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zGems of China and the Yangtze

9 days

9 Day Small Group Escorted Tour and Yangtze River Cruise

Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

  • Venture down the Yangtze on China’s best luxury ship, with free-flowing wines at dinner! ...And discover 3 of the country’s most fascinating cities.
  • With our terrific Trip Leaders and a congenially sized group, our in-depth sightseeing is always a more relaxed, authentic and rewarding experience.
  • These enriching days of touring come to a perfect close in our luxury hotels and ship... And our unique partnership with Peninsula Hotels means exclusive benefits just for our guests.
  • The remote Mutianyu section of the Great Wall promises a memorable, uncrowded experience.
  • Enjoy convivial dining in our favorite restaurants, among the best in China, including Beijing’s upscale Courtyard Restaurant and Shanghai’s Lost Heaven, renowned for its exotic Yunnan cuisine.
  • Discover 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

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Welcome to Beijing!

Check in to the Peninsula where an upgrade to a Grand Deluxe Room awaits. In addition to your special complimentary guestroom upgrade, we’ve arranged for a credit which can be used at the Peninsula Spa by ESPA. Their luxuriating treatments offer the perfect way to refresh and rejuvenate after a day of travel or sightseeing.


To the Great Wall c and back

After breakfast, we take you to the remote Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. With fewer visitors and stunning scenery, you’ll have a more authentic and rewarding experience. You can ride the cable car or make the ascent to the Wall on foot; either way, our attentive guide will make sure you have plenty of time to savor the thrill of walking atop this ancient structure. Sit down to lunch in the historic Schoolhouse Restaurant and return to the city to explore by rickshaw through one of the city’s rapidly disappearing hutong districts. Meals B,L


Explore Beijing and fly to Xian

Behold the imposing grandeur of Tiananmen Square and tour the magnificent halls, courtyards and pavilions of the Forbidden City c. For lunch, we’ve arranged for you to dine at the prestigous Courtyard Restaurant, set in an imperial building of the Qing Dynasty. Take an afternoon flight to Xian where you’ll be escorted to the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel. Meals B,L


Visit the Terra Cotta Army... And board your luxury ship

This morning you’ll visit the remarkable 2,000-year-old Terra Cotta Army c and Xian’s ancient city walls. A late afternoon flight brings you to Chongqing where the all-balcony MS Yangzi Explorer awaits. Meals B,L,D


Ashore to explore the “Ghost City” of Fengdu

Alight in Fengdu to tour its ancient temples. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of scenic cruising or join in the ship’s cultural program... you might learn about traditional Chinese medicine or see a demonstration of the arts. Meals B,L,D


Through the Three Gorges and up Shennong Stream

This morning your ship navigates into Qutang Gorge, the narrowest of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges, and then through Wu Gorge. Later, journey by traditional sampan up one of the Yangtze’s most scenic tributaries into an unforgettable mountain landscape. Meals B,L,D


Visit the Three Gorges Dam and fly to Shanghai

Visit the Three Gorges Dam before disembarking in Yichang. Fly to Shanghai and transfer to the luxurious Peninsula Shanghai, where you will be upgraded to a Deluxe Garden View Room. Meals B,L,D


Out and about in Shanghai

Extensive full day sightseeing featuring Yu Yuan Garden and the Shanghai Museum is punctuated with delightful dining... A traditional dim sum lunch in the trendy Xintiandi district and a farewell dinner at Lost Heaven, an atomospheric restaurant on the Bund renowned for it’s fine presentation of exotic Yunnan cuisine. Meals B,L,D


Depart Shanghai

Your tour with us finishes this morning. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Travel on to the Legendary Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong

4 day extension

This easy-to-add Tour Extension includes your flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 3 nights at the one-and-only Peninsula Hong Kong, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen and our exclusive Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.

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Private Tour Add-Ons


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.


Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, city sightseeing and airport transfers via the convenient Airport Limousine Bus.


Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package features a choice of fine city-center hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Ask about international air service on Cathay Pacific or United, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Extra nights are available before or after your tour.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Take advantage of our Family & Friends offer and Save $100 per person anytime you book 4 or more people on the same A+R program.

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