Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Discover China and the Yangtze River (13 days)

Abercrombie & Kent Hong Kong

Beijing, China To Shanghai, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 15 May 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Beijing, China
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing None

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
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, explore the imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City and take in the sweep of history at Tiananmen Square. Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 3
Beijing, China
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Breakfast, Lunch

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 countryside. 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
Xian, China
Shangri-La Hotel, Xian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Xian, a modern city cloaked in over 3,000 years of history. Once the most eastern stop on the Great Silk Road, Xian has become a melting pot of Middle Eastern and Asian influences. Upon arriving, 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 Xian.

Day 5
Xian, China
Shangri-La Hotel, Xian Breakfast, Lunch

Today, accompanied by an on-site archaeologist, 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 Xian’s impressive City Wall with the option to cycle or stroll along its ramparts.

Day 6
Chengdu, China
Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly 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
Chongqing, China
Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

After you’ve settled into your cabin you can join your fellow guests in the Explorer Bar. The large windows allow you to enjoy the night-time cityscape of Chongqing as we sail deeper into the Three Gorges region of the mighty Yangtze River.

Tonight, we will host an optional embarkation dinner* followed by a welcome safety briefing and talk on the 816 Underground Project, before we depart Chongqing.

Day 8
Fuling, China
Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, choose between a visit to an intriguing, secret project, hidden in the mountains of Fuling - The 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum and a local market tour.

The 816 Underground Project is the world’s largest artificial military cave. Over 50 years ago, more than 60,000 constructers, came to Jianzishan, an uninhabited place among mountains and forest, to start work on a top-secret construction project of a monumental scale. The work continued for 17 years and was nearly completed when the government decided to suspend it, before any nuclear material could be produced. Now as the secrets of military caves are revealed, you will be able to look at the true face of 816 project hidden for 50 years.

Alternatively, you can choose to visit to the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum and local market tour. The museum will take you some 148 feet under water to admire the river bed and the intricate ancient rock carvings left there many years ago. Learn about the Yangtze river, it’s flora and fauna, while enjoying this fascinating museum. Your next stop will be the local market, where you will gain insight into the region’s rich culinary culture. This is a daily market where farmers meet to buy and sell a variety of goods, ranging from fruit and vegetables to fish and meat, and of course a whole array of pickles - which Fuling is famous for.

Day 9
Badong, China
Sactuary 'Yangzi Explorer' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is all about the striking Three Gorges; Qutang, Wu and Xiling.

A breakfast buffet is served before guests return to Deck 6 as we pass through the Wu Gorge. Through the commentary, discover the myths and facts that make each gorge unique as we pass through them.

Experience a unique ride along the Shennong Stream on a sampan - a traditional longboat rowed by expert Tujia boatmen. As we gently float through this stunning riverine gorge flanked by verdant forest, you’ll see evidence of early settlements in the form of hanging coffins stowed high within the limestone cliffs.

Before returning we will visit a traditional trackers village, where you will have a chance to get a fascinating glimpse of the traditional, rural Chinese community. You’ll find mud huts as homes, basic kitchens where the meat is dried on hooks and coffins in the bedroom. And, while there are satellite dishes, villagers still pride their heritage.

This evening we have prepared a special farewell dinner, ‘A Taste of China’, followed by Three Gorges Project lecture and a live band performance.

Day 10
Yichang, China
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Breakfast, Lunch

Disembark in Maoping and visiting the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre.

Spanning 2,335 metres in length and 181 metres in height, the dam is the largest and most expensive engineering project in the world. While the dam’s 32 generators produce enough clean energy to reduce China’s reliance on coal, the project has also caused much controversy. During construction, 13 cities, 140 towns, 1,352 villages, over 600 industrial factories and more than 1,200 archaeological projects have been submerged and 1.2 million people resettled.

After visiting the Project, you will be transferred to the Downtown Yichang for your onward journey.

Day 11
Shanghai, China
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Breakfast

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 the House of Roosevelt, before attending a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe, featuring dazzling feats of strength, balance and athleticism.

Day 12
Shanghai, China
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Breakfast

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

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Description

Discover China's past and present - from the bustling capital, Beijing, to the myriad faces of the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian. Visit the iconic giant panda bears and explore the storied Yangtze River on an all-balcony river cruiser.

About Us

With a team equipped with decades of on-site experience and regional on-site offices, A&K HK is fully committed to China and the whole of the Orient region.

Uniqueness of A&K HK

• Regional Headquarters in Hong Kong since 1983

• On-site offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Yichang, Chongqing and Wuhan

• Good working relationship with reliable partners throughout the region

• Co-owned The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer - 5-star passenger ship on the Yangzi River

• Condé Nast Traveler named our Gerald Hatherly (our China Specialist) in 2016, as one of the world's top travel specialists for the 14th consecutive year.

Insider Tip

Our region covers Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Northeast Asia (Japan and South Korea), Singapore, Malaysia.

Terms & Conditions

All cancellations must be received in writing by your A&K Tour Consultant

Unless otherwise specified in your quotation, the following cancellation terms will apply to your booking:

Cancellations received between the date of booking and 61 days prior to departure will result in the loss of the deposit.

Cancellations received 60 - 46 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 15% of the tour price.

Cancellations received 45 - 29 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 25% of the tour price.

Cancellations received 28 - 15 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 50% of the tour price.

Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to departure will be subject to a forfeiture of the entire tour price.

Cancellation of airline tickets will be subject to the refund policy of each individual airline and may be greater than the percentages above particularly when low cost/net based fares are used.

The purchase of special event tickets is subject to the refund policy of each individual event. Please refer to the specific event policy for details.

A&K reserve the right to charge for financial penalties, fees and losses incurred in excess of your cancellation fee as a result of cancellation.



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Highly recommended!!

By: Nana


Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2013

I don't know how they could have improved....I feel that they did an excellent job......
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Excellent Guide Services

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

A national guide and local guides in each city accompanied us. All were knowledgeable, informative, and extremely helpful. Without exception, outstanding!
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy
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Highly Recommend

By: Larry G


Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

Our travel group was well cared for during all of our trip in Hong Kong and People's Republic of China. The hotel accommodations, local bus transportation and restaurant selections were great. Our local guides and national guide were very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. They provided us with bottled water during our daily tours and to take to our rooms in the evenings. Thank you Abercrombie & Kent
Travel Advisor:  Angela Walker
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Highly recommended

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2014

Travel Advisor:  Karen Barber

Worth the Money

By: Rich8


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2014

Our guides were very good - knowledgeable and friendly locals that gave us a great picture of Hong Kong. The Dragon's Back hike is super - fantastic views of the Pacific away from the crowds and chaos of downtown. The start is a little steep, but accessible for almost anyone. We also enjoyed the tram ride to Victoria and lunch was wonderful - the guide picked out incredible dishes and the view is spectacular. The Big Buddha and cable car ride on Lantau was also a great experience, well planned and executed, and a must-see. Our driver was there whenever we needed him despite the crazy traffic. I'd recommend A&K and these guides if you want to make your trip to Hong Kong special!
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Victor was wonderful!

By: Karen


Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2015

When you hire Abercrombie you expect top notch quality and service. Victor was a wonderful guide who made our 2 day stay in Hong Kong a pleasant and memorable experience.
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Best China Tour Guides

By: 6Wynns


Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2016

We were a little hesitant about using A&K thinking that their tours might be too upscale for our family of 6, and we trusted our long-time travel agent. However, we couldn't have been more pleased! Working with LF Travel, A&K made sure the itinerary was a perfect fit for us. Their responsiveness to us and our travel agent was also excellent. But what really distinguishes A&K are their local guides, who were simply fantastic! It was as though they were handpicked for our family. For sure, each was very knowledgeable about their city and the itinerary sights, but they also bonded with our family incredibly well and provided invaluable personal insights and perspectives, that greatly enhanced our travel. Their customer service was "above and beyond," making sure everything went smoothly at every point and helping us with anything we needed to get done, including our laundry. Rebecca (Beijing), John (Xi'an), Wallace (Hong Kong), and Jeff (Shanghai) were each truly exceptional!
Travel Advisor:  Marylou Calnin-Sek

HONG KONG TRIP

By: CGC


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2016

Our guide, Anddy, and drivers were excellent. Anddy was very knowledgeable and flexible with our schedule and needs. Very professional AND fun to be with!
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska
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Rebecca Kwan is the BEST guide

By: Paula


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2016

Our visit to Hong Kong was exceptional. Rebecca went above and beyond to show us the beauty, culture and uniqueness of Hong Kong. She made excellent recommendations for restaurants for the meals we had on our own. THE BEST PEKING DUCK!!! Helped me shop for gifts - I always need help. My husband and I will always remember our special Rebecca and Hong Kong are.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman
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Excellent Service

By: Ted


Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2017

We have used A&K on a number of our trips and would highly recommend them. Service is outstanding, truly enjoying getting to know our guides! Service is bespoke, just make sure you take some time to think through your plan so you have the right number of hours booked for your guides.
Travel Advisor:  Charles Wolfe
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Tour Guides

By: A & J


Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2017

We had fabulous guides in both Beijing and Hong Kong. Each of them were so knowledgeable and personable. We felt like we had made a wonderful friend by the time we left each city!
Travel Advisor:  Monika Dysart
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Hong Kong, Taiwan, Kyoto, Beijing and Tokyo, Feb 2017

By: Mike and Glo


Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2017

Great. Did a perfect job. Sensitive to our needs, flexible, knowledgeable and helpful. We appreciated their knowledge.
Travel Advisor:  Angela Pierson
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All hat and no cattle

By: Ken


Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

I think these guys are probably capable of doing good but we really did not see it. Our guides were way under qualified. Their most marketable asset was ability to speak English. We used AK folks as a security blanket but decided early on / we used them in 6 cities of our trip. Some better than others. We had Benny in HK who was a real hustler. He pushed his tailor for suits which I did not appreciate. He was street smart and we did find his insight helpful on many things. His subject matter was Hong Kong- I'd love to have that as a subject and get paid for it. I think they need to find guides who can speak English and have more in common with guests- at least a college education.
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A&K Hong Kong

By: S&L


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

Good experience with A&K Hong Kong. They got us 3 first class guides in Japan but all three did not have our preferred luncheon arrangements straight.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre
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Hong Kong city highlights tour

By: wcdnola


Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2017

This was a very good tour. We visited all of Hong Kong's must see places. Our tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable.
Travel Advisor:  Bowden Sarrett
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Hong Kong Tour Guides

By: Joe


Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2018

May was an incredible tour guide to Lantau Island. She and the driver were very knowledgeable about the island, and about Hong Kong in general. Their insights were very educational while providing for a leisurely tour. The weather unfortunately did not cooperate, it was quite foggy and chilly which made it impossible to see the Big Buddha statue on top of the mountain from the usual parking location. The driver used his contacts and was able to drive us up to the very base of the Big Buddha which afforded us a foggy but great viewing experience.
Travel Advisor:  Mark Rubinstein
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trip to Japan

By: Anne C.


Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2018

We didn't work directly with A&K as we interfaced with a local travel agent where we live. After all the details were ironed out, we were very happy with the arrangements A&K made for us.
Travel Advisor:  Patricia Klippel
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Trip to Japan

By: Patti


Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2018

I would recommend A&K as they have great knowledge of Japan and their contacts for the guides and drivers was invaluable.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Rollins
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leo, China

By: leo


Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Well Done. Enjoyed the day.
Travel Advisor:  Andrew Butler

Provide excellent guides and transportation

By: Cutter


Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2018

My second time using A&K in Hong Kong and they still provided a great tour. Our guide, San, while he specializes in hiking around Hong Kong, he provided an excellent tour with emphasis on the culture and history of Hong Kong. The transportation is very important and they provided fantastic drivers who navigated their way around comfortably and efficiently. Guides and drivers spoke great English. Will always use A&K in this part of the world.
Travel Advisor:  Heidi Wohlert