China, the Yangtze River & Hong Kong

Tauck's 16-day China trip includes ancient cities and tranquil country villages, a culturally enriching Yangtze River cruise aboard the newly renovated Yangzi Explorer, special talks and presentations by local experts, and cultural connections from Beijing to Shanghai to Hong Kong.

Picture a China travel adventure that takes you behind the scenes at ancient treasures, exotic gardens, architectural masterpieces and compelling UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors... includes a memorable cruise through the Yangtze River's Three Gorges aboard the newly renovated Yangzi Explorer... and is filled with exclusive experiences such as an insider experience in Beijing's hutongs - including a visit with a local family. Throughout China travel is unique - by rickshaw in Beijing, by sampan in Shennong Stream, via funicular up Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, and by gondola and on foot along the Great Wall. Meet a conservation expert at the Terra Cotta Warriors museum in Xi'an, and families at a Three Gorges Dam relocation village along the Yangtze. There's no end to the enriching discoveries you'll make on this comprehensive China travel experience!

3-night Yangtze River cruise, Hutong visit in Beijing, meet a curator at the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an, local dining experiences, acrobatic show, sampan ride on Shennong Stream

Traveling Well Includes:
  • 3-night eastbound Yangtze River cruise between Chongqing and Yichang aboard the Yangzi Explorer
  • Insider experience in Beijing's disappearing hutongs including a rickshaw ride and a visit with a local hutong family
  • Private talk with a conservation expert at the Terra Cotta Warriors museum in Xi'an
  • Special visits to the Han Yang Ling Underground Museum and the Shaanxi History Museum
  • Introduction to Shanghai at the Shanghai Urban Planning Center
  • Unique dining experiences at local restaurants
  • Performance of Shanghai's daring, hi-tech ERA acrobatic show
  • Sampan ride on Shennong Stream during your Yangtze cruise
  • On-Tour Air (5 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 37 meals (15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners) with gratuities to ship staff, local guides, taxes, service charges, admission fees and porterage

  • Call (800) 979-2266 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14346724

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    16 Days
    Day 1BeijingArrive in Beijing

    Tour begins: The Waldorf Astoria Beijing at 6:30 PM. Transfers are included from Beijing Capital Int'l Airport to the Waldorf Astoria Beijing. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner this evening.

    Lodging:Waldorf Astoria Beijing

    Meals: D
    Day 2BeijingThe Great Wall & Beijing's Hutongs

    They don't call it The Great Wall for nothing... Besides being the only man-made structure visible from space, the Great Wall of China tops most travelers' lists of the Earth's must-visit places. Take a walk atop the highest point of its Badaling section, then walk down to the bottom along an ancient stone path where you'll travel a short distance for lunch at the Commune by the Great Wall - enjoy the views of this architectural wonder surrounding you. This afternoon, gain some insights on the city's centuries-old hutongs - unique traditional neighborhoods threatened by ongoing urban development - when you take a private tour of a hutong - ride a rickshaw and visit a local family in their home. Dinner is on your own tonight in Beijing.

    Lodging:Waldorf Astoria Beijing

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3BeijingTemple of Heaven to Tiananmen Square

    This morning, visit a grand example of traditional Chinese architecture - Beijing's Temple of Heaven, a round, three-tiered wood structure intricately decorated with gold leaf and colorful designs; try to imagine a long-ago time when the emperor and his entourage would travel here in secret processions from the Forbidden City to hold solemn ceremonies asking the gods for a bountiful harvest. Learn the moves from the locals as you take part in a Tai Chi racquet lesson in one of the Temple's beautiful parks. After lunch at a local restaurant, you'll explore the legendary Forbidden City itself, where Imperial China's emperors dwelt for centuries; tour the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Middle Harmony, the Hall of Preserved Harmony, the Hall of Mental Cultivation, the Imperial Garden and more. Just beyond the Forbidden City, continue to Tiananmen Square, a witness to much of modern Chinese history and home to Mao Zedong's mausoleum; view his portrait hanging above the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Dine at your choice of fine restaurants at the hotel this evening.

    Lodging:Waldorf Astoria Beijing

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4Xi'anFly to Xi'an and Visit an Underground Museum

    Board a flight to 3,000-year-old Xi'an, one of China's great ancient capitals. Upon arrival, you'll visit an amazing place - the Han Yang Ling Underground Mausoleum and museum. Known locally as the most underrated tomb in Xi'an, it was undisturbed for about 2,100 years before opening to the public in the last decade. You'll find an amazing collection of cultural relics that depict life as it was during the Western Han Dynasty. Dine at your leisure this evening.

    Lodging:Hyatt Regency Xi'an

    Meals: B, D
    Day 5Xi'an ChinaTerra Cotta Warriors & Shaanxi Museum

    8,000 lifelike soldiers guarding an emperor's tomb for 2,000 years... get an insider's view of the Terra Cotta Warriors from a leading museum staffer! Enjoy a traditional dumpling lunch at a local restaurant. Explore ancient China further with a special visit to the Shaanxi History Museum, home to 300,000+ works of art and artifacts.

    Lodging:Hyatt Regency Xi'an

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6GuilinOn to Guilin & a Canal Cruise

    Fly to Guilin, among China's most picturesque places, whose landscapes have inspired poets and artists for centuries. After checking in and relaxing a bit at Banyan Tree Yangshuo Resort, set out on an evening cruise through the center of the city along its delightful canals. As you cruise, you'll pass under bridges built to resemble some of the world's most famous spans, including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and the Tower Bridge in London; enjoy a demonstration of cormorant fishing along the way. After some free time to explore, return to your nearby mountain resort for dinner this evening.

    Lodging:Banyan Tree Yangshuo Resort

    Meals: B, D
    Day 7GuilinCruising the Li River & a Cooking Lesson

    Spend the morning on a private Tauck cruise along the storied Li River today; feast your eyes and your soul on tranquil groves, fishermen on bamboo rafts, breathtaking limestone peaks and views of traditional village life that seem to be lifted from an ancient Chinese scroll painting! Following your cruise, attend a cooking lesson on local cuisine - then eat what you helped make for lunch! Enjoy dinner this evening at your Banyan Tree resort near Guilin.

    Lodging:Banyan Tree Yangshuo Resort

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8ChongqingChongqing / Embark Your Yangtze Cruise

    After touching down in Chongqing, enjoy lunch and a visit to the Chongqing Zoo before boarding the newly renovated Yangzi Explorer for a memorable three-night cruise through the Three Gorges of the mighty Yangtze River. Dine aboard ship this evening before setting sail on your cruise, bound downstream to Yichang.

    Lodging:Aboard Yangzi Explorer

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9FengduYangzi Explorer & shore excursion choices

    Visions of knobby, mist-shrouded mountains steeped in the mystique of old China travel with you as you experience the Yangtze from dawn to dusk aboard the recently renovated Yangzi Explorer, one of the finest and roomiest ships on the river - and completely renovated for 2018. Enjoy a range of activities aboard ship today, including Tai Chi exercises and an introduction to Chinese healing practices. Arrive in Fuling, where you will have a choice of shore excursions - a visit the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum or the 816 Underground Project, an underground nuclear installation that is one of the world's largest artificial military caves. Return to the ship midday for an afternoon cruising the Yangtze. This evening, meet the Captain at a welcome reception, followed by dinner and a choice of The Three Kingdoms Open Air Show or a cultural performance by the ship's crew.

    Lodging:Aboard Yangzi Explorer

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 10 Cruising the Three Gorges

    Otherworldly vistas greet you as the Yangzi Explorer takes you into the Yangtze River's Qutang and Wu gorges. Following a Shennong Stream excursion via sampan, then lunch, enjoy shipboard activities including a calligraphy lesson as Yangzi Explorer cruises through Xiling Gorge, largest of the Three Gorges, this afternoon and evening.

    Lodging:Aboard Yangzi Explorer

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 11ShanghaiThree Gorges Dam & On to Shanghai

    Sail into Yichang through a series of locks adjacent to the site of the Three Gorges Dam, one of the world's largest construction projects. Following your private visit to the site and lunch aboard the ship, disembark and fly to Shanghai, one of the country's most cosmopolitan cities, where you'll spend three nights at the Fairmont Peace Hotel.

    Lodging:Fairmont Peace Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 12ShanghaiIn Shanghai, the Bund and Acrobats

    Explore Shanghai's famous waterfront Bund today. Visit the historic and harmonious Yu Gardens, whose original grounds and temple date back to the 1550s; the word yu translates to peace and health. Pathways wind through rock gardens and bamboo stands, and stone bridges cross pools filled with bright carp. Have lunch today at the charming M on the Bund - and then tonight, watch from premium seating as the daring acrobatic performers of Shanghai's acclaimed ERA show entertain you.

    Lodging:Fairmont Peace Hotel

    Meals: B, L
    Day 13ShanghaiThe Past Meets the Future in Shanghai

    Get a good introduction to Shanghai at the Shanghai Urban Planning Center, showcasing the city's past and future urban development through detailed models and multimedia displays, including a mock-up of 1930s Shanghai; a huge model of what the city might look like in 2020; a 360-degree, 3-D film and more. Then tour the Shanghai Museum, displaying 120,000 works of art and artifacts. After lunch on your own in the Xintiandi neighborhood, explore the area as you please, then learn about its vanishing traditional stone-gated shikumen homes on a guided walk. Have dinner tonight at the wonderful restaurant Jean Georges Shanghai, known for its cuisine and views.

    Lodging:Fairmont Peace Hotel

    Meals: B, D
    Day 14Hong KongWelcome to Hong Kong

    Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong this morning, exploring the city as you wish for the rest of the day from your world-class hotel - The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, located on floors 102-118 in the International Commerce Centre overlooking Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, and offering spectacular panoramic views of the city.

    Lodging:The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

    Meals: B
    Day 15Hong KongHong Kong from Many Viewpoints

    You'll experience this fascinating city from different perspectives today - by ferry, by double-decker bus, and on a funicular tram ride up Victoria Peak, then have lunch at a local dim sum restaurant. The rest of the day is free to explore the city as you please. Hong Kong abounds with street stalls selling everything from sneakers to silk, tropical birds to exotic fish; your hotel is in the Kowloon section, right in the heart of this shopper's paradise. We invite you to join us and celebrate an incredible China travel experience at our farewell reception and dinner tonight at your hotel, overlooking Kowloon and Victoria Harbour from the upper floors of the International Commerce Centre.

    Lodging:The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 16Hong KongJourney Home

    Tour ends: Hong Kong. Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong to Hong Kong International Airport. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.


    Meals: B

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    04/11/2019$8,990.00* (USD) / YANGZI EXPLORER - LimitedQuote
    05/16/2019$8,990.00* (USD) / YANGZI EXPLORER - LimitedQuote
    06/06/2019$8,490.00* (USD) / YANGZI EXPLORER - AvailableQuote
    06/13/2019$8,490.00* (USD) / YANGZI EXPLORER - AvailableQuote
    08/29/2019$8,990.00* (USD) / YANGZI EXPLORER - LimitedQuote
    10/31/2019$8,490.00* (USD) / YANGZI EXPLORER - LimitedQuote
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.


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