Boutique cruising is coming to China. On April 13, Abercrombie & Kent christens its latest itinerary: a private tour along Asia’s longest river aboard the new MS Yangzi Explorer. For three nights, the micro-luxe 69-cabin vessel will sail through several thousand years of Chinese art, song and history, marking the centerpiece of a 13-day trip. The journey starts in Beijing (where you’ll see the Great Wall from the less-bustling Mutianyu section), and Xian (home of the terracotta warriors), before boarding the ship in Chongqing. All of the Explorer’s cabins have panoramic windows, and just as well: not only is the scenery jaw-dropping, but major parts of the area will soon be swept away forever when the colossal and controversial Three Gorges Dam (China’s biggest construction project since the Great Wall) is completed in 2008. The adventure terminates with the must-see highlights of Shanghai, and costs from $3,000 to $6,500 per passenger plus flights. Lodgings on terra firma include the Peninsula (Beijing), Shangri-La Golden Flower (Xian) and Portman Ritz-Carlton (Shanghai).