the Yangtze 2017


12 Days from TBA

Limited to 18 guests

Walk on the Great Wall and ride back down on a toboggan; visit pandas up close in their natural environment; Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing; and enjoy a lesson in Mandarin during your Yangtze River cruise.

A&K Advantages

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

Cruise with an A&K Young Explorers Guide who leads young guests in fun, age-appropriate learning activities, such as Mandarin lessons, crafts and games

Walk atop the less-visited Mutianyu section of the Great Wall - if you like, hop on a toboggan and ride back down

Visit giant pandas roaming freely in their natural habitat

Enjoy a dumpling-making demonstration for a unique Chef's Table experience

Stop at a pottery factory where you make your own miniature terra cotta soldier on a fun artisan visit

Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing through a hutong

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1:
Arrive Beijing, China
DAY 2:
Beijing | The Great Wall & Famed Olympic Venues
DAY 3:
Beijing | Tai Chi and Kung Fu
DAY 4:
Beijing/Xian | Dumpling Demonstration
DAY 5:
Xian/Chengdu | Terra Cotta Warriors
DAY 6:
Chengdu | A Visit with Giant Pandas
DAY 7:
Chongqing | High-Speed Train & River Cruiser
DAYS 8–9:
Cruising the Yangtze | Mandarin & Calligraphy
DAY 10:
Yichang/Shanghai | Stunning Three Gorges Dam
DAY 11:
Shanghai | The Blend of Old & New
DAY 12:
Depart Shanghai
DAY 1:
Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive in Beijing, China’s political and cultural hub. Transfer to your luxurious hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
DAY 2:
Beijing | The Great Wall & Famed Olympic Venues

Walk or take a cable car to the top of the Great Wall of China. Hop on 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.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3:
Beijing | Tai Chi and Kung Fu

Enjoy a morning tai chi class at the Temple of Heaven. Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong filled with winding alleyways. After lunch, walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City and wander Tiananmen Square. Tonight, take in a thrilling Kung Fu show.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4:
Beijing/Xian | Dumpling Demonstration

Fly to Xian and enjoy lunch. Then, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s City Wall and cycle or stroll along its ramparts. Tonight, delight in a dumpling-making demonstration at a local restaurant.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5:
Xian/Chengdu | Terra Cotta Warriors

Marvel at the legendary Terra Cotta Warriors, thousands of life-size ceramic soldiers “guarding” the tomb of China’s first emperor. Visit a pottery factory and make your own terra cotta soldier. Fly to Chengdu.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6:
Chengdu | A Visit with Giant Pandas

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center to encounter China’s living national emblem playing in its natural habitat. Attend the Sichuan Opera for a mystifying facechanging performance.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7:
Chongqing | High-Speed Train & River Cruiser

Enjoy your morning at leisure before hopping on a high-speed train to Chongqing. On arrival, board your river cruiser to begin a three-night voyage on the Yangtze River through the scenic Three Gorges.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 8–9:
Cruising the Yangtze | Mandarin & Calligraphy

Spend two adventurous days on the ship and exploring the shore. On board, young guests enjoy lessons in calligraphy and Mandarin, and have fun with crafts and games, in the company of an engaging A&K Young Explorers Guide.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10:
Yichang/Shanghai | Stunning Three Gorges Dam

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: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11:
Shanghai | The Blend of Old & New

Explore the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel by electric cart and visit the glass Skywalk of the World Financial Center for vistas of Shanghai. Stroll in Old Town and visit the Yu Garden. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12:
Depart Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart for home.

Meals: Breakfast


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

Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $825

(Beijing/Xian/Chengdu; Yichang/Shanghai)

This journey contains some active elements. Minimum age is 6 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 10:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 11.

Please note that two groups of 18 A&K guests may be travelling on board 'Yangzi Explorer.'

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

Children 17 and under save $500.


Destination Information

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