Splendid Yangtze Explorient - Luxury Cruise Tour of China and Hong Kong

A Private China Tour – Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong

17 Days / 15 Nights – Tour Code (CSY)

Departs Monday / Wednesday / Saturday / Sunday

Yangtze River Cruise and Luxury China Tour

Our Splendid Yangtze Explorient tour features a memorable river journey along China’s longest and most revered waterway – the Yangtze River. This remarkable 17-day expedition showcases China’s most popular tourist destinations spanning a distinctive array of natural beauty, dazzling landmarks, inspiring cultures and sensational cuisines.

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 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.

Destination Guilin. There will be nothing short of bewilderment as your flight makes its final descend upon this mystical land called Guilin. Its stunning landscape of karst mountains and tranquil rivers has for centuries mesmerized poets, artists and visitors alike from around the globe. Here, overload the senses on a cruise along the majestic Li River. Explore the beautiful countryside by bicycle amid lush rice paddies, quaint villages and free roaming water-buffalos. Trek the spectacular Moon Hill and treat yourself to a spectacular panorama of Mother Nature at her finest. Last but certainly not least, we end this incredible trip with a memorable three nights in Hong Kong to soak up the “Pearl of the Orient’s” pulsating energy and indulge in its endless array of uncommon experiences – everything from super-fine dining restaurants to irresistible street foods to action packed night markets.

From ancient landmarks to glittering skyscrapers, tranquil rivers to stunning karst towers, timeless traditions to bustling nightlife — they’re all here. Your most unforgettable China Vacation Awaits.



  • Economy Class Air via Cathay Pacific Airways from USA
  • Domestic airfares within China per itinerary
  • 15 nights hotel & cruise accommodations per itinerary
  • Hotel Breakfasts Daily
  • Other meals per itinerary including full board on Yangtze Cruise (food only)
  • Private Tour: Sightseeing & Transfers by private car, driver and professional guides

BEIJING (3 nights)

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

XIAN (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Sofitel Xian Renmin Square (Superior) OR The Westin Xian (Deluxe)
  • Full day private sightseeing including the Terra Cotta Army excavation site, City Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall
  • Evening tour of Night Markets at Muslim Quarters
  • Tang Dynasty dinner and cultural show


  • 3 nights aboard the Century Sky / Sun (Superior) OR Century Paragon / Legend (Deluxe)
  • Daily Shore excursions (joined basis)

SHANGHAI (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Renaissance Yu Garden (Superior) OR Swissotel Grand Shanghai (Deluxe)
  • Full day private sightseeing including the Bund, Old Town & its Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center & Tianzifang Art District
  • Evening Acrobatics Performance

GUILIN (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Shangri-la Guilin*
  • Li River Cruise and private city sightseeing of Guilin

HONG KONG (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Royal Garden Hotel (Superior) | InterContinental Grand Stanford (Deluxe)
  • Private Half Day Walking Tour of Hong Kong Island with visits to Victoria Peak, Central & Western Districts via public transportation

*Superior and Deluxe packages feature Deluxe and Deluxe River View rooms at Shangri-la Guilin, respectively.
Departures: Wednesday – Century Paragon; Friday – Century Sky; Saturday – Century Sun; Sunday – Century Legend

Guilin, private China Tour

Picturesque Guilin

Grand Canal, Suzhou and Shanghai Tour Package

Shanghai Countryside


Departure – Sailing: Wednesday (Paragon) | Friday (Sky) | Saturday (Sun) | Sunday (Legend)

Day 1 Depart North America
Depart for Beijing via Cathay Pacific Airways, connecting in Hong Kong

Day 2 Beijing
Upon arrival, after clearing immigration and customs, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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
Today’s full day tour includes visits the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. Lunch is served 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 / Yangtze River Cruise
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 Yangtze River cruise ship. (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 (Three Small Gorges)
Cruise through the Three Gorges: Qutang, Wu and Xiling. This afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on Shennong Stream. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise/ Yichang / Shanghai
Enjoy a morning tour of the site of the Three Gorges Dam. After disembarkation, transfer to the airport for you flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer 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 / Guilin
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. An International Buffet Dinner is served at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 13 Guilin
A full day tour today features a boat cruise on the picturesque Li River. Enjoy sightseeing of Yangshuo’s beautiful countryside before returning to Guilin in the afternoon. (B,L)

Day 14 Guilin / Hong Kong
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel by private car (driver only). (B)

Day 15 Hong Kong
Hong Kong: Enjoy a morning private walking tour via public transportation to explore Hong Kong’s Central & Western Districts. Starting with a ride on the Star Ferry, we visit Central District, the business and financial hub of Hong Kong – a glittering show of mirrored towers, multi-million dollars high-rises and designer shops. Take a tram ride up to Victoria Peak, one of Hong Kong’s must-sees offering panoramic views of the Hong Kong Harbor. Afterwards, visit a local wet market and take a ride on the historic double-decker Tramway (time permitting) before returning to your hotel by subway (MTR). Enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 16 Hong Kong
Full day free at leisure to relax, shop and explore Hong Kong on your own. (B)

Day 17 Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home. (B)


2017 Air & Land Price Chart (Tour Operates March – November)
Mon | Wed | Sat | Sun Departures Land Only SFO/LAX NYC/CHI/BOS Single Supplement
March S 5,445 6,175 6,275 1,825
D 5,945 6,675 6,775 2,245
April S 5,645 6,375 6,475 1,975
D 6,145 6,875 6,975 2,385
May* S 5,475 6,195 6,295 1,825
D 5,995 6,725 6,825 2,245
June S 5,345 6,525 6,725 1,695
D 5,845 7,025 7,225 2,115
July – August S 5,295 6,475 6,575 1,645
D 5,825 6,975 7,195 2,085
September S 5,645 6,375 6,475 1,975
D 6,045 6,775 6,875 2,295
October S 5,745 6,475 6,575 2,095
D 6,165 6,875 6,975 2,395
November S 5,575 6,275 6,375 1,895
D 6,075 6,795 6,896 2,345
Tour Requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate
S = Superior | D = Deluxe


  • 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, 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. $180 – 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 fee not included. Passports 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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Shanghai – Swissotel

Park Plaza Beijing, China Travel

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Regent Beijing, Luxury China Tour

Beijing – The Regent Hotel

Guilin Shangri-La, China Countryside Tour

Guilin – Shangri-La Hotel

Xian - Sofitel on Renmin

Xian – Sofitel on Renmin

Xian Westin Hotel

Xian – The Westin

Royal Garden Hotel, Hong Kong and China Tour Package

Hong Kong – Royal Garden Hotel

Intercontinental Grand Stanford, Luxury Tour Hong Kong

Hong Kong – Intercontinental Grand Stanford

Century Sky, Deluxe Yangtze River Cruise

Century Sky | Century Sun Cruises

Century Legend, Luxury China Cruise Tour

Century Legend | Century Paragon Cruise Ships


  • Luxury Yangtze River Cruise with full board & shore excursions daily
  • Tour of Great Wall at Mutianyu with cable car ride
  • Tour of Beijing’s Hutongs by Rickshaw
  • Evening “Legends of Kung Fu” Show
  • Visit to Terracotta Army excavation site
  • Dinner & Cultural Show at Tang Dynasty Theatre
  • Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Countryside Tour
  • Evening Shanghai Acrobatics Performance
  • Private walking tour of Hong Kong Island

Price Starting From: $6,375



“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)