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9 night China getaway

This itinerary combines our four night itinerary with sightseeing and accommodation in Shanghai and Beijing.

Please note that this cruise commences two days prior to the four night itinerary departure dates. Please see the sailing dates for more information.

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Day 1

ARRIVE IN Shanghai

Arrive at Shanghai Airport where you will be met by a Sanctuary representative after customs who will transfer you to check-in at your hotel, where you will spend your time at leisure.

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Day 2


After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, depart from the hotel to see the famous "Bund", an area of Huangpu District in central Shanghai. Next stop, visit a garden that many consider to be one of the finest Chinese gardens in the region, the Yu Garden. The garden was first established in 1559 as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan, who spent almost 20 years building a garden to please his father Pan En, a high-ranking official in the Ming Dynasty. After a half day tour, return to the hotel and balance of the day is at leisure to explore Shanghai.

Overnight: The Peninsula Hotel Shanghai (partner hotel)

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Day 3

arrive on yangzi explorer

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Yichang, where one of our guides will greet you on arrival and transfer you to the Yangzi Explorer.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 4


After breakfast view the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the three gorges (47 miles in length). Enjoy the views of the sweeping river through the groves of orange and pomelo trees. You will then arrive at the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre for a private tour. This tour will serve as a general introduction to the project site which is currently the world's largest engineering project. 

Lunch is served on the ship. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure with a complimentary afternoon tea and choice of lectures. In the evening dinner will be served a la carte.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 5


Disembark from the ship at Badong and transfer to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen to explore the Shennong Stream. Next explorer the Wu and Qutang Gorges in the afternoon.

After lunch, guests can join an optional excursion to visit the White Emperor City, an historic site once the settlement of Gong Sunshu in the first century, an official turned soldier. 

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure with afternoon tea. Dinner will be served a la carte, followed by a crew variety show.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 6


Start your morning with traditional chinese exercise and work up and appetite for the buffet breakfast. After, there will be a shore excursion to Fengdu, where you can visit a local Kindergarten or join in with an exercise, singing and dancing regime for the local retired Chinese residents.

After lunch, join our wheelhouse tour, attend our arts & craft presentation or take part in our Chinese dumpling demonstration. Tonight will be our 'Taste of China' dinner.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer


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Day 7

chongqing & Beijing

Arrive in Chongqing and be greeted by our guide at the pier, before transfering to Beijing airport. Another Sanctuary representative will you meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for leisure time. 

Overnight: The Peninsula Hotel Bejing (partner hotel)



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Day 8


After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, it is time to visit the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square (440,000 m² - 880m by 500m). Tiananmen Square has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history. Then stop at the Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty and for almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government. After a half day tour, return to the hotel and the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Beijing.

Overnight: The Peninsula Hotel Beijing (partner hotel)


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Day 9


Buffet breakfast at the hotel followed by a tour to one of the seven wonders of the world, "The Great Wall of China". Today you have the opportunity to visit a part of the Great Wall of Mutianyu, this section of the wall is located in Huairou County, some 70 kilometres northeast of Beijing. To reach the Great Wall, take a cable car ride where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery before walking on the monumental manbuilt structure. After a half day tour, return to the hotel and balance of the day at leisure.

Overnight: The Peninsula Hotel Beijing (partner hotel)

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Day 10

Depart beijing

On your final day you will enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel and then check-out. Transfer to Beijing Airport in private car to board your international flight.