Beijing & Hong Kong River Cruise - Avalon Yangtze

Magical China & the Yangtze River with Guilin & Hong Kong 2018

17 Day River Cruise from Beijing to Hong Kong

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Discover ancient history and fascinating culture on this delightful journey through China and along the Yangtze River. Start in Beijing, where you will visit the Forbidden City with its Imperial Palace, sample authentic Peking Duck, and walk along the incomparable Great Wall of China. You will also explore one of the city’s ancient alleys by rickshaw and experience a cultural performance at the Peking Opera or the Legend of Kung Fu show. In Xi’an, see the famed Terracotta Warriors up close from a special VIP viewing area and learn how to write ancient Chinese calligraphy. Next, in Chongqing, see pandas at a zoo and begin your Yangtze River cruise with a private welcome reception. Shore excursions include a walking tour of a riverside community to see its beautiful pagoda, a tour of the Three Gorges Dam site, and a small boat cruise on the emerald-green waters of Shennv Stream. On the ship, enjoy the nightly entertainment, participate in a Tai Chi class, or enjoy a spa treatment. In Shanghai, walk along the Bund, see stunning displays of ancient bronze and jade at the Shanghai Museum, and enjoy a traditional dim sum feast. You will also attend a high-flying acrobat show and take a fascinating walking tour through the former French Concession where tree-lined streets and Art Deco architecture transport you to a bygone era. Next, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas, where you will partake in a traditional tea ceremony and cruise the magical Li River. Final stop is exciting Hong Kong. Take a cable-car ride up Victoria Peak for panoramic views and a visit of Aberdeen fishing village for a sampan ride on the stunning harbor. Free time on your own gives you a chance to explore the many markets, taste some authentic Chinese food, listen to the sounds of the city, or take an optional excursion.

It’s a memorable vacation sure to leave you with many photos and stories to share back home.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 3-night cruise from Chongqing to Yichang in a Deluxe Stateroom with two lower beds, private facilities, and balcony

Beijing: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven; Peking Duck welcome dinner; Peking Opera performance or Legend of Kung Fu Show; hutong tour by rickshaw

Xi’an: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors including the VIP viewing area and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstration; calligraphy class; “Tang Dynasty” dinner show

Chongqing: visit a local zoo to see pandas; hot pot dinner; begin your Yangtze cruise; private welcome reception

Shibaozhai: walking tour

Shennv Stream: boat excursion down one of the Yangtze’s lesser gorges

Three Gorges Dam Site: sightseeing of the impressive dam site

Shanghai: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum; dim sum lunch; walking tour of the French Concession; see an acrobatic show

Guilin: Li River cruise: visit Reed Flute Cave and a tea farm; Host service during your stay

Hong Kong: cable-car ride up Victoria Peak; sampan ride on harbor; visit Stanley Market; Host service during your stay

Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your experience.

  • Peking Opera or Kung Fu show
  • Rickshaw ride through Hutongs
  • Dim Sum lunch

Meals

  • American breakfast daily
  • 9 lunches
  • 7 dinners including a Peking Duck welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Beijing, China

Welcome to China’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2Beijing

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to the FORBIDDEN CITY and its IMPERIAL PALACE, once the home of China’s great emperors. Nearby is 100-acre TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. After lunch, enjoy some time at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a special PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER at an award-winning restaurant in your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3Beijing

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved, and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Tonight, attend a performance of the PEKING OPERA, a traditional form of Chinese theater, including a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful makeup being applied to the performers. Alternatively, you may choose to attend the LEGEND OF KUNG FU SHOW. Here, performers use a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics to tell the story of a monk who studies Buddhism and kung fu his whole life and eventually becomes a Zen master. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4Beijing–Xi’an

This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home for tea. Later, fly to Xi’an. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5Xi’an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. You will also enter the VIP VIEWING AREA for an up-close view of these life-size statues. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. This evening, enjoy the “Tang Dynasty” DINNER SHOW, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Xi’an–Chongqing (Embarkation)–Yangtze River Cruise

This morning, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and learn to write like a local during a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS; you may even see some locals practicing their morning tai chi. Next, fly to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Visit a local ZOO to see pandas and eat dinner at a local HOT POT restaurant before boarding the Century Legend for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. Join your traveling companions for a PRIVATE WELCOME RECEPTION including cocktails and snacks. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7Cruising: Shibaozhai

The morning is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activities. You may choose to start your day with a tai chi session on the Sun Deck, take a swim in the pool, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. After lunch, take a WALKING TOUR of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship’s crew. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.

Day 8Cruising: Qutang Gorge–Wu Gorge–Shennv Stream

Again, enjoy the morning at your leisure on the ship. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Baidi Cheng, known as the “White Emperor City,” to see the Baidi Temple. Later in the morning, sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges—Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. After lunch, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Shennv Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. This evening, join the Captain for a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Daning River.

Day 9Cruising: Three Gorges Dam Site–Xiling Gorge–Yichang (Disembarkation)–Shanghai

This morning, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. Afterward, sail through Xiling Gorge, the last of the three gorges, before bidding farewell to your ship’s crew in Yichang. After lunch in Yichang, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and center of trade and industry. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 10Shanghai

Start your day with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a SILK FACTORY to learn about the silk-making process. For lunch, a traditional DIM SUM feast awaits. Meaning “to touch your heart,” dim sum was originally a snack but has transformed into a full meal with a wide variety of steamed dumplings, spring rolls, and more. Afterward, enjoy time at leisure. This evening, be entertained by a spectacular ACROBATIC SHOW. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11Shanghai

This morning, visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12Shanghai–Guilin

Today, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas. (Breakfast)

Day 13Guilin

Limestone mountains, their needle peaks hidden in mist, rise from the green plain surrounding Guilin. The scene conveys a sense of mystery that artists have tried to capture for centuries. Savor unique vistas during a leisurely CRUISE on the Li River and enjoy a light lunch. Tonight, you may choose to join our optional trip to see trained cormorants dive for fish, the traditional Lijiang fishing method. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 14Guilin–Hong Kong

Enjoy the morning at leisure in this charming town. Sightseeing begins with the famous REED FLUTE CAVE with its unusual stalactite and stalagmite formations. Then, visit a local TEA FARM for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process, followed by a tea ceremony. Later, fly to Hong Kong. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 15Hong Kong

This morning’s sightseeing begins with a cable-car ride up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas of this one-of-a-kind port city. Drive by Repulse Bay, a popular beach area, then to the Aberdeen fishing village for a SAMPAN RIDE on the harbor. Next stop is STANLEY MARKET, a narrow street jammed with stalls offering clothing, arts, and crafts. The afternoon and evening are free for independent exploration. Tonight, consider an optional sunset cruise on Hong Kong’s magnificent harbor. (Breakfast)

Day 16Hong Kong

Take advantage of a full free day to explore this exciting city. You may wish to join our optional excursion to view the giant Buddha on the island of Lantau. Shopping is a highlight of Hong Kong with markets, malls, and shops to fit any taste and budget. Your host will be happy to suggest ways to make the most of your day. (Breakfast)

Day 17Hong Kong

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Ship Details

Legend

Legend

Cruise in style and comfort on board one of the newest ships on the Yangtze, the Century Legend. As you embark your contemporary, elegant ship, a friendly, English-speaking crew and stunning 7-story atrium lobby welcome you aboard. The Century Legend is charting a new course for Yangtze River cruising. The ship features a state-of-the-art propulsion system that reduces vibration and decreases emissions to reduce environmental impact. Other innovations include a pillar less multifunction lounge with unobstructed views of evening entertainment, and a large indoor swimming pool, both firsts on the Yangtze.

Included Amenities

  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Multi-functional lounge
  • Wi-Fi access in public spaces
  • Spa & massage facilities
  • A variety of shops
  • Game room
  • 24-hour laundry service
  • Reserved seating for evening entertainment
  • Cultural highlights on board
  • 7-floor atrium lobby
  • Two bars
  • Sun Deck
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Cinema room
  • Well-stocked library
  • Two elevators
  • Exclusive shore excursions for Avalon passengers

Staterooms & Suites

Deluxe Stateroom - 266 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfortable beds with premium mattress cover
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door leading to large balcony
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • Room-to-room phone service
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Super-combed cotton linens & European-style duvets
  • Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one queen)
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer, and premium bath amenities
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
DECK PLANS

Hotels

No hotels exist for WYCG in 2018

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Hong Kong
Shanghai
Guilin

HongKong

Highlight Of The Night

Highlight Of The Night

Experience Hong Kong from Sky, Land and Sea.

Price Range: $$$

Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise

Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise

Join us on an incredible journey to see the world's greatest cityscape transform into the world's greatest light show!

Price Range: $$

Lantau Island Monastery Tour

Lantau Island Monastery Tour

On this full day tour, travel by ferry to visit Lantau Island, Hong Kong's largest island, and home to the Giant Buddha at Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery.

Price Range: $$$

Macau Day Tour

Macau Day Tour

We help you explore one of the world's richest cities on this exciting day trip to what was once the oldest European settlement in the Orient. Ruled by the Portuguese Empire from the 16th century until 1999, Macau is Asia with a Mediterranean twist.

Price Range: $$$

Shanghai

Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Leave the modern world behind and join us for a few hours as we travel back in time more than 1,700 years to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao. Also known as ¿Pearl Stream,¿ this quaint, fan-shaped village is the best preserved among Shanghai¿s four Old Town areas.

Price Range: $$

Guilin

Dream on Water Cruise

Dream on Water Cruise

Board a boat with an expert Local Guide for an incredible water journey past dramatic limestone karsts and inspiring riverscapes. Then, travel back to a time when local fishermen teamed up with trained cormorant birds to catch fish¿a fascinating traditional fishing method used in China for more than a thousand years.

Price Range: $

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