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Join Aboard MS Yangzi Explorer
Carrying just 124 guests in 62 balcony staterooms, the Yangzi Explorer offers a sophisticated cruise experience! An elegant single-seating dining room features fine international cuisine with free-flowing wines at lunch and dinner. Enjoy expertly guided shore excursions every day and an enriching and entertaining shipboard program of talks, demonstrations and activities.
Day 1 - Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing
You’ll be warmly greeted at the airport and escorted to the luxurious Fairmont Beijing Hotel. The rest of this day is yours to relax and enjoy as you wish.
Day 2 - Day 2 - Imperial Highlights
|Stand in Tiananmen Square and admire the architectural landmarks that surround one of the world’s grandest public plazas. Then follow in the footsteps of Ming Dynasty Emperors on an expertly-guided tour through the magnificent Forbidden City , a sprawling complex of palaces, courtyards and pavilions. Then hop aboard a rickshaw to explore the ancient streets of a Hutong, an ancient enclave of traditional courtyard homes. Joining a local family for lunch in their home promises genuine connections and real insight into Chinese traditions that still endure in this rapidly evolving city. This evening, sit down to a festive Peking Duck Banquet with wine. Meals B+L+D|
Day 3 - Day 3 - Great Wall + Summer Palace
Situated farther from the capital than other sections of
Day 4 - Day 4 - Fly to Yichang + Embark your Yangtze Cruise
This morning, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the
Day 5 - Day 5 - The Immense Three Gorges Dam
Early risers can start the day with invigorating Tai Chi exercise before an expansive buffet breakfast. A relaxing morning onboard offers a chance to relax on your private balcony, attend an informative talk on Chinese traditions, or indulge in a treatment at the shipboard spa. After lunch, you’ll step off ship to visit the Three Gorges Dam; stretching more than 3,300 yards across at the top and towering over 600 feet, this massive construction project took 17 years to complete! It’s still the world’s largest hydro-power dam and this afternoon’s guided tour explores its far reaching impact upon the geography, archaeological sites, industries, and residents of the region. Back onboard, you can enjoy a lecture on traditional Chinese medicine. Later, the Yangzi Explorer will navigate through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the river’s Three Gorges. Then as the river widens and sweeps through groves of orange and pomelo trees, you’ll experience the tranquil side of life along
Day 6 - Day 6 - Up Shennong Stream + Through the Yangtze Gorges
If you wish, you can join fellow passengers for early morning Tai Chi before breakfast is served. Then step off ship for an unforgettable journey up Shennong Stream. You’ll explore this spectacular region in traditional sampan boats poled by Tujia boatmen. The landscapes here are unrivalled, encompassing crystalline rushing waters, dense forests and towering rock formations. As you venture upstream, you’ll espy coffins stowed high within the limestone cliffs that tower above you – a legacy of the region’s earliest inhabitants. Before returning to ship, you’ll visit a nearby village to experience life in a rural community. After lunch, you’ll want to be on your balcony or with fellow passengers on the Sun Deck as the Yangzi Explorer navigates Wu Gorge, renowned for massive cliffs that rise sharply from the river. Later, General Tours ship cruises through spectacular Qutang Gorge, the narrowest of the river’s Three Gorges. Then enjoy a demonstration of traditional Chinese arts and crafts before sitting down to another elegant à la carte dinner accompanied by free-flowing wine. Meals B+L+D
Day 7 - Day 7 - Ashore in Fuling
A delightful morning onboard General Tours 5-star ship is yours to do as you wish. You might learn about
Day 8 - Day 8 - Disembark in Chongqing + Fly to Lhasa, Tibet
Enjoy a final buffet breakfast onboard before disembarking the Yangzi Explorer in
Day 9 - Day 9 - Tibetan History + Culture
Your guided tour of this fascinating city begins after breakfast at Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. Built in the 18th century, this expansive palace complex encompasses tranquil wooded areas, landscaped garden grounds and lovely pavilions. You’ll also visit
Day 10 - Day 10 - Experience Kora + Tour the Potala Palace
|This morning, you’ll join local residents as they perform Kora. Observing and even participating in this ancient Buddhist rite of walking and prayer will give you an authentic experience of Tibet’s enduring spiritual traditions. Then tour the magnificent Potala Palace . Built on a mountain ridge in the heart of the Lhasa Valley, this was the winter palace of the Dalai Lama for more than 1,000 years. Continue with a visit to the Sera Monastery, founded in the 15th century at the foot of Tatipu Hill. This evening’s dinner features traditional Tibetan cuisine. Meals B+L+D|
Day 11 - Day 11 - Fly to Chengdu
We’ll take you to the airport this morning for your included flight to
Day 12 - Day 12 - General Tours Exclusive Panda Encounter + Rail to Xian
After breakfast, we’ll take you to the
After lunch, you’ll be escorted to the station to board the ultra-modern high-speed train to Xian,
Day 13 - Day 13 - Discover the Terra Cotta Army + Touch Antiquity
In 1974, local villagers digging a well stumbled upon what would ultimately become
After lunch, a specially arranged experience awaits you at the
Day 14 - Day 14 - Fly to Shanghai
Transfer to the airport for your included flight to
Day 15 - Day 15 - Shanghai Sightseeing
After breakfast, your guided city tour begins in Yu Yuan Garden, originally established in 1577 by a government officer as a tranquil retreat for his aging parents. Hailed as a spectacular example of classical Chinese landscape design during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, you’ll discover a sublime ensemble of plantings, lotus ponds, winding paths, pavilions and bridges. Browse in the bustling Old City Bazaar and then visit the highly regarded
Day 16 - Day 16 - Farewell to Shanghai
After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your homeward journey. Meals B
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Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Alexander Roberts Tours
Committed to Your Well Being While You’re With Alexander Roberts
- All Alexander Roberts' staff will maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times, so expect a warm and genuine greeting but not a handshake or a hug!
- All high-touch surfaces in coaches and private cars – like door handles, railings, arm rests, and window controls – will be sanitized each morning and regularly throughout the day.
- Alexander Roberts' expert guides and drivers will don face masks whenever in proximity to guests.
- Alexander Roberts staff have been trained on Extra Care procedures – and how to respond to issues that may arise as you travel.
- Complimentary face masks and hand sanitizer will be available in all vehicles while touring.
- Larger luxury motorcoaches so each traveler will have two seats to themselves while touring.
- Private airport transfers with a spacious luxury vehicle when you come and go for every tour
- Regular and frequent sanitizing of all high-touch vehicle surfaces.
- Prearranged entry for all sightseeing minimizes standing in line with other travelers.
- Whisper Headsets for groups of 5 or more allow for proper physical distancing while sightseeing, except for certain nature activities in remote areas like the Amazon.
- Alexander Roberts carefully selects restaurants to avoid crowded high-capacity venues; Alexander Roberts emphasizes fine farm-to-table dining with attentive and efficient service – and the choice to dine al fresco whenever available.
- No large-group dining; enjoy more spacious dining settings and smaller, well-spaced tables for included meals.
- Restaurant staff will follow the guidance of local health authorities and WHO protocols which may include facial coverings.
- Alexander Roberts' hotels are always selected for their outstanding locations, evocative ambiance, impeccable service – and cleanliness.
- OAlexander Roberts' partners include the most respected luxury brands – like Belmond, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Kempinski and JW Marriott; they are now leading the industry with their sophisticated hygiene standards and protocols to ensure the well being of all their guests.
- Hotels will be continuously and rigorously vetted to ensure that they are following established WHO guidelines including social distancing and sanitizing procedures of guestrooms and public spaces.
- Hotel breakfasts will usually feature à la carte service and group seating will be replaced by smaller, appropriately distanced tables.
In a Small Group of Never More than 16 Guests or on a Privately Guided Tour for just your traveling party, their experienced guides have the flexibility to adjust your sightseeing based upon local conditions – to avoid times of heaviest traffic and crowding, for example. Alexander Roberts can dine in smaller authentic restaurants, minimize the time waiting in lines, and leave a lighter footprint. You’ll learn the history and stories behind the world’s most iconic landmarks, immerse more deeply in the wonders of the natural world, and delight in genuine cultural engagement not possible in a larger group. It’s travel without a crowd.
Pricing is for package: Main Deck
Shangri-La - Lhasa, Tibet
General Tours luxury urban resort enjoys a privileged city-center location and is the perfect base for exploring Lhasa and its many significant landmarks. Spacious guestrooms offer 462 square feet of luxury in which to sleep and relax. You’ll enjoy contemporary furnishings, unique Tibetan accents and a full range of luxury amenities including complimentary WiFi, 40-inch LCD television, in-room electronic safe, minibar and feather duvet and pillow menu with hypoallergenic options. The hotel offers a 24-hour oxygen lounge to help you adjust to the high mountain altitude.
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