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  • Embark on a three-night cruise upon the Yangtze River aboard all-balcony Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
  • Cruise with an A&K Young Explorers Guide who leads young guests in fun, age-appropriate learning activities, such as Mandarin lessons, crafts and games
  • Walk atop the less-visited Mutianyu section of the Great Wall - if you like, hop on a toboggan and ride back down
  • Visit giant pandas roaming freely in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy a dumpling-making demonstration for a unique Chef's Table experience
  • Stop at a pottery factory where you make your own miniature terra cotta soldier on a fun artisan visit
  • Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing through a hutong

Walk on the Great Wall and ride back down on a toboggan; visit pandas up close in their natural environment; Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing; and enjoy a lesson in Mandarin during your Yangtze River cruise.

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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Yangtze River
Ship Name
  • Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Abercrombie & Kent Travel Reviews & Ratings
88% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
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4.3 Guide
4.5 Activities
4.5 Lodging
4.5 Transportation
4.5 Meals
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The perfect way to experience African wildlife. January 2017

  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This is a luxury small group safari. 12 people, two land rovers. We spent the arrival night in a hotel in Arusha, two of the nights during the safari in hotels, and the rest of the nights in the luxury camp. The hotels were all good. The food was good, not great. The luxury camp is a two room canvas tent containing a queen size bed or two doubles. then there is a dressing area leading to the "bathroom" which is a toilet seat on a box over a hole in the ground. There is a shower stall in which they fill a canvas bag with hot water from the fire. They will not begrudge you a refill if you want to take your time. The day starts early in the dining tent with breakfast. then it is off to the land rovers to begin the safari. The guides from all the different safari's communicate to share where the most sought after animals are to be found. You will absolutely be up close and personal with lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, wildebeest, ostrich, zebra, hyrax, and the bird life. You will also see Water buffallo and hippos, but is best not to get close to them. and you will see plenty of Cheetah and some Rhinos, but usually from afar.

Lunch is usually conducted picnic style in the park. Our A&K picnics were the envy of every other group. Then it is touring until sunset.

When you get back to camp there is a camp fire going and the head guide will present a lecture, while everyone enjoys some much needed libations, of which there is great variety and unlimited quantity. Then dinner in the dining tent, and after dinner back to the campfire for more libations, and usually to review everyone's pictures from that day.

The guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You will actually miss them on your last day. I had a great time and heartily recommend this safari and A&K.

The best part is being inside the game park all day and night. You really dont want to be going back to a hotel, but to stay out in nature.

Some tips: There is a generator in the camp so you may recharge your electrical items every day. They can also launder your clothes. Things to bring: plenty of strong repellent to deter the horse flies, do not skimp on memory cards for your camera, be sure to have a telescopic lens for your camera, a good pair of binoculars with good magnification, a flashlight, a device to view your photos on, a device to copy your photos onto. Dont forget a sweater, its cold at Ngorongoro Crater. For your digestive happiness, I had good results taking probiotic and charcoal capsules every day. You can see my pictures at
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An excellent trip June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We took a trip to Jordan and Oman planned through our travel councillor and A&K. We chose this upmarket company and certainly had an upmarket holiday. Everything was top notch from beginning to end. We saw all the amazing sights, were given excellent tour guides and the accommodation was 5 star all the way. They included a couple of unusual accommodation choices too such as a rather posh tent in the desert and an Eco tent at the turtle reserve in Oman.
Would fully recommend this whole tour and A&K.
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Does Not Recommend

Abercrombie and Kent June 2016

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Recently had a holiday booked with Abercrombie and Kent which was so disappointing we left 5 days early and the rest of the family left 3 days early. The way that A&K dealt with the situation and with us as guests was unprofessional and the property manager we dealt with on site was rude and antagonising. We have had numerous holidays with A&K before and never have we had an experience like this. It has been constant excuses and no apologies. We will never travel with them again and have advised our extended family, friends and industry contacts to do the same.
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Abercrombie & Kent June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Nothing could be more seamless or well planned than trips with A&K, however many times one changes one mind, they always manage it. Wouldn't travel to Egypt without them

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Stunning holiday October 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Right from the very outset, I realised that I was in the hands of a professional and that was to be reflected and realised in our stunning holiday

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Day 1: Arrive Beijing, China

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, China’s political and cultural hub. Transfer to your luxurious hotel.

Day 2: Beijing | The Great Wall & Famed Olympic Venues

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Walk or take a cable car to the top of the Great Wall of China. Hop on a toboggan for an exciting ride back down. Later, view the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest,” and the National Aquatics Center, dubbed the “Water Cube.” Gather for a cocktail and a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 3: Beijing | Tai Chi and Kung Fu

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Enjoy a morning tai chi class at the Temple of Heaven. Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong filled with winding alleyways. After lunch, walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City and wander Tiananmen Square. Tonight, take in a thrilling Kung Fu show.

Day 4: Beijing/Xian | Dumpling Demonstration

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Xian

Fly to Xian and enjoy lunch. Then, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s City Wall and cycle or stroll along its ramparts. Tonight, delight in a dumpling-making demonstration at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Xian/Chengdu | Terra Cotta Warriors

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu

Marvel at the legendary Terra Cotta Warriors, thousands of life-size ceramic soldiers “guarding” the tomb of China’s first emperor. Visit a pottery factory and make your own terra cotta soldier. Fly to Chengdu.

Day 6: Chengdu | A Visit with Giant Pandas

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center to encounter China’s living national emblem playing in its natural habitat. Attend the Sichuan Opera for a mystifying facechanging performance.

Day 7: Chongqing | High-Speed Train & River Cruiser

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'

Enjoy your morning at leisure before hopping on a high-speed train to Chongqing. On arrival, board your river cruiser to begin a three-night voyage on the Yangtze River through the scenic Three Gorges.

Days 8-9: Cruising the Yangtze | Mandarin & Calligraphy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'

Spend two adventurous days on the ship and exploring the shore. On board, young guests enjoy lessons in calligraphy and Mandarin, and have fun with crafts and games, in the company of an engaging A&K Young Explorers Guide.

Day 10: Yichang/Shanghai | Stunning Three Gorges Dam

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Visit the massive Three Gorges Dam Site before lunch on board. Disembark and fly to Shanghai, arriving in the evening.

Day 11: Shanghai | The Blend of Old & New

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Explore the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel by electric cart and visit the glass Skywalk of the World Financial Center for vistas of Shanghai. Stroll in Old Town and visit the Yu Garden. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.

Day 12: Depart Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart for home.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 5,995

Price Per Day:

$ 500 per day
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,595

Journey Details

  • Internal Air: Beijing/Xian/Chengdu; Yichang /Shanghai (from $825)
  • Single supplement from $1,595
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Departures every Tuesdays
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Ship Name

Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Ship Stats
  • 38 deluxe cabins, 20 suites and four specialty suites
  • Private balcony in all cabins and suites
  • Viewing lounge with bar
  • International restaurant offering a wide array of menu options
  • Double-decker theater area with bar
  • Spa and beauty salon
Ship Description

With luxurious staterooms and public areas, expert onboard guides and a peerless staff and crew, ‘Yangzi Explorer’ is ideal for cruising the mighty Yangtze.

Yangzi Explorer’s’ spacious and elegant staterooms range from a roomy Deluxe Cabin — at 333 square feet, the largest cabin of its kind on the river — to the palatial Imperial and Celestial suites at 1,183 square feet. Some suites feature a private sun deck/balcony, king-size bed and separate lounge with panoramic views. All cabins and suites include private balconies with al fresco sitting area, private bathroom, minibar, air conditioning and flat-screen TV.

Trip Includes
  • All accommodations
  • Meals and fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of A&K Tour Director
Trip Excludes
  • International and internal airfare
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities to the A&K Tour Director
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 18
Limited to 18 guests
Start City
End City
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation fees per person

Luxury Small Group Journeys, Marco Polo Journeys, Connections Land Journeys, and related Group Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions

  • If 91 days prior to departure or more cancellation fee is $500
  • Is 90-61 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 20% of program price
  • If 60-31 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 50% of program price
  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price

Age Notes

Min. Age: 6

Trip ID#: FamChiAbe

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