Highlights of China and The Yangtze (11 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Beijing, China to Shanghai, China
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Beijing, China

Arrive at the Beijing Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to your luxury hotel.

Beijing, China

Your adventure begins with two quintessential experiences in China's capital city. Off limits to commoners for 500 years, the Forbidden City was once considered the cosmic center of the universe (and for good reason, as you'll see for yourself). Peking duck is another cultural gem you'll experience today, a dish originally prepared for Chinese emperors. The political and cultural capital of China and home to more than 20 million people, Beijing exemplifies everything visitors find most intoxicating about China: spectacular ancient monuments contrast with ambitious modern high-rises, and traditional crafts flourish alongside booming international businesses. Exquisite art, stunning UNESCO sites, serene parks, and teeming streets all contribute to the unique flavor of this astonishing city.; Featured Excursions: The imperial heritage of China's capital—the Forbidden City and Peking duck lunch.

Beijing, China

Certain images immediately spring to mind when you think of China. Panda bears. Tea houses. The Great Wall. Believe it or not, all three of these are on today's agenda, as well as a rickshaw ride through the city's ancient hutongs. Be sure to charge up your camera and get ready to experience some truly epic bucket list moments.; Featured Excursions: Culture, history and intrigue—pandas, hutongs, teahouses.

Beijing, China
Air travel
Xian, China

Leave the hustle and bustle of Beijing behind today and head north to the serenity of the Summer Palace, home to one of China's most beautiful classical gardens. From there, plunge into the past in China's first capital, where you'll celebrate your first night in Xi'an with a traditional (and incredibly labor-intensive) dumpling banquet. You have one more special excursion to enjoy in Beijing this morning, then you'll fly to Xi'an for the next leg of your Chinese adventure.; Featured Excursions: Grace and art—Beijing's Summer Palace and Xi'an's traditional dumpling banquet.

Xian, China
Terracotta Army, China
Xian, China

Xi'an's terra-cotta army has been called the 8th wonder of the world, and it's certainly the most extraordinary archeological find of the 20th century. Prepare to be amazed! You'll also visit one of the holiest Buddhist temples in China, and enjoy a traditional Tang Dynasty dinner show with fabulous food, music, and flamboyant costumes. The imperial capital for ten ancient dynasties, Xi'an achieved its greatest renown under the Tang Dynasty (AD 618–907), when it was a great international metropolis and the eastern terminus of the legendary Silk Road. Today it is the capital of Shaanxi Province and most famous for a museum devoted to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Of course you will visit this amazing archaeological find, but your day incorporates two other special Xi'an attractions.; Featured Excursions: China's first capital—Terra-cotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Dynasty dinner show.

Xian, China
Air travel
Chongqing, China

Transfer to the airport and fly to Chongqing, where you'll board your ship and settle into your Executive Suite. Before you leave Xi'an for Chongqing, you have one more expedition: a visit to the Jade Carving Center, or Jade Factory, as it's also known. Jade has been cherished in China for 10,000 years; it is valued for its intrinsic beauty, of course, but it also has tremendous symbolic meaning. Watch artisans carving intricate designs and learn what to look for when buying this special stone.

Chongqing, China
Shibao, China

Do you believe in magic? The bright red Shibao Pagoda was originally built into the side of a mountain peak, but that peak became an island after the completion of the Three Gorges Dam. Step ashore here to do some exploring, perhaps climbing to the top to ensure that all your dreams come true (or so an ancient legend says). The capital of western China and one of the largest cities in the country, Chongqing on the upper Yangtze has seen explosive growth in the past half century. Although the city is a major metropolis, the region is chiefly known for its mountains, hot springs, and dense forests, which shelter temples, tombs, and karst caves. Relax onboard as the ship cruises from Chongqing towards China's fabled Three Gorges, stopping en route to visit Shibao Pagoda.; Featured Excursions: The Three Gorges - The Yangtze's fairytale landscapes.

Shennu Stream, China

Today will be a highlight of your journey—a full day cruising the Yangtze River's mystical, beautiful, and completely mesmerizing Three Gorges, with scenery that has captivated artists and poets for thousands of years. The Yangtze is the third-longest river in the world (only the Nile and the Amazon are longer), and the days you spend onboard your luxurious ship will show you some of its most beautiful sights. The river itself, deep and powerful, busy and serene, will work its enchantment as it carries you past bucolic fishing villages, hillside rice paddies, ancient cliff carvings, and historic temples. Relax and prepare to be dazzled.; Featured Excursions: The Magical Goddess Stream.

Three Gorges Dam, China
Yichang, China
Air travel
Shanghai, China

The Three Gorges Dam was a hugely expensive and controversial undertaking, a project that involved relocating entire villages and submerged a number of cultural treasures behind the rising waters of the Yangtze. The dam itself is an engineering marvel, one that you can see from a breathtakingly up-close perspective today.; Featured Excursions: Powering China's future—Three Gorges Dam.

DAY 10
Shanghai, China

After days of pandas, ancient warriors, and timeless Chinese landscapes, Shanghai and its futuristic skyline can be something of a shock to the system. Yet beyond the building boom and the avant-garde architecture, you can still find traces of Shanghai's colorful and fascinating colonial-era history. Enjoy a taste of both old and new today, as well as dim sum and a performance by the gravity-defying Shanghai acrobats. Nearly 24 million people live in Shanghai, China's largest city. An international economic hub, it has drawn entrepreneurs from all over the world for 150 years. But while Shanghai may be the "city of the future", you can still find remnants of its history in Old Town and the area known as the Concessions, which were controlled by European interests in the 19th century.; Featured Excursions: Spectacular skyscrapers, famous dim sum, and acrobats.

DAY 11
Shanghai, China

Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your flight home, or extend your trip with a memorable optional extension in Hong Kong.

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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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