Small Group Discoveries for World Travelers

+ Experience life as a city resident as you browse in a market for produce to bring to your hosts, a local Beijing family who will offer real personal insight into this rapidly evolving city.
+ Learn Tai Chi with a master as you join him for a private class at the Temple of Heaven.
+ A Xian resident shares his lifetime of experience as you explore with him through a city market filled with exotic fare.
+ Meet the chef over lunch at Xiangyue Villa in Shanghai and learn about his fascinating career that took him from Shanghai’s finest restaurants to San Francisco and back.
+ Includes 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites c
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing

    You’ll be met on arrival and escorted to the luxurious Fairmont Beijing Hotel.
  • Day 2 - In + around Beijing

    with your Trip Leader Marvel at Tiananmen Square and tour the Forbidden City, once the exclusive enclave of emperors. At a local market, help your guide select produce for your hosts, a family you’ll join for lunch during your rickshaw tour through a hutong. This evening, enjoy a Peking Duck Banquet with wine. meals b+l+d
  • Day 3 Great Wall + Summer Palace

    Travel to Juyong Pass to explore atop one of the most scenic and historic sections of the Great Wall, the site of many ancient battles! Then tour the Summer Palace, erstwhile seasonal retreat of China’s royalty. meals b+l
  • Day 4 - Fly to Yichang to begin your cruise

    Tour the Temple of Heaven whe re you’ll also enjoy a private class with a Tai Chi Master. Fly to Yichang and transfer to the pier to board the MS Yangzi Explorer, China’s finest ship. Settle in to your balcony stateroom before an elegant dinner with wine. meals b+l+d
  • Day 5 - Three Gorges Dam

    Early risers can start the day with Tai Chi on deck. Visit the massive Three Gorges Dam and cruise through Xiling Gorge. meals b+l+d
  • Day 6 - Up Shennong Stream and through the Yangtze Gorges

    Journey by sampan up Shennong Stream and then return to ship to navigate through the dramatic Wu and Qutang Gorges. meals b+l+d
  • Day 7 - Ashore in Fengdu

    Learn how life in a river town has changed since the completion of the Three Gorges Dam as you explore Fengdu’s New City. meals b+l+d
  • Day 8 - Fly to Xian

    Visit the Pandas in Chongqing Zoo and fly to Xian, where you’ll explore a local market with a native resident. Savor traditional dumplings and retreat to the 5-star Hilton Hotel. meals b+d
  • Day 9 - Discover the Terra Cotta Army

    A meeting with an archaeologist is a great introduction to your tour of the Terra Cotta Army . Today’s lunch is enlivened by a noodle-making demonstration. meals b+l+d
  • Day 10 - Onward to Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai where you’ll be escorted to the landmark Fairmont Peace Hotel overlooking the historic Bund. Tonight you’ll thrill to a performance of the Shanghai Acrobats. meals b
  • Day 11 - Shanghai sightseeing

    Walk along the elegant waterfront Bund, delight in the lovely Yu Yuan Garden and tour the highly regarded Shanghai Museum. Sit down to lunch at Xiangyue Villa and meet with the chef to learn about his fascinating life which included time working at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. meals b+l+d
  • Day 12 - Farewell to Shanghai

    Transfer to the airport for your flight. meals b

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    This affordable easy-to-add Tour Extension includes your flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 3 nights at our stylish city-center hotel, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen and our unique Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.

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Welcome Aboard!Qutang Deck SuiteWu Deck SuiteWu Deck CabinXiling DeckMain Deck

  • 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.

    Ship DeckPlan

Our Small Group Sampler includes...

+ All-inclusive 4 nights in a balcony cabin on the MS Yangzi Explorer including all sightseeing, fine dining and wine with lunch and dinner
+ Extensive escorted sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees + 7 nights in our handpicked deluxe and luxury hotels
+ 27 meals featuring international and Chinese cuisine: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and all 3 internal flights
+ Luggage handling, hotel taxes, port charges, and fees for all included flights

Trip Pricing

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Land - Per Person Double

Dates   Main Deck Xiling Deck Wu Deck Cabin Wu Deck Suite Qutang Deck Suite
Departure Return   Regular Deal Regular Deal Regular Deal Regular Deal Regular Deal
3/27/2017 $4599 $4099 $4679 $4179 $4759 $4259 $5799 $5299 $5899 $5399
4/24/2017 $4899 $4399 $4979 $4479 $5059 $4559 $6099 $5599 $6199 $5699
5/22/2017 $4899 $4399 $4979 $4479 $5059 $4559 $6099 $5599 $6199 $5699
6/19/2017 $4599 $4099 $4679 $4179 $4759 $4259 $5799 $5299 $5899 $5399
7/17/2017 $4299 $3799 $4379 $3879 $4459 $3959 $5499 $4999 $5599 $5099
9/11/2017 $4899 $4399 $4979 $4479 $5059 $4559 $6099 $5599 $6199 $5699
9/18/2017 $4899 $4399 $4979 $4479 $5059 $4559 $6099 $5599 $6199 $5699
10/23/2017 $4899 $4399 $4979 $4479 $5059 $4559 $6099 $5599 $6199 $5699
10/30/2017 $4899 $4399 $4979 $4479 $5059 $4559 $6099 $5599 $6199 $5699
3/26/2018 $4899 $4399 $4979 $4479 $5059 $4559 $6099 $5599 $6199 $5699
4/23/2018 $4899 $4399 $4979 $4479 $5059 $4559 $6099 $5599 $6199 $5699

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Extra nights are available before or after your tour.

Extend Your Journey

  • Hong Kong Insider Extension from Shanghai

    4-Day Small Group Extension from $1,399

    This affordable easy-to-add Tour Extension includes your flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 3 nights at our stylish city-center hotel, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen and our unique Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.

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Extend Your Journey

  • Hong Kong Insider Extension from Shanghai

    4-Day Small Group Extension from $1,399

    This affordable easy-to-add Tour Extension includes your flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 3 nights at our stylish city-center hotel, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen and our unique Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.

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(51 Traveler Reviews)

  • Marge from IL gives this tour 

    This tour was everything we hoped to visit and more. LiLi Jung, our tour guide made the trip!! We liked the small group (10). We liked the fees that were all inclusive (airfare, excursions, meals, and in-country flights). There is so much culture and history in China, all of the guides were so knowledgeable. Every day ran very problems. The best was walking and climbing the Great Wall and seeing the Terra Cotta soldiers.. Read More »

  • Robert from CA gives this tour 

    The sights we saw and things we did were amazing. The tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We particularly liked the Yangtze River cruise, visit to the panda zoo, Xian and Shanghai portions of the tour. With only one other couple on our tour, we had the ability to tailor the agenda to our preferences, including the amount of time we spent at each location, choices of foods to eat, and ability to add some activities and sights that a larger group would not have been able... Read More »

  • Janis from FL gives this tour 

    I was impressed with the efficiency of all involved. The tour guides were waiting for us, we kept on schedule. We never had any long delays waiting for transportation. Good job! Read More »

  • Kathy from CA gives this tour 

    Delighted by the friendly populace and the excellent guide. Read More »

  • Warren from FL gives this tour 

    Tour/Tour guide, sights were great. Read More »

  • Mary from FL gives this tour 

    Delightful tour Guide and sites! Read More »

  • DeAnn from CA gives this tour 

    I enjoyed the Chinese Cruise, much different than in America - loved the change. Read More »

  • Beverly from CA gives this tour 

    Tour Guide and Hotels were excellent, broad sample of sights. Read More »

  • Joyce from OR gives this tour 

    The guide made the trip awesome. We were delighted to see Beijing, Xian, the 4-day cruse on the Yangtze Explorer, Chonguin, Shanghai. We were impressed with Tiananmen Square, Great Wall, Pandas, terra cotta warriors and the Muslim community. I thought the trip was excellent and we were impressed by the variety of experiences we've had that was incorporated in your itinerary. We do like your company and we do plan to travel with you again in the future. Read More »

  • Robert from NV gives this tour 

    Everything was great! Read More »

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