Mysterious Tibet & Yangtze

406: 15 Days Private Beijing - Xian - Lhasa - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Full insight visits of the sacred Potala Palace and pure land of Tibet
  • Enjoy the Three Gorges scenery on Yangtze River cruise & feel totally relaxed
  • View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Our guide will greet you outside the customs of the Capital Airport and then transfer you to check in the hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Tiananmen Square
In the morning, drive to the heart of the city to visit the large Tiananmen Square and then walk northward to the Forbidden City. Constructed in the early 15th century, the Forbidden City is the largest and best-preserved imperial palace complex in the world. 

As is our practice to avoid the poor food at the cheap tourist eateries, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice local restaurant, where you can taste the authentic Chinese food. The following Temple of Heaven has the grandest prayer hall and holy altar, where the ancient emperors offered sacrifices to the heaven. .

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Ming Tomb, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Today you are going to take an excursion to the Badaling Great Wall in suburban. Some necessary hiking are required to reach the peak to overlook this world largest man-made project. You may also take a cable car by yourself if you want to keep energetic for the later journey. We do not offer lunch today.  In the afternoon, you will visit the Sacred Way and Ming Tomb. On the way back to the downtown, you will have a stop at the Bird's Nest, the permanent site of 2008 Olympics, and take some pictures. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong visit. A high speed train to Xian. Railway station pick-up. (B)
Our travel consultant Flora and her client
You will go to visit an outstanding royal buildings this morning. One is the Summer Palace which was a luxury resort of the royal family for over one century. At present, a great many travelers are attracted to visit the largest royal park, consisting of classical buildings, large manmade Kunming Lake and hills as well as delicate natural scenery. Then, take a Hutong excursion to see the most local life and residences in the zigzag old alleys, which still keep the original appearance of hundreds of years ago. Lunch is not included today. 

You will take a high speed train to Xian. Our local guide will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to check in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Pit of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Your private sightseeing to the ancient capital will be started from the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum this morning. Praised as the Eighth World Wonder, thousands of life-like terracotta figures of 2,200 years ago are exhibited there to show the powerfulness of the country at that time. Lunch is on your own arrangement. 

In the afternoon, you are going to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda of 1,300 years ago. Originally built to store rare Buddhist sutras from Indian, this pagoda has been one of the landmarks of Xian City. The following Shaanxi History Museum has much more rare collections through the long history.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xian
City Wall, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque, Free time at the Muslim Bazzar. (B+L)
Local vegetable market
Climb up the ancient City Wall of Xian this morning. On the base of the capital's defensive wall of the Tang Dynasty, the present City Wall was reconstructed in the Ming Dynasty of 600 years ago. The 13.7-kilometer's long wall is flat on the top, where you could have a bird's view of Xian on foot or by bicycle if time permits. 

A home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served while you visit a local family today. If interested, you could learn some cooking skills there with the friendly hostess by attending our Chinese food cooking class

In the afternoon, you will proceed to the quiet Great Mosque surrounded by bustling Moslem bazaar. As the trip ends, it is suggested that you explore the bazaar where the popular local dim sum, souvenirs and gadgets are sold.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Xian - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
You will leave for your next destination by air today.  The flight will take you about 3 hours to arrive at Lhasa Airport, which is located 3,650 meters above sea level. Our guide will welcome you and then transfer you to the hotel in downtown district. During the remainder of the day, it is suggested that you rest at the hotel to adapt to the high altitude.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Lhasa
Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
Potala Palace
In the morning, a brief visit to Tibet Museum will be helpful to get to know this region's long history, brilliant culture and Tibetan Buddhism. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park. As one of the three greatest monasteries in Tibet, the Sera Monastery is noted for the daily debating of Buddhist doctrines among lamas and the annual Buddha-unfolding in Shoton Festival. Turn to the Norbulingka Park, there are nice garden and buildings which once was the summer palace of Dalai Lama.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (B+L)
Tibetan lamas
You will take wondful day sightseeing to the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor Street and then finish the visit at a Nunnery. Located on the Red Hill, the splendid Potala Palace has been the landmark of the Lhasa for hundreds of years. Rather than the political and religious center of the city, it is also the largest treasure house of Tibetan culture. The following Jokhang Temple is located in the center of old city which is also the spiritual center of Tibetans. As the first Buddhist building in Tibet, it has a sovereign position in Tibetan Buddhism where the life-size statue of Sakyamuni is set. Surrounding the temple, there is the Barkhor Street where you could find ancient Tibetan style buildings and featured stores as many as possible.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Lhasa - Chongqing
Fly to Chongqing. Panda House if time permits. Yangtze River cruise begins at about 21:30. (B)
You will get to Chongqing by air today. Our guide will be waiting for you at Chongqing Airport and transfer you to board on the well-sound Cruise ship. If time permits, you could drop in at the Panda House of Chongqing Zoo to see the adorable giant pandas.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 11 Shibaozhai or Fengdu Ghost City
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
Three Gorges cruise
After breakfast, the river guide will give a brief introduction of the cruise and the daily schedule. Then you will take an onshore excursion in Zhongxian to visit Shibaozhai, which is famous for its fanciful architecture and many interesting legends. With the reputation of 'Pearl on the River', Shibaozhai has received 220,000 visitors from home and abroad every year since opened to the public in 1979. Now it has become the 'little Penglai' for tourists to overlook the views of Yangtze River. Or, you will land on the Ming Mountain to visit the Ghost City. As the name implied, visitors could get to know Chinese ghost legends from various kinds of statues and buildings in ghostdom. While returning to the ship, you may have some leisure time strolling on the deck to enjoy the scenery along the river and please prepare to attend the Captain's Welcome Party tonight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Shennong Stream or Three Little Gorges
Yangtze River cruise trip. (B+L+D)
Relaxing Yangtze River cruise
Today you will see the most astonishing cliffs and sceneries on the two banks of the river while the ship is sailing through the well-know Three Gorges. The first Qutang Gorge is the shortest but the most impressive of the three. The next Wu Gorge is famous for its lofty peaks and mountains on both sides. Before entering into the final Xiling Gorge, you will experience an interesting junk adventure along the Shennong Stream or Three Little Gorges. While enjoying the grotesque cliffs and clear water in the narrow stream, you could also hear the singing of those local boat trackers, all of whom are Tujia minority people. After the excursion, the ship will set out to the longest Xiling Gorge.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 Yichang - Shanghai
Disembark the cruise, Three Gorges Dam. Yichang Museum if time permits. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
This morning, you will check out the ship and disembark to visit the Three Gorges Dam. You will take a bus up to the peak of Tanziling and get a bird's eye view of the grand Three Gorges Dam Project. Then you will be transported to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there. If time permits, you will visit Yichang Museum before taking a flight to Shanghai. Our local guide will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
View of the Bund
In the morning, you are going to see the extensive historical collections in Shanghai Museum. Besides those delicate artistic items, the unique ethnic minorities' culture exhibition is also recommended. After that, you could wander in the quiet Yuyuan Garden, which is a typical and classical building complex in southeast region. 

An a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be served for you at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers veritabe local dishes. In the afternoon, a Huangpu River Cruise will take you to view the centuries-old and modern files of this international metropolis. After disembarking, explore the Bund Area and then visit an old street of the city. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 15 Departure from Shanghai
Bid farewell at the airport. Thank you for travelling with us. (B)
Our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport today. Already having a memorable private China tour, we wish you a pleasant homebound journey, too! 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
XianCrowne Plaza Xi'an Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
LhasaXinding Hotel Xinding Hotel
Yangtze RiverYangtze Gold Cruises with balconyPresident No.7/No.8 with balcony
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3779 $3325$3429 $3017$3079 $2709
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$3569 $3140$3219 $2832$2869 $2524
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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