China, Tibet & the Yangtze 2017

Day 1: Beijing

A Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Beijing.

Day 2: Beijing

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: The imperial heritage of China’s capital: Forbidden City and Peking Duck lunch

Tiananmen Square provides your gateway to the UNESCO-designated Forbidden City, complete with palaces and gardens that housed China’s emperors for 500 years. Savor a treasure of a different kind over lunch—Peking Duck—a dish once served to emperors. Complete your imperial heritage exploration at the Temple of Heaven—another UNESCO World Heritage site and a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design.

Day 3: Beijing

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Culture, history and intrigue: hutongs, teahouse and Welcome Dinner at the base of the Great Wall

What lies behind the doors of the 500-year-old courtyard houses in Beijing’s hutongs? Find out as you explore the area via rickshaw and sit down for lunch with a local family. Two towers mark the neighborhood—one, a 600-year-old bell tower, hosts a traditional tea ceremony that will remind you of tea’s central place in China’s culture. Cap off your day at the Great Wall, followed by a Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at the base of the Great Wall itself.

Day 4: Beijing, fly to Xi'an

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Grace and art—Beijing’s Summer Palace and Xi’an’s traditional dumpling banquet

Emperors fled the summer heat to relax by the shores of Kunming Lake, where they created a Qing Dynasty garden embodying the highest achievement in Chinese landscape design. Stroll the Long Corridor, admiring the bridges and temples, and drift over the peaceful waters in a boat. From Beijing, fly to Xi’an, where you’ll settle into the Shangri-La Hotel and be treated to a traditional dumpling banquet.

Day 5: Xi'an

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: China’s first capital—Terra-cotta Army and Tang Dynasty dinner show

Twenty-two centuries ago, Emperor Qin Shi Huang unified a huge area (and gave it his name)—and he intended to keep what he conquered, even in the afterlife. He created an astonishing terra-cotta army to guard his tomb, which laid undisturbed until the 20th century. Only about 8,000 of the UNESCOdesignated Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses have been excavated, and they still stand in battle formation at the museum dedicated to this amazing archaeological discovery. A jade workshop shows off another aspect of Chinese artistry, and a lovely traditional dinner and a cultural performance that re-creates the music, folk dances and gorgeous silk costumes of the Tang Dynasty provide the perfect ending to the day.

Day 6: Xi'an, fly to Lhasa

Xi’an, fly to Lhasa

High on the Tibetan Plateau, Lhasa, the cultural and historical capital of Tibet, is both a thriving modern town and a mystical destination of pilgrimage. Check into the Shangri-La Lhasa hotel, where dinner comes with amazing views of the world’s highest city.

Day 7: Lhasa

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Otherworldly Jokhang Temple and Tibet Museum

Jokhang Temple, where butter lamps flicker and incense fills the air, is the holiest site in the holy city. Deepen your understanding of Tibet’s history at the Tibet Museum, meet a local family, and conclude an enlightening day with dinner at the hotel.

Day 8: Lhasa

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Places of the gods - Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

Lhasa is certain to elicit awe with visits to some of its most sacred places. Be captivated and inspired by a mystic sense of peace at the jewel-bedecked tombs and golden altars of Potala Palace, the UNESCO-honored historic home of the Dalai Lamas, and at Sera Monastery, where Buddhist monks still practice their faith under the watchful eye of Manjashuri, the God of Wisdom.

Day 9: Lhasa, fly to Chongqing, cruising the Yangtze River


Before boarding your ship in Chongqing, visit the giant pandas at the zoo.

Day 10: Cruising the Yangtze River, Shibaozhai

FEATURED EXCURSION: The Three Gorges—the Yangtze’s fairytale landscape

Mist-shrouded peaks loom above the winding Yangtze as you cruise through the Three Gorges region, offering views straight out of China’s iconic watercolor illustrations. A stop at Shibao Pagoda, built into the side of a steep hill, offers a colorful encounter with some unusual legends. End the day with the Captain’s Welcome Reception.

Day 11: Cruising the Yangtze River, Goddess Stream

FEATURED EXCURSION: The magical Goddess Stream

The turquoise waters of the Goddess Stream shimmer around your small boat as sheer cliffs rise high overhead. The day offers one of China’s most amazing contrasts, for your ship will leave these peaceful waters to navigate the Three Gorges Dam locks. Bid adieu to the river with a Farewell Dinner.

Note: Due to water conditions, we may substitute a Shennong Stream boat tour if the Goddess Stream is not available.

Day 12: Cruising the Yangtze River, Yichang, fly to Shanghai

FEATURED EXCURSION: Natural Wonders of Yichang: The dam, caves & cliffside eats

Today, you’ll disembark in Yichang and explore the renowned Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydropower project ever undertaken. Then, you’ll head for Sanyou Cave, known for its incredible scenery, at the northern edge of the Xiling Gorge. Cap off an adventure-filled day with a meal at Fangweng, a cliffside restaurant. Then fly to Shanghai, where you’ll check into the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.

Day 13: Shanghai

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Spectacular skyscrapers, famous dim sum and acrobats

Past, present and future combine on the exciting, busy streets of Shanghai, one of the world’s most exhilarating cities. The Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade, brimming with spectacular skyscrapers designed by world-famous architects, reminds you that this city was the West’s gateway to China, while Shanghai’s Old Town—the original walled city with traditional teahouses, temples, narrow alleyways and markets—reminds you of its legendary heritage. Whether looking forward to the future or back at the past, one thing remains constant—dim sum. Be treated to a traditional dim sum lunch complete with dumplings, steamed buns and rice noodles. Cap off the day watching the famous Shanghai acrobatic troupe perform their astonishing, gravity-defying routines.

Day 14: Shanghai, transfer to the airport

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your adventure with a memorable optional extension in Hong Kong.