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17 Days
Availability : Through sept 2019
Beijing, China
Shanghai, China

Explore remarkable cultures with an intriguing journey through China, travelling from Beijing and Chengdu to Lhasa, where you visit Potala Palace, before cruising through the stunning Three Gorges region on the Yangtze River.

Embark on a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River aboard all-balcony Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Discover Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet’s spiritual capital

Visit the less-crowded and well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

Enjoy a private tour, with an on-site specialist, of the Terra Cotta Warriors

Visit the Panda Research Center, where you learn about China’s unofficial national symbol in its natural habitat

Experience the narrow winding lanes and courtyard residences of a traditional hutong

 

 

INCLUDED WITH EVERY LUXURY SMALL GROUP JOURNEY

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director® and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Travelling Bell Boy® Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
  • Internet Access (Where Available)
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

 

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About A&K HK

With a team equipped with decades of on-site experience and regional on-site offices, A&K HK is fully committed to China and the whole of the Orient region.

Uniqueness of A&K HK

• Regional Headquarters in Hong Kong since 1983

• On-site offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Yichang, Chongqing and Wuhan

• Good working relationship with reliable partners throughout the region

• Co-owned The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer – 5-star passenger ship on the Yangzi River

• Condé Nast Traveler named our Gerald Hatherly (our China Specialist) in 2016, as one of the world’s top travel specialists for the 14th consecutive year.


Itinerary

DAY 1

ARRIVE BEIJING, CHINA
Arrive in Beijing, China’s capital and cultural hub, where you are transferred to your luxurious hotel.
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

DAY 2

BEIJING | IMPERIAL BEIJING
After a morning welcome briefing, participate in a tai chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven, a classic example of Ming architecture. After lunch, explore Tiananmen Square, and then walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power for centuries. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow guests.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

BEIJING | WALKING THE GREAT WALL
Travel to the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Walk or ride a cable car to the top and view the stunning mountains. Return to Beijing, where you Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong — a neighborhood of small winding alleyways.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4

XIAN | IN THE HEART OF CHINA’S ETERNAL CITY
Fly to Xian, made famous by Marco Polo. Once a vital stop on the Great Silk Road, Xian has become a melting pot of Asian and Middle Eastern influences. This afternoon, view the Great Mosque, a fascinating site blending classic Chinese temple architecture and central Asian embellishments. Visit the city’s lively Muslim Quarter with its teeming markets.

Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

XIAN | TERRA COTTA WARRIORS, ARMY FOR THE AFTERLIFE
View the incomparable Terra Cotta Warriors, lost to the world for two millennia until accidentally rediscovered by a farmer. Explore them with an on-site specialist at your side. Then, enjoy a private Chef’s Table experience in dumpling-making. Later, stroll the impressive ramparts of Xian’s City Wall.

Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6

CHENGDU | SPICY SICHUAN
Travel to Chengdu by bullet train. Visit the People’s Park, the city’s largest public park, where you immerse yourself in local life and culture, watching area residents play traditional Chinese instruments, practice calligraphy and engage in tai chi. Enjoy a tea demonstration at a local teahouse. This evening, savor local Sichuan specialties at a traditional hot pot dinner.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

CHENGDU | UP CLOSE WITH PANDAS
Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center and observe giant pandas roaming in their natural habitat. Then, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Chengdu, a city renowned for its thriving music scene and nightlife.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8

LHASA | GATEWAY TO TIBET
Fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, one of the highest cities on earth at 12,000 feet and your home for the next three nights. Relax and acclimatize.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9

LHASA | BUDDHIST TREASURES & LOCAL FAMILY VISIT
Experience the spiritual heart of Tibet at the sacred Jokhang, a 1,300-year-old temple. Wander Lhasa’s Barkhor Bazaar, and visit the Dropenling Tibet Handicraft Development Center. Continue to renowned Sera Monastery, and visit with a local family for firsthand insights into Tibetan culture.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10

LHASA | FOOTSTEPS OF THE DALAI LAMA
Discover the Dalai Lama’s former summer residence at Norbulingka, surrounded by trees, ponds, gardens and pavilions. Next, venture beyond the towering walls of the aweinspiring Potala Palace, former winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11

CHONGQING | BOARD ‘YANGZI EXPLORER’
Fly to Chongqing to board your river cruiser for a three-night journey through the Three Gorges region.

Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12

CRUISING THE YANGTZE | ALONG ASIA’S GREAT RIVER
Disembark in the small city of Fuling and enjoy a shore excursion, beginning with a visit to the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum. Descend 150 feet underwater to see centuries-old rock carvings. Afterward, continue to a local market to gain insight into the region’s rich culinary culture. This afternoon, learn about Chinese traditional medicine and reflexology. Tonight, attend the Captain’s Reception.

Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13

CRUISING THE YANGTZE | THE THREE GORGES
Early this morning, ‘Yangzi Explorer’ navigates the Qutang and Wu gorges before anchoring at Badong, where you board a ferry and travel up Shennong Stream. Disembark to board local “pea pod” boats poled by Tujia boatmen — members of a local minority culture famed for their river skills — and explore a scenic gorge and village. Tonight, gather for a “Taste of China” dinner experience.

Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14

YICHANG/SHANGHAI | DISEMBARK ‘YANGZI EXPLORER’
This morning, disembark and fly to Shanghai, stopping briefly to photograph the Three Gorges Dam. On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your elegant hotel located on the famous Bund.

The Peninsula Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15

SHANGHAI | EXHILARATING METROPOLIS
Explore Shanghai, visiting Zhujiajiao, a water village evoking China’s medieval past. Cruise its main canal in a sampan (wooden boat). This evening, attend a Shanghai Acrobatic show.

The Peninsula Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16

SHANGHAI | THRIVING WATERFRONT
Stroll the Bund, Shanghai’s popular promenade. Then, wander the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden. Later, explore the M-50 Contemporary Art District, and gather for a festive farewell dinner.

The Peninsula Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17

DEPART SHANGHAI
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or to depart for a post-tour extension.

Meals: Breakfast


Pricing Terms and Conditions

All cancellations must be received in writing by your A&K Tour Consultant

Unless otherwise specified in your quotation, the following cancellation terms will apply to your booking:

Cancellations received between the date of booking and 61 days prior to departure will result in the loss of the deposit.

Cancellations received 60 – 46 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 15% of the tour price.

Cancellations received 45 – 29 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 25% of the tour price.

Cancellations received 28 – 15 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 50% of the tour price.

Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to departure will be subject to a forfeiture of the entire tour price.

Cancellation of airline tickets will be subject to the refund policy of each individual airline and may be greater than the percentages above particularly when low cost/net based fares are used.

The purchase of special event tickets is subject to the refund policy of each individual event. Please refer to the specific event policy for details.

A&K reserve the right to charge for financial penalties, fees and losses incurred in excess of your cancellation fee as a result of cancellation.

 

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