Grand China and the Yangtze 2016

Grand China & the Yangtze


Day 1 – Beijing

A Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the sleek and contemporary Conrad Beijing hotel.

Day 2 – Beijing

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 nearly 200-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.

Day 3 – Beijing

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.

Day 4 – Beijing

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.

Day 5 – Beijing, fly to Xi'an

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Welcome ceremony and Tang Dynasty dinner show

Fly to the ancient Tang Dynasty capital of Xi’an, where you’ll be greeted with a special welcome ceremony at the city gate; then breeze through your hotel check-in at the tranquil Shangri-La hotel. In the evening, indulge in a traditional dinner with rice wine and a cultural performance that re-creates the music, folk dances, and historic costumes of the Tang Dynasty.

Day 6 – Xi'an

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 more than 2,200 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.

Day 7 – Xi'an, fly to Shanghai, Tongli, Suzhou

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Tongli tour and evening performance
Fly to Shanghai, 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 beautiful Shangri-La Hotel. In the evening, experience a music and dance performance in one of the city’s world-renowned classical Chinese gardens.

Day 8 – Suzhou, Shanghai

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Humble Administrator’s Garden and Embroidery Research Institute visit

Visit Suzhou’s UNESCO-designated classical gardens and marvel at the intricate designs at the Embroidery Research Institute. Afterwards, settle in to the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, where you will enjoy dinner in the evening.

Day 9 – Shanghai

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 your hotel. This evening, enjoy the Shanghai Acrobats.

Day 10 – Shanghai, fly to Yichang

Visit the Shanghai Museum before your flight to Yichang, where you’ll board your comfortable ship.

Day 11 – Yichang, cruising the Yangtze River

Visit the Three Gorges Dam before setting sail along the Yangtze. Enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception with complimentary wine in the evening.

Day 12 – Cruising the Yangtze River

FEATURED EXCURSION: Explore Shennong Stream
Board a small boat and cruise along the Shennong Stream, a stunning tributary of the Yangtze. 

Note: Due to water conditions we may substitute a Lesser Gorges boat tour for the Shennong Stream boat tour.

Day 13 – Cruising the Yangtze River, Shibaozhai

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.

Day 14 – Chongqing, fly to Guilin

FEATURED EXCURSION: Guilin Zoo giant panda visit
Disembark in Chongqing and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Enjoy visiting the giant pandas at the local zoo before checking into the elegant Shangri-La Hotel.

Day 15 – Guilin, cruising the Li River, Yangshuo

Cruise the serene Li River, where time seems to have stood still for centuries. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 16 – Guilin, fly to Hong Kong

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 esteemed 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.

Day 17 – Hong Kong

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.

Day 18 – Hong Kong, transfer to the airport

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.