Magical China & the Yangtze River

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13 Days from £4,137
Departures available from :
11th Jun - 15th Oct
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Introduction

Discover China's ancient history and fascinating culture on this delightful holiday. Explore the majestic Three Gorges on a Yangtze River cruise. Sightseeing with a Local Guide takes in the highlights of Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing including visits to the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and Yu Yuan Gardens. You'll also see an acrobatics show, a cloisonne workshop and a noodle making demonstration as well as taking in the Hutongs by rickshaw, a performance of the Peking Opera and...

“Everything about the ship and the service was first class”

Everything about the ship and the service was first class
Everything about the ship and the service was first class
Tonia & Mike Cain

The Avalon experience

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Included Highlights

  • BEIJING Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Peking Opera performance; Hutongs tour by rickshaw
  • GREAT WALL OF CHINA & MING TOMBS
  • XIAN Terracotta Warriors; Big Wild Goose (Dayan) Pagoda; Tang Dynasty dinner show
  • CHONGQING Visit Chongqing zoo to see pandas
  • YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE View Shibaozhai pagoda;Qutang Gorge; Wu Gorge; Three Gorges Dam; either Shennong Stream, Yangtze's lesser gorge
  • SHANGHAI The Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, Silk Factory; Shanghai Museum; acrobatics show

Included in the price

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • Deluxe accommodation An intimate cruise experience on the all-suite Century Paragon or Century Legend for just 20 passengers. Spacious outside Avalon suites measuring 300 square feet with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and river views. Each stateroom has hotel-style beds, air-conditioning, large private bathrooms with premium bath amenities, plush bathrobes and slippers. Twin room with private facilities for 3 nights at the Fairmont Beijing, 2 nights at the Shangri La Xian, and 2 nights at the Fairmont Peace, Shanghai

  • All meals on board including breakfast and lunch buffets featuring local cuisines and Western alternatives. Waiter service dinner in a choice of either the main or an exclusive à la carte restaurant, each with complimentary wine. Complimentary tea and coffee available throughout the day. Meals on tour include 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners, including a Peking Duck welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai; daily breakfast on Guilin and Hong Kong extensions

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director, driver and crew. Note: tips for local guides are not included.

  • All transfers, local port charges

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Day 1 (Wed) UK - Beijing.

Depart the UK

Day 2 (Thu) Beijing.

Welcome to China’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 3 (Fri) Beijing.

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to the FORBIDDEN CITY and its IMPERIAL PALACE, once the home of China’s great emperors. Nearby is 100-acre TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. After lunch, enjoy some time at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a special PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER in an award-winning restaurant in your hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 4 (Sat) Beijing

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved, and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Tonight, attend a performance of the PEKING OPERA, a traditional form of Chinese theater, including a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful makeup being applied to the performers. Alternatively, you may choose to attend the LEGEND OF KUNG FU SHOW. Here, performers use a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics to tell the story of a monk who studies Buddhism and kung fu his whole life and eventually becomes a Zen master. (B, L)

Day 5 (Sun) Beijing-Xi'an

This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing's HUTONGS, the city's ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighbourhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family's home for tea. Later, fly to Xi'an. (B, D)

Day 6 (Mon) Xi'an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi'an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. You will also enter the VIP VIEWING AREA for an up-close view of these life-size statues. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. This evening, enjoy the "Tang Dynasty" DINNER SHOW, featuring a colourful assemblage of classical performances. (B, L, D)

Day 7 (Tue) Xi'an-Chongqing (Embarkation)-Yangtze River Cruise

This morning, visit the Xi'an City Wall South Gate and learn to write like a local during a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS; you may even see some locals practising their morning Tai Chi. Next, fly to Chongqing, China's capital during World War II. Visit a local ZOO to see pandas and eat dinner at a local HOT POT restaurant before boarding the Century Paragon for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. Join your travelling companions for a PRIVATE WELCOME RECEPTION including cocktails and snacks. (B, D)

Day 8 (Wed) Cruising: Shibaozhai

The morning is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of on-board activities. You may choose to start your day with a Tai Chi session on the Sun Deck, take a swim in the pool, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. After lunch, take a WALKING TOUR of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship's crew. NOTE: Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered. (B, L, D)

Day 9 (Thu) Cruising: Qutang Gorge-Wu Gorge-Shennv Stream

Again, enjoy the morning at your leisure on the ship. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Baidi Cheng, known as the "White Emperor City," to see the Baidi Temple. Later in the morning, sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges—Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. After lunch, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Shennv Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. This evening, join the Captain for a special Chinese-style farewell banquet. NOTE: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Daning River. (B, L, D)

Day 10 (Fri) Cruising: Three Gorges Dam Site-Xiling Gorge-Yichang (Disembarkation)-Shanghai

This morning, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. Afterwards, sail through Xiling Gorge, the last of the three gorges, before bidding farewell to your ship's crew in Yichang. After lunch in Yichang, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, China's most populous city and centre of trade and industry. (B, L)

Day 11 (Sat) Shanghai

Start your day with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a SILK FACTORY to learn about the silk-making process. For lunch, a traditional DIM SUM feast awaits. Meaning “to touch your heart,” dim sum was originally a snack but has transformed into a full meal with a wide variety of steamed dumplings, spring rolls, and more. Afterward, enjoy time at leisure. This evening, be entertained by a spectacular ACROBATIC SHOW (B, L)

Day 12 (Sun) Shanghai

This morning, visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 13 (Mon) Shanghai

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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3 extra nights in Hong Kong
Days 12 Shanghai - Hong Kong. Fly to Hong Kong and transfer to The Langham Hotel. (B)
Day 13 Hong Kong. Begin today with a cable car ride up Victoria Peak for panoramic views. Next, drive by Repulse Bay and on to Aberdeen for a sampan ride on the harbour before visiting Stanley Market. Tonight, perhaps join an optional sunset cruise on Hong Kong's magnificent harbour. (B)
Day 14 Hong Kong. A full free day to explore this exciting city. Perhaps join an optional excursion to view the giant Buddha on Lantau Island, or to learn about Hong Kong's history before British colonisation. Shopping is a highlight in Hong Kong with markets, malls and shops to suit any taste and budget. (B)
Day 15 Hong Kong - UK. After breakfast, you are free to make the most of Hong Kong at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

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5 extra nights in Guilin & Hong Kong
Day 12 Shanghai - Guilin. Fly to Guilin and transfer to the Sheraton Guilin Hotel. (B)
Day 13 Guilin. Peppered with striking limestone hills swathed in mist, Guilin's verdant plains convey a sense of mystery that artists have tried to capture for centuries. Join a Li River cruise to savour the unique views. Tonight, join an optional trip to see cormorants drive for fish, the traditional Lijiang fishing method. (B,L)
Day 14 Guilin - Hong Kong. After a morning at leisure visit the Reed Flute Cave, famous for its unusual stalactite and stalagmite formations. Next, visit a local Tea Farm for a hands-on demonstration of the tea making process and tea ceremony. Later, fly to Hong Kong and transfer to The Langham Hotel. (B,L)
Day 15 Hong Kong. Begin today with a cable car ride up Victoria Park for panoramic views. Next, drive by Repulse Bay and on to Aberdeen for a sampan ride on the harbour before visiting Stanley Market. Tonight, perhaps join an optional sunset cruise on Hong Kong's magnificent harbour.
Day 16 Hong Kong. A full free day to explore this exciting city. Perhaps join an optional excursion to view the giant Buddha on Lantau Island, or to learn about Hong Kong's history before British colonisation. Shopping is a highlight in Hong Kong with markets, malls and shops to suit all taste and budget. (B)
Day 17 Hong Kong - UK. After breakfast, you are free to make the most of Hong Kong at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

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We regularly update our guide prices however frequent airline fare changes means prices can go up or down. Prices are based on two sharing a lead in Deluxe Stateroom. Please refer to the Change Departure point box below to choose your preferred departure airport or Eurostar station.



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June Prices per person based on two sharing
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11th Jun 2017 (Sun)
London Heathrow Airport
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July Prices per person based on two sharing
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9th Jul 2017 (Sun)
London Heathrow Airport
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August Prices per person based on two sharing
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DECK Upper/Promenade/Bridge Promenade/Bridge Observation/Sun Promenade
SIZE 266 sq ft 325 sq ft 415 sq ft 1140 sq ft
WINDOW Floor to ceiling glass door to private balcony Floor to ceiling glass door to private balcony Floor to ceiling glass door to private balcony Floor to ceiling glass door to private balcony
BEDS Two twins or a double bed Two twins or a double bed Two twins or a double bed Two twins or a double bed
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower and bath En-suite bathroom with full shower and bath En-suite bathroom with full shower and bath En-suite bathroom with full shower and bath
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