Mysterious Tibet & Yangtze

406: 14 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Lhasa - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized, except for Yangtze cruise tour
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 13 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte style, 2 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army Museum
  • Full insight visits of the sacred Potala Palace and unique 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
Welcome to China! As long as your flight lands in Beijing today, our guide will greet you at the airport and then transfer you to check in at the hotel. On the way, get some initial information of the new city from the guide, and it is good opportunity to ask any questions you might want answered. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square
Now your 14 days China tour officially begins. In the morning, we will drive to the heart of the city to visit the large Tiananmen Square and then walk northward to enter the Forbidden City. Constructed in the early 15th century, the Forbidden City is the largest and best-preserved imperial palace complex in the world.

It 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 authentic Chinese food.

Next we visit the Temple of Heaven with its grand prayer hall and holy altar, where the ancient emperors offered sacrifices to heaven. Then, we take a Hutong Rickshaw Tour to see authentic local life and residences in the zigzag old alleys, which still retain their original appearance of hundreds of years ago.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Today you are going to take an excursion to the Mutianyu Great Wall in suburb. Some necessary walking is required to reach the peak to overlook this world's largest man-made project. We will arrange a round-way cable car for you so as to save your energy and ensure you more time on the Great Wall. Instead of the cable car, you can also take a chairlift up and a toboggan down the mountain.

Have your own lunch at the foot of the mountain before heading back to downtown Beijing. On the way, you will have a stop at the Bird's Nest, the permanent site of the 2008 Olympics, and take some pictures from a distance. Finally, we will drive you to explore a local market before getting back to your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing to Xi’an by High Speed Train
Summer Palace. A high speed train to Xi'an. Railway station pick-up. (B)
Our travel consultant Flora and her client
This morning, we will go to visit an outstanding royal site, 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 this park, consisting of classical buildings, large manmade Kunming Lake and hills as well as delicate natural scenery. Then, you will have time to eat lunch by yourself. Please feel free to ask the tour guide for advice.

In the afternoon, you will take a high-speed train to Xi'an. Our local guide will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall. (B)
Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Your private sightseeing to the ancient capital of Xi'an will start from the Terracotta Army Museum this morning.Praised as the Eighth World Wonder, thousands of life-like terracotta figures from 2,200 years ago are exhibited there and show the power of the country at that time. Lunch is on your own arrangement.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist architectural heritage site of the Tang Dynasty. It was said that the pagoda has endured many wars, earthquakes, and has suffered damage three times, but it is still there. What a wonder! Next, you will visit the ancient City Wall of Xi'an, where you can also rent a bike to ride on the wall. It will be a thrilling experience.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an to Lhasa by Flight
Fly to Lhasa. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
You will leave for your next destination by air today. The flight will take about 3 hours before arriving at the 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 area. 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 7 Lhasa
Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
Tibetan lamas
In the morning, a brief visit to the 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 debates of the Buddhist doctrines among lamas and the annual Buddha-unfolding in the Shoton Festival. Then on to the Norbulingka Park, with its pleasant garden and buildings, which was once the summer palace of Dalai Lama.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (B+L)
Potala Palace
You will take a wonderful sightseeing day to visit the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor Street and then finish with a visit to a Nunnery.

Located on the Red Hill, the splendid Potala Palace has been the landmark of Lhasa for hundreds of years. Once the political and religious center of the city, it is now the largest treasure house of Tibetan culture. The Jokhang Temple, located in the center of the old city, is also the spiritual center of the Tibetans. As the premier Buddhist shrine in Tibet, it has a sovereign position in Tibetan Buddhism and is where the life-size statue of Sakyamuni is set. Surrounding the temple is the Barkhor Street where you can find ancient Tibetan style buildings and many featured stores. Finally, you will take a visit to a historical Nunnery, which is a piece of heaven on the backstreet of Lhasa.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Lhasa to Chongqing by Flight
Fly to Chongqing. Jiefangbei if time permits. Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
We transfer you to the airport as you will fly to Chongqing today. Our guide will be waiting for you at Chongqing Airport and take you to the Yangtze River Cruise ship. The check-in time of the ship is from 16:00 to 20:00, if time permits, you could drop in the city center first, to take a short visit to the Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street. One thing to mention that the dinner is not served onboard tonight, you need to have your own dinner before boarding. As the cruise departs at 22:00 from Chongqing, your memorable Yangtze River cruise tour begins.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Cruise orientation, An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai or Shuangguishan National Forest Park, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
Relaxing Yangtze River cruise
A river guide is provided on the cruise ship to explain the sights of interest along the Yangtze River, answer your questions and provide any assistance you may need. He or she will give guests a brief introduction to the cruise and the daily schedule today or the night before. Please attend the meeting so you know how to make the most of your time during the cruise tour.

In the afternoon, guests on the President Cruise ship will take an onshore excursion to the Shuangguishan National Forest Park, which is a well-known cultural site with old pagodas, towers, pavilions and temples. And guests on the New Century Cruise ship will visit Shibaozhai, which is famous for its fanciful architecture and many interesting legends.

When returning to the ship, you may have some leisure time 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 11 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream. (B+L+D)
Today you will see the most astonishing cliffs and sceneries on the two banks of the river while the ship is sailing through the famous 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 Shennv Stream. While enjoying views of the amazing cliffs and clear water in the narrow stream, you can also hear the singing of the 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 12 Yichang to Shanghai by High Speed Train
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour high speed train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
This morning, you will check out from 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 and transfer you to take the high speed train to Shanghai with a duration of around 7.5 hours. Upon your arrival, our local guide in Shanghai will be waiting for you at the train station and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 13 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte lunch, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, Tianzifang Cultural Street. (B+L)
View of the Bund
In the morning, you are going to see the extensive historical collections in the Shanghai Museum. Besides those delicate artistic items, the unique ethnic minorities' culture exhibition is also recommended. After that, you will wander in the quiet and exquisite Yu Garden, which is a typical and classical garden of the southeastern region of the country.

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 veritable local dishes. In the afternoon, a one-hour Huangpu River Cruise will take you to view the centuries-old and modern aspects of this international metropolis. After disembarking, explore the Bund area and then go to visit the Tianzifang Art Street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 14 Departure from Shanghai
Bid farewell at the airport. Thank you for travelling with us. (B)
Our guide and driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport today. After your memorable private China tour, we wish you a pleasant homebound journey.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
Xi'anCrowne Plaza Xi'an Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
LhasaXinding Hotel Tashipozhang Hotel
Yangtze RiverNew Century 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
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Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • 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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