18 Day Luxury All Inclusive River Cruise Beijing to Hong Kong

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18 Day Luxury All Inclusive River Cruise Beijing to Hong Kong

A far-ranging exploration of China’s cultural treasures and natural wonders. From man-made marvels—the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terra-cotta Warriors—to scenes of natural beauty that inspire artists and poets, discover the vast range of this sprawling nation.

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A far-ranging exploration of China’s cultural treasures and natural wonders. From man-made marvels—the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terra-cotta Warriors—to scenes of natural beauty that inspire artists and poets, discover the vast range of this sprawling nation.

Beijing offers imperial grandeur and atmospheric old-world neighbourhoods; Shanghai flaunts dizzying skyscrapers and surprising art deco mansions; Hong Kong mixes East and West and the best shopping in the world. Yet China is a country where gardeners have devoted a thousand years to creating an ideal landscape in Hangzhou. The Li River, where bamboo boats float through scenery lifted from watercolour paintings, and the Reed Flute Cave, offering rainbow-coloured stalactites and stalagmites, bring poetry to motion. Old and new, grand and intimate, China offers wondrous contrasts just waiting to be uncovered.

Day by day

First Day welcome to Beijing 

A dedicated representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the opulent Ritz-Carlton.

Hotel:    Ritz-Carlton

Second Day see the sights of Beijing 

Tiananmen Square is your gateway to the Forbidden City, a vast complex of palaces, gardens and offices that housed China’s emperors for 500 years. Savour a treasure of a different kind over lunch—Peking Duck, served to emperors since the 13th century—and wonder at the UNESCO-designated Temple of Heaven, where emperors performed rituals to guarantee the empire’s safety.

Hotel:    Ritz-Carlton

Third Day its Beijing and the Great Wall

What lies behind the doors of the 500-year-old courtyard houses in Beijing’s hutongs? Find out as you explore this historic residential neighbourhood that developed around the Forbidden City during the 15th century via rickshaw and sit down for lunch with a local family. Cap off your day at the Great Wall, followed by a Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at the base of the Great Wall itself.

Hotel:    Ritz-Carlton

Fourth Day explore Beijing and fly to Xi'an 

Qing Dynasty emperors fled Beijing’s summer heat to relax by the shores of Kunming Lake, where they built their Summer Palace and created a garden that embodies the highest achievement in Chinese landscape design. Stroll the inviting Long Corridor, admiring the bridges and temples adorning the man-made lake, and drift over its peaceful waters in a boat that offers ravishing views. Fly to Xi’an and check into the Shangri-La Hotel. Enjoy the delights of a traditional Xi’an dumpling banquet in the city widely considered the home of this savoury titbit.

Hotel:    Shangri-La Hotel

Fifth Day Historical sight of Beijing

The life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses were made over 2,200 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, yet it wasn’t until the last century when about 8,000 of these figures were excavated. They represent the army that protected the empire, but they were just part of its defences: China’s first great wall still guards China’s first capital, both of which you’ll visit. Get in the spirit of the Tang Dynasty with a traditional Chinese dinner, accompanied by a cultural performance that pays tribute to the music, folk dances and beautiful silk costumes of the Tang era.

Hotel:    Shangri-La Hotel

Sixth Day watch local artisans before flying to Hangzhou

Jade has been cherished in China for 10,000 years. Watch artisans carving intricate designs and learn what to look for when buying this special stone before flying to Hangzhou, a lakeside city legendary for its beauty, where you will check into the luxurious Shangri-La Hangzhou Hotel.

Hotel:    Shangri-La Hangzhou Hotel

Seventh Day we sample Hangzhou

One of China’s most idyllic visions—West Lake, where wooded hills, colourful pagodas and placid waters lure you with their serenity, and Lingyin Temple, one of China’s oldest Buddhist shrines, adds to your soul-soothing pleasure. At nightfall, the lake becomes the stage for an open-air show of light, dance and music directed by famous Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who also helmed the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Hotal:    Shangri-La Hangzhou Hotel

Eighth Day the bustling sights of Shanghai

Booming Shanghai is one of the world’s most exhilarating cities, and your hotel, the Pudong Shangri-La, gives you a great view of both its 19th-century commercial heritage and its 21st-century skyscrapers: The Bund, Shanghai’s historic promenade, lines the Huangpu River opposite the hotel, and the Oriental Pearl Tower, perhaps the city’s best-known landmark, is next door. Whether you’re exploring old or new Shanghai, one thing remains constant—dim sum. Indulge in a traditional dim sum lunch, complete with dumplings and steamed buns, before venturing out to explore, and cap off the day later with a delicious hotel dinner.

Hotel:    Pudong Shangri-La

Ninth Day Shanghai at your leisure

Astonishing skyscrapers soar far overhead, and luxury shops line the exciting streets of Shanghai. Explore on your own and then cap off the day with the famous Shanghai acrobatic troupe performing their gravity-defying routines. 

Hotel:    Pudong Shangri-La

Tenth Day we fly to Yichang to board your ship

Fly to Yichang, where you’ll board your ship to begin your journey on the Yangtze, exploring some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes.

Ship:    Century Legend

Eleventh Day we cruise the Yangtze River

The Three Gorges Dam is designed to control flooding on the Yangtze and provide electrical power for a huge part of the country. The controversial project has forever altered China’s landscape, but its scale is a tribute to the nation’s ambition. Get to know some of your fellow passengers during the Captain’s Welcome Reception.

Ship:    Century Legend

Twelfth Day take the Goddess Stream on the the Yangtze River 

Float through one of the world’s most exquisite landscapes: The pristine turquoise waters of the Goddess Stream shimmer around your small boat and sheer cliffs rise high overhead.

Note: Due to water conditions, we may substitute a Shennong Stream boat tour if the Goddess Stream is not available.

Ship:    Century Legend

Thirteenth Day The Yangtze’s fairy-tale landscapes

Mist-shrouded peaks loom above the winding Yangtze for miles as you cruise through the Three Gorges region. Every view is a picture straight out of China’s iconic watercolour illustrations. A stop at Shibao Pagoda, built into the side of a steep hill that is now an island as a result of rising waters from the Three Gorges Dam, offers you a colourful encounter with some unusual legends. The Captain’s Farewell Dinner caps off your cruise.

Ship:    Century Legend

Fourteenth Day Disembark in Chongqing and flky to Guilin

Disembark in Chongqing and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Poets have long paid tribute to Guilin’s amazing natural beauty, and poetry will come to life in the rainbow-coloured stalactites and stalagmites of the Reed Flute Cave - crystal dragons and castles. What will you see? Let your imagination roam in this fantastic natural wonder.

Ship:    Century Legend

Fifteenth Day we travel to Yangshou

Chinese poets and painters have celebrated these mist-wreathed peaks that can be found along the Li River. While sailing the Li River, you’ll feel as if time has stood still with quaint villages, fishermen plying the water in tiny boats and grazing water buffalo. Once in Yangshuo, experience a town that has been a leading economic and cultural centre since the Tang Dynasty and is now a popular destination for adventure travellers.

Ship:    Century Legend

Sixteenth Day we're off to Hong Kong

Let China’s gentle giants, the pandas, wow you with their smiles at the zoo before tasting history at a plantation that grew tea for Ming emperors. Your next destination: Hong Kong and the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel.

Note: The Cruise/Tour Manager will not accompany you to Hong Kong. You will have the services of a local expert instead.

Hotel:    Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel

Seventeenth Day see the sights of Hong Kong

This vertical city, with its 100-story skyscrapers, never sleeps. Delve into its historic neighbourhoods—Victoria Peak, the Aberdeen Fishing Village—and check out bargains at Stanley Market.

Hotel:    Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel

Eighteenth Day we bid farewell to Hong Kong

Transfer to Hong Kong International Airport for your flight home.


All meals on-board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients.

Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.

Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners.

Unlimited beverages on-board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee and tea, and mineral water.

Travel Highlights

  • 1 country: China
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager.
  • Captivating on-board local entertainment.
  • Cultural enrichment, including see Beijing’s hutongs, lunch with locals at the Great Wall, Xi’an’s traditional dumpling banquet, Tang Dynasty dinner show, Impressions of West Lake show and Lingyin Temple, Dim Sum Lunch, famous Shanghai acrobatic troupe.
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days.
  • All gratuities, both on-board and onshore.
  • Exclusive Generations Family Programme on select summer departures.

The Difference

 Impeccable service with a larger on-board staff than any other river cruise line.

Intimate and Beautifully designed ships and carrying an average of just 130 guests.

All gratuities on-board and onshore.

All-scheduled airport transfers.

Elegant and well-appointed river-view staterooms and suites.

In-suite butler service.

All dining on-board and unlimited beverages (including many premium spirits such as Grey Goose, Crown Royal, and Glenfiddich).

A wide choice of personalised excursions led by English-speaking local experts.

A number of exclusive excursions offered only by us.

Welll-equipped on-board fitness centre.

On-board exercise and wellness classes (with certified on-board wellness instructors in Europe).

Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore use.

Ship-wide internet and Wi-Fi access.

On-board entertainment and signature lectures.

Additional Information

Price is a seasonal from price

All cabins are luxury, but upgrades are available

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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