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Luxury Small Group Journeys

China & the Yangtze 2020


13 days from $7,395 per person

Limited to 18 guests

Discover China’s past and present — from historic Beijing, to the bustling metropolis of Shanghai. Visit the iconic Terra Cotta Warriors and giant pandas, 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 well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China
  • View the incredible Terra Cotta Warriors with an on-site specialist in Xian
  • Enjoy an up-close encounter with giant pandas, where they roam free in a recreated habitat
  • Visit the Shanghai Museum on a special private tour with its curator

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 People’s Park
DAY 7
Chengdu & Chongqing | Giant Pandas
DAY 8
Cruising the Yangtze | Along Asia’s Great River
DAY 9
Cruising the Yangtze | The Three Gorges
DAY 10
Yichang & Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’
DAY 11
Shanghai | Design Your Day
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 per person Learn More
Post-Tour Extension: Hong Kong 3 days from $1,995 per person Learn More
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Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Signature China & the Yangtze.

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
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 Temple of Heaven, a stunning example of classical Ming period architecture. After lunch, take in the sweep of history at Tiananmen Square before exploring the imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City. Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner at your hotel.

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

This morning, 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. Then, travel to the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Ride a cable car to the top of the wall to take in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. After experiencing this wonder of the world, return to Beijing.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
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 eastern terminus on the Great Silk Road, Xian has become a melting pot of Middle Eastern and Asian influences. Upon arrival, enjoy a Chef ’s Table noodlethrowing demonstration followed by lunch. Visit the old city’s Muslim 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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5
Xian | Terra Cotta Warriors, Army for the Afterlife

Today, accompanied by an on-site specialist, 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 remarkably crafted soldiers are spread throughout three dig pits, each revealing a unique face. After lunch, stroll along the impressive ramparts of the City Wall. Tonight, gather for dinner.

The Ritz-Carlton, Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
Chengdu | Exploring People’s Park

Travel by bullet train to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. For lunch, enjoy a spicy Sichuan hot pot, a regional specialty. Afterward, immerse yourself in local life and culture at People’s Park, where area residents play traditional Chinese instruments, practice calligraphy and engage in tai chi. Then, learn about unique, centuries-old matchmaking techniques still in use today, before checking in to your hotel, where you observe a traditional tea demonstration.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
Chengdu & Chongqing | Giant Pandas

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

‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
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 Chinese traditional medicine and reflexology. Tonight, attend the Captain’s Reception.

‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
Cruising the Yangtze | The Three Gorges

Early this morning, ‘Sanctuary 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 boatmen to view a scenic gorge. The Tujia are members of a local minority culture famed for their boatbuilding skills and keen knowledge of the Yangtze. Gain insights into their daily lives on a village visit. Return by ferryboat to your ship. Tonight, savor a “Taste of China” dinner, followed by onboard entertainment.

‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
Yichang & Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’

This morning, disembark in Yichang and fly to Shanghai, stopping briefly to photograph the Three Gorges Dam, a project that resulted in the resettlement of 1.2 million residents of the cities submerged behind it. Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your elegant hotel, located on the city’s historic Bund.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11
Shanghai | Design Your Day

Explore dynamic Shanghai, where stunning modern skylines meet classic street markets and gardens. Proceed to the observation deck of the Shanghai Tower, where you have the opportunity to enjoy a stunning birds eye view of the city.

This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:

Walk Shanghai’s Historic Jewish Quarter and learn how it became a haven for Jews fleeing Europe in World War II.

Join a Guided Shopping Tour of the city’s famed French Concession.

Savor a Street Food Tour, sampling local specialties, such as soup dumplings and steamed crab.

This evening, experience a Scenic Sundowner at your hotel’s terrace bar, taking in the city’s lights and architecture.

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

Begin today by walking along the Bund, Shanghai’s most popular promenade. Then explore the Shanghai Museum accompanied by its curator, viewing exceptional collections of historically significant art and housewares, including bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, jade, furniture and coins. Later, stroll the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden with its pavilions and ponds. Then, gather tonight for a festive farewell dinner.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
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

Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Signature China & the Yangtze.

Pre-Tour Extension: Beijing & the Summer Palace

Visit the Summer Palace, a UNESCO-listed park; and explore Beijing’s Olympic Sites.

Pre-Tour Extension: Beijing & the Summer Palace

3 days from $1,695 per person

Single Supplement from $995 per person

Available to add to select departure dates. 
See Dates & Prices for details

DAY 1

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

Aman Summer Palace
DAY 2

Visit the Summer Palace, the largest and most well-preserved 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, gather for dinner.

Aman Summer Palace
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3

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 Hotel Beijing for the start of your main tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Post-Tour Extension: Hong Kong

Explore electric Hong Kong, with its glittering skyline, bustling markets, Man Mo Temple and floating villages.

Post-Tour Extension: Hong Kong

3 days from $1,995 per person

Single Supplement from $1,195 per person

Internal air from $495

Shanghai/Hong Kong

Available to add to select departure dates. 
See Dates & Prices for details

DAY 1

Arrive in Hong Kong, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, experience a local night market with your guide and enjoy the Symphony of Lights along Hong Kong’s skyline.

The Peninsula Hong Kong
DAY 2

Transfer to Sheung Wan to stroll its herbal medicine market. Take an informative look at Man Mo Temple, and take a tram to Victoria Peak for stunning views of the city. Drive to Aberdeen and board a sampan to experience the floating villages of the Tanka community. Gather for dinner this evening.

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

Today, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


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

  • 2020
  • Oct 02 - Oct 14
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  • Oct 09 - Oct 21
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  • Oct 16 - Oct 28
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    ‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’ Deck Plan
  • Oct 23 - Nov 04
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    $11,395
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    Celestial (Suite)
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    $11,395
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    $7,195
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    Price
    $11,395
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    $7,195
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    Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions available on this departure.

    ‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’ Deck Plan
  • Oct 30 - Nov 11
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    $950
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    Xiling Deck
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    $7,495
    Single Supplement
    $3,295
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    Wu Deck
    Price
    $7,595
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    $3,395
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    $8,495
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    $4,095
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    Qutang Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $8,695
    Single Supplement
    $4,295
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    $950
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    Jade (Suite)
    Price
    $11,395
    Single Supplement
    $7,195
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    $950
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    Mandarin (Suite)
    Price
    $11,395
    Single Supplement
    $7,195
    Internal air from
    $950
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    Celestial (Suite)
    Price
    $11,395
    Single Supplement
    $7,195
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    $950
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    Imperial (Suite)
    Price
    $11,395
    Single Supplement
    $7,195
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    $950
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    Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions available on this departure.

    ‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’ Deck Plan
Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $950
Beijing/Xian; Yichang/Shanghai

This journey contains some active elements.

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 multiple groups of 18 A&K guests and other passengers may be travelling on board ‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’ simultaneously.

Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Signature China & the Yangtze.


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