Golden Yangtze Explorient - Luxury China Cruise Tour

A Private China Tour – Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai, Zhujiajiao Ancient Watertown

13 Days / 11 Nights – Tour Code (CGY)

Departs Monday / Wednesday / Saturday / Sunday

Luxury China Cruise Tour - Beijing, Yangtze River, Shanghai

Our Golden Yangtze Explorient tour features a memorable river journey along China’s longest and most revered waterway – the Yangtze River. This remarkable 12 day expedition showcases China’s most popular tourist destinations spanning a distinctive array of natural beauty, dazzling landmarks, inspiring cultures and sensational cuisines – all in the comfort of China’s finest luxury hotels and Explorient’s signature private service.

Your introduction to China begins with two of its greatest ancient capitals, where you’ll experience first-hand China’s storied past, legendary landmarks and national treasures. Stroll the massive grounds of the awe-inspiring Forbidden City. Trace the footsteps of mankind atop the magnificent Great Wall. Marvel the incredible Terracotta Army that laid beneath the earth for over two thousand years. Admire the intricate architectural masterpiece of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven formerly privy only to the Great Emperor himself. Beijing and Xian never cease to amaze the visitor.

Next, embark on a fantastic river journey on board one of Yangtze’s finest floating hotels for an unforgettable cruise along Asia’s longest river. Cruising in style, passengers are rewarded with amazing sights of the mighty Yangtze including the impressive Three Gorges, the invigorating Shennong Stream and the massive Three Gorges Dam, China’s largest construction project since the Great Wall. After a few days of days of total relaxation, we continue on to Shanghai for some excitement, a World City of glam & sophistication that sports the country’s trendiest fashion, finest cuisine, latest technological marvels and a skyline that is out of this world.

From ancient landmarks to unspoiled Mother Nature, bustling metropolises to tranquil countrysides — they’re all here. Your most unforgettable China Vacation awaits.



  • Economy Class Air via Cathay Pacific Airways from USA
  • All air & ground transportation within China
  • 11 nights hotel and cruise accommodations of your choice
  • Hotel Breakfasts Daily
  • Other meals per itinerary including full board on Yangtze Cruise
  • Private Tour: Transfers and sightseeing provided by private car, driver and Professional guides

BEIJING (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at The Regent Beijing (Deluxe) OR The Raffles Beijing (Premium)
  • 2 full days of private sightseeing including Great Wall at Mutianyue (with cable car ride), Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Temple of Heave and Hutongs by Rickshaw
  • Evening “Legends of Kung Fu” Performance

XIAN (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at The Westin Xian (Deluxe) OR Sofitel Legend (Premium)
  • Full day of private sightseeing including the Terra Cotta Army excavation site, City Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall
  • Evening Tang Dynasty dinner and cultural show


  • 3 nights aboard the Century Sky | Century Sky (Deluxe) OR Century Paragon | Century Legend (Premium)
  • Daily Shore excursions+
  • 3 meals daily while on board (food only)

SHANGHAI (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Swissotel Grand Shanghai (Deluxe) OR Peninsula Shanghai | The Waldorf Astoria (Premium)
  • Full day private sightseeing including the Bund, Old Town, Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai Museum and the unique art district of Tianzifang
  • Morning private excursion to the Ancient Watertown of Zhujiajiao
  • Evening ERA Acrobatics Performance

+Premium package features private shore excursion on board the Century Legend/Paragon. Join basis for deluxe package.

Great Wall Beijing, Private China tour

The Great Wall of China, Beijing

Ancient Watertown, Yangtze River Cruise

Ancient Waterways, Zhujiajiao


Day 1 Depart North America
Depart USA for Beijing via Cathay Pacific / All Nippon Airways

Day 2 Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your next 3 nights’ accommodations.

Day 3 Beijing
Today visit the spectacular Mutianyu section of the Great Wall with Cable Car ride. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Beijing City and enjoy a tour of its Old Quarters (Hutongs) by rickshaw visiting a local family residence, Bell & Drum Tower. This evening, enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner followed by a Legends of Kung Fu Show. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Beijing
A full-day tour today visits the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. Includes lunch at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Day 5 Beijing / Xian
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, commence sightseeing of Xian that includes visits to City Museum and the City Wall before transferring to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a tour of the bustling Night Market at Muslim Quarters. (B)

Day 6 Xian
Today’s full-day tour includes the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Terracotta Museum, tomb of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di with its terra cotta army. Tonight enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner and cultural show. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Xian / Chongqing
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival, commence brief sightseeing of the city with dinner at a local restaurant (time permitting). Transfer to your cruise ship and enjoy your river journey downstream. (B,D) ****Cruise Sailings: Century Paragon (Tuesday) / Century Sky (Thursday) / Century Sun (Friday) / Century Legend (Saturday)****

Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (Shibaozhai)
Soak up the spectacular sceneries on board your cruise. Today’s shore excursion takes you to Shibaozhai Pagoda, an architectural masterpiece built in the Ming Dynasty. The pagoda was built against the rocks comprised of 12 stories high up above the river bed (200 meters tall). It is the tallest specimen of ancient architecture with the most storeys in China and reputed as one of the eight fantastic examples of architecture in the world. Today, due to effects of the Three Gorges Dam and rising water levels, Shibaozhai can be reached just steps from the dock. (B,L,D) ***Note: all shore excursions operates on join basis with other cruise participants.

*** Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise
Today cruise through the legendary Three Gorges: Qutang, Wu and Xiling. This afternoon, enjoy an unforgettable experience by journeying along Shennong (or Shennv) Stream. A tributary of the Yangtze River, the crystal clear steam flows swiftly from north to south through deep gorges, and a sampan tour will allow you to experience a n adventure along this newly unspoiled river. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise / Yichang / Shanghai
Today visit the site of the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the World’s largest reservoir and electricity generating facility.After disembarking from the cruise ship, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. (B,L)

Day 11 Shanghai
Full day city sightseeing of Shanghai features the Old Town and its Yu Garden, Urban Planning & Exhibition Center, the Bund, Shanghai Museum and the art district of Tianzifang famed for its Old Shanghai Shikumen houses in a laid back atmosphere with cobbled streets lined with art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy a Western Lunch at one of Shanghai’s exclusive restaurants located on the Bund. This evening, enjoy a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatics Performance. (B,L)

Day 12 Shanghai
Enjoy a morning excursion to the ancient watertown of Zhujiajiao famous for its remarkably well preserved bridges dating back to the 11th century. Enjoy a sampan ride through its quiet canals, stroll about the bustling morning markets and explore the countryside way-of-life amid its picturesque setting. Return to Shanghai and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 13 Return Home
Transfer to the Shanghai airport for your departure flight home. (B)



2018 Air and Land Price Chart (Tour operates between March – November)
Set Departures Land Only SFO/LAX NYC/CHI/BOS Single Supplement
March D 4,175 5,225 5,325 1,525
P 5,425 6,475 6,575 2,325
April – May* D 4,275 5,325 5,425 1,605
P 5,525 6,575 6,675 2,375
June – August D 4,125 5,625 5,825 1,475
P 5,295 6,795 6,995 2,195
September – October D 4,275 5,325 5,425 1,645
P 5,525 6,575 6,675 2,375
November D 4,225 5,275 5,375 1,625
P 5,335 6,525 6,625 2,275
Tour Requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate
D = Deluxe | P = Premium


  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price includes all entrance fees, domestic air taxes, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes personal expenses, beverages during included lunches & dinners, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • **Tour departure correspond with the following cruise sailings:
    • Deluxe Package: Century Sky: Monday | Century Sun: Saturday
    • Premium Package: Century Paragon: Wednesday | Century Legend: Sunday
  • For Air & Land Option
    • U.S. & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (Approx. $300 – subject to change)
    • When Trans-Pacific travel takes place on a weekend (Fri-Sun), add $50 per person each direction.
    • *June-August rates apply for departures between May 24-31
    • For add-on fares from eligible connecting U.S. domestic cities, please refer to Connecting Cities chart.
  • Land-only price includes China Domestic Airfares
  • China visa required for entry. Not included in package. Passport must NOT expire within 6 months from end of trip
  • All flights, hotels and land services are subject to availability at time of reservation


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  • Yangtze River Cruise with shore excursions daily
  • Great Wall at Mutianyu with cable car ride
  • Tour of Beijing’s Old Quarters (Hutongs) by Rickshow
  • Evening “Legends of Kung Fu” Show
  • Terra Cotta Army excavation site in Xian
  • Dinner & Cultural Show at Tang Dynasty Theatre
  • Tour of Zhujiajiao Ancient Watertown
  • Evening Shanghai Acrobatics Performance

Price Starting From: $5,295



“Just wanted to sincerely thank you for a wonderful trip. It is a trip we will remember fondly along with the Vietnam and Cambodia trip you planned for us.”

Karel & Cheryl Mucha - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

June 2010 (China)