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16 Day Tour
this Connoisseurs journey, experience the Yangzi River scenery -
inspiration to generations of artists - on a four-night cruise that
includes private shore excursions. In Guilin, glide down the Li River
on an exclusive cruise through rock peaks. Discover China's most
impressive monuments in inimitable style as well, visiting the
best-preserved section of the Great Wall and exploring Shanghai with an
Guilin and Xian, relax in private hotel club lounges, with
complimentary cocktails and concierge service
Sail Lake Kunming in a small group (with
your fellow A&K travellers) for maximum comfort
Cruise the Yangzi River on board Sanctuary
'Yangzi Explorer,' lodging in deluxe cabins that offer uninterrupted
views of the Three Gorges from your own balcony
Leave the Guilin crowds behind on a private
half-day cruise on the Li River
Gain a deeper understanding of ancient
artifacts when you tour the Yangling Museum with an expert archaeologist
See Shanghai through the eyes of renowned
historian Patrick Cranley during a private tour
travel insurance; any airfares; airport departure taxes; excess baggage
fees; cost of obtaining passports or visas; gratuities to your guide;
expenses such as meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in the
communication charges; laundry.
Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
- Days 1-2: USA or Canada/ Beijing, China
Fly to Beijing, China’s storied capital.
- Day 3: Beijing
Spend the day discovering this historic city.
the Forbidden City and envision the lives of the emperors and join
locals in Tiananmen Square. This afternoon is at leisure. Later, join
your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
Peninsula Beijing B D
- Day 4: Beijing
Walk the ramparts of the best-preserved
section of the Great Wall before lunch. Stop for photos of the most
striking 2008 Olympic sites, including the futuristic Bird’s Nest and
Water Cube. Then take a guided walking tour of the Imperial Gardens of
the Summer Palace and sail on peaceful Lake Kunming.
Peninsula Beijing B L
- Day 5: Beijing
Start the day with an early morning class
tai chi master on the grounds of the beautiful Temple of Heaven. Then
visit the Panjiayuan Weekend Market, with hundreds of open-air stalls
selling a dizzying array of collectibles, including antique clocks,
jade, bronzes, tomb art and Tibetan rugs. The remainder of the day is
Peninsula Beijing B
- Day 6: Beijing/Yichang
After a morning at leisure, fly to Yichang
board your elegant river cruiser for an extraordinary adventure on the
MS 'Yangzi Explorer' B D
- Days 7-9: Cruising the Yangzi River
Cruise the mighty Yangzi, passing through the
legendary Three Gorges: Xiling, Wu and Qutang. This is perhaps the most
picturesque region in China, and your voyage is enhanced with
informative shore excursions led by expert historians and naturalists.
Visit a school to witness China’s educational challenges firsthand.
MS 'Yangzi Explorer' B L D
- Day 10: Chongqing/Guilin
Disembark in Chongqing, China’s largest city.
time permits, visit the Stilwell Museum or Huguang Guild Hall before
flying to picturesque, postcard-perfect Guilin, where your afternoon is
Hotel, Guilin B
- Day 11: Guilin
The Chinese have a saying: “The scenery of
is the finest under heaven; the scenery of Yangshuo surpasses Guilin.”
Witness the fabled Yangshuo landscape for yourself when you sail the Li
River on a private cruise amid forests of towering karst peaks.
Disembark at Yangshuo to explore its cobblestone lanes and bustling
Hotel, Guilin B L
- Day 12: Guilin/Xian
Fly to Xian, the ancient cradle of Chinese
civilization, where you enjoy special entry with enhanced viewing of
the Terra Cotta Warriors, one of the most significant archaeological
finds of the 20th century.
Hotel, Xian B L
- Day 13: Xian/Shanghai
This morning, visit the Shaanxi Provincial
Museum. Next, climb an Ancient Gate of the City Walls and cycle along
its ramparts. After lunch, join a leading archaeologist for a special
tour of the Yangling Museum and its conservation lab. Then fly to
Shanghai, China’s style and economic capital.
Peninsula Shanghai B L
- Day 14: Shanghai
Walk through Shanghai as resident historian
Cranley brings its history to life. Join the throngs of people
strolling the Bund, Shanghai’s most popular promenade, and wander the
maze of alleys in the Old Town. After a lunch of Shanghai specialties,
visit the Urban Planning Museum as well as the renowned Shanghai Museum
to marvel at the stunning artistic achievements on display. In the
evening, attend a Shanghai Acrobatic performance.
Peninsula Shanghai B L
- Day 15: Shanghai
In the morning, explore Zhujiajiao, a
canal town that evokes China’s past. Stroll its centuries-old narrow
lanes and board a sampan to glide along its main canal. Spend the
afternoon at leisure before gathering for a farewell dinner to toast
the end of your adventure.
Peninsula Shanghai B D
Day 16: Shanghai/USA or Canada
- Transfer to the airport for your journey
Sanctuary MS 'Yangzi Explorer'
A Yangzi River cruise with A&K is a voyage of discovery and
tranquility through the Three Gorges region, a magical place with
thousands of years of history as well as timeless natural beauty. With
shore excursions led by expert guides along with inspiring on-board
activities, a 'Yangzi Explorer' cruise provides an adventure for every
type of traveller.
Because 'Yangzi Explorer's' complement is
limited to 124 passengers, her staterooms set a new standard in
spaciousness and elegance, from a roomy Deluxe Cabin to the palatial
Imperial Suite. All cabins and suites feature private balconies,
affording a unique view of the gently scrolling landscape.
'Yangzi Explorer' includes all the
you would expect at a first-class hotel, including a fitness center,
Internet access, laundry service and a multi-language library. To
ensure your comfort on board, smoking is not permitted in internal
areas and mobile phone use is confined to private areas. With a highly
trained international staff — and a staff-to-guest ratio of better than
1:1 — expect the most attentive service of any Yangzi River cruiser.
The Finest Expertise
'Yangzi Explorer's' on-board China
coordinate a range of educational programs and shore excursions,
unraveling the historical, cultural and environmental factors that have
made the Yangzi so integral to 3,000 years of Chinese history.
'Yangzi Explorer' is the first ship on the
Yangzi to embrace the full spectrum of ecologically friendly tourism,
including responsible sewage disposal, recycling facilities and other
measures that ensure the ship is energy efficient and environmentally
'Yangzi Explorer' cruises
downstream from Chongqing to Yichang (3 nights) and upstream from
Yichang to Chongqing (4 nights), with shore excursions at local
villages, the Shennong Stream and the Three Gorges Dam Project.
is in USD. Price is per person, based on double occupancy, and does not
include international or internal air.
are limited to 24 passengers.
PER PERSON (land/cruise arrangements)
PER PERSON 2010
||Jun - Sep
|Apr - May; Oct
(Beijing/Yichang/Chongqing/Guilin/Xian/Shanghai)..... from $1,145
A&K PHILANTHROPY PROJECT: Observe
at a local school, such as Fengdu Red Rock School, where you have the
opportunity to purchase and donate supplies.
Policy: On non-family programs, unless otherwise indicated on
the individual program page, a minimum age of 10 years is required.
Call for details.
Stay in the Harbour
The Peninsula Hong Kong (from $130 per person per night).
Not quite ready to
An independent extension can show you new sights in China or add
destination to your journey. Ask for details.
travel is A&K's most fully supported escorted option. Group sizes
very small: never more than 24 travellers and often limited to 18 or
You'll stay in the best available hotel and most meals are included, as
are airport transfers regardless of the flights you choose. Although
are opportunities to explore on your own, you'll spend much of your
time with your guide, on excursions designed to present a full and
picture of your destination.
16 Day Tour
per person, based on double occupancy.
to availability and change without notice.
restrictions may apply. Airfares if included are based on departure
year 2012, departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications.
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For more than
& Kent (A&K) has been internationally recognized as
the first name in luxury travel. Born in 1962 as a safari company in
Kenya, A&K's unparalleled travel and tour operations now extend
the far and exotic reaches of the globe. A&K takes its travelers on
extraordinary journeys-in extraordinary style-to more than one hundred
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to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific; and from Europe to
and South America and Antarctica. Forty-five destination management
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impressive and enticingly
varied list of luxury and adventure holidays combine active days with
luxuriant nights. Small group escorted
allow guests to confidently travel to places they might otherwise
to go on their own, with a choice of itineraries at varying levels of
holidays are tailored to the interests, attention spans and
abilities of all ages, with comfortable hotels and comforting meals,
most importantly, a friendly guide who understands children. Tailor
made private travel offers independent travellers meticulous
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programs are one reason why A&K was honored at the World Travel
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along with Jorie
Butler Kent owns and operates A&K, was born-most fittingly-while
British parents were on safari in Zambia. Indeed, he spent much of his
childhood on the African continent. In 1962, Geofrey Kent, along with
parent's Colonel John and Valerie Kent, formed Abercrombie & Kent.
In the 1970s,
Geoffrey Kent, who
by then had long been the Managing Director of the company, entered
a partnership with Jorie Ford Butler of Oak Brook, Illinois, to run
They continue to travel the world in search of adventures that will
and thrill their guests. Under their passionate and visionary
Kent serves as Chairman and CEO, Jorie Butler Kent as Executive Vice
- Abercrombie & Kent represents the uncompromising best at every
in the road.
that is governed
in equal parts by the Kents' unswerving commitment to conservation and
their mission to provide "memories of a lifetime," A&K goes to
limitless lengths to design tours that offer privileged
access and special insight.
Further distinguishing A&K is the fact that the company owns luxury
safari lodges in pristine wilderness areas, including Chief's Camp and
Chobe Chilwero in Botswana; exclusive rights to camps with some of
finest game-viewing; a fleet of comfortable, well-maintained ground
vehicles; and the Sun Boats on the Nile. A&K also creates unique
experiences built around the luxury trains of Venice
and the Royal Scotsman; the Road to Mandalay river cruiser and 29 canal
and river cruisers in Europe; and the legendary Sea Cloud, the world's
most beautiful sailing ship.
are in Oak Brook, Illinois. Forty-seven offices worldwide, employing
than 1,700 travel professionals, offer unrivaled attention to detail,
issues and service standards.
concern for the natural
world infuses each and every A&K trip: Geoffrey Kent and Jorie
Kent believe passionately in "high-yield, low-impact" tourism-adventure
that respects the natural environment and benefits indigenous peoples.
They are the founders of Friends of Conservation and the Abercrombie
Kent Global Foundation, established to address global environmental and
conservation concerns. Among its achievements have been significant
to the preservation of Kenya's famed Masai Mara Game Reserve, as well
to anti-poaching and environmental education projects on all seven
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& Kent is proud to have received
East Tour Operator”
- December 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
to Work For”
- November 2004
“Best of the
2003, 2002, 2001
World: Machu Picchu”,
Juan Lazo, Best Guide - January 2004
Leading Luxury Specialist
Tour Operator” - 2003
Leading Villa Operator”
+ Leisure Magazine
Operator and Safari
Outfitter” - 2004 (#12), 2003 (#5), 2002 (#2), 2001 (#1), 2000 (#2),
(#1), 1998 (#1), 1997 (#1), 1996 (#1)
Africa” – Joseph
Ndunguru, Gavin Ford - 2001
Awards: Top 15
African Safari Camps”
Camp - 2004
Camp - 2003
Places to Stay,”
Camp - January
Chilwero - 2003
Pros on Earth”
to places and
people that other operators in China don’t – including some of the top
English speaking guides. Hatherly is a cultural encyclopedia, Chen a
with logistics.” - 2003
Top 20 Small-Ship
Cruise Lines" - 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
Operator” - 2004
(#3), 2003 (#5), 2001 (#2), 2000 (#1), 1999 (#1)
Harper’s Hideaway Report
Resorts of the
Past 25 Years”, Chief’s Camp - 2004
Olonana, Chief’s Camp - 2004
Hotels with Drop-Dead Views”, Chief’s Camp - 2003
Best Hotels, Resorts & Hideaways, Chief’s Camp - 2002
& Tourism Council
Leadership in Travel & Tourism - 2002
Guides in Africa”
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