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China, Tibet & The Yangtze on Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer


Cruise ID 32696
Book By 19Dec18
Embarkation Beijing, China
Disembarkation Shanghai, China
Multiple Departures 24Apr19-04Sep19
Duration 14 nights
Arrival Dates Multiple arrivals from 08May19 to 18Sep19
Region Asia
Cruise Line Uniworld
Cruise Ship Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Cruise Type River
Cruise Package Type Cruise Only
Ports of Call Beijing, Xi'an, Lhasa, Chongqing, Shibaozhai, Yichang, Shanghai

Embrace the yin and yang of wonders old and new on this soul-enriching expedition.

Their names alone evoke the wonder and timeless allure of China: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Goddess Stream. Wide enough for cavalry to ride along its crest, stretching from the Yellow Sea to China’s eastern border, the Great Wall is one of China’s legends. In Xi’an, 8,000 life-size Terra-cotta Warriors stand in formation, facing the enemies of an emperor who died 2,200 years ago. The red and white walls of the Potala Palace rise massively above Lhasa, and the floor of the gold-domed Jokhang Temple has been worn smooth by centuries of pilgrims reverently prostrating themselves before a seventh-century Buddha. Experience all of this on an adventure that also encompasses Beijing’s imperial palaces and exquisite gardens, Shanghai’s towering skyscrapers and the ethereal landscape of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges.


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  • Book by 31Dec18
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Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise/tour.

 

DAY 1: Beijing

Arrive in Beijing and be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will escort you to the opulent Ritz-Carlton, Beijing.

 

DAY 2: Beijing

Your adventure begins with two quintessential experiences in China’s capital of Beijing. Off limits to commoners for 500 years, the Forbidden City was once considered the cosmic center of the universe (and for good reason, as you’ll see for yourself). Peking Duck is another cultural gem you’ll get to experience today, a complex dish originally prepared for Chinese emperors. The political and cultural capital of China and home to more than 20 million people, Beijing exemplifies everything visitors find most intoxicating about China: Spectacular ancient monuments contrast with ambitious modern high-rises, and traditional crafts flourish alongside booming international businesses. Exquisite art, stunning UNESCO sites, serene parks, and teeming streets all contribute to the unique flavor of this astonishing city.

Featured Excursion:
The imperial heritage of China’s capital – Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Peking Duck lunch with afternoon Temple of Heaven visit and Tai Chi class

 

DAY 3: Beijing

Today is a Bucket List Moment kind of day, as you stand at last atop China’s most iconic site—the Great Wall. The views are spectacular! You’ll also have tea at a traditional teahouse and take a rickshaw ride through the city’s ancient hutongs—historic neighborhoods that date back to the 15th century—where you will have lunch with a friendly local family at their home.

Featured Excursion:
Culture, history and intrigue: hutongs, teahouse and the Great Wall

 

DAY 4: Beijing, Fly to Xi’an

Leave the hustle and bustle of Beijing behind today and head north to the serenity of the Summer Palace, home to one of China’s most beautiful classical gardens. From there, plunge into the past in China’s first capital, Xi’an, where you’ll be treated to a traditional (and incredibly labor intensive) dumpling banquet. You have one more special excursion to enjoy in Beijing this morning, then you’ll fly to Xi’an for the next leg of your Chinese adventure.

Featured Excursion:
Grace and Art: Beijing’s Summer Palace and Xi’an’s traditional dumpling banquet

 

DAY 5: Xi’an

Xi’an’s famous terra-cotta army has been called the 8th wonder of the world, and it’s certainly the most extraordinary archeological find of the 20th century. Prepare to be amazed! You’ll also enjoy a traditional Tang Dynasty dinner show with fabulous food, music and flamboyant costumes. The imperial capital for 10 ancient dynasties, Xi’an achieved its greatest renown under the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), when it was a great international metropolis and the eastern terminus of the legendary Silk Road. Today it is the capital of Shaanxi Province and most famous for a museum devoted to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

Featured Excursion:
China’s First Capital: Terra-cotta Army and Tang Dynasty dinner show

 

DAY 6: Xi’an, Fly to Lhasa

Today you’ll fly to Lhasa, the ancient cultural and religious epicenter of Tibet, where the majestic Himalayan peaks will make you feel like you’re on top of the world—figuratively and literally—in the world’s highest capital city. Upon arrival in Lhasa, you’ll check in to the Shangri-La Lhasa Hotel, where dinner comes with amazing views of the world’s highest city.

 

DAY 7: Lhasa

Enter the hushed inner sanctum of the spiritual heart of the city, Lhasa’s holiest temple, where you will have a rare opportunity to gaze upon the most sacred icon of Tibetan Buddhism—an ancient statue of the Buddha that legions of devout pilgrims journey vast distances to see in person. High on the Tibetan Plateau, Lhasa, the cultural and historical capital of Tibet, is both a thriving modern town and a mystical destination of pilgrimage.

Featured Excursion:
Otherworldly Jokhang Temple and Tibet Museum

 

DAY 8: Lhasa

The enormous hilltop Potala Palace is the first thing visitors see in Lhasa, and today you’ll have a chance to actually venture inside within this vast and well-preserved site. It is said to contain a thousand rooms, including the private rooms where the Dalai Lama himself once resided. Later, visit Sera Monastery, an active place of worship and study with an amazing collection of Buddhist art.

Featured Excursion:
Place of the Gods: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

 

DAY 9: Lhasa, Fly to Chongqing (Embark), Cruising the Yangtze River

The word of the day is “panda.” Pandas are one of China’s most beloved (and adorable) cultural symbols, and you’ll get to see some of these gentle giants today at the Chongqing Zoo. Check out of your hotel and fly to Chongqing, the booming capital of western China. Although Chongqing is a major metropolis, the area is known chiefly for its mountainous landscape and the dense forests that shroud temples, tombs and caves. Your elegant ship, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, awaits you here.

Featured Excursion:
Giant Pandas visit at Chongqing Zoo

 

DAY 10: Cruising the Yangtze River, Shibaozhai

Do you believe in magic? The bright red Shibao Pagoda was originally built into the side of a mountain peak, but that peak became an island after the completion of the Three Gorges Dam. Step ashore to do some exploring, perhaps climbing to the top to ensure that all your dreams come true (or so an ancient legend says). Relax and prepare to be dazzled as your ship carries you through some of the most glorious scenery in the world. Limestone cliffs, sheathed in greenery, loom above the water; mountains, wreathed in mist, tower in the distance. The river itself, deep and powerful, busy and serene, will work its enchantment as it carries you past bucolic fishing villages, hillside rice paddies, ancient cliff carvings and historic temples.

Featured Excursion:
Fuling: “816 Underground Project”

 

DAY 11: Cruising the Yangtze River, Shennong Stream

Today will be a highlight of your journey—a full day cruising the Yangtze River’s mystical, beautiful and completely mesmerizing Three Gorges, with scenery that has captivated artists and poets for thousands of years.

Featured Excursion:
The magical Shennong Stream

 

DAY 12: Cruising the Yangtze River, Yichang (Disembark), Fly to Shanghai

The Three Gorges Dam was a hugely expensive and controversial undertaking, a project that involved relocating entire villages threatened by the rising waters of the Yangtze. The dam itself is an engineering marvel that you can see from a breathtakingly up-close perspective today.

Featured Excursion:
Powering China’s Future: Three Gorges Dam

 

DAY 13: Shanghai

After days of panda bears, ancient warriors and timeless Chinese landscapes, Shanghai and its futuristic skyline can be something of a shock to the system. Yet beyond the building boom and the avant-garde architecture, you can still find traces of Shanghai’s colorful and fascinating colonial-era history. Enjoy a taste of both old and new today, including the city’s famous delicacy—dim sum—and a performance by the gravity-defying Shanghai acrobats. Nearly 24 million people live in Shanghai, China’s largest city. An international economic hub, it has drawn entrepreneurs from all over the world for 150 years. But while Shanghai may be the “city of the future,” you can still find remnants of its history in Old Town and the area known as the concessions, which were controlled by European interests in the 19th century.

Featured Excursion:
Spectacular skyscrapers, famous dim sum and acrobats

 

DAY 14: Depart Shanghai

Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport for your flight home, or extend your trip with a memorable optional extension to Hong Kong.





Suite

Suite (301 sq ft – 28 sq m) with Private balcony, cozy sitting area, comfy robes and slippers, fine bath products, satellite TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, and mini bar



Grand Suite

Grand Suite (1,140 sq ft – 106 sq m) with Private balcony, cozy sitting area, comfy robes and slippers, fine bath products, satellite TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, and mini bar


Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

The newest ship on the Yangtze is a sanctuary of lavish features, with the largest cabins and suites on the river—all with private balconies, and a crew to guest ratio beyond compare (1:1 to be specific).

 

Quick Facts

River Yangtze River, Li River
Guests 124
Staff 124
Suites 2 (420 sq ft)
Staterooms 6 (333 sq ft)
Length 300 ft
Width 53.8 ft


Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer


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Uniworld has crafted a culinary program for the most discerning of palettes to ensure every guest's river cruise dining experience exceeds expectations. Menus honour regional and seasonal specialties, in addition to offering old-fashioned comfort foods and lighter fare. You'll delight in the wonderful flavours of impeccably prepared meals on our river cruises by our culinary team using the freshest ingredients from farmers' markets and other local sources. And with every meal, be treated to a rich selection of craft and local beers, spirits, and distinctive wines chosen by our acclaimed sommeliers. EPICUREAN ADVENTURER PROGRAM™ Uniworld offers lovers of good food, craft beer, and wine the exclusive Epicurean Adventurer Program™, which is included at no extra charge in your cruise fare. This program is designed to take you deeper into the wonderful world of craft beer and wine, and expand your knowledge of its relationship with food. The Epicurean Adventurer Program is offered on 17 itineraries and includes a host of sumptuous treats.  

  • Savour different wines poured throughout the course of dinner during a special wine and food pairing event
  • Partake in an onboard culinary demonstration and tasting
  • Be treated to a private wine tasting onshore—only available to Uniworld guests

 



 

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