Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style

  • Enjoy a 4 day cruise along the beautiful Three Gorges region.
  • Private guided tour to discover the Forbidden City in Beijing.
  • Walk along the Great Wall with expert private guide.
  • Private guided tour of Shanghai.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Voyage in style with this private guided journey fit for ancient emperors. Experience the exotic beauty of China while exploring some of its famed monuments and locations including cornerstone cities Beijing and Shanghai, as well as a luxury cruise along the Three Gorges region of the Yangtze River. The Forbidden City is the heart and soul of China's politics and society. Discover Beijing's glorious, notorious past through its Great Wall, Tienanmen Square and Summer Palace with an expert private guide. Board the luxurious Yangzi Explorer for a four day cruise down the emerald waters of the Yangze River, with fascinating shore excursions along the way. Enjoy morning Tai Chi, make dumplings with a Chinese chef and visit the complex of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife at Fengdu Ghost City. Enjoy a private guided tour of Shanghai where you'll wander among the world’s tallest skyscrapers as well as quiet, tree-lined streets. This luxurious tour features mouth-watering cuisine, 5* hotels, private guides, chauffeurs, internal flights & more. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Tour - Private - Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Tour - Private - Great Wall Mutianyu & Summer Palace with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Beijing to Chongqing to Yangtze River Cruise
    Beijing to Chongqing to Yangtze River Cruise
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Beijing - Chongqing [(2.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport/Pier - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Depart Chongquing
  • Day 5 Fengdu Ghost City to Yangtze River Cruise
    Fengdu Ghost City to Yangtze River Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Tai Chi & Authentic Chinese Tea and Dumpling Making
    • Lunch on Board
    • Shore Excursion to Fengdu
    • Presentation on Yangzi & Captain's Bridge Tour (Optional)
    • Captain's Welcome Reception & Dinner
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 6 Wu Gorge to Yangtze River Cruise
    Wu Gorge to Yangtze River Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Cruising Through Gorges & Board Ferry at Badong
    • Lunch on Board
    • Presentation on Three Gorges & Onboard Activities
    • Dinner on Board
    • Taste of China & Entertainment
  • Day 7 Yichang to Shanghai
    Yichang to Shanghai
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Three Gorges Dam Site & Exhibition Centre
    • Disembark at Yichang
    • Transfer - Private - Airport/Pier - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Yichang - Shanghai [(2hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (Hongqiao Domestic) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Private - Bund Cruise, Urban Planning Hall & Yu Gardens - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (PVG) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Beijing

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Fairmont Beijing (5*)

The Fairmont Beijing Hotel brings unprecedented luxury and hospitality offering guests a distinctive stay right in the heart of China’s modern capital business center. The hotel is conveniently in the central business district, with easy access to tourist attractions such as Wangfujing Street and entertainment center, the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square. Their distinctive collection of comfortable and contended guest rooms, top-end spa treatments, state-of-the-art fitness facility and yoga studio and award-winning restaurants allow their globe-trotting guests to enjoy opulence from all aspects, while on their journey in China’s capital. With first class amenities, Guest room accommodations come primed with cutting edge technology, hand-selected linens and spa inspired bath products. Unique architecture and superlative décor makes The Fairmont Beijing Hotel not only charming but allows guests to settle in comfortable luxurious suites with elite services.

Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Beijing
Beijing
Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Fairmont Beijing Hotel
Fairmont Beijing Hotel

Day 2: Beijing

This full day of private guided tour explores Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven with a stop for a deluxe lunch. Tiananmen Square was built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and stretches a vast 440,000 square meters. The Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex with 9,999 buildings. The Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty reigned here until 1924. The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven.

Accommodation: Fairmont Beijing (5*)
Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven

Day 3: Beijing

Enjoy a private guided tour of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, located 45 miles northeast of Beijing. This section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles and holds a prominent place in Chinese military history. Construction started in the northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) and was restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). There is an abundance of natural springs, which feed a great variety of verdant plants and ancient trees. Built mainly from granite with 8 meter high walls and 5 meters wide at the top, the wall is notable for its 22 watchtowers that suggest a significant military importance. Next, you will visit The Summer Palace, a sprawling suburban compound used by royalty as their summer retreat and best known for its stunning grounds around Kunming Lake. The Summer Palace occupies an area of 294 hectares of which three quarters are water. Classically designed as an archetypal Chinese garden, it is ranked among the most noted gardens of the world and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Lunch is included.

Accommodation: Fairmont Beijing (5*)
Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Great Wall at Mutianyu
Great Wall at Mutianyu

Day 4: Beijing - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Beijing to Chongqing. Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Transfer between the airport and the pier with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide.

This evening you will board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for your cruise to Yichang. After settling into your cabin, the ship will set sail on its downstream course through the Three Gorges region. The total length of this cruise is 660 kilometers (402 miles) and is considered by most Chinese to represent the single most scenic area in all of China. Later in the evening, a documentary about the Three Gorges Dam Project will be shown in the Tang Theatre.

Accommodation: Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer (5*) (BLD)

The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is a more intimate and luxurious style of cruising that is new China. With the largest cabins and suites on the river, all the private balconies, as well as the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1, this is a Yangzi cruise unlike any other. The Yangzi Explorer carries 124 passengers, compared to other cruise ships and offers the finest and most personalized service on the river. Onboard facilities include a la carte dining, a luxury spa, an observation deck, 24 hour room service, a 2 floor theatre, library, and beauty and fitness facilities. A doctor also travels onboard. The ship also has the most spacious and indulgent spa on board this vessel.

Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Cruise
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Cruise

Day 5: Fengdu Ghost City - Yangtze River Cruise

Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast. After breakfast, discover the authentic method to preparing tea in China and afterwards learn to make dumplings from a specialized chef.

After lunch, there will be a shore excursion to Fengdu. Mingle with the locals and see how school children receive their early education.

In the afternoon, enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea with pastries in the Explorer Bar, before a lecture presentation introducing the Yangzi River. There is also an optional tour to the Captain's Bridge.

This evening, you will have the opportunity to meet the Captain and other guests onboard, at the Captain's Welcome Reception which will be followed by the Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer (5*) (BLD)
Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tai Chi
Tai Chi
Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Fengdu County
Fengdu County

Day 6: Wu Gorge - Yangtze River Cruise

Early this morning, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer will enter Qutang Gorge and after breakfast, you will enter Wu Gorge and then cruise Shennong Stream. Disembark from the ship at Badong and board a ferry to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen.

After lunch, there will be a presentation by an expert on the Three Gorges Dam Project. Following afternoon tea, view Xiling Gorge and later, try Chinese brush painting and calligraphy.

Tonight, enjoy a "A Taste of China" Dinner and afterwards, take in an evening of well-prepared entertainment by the crew members.

Accommodation: Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer (5*) (BLD)
Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Boatmen on Shennong Stream
Boatmen on Shennong Stream
Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Chinese Brush Painting & Calligraphy
Chinese Brush Painting & Calligraphy

Day 7: Yichang - Shanghai

After breakfast, you will arrive at the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre. The Three Gorges Dam Project was started in 1992 and building was completed in 2009. The dam will be the largest dam on Earth, 1.2 miles wide and 600 feet in height. The dam's 26 generators will generate enough clean energy to reduce China's reliance on coal but it will also submerge 13 cities, 140 towns, 1,352 villages and over 600 industrial factories, more than 1,200 archeological projects and the 1.2 million people that will be resettled as a result of the flooding.

You will disembark the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer at around midday in Yichang.

Meet your driver for an airport or pier transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Yichang to Shanghai. Flight time is approximately 2 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (5*)

Combining the history and culture of the celebrated Shanghai Bund with a taste for 21st century sophistication, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, legendary service, and timeless amenities to make your stay truly memorable and distinct. Housed within the two-building complex are well-appointed rooms and suites, stylish environments for dining and lounging, extensive banquet facilities with stunning views, luxury spa, fully-fitted gym, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more, all crafted onto a picture perfect setting that speaks volume of the grandeur and finesse that is uniquely theirs.

Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower
Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Day 8: Shanghai

Enjoy a private guided tour of Shanghai taking in the Urban Planning Museum, Nanjing Road and Bund area, a cruise on the Huangpu, and the character of Yuyuan Gardens. Start with a short visit to the Urban Planning Hall, a fun and informative introduction to the exciting city of Shanghai past and future. Strolling down Nanjing Road, once listed as one of the most interesting in the world, you will arrive at the historic Bund. Enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu river that divides old Shanghai from the futuristic Pudong before venturing to the old quarter and Yuyuan gardens. Much of this tour is best done by foot.

Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (5*)
Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Yuyuan Gardens
Yuyuan Gardens

Day 9: Shanghai

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Fairmont Beijing (5*): Beijing

The Fairmont Beijing Hotel brings unprecedented luxury and hospitality offering guests a distinctive stay right in the heart of China’s modern capital business center. The hotel is conveniently in the central business district, with easy access to tourist attractions such as Wangfujing Street and entertainment center, the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square. Their distinctive collection of comfortable and contended guest rooms, top-end spa treatments, state-of-the-art fitness facility and yoga studio and award-winning restaurants allow their globe-trotting guests to enjoy opulence from all aspects, while on their journey in China’s capital. With first class amenities, Guest room accommodations come primed with cutting edge technology, hand-selected linens and spa inspired bath products. Unique architecture and superlative décor makes The Fairmont Beijing Hotel not only charming but allows guests to settle in comfortable luxurious suites with elite services.

Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Fairmont Beijing Hotel
Fairmont Beijing Hotel
Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer (5*) (BLD): Yangtze River Cruise

The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is a more intimate and luxurious style of cruising that is new China. With the largest cabins and suites on the river, all the private balconies, as well as the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1, this is a Yangzi cruise unlike any other. The Yangzi Explorer carries 124 passengers, compared to other cruise ships and offers the finest and most personalized service on the river. Onboard facilities include a la carte dining, a luxury spa, an observation deck, 24 hour room service, a 2 floor theatre, library, and beauty and fitness facilities. A doctor also travels onboard. The ship also has the most spacious and indulgent spa on board this vessel.

Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Cruise
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Cruise

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (5*): Shanghai

Combining the history and culture of the celebrated Shanghai Bund with a taste for 21st century sophistication, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, legendary service, and timeless amenities to make your stay truly memorable and distinct. Housed within the two-building complex are well-appointed rooms and suites, stylish environments for dining and lounging, extensive banquet facilities with stunning views, luxury spa, fully-fitted gym, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more, all crafted onto a picture perfect setting that speaks volume of the grandeur and finesse that is uniquely theirs.

Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River in Style Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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