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Luxury

Treasures of China

Shanghai to Beijing
17 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: CHYC17
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Forbidden City VIP Access

Enjoy exclusive access to a private section of the Forbidden City, once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong.

See the Terracotta Warriors

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

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.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in nine destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 40 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages on board cruise
  • Expert APT Tour Director
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map CHYC17 2020
Shanghai to Beijing

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

Arrive in Shanghai where we’ll meet and transfer you to your hotel. After time to settle in, gather tonight for a welcome reception.

Stay: Three Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

City skyline view of Shanghai, China

Head down early to Shanghai’s waterfront for a Tai Chi lesson. A highlight for today is veering off the beaten path and discovering a new side to Shanghai with a vintage convertible Jeep ride. Later, stop at the Jin Mao Tower and take an elevator right up to the 88th floor viewing deck. A welcome dinner at a local restaurant is the perfect way to kick start your adventure.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River and explore Yu Garden before a dim sum lunch. Or, join a walking tour through the French Concession area. You might prefer to head to Jinxi, an ancient water town.


How you spend today is completely up to you. Tonight, enjoy your first Signature Experience of the trip.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Fly to Yichang. On arrival, we will transfer you to your ship – the smallest, most exclusive and luxurious ship along the Yangtze River – the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

Stay: Four Nights, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise along 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. Tonight, the Emperor’s farewell dinner includes a Chinese banquet feast.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, cruise through the dramatic vistas of the Qutang and Wu gorges. Later, you’ll step off at Badong and transfer by ferry to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). Paddle down the river until the nose of your sampan touches the shore at a local riverside village. Here, you’ll sneak a glimpse at traditional, rural Chinese life.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rise early to join a Tai Chi class on the ship’s deck. After breakfast, disembark in Fuling. Here, visit the 816 Underground Project, an old nuclear site hidden in the mountains. Spend the afternoon however you like. Attend a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy demonstration. Learn how to play Mahjong, an age-old tile game. Try your hand at Mandarin. Or, learn how to make dumplings. Tonight, enjoy a captain’s farewell dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Visit the famed Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This facility is dedicated to the conservation of these cuddly and curious creatures.


Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and board a high speed train to Chengdu. Visit Jinli Old Street, one of China’s oldest commercial streets.

Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Grand Hyatt Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The morning is off to an exciting start with a Signature Experience. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

This morning, enjoy time at leisure. Later, fly to Guilin. The evening is yours to explore.

Stay: Guilin, Shangri-La Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Watch the famous ‘Impression Sanjie Liu’ cultural show by Zhang Yimou. Using the river as a stage, and the limestone karst mountains as the backdrop, the show is a true celebration of the land.


This morning, soak up the sublime views along Li River. After, cruise to the picturesque town of Yangshuo. You might opt to hop on a bike and ride to the Banyan Tree Park. Or, simply stroll through the shopping district. Tonight, take in a Signature Experience.

Stay: Yangshuo, Banyan Tree Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Join a city tour before a stroll through the market stalls of the Muslim Quarter, sampling local street food from melt-in-your-mouth lamb kebabs to sticky and sweet rice cakes. Alternatively, watch a Tang Dynasty show with dinner.


After breakfast drive to Guilin for your onwards flight to Xi’an. Choose how to spend your afternoon with your choice of sightseeing.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For dinner, choose from a range of restaurants.


Today you will explore one of the oldest cities in China. Visit the ancient city wall, one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. You’ll then visit a clay factory where terracotta soldiers are still made today. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and discover the history of the warriors.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to visit the Temple of Heaven. If you’re after a unique experience, head to the Hutong district by rickshaw and visit a local calligrapher’s home.


Fly to Beijing this morning. On arrival, explore the modern 798 Art Zone, a contemporary art district in Beijing. Seize the afternoon and choose your sightseeing.

Stay: Three Nights, Beijing Regent Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Prepared especially for us, feast on lunch overlooking the Great Wall.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Attend a Peking Opera show or a Kung Fu Show.


Set out for the Great Wall of China today. The sheer magnitude of this 8th-century monument is captivating. Choose how to spend your night with a choice of sightseeing.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Your day begins with a tour of Tiananmen Square. Enlarged to four times its original size in the 1950s, Tiananmen is the world’s largest city square. Head to the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City for a Signature Experience. Lunch will be at a local restaurant, before an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, end your trip on a high with an authentic Peking duck banquet farewell dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your journey ends after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

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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Bayan Tree Resort

In Yangshuo, be surrounded by spectacular karst mountains and the tranquil Li River at the Baya Tree Resort.

Luxury Hotel Stays

Stay in some of China's finest hotels such as Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel.

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family