Magical China & the Yangtze River

Magical China & the Yangtze River 2016

12 Day River Cruise from Beijing to Shanghai

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 on board the Century Paragon. 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. Final stop is Shanghai, China’s center of trade. Here, 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.

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

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Ship Details


Cruise in style and comfort on board one of the newest ships on the Yangtze, the Century Paragon. As you embark your contemporary, elegant ship, a friendly, English-speaking crew and stunning 7-story atrium lobby welcome you aboard. The Century Paragon 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
  • Non-smoking interior
  • 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.
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathtub
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Full shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Memory foam mattress toppers
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Sofa
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Writing desk
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors with louvers
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room safe
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Wireless Internet access






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