11 Day China & the Yangtze River in Style

12/02/2020 through 12/18/2021
08/01/2020 through 12/31/2021
Kensington Tours

11 Day China & the Yangtze River in Style

China is filled with iconic, world-famous wonders, and while it would be impossible to include them all in a single trip, this exciting journey comes very, very close. From the UNESCO-protected sights of Beijing to the Great Wall, from Xi’an’s Terra-Cotta Warriors to the Yangtze, from Three Gorges Dam to the shimmering skyline of Shanghai, this journey is maximum China, start to finish.

First, get to know the political and cultural center of China a little better courtesy of a private tour of some of its most famous landmarks. From Tiananmen Square, you’ll visit the massive Forbidden City and peaceful Temple of Heaven (both UNESCO World Heritage sites) before taking to the waters of Kunming Lake for a relaxing boat cruise. Later, visit China’s most stunning architectural marvel at one of its most impregnable points on a full-day private tour of the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall.

Next stop: Xi’an, the one-time preserve of China’s royal dynasties and home of its most famous long-term residents: the Terra-Cotta Warriors. You’ll come face-to-face with Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s clay soldiers on a private tour, then have the chance to explore the ancient city wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, home to a remarkable collection of Buddhist artifacts. Next, head south to Chongqing and board your five-star riverboat for a three-night cruise along the Yangtze, the longest river in all of Asia. With optional tai chi and reflexology sessions, cultural performances, and delicious dinners on board, a shore excursion with a traditional tracker, and the incredible scenery of the Three Gorges region, your time on the river adds an intriguing dimension to the journey.

After touring the Three Gorges Dam, the most ambitious engineering project in living memory, head on to your last stop: always-on Shanghai. With a private guide, you’ll explore the fascinating network of canals that link the waterside towns near the city, stopping to explore Zhuijiajio (nicknamed “the Venice of the East”) before returning to Shanghai for a lunch of xiaolongbao, a traditional steamed bun, before unwinding in the oasis-like surroundings of Yu Garden.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

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Day 1 Beijing
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Day 2 Beijing
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Day 3 Beijing
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Day 4 Xian
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Day 5 Xian
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Day 6 Xian
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Day 7 Fuling To Yangtze River Cruise
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Day 8 Wu Gorge To Yangtze River Cruise
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Day 9 Yichang To Shanghai
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Day 10 Shanghai
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Day 11 Shanghai
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