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Luxury

Best of China

Beijing to Shanghai
15 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: CHYC15
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Dine at the Great Wall

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

See The Protected Giant Pandas

View the famous endangered species and learn about the plight of this national treasure.

See the Terracotta Warriors

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in seven destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 36 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages on board cruise
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map CHYC15 2020
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

Welcome to China! We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. You’ll have plenty of time to settle in, explore or relax. Tonight, celebrate the start of your journey with a welcome reception.

Stay: Three Nights, Regent Hotel Beijing

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. Once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, this section is not usually open to the general public.


There’s so much to see and do in China’s capital. Your first full day in Beijing begins with a tour of Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest city square. You’ll then enjoy your first Signature Experience. The afternoon is at leisure before an evening indulging at an authentic Peking duck banquet.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Along an unrestored stretch of the Badaling section along the Great Wall of China, feast on a private lunch with free-flowing drinks.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Attend a Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, or to watch a Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.


Today you will make your way to the Great Wall of China. Tonight, there is an option of sightseeing.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Visit the Temple of Heaven to explore the place of worship. Or, perhaps head to the Hutong district by rickshaw and visit a local calligrapher’s home.


Seize the day with a choice of sightseeing. Later, on your way to the airport, explore the modern 798 Art Zone, a contemporary art district in Beijing. Fly to Yichang. On arrival, we will transfer you to your ship – the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

Stay: Four Nights, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Draw back the curtains this morning to the spectacular scenery of the Three Gorges region. At the Three Gorges Dam, take a tour of the Three Gorges Project and exhibition. Back on board, pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple. Toast the journey with a captain’s welcome reception and a special welcome dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

At Badong, a ferry takes you to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). Paddle down the river, looking around at the rich surrounding forest and towering rock formations. The nose of your sampan touches the shore at a local riverside village, where you’ll sneak a glimpse of rural Chinese life. Continue to Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Later, you might like to attend an arts and crafts lesson on board.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Start your day with a Tai Chi class up on the ship’s observation deck. Drop anchor at Fuling, a sleepy town along the Yangtze. Here, visit the 816 Underground Project, an old nuclear site hidden in the mountains. Shape your afternoon with a choice of activity. Perhaps attend a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy demonstration. You may prefer to play Mahjong, the ancient tile-based game. Or learn a little Mandarin. If you’re feeling peckish, opt for a dumpling making lesson run by the ship’s chef. Tonight, the Emperor’s farewell dinner includes a Chinese banquet feast.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

You might like to sample a range of different dishes with a buffet at the Grand Café, or feast on a Sichuan hotpot at #8 restaurant.


Disembark your cruise in Chongqing where you’ll board your high speed train to Chengdu. Upon arrival, head out for a stroll along the lantern-lined Jinli Old Street to peruse the local stalls and cafes. Choose where in your hotel you’d like to dine tonight.

Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Grand Hyatt Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the famed Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Cuddly and curious, the giant panda is China’s national treasure, and this facility is dedicated to their conservation through education.


The morning is off to a delightful start with a Signature Experience. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to spend how you wish.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Stroll through the market stalls of the Muslim Quarter, sampling authentic street food. Or, dine on dumplings before a Tang Dynasty performance.


After breakfast head to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. This afternoon, join a city tour. Visit the ancient city wall, constructed in the 14th century during the early Ming Dynasty. Tonight, choose your sightseeing.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For dinner, choose from a range of restaurant options.


Today you will explore one of the oldest cities in China. Head to a clay factory where terracotta soldiers are still being made. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose from three restaurants for dinner.


Today you’ll fly to Shanghai. On arrival, jump on the high-speed Maglev train which travels at an exhilarating 300 kilometres per hour. From Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues and Buddhist temples, you’ll notice right away the diverse range of architectural styles in Shanghai.

Stay: Three Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

You’ll have the best seats at an acrobatic show, a highlight for today.


This morning, head down to Shanghai’s waterfront for a Tai Chi lesson taught by a master. Veer off the beaten path and discover a new side to Shanghai with a vintage convertible Jeep ride. Later, stop at the Jin Mao Tower and take an elevator to the 88th floor viewing deck, where you’ll be whipping out your camera to capture those panoramic views of the city. This evening, enjoy your final Signature Experience.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city, then explore Yu Garden and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony before a dim sum lunch. Or, you may prefer to join a walking tour through the French Concession area. Your final option is a full day excursion to Jinxi, an ancient water town. Discover the 36 bridges which arch over the town’s many water alleys, all built over several different dynasties. You’ll have time at leisure to explore before returning to the city.


Craft your day with a choice from three sightseeing experiences. A special farewell dinner is the perfect way to end your trip.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
City skyline view of Shanghai, China

Your incredible journey through China draws to an end. We’ll transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel & Accommodation

Lush green foliage clinging to the rock face with the hairpin bend river below

Four night Yangtze cruise

Admire stunning natural landscapes on a cruise through the Three Gorges region aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

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Stay at the Regent Beijing

Luxury accommodation with a second to none location, the Regent Beijing is the perfect base for your China adventure.

Luxury Hotel Stays

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

Our holiday experience in China with APT was considered exciting and fulfilling... We would certainly recommend this tour to friends and other associates in Australia.