Grand China

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Destination & Sightseeing


Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Enjoy a four night stay in Beijing.

Start your tour with a visit to China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.  Freechoice: Spend an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Enrich Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. It was once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, and this section is not usually open to the general public. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the Hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways. Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at The Exchange.

Freechoice: Hunt for ingredients at the wet markets for a wonderful interactive cooking class. Alternatively, learn the ancient art of writing Chinese calligraphy or visit the incredible 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake. Later, fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner. 

Yangtze River Cruise
Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception.

Yangtze River Cruise
Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges.

Yangtze River Cruise
Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China Gala Dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu
Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Experience China’s new high-speed train network on the way to Chengdu and settle in for a two night stay. Freechoice Dining: Dinner is a delicious choice between traditional Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace, Western ribs and burgers at Mooney’s Irish bar, or international fare at Café Z.

Enrich A special day as a member of the Panda Volunteer Training Program. Enjoy an enchanting encounter with rare Giant panda cubs as you help staff at the Dujiangyan Panda Base prepare food to feed and care for them. Wander through the old quarter, visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the 2nd-century Wuhou Temple. 

Chengdu > Xi’an
Travel on the new High Speed Train to Xi’an and then explore the ancient city wall on foot, by bike or electric buggy. Tonight, enjoy a performance at the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show over dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights at a historically located hotel.

Enrich Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an incredible opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process.  Later, enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple. Enrich Be treated to a private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator.  Sundowners Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

Xi’an > Guilin
Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter before flying to Guilin. Spend the evening at your elegant hotel in Guilin.

Guilin > Yangshuo
Enjoy picturesque vistas as you sail down the idyllic Li River to Yangshuo. Later, stroll around the Old Town before settling back at your luxurious hotel for a two night Special Stay.

Venture into the countryside to discover a rural way of life rarely encountered by tourists. Visit Fuli, the hometown of China’s iconic painted paper fans. You’ll even get to meet a master of the art and try your hand at creating your own souvenir. This evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show.

Yangshuo > Guilin > Shanghai
Return to Guilin and fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai. Travel on the high speed Maglev train, then enjoy a three night Special Stay.

Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its striking heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Later, admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, witness the renowned agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats. 

Freechoice: Visit the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square, before exploring the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges, or cruise along Huangpu River.  Later, spend your free time exploring Nanjing Road, before enjoying your farewell dinner. Sundowners Soak in the view of the Bund and Pudong with farewell drinks from the rooftop bar.

It’s the end of a journey you’ll look back on fondly for years. Please note: pre-release itinerary subject to change

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