CRUISETOUR

China and The Yangtze (13 Days)

Cruise Line: Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC - Cruises
Beijing, China to Shanghai, China
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Beijing, China

Arrive in the capital city of Beijing, China's longtime seat of power, where you are transferred to your luxurious hotel.

DAY 2
Beijing, China

After your welcome briefing, participate in a private tai chi lesson taught by a master instructor at the ancient Temple of Heaven, the single most beautiful 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.

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

Travel to the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Walk or ride a cable car to the top of the wall to take in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. After experiencing this wonder of the world, return to Beijing. Then, Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong, a vast yet intimate neighborhood of small winding alleyways dating to China's dynastic period.

DAY 4
Beijing, China
Air travel
Xian, China

Fly to Xi'an, a modern city cloaked in over 3,000 years of history. Once the eastern terminus on the Great Silk Road, Xi'an has become a melting pot of Middle Eastern and Asian influences. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch, and then visit the old city 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 Xi'an.

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

Today, accompanied by an on-site specialist, visit the excavation site of the Terra Cotta 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 soldiers are spread throughout three dig pits, each revealing a unique face, testifying to the remarkable craftsmanship that went into making them. Then, enjoy a Chef's Table dumpling-making demonstration followed by lunch. Later, enter the ancient gate of Xi'an's impressive City Wall and stroll along its ramparts.

DAY 6
Xian, China
Chengdu, China

Travel by high-speed train to Chengdu, the charming capital of Sichuan Province. After lunch, 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. Observe a traditional tea demonstration and learn about unique centuries-old match-making techniques still in use today. Tonight, enjoy a special Sichuan hot pot dinner.

DAY 7
Chengdu, China
Chongqing, China

Today, visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center. Enjoy the rare opportunity to observe these endangered creatures roaming freely in their natural habitat. Then, board a high-speed train for a ride through the Chinese countryside to Chongqing, where you embark on your luxury river cruiser, 'Yangzi Explorer', for a three-night journey to Yichang. Settle into your cabin as the ship sails downstream to the stunning Three Gorges region.

DAY 8
Fuling, China, China

Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast. Disembark in the small city of Fuling and enjoy a shore excursion, beginning with a visit to the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum. Descend 150 feet underwater to see centuries-old rock carvings. Afterwards, continue to a local market to gain insight into the region's rich culinary culture. This evening, attend the Captain's Reception.

DAY 9
Badong, China
Mianzhu Gorge, Shennong Stream, China
Badong, China

Early this morning, 'Yangzi Explorer' navigates the Qutang and Wu Gorges before anchoring at Badong, where you board a ferry and travel up the Shennong Stream. Transfer to "pea pod" boats poled by Tujia boatmen to view the scenic Bamboo Gorge. The Tujia are members of a local minority culture famed for their boat-building skills and keen knowledge of the Yangtze. Return to 'Yangzi Explorer' by ferryboat, accompanied by a Tujia boat tracker who shares insights into his daily life. Tonight, savor a "Taste of China" dinner, followed by onboard entertainment.

DAY 10
Three Gorges Dam, China
Yichang, China
Air travel
Shanghai, China

Arrive at the Three Gorges Project Dam to learn the history of the world's largest dam, including the story of the resettlement of the 1.2 million residents of the cities submerged behind the 600-foot-tall engineering marvel. Disembark and fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to your elegant hotel, located on the city's historic Bund.

DAY 11
Shanghai, China

Explore dynamic Shanghai, where stunning modern skylines meet classic street markets and gardens. Contrast this experience with a visit to the charming rural village of Zhujiajiao, a traditional water village harkening back to China's imperial past. Glide along its main canal on a sampan (wooden boat). Tonight, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner at POP Bar, before attending a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe, featuring dazzling feats of strength, balance, and athleticism.

DAY 12
Shanghai, China

Stroll the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden with its pavilions and streams. Walk along the Bund, Shanghai's most popular promenade. This afternoon, explore studios and galleries in the M-50 Contemporary Art District. Then, gather tonight for a festive farewell dinner.

DAY 13
Shanghai, China

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home or begin a Hong Kong Post-Tour Extension.

China and The Yangtze map

About the Ship

What's Included

Included

  • All meals, complimentary soft drinks, coffee drinks, juices and bottled water while onboard, all shore excursions, services of a Tour Director and arrival and departure transfers.

Not Included

  • A&K Guest Protection Program, gratuities for the Tour Director and beverages other than those noted above.

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Cancellation policies are not the same for every product and you should check with A&K at the time of booking.  In general, cancellations received by A&K 90 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a $500 per person/per tour cancellation fee.  Cancellations received less than 90 days prior to departure will be subject to the following forfeit of tour costs:  89-60 days – 20% of tour cost; 59-30 – 50% of tour cost; 29-0 days – 100% of tour cost.    A 100% cancellation charge applies to internal air cancelled less than 90 days prior to departure, where applicable.  For some tours, permit costs may not be refundable.    

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