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Family China & the Yangtze

12 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Beijing, China
Arrive in Beijing, China’s political and cultural hub. Transfer to your luxurious hotel.
Day 2: Beijing | The Great Wall & Famed Olympic Venues
Walk or take a cable car to the top of the Great Wall of China. Hop on a toboggan for an exciting ride back down. Later, view the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest,” and the National Aquatics Center, dubbed the “Water Cube.” Gather for a cocktail and a welcome dinner at your hotel. (B L D)
Day 3: Beijing | Tai Chi and Kung Fu
Enjoy a morning tai chi class at the Temple of Heaven. Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong filled with winding alleyways. After lunch, walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City and wander Tiananmen Square. Tonight, take in a thrilling Kung Fu show. (B L)
Day 4: Beijing/Xian | Dumpling Demonstration
Fly to Xian and enjoy lunch. Then, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s City Wall and cycle along its ramparts. Tonight, delight in a dumpling-making demonstration at a local restaurant. (B L D)
Day 5: Xian/Chengdu | Terra Cotta Warriors
Marvel at the legendary Terra Cotta Warriors, thousands of life-size ceramic soldiers “guarding” the tomb of China’s first emperor. Visit a pottery factory and make your own terra cotta soldier. Fly to Chengdu. (B L D)
Day 6: Chengdu | A Visit with Giant Pandas
Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center to encounter China’s living national emblem playing in its natural habitat. Attend the Sichuan Opera for a mystifying facechanging performance. (B)
Day 7: Chongqing | High-Speed Train & River Cruiser
Enjoy your morning at leisure before hopping on a high-speed train to Chongqing. On arrival, board your river cruiser to begin a three-night voyage on the Yangtze River through the scenic Three Gorges. (B L D)
Days 8-9: Cruising the Yangtze | Mandarin & Calligraphy
Spend two adventurous days on the ship and exploring the shore. On board, young guests enjoy lessons in calligraphy and Mandarin, and have fun with crafts and games, in the company of an engaging A&K Young Explorers Guide. (B L D)
Day 10: Yichang/Shanghai | Stunning Three Gorges Dam
Visit the massive Three Gorges Dam Site before lunch on board. Disembark and fly to Shanghai, arriving in the evening. (B L)
Day 11: Shanghai | The Blend of Old & New
Explore the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel by electric cart and visit the glass Skywalk of the World Financial Center for vistas of Shanghai. Stroll in Old Town and visit the Yu Garden. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner. (B L D)
Day 12: Depart Shanghai
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart for home. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Embark on a three-night cruise upon the Yangtze River aboard all-balcony Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
  • Cruise with an A&K Young Explorers Guide who leads young guests in fun, age-appropriate learning activities, such as Mandarin lessons, crafts and games
  • Walk atop the less-visited Mutianyu section of the Great Wall - if you like, hop on a toboggan and ride back down
  • Visit giant pandas roaming freely in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy a dumpling-making demonstration for a unique Chef's Table experience
  • Stop at a pottery factory where you make your own miniature terra cotta soldier on a fun artisan visit
  • Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing through a hutong
All This Included
Walk on the Great Wall and ride back down on a toboggan; visit pandas up close in their natural environment; Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing; and enjoy a lesson in Mandarin during your Yangtze River cruise.
  • All accommodations
  • Meals as specified
  • Arrival and departure transers
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Bottled water supplied during sightseeing
  • Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international fights
  • Hotel taxes
  • Gratuities throughout, except to your Tour Director, and camp staff/driver-guides/rangers/trackers
Accommodations on this Tour
Beijing: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
Xian: Shangri-La Hotel, Xian
Chengdu: Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu
Cruising: Cabin onboard Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
Shanghai: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Internal Air: Economy class from $825
  • (Beijing/Xian/Chengdu; Yichang/Shanghai)
  • This journey contains some active elements. Minimum age is 6 years.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 10:30 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 11.
  • Please note that two groups of 18 A&K guests may be travelling on board 'Yangzi Explorer.'
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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