China & the Yangtze - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Discover China’s past and present — from historic Beijing, to the bustling metropolis of Shanghai. Visit the iconic Terracotta Warriors and giant pandas, and explore the storied Yangtze River.

Journey Overview

Delight in a multitude of ancient wonders and iconic sites on this in-depth journey through China. Starting off in Beijing you’ll cover off on all the most important attractions from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square to the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven. Pedal through the hutongs by pedicab and savour some of China’s tastiest cuisine. Get up-close to the Terracotta Warriors in the Silk Road city of Xian and see prized pandas in their natural habitat. A luxury cruise through the Three Gorges reveals the Yangtze at its most impressive and dynamic Shanghai provides the perfect finish.

Journey Highlights

  • 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 Terracotta Warriors with an on-site specialist in Xian, admiring these highly detailed figures, each with a unique face and many holding actual 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 private tour with its curator
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

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: Bejing | China's Dynastic Capital

Today, participate in a privately led 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: BLD

Day 3: Bejing | View the World from the Great Wall

This morning, Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong, a vast yet intimate neighbourhood 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 to take in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. After experiencing this wonder of the world, return to Beijing.
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing | Meals: BL

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 noodle-throwing 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: BL

Day 5: Xian | Terracotta Warriors, Army for the Afterlife

Today, accompanied by an on-site specialist, visit the excavation site of the Terracotta 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: BLD

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. Afterwards, 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: BLD

Day 7: Chengdu & Chongqing | Giant Pandas

Today, visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. 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 sets a course downstream to the stunning Three Gorges region.
‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’ | Meals: BLD

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 for a visit to the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum. Descend 46 metres underwater to see centuries-old rock carvings. Afterwards, continue to a local market to gain insight into the region’s rich culinary practices. Back on board, learn about Chinese traditional medicine and reflexology. Tonight, attend the Captain’s Reception.
‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’ | Meals: BLD

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 “peapod” boats, poled by Tujia boatmen, to view a scenic gorge. The Tujia are members of a local minority culture famed for their boat-building skills and keen knowledge of the Yangtze. Gain insights into their daily lives on a village visit. Return by ferryboat to your ship. Tonight, savour a “Taste of China” dinner, followed by onboard entertainment.
‘Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’ | Meals: BLD

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: BL

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. 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.
  • Browse artisan shops, specialty boutiques and street vendors in the leafy streets of the French Concession.
  • Savour sizzling street eats in the alleyways of Shanghai with a local foodie.

Then, toast the Shanghai skyline with a relaxing sundowner.
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund | Meals: B

Day 12: Shanghai | Curator-Led Museum Experience

Today, walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s most popular promenade, and then explore the Shanghai Museum accompanied by its curator, viewing the exceptional collection of art, artifacts and household goods including bronzes, ceramics, jade, furniture and coins. Savour 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: BLD

Day 13: Depart Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home.
Meals: B

Journey Details

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


Tailor-Made Travel with A&K

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, please contact one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey for you, or a small group.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Four Seasons Beijing

China & the Yangtze - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

China & the Yangtze - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

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Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

China & the Yangtze - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Mar 19, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Main Deck Price AU$11,535pp Single Supplement AU$3,230 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Xiling Deck Price AU$11,830pp Single Supplement AU$3,520 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck Price AU$12,175pp Single Supplement AU$3,670 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,150pp Single Supplement AU$4,550 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Qutang Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,445pp Single Supplement AU$4,845 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Jade/Mandarin/ Celestial/Imperial (Suite) Price AU$17,415pp Single Supplement AU$9,110 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Apr 2, 2021 - Apr 14, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Main Deck Price AU$12,270pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Xiling Deck Price AU$12,565pp Single Supplement AU$4,995 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck Price AU$12,860pp Single Supplement AU$5,140 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,890pp Single Supplement AU$6,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Qutang Deck (Suite) Price AU$14,180pp Single Supplement AU$6,315 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Jade/Mandarin/ Celestial/Imperial (Suite) Price AU$18,150pp Single Supplement AU$10,580 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
May 21, 2021 - Jun 2, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Main Deck Price AU$12,270pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Xiling Deck Price AU$12,565pp Single Supplement AU$4,995 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck Price AU$12,860pp Single Supplement AU$5,140 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,890pp Single Supplement AU$6,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Qutang Deck (Suite) Price AU$14,180pp Single Supplement AU$6,315 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Jade/Mandarin/ Celestial/Imperial (Suite) Price AU$18,150pp Single Supplement AU$10,580 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jun 11, 2021 - Jun 23, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Main Deck Price AU$11,535pp Single Supplement AU$3,230 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Xiling Deck Price AU$11,830pp Single Supplement AU$3,520 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck Price AU$12,175pp Single Supplement AU$3,670 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,150pp Single Supplement AU$4,550 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Qutang Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,445pp Single Supplement AU$4,845 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Jade/Mandarin/ Celestial/Imperial (Suite) Price AU$17,415pp Single Supplement AU$9,110 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jul 9, 2021 - Jul 21, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Main Deck Price AU$11,535pp Single Supplement AU$3,230 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Xiling Deck Price AU$11,830pp Single Supplement AU$3,520 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck Price AU$12,175pp Single Supplement AU$3,670 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,150pp Single Supplement AU$4,550 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Qutang Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,445pp Single Supplement AU$4,845 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Jade/Mandarin/ Celestial/Imperial (Suite) Price AU$17,415pp Single Supplement AU$9,110 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Sep 3, 2021 - Sep 15, 2021
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Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Xiling Deck Price AU$12,565pp Single Supplement AU$4,995 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck Price AU$12,860pp Single Supplement AU$5,140 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,890pp Single Supplement AU$6,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Qutang Deck (Suite) Price AU$14,180pp Single Supplement AU$6,315 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Jade/Mandarin/ Celestial/Imperial (Suite) Price AU$18,150pp Single Supplement AU$10,580 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Sep 17, 2021 - Sep 29, 2021
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Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Xiling Deck Price AU$12,565pp Single Supplement AU$4,995 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck Price AU$12,860pp Single Supplement AU$5,140 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,890pp Single Supplement AU$6,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Qutang Deck (Suite) Price AU$14,180pp Single Supplement AU$6,315 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 13, 2021
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Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Xiling Deck Price AU$12,565pp Single Supplement AU$4,995 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck Price AU$12,860pp Single Supplement AU$5,140 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,890pp Single Supplement AU$6,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Qutang Deck (Suite) Price AU$14,180pp Single Supplement AU$6,315 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Jade/Mandarin/ Celestial/Imperial (Suite) Price AU$18,150pp Single Supplement AU$10,580 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Oct 15, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Main Deck Price AU$12,270pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Xiling Deck Price AU$12,565pp Single Supplement AU$4,995 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck Price AU$12,860pp Single Supplement AU$5,140 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,890pp Single Supplement AU$6,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Qutang Deck (Suite) Price AU$14,180pp Single Supplement AU$6,315 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Jade/Mandarin/ Celestial/Imperial (Suite) Price AU$18,150pp Single Supplement AU$10,580 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Oct 29, 2021 - Nov 10, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Main Deck Price AU$12,270pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Xiling Deck Price AU$12,565pp Single Supplement AU$4,995 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck Price AU$12,860pp Single Supplement AU$5,140 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Wu Deck (Suite) Price AU$13,890pp Single Supplement AU$6,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Qutang Deck (Suite) Price AU$14,180pp Single Supplement AU$6,315 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’: Jade/Mandarin/ Celestial/Imperial (Suite) Price AU$18,150pp Single Supplement AU$10,580 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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