This unique 15-day program takes you to the Roof of the World, the mysterious holy land of Tibet. You will experience the Tibetan culture as well as enjoy the 5* luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa. You will also explore the mighty Yangtze River with the deluxe 5-star American Victoria Cruises. The tour ends in Shanghai.
Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Wild Goose Pagoda, Ming City Wall, Terra-cotta Warriors, Big Bazaar, the Great Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barker Street, Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery, 5* Victoria Yangtze River cruises from Chongqing to Yichang, Lingering Garden, the Bund, Huangpu River Cruise.
Peking Roasted Duck dinner, Xian Special Dumpling, Lhasa Snowland Restaurant, Banquet, Shanghai style farewell dinner.
Including: Domestic flights in China, superior 5* hotels, all land transfer with English-speaking guide, sightseeing with entrance, all breakfast in hotel and most of lunches/dinners, and all taxes.
Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall
7 Jian Guo Men South Avenue, Dongcheng District Beijing, China. 100005
This superior 5-star hotel is the largest Marriott outside USA. It is located in the center of the city with wonderful rooms and splendid breakfasts. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor.
Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel
8 Chang Le Road West, Xian, China. 710032
Situated in the city center, Shangri-La Golden Flower Xian is an international standard 5-star hotel situated a 40-minute drive from Xi’an airport. Rooms at this newly renovated Xi’an 5-star hotel are spacious and thoughtfully-appointed and both accommodation and service standards are excellent. Reviews on TripAdvisor.
Lhasa Shangri-La Hotel
19 Norbulingka Road, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. 850000
Situated in the city center, this luxury hotel is close to Norbulingka, and Potala Palace, a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site and traditional residence of the Dalai Lamas. The elegant and spacious rooms, the hotel’s unique oxygen lounge and the outstanding service will make your stay in one of the world’s highest cities comfortable and memorable. Reviews on TripAdvisor.
China Office: 11th Floor Building B, No. 9 Shanxi Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing, China. 400011
As the only American cruise line currently sailing China’s Yangtze River, Victoria Cruises has a fleet of seven 5* Luxury vessels. Their ships are all newly built or structurally rebuilt, and all refurbished with a modern blend of European–Asian design. The architecture emphasizes spacious rooms with modern amenities including private balconies, bathtubs, and cable TV. All ships are fully equipped with wi–fi and international telecommunications systems.
Pan Pacific Suzhou
259 Xin Shi Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. 215007
It is a garden style hotel ideally located in the old town of Suzhou. Great service and excellent rooms and facilities will make your stay very enjoyable. Reviews on TripAdvisor.
Shanghai Renaissance Yangtze Hotel
2099 Yan’an West Road, Changning District Shanghai, China. 200336
The 5-star hotel offers nice rooms, excellent service, and good breakfast. It gives you an unparalleled experience with a home away from home feel. See how people like this hotel on TripAdvisor.
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[toggle title=”Day 1 Arrive at Beijing” state=”opened”]English-speaking local guide will meet you on arrival at Beijing airport. You will be assisted with baggage handling and transferred to your hotel. Your guide will hand out English map of Beijing. Upon arrival at hotel, you will be assisted for check-in. Chinese dinner at local restaurant.
[toggle title=”Day 2 Beijing” state=”opened”] American style buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit Temple of Heaven. Then drive to Jade Museum for a visit. After a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, spend the afternoon at the Great Wall. Enjoy Peking Roasted Duck dinner.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 3 Beijing” state=”opened”]After breakfast, your guide will pick you up and drive to Tian An Men Square. Visit Tian An Men Square and walk to Forbidden City and enter through the South Gate. After touring the Forbidden City, enjoy Cantonese lunch. In the afternoon, visit Summer Palace. Visit a pearl store before returning to the hotel.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 4 Beijing – Xian” state=”opened”]Full buffet breakfast at the hotel. You will be escorted to the airport and fly to Xian. Upon arrival at Xian Airport, you will be greeted by your local guide and assisted with baggage, and transferred to the city. You will be served mineral water and provided with English map en route with program orientation. Upon arrival in the city, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, drive to the Southern Gate of the Old City Wall. Drive to your hotel for check-in. Special Dumpling Banquet Dinner at a local restaurant.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 5 Xian” state=”opened”]Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Visit Terra Cotta Warriors Museum at the excavation site. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Muslim area and the bazaar. Balance of the day is at leisure. Evening is open. You can enjoy Western dinner at hotel or try one of unique local restaurants and stroll the night market. Or taken an optional dinner show that include dinner, Tang dynasty show and round trip transfers.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 6 Xian – Lhasa” state=”opened”]Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning take flight to Lhasa. Lunch served on plane. You will be greeted at the Lhasa Airport, one of the highest in the world at an elevation of 3,570 metres (11,710 ft). Take a rest in the hotel to adapt to the high altitude. Dinner is included.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 7 Lhasa” state=”opened”]Enjoy buffet breakfast in hotel. Visit the great Potala Palace, the landmark in Lhasa and the Winter Palace of Dalai Lama. In the afternoon visit Jokhang Temple, the economic, political and cultural center of Tibet in the history. Then have a stroll in the Barkhor Street. Special dinner in Snowland Restaurant.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 8 Lhasa” state=”opened”]After breakfast visit the Drepung Monastery. Visit Norbulingka, the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama in the history. Then Sera Monastery, and watch Lama Debate in the afternoon. Lunch and dinner are included.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 9 Lhasa – Chongqing – Yangtze Cruise” state=”opened”]American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Check out of your hotel and you will be escorted to the airport and fly to Chongqing. Lunch on board. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your local guide. Enjoy a city tour of Chongqing Zoo for Giant Pandas and the People’s Square. After lunch you will be transferred to the pier for embarking the cruise ship. The ship will sail at 9:00 p.m.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 10 Yangtze Cruise” state=”opened”]Western style buffet breakfast. You will have a shore excursion to Fengdu. Visit either the “Ghost City”, known for its statues of ghosts and demons on Mingshan Hill, or the new relocation village built for families who had to move as a result of the Yangtze River’s rising water due to the Three Gorges Dam. Additional shore excursion to Shibaozhai (river conditions permitting), with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 11 Yangtze Cruise” state=”opened”]Enter the Three Gorges, one of the nature’s most extraordinary sculptures. Today you will pass through the first two gorges – Quang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic. The 25-mile long Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Transfer to another vessel for a relaxing shore excursion through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream. Enter Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam shiplocks. Enjoy another shore excursion to White Emperor City (river conditions permitting), an ancient city overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge. [/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 12 Yangtze Cruise – Yichang – Suzhou” state=”opened”]After breakfast, visit the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest dam in the world. Arrive in Yichang at 1:30 p.m. Disembark after lunch. You will be greeted by your local guide and transferred to Yichang airport. Fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be greeted by your guide and assisted for your baggage, and drive to Suzhou (about 60 miles). Enjoy dinner in local restaurant.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 13 Suzhou – Shanghai” state=”opened”]Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit Lingering Garden followed by a visit to Silk Factory. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Tiger Hill before return to Shanghai. Check in to your room. Balance of the day is at leisure. Optional: Dinner with show available. It includes Chinese dinner, the Era Show and round trip transfers.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 14 Shanghai” state=”opened”]American buﬀet breakfast at the hotel. Day is free. Explore the famous shopping districts, or visit Shintiandi (New World). The group will meet in the lobby in the evening for Huangpu River Cruise and Shanghai style farewell dinner.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Day 15 Shanghai – Departure” state=”opened”]American buﬀet breakfast at the hotel. You will be picked up and transferred to the airport with assistance of your baggage.[/toggle]
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