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Luxury Tour

Yunnan and Yangtze

FROM $12,295

Journey into the Yunnan Province to explore the cobblestone streets of ancient Lijiang, wander amongst the Stone Forest, embrace Tibetan traditions in Shangri-La, before cruising the Yangzte and taking in the icons of Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an.

  • OPERATES 8 AUG, 12 SEP 2017
  • DEPARTS Kunming


DAY 1 Arrive Kunming

Be met at the airport and  transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your own leisure. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception at your hotel.
Stay: Green Lake Hotel

DAY 2 Kunming, Stone Forest

Kunming uniquely blends ancient Chinese heritage with the features of a modern commercial hub. A real highlight of your time in Kunming is today’s visit to the amazing Stone Forest, an enormous collection of karst rock pillars towering skyward. A World Heritage-listed site, the stone karsts have the appearance of petrified trees. Enjoy lunch at Chef Pan’s restaurant in Yiliang. Yiliang is a small town famous for its roast duck, and is believed by many to be the most succulent in China. Return to Kunming, and enjoy a unique ‘Across the Bridge Noodles’ dinner, an authentic dish in the Yunnan Province. (BLD)
Stay: Green Lake Hotel

DAY 3 Kunming, Lijiang

Transfer to the airport for your included flight to the World Heritage-listed town of Lijiang, located within a beautiful valley at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Tonight for dinner, enjoy a delicious and authentic experience at The Chinese Restaurant or feast on traditional fare at the rustic Lakeside Restaurants. (BLD)

Stay: Lijiang, Grand Hyatt Resort Hotel

DAY 4 Lijiang

Explore the ancient town of Lijiang today. The town successfully fuses the many cultural traditions that have been present here for centuries. Spend time discovering the alleys and canals that weave through the town, before a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Later, have your cameras at the ready as you visit Jade Spring Park, where the white marble bridge and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background provide a true photographer’s paradise. (BL)
Stay : Lijiang, Grand Hyatt Resort Hotel

DAY 5 Lijiang

Today begins in the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where you’ll have the opportunity to ride a cable car to the Yunshan Ping viewing platform offering panoramas of the snow-capped peaks. Later, attend the Impression Lijiang Show. With hundreds of dancers, this spectacle demonstrates the lifestyles of the local minority groups, all set to the backdrop of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Return to Lijiang to visit the Baisha Ancient Wall Paintings. (BLD)
Stay:Lijiang, Grand Hyatt Resort Hotel

DAY 6 Lijiang, Shangri-La

As you travel towards Shangri-La, enjoy stunning views of the dramatic landscape of the Yangtze River. Later, stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge to admire this magnificent canyon carved through the mountains by the majestic Jinsha River. Join your fellow travellers for dinner at your hotel tonight.(BLD)
Stay: Shangri-La, Shangri-La Hotel

DAY 7 Shangri-La

Visit Songzanlin Monastery today. Built between 1679 and 1681, Songzanlin Monastery features a striking gilded copper roof which can be seen from miles away shining in the sun. This afternoon select from three activities. Perhaps visit Pudacuo National Park, located in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. This national park is home to 20% of the country’s indigenous plant species and one third of China’s mammal and bird species. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this idyllic region and visit the pretty Bita and Shudu Lakes. Alternatively, visit a local monastery for a traditional Tibetan Buddhist blessing. Another option is to relax with an authentic foot reflexology treatment. A form of traditional Chinese therapy, reflexology is said to help improve circulation and aid the immune system. (BLD)
Stay: Shangri-La, Shangri-La Hotel

DAY 8 Shangri-La, Chengdu

Enjoy this morning at leisure to explore at your own pace. Later, visit the home of a Tibetan family. This afternoon, head to the enormous Fortunate Victory Prayer Wheel in the heart of Lijiang’s Old Town. The largest Tibetan prayer wheel in existence, the gilded structure depicts China’s 56 ethnic groups working together in fabled harmony. It takes a number of people to turn. This evening, board a flight to Chengdu, where once arrived you’ll be transferred to your hotel. (BL)
Stay: Chengdu, Grand Hyatt Hotel

DAY 9 Chengdu

Today, visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Get up close to the Giant Panda and learn about the breeding program that has been set up to protect this icon. It’s estimated that there are 1,000 to 1,500 Giant Panda’s left in the world, with around 80% of those in the Sichuan Province. After lunch, visit Chengdu’s Jinli Old Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in the country. While Jinli provides a window into China’s past, it also offers a diverse blend of ancient and modern China. (BLD)
Stay: Chengdu, Grand Hyatt Hotel

DAY 10 Chengdu, Beijing

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Check in at your luxurious hotel and spend the day at leisure. You may like to relax at your hotel or step out for a wander along nearby Wangfujing Streets.(BD)
Stay: Raffles Beijing Hotel

DAY 11 Beijing

Your sightseeing begins today with a tour of Tiananmen Square. Enlarged to four times its original size in the 1950s, Tiananmen is the world’s largest city square. After the tour, head to the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, the largest surviving palace complex on earth. After time to look around you will transfer to the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace, built by Empress Dowager Cixi following the destruction of the Old Summer Palace by French and British troops in 1860. Explore the beautiful gardens with a local guide then board a traditionally styled boat for a private cruise along the shores of the Summer Palace. Following dinner at leisure back in Beijing, choose to attend a Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, watch an exhilarating Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre or explore the bustling Silk Alley market.(BL)
Stay: Raffles Beijing Hotel

DAY 12 Beijing, Great Wall of China

Set out for the Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea up into the Gobi Desert for more than 6,000 kilometres. Be captivated by the magnitude of this 8th-century monument as you wander along an unrestored and rarely visited stretch of the Badaling section. Later, enjoy a buffet lunch and free-flowing beverages overlooking the wall, prepared just for APT guests. Back in Beijing this evening, indulge in an authentic Peking Duck banquet with all of the traditional accompaniments.(BLD)
Stay: Raffles Beijing Hotel

DAY 13 Beijing, Yichang

After the morning at leisure, transfer to the airport and fly to Yichang. On arrival, transfer to your luxury river ship and settle in for your cruise along the Yangtze River.(BLD)
Stay: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

DAY 14 Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam

Cruise along the Yangtze River through China’s most picturesque area, the Three Gorges region. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple. This afternoon, arrive at the Three Gorges Dam and take a tour of the world’s largest engineering project. After the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with your fellow guests. (BLD)
Stay: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

DAY 15 Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge

Disembark at Badong and transfer by ferry to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). As you cruise on this longboat, poled by a local Tujia boatman, you’re able to absorb the serenity of the river and take in the rich surrounding forest and towering rock formations. After lunch back on board, continue to Wu Gorge. Noted for its sheer peaks and towering cliff faces, the gorge is surrounded by the Wu Mountains and is the second of the Three Gorges system. Later, your ship will pass between the Chijia Mountain and Baiyan Mountain to enter the Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges. In the afternoon, you may choose to attend an onboard arts and crafts demonstration. (BLD)
Stay: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

DAY 16 Fengdu or Relocation Tour

Disembark for a tour of Fengdu. Fengdu is noted for its bustling markets and the many Buddha and Tao temples gathered on Ming Mountain. Or, you may choose to take a ‘Relocation Tour’, which will give you an insight into the impact of the Three Gorges Dam project on local farming communities and the surrounding area. In the afternoon, choose from a range of activities; attend a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy demonstration, learn how to play Mahjong, learn a few words of Mandarin, or participate in a dumpling making session. In the evening, enjoy the Emperor’s Farewell Dinner, a spectacular Chinese banquet feast. (BLD)
Stay: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

DAY 17 Chongqing, Disembark Ship, Xi’an

Disembark your ship in Chongqing. Today, head to the Chongqing Zoo where more than 200 varieties of wild and rare animals are on display, including the endangered Giant Pandas. Later, visit a local restaurant for an authentic hotpot lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. Tonight, choose from Thai cuisine at Siam Garden, a Western choice at Yi Cafe or an authentic Cantonese meal at Tian Xiang Ge. (BLD)
Stay:Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

DAY 18 Xi’an, Terracotta Army

Travel out of the city to a clay factory where impressive terracotta soldiers are still made today. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. Here lie the three excavation pits where the collection of terracotta sculptures were first unearthed by farmers in 1974. Observe the tomb of life-size models that represent the army that triumphed in the Warring States Period, and ushered in the united imperial China era. Watch a panoramic movie telling the story of the warriors and enjoy time to visit the three excavation pits. In the evening, enjoy a Tang Dynasty cultural performance and feast on a local dumpling dinner. Alternatively, you may like to embark on a tour of the Muslim Quarter, including a wander through the market, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.(BLD)
Stay:Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

DAY 19 Xi’an, Shanghai

After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. On arrival, board the high-speed Maglev train into the city and watch on as the kilometres race towards an exhilarating 300 kilometres. Once predominantly a fishing and textiles town, rapid growth has seen Shanghai transformed into a globally significant metropolis, boasting a famous skyline that brushes the clouds and a strong influence in the world of business and fashion. Upon arrival, check in to your iconic hotel overlooking the Huangpu River and enjoy free time. In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal of Chinese cuisine at the Dragon Phoenix restaurant. Alternatively, you may wish to head to the Langham Xintiandi Hotel’s renowned signature restaurant, Ming Court. Or choose to enjoy an exotic fusion menu at Zen Restaurant.(BLD)
Stay: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

DAY 20 Shanghai

Today you will enjoy a bus tour of Shanghai. Stop at the Oriental Pearl Tower and take an elevator to the viewing deck where you will delight in panoramic views of the city. After lunch, visit a local silk factory. This evening, after dinner at your leisure, enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic show.(BL)
Stay: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

DAY 21 Shanghai

Choose your activity this morning. Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city and explore Yu Garden. Or take part in a cooking class, during which you will learn how to make Shanghai dumplings. Your final option is a full day excursion to Jinxi. Wandering through covered corridors, you’ll discover ancient bridges arching over the many water alleys. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Shanghai. This evening attend a Farewell Dinner at The Cathay Room in the Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking the Bund and the Huangpu River.(BLD)
Stay: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

DAY 22 Depart Shanghai

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.(B)


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