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Luxury

Best of China

Beijing to Shanghai
13 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: CHYC13
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Trip Highlights

Dine at the Great Wall

Be the envy of your friends with a private chef-prepared lunch on a quiet stretch of the Great Wall of China

Summer Palace Cruise

Glide across Kunming Lake aboard a traditional vessel to admire the gardens and ancient pavilions of the Summer Palace

See the Terracotta Warriors

View the life-sized clay soldiers of the ancient Terracotta Army in Xi'an

Your Vacation Includes

  • Three-night Yangtze River cruise aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • 32 fine meals, as well as beer and wine with lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Small-group shore excursions and onboard entertainment during your cruise
  • The services of an APT Tour Director and local guides
  • Enjoy unique moments and exclusive access to local attractions beyond the tourist trail on included Signature Experiences
  • Customise your holiday with a range of APT Freedom of Choice inclusions
  • All flights within China
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping

Map & Itinerary

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Asia Map 2017 CHYC13

Beijing to Shanghai

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, the remainder of the day is yours at leisure. Later this evening, get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Three Nights: Raffles Beijing Hotel

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board a traditional vessel for a cruise around the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace in Beijing. Here you will find a variety of palaces, gardens and pavilions, as well as Longevity Hill and manmade Kunming Lake. Admire the scenery as you are served tea and cakes.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™Sightseeing

Following dinner, you may choose to attend a fascinating Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, watch an exhilarating Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre, or explore Silk Alley market.


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. Located within the Imperial City of Beijing, the Forbidden City was home to 24 Chinese emperors between 1420 and 1924. Entrance to the city was once at the sole discretion of the emperor, but today visitors are able to access this extraordinarily preserved site. Enjoy dinner at leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Indulge in a private lunch at the Great Wall of China.


Today, 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. Travel back to Beijing this evening and indulge in an authentic Peking Duck banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Stay: Four Nights: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise along the Yangtze River through China’s most picturesque area, the spectacular Three Gorges region. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple, built around 770 BC – 476 BC and set amid groves of orange and pomelo trees. Later 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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark your ship 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 the tranquil and spectacular 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 graciously glide between the majestic Chijia Mountain and Baiyan Mountain to enter Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges. Also considered the most beautiful, the two peaks of Qutang Gorge rise up alongside the Yangtze River some 1,300 metres. As you cruise past the south bank, look out for the ancient inscriptions that are engraved into the white chalk cliff faces. In the afternoon, there is the opportunity to attend a fun hands-on arts and crafts demonstration on board. This evening, you can indulge in a delicious dinner with your fellow guests and APT Tour Director.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rise early to participate in a tai chi class atop the ship’s Observation Deck for a relaxing start to your day. Following breakfast, disembark for a tour of Fengdu, a graceful little ‘Ghost City’ that lies in the foothills of the mountains by the river. Fengdu is noted for its bustling markets and the many Buddha and Tao temples gathered on Ming Mountain. Alternatively, 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. Perhaps attend a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy demonstration, learn how to play the ancient game of Mahjong, learn a few words of Mandarin, or participate in a dumpling making session run by the ship’s talented chef. In the evening, enjoy the Emperor’s Farewell Dinner, a Chinese banquet feast.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

This evening, choose from Thai, Cantonese or Western cuisine.


Disembark your ship for the final time in Chongqing this morning. A strategic port since ancient times, Chongqing was established in the 11th century and has a dramatic history, having played a key role in World War II due to its mountainous landscape. Head to the Chongqing Zoo, where more than 200 varieties of wild and rare animals are on display, including the endangered Giant Pandas. This beautiful creature is fast replacing the dragon as China’s emblem and has been kept in zoos since the early Han Dynasty – over two thousand years ago. Later, visit a local restaurant for a hotpot lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an.

Stay: Two Nights: Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This 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, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.


Today you will discover the attractions of Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China with more than 3,000 years of history. The city was one of China’s Four Great Capitals and is the eastern point of the famous Silk Road. Visit the ancient city wall, one of the largest military defensive systems in the world, constructed in the 14th century during the early Ming Dynasty. Afterwards, travel 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 depicting the warriors of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, were first unearthed by farmers in 1974. Watch a panoramic movie telling the story of the warriors and enjoy time to visit the three excavation pits where over 8,000 terracotta soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons are arranged in vast columns.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

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 signature restaurant, Ming Court. Or enjoy an exotic fusion menu at Zen Restaurant.


Transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. On arrival, ride the high-speed Maglev train and watch the kilometres race towards an exhilarating 300 kilometres. Once predominantly a fishing and textiles town, rapid growth has seen Shanghai transform into a globally significant metropolis. Check in to your hotel overlooking the Huangpu River. Beyond the crisp cool veneer, Shanghai's architectural heritage is like nowhere else. From Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues and Buddhist temples to home-grown lòngtáng laneways and shíkùmén housing, lift the lid to a treasure chest of architectural style with time at leisure.

Stay: Three Nights: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, be joined by a local guide for an orientation tour through downtown 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. Standing at 468 metres high, it is one of the city’s tallest buildings and is brightly lit in different LED sequences at night. After lunch visit an authentic local silk factory for an insight into the history of Chinese silk manufacturing. This evening, after dinner at your leisure, enjoy premium seating at a thrilling acrobatic show.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose your activity this morning. Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city, then explore Yu Garden and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Regarded as one of the most lavish gardens in China, Yu Garden was built over a period of 20 years by Pan Yunduan who wanted to impress his father, a high-ranking official in the Ming Dynasty. Following your tour, sit down to a dim sum lunch. Alternatively you may prefer to take part in a hands-on cooking class, during which you will learn how to make Shanghai dumplings. Your final option is a full day excursion to Jinxi, an ancient water town. Although only an hour from bustling Shanghai, Jinxi is worlds away in pace and serenity. Less developed than other nearby water towns and largely untouched by tourism, Jinxi’s romantic charm is best appreciated during a guided walking tour. Wandering through the covered corridors along the Jinxi River, you’ll discover ancient bridges arching over the town’s many water alleys. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and time at leisure before returning to the city.


This evening, savour a special Farewell Dinner with new friends at The Cathay Room in the Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking both the Bund and Huangpu River.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Travel & Accommodation

The exterior side view of the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, Yangtze River, China
Luxury Yangtze River Cruise

See China's Three Gorges Region from the smallest and most luxurious ship on the river, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Taste the Flavours of China

There's more to Chinese cuisine than you may think. Try authentic dishes, gourmet delights and familiar fare

Luxury Hotel Stays

Stay in some of China's finest hotels, including Raffles Beijing and Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel

The cultural experiences... were excellent, appropriate & very entertaining. They were also 'keys' to my understanding Chinese values, priorities & spiritual directions.