Yangtze Sampler by Small Ship


  • AAA Vacations® Journey free pre-tour night
  • With 9 nights luxury hotel + 4 nights cruise
  • 31 meals with wine at lunch and dinner
  • All sightseeing + shore excursions
  • All transfers
  • 3 internal flights
  • Port charges
  • All gratuities except Trip Leader

AAA Vacations Amenities

Free Pre-Tour Night in Beijing at the 5-star Fairmont Hotel with chauffeured transfers and breakfast.

AAA Member Benefit

$230 per couple / $115 per person

Partner Promotion

AAA Members save $1,660 per couple ($830 per person) when they pay in full at time of booking before Feb 28, 2020 for travel through 2021.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Beijing’s most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace.
  • Mingle with city resident as you browse in a market for produce to bring to a Beijing family – your hosts for a congenial lunch.
  • Learn Tai Chi with a master during our private class at the Temple of Heaven.
  • Our exclusive talk with an archaeologist sets the stage for a tour of the Terra Cotta Army.
  • Our all-balcony ship, the finest in China, is the best way to experience the dramatic scenery of the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges.
  • Thrill to the Shanghai ERA Acrobat Show, a multimedia extravaganza that blends Chinese acrobatics with cutting-edge technology.


DAY 1 | Welcome to Beijing

You’ll be met and escorted to the Fairmont Beijing Hotel to enjoy your AAA Vacations® Journey complimentary pre-tour night.

DAY 2 | Beijing

Our AAA Vacations® Journey guests have this day to enjoy as they wish. Our other travelers arrive today. Meals B

DAY 3 | In and around Beijing

Marvel at Tiananmen Square and tour the pavilions, courtyards and palaces of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive enclave of emperors. At a local market, you can help your guide select produce for your hosts, a family you’ll join for lunch. Explore by rickshaw through one of the city’s few remaining Hutong districts. This evening, enjoy a Peking Duck Banquet with wine. Meals B+L+D

DAY 4 | The Great Wall + Summer Palace

Ascend by cable car to explore atop the Great Wall at Mutianyu. With its more remote mountain setting and formidable guard towers, this is one of the most impressive sections of this ancient structure! After lunch at the famous Brickyard Restaurant, you’ll tour the splendid Summer Palace, erstwhile seasonal retreat of China’s royalty. Meals B+L

DAY 5 | Yangtze Cruise

Tour the Temple of Heaven and enjoy our private lesson with a Tai Chi master. Fly to Yichang and transfer to the pier to board the MS Yangzi Explorer, China’s finest small ship. Settle in to your balcony stateroom before an elegant dinner with wine. Meals B+L+D

DAY 6 | The Mighty Three Gorges Dam

Visit the Three Gorges Dam and learn about the impact this engineering marvel has had on the region. Return to ship and cruise through the lovely Xiling Gorge. Meals B+L+D

DAY 7 | The Yangtze Gorges

Journey by sampan up Shennong Stream into a magnificent region of clear rushing waters, dense forests and towering rock formations. Back onboard, thrill to the dramatic cliffs of Wu Gorge before navigating through Qutang Gorge, narrowest of the river’s Three Gorges. Meals B+L+D

DAY 8 | Tailor your shore excursion

Enjoy your choice of included tour: Visit the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum to see now submerged rock carvings from the Tang Dynasty. Or visit the 816 Underground Project, a 60-year-old military installation that was kept top secret until 2002. Meals B+L+D

DAY 9 | Fly to Xian

Visit the Pandas in Chongqing Zoo and fly to Xian, China’s ancient capital, where you’ll be escorted to the 5-star Hilton Hotel. Meals B+D

DAY 10 | Discover the Terra Cotta Army

Meet an archaeologist for a briefing before your tour of the Terra Cotta Army – thousands of life-sized terra cotta soldiers, horses and chariots that had been buried in perfect infantry formation to guard the tomb of an Emperor! Then feel the ancient rhythms of the Silk Road as you explore an exotic local market. Savor traditional dumplings for dinner. Meals B+L+D

DAY 11 | Fly to Hangzhou

Fly to Hangzhou and visit a working tea plantation – joining farmers in their fields to learn how their famed Dragon Well tea is cultivated. Enjoy more conversation over lunch with the farmers. Then visit Lingyin Temple, set amidst forested mountains. Delight in a stroll along West Lake and overnight at the JW Marriott Hotel. Meals B+L

DAY 12 | By Rail to Shanghai

Ride the ultra-modern High Speed Train to Shanghai where you’ll be escorted to the landmark Fairmont Peace Hotel. Enjoy a guided stroll along the waterfront Bund and ascend the 128-story Shanghai Tower for breathtaking views. Tonight, thrill to the Shanghai ERA Acrobatic Show. Meals B+D

DAY 13 | Shanghai sightseeing

Delight in the beauty of Yu Yuan Gardens, a sublime example of landscape design from the Ming Dynasty. Then tour the Shanghai Museum with its superb collection tracing millennia of Chinese culture and history. Enjoy tonight’s dinner with wine. Meals B+L+D

DAY 14 | Farewell to Shanghai

Transfer to the airport for your flight. Meals B


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*Rates shown are per person based on double occupancy for travel Jun 10, Jul 8 and Aug 12, 2020. Discounted rate includes special AAA Member Double Benefit of $230 per person and $600 per person savings when travelers pay in full at booking before Feb 28, 2020. Savings are available on all published departures through 2022. Itinerary, trip length, and number of meals reflect our AAA Vacations® Journey complimentary pre-tour night. International air is not included.