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Signature Series

Signature China & the Yangtze 2017


13 Days from TBA

Private Journey

Discover China's past and present on an independent journey that takes you from the bustling capital, Beijing, to 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

Experience the best of China by land and river, from its bustling modern cities to its legendary ancient wonders

Embark on a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River aboard all-balcony Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer,' experiencing off-the-beaten-track China

Stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's popular waterfront promenade, enjoying views of Pudong's spectacular skyline

Take in the exotic sights and sounds of Xian's Muslim Quarter

Immerse yourself in everyday Chinese life during a visit to the People's Park in Chengdu, where locals gather to relax, do tai chi, drink tea and chat

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Beijing, China
DAY 2
Beijing | Homage to Heaven
DAY 3
Beijing | The Great Wall
DAY 4
Xian | The Great Silk Road
DAY 5
Xian | Terra Cotta Warriors
DAY 6
Chengdu | People’s Park
DAY 7
Chengdu/Chongqing | Board the ‘Yangzi Explorer’
DAYS 8–9
Cruising the Yangtze | Nature’s Beauty
DAY 10
Yichang to Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’
DAY 11
Shanghai | Exploring by Sampan
DAY 12
Shanghai | Life on the Bund
DAY 13
Depart Shanghai

Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.

DAY 1
Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive in the capital city and transfer to your luxurious hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
DAY 2
Beijing | Homage to Heaven

Start the day with a tai chi class at the Temple of Heaven. Later, explore Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square and a site of great political significance. Visit the Forbidden City, China’s former imperial palace, now a vast museum housing imperial treasures.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3
Beijing | The Great Wall

Ride a cable car to the top of the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, enjoying sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Afterward, take a pedicab ride through a hutong, a vast yet intimate neighborhood of small winding alleyways.

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

Fly this morning to Xian at the eastern terminus of the Great Silk Road. After lunch, walk through the Muslim Quarter and see the Great Mosque.

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

Visit the excavation site of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, the life-size army created during the Qin Dynasty to protect China’s first emperor in his afterlife. 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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6
Chengdu | People’s Park

Fly to Chengdu and transfer to your hotel. 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.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
Chengdu/Chongqing | Board the ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you witness the distinctive bear in its natural habitat. Then, travel by high-speed train to Chongqing and board your comfortable river cruiser for a three-night journey through the Three Gorges.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 8–9
Cruising the Yangtze | Nature’s Beauty

Cruise through the legendary Three Gorges: Xiling, Wu and Qutang. Disembark for shore excursions to rural villages and towns.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
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 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 | Exploring by Sampan

Visit the traditional water village of Zhujiajiao, where you glide through its main canal on a sampan (wooden boat). Later, attend a Shanghai Acrobatic performance.

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

Stroll the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden. Then, view Shanghai’s distinctive skyline while walking along the lively Bund. Later this afternoon, explore studios and galleries in the M-50 Contemporary Art District.

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

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly home.

Meals: Breakfast

Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.


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

Journey Details

Internal Airfare: Economy class from $825

(Beijing/Xian/Chengdu; Yichang/Shanghai)

No minimum age.

Solo traveller prices are available upon request.

Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.


Destination Information

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