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Journey to Shangri-la

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Between Shanghai and Kunming
Yangtze
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Discover your own utopia on this lovely journey through the heart of China. Explore the heritage of Shanghai, discover the ancient water city of Suzhou and take in the wonder and artistic genius that are the Terracotta Army in Xi’an. Beijing offers up plenty of activities such as market visits, walking tours and home-hosted lunches to provide a unique insight into this mammoth city before exploring the extraordinary Great Wall. Cruise the Yangtze River and experience a close encounter with a giant panda. Near the Tibetan border, Shangri-la itself awaits with a private meditation session with a Buddhist Lama, a family visit and time to explore this ancient land and its many sacred traditions and astonishing landscape.
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* From price is for a 15 May 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in CAD, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1
Highlights: Welcome reception

Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for a luxurious three night Special Stay.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Shanghai
Highlights: City sightseeing tour

Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Explore the Pudong area. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Shanghai
Highlights: Freechoice, Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe

Later, spend your free time exploring the famous Nanjing Road. Tonight enjoy the agility and skill of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats.

Freechoice

Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession district and Xintiandi or take an organised shopping tour of Shanghai’s markets. Alternatively, take a cruise on the Huangpu River.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4
Shanghai > Suzhou
Highlights: Cruise Suzhou Grand Canal

Travel to the ancient water city of Suzhou and cruise along the Grand Canal before visiting a traditional silk mill. Spend the night in Suzhou.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Suzhou > Hangzhou
Highlights: Humble Administrators Garden, Impressions of West Lake Show

In Suzhou, known for beautiful classical gardens, visit the Humble Administrators Garden and Masters of the Nets Garden. Later travel to Hangzhou and be awed by the Impressions of West Lake show. Enjoy a two night stay in Hangzhou.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Hangzhou
Highlights: Cruise West Lake , Freechoice

Cruise the famous West Lake before visiting Six Harmonies Pagoda, featured in the works of poets and artists alike.

Freechoice

Learn about the Chinese cultural pillars or explore Hangzhou’s Buddhist heritage. Alternatively explore the Xixi Wetlands by boat.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Hangzhou > Xi’an
Highlights: Tang Dynasty Show

Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall. Tonight enjoy the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights in Xi’an.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Xi’an
Highlights: Enrich - Terracotta Warrior and private museum visit

Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

Enrich

Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator.

 

Enrich

Be treated to a private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Enjoy a refreshing drink while learning about local history from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9
Xi’an > Beijing
Highlights: Freechoice, Freechoice Dining

Fly to Beijing and enjoy a two night stay, your hotel is located within walking distance of the Silk Markets.

Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western dishes at The Cut.

Freechoice

Roam through the market’s alleys in the Muslim Quarter or visit the Drum and Bell Towers.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Beijing
Highlights: Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, Hutongs, Freechoice

Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Eat lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before a rickshaw ride through the laneways.

Freechoice

Look forward to the Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Beijing > Gubei Water Town
Highlights: Great Wall of China - Mutianyu, Sundowners

Today visit China’s most iconic attraction – the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Explore the new Gubei Water Town at Simatai located beneath the Great Wall, learn about ancient industries before cruising the canal through the ancient themed town. You’ll spend the night at a boutique hotel located within the town.

Sundowners

Enjoy an enchanting evening enjoying a drink with your fellow travellers by the canal, both in the ambience of and overlooking the illuminated Great Wall.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Beijing > Yichang >Yangtze River Cruise
Highlights: Great Wall of China - Simatai, Embark Yangtze cruise

Spend the morning at leisure exploring Gubei Water Town before travelling by cable car to admire the expansive view from the Simatai Section of the Great Wall. Later fly to Yichang to join your refurbished cruise ship at Maoping or Taohuacun Pier, Yangzi Explorer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Yangtze River Cruise
Highlights: Three Gorges Dam Project, Captain’s Reception

Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site and experience the ship elevator in operation (when available). Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s reception.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
Yangtze River Cruise
Highlights: Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

Explore the dramatic Bamboo Gorge and Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan) and then visit a local village of rowers. Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and dramatic Qutang Gorge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Yangtze River Cruise - Fuling
Highlights: Gala Dinner

Join an insightful excursion in Fuling to the ‘816 Underground Project’. This afternoon is at leisure in Fuling. Tonight, mingle at the ‘Taste of China’ gala dinner in your finest Chinese outfit.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu
Highlights: Freechoice Dining, Ciqikou ancient town

Disembark and visit the ancient town of Ciqikou. Experience China’s new high-speed train network to Chengdu and your overnight stay at Shangri-La Chengdu.

Dinner is a choice of Sichuan cuisine at Shang Restaurant, Western steak or burger at Mooneys, or
a buffet dinner at Café Z.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17
Chengdu > Shangri-la
Highlights: Enrich - photo with panda at Giant Panda Breeding Centre

Discover one of the best preserved Han Dynasty sites in China, Jiezi Ancient Town. Fly to Shangri-la for your two night Special Stay.

Enrich

Enjoy an enchanting close encounter with rare giant panda cubs. You’ll even have a photo with these endangered creatures.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 18
Shangri-la (Zhongdian)
Highlights: Enrich - Songzanlin Monastery meditation

Mingle and enjoy afternoon tea with local kindergarten children.

Enrich

Experience a private meditation session with a Lama at Songzanlin Monastery.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19
Shangri-la (Zhongdian) > Lijiang
Highlights: Enrich - Tibetan local family, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Freechoice

Drive to Lijiang via the dramatic Tiger Leaping George. Enjoy a three night Special Stay at your perfectly located hotel.

Choose between local cuisine or a Brazilian themed restaurant.

Enrich

Spend time with a Tibetan family. Learn about their traditions, unique way of life and taste yak butter tea.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 20
Lijiang
Highlights: Lijiang old town

Today, wander around the picturesque Black Dragon Pool. Later explore Lijiang’s World Heritage-listed Old Town.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 21
Lijiang
Highlights: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park

Visit the Baisha Frescoes before observing the Impressions Lijiang outdoor cultural show. In Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park, ride a gondola up to Spruce Meadow.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 22
Lijiang > Kunming
Highlights: Kunming sightseeing

Fly to Kunming for a two night stay. Tonight sample ‘across-the-bridge’ noodles, a delicacy of the region.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 23
Kunming
Highlights: Stone Forest

Explore the remarkable Stone Forest, a natural ‘forest’ of limestone rock formations before your farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 24
Kunming
Highlights: Farewell

It’s time to bid farewell to China with many wonderful memories.

Meals included: Breakfast
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