CRUISETOUR

Grand China and The Yangtze (18 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Beijing, China to Hong Kong, China
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Beijing, China

Arrive at the Beijing airport and be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will escort you to the opulent Ritz-Carlton, Beijing.

DAY 2
Beijing, China

Your adventure begins with two quintessential experiences in China's capital of Beijing. 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 get to experience today, a complex 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.

DAY 3
Beijing, China
The Great Wall, China
Beijing, China

Today is a Bucket List Moment kind of day, as you stand at last atop the ancient stones of China's most iconic site—the Great Wall. The views are spectacular! You'll also take a rickshaw ride through the city's ancient hutongs—historic neighborhoods that date back to the 15th century—where you'll have lunch with a friendly local family at their home.

DAY 4
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, Xi'an, where you'll be treated to a traditional (and incredibly labor intensive) dumpling banquet.

DAY 5
Xian, China
Terracotta Army, China
Xian, China

Xi'an's famous 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 10 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.

DAY 6
Xian, China
Air travel
Hangzhou, China

Intrepid explorer Marco Polo called Hangzhou the greatest city he'd ever seen, but don't take his word for it—judge for yourself as you get your first glimpse of this ancient Chinese capital today, celebrated throughout the centuries for its extraordinary natural beauty.

DAY 7
Hangzhou, China

China's classically designed gardens and landscapes are a cultural treasure revered around the world, and you'll see one of the best examples today at Hangzhou's idyllic West Lake. Another highlight: Lingyin Temple, one of the country's oldest Buddhist sites, providing an intriguing glimpse of the serenity and grace of the 5,000-year-old Middle Kingdom.

DAY 8
Shanghai, China

After days of iconic sites 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, including the city's famous delicacy, dim sum. Today you'll head to 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.

DAY 9
Shanghai, China

Today you have the luxury of an entire day to explore Shanghai however you wish. Tonight, experience yet another cultural highlight of your journey—a thrilling performance by the dazzling and gravity-defying Shanghai Acrobats. Spend the day exploring Shanghai on your own. If you have a taste for heights, step out onto the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower's glass-floored observation deck—some 1,100 feet above the Pudong district. Browse through the shops on Nanjing Road or see what China's modern artists are creating at the China Art Museum.

DAY 10
Shanghai, China
Air travel
Yichang, China

From Shanghai you'll fly to Yichang.

DAY 11
Three Gorges Dam, China

The Three Gorges Dam was a hugely expensive and controversial undertaking, a project that involved relocating entire villages threatened by the rising waters of the Yangtze. The dam itself is an engineering marvel that you can see from a breathtakingly up-close perspective today. 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 ship will show you some of its most beautiful sights. Limestone cliffs, sheathed in greenery, loom above the water; mountains, wreathed in mist, tower in the distance. 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.

DAY 12
Shennu Stream, China

Today is destined to 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.

DAY 13
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 to do some exploring, perhaps climbing to the top to ensure that all your dreams come true (or so an ancient legend says).

DAY 14
Chongqing, China
Air travel
Guilin, China

Visitors have been seeing all sorts of fantastic things in Reed Flute Cave ever since the Tang Dynasty. What do the cave's curiously shaped limestone formations look like to you? There's only one way to find out... Disembark in the busy port of Chongqing, where you'll hop on your flight to Guilin.

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

The landscapes of the Li River look like a Chinese scroll painting come to life, with its conical limestone karsts, mist-shrouded mountain peaks, terraced rice paddies, grazing water buffalo, and fishing villages seemingly frozen in time. You'll see all this and more on today's scenic cruise to Yangshuo, a popular destination for hikers and cyclists. Poets have long paid tribute to Guilin's extraordinary natural beauty, but terraced hillsides growing rice and tea reveal additional riches; you will have a chance to explore both aspects of this remarkable landscape during your stay.

DAY 16
Guilin, China
Air travel
Hong Kong, China

When it comes to China's best-known cultural icons, there are few things more iconic than tea and panda bears. Experience both today with a visit to a 400-year-old tea plantation and a park that a pair of giant pandas call home.

DAY 17
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong presents a dizzying juxtaposition of East and West, ancient and modern. This bustling, glittering, multicultural city is famous for its soaring skyscrapers, fabulous shopping, Star ferries crisscrossing Victoria Harbor, and the lingering traces of its British colonial past.

DAY 18
Hong Kong, China

You've been on the adventure of a lifetime with your grand China tour; today, you will be transferred to the Hong Kong International Airport for your flight home, carrying marvelous memories with you—and perhaps some wonderful souvenirs as well.

Grand China and The Yangtze map

About the Ship

What's Included

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.

About Us

The moment you step onboard any of Uniworld's luxurious, one-of-a-kind floating boutique hotels, you’ll experience the care that went into the beautiful design. With outstanding service that comes from the heart, a choice of personalized and exclusive excursions, delicious farm-to-table cuisine, and a choice of inspiring destinations throughout world—every element is included, and is as unique and special as each guest. U by Uniworld is innovating the travel industry with a fresh approach to river cruising. Our sleek ships give you access to the heart of the city, local food, lively onboard atmosphere, and immersive activities.

Insider Tip

As the most all-inclusive cruise line on the rivers, Uniworld elevates all-inclusive luxury river cruising to an entirely new level.

Terms & Conditions

All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed. Fares for single guests are available upon request. Additional restrictions may apply. If you have purchased your transatlantic or transpacific air with Uniworld and/or you have purchased a cruise-tour package with Uniworld that includes air, your entire package price will be guaranteed at time of initial payment.

Reservations and Payments: A deposit of at least 10% of the cruise-tour fare (cruise-tour, plus port charge, plus pre and or post land extensions, less applicable discounts), per person is required within 72 hours of reservation. Final payment is due at least 120 days prior to departure. Reservations will be canceled if final payment is not received in a timely manner. For all guests booking air travel with Uniworld, a separate non-refundable airfare deposit of $450 per person is required at time of booking. Upon receipt of air deposit your airfare, tax and fuel surcharges are final. You may cancel your air within 24 hours of booking and receive a full refund of the airfare deposit or the total amount paid for air if paid in full at time of booking

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