Grand China and The Yangtze (18 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Beijing, China to Hong Kong, China
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Beijing, China

A Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the opulent Conrad Beijing hotel.

Beijing, China

Tiananmen Square is your gateway to the Forbidden City, a vast complex of palaces, gardens, and offices that housed China's emperors for 500 years. Savor a treasure of a different kind over lunch—Peking Duck, served to emperors since the 13th century—and wonder at the UNESCO-designated Temple of Heaven, where emperors performed rituals to guarantee the empire's safety.; Featured Excursions: The imperial heritage of China's capital: Forbidden City and Peking Duck lunch.

Beijing, China
The Great Wall, China
Beijing, China

What lies behind the doors of the 500-year-old courtyard houses in Beijing's hutongs? Find out as you explore this historic residential neighborhood that developed around the Forbidden City during the 15th century via rickshaw and sit down for lunch with a local family. Cap off your day at the Great Wall, followed by a Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at the base of the Great Wall itself.; Featured Excursions: Culture, history, and intrigue: hutongs and Welcome Dinner at the Great Wall.

Beijing, China
Air travel
Xian, China

Qing Dynasty emperors fled Beijing's summer heat to relax by the shores of Kunming Lake, where they built their Summer Palace and created a garden that embodies the highest achievement in Chinese landscape design. Stroll the inviting Long Corridor, admiring the bridges and temples adorning the man-made lake, and drift over its peaceful waters in a boat that offers ravishing views. Fly to Xi'an and check into the Shangri-La Hotel. Enjoy the delights of a traditional Xi'an dumpling banquet in the city widely considered the home of this savory delicacy.; Featured Excursions: Grace and art—Beijing's Summer Palace and Xi'an's traditional dumpling banquet.

Xian, China
Terracotta Army, China
Xian, China

The life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses were made over 2,200 years ago to guard the tomb of China's first emperor, yet it wasn't until the last century when about 8,000 of these figures were excavated. They represent the army that protected the empire, but they were just part of its defenses: China's first great wall still guards China's first capital, both of which you'll visit. Get in the spirit of the Tang Dynasty with a traditional Chinese dinner, accompanied by a cultural performance that pays tribute to the music, folk dances, and beautiful silk costumes of the Tang era.; Featured Excursions: China's first capital—Terra-cotta Army and Tang Dynasty dinner show.

Xian, China
Air travel
Hangzhou, China

Jade has been cherished in China for 10,000 years. Watch artisans carving intricate designs and learn what to look for when buying this special stone before flying to Hangzhou, a lakeside city legendary for its beauty, where you will check into the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou.

Hangzhou, China

One of China's most idyllic visions—West Lake, where wooded hills, colorful pagodas, and placid waters lure you with their serenity, and Lingyin Temple, one of China's oldest Buddhist shrines, adds to your soul-soothing pleasure. At nightfall, the lake becomes the stage for an open-air show of light, dance, and music directed by famous Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who also helmed the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.; Featured Excursions: Poetic vision–Impressions of West Lake show and Lingyin Temple.

Hangzhou, China
Shanghai, China

Shanghai has become one of the world's most exhilarating cities. Your hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, is located on the Bund, Shanghai's waterfront promenade that brims with spectacular skyscrapers and grand architecture. It reminds you that this city was the West's gateway, while Shanghai's Old Town—the original walled city—reminds you of its legendary heritage. Whether looking forward to the future or back at the past, one thing remains constant—dim sum. Indulge in a traditional dim sum lunch complete with dumplings and rice noodles. Later, enjoy a delicious hotel dinner.; Featured Excursions: Glamour, skyscrapers, art deco gems, and famous dim sum.

Shanghai, China

Astonishing skyscrapers soar far overhead, and luxury shops line the exciting streets of Shanghai. Explore on your own and then cap off the day with the famous Shanghai acrobatic troupe performing their gravity-defying routines.; Featured Excursions: Spectacular Shanghai Acrobatic Show.

DAY 10
Shanghai, China
Air travel
Yichang, China

Fly to Yichang, where you'll board your ship to begin your journey on the Yangtze, exploring some of the world's most dramatic landscapes.

DAY 11
Yichang, China
Three Gorges Dam, China

The Three Gorges Dam is designed to control flooding on the Yangtze and provide electrical power for a huge part of the country. The controversial project has forever altered China's landscape, but its scale is a tribute to the nation's ambition. Get to know some of your fellow passengers during the Captain's Welcome Reception.; Featured Excursion: Powering China's future—Three Gorges Dam.

DAY 12
Shennu Stream, China

Float through one of the world's most exquisite landscapes, as the pristine turquoise waters of the Goddess Stream shimmer around your small boat and sheer cliffs rise high overhead.; Note: Due to water conditions, we may substitute a Shennong Stream boat tour if the Goddess Stream is not available.; Featured Excursion: Explore Shennong Stream.

DAY 13
Shibao, China

Mist-shrouded peaks loom above the winding Yangtze for miles as you cruise through the Three Gorges region. Every view is a picture straight out of China's iconic watercolor illustrations. A stop at Shibao Pagoda, built into the side of a steep hill that is now an island as a result of rising waters from the Three Gorges Dam, offers you a colorful encounter with some unusual legends. The Captain's Farewell Dinner caps off your cruise.; Featured Excursion: The Yangtze's fairytale landscapes.

DAY 14
Chongqing, China
Air travel
Guilin, China

Disembark in Chongqing and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Poets have long paid tribute to Guilin's amazing natural beauty, and poetry will come to life in the rainbow-colored stalactites and stalagmites of the Reed Flute Cave. Crystal dragons? Castles? What will you see? Let your imagination roam in this fantastic natural wonder.; Featured Excursion: Colorful and bewitching Reed Flute Cave.

DAY 15
Guilin, China
Li River, China
Yangshuo, China
Guilin, China

Chinese poets and painters have celebrated these mist-wreathed peaks that can be found along the Li River. While sailing the Li River, you'll feel as if time has stood still with quaint villages, fishermen plying the water in tiny boats, and grazing water buffalo. Once in Yangshuo, experience a town that has been a leading economic and cultural center since the Tang Dynasty and is now a popular destination for adventure travelers.; Featured Excursion: Mystic Li River.

DAY 16
Guilin, China
Air travel
Hong Kong, China

Let China's gentle giants, the pandas, wow you with their smiles at the zoo before tasting history at a plantation that grew tea for Ming emperors. Your next destination: Hong Kong and the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel.; Note: The cruise/tour manager will not accompany you to Hong Kong. You will have the services of a local expert instead.; Featured Excursions: Giant pandas and a taste of China's iconic beverage.

DAY 17
Hong Kong, China

This vertical city, with its 100-story skyscrapers, never sleeps. Delve into its historic neighborhoods—Victoria Peak, the Aberdeen Fishing Village—and check out bargains at Stanley Market.; Featured Excursion: "Pearl of the Orient"—Hong Kong's highlights.

DAY 18
Hong Kong, China

Transfer to Hong Kong International Airport for your flight home.

Grand China and The Yangtze map

About the Ship

What's Included


    • 3- to 4-night Yangtze River cruise in a riverview Uniworld Signature Suite with private balcony

    • 7 to 13 nights in luxury hotels, including buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes, and porterage

    • Tips for local experts and drivers

    • All transportation throughout the trip, including flights within China

    • All transfers on arrival and departure days

    • Buffet breakfasts, lunches, dinners (varies by itinerary)

    • Peking Duck Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine in Beijing

    • Captain’s Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner

    • Complimentary house wine, local beers, and soft drinks during onboard dinners

    • Special themed meals: hutong family-hosted lunch, traditional dumpling banquet, Tang Dynasty dinner, dinner with folk show in Lhasa, and dim sum lunch

    • 9 to 16 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts

    • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout the trip

    • Exclusive VIP benefits onboard

    • Group photo

    • Exciting evening entertainment, including a kung fu show, a Tang Dynasty show, and the Shanghai Acrobats

Not Included

  • Items Not Included in the Published Price: These include, but are not limited to, airfares to and from your destination except where specified; airport/departure taxes; cost of passport and visas; taxes; excess baggage charges; laundry; phone calls; all items of a personal nature; items not included on regular menus; expenses for additional sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; premium spirits & premium wine (please refer to complimentary beverage program in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions), meals not detailed in the itinerary; Gratuities for programs in Russia, Egypt, India, China and Vietnam/Cambodia (please refer to Gratuities section in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions for details ); and health, accident, baggage, or travel protection plans.

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