Grand China & the Yangtze
Arrive at the airport, where you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will escort you to the Conrad Beijing hotel.
Featured Excursions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, foot massage, and Peking duck Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine
Begin your exciting discovery of China with a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. You’ll stroll through the square and enter the 180-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its characteristic red walls and yellow tile roofs. After your tour, relax with a traditional foot massage; later, indulge in a Welcome Dinner of succulent Peking duck with wine.
Featured Excursions: The Great Wall and Kung Fu show at Beijing’s Red Theatre
There is no sight in China more iconic than the UNESCO-designated Great Wall. Spend some time exploring and walking along the wall before enjoying lunch at the foot of the wall, amid the lovely pine and cypress forests. Back in Beijing, your eventful day continues with a spectacular show that combines kung fu prowess with acrobatics and dance at Beijing’s famous Red Theatre.
Featured Excursions: Temple of Heaven, hutongs tour with home-hosted lunch, and boat ride on Shichahai Lake
Visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO-designated site that symbolizes the relationship between heaven and earth—and the emperor’s place within that cosmography. Next, you’ll take a rickshaw tour of the hutongs, the old neighborhoods where you can still see traditional quadrangle houses built around courtyards. You’ll share a traditional lunch with a local family. Afterward, relax on a rowboat ride on the mesmerizing Shichahai Lake.
Featured Excursions: City Wall and Tang Dynasty dinner show
Fly to the ancient Tang Dynasty capital of Xi’an, where you’ll see the massive defensive wall built around Xi’an by the first Ming emperor in the 15th century. In the evening, indulge in a lovely traditional dinner—complete with chou-jiu, a milky rice wine served warm—and a cultural performance that re-creates the music, folk dances, and traditional costumes of the Tang Dynasty.
Featured Excursions: Museum of the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and traditional dumpling banquet
One of the most astonishing archaeological finds of the last century, the life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses were made nearly 2,500 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. About 8,000 of these figures have been excavated, and some are displayed at a museum dedicated to the incredible find. At the end of your day, delight in a traditional Xi’an dumpling banquet, where each dumpling is a delectable work of art.
Featured Excursions: Tongli tour and evening performance
Fly to Shanghai, and then tour charming Tongli, the “Venice of the East,” where elegant homes and enchanting teahouses line the many canals. Continue to Suzhou and settle into the Shangri-La Hotel. In the evening, experience a music and dance performance in one of the city’s world-renowned gardens.
Featured Excursions: Humble Administrator’s Garden and Embroidery Research Institute visit
You’ll tour a UNESCO-designated Ming landscape before marveling at the intricate designs at the Embroidery Research Institute. Afterward, you’ll settle in to the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, where you will enjoy dinner in the evening.
Featured Excursions: Shanghai city tour, dim sum lunch, and Shanghai Acrobats performance
Enjoy a tour along Shanghai’s famous waterfront promenade, the Bund, followed by a delicious dim sum lunch at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. In the evening, you’ll be astonished by the Shanghai Acrobats.
Featured Excursion: Shanghai Museum
Visit the Shanghai Museum before your flight to Yichang, where you’ll board your elegant ship.
Featured Excursion: Three Gorges Dam
Visit the Three Gorges Dam before setting sail along the Yangtze. Enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception with complimentary wine in the evening.
Featured Excursion: Explore Shennv Stream
Board a small boat for a cruise down the Shennv Stream, a pristine tributary of the Yangtze, to explore the beautiful landscape of the Wu Gorge.
Featured Excursion: Shibao Pagoda
Built into the side of a hill, the Shibao Pagoda has now become a colorful little island of its own. Make a wish and climb the stairs toward the temple at the top; legend has it that the higher you climb, the better the chance of your wish coming true. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner with complimentary wine will be served.
Featured Excursion: Chongqing city tour with zoo visit
Disembark in Chongqing. Visit the giant pandas at the zoo before flying to Guilin and settling into your room at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Featured Excursion: Li River cruise
Cruise the serene Li River, where time seems to have stood still for centuries. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Featured Excursions: Tea plantation visit and Reed Flute Cave
Visit a tea plantation, where you’ll learn about this vital Chinese export. Later on, marvel at the rainbow-colored stalactites in the Reed Flute Cave. You’ll then fly to Hong Kong and check into 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 Excursion: Exclusive Hong Kong Island tour with boat ride through Aberdeen Fishing Village
See the best of the island on your guided tour of Hong Kong, including Victoria Peak, the Aberdeen Fishing Village, and Stanley Market.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.