DAY 1 Arrive Beijing, China

Welcome to Beijing. You are met on arrival in Beijing, and transferred to your luxury hotel located

in the heart of the massive city. 

The Waldorf Astoria Beijing, Beijing

DAY 2Beijing Sightseeing

Discover Beijing on today’s full day sightseeing tour. In the morning, visit Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world, and explore the Forbidden City, the grandest palace complex in China. Twenty-four emperors lived within this 250-acre city, leaving treasures of overwhelming beauty inside. After a relaxing lunch, your tour continues with a visit to the Summer Palace, the imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty, and its splendid gardens. ​(B)

The Waldorf Astoria Beijing, Beijing

DAY 3Beijing & The Great Wall

Today, drive outside the city of Beijing to visit the incredible Great Wall. Built during the 5th–3rd century BC, this impressive construction stretches 4,163 miles from the east coast into the Gobi Desert. Next, stroll along the “Avenue of Animals” to tour the Ming Tombs set beside the Sacred Way. ​(B)

The Waldorf Astoria Beijing, Beijing

DAY 4Beijing to Xian

This morning, see “Old China” as you take a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of the hutongs area in central Beijing. Explore their bustling courtyards and enjoy a cup of tea in the home of a local family. This afternoon fly to Xian, an ancient capital for more than 1,000 years, and a center of Chinese culture and history. Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a remarkable and scenic Buddhist monument dating back to 707 AD. ​(B)

Shangri-La Hotel, Xi’'an

DAY 5Xian Sightseeing

This morning stand with the Terra Cotta Warriors, a subterranean army of more than 7,000 soldier and horse figures, discovered while excavating at the burial site of Emperor Qinshihuang.

This afternoon, explore Xian’s buried past at the Shaanxi Historical Museum. Housing over 113,000 cultural relics, this is one of the most extraordinary collections of ancient Chinese artifacts in the world. ​(B)

Shangri-La Hotel, Xi’'an

DAY 6Xian to Chengdu

Today fly to Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan Province, and ancient embarkation point for the Southern Silk Road. Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center, a research center and natural habitat home to more than 20 giant pandas. Scientists from around the world come here to study the habits and behaviors of the giant panda. Explore Jinli Old Street and People’s Park, where vendors sell local arts and crafts. Tonight you are at leisure, perhaps to sample the local spicy Sichuan cuisine, famous around the world. ​(B)

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu

DAY 7Chengdu to Embark on Yangtze River Cruise

This morning travel by express train to Chongqing, to start your Yangtze River cruise aboard the M/V Victoria Jenna or Lianna. This luxury ship has spacious cabins, with floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing you to take in the river magnificent views. Excellent Western and Chinese dining options are provided, along with delightful live entertainment, lectures and movies. ​(B,L,D)

If departing on a Monday, Victoria Lianna is used. If departing on a Tuesday, Victoria Jenna is used. 

Victoria Jenna, Yangtze River Cruise
Victoria Lianna, Yangtze River Cruise

DAY 8 & 9Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy two magnificent days cruising along the Yangtze River, taking in the surrounding natural beauty, as well as learning about China’s ancient cultural history. View the spectacular grandeur of the soaring peaks and mountain walls that capture the flowing river waters. Float through the gorges and watch the amazing landscape that changes around each bend. Enjoy a sampan ride to sightsee and explore these breathtaking gorges up close. Visit Shibaozhai, known for its impressive wooden pagoda, which was built without any nails, and is appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze.” It is considered one of the gems of Chinese architecture. ​(B,L,D)

Victoria Jenna, Yangtze River Cruise
Victoria Lianna, Yangtze River Cruise

DAY 10Disembark Cruise & Shanghai

This morning disembark your cruise in the thriving metropolis of Yichang. View the grandeur of the Three Gorges as you survey the Gezhou Dam, the largest public works project in China since the Great Wall. This afternoon fly east to the coast and Shanghai, a modern city with a past rich past. This romantic city has been home to a plethora of colorful characters from intellectuals, revolutionaries, and European traders to the Communist elite. ​(B,L)

[Award-winning hotel]  The Peninsula Shanghai, Shanghai

DAY 11Shanghai Sightseeing

Today’s city tour starts with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, known for its collection of more than 123,000 extraordinary cultural artifacts. Next, explore the city’s Old Town - stroll the serene paths of the classical Yu Yuan Garden and tour the Jade Buddha Temple famous for its rare, white Burmese-jade Buddha statue. Explore the renowned “Bund,” Shanghai’s waterfront quay filled with historic buildings and shops overlooking the Huangpu River. ​(B)

[Award-winning hotel]  The Peninsula Shanghai, Shanghai

DAY 12Depart Shanghai

Today you are taken to the airport for your departing flight home or on to your next destination. ​(B)

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Tour Details

Beijing, China
Shanghai, China


Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
Local taxes
Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan

Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.

As old as the stars and as modern as the skyscrapers which form its cities’ skylines, China welcomes you to an unsurpassed Private Journey. Here, among ancient gardens and silent sentinels of the past, you’ll find an infectious vibrancy, as well as a gentle reverence. Discover the magic that has nurtured these civilizations for thousands of years.

The Middle Kingdom is home to one of the world’'s oldest civilizations—and some of the world’'s most spectacular sights. Discover the Forbidden City in Beijing with an expert local guide. Then explore the narrow streets of “"Old China"” on a special rickshaw excursion. Ascend via gondola to less-visited sections of the majestic Great Wall. In Xi’'an, take a tour of the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang and his Terra Cotta Warriors. Glide through the Yangtze River’'s Three Gorges aboard the newest and most deluxe ship, Victoria Lianna or Victoria Jenna. And indulge yourself with luxurious accommodations and world-class dining in cosmopolitan Shanghai. Throughout this exclusive journey, see China your way—in style.



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