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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Across China: Tibet & the Yangtze 2020


17 days from $9,895 per person

Limited to 18 guests

Explore remarkable cultures with an intriguing journey through China, travelling from Beijing and Chengdu to Lhasa, where you visit Potala Palace, before cruising through the stunning Three Gorges region on the Yangtze River, and finish in Shanghai.

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 tour, with an on-site specialist, of the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian
  • Visit the Panda Research Center, where you learn about China’s unofficial national symbol in a recreated habitat
  • Explore the Shanghai Museum on a private tour with its curator

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Beijing, China
DAY 2
Beijing | Imperial Treasures
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 & Local Family Visit
DAY 10
Lhasa | Footsteps of the Dalai Lama
DAY 11
Chongqing | Board ‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’
DAY 12
Cruising the Yangtze | Along Asia’s Great River
DAY 13
Cruising the Yangtze | The Three Gorges
DAY 14
Yichang & Shanghai | Farewell to the Yangtze
DAY 15
Shanghai | Design Your Day
DAY 16
Shanghai | Thriving Riverfront
DAY 17
Depart Shanghai

Extend Your Journey

Mongolia Pre-Tour Extension 5 days from $4,495 per person Learn More
Guilin & Hong Kong Post-Tour Extension 4 days from $2,795 per person Learn More
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Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Signature China: Tibet & the Yangtze.

DAY 1
Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive in Beijing, China’s capital, where you are transferred to your luxurious hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
DAY 2
Beijing | Imperial Treasures

After a morning welcome briefing, participate in a tai chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven, 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.

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

Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong — a neighborhood of small winding alleyways. This afternoon, travel to the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Ride a cable car to the top and view the stunning mountains.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
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. Enjoy a private Chef ’s Table experience in noodle throwing and dumpling making. This afternoon, view the Great Mosque, a fascinating site that blends classic Chinese temple architecture and central Asian embellishments. Visit the city’s lively Muslim Quarter with its teeming markets.

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

View the incomparable Terra Cotta Warriors, lost to the world for two millennia until accidentally rediscovered by a farmer. Explore them with an on-site specialist at your side. Later, stroll along the impressive ramparts of Xian’s City Wall.

The Ritz-Carlton, Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
Chengdu | Spicy Sichuan

Travel to Chengdu by bullet train. For lunch, savor local Sichuan specialties at a traditional hot pot meal. Visit People’s Park, the city’s largest public park, where you immerse yourself in local life and culture, watching people play traditional Chinese instruments, practice calligraphy and engage in tai chi. Later, enjoy a tea demonstration at your hotel.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7
Chengdu | Up Close with Pandas

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center and observe giant pandas roaming in their specially designed habitat. Then, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Chengdu. This evening, gather with fellow guests for dinner.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
Lhasa | Buddhist Treasures & Local Family Visit

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, and visit with a local family for firsthand insights into Tibetan culture.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
Lhasa | Footsteps of the Dalai Lama

Discover the Dalai Lama’s former summer residence at Norbulingka, surrounded by trees, ponds, gardens and pavilions. Next, venture beyond the towering walls of the awe-inspiring Potala Palace, former winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11
Chongqing | Board ‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’

Fly to Chongqing. Upon arrival, stop for lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy a brief city tour before you board your river cruiser for a three-night journey through the scenic Three Gorges region.

‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12
Cruising the Yangtze | Along Asia’s Great River

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 13
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 — members of a minority culture famed for their river skills — and explore a scenic gorge and village. Tonight, enjoy a “Taste of China” dinner experience.

‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 14
Yichang & Shanghai | Farewell to the Yangtze

This morning, disembark your river cruiser in Yichang and fly to Shanghai, stopping briefly to photograph the Three Gorges Dam. On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your elegant hotel located on the famous Bund.

The Peninsula Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 15
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.

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

Wander the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden. Afterward, explore the Shanghai Museum accompanied by its curator, viewing exceptional collections of historically significant art and housewares. Stroll the Bund, Shanghai’s popular promenade. Later, savor a festive farewell dinner.

The Peninsula Shanghai
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

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

Mongolia Pre-Tour Extension

Venture into the Gobi Desert, ride a camel, visit a monastery and explore the Zalabazar Fine Arts Museum.

Pre-Tour Extension: Mongolia

5 days from $4,495 per person

Single Supplement from $1,495 per person

Internal air from $975

Ulaanbaatar/Gobi Desert/Ulaanbaatar/Beijing

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

DAY 1

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

Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar
DAY 2

Fly to the vast Gobi Desert, visit a stunning mountain gorge and enjoy dinner with your fellow guests.

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

Return to Ulaanbaatar. Tour Gandan Monastery and visit the National Museum of Mongolian History and Sukhbaatar Square.

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

After breakfast, fly to Beijing, China.

Meals: Breakfast

Guilin & Hong Kong Post-Tour Extension

Meet cormorant fishermen, raft the Li River, visit an herbal medicine market and discover a floating village by sampan.

Post-Tour Extension: Guilin & Hong Kong

4 days from $2,795 per person

Single Supplement from $1,495 per person

Internal air from $835

Shanghai/Guilin/Hong Kong

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

DAY 1

Fly from Shanghai to Guilin and see a Cormorant Fishing show before continuing to your hotel in the countryside.

Banyan Tree Yangshuo
DAY 2

Enjoy bamboo rafting on the Li River, and ride a bicycle or golf cart in the country. Later, fly to Hong Kong.

The Peninsula Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3

Depart for Sheung Wan, visit a local herbal medicine market and Man Mo Temple. Ride a sampan through a floating village in Aberdeen. Tonight, gather for dinner.

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

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


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

  • 2020
  • Oct 05 - Oct 21
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    Xiling Deck
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    $9,995
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    $4,395
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    Wu Deck
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    $10,195
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    Jade (Suite)
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    $13,895
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    $8,295
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    Mandarin (Suite)
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    $13,895
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    $8,295
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    Celestial (Suite)
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    $13,895
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    $8,295
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    Imperial (Suite)
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    $13,895
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    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

  • Oct 12 - Oct 28
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    $9,895
    Single Supplement
    $4,295
    Internal air from
    $1,750
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    Cabin Class
    Xiling Deck
    Price
    $9,995
    Single Supplement
    $4,395
    Internal air from
    $1,750
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    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck
    Price
    $10,195
    Single Supplement
    $4,495
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    Wu Deck (Suite)
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    $10,895
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    $5,195
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    Qutang Deck (Suite)
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    $11,195
    Single Supplement
    $5,395
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    Mandarin (Suite)
    Price
    $13,895
    Single Supplement
    $8,295
    Internal air from
    $1,750
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    Cabin Class
    Jade (Suite)
    Price
    $13,895
    Single Supplement
    $8,295
    Internal air from
    $1,750
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    Cabin Class
    Celestial (Suite)
    Price
    $13,895
    Single Supplement
    $8,295
    Internal air from
    $1,750
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    Imperial (Suite)
    Price
    $13,895
    Single Supplement
    $8,295
    Internal air from
    $1,750
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    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $1,750
Beijing/Xian; Chengdu/Lhasa/Chongqing; 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 16.

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: Tibet & the Yangtze.


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