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Luxury Tailor Made Travel

Signature China & the Yangtze 2021


13 days from $7,995 per person

Private Journey

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’ to marvel at the stunning vistas of the famed Three Gorges region
  • Go off the beaten path to the less-visited and well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China
  • View the astonishing Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian, admiring these highly detailed figures, each with a unique face and many holding weapons
  • Experience an up-close encounter with giant pandas, where they roam through a recreated habitat, and learn about their daily routine and diet
  • Visit the Shanghai Museum on a special privately led tour with its curator

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’
Day 8
Cruising the Yangtze | Fuling
Day 9
Cruising the Yangtze | The Stunning Three Gorges
Day 10
Yichang & Shanghai | Disembark ‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’
Day 11
Shanghai | Design Your Day
Day 12
Shanghai | Curator-Led Museum Experience
Day 13
Depart Shanghai
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, a stunning example of classical Ming period architecture. Explore historic Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest public squares 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 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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before riding a cable car to the top of the wall, where you can take in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.

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.

The Ritz-Carlton, 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, explore Xian’s impressive City Wall, with the option to stroll along its ramparts.

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

Travel by high-speed train to Chengdu. Upon arrival, enjoy a special Sichuan hot pot lunch, and then 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. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Chengdu & Chongqing | Board the ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you experience the rare opportunity to observe these endangered creatures roaming freely in their specially designed habitat. Then, travel by high-speed train to Chongqing and board your comfortable river cruiser for a three-night journey through the scenic Three Gorges region.

‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Cruising the Yangtze | Fuling

Begin the day with tai chi on deck and take a private shore excursion to Fuling, for a visit to the 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum. Back on board, enjoy a Chinese medicine demonstration and a lesson on the art of Chinese foot reflexology. Tonight, attend the Captain’s Reception, followed by dinner.

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

Cruise the Qutang and Wu gorges, and then anchor at Badong, where you board a ferry and travel up Shennong Stream. Disembark to board local “peapod” boats poled by skilled Tujia boatmen, members of a local minority culture famed for their boat-building skills and keen knowledge of the Yangtze. Later, cruise the Xiling Gorge and enjoy a “Taste of China” dinner.

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

This morning, disembark and stop over near the Three Gorges Dam. 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.

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. Head to the observation deck of the Shanghai Tower, where you are treated to a bird’s-eye view of the Huangpu River, the Bund, and Shanghai’s panorama of skyscrapers. Relax with the remainder of the morning at leisure. 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.

Enjoy a Shopping Excursion to the trendy French Concession to browse the superb selection of artisan shops and navigate the maze of shikumen homes.

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

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
Meals: Breakfast
Day 12
Shanghai | Curator-Led Museum Experience

Today, walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s most popular promenade, and then explore the Shanghai Museum on a privately led tour accompanied by its curator, viewing exceptional collections of historically significant art and housewares, including bronzes, ceramics, jade, furniture and coins. Savor lunch at a local restaurant, and later stroll the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden, with its pavilions and ponds.

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

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your departing flight.

Meals: Breakfast


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

  • 2021
  • Mar 19 - Mar 31
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Main Deck
    Price
    $7,995
    Single Supplement
    $1,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Xiling Deck
    Price
    $8,195
    Single Supplement
    $2,195
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck
    Price
    $8,395
    Single Supplement
    $2,295
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,895
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Qutang Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,195
    Single Supplement
    $3,095
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Jade (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Mandarin (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Celestial (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Imperial (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
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  • Apr 02 - Apr 14
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Main Deck
    Price
    $8,495
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Xiling Deck
    Price
    $8,695
    Single Supplement
    $3,195
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck
    Price
    $8,895
    Single Supplement
    $3,295
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,495
    Single Supplement
    $3,895
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Qutang Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,695
    Single Supplement
    $4,095
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Jade (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Mandarin (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Celestial (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Imperial (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
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  • May 21 - Jun 02
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Main Deck
    Price
    $8,495
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Xiling Deck
    Price
    $8,695
    Single Supplement
    $3,195
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck
    Price
    $8,895
    Single Supplement
    $3,295
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,495
    Single Supplement
    $3,895
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Qutang Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,695
    Single Supplement
    $4,095
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Jade (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Mandarin (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Celestial (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Imperial (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
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  • Jun 11 - Jun 23
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Main Deck
    Price
    $7,995
    Single Supplement
    $1,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Xiling Deck
    Price
    $8,195
    Single Supplement
    $2,195
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck
    Price
    $8,395
    Single Supplement
    $2,295
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,895
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Qutang Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,195
    Single Supplement
    $3,095
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Jade (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Mandarin (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Celestial (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Imperial (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
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  • Jul 09 - Jul 21
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Main Deck
    Price
    $7,995
    Single Supplement
    $1,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Xiling Deck
    Price
    $8,195
    Single Supplement
    $2,195
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck
    Price
    $8,395
    Single Supplement
    $2,295
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,895
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Qutang Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,195
    Single Supplement
    $3,095
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Jade (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Mandarin (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Celestial (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Imperial (Suite)
    Price
    $11,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
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  • Sep 24 - Oct 06
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Main Deck
    Price
    $8,495
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Xiling Deck
    Price
    $8,695
    Single Supplement
    $3,195
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck
    Price
    $8,895
    Single Supplement
    $3,295
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,495
    Single Supplement
    $3,895
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Qutang Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,695
    Single Supplement
    $4,095
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Jade (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Mandarin (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Celestial (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Imperial (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
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  • Oct 29 - Nov 10
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Main Deck
    Price
    $8,495
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Xiling Deck
    Price
    $8,695
    Single Supplement
    $3,195
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck
    Price
    $8,895
    Single Supplement
    $3,295
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Wu Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,495
    Single Supplement
    $3,895
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Qutang Deck (Suite)
    Price
    $9,695
    Single Supplement
    $4,095
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Jade (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Mandarin (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Celestial (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Imperial (Suite)
    Price
    $12,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $950
    Availability
    Available
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Journey Details

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

Minimum Age: None

Additional Notes: Please note that other passengers may be travelling on board ‘Yangzi Explorer’ simultaneously.

This journey contains some active elements.


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