Highlights of China & the Yangtze

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Unlimited drinks & included gratuities*

Sail with Uniworld, as seen on Channel 5's Cruising with Jane McDonald

Included shore excursions & free wi-fi*

5★ all-inclusive boutique river cruising*

Cruise Overview

  • Duration 10 nights
  • Departs 25 Sep 2021
  • Sails from Beijing, China
  • Ship Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1609719‍

Your Itinerary

Tianjin, China

Beijing, China Sat 25 Sep 2021

Tianjin, China

Upon arrival, a Uniworld representative will greet you, and transfer to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Beijing for your three-night stay.

Tianjin, China

Beijing, China Sun 26 Sep 2021

Tianjin, China

FEATURED EXCURSIONS – The imperial heritage of China’s capital: Forbidden City and Peking Duck lunch (B, L)

Tianjin, China

Beijing, China Mon 27 Sep 2021

Tianjin, China

FEATURED EXCURSIONS – Culture, history and intrigue: hutongs, teahouse and Welcome Dinner at the base of the Great Wall (B, L, D)

Tianjin, China

Beijing, China Tue 28 Sep 2021

Tianjin, China

Tianjin may not be as well-known as Beijing or Shanghai, but ‘the place where the emperor crossed the river’ has a huge amount to offer visitors.

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Transfer to the airport and fly to Xi’an Tue 28 Sep 2021

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Xi'an, China

Xi'an, China Wed 29 Sep 2021

Xi'an, China

FEATURED EXCURSIONS – China’s first capital: Terracotta Army and Tang Dynasty dinner show (B, L, D)

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Transfer to the airport and fly to to Lhasa Thu 30 Sep 2021

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Cruising the Yangtze River Thu 30 Sep 2021

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Shibaozhai, Japan

Shibaozhai Fri 01 Oct 2021

Shibaozhai, Japan

Shibaozhai is a hill along the bank of the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) in Zhong County, Chongqing, China. This rocky and craggy hill has extremely steep sides.

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Cruising the Yangtze River Sat 02 Oct 2021

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Cruising Milford Sound

Maoping Sun 03 Oct 2021

Cruising Milford Sound

Yichang Sun 03 Oct 2021


Yichang, alternatively romanized as Ichang, is a prefecture-level city located in western Hubei province, China. It is the second largest city in the province after the capital, Wuhan. The Three Gorges Dam is located within its administrative area, in Yiling District.

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Fly to Shanghai Sun 03 Oct 2021

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Shanghai Dancers

Shanghai, China Mon 04 Oct 2021

Shanghai Dancers

China’s second most populous city embraces its history, future – and visitors – in an equally delightful fashion. Architectural treats from centuries past remain, with influences from all corners of the globe.

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Fly from Shanghai Tue 05 Oct 2021

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What's included *

  • Elegantly appointed riverview staterooms and suites with luxurious amenities from Hermes and L’Occitane en Provence
  • In-suite butler service on all ships in Europe (not available in Russia & Portugal)
  • Stays at luxurious and centrally located five-star hotels where applicable
  • All gratuities on board and ashore including local guides and bus drivers (gratuities included vary in Russia and Asia)
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Unlimited beverages on board including local wines, sparkling wines and champagne, craft beer and premium spirits (inclusions vary for Russia and Asia)
  • A variety of on board dining experiences with open seating and a casual-elegant dress code
  • Local entertainment & insightful lectures on board
  • Ship-wide Wi-Fi access (excludes Russia & Asia)
  • Fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Services of a dedicated Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager
  • Health & Sanitation Protocols: - All guests must complete a health screening prior to embarkation. - Gloves, face masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer will be readily available for each guest. - All coffee table books, magazines and brochures have been removed from public use. Guests will be able to access these reading materials via a complimentary PressReader app on their mobile devices. For full details, please visit the Uniworld cruise line page. Health & Sanitation Protocol features may vary in Russia & Asia.
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
  • Flexible Cancellation Terms

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The Ship - Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

  • Occupancy124
  • Length300 ft (91.44 m)
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The newest ship on the Yangtze is a sanctuary of lavish features, with the largest cabins and suites on the river – all with private balconies, and a crew-to-guest ratio beyond compare. As you embark, you’ll be immersed in a contemporary Chinese chic design that perfectly reflects the cultures and places that you will visit during your trip. And, with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1, you are certain to experience a personalised and intuitive service that is second to none.

Experience the Difference

  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL license protects all our package or tailormade holidays booked through ROL Cruise so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
  • Award winning Cruise Miles® loyalty programme; with over 400,000 UK members
  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.8/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating our 25th year as a cruise-only specialist
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Frequently Asked Questions about Uniworld River Cruises

Does Uniworld have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Uniworld does have a flexible cancellation policy. Uniworld are currently allowing guests to change or suspend their cruise up to 60 days prior to departure on their European and exotic sailings departing in 2021.

Guests can rebook to any future cruise through to 2022.

Alternatively, guests can choose to receive a Future Cruise Credit equal to the number of funds received by Uniworld at the time of cancellation. The Future Cruise Credit can be used towards any 2021 or 2022 Uniworld sailing.

Please note Airfares booked through Uniworld are subject to airline cancellation fees. Further Cruise Line Terms & conditions apply. Standard cancellation rules apply for 2022 departures. 

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard a Uniworld ship?

If travelling with Uniworld, you will need to provide proof of one of the following:
1. Vaccination certificate showcasing you’re fully vaccinated with the final dose administered at least 14 days prior to travel
2. A verified and negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of embarkation
3. A verified and negative rapid antigen test taken within 72 hours of embarkation

Is there a dress code on board?

The dress code on board is smart casual. Uniworld River Cruises recommend wearing comfortable clothing and packing for a range of weather conditions.

Do Uniworld cater for special diets?

Uniworld River Cruises cater for most dietary needs (e.g. low fat, low calorie, gluten free, sugar free, vegetarian) as long they are alerted in advance. Please call us prior to sailing so we can inform Uniworld River Cruises.

Is there Wi-Fi on board?

Select ships offer complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Can I book shore excursions once on board?

Additional shore excursions can be booked with your Cruise Manager once on board.

Can I smoke on board?

Smoking is permitted on board each ship but restricted to the sun decks only. This policy applies to all forms of smoking materials including vapor e-cigarettes.

How do gratuities work?

Gratuities are included in the price of your cruise.

Last Updated: 05/05/2021

* Terms & Conditions

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Our ABTA membership and ATOL license protects your holidays booked through ROL Cruise, so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected. *Please note ATOL protection is only applicable to Fly Cruises*

Guests can change or suspend their Uniworld cruise up to 60 days prior to their departure date for Europe and Exotic programs departing in 2021 (without penalty) and can rebook on any future cruise through 2022 OR choose to receive a Future Travel Certificate equal to the number of funds received by Uniworld at the time of cancellation. Please note: All Flexible Cancellation Policies exclude all exclusive Reader Offers Limited Package Holidays. Standard cancellation rules apply for 2022 departures. 

We advise customers to keep up to date with the cruise lines COVID policies for insurance, life on board, shore excursions, vaccinations and testing prior to boarding.

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