Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

  • Our exclusive welcome service in Beijing whisks you from your arrival gate and through customs.
  • With fewer visitors, the remote Mutianyu section of the Great Wall offers a more authentic experience.
  • Embark on a full-day exploration of ancient Suzhou, revered for its gardens and the Grand Canal.
  • Discover China’s rich variety of regional cuisines... Our handpicked restaurants are among the best.
  • Day 1 – Our White Glove welcome service in Beijing

    You’ll be met at your flight, personally assisted with entry formalities and baggage claim, and then escorted to the 5-star Sofitel Wanda Hotel.
  • Day 2 – Full-day Small Group sightseeing in the capital

    Behold the grandeur of Tiananmen Square and tour the imposing Forbidden City c. After lunch at Hua’s Restaurant, visit the lovely Summer Palace c, erstwhile seasonal retreat of China’s emperors. Tonight, enjoy a festive Peking Duck banquet at Dadong, one of the city’s finest restaurants. Meals B,L,D
  • Day 3 – Beijing hutong and the Great Wall c

    Explore by rickshaw through the narrow lanes of a hutong and meet with a resident family in this traditional neighborhood of ancient courtyard homes. After lunch, travel to the remote, less-visited Mutianyu section for a more authentic and rewarding Great Wall experience. We’ve included the cable car, but the intrepid will have time to make the ascent on foot. Meals B,L
  • Day 4 – Fly to Xian... and Touch Antiquity

    Upon arrival in Xian, our Touch Antiquity experience with museum curators is a rare chance to examine and handle priceless ancient artifacts. Spend the night at the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel. Meals B,D
  • Day 5 – The Terra Cotta Army c

    Marvel at the Terra Cotta Warriors, thousands strong, buried 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of an emperor. After lunch, fly to Chongqing where you’ll be escorted to your 5-star, all-balcony ship. Meals B,L,D
  • Day 6 – The “Ghost City” of Fengdu

    After breakfast, step off ship in Fengdu for a first hand look at how life in a small river town has changed since the completion of the massive Three Gorges Dam. Join your guide to explore Fengdu’s  New City, built for local residents who were forced by the Dam’s rising waters to relocate to higher ground. You’ll visit a colorful city market filled with a wide variety of produce and locally made goods, and then enjoy a performance of traditional Chinese dance presented by city residents. Continue to the Old City to visit a Qing Dynasty mansion, deserted since the completion of the New City relocation project.

    Back onboard, you can try your hand at traditional brush painting, learn Mah Jong, watch as the ship’s chef prepares savory Chinese dumplings – or just enjoy the captivating scenery from your private balcony or one of the ship’s inviting public areas.  Meals B,L,D
  • Day 7 – Through the Three Gorges and up Shennong Stream

    Cruise through the magnificent Qutang and Wu Gorges. Later, journey by traditional sampan up one of the Yangtze’s most scenic tributaries into an unforgettable landscape of mountain peaks and clear streams. Meals B,L,D
  • Day 8 – Visit the Three Gorges Dam and fly to Shanghai

    Visit the Three Gorges Dam before disembarking your ship in Yichang. Fly to Shanghai and transfer to the Peninsula Hotel. Meals B,L
  • Day 9 – Full day city sightseeing

    Travel along the historic waterfront Bund, tour the highly-respected Shanghai Museum and ascend China’s tallest building for breathtaking views. Sit down to a traditional Dim Sum lunch at Ding Tai Fung. Then explore the evocative alleys of Xintiandi where ancient stone houses have been lovingly restored to house some of Shanghai’s most popular cafes, restaurants and boutiques. Meals B,L
  • Day 10 – Excursion to Suzhou c by High-Speed Rail

    Journey to Suzhou, renowned for its classic Chinese gardens, for an exclusive lecture from the Bonsai master at the Garden of the Master of Nets. Then tour Lingering Garden, one of Suzhou’s finest, before returning to Shanghai by High-Speed Rail. Enjoy an elegant à la carte dinner tonight at Lost Heaven on the Bund, famed for its masterful presentation of exotic Yunnan cuisine. Meals B,L,D
  • Day 11 – Depart Shanghai

    Our tour services end this morning. Or why not continue your journey to Hong Kong? Meals B

Extend Your Journey

  • Be a Hong Kong Insider!

    4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $1,699

    Experience facets of Hong Kong which few visitors ever glimpse. We include your flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 3 nights at the 5-star Kowloon Shangri-La, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen and our exclusive Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.

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  • Sofitel Wanda Hotel

    With a central location in the Beijing, Sofitel Wanda Beijing offers easy access to the Exhibition Center, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The hotel's striking design draws on Sino-French influences and accentuates the strong cultural links between France and China reflected in the overall theme and décor. The hotel features 417 luxurious rooms, 4 restaurants, a Grand Ballroom, Health Club and indulgent LeSpa. Guest accommodations include in-room safe, high-speed internet access, mini-bar and satellite television.

  • Shangri-La Hotel, Xian

    A retreat for discerning travellers, the Shangri-La Hotel boasts a minimum 40 square metres and includes 24-hour room service, same day laundry and valet service, satellite TV, data ports and broadband internet services. The Shangri-La Hotel, Xian also provides a selection of bars and restaurants including a lobby lounge, coffee shop, and speciality and Chinese restaurants and health club with an indoor swimming pool.

  • Peninsula Hotel

    Located on the world-famous Bund, with spectacular views of the Bund, Huangpu River, Pudong and the gardens of the former British Consulate, the Peninsula Shanghai blends historic architecture of its landmark neighbors with a fusion of Art Decon-inspired glamour. The 235 spacious guest rooms include a 46" plasma television, iPod docking station and wireless internet access.

Welcome Aboard!Luxury Accommodation

  • Main Deck Cabin

    Main Deck Cabin

    With only 58 beautiful staterooms, the all-balcony Yangzi Explorer is the most intimate ship on the river. An elegant single-seating dining room features fine international cuisine including wine with lunch and dinner. Enjoy expertly guided, small-group shore excursions, relax in the Explorer Lounge, and refresh in the spa. To enhance your voyage, the Explorer offers a comprehensive and enriching onboard cultural program.

Our Small Group Value

  • Our VIP Meet & Greet arrival service in Beijing
  • Escorted comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees
  • Complete shore excursion and shipboard enrichment program
  • 24 meals with fine Asian and Western cuisine: 10 breakfasts,
  • 8 lunches and 6 dinners including elegant international dining onboard ship and an à la carte farewell dinner in Shanghai
  • 7 nights accommodation in our outstanding luxury hotels
  • 3 nights in a balcony stateroom on the MS Yangzi Explorer
  • Gratuities for drivers, waiters and porters
  • All on-tour transportation and all 3 internal flights
  • Luggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and service charges, and all airline fees and fuel charges for your 3 included flights
  • GeneralAssist, our toll-free 24/7 emergency on-tour assistance

Trip Pricing

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  • Traveling as a single?

Begin Beijing - Per Person Double

Dates   Luxury Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
9/21/2014
Guaranteed
10/1/2014 $5499 $4999
 
10/12/2014 10/22/2014 $5499 $4999
 

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  • Save $1,000 or more per couple on any of our Small Group or Private Tours when you pay-in-full at time of booking for travel anytime through April 2016.
  • Travel is one life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!



    For a small group of 8 or more, Save $300 per person!

    For Groups of 10 or more please call 800.221.2216

Prices are per person, land only. We offer air on Cathay Pacific or United. Add extra nights. A single entry China visa is required for U.S. citizens.

Extend Your Journey

  • Be a Hong Kong Insider!

    4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $1,699

    Experience facets of Hong Kong which few visitors ever glimpse. We include your flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 3 nights at the 5-star Kowloon Shangri-La, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen and our exclusive Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.

    View Day by Day »

Trip Pricing

  • Year of Travel

  • Traveling as a single?

Extend Your Journey

  • Be a Hong Kong Insider!

    4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $1,699

    Experience facets of Hong Kong which few visitors ever glimpse. We include your flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 3 nights at the 5-star Kowloon Shangri-La, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen and our exclusive Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.

    View Day by Day »

FreeStyle Travel Add-Ons

  • Yellow Mountain

    5 Day Freestyle Tour

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    3 Day FreeStyle Travel Package

    Our perfectly-planned stay in Chengdu includes 2 nights at your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, chauffeured airport transfers, city sightseeing, our unique Encounter a Panda program, and more!

  • Guilin

    3 day FreeStyle Tour

    Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, full day sightseeing with Li River cruise and private car airport transfers.

Trip Reviews

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(7 Traveler Reviews)

  • barbara from MN gives this tour 

    It was an amazing trip. Interesting informative & fun. We had the most amazing tour guide "Dwan". His english was excellent, he was a great teacher, he was very professional, attentive to the needs of our group as well as a very nice person. He "made the trip" Our accomodations were over the top, they could not have been any better. It was a nice variety of China. We ate lots of Chinese food. I loved going into the REAL markets and seeing the ordinary people selling and shopping for their daily... Read More »

  • Peggy from CA gives this tour 

    It was very organized, and I always felt like I was in good hands. The accommodations were great. Our family really loved the special tours of going to people's homes or the special museum or factory tours. Read More »

  • Catherine from NJ gives this tour 

    Our guides were excellent and provided a wealth of knowledge in their respective cities. Transfers went smoothly from city to city. Our hotels in China were top rate, with the Peninsula in Shanghai setting a standard that will be difficult to exceed, and our journey on the Yangzi Explorer was luxuriously relaxing. Your tour provided a good mix of activities from the "must see" sites to the glimpses of everyday life in another culture. Read More »

  • Connie from WI gives this tour 

    Enjoyed being exposed to a wide variety of lifestyles. Using various means of transportation, great restaurants with authentic food. Read More »

  • John from OH gives this tour 

    Our guide, hotel rooms, small group was delightful! Read More »

  • Janet from KY gives this tour 

    History + culture + the amazing sights of China. Read More »

  • John from OR gives this tour 

    Surprise suite upgrade at Xian Shangri-La was delightful. Touch antiquities, Terra Cotta warrior, Great wall, most of the food/restaurants - all were great. Read More »

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B.A. of Bloomington, MN
Loved Yangtze Sojourn!

It was an amazing trip. Interesting informative & fun. We had the most amazing tour guide "Dwan". His english was excellent, he was a great teacher, he was very professional, attentive to the needs of our group as well as a very nice person. He "made the trip." Our accomodations were over the top, they could not have been any better. It was a nice variety of China. I loved going into the REAL markets and seeing the ordinary people selling and shopping for their daily needs. The size of our group was perfect. It really spoils me to be able to travel with a nice small group, we all got to know each other so well and hope to stay in touch.