Three Gorges, Luxury China Yangtze River Cruise

Luxurious Yangtze - Luxury China Cruise Tour Package by Explorient

A Private Luxury China Journey – Beijing – Xi’an – Yangtze River Cruise – Shanghai – Guilin – Longsheng – Hong Kong

19 days / 18 nights – Friday Departures (March – November)

Imagine retracing the very footsteps of Mankind’s greatest construction atop the cobblestones of the magnificent Great Wall; strolling about the impregnable Forbidden City from which the most powerful Emperors ruled their Kingdom for centuries; embracing the mystique of The Three Gorges on board one of the most deluxe river cruise on The Yangtze; or immersing yourself in the vibrance of the world’s most exhilarating entertainment meccas. Well, imagine no more…

This remarkable journey features China’s signature destinations. Traveling in style, your 19-day luxuriously appointed itinerary boasts the must-sees of China, complemented with the world’s finest accommodations, sensational dining, dazzling entertainment, incomparable personalized guide service, and much, much more…. From Ancient Capitals to ultra-modern metropolises, towering mountains to raging rivers, magnificent Dragon Terraces to stunning Skylines.

With luxury, elegance and style, your most unforgettable China journey awaits….



  • Domestic Airfares* within China per itinerary
  • Business Class Air on flight between Guilin and Hong Kong
  • Private Tour with Services of specially appointed, expert guides
  • All ground transportation provided by private Sedan with driver
  • Tasteful combination of deluxe meals at exclusive dining venues
  • Hotel Breakfasts Daily

BEIJING (4 nights)

  • 4 nights at THE PENINSULA BEIJING (Deluxe Room)
  • Private Sightseeing of The Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace & Tiananmen Square
  • Full day private car and guide at disposal
  • Peking Duck Dinner at Dadong Restaurant
  • Beijing Opera Performance with premium seating

XI’AN (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at the SOFITEL LEGEND (Deluxe Room)
  • Special Tang Dynasty Dinner and Performance with premium seating
  • Private Sightseeing of the City Wall, Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the remarkable Terracotta Museum, and Yangling Tombs


  • 3 nights on board the luxurious YANGZI EXPLORER (Deluxe Cabin)
  • Daily Shore Excursions per Itinerary
  • All meals and nightly entertainment on board

SHANGHAI (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at THE PENINSULA SHANGHAI (Deluxe Riverview Room) | THE WALDORF ASTORIA (Deluxe Riverview Room)
  • Western lunch at the exclusive M-on-the-Bund
  • Private Shanghai-by-night tour to experience the city’s spectacular skyline and bustling nightlife
  • Full day private city sightseeing with lunch at M-on-the-Bund (or similar)
  • Evening ERA Acrobatics Show


  • 1 night at LI-AN LODGE
  • 2 nights in Guilin at SHANGRI-LA GUILIN (Horizon Club River View Room)
  • Li River Cruise with lunch on board
  • Extensive Sightseeing of Guilin, Yangshuo and Longshen per Itinerary

HONG KONG (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at the legendary PENINSULA HONG KONG HOTEL (Deluxe Courtyard Room)
  • Lunch at Repulse Bay’s Verandah Restaurant OR the exclusive members only China Club
  • Full day private sightseeing of Victoria Peak with a peak tram ride, Stanley Market, sampan ride in Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, Man Mo Temple and Hollywood Road.

Shanghai, luxury china holiday

Three River Estuary, Shanghai

Guilin, China Luxury Vacation

Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin

Hong Kong, luxury travel

Duck Xing, Hong Kong


Day 1 (Fri): Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival, be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Beijing.

Day 2 (Sat): Beijing
Your introduction of China begins with an inspiring visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu (with Cable Car ride). After lunch at The Beijing Golf Club, proceed to the Ming Tombs, the site of mausoleums of 13 Ming emperors, their empresses and their concubines. In the evening, enjoy a Peking Duck dinner at the famous Quanjude restaurant followed by breathtaking “Legends of Kung Fu” Performance. (B,L,D)

Day 3 (Sun): Beijing
Today’s full day private tour features all of “must sees” of Beijing. Visits include the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven. (B,L)

Day 4 (Mon): Beijing
Today, enjoy a private car and guide at your disposal (up to 8 hours) to shop or further explore this exciting capital of China. (B)

Day 5 (Tue): Beijing / Xi’an
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, commence city sightseeing of Yangling Museum (with glass bottom pit entrance) and the City Wall. Transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 6 (Wed): Xi’an
Today’s full day tour includes the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the City Wall and the Tomb of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di with its remarkable Terracotta army dating over 2000 years. After lunch at the Terracotta Museum, proceed to the impressive Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, one of the most acclaimed Museum in all of China, before returning to the hotel. This evening, enjoy a special Tang Dynasty dinner and cultural performance. (B,L,D)

Day 7 (Thu): Xi’an / Chongqing / Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy a morning sightseeing of the Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter and the Stone Tablets Forest. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Enjoy dinner at JW Marriott Chongqing before boarding the YANGZI EXPLORER for your river journey down the Mighty Yangtze. (B,D)

Day 8 (Fri): Yangtze River Cruise (Shibaozhai)
Today’s shore excursion takes you to Shibaozhai, gem of Chinese architecture. There you will find an 11-story-high red wooden pavilion built against a protruding rock with sheer cliffs on the north bank overlooking the great Yangtze. (B,L,D)
Note: When the water level is low, shore excursion will be changed to Wanxian.

Day 9 (Sat): Yangtze River Cruise / Wushan
Today cruise through the legendary Three Gorges: Qutang, Wu and Xiling. This afternoon, enjoy an unforgettable experience by journeying along Shennong Stream. (B,L,D)

Day 10 (Sun): Yangtze River Cruise / Yichang / Shanghai
Today visit the site of the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest reservoir and power generation facility in the world. Upon disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. This evening, enjoy a Western dinner at the exclusive M-on-the-Bund followed by a Shanghai-by-night tour to experience city’s spectacular skyline and bustling nightlife. (B,L,D)

Day 11 (Mon): Shanghai
Enjoy a morning tour of Old Town, Yu Yuan Gardens and Shanghai Museum. In the afternoon, further explore Shanghai with your personal guide and car at your disposal. In the evening, enjoy a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatics Performance at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Theatre. (B)

Day 12 (Tue): Shanghai (Zhujiajiao)
This morning, take a break from Shanghai’s ultra-modern cityscape to Zhujiajiao’s tranquil countryside. The ancient water-town of Zhujiajiao is famous for its well-preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty architectures, stone bridges and quiet canals. Here, we stroll through the bustling morning market as well as explore its quiet canals by Sampan. Return to Shanghai in the afternoon and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

Day 13 (Wed): Shanghai / Guilin
Fly to Guilin. Upon arrival, commence sightseeing of Guilin city visiting Fubo Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill and Flute Reed Cave. This evening, enjoy dinner a fascinating Cormorant Fishing excursion along the Li River. Dinner is served at your hotel in Guilin. (B,D)

Day 14 (Thu): Guilin (Li River / Yangshou)
Today’s memorable excursion begins with an invigorating cruise down the majestic Li River to the quaint and charming artisan village of Yangshuo. Enjoy sightseeing of the area’s spectacular countryside visiting local villages, Moon Hill and Butterfly Spring Park. Return to Guilin in the afternoon. (B,L)

Day 15 (Fri): Guilin / Longsheng
After breakfast, we embark on a scenic 2.5 drive for Longsheng, a breathtaking scenic region renowned for its magnificent Dragon Rice Terraces. The Longji (Dragon Spine) Terrace began its construction in the Yuan Dynasty and was completed in early Qing Dynasty, a history of 650 years. The rolling mountains are sculptured with tightly packed terraces on the precipitous slopes, extending for hundreds of miles. All year round, the terraces present different beauty in different seasons. Upon arrival, embark on an invigorating hike (approx. 30 minutes) through Ping An village to the charming Li An Lodge that boasts panoramic views of the Longi Rice Terraces. Lunch and Dinner are served at the resort. (B,L)

Day 16 (Sat): Longsheng / Hong Kong
Morning at leisure to relax and soak up Longsheng pristine natural setting. Transfer to Guilin airport for your flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day 17 (Sun): Hong Kong
Private morning tour of Hong Kong Island visiting the Victoria Peak (with tram ride), Sampan Ride in Aberdeen, Stanley Market and a Western lunch at Repluse Bay’s Verandah Restaurant OR a Dim Sum Lunch at the Exclusive China Club, Man Mo Temple and Hollywood Road. Return to Kowloon by Star Ferry and walk back to the Peninsula Hotel. (B,L)

Day 18 (Mon): Hong Kong
A full day at leisure to sightsee, shop or sample the tantalizing culinary delights of Hong Kong. (B)

Day 19 (Tue): Depart Hong Kong
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)


2017 Price Chart (Tour operates March thru November)

Twin Sharing

Single Supplement

Accommodations as listed above 13,750 14,750 5,500 6,250
Tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate


  • Price is per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price includes all entrance fees, China domestic airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • *Domestic Air based on Economy Class. Optional First/Business Class upgrade available at a supplement of $2,200 per person (market fares – subject to change)
  • Price excludes Trans-pacific airfares. Discount Economy and Business Class Fares available upon request.
  • Price excludes personal expenses, beverages, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Low Season (LS) – March, June – August
  • High Season (HS) – April-May, September – November
  • Prices subject to change without notice


Beijing - The Peninsula Hotel

Beijing – The Peninsula Hotel

Sofitel, Xian Terracotta Tour

Xian – Sofitel Legend

Yangtze Explorer Cruise

Yangtze Explorer Cruise


Shanghai – Peninsula Hotel

Longshen - Li AN Lodge

Longshen – Li AN Lodge

Guilin - Shangri-La Hotel

Guilin – Shangri-La Hotel

Hong Kong - The Peninsula Hotel

Hong Kong – The Peninsula Hotel


  • Private Tour with Services of specially appointed, expert guides
  • All ground transportation provided by private Sedan with driver
  • Tasteful combination of deluxe meals at exclusive dining venues
  • Private Sightseeing of The Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace & Tiananmen Square
  • Private Sightseeing of the City Wall, Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the remarkable Terracotta Museum, and Yangling Tombs
  • Evening ERA Acrobatics Show in Shanghai

Price Starting From: $12,000


“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)