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Luxury

Yunnan & Yangtze

Kunming to Shanghai
22 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: CHYC22
  • 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.

China's Natural Wonders

The hulking Jade Dragon Snow Mountain reflected in the glassy surface of Black Dragon Pool is a photographer's dream.

Kunming Stone Forest

Walk through a petrified forst, where giant karst rock pillars tower skywards as far as the eye can see.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 11 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 6 locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 56 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT Tour Director
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map CHYC22 2020
Kunming 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™ - Dining

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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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

We’ll transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Kunming, Green Lake Hotel

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

A real highlight is today’s visit to the Stone Forest, a collection of karst rock pillars which resemble petrified trees.


After a Signature Experience, lunch is at Chef Pan’s restaurant in Yiliang. Back in Kunming, devour an ‘Across the Bridge Noodles’ dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose where to dine.


Fly to World Heritage-listed Lijiang, nestled at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Stay: Three Nights, Lijiang, Grand Hyatt Resort Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Explore Dayan, the old town of Lijiang, before a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Later, have your camera at the ready as you visit Black Dragon Pool bridge, a true photographer’s paradise.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Bear witness to the Impression Lijiang show, a magnificent outdoor singing and dancing performance.


Begin your day at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where you may ride a cable car to the Yunshan Ping viewing platform. Later, a Signature Experience awaits. Afterwards, feast on traditional Chinese dishes for dinner, a perfect end to your day.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

As you travel towards Shangri-La, enjoy the dramatic landscapes of the Yangtze River. Later, stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge to admire this magnificent canyon which carves a path through the mountains. Enjoy traditional Tibetan cuisine at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Shangri-La, Shangri-La Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Songzanlin Monastery today and see the gilded copper roof shining in the sun.


The morning is dedicated to a Signature Experience. This afternoon, visit the home of a Tibetan family and learn the daily rituals of local life before heading to the enormous Fortunate Victory Prayer Wheel in the heart of Shangri-La’s Old Town.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Head to Pudacuo National Park and admire the pretty Bita and Shudu Lakes. Or, visit a local monastery for a traditional Tibetan Buddhist blessing. Another option is to relax with a Chinese foot reflexology treatment.


The morning is yours to spend at leisure. Shape your afternoon with a choice from three experiences. Dinner is at a local restaurant tonight before we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Chengdu.

Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Grand Hyatt Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Get up close to the giant panda as they snooze, play and munch on bamboo.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For dinner, opt for a buffet at the Grand Café, or feast on a Sichuan hotpot at #8 restaurant.


Today, you’ll enjoy a Signature Experience. After lunch, take some time to explore the city at your own pace.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

It’s time to fly to Beijing. You have the entire day to spend at your leisure. You may like to relax at your hotel or step out for a wander along nearby Wangfujing Street.

Stay: Three Nights, Regent Hotel Beijing

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit a private section of the Forbidden City, once the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong.


Your sightseeing begins today with a tour of Tiananmen Square, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Gather for an authentic Peking duck feast tonight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Along a hidden section of the Great Wall of China, enjoy an exclusive lunch.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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


Set out for the Great Wall of China where a Signature Experience awaits. Afterwards, shape your evening with a choice 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.


Choose from a range of activities this morning. Afterwards fly to Yichang. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your river ship.

Stay: Four Nights, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise along the Three Gorges region. Join a tour of the Three Gorges Project and exhibition. Back on board, we’ll pass through Xiling Gorge. After the captain’s welcome reception tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Step off at Badong and be ferried to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat) to a local riverside village. After lunch on board, continue to Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, disembark in Fuling. Here, visit the 816 Underground Project, an old nuclear site hidden in the mountains. The afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight, the Emperor’s farewell dinner is a Chinese banquet feast.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose from two options for dinner.


Disembark your ship in Chongqing and fly to Xi’an. This afternoon join a city tour. Visit the ancient city wall, constructed in the 14th century during the early Ming Dynasty.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Tour the market stalls of the Muslim Quarter and sample a range of street food. Or, watch a Tang Dynasty show with dinner.


Visit a clay factory where terracotta soldiers are still made today. The afternoon is spent at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. Choose how to spend your evening with a choice of sightseeing.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose from three restaurants for dinner.


Spend the morning at leisure before flying to Shanghai. On arrival, jump on the high-speed Maglev train which travels at an exhilarating 300 kilometres per hour.

Stay: Three Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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
  • Dinner

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 trip ends with a transfer to the airport.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Deep mountain ravine to Yangtze 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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Grand Hyatt Lijiang

Stay close by Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at the Grand Hyatt Lijiang, where the traditional meets the contemporary.

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