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Mysterious Tibet & Yangtze

SG18: 14 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing - Xi'an - Lhasa - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Visit the sacred Potala Palace and meet local Tibetans in their home
  • Unwind with a Yangtze River cruise tour & see the Three Gorges
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to join in this 2 weeks China tour. Once you arrive at Beijing Airport, our professional guide will be waiting for you at the arrival hall holding a sign with your name on it. They will accompany you to the hotel and assist you in check-in process. For the rest of time, you can have a good rest in your room or manage your own activities.
 
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch with Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Our group at the Forbidden City
This morning you will meet your fellow group members at the pre-tour introductory talk delivered in the hotel before beginning your following two weeks China tour itinerary. You will then go to Tiananmen Square, a revered place for Chinese people where you will stay for 30 minutes. The next stop is the Forbidden City. As a world-renowned imperial palace complex, it boasts magnificent ancient palatial constructions and cultural heritage. At least 2 hours are needed to appreciate its grandness.
 
Instead of having lunch at the cheap restaurants nearby, we will arrange an a la carte welcome meal with Peking duck (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) for you at a good quality restaurant. 

Afterwards, drive to the Temple of Heaven to see the site where Chinese emperors worshipped. In the evening, we will invite you to enjoy the Kung Fu Performance at the famous Red Theater.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Mutianyu Great Wall
It is advisable to have a hearty breakfast at the hotel as you will climb the Great Wall this morning, though the round trip cable car is included. 

We do not arrange lunch at the wall as the service of the restaurants near the site does not match to our standards. We suggest you have some fast food for lunch. To celebrate and commemorate the moment of climbing to the top of Mutianyu Great Wall, we provide red wine for a group toast. 

After that, we will drive you back to the city. On the way, you can take photos for the Bird's Nest stadium, where the 2008 Olympic Games were held. You will also have some free time at a popular local market before returning to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, A la carte lunch, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer.  (B+L)
Our guests showing their dumplings learnt in the home cooking class
After breakfast, our escorted tour will take you to the Summer Palace, a summer resort for the royal families. Next stop is the original Hutong alleys to experience the changing times of old Beijing by rickshaw. You can also participate in Chinese Paper Cutting activity. 

We will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fine restaurant with delicious food. Please take time to enjoy it. 

We will see you off on an afternoon flight to Xi'an, where another local guide is ready to receive you at the airport and transfer you to check in at the hotel for a two-night stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner.  (B+L+D)
Terracotta army
Photo by our clients Mr. Frank
This morning you will have the chance to appreciate the amazing wonder - Terracotta Army Museum. In the museum, you can appreciate the pottery generals, soldiers with saddled horses and kneeling archers forming an impenetrable fortress to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang. 

Then an ordinary Chinese home and a genuine home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be prepared for you by the host. We feel sure that you will be deeply impressed by this. If you are interested in Chinese cooking, you may watch how your hosts prepare the food for you. Your guide will translate for you if you have any questions. 

The afternoon is devoted to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. Then our guide will escort you to the hotel for refreshment. You may wish to dress up for the wonderful Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance where you will also experience a famous Dumpling Dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
 Friendly Tips

Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
Day 6 Xi'an - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa, Airport-hotel transfer, Acclimatize to the high altitude. (B)
A local morning market
Today we will drive you to the airport where you will board the morning flight to Lhasa. The guide will wait for you at the airport and transfer you to a good hotel for a three-night stay. After checking in, it is recommended that you have a good rest at the hotel to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level. Lunch and dinner are arranged by yourself.

Tips: For those who have never been to high altitudes, we suggest you have a complete physical examination beforehand to ensure you are in good health. To adapt to the high altitude, you should have a good rest at the hotel once you arrive, no running or intense activity, no smoking or alcohol. Please eat and drink in moderation. More vegetables, fruits, meat and eggs are better. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Xinding Hotel
Day 7 Lhasa
Norbulingka Park, Sera Monastery, Experience a Tibetan family visit. (B+L)
A morning visit takes you to the Norbulinka Park, which is the largest man-made garden with the most beautiful scenery and historical relics in Tibet. Afterwards, pay a visit to the Sera Monastery. It is rich in precious cultural relics and art works. A reservation has been made at a highly recommended restaurant for lunch. 

The last stop today is a typical Tibetan family home. The host will entertain you with their unique salted butter tea, which is an indispensable drink for local people. It can help you overcome high altitude sickness and also protect your lips from cracking due to the dry weather. When you are a guest in a family visit, please do not drink the tea at one draft, just sip it and leave some in the cup when you finish. This is Tibetan courtesy. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, A Nunnery, Barkhor Street. (B+L)
Potala Palace
Another joyful day starts with a visit to the magnificent Potala Palace, which always impresses visitors with its majestic white walls and red palace. There are some cultural observations that you should be aware of when you visit. You should avoid stepping on the doorsill when entering. Taking photos is prohibited and it is not acceptable that women wear hats in the palace. 

After lunch, you will visit the Jokhang Temple, a Nunnery and Barkhor Street. You will see many pilgrims in procession prostrating themselves along the Barkhor street. You will also find many stores and shops lined along both sides of the street selling Tibetan handicrafts, clothes, ornaments, rugs, incense and many others. It is the best place to buy unique exotic souvenirs for your friends and families. We would like to remind you that the Tibetan knives cannot be taken as hand luggage on flights.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Lhasa - Chongqing
Tibet Museum, Fly to Chongqing, Jiefangbei CBD, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
Tibetan People
The last destination in Lhasa is Tibet Museum, which offers visitors an opportunity to learn much about the region. A vast amount of cultural heritage is on display. The calligraphies and paintings vividly tell of the friendship between the Han and Tibetan People. 

After that you will take a flight to Chongqing. Again, our local guide will greet you at the airport. Explore Jiefangbei CBD, where you may have dinner by yourself before boarding the cruise. As the cruise ship departs at about 22:00, your relaxing Yangtze River cruise begins.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Cruises: President No. 8 with balcony
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
An onshore excursion to Shibaozhai, Captain's Welcome Party. (B+L+D)
A brief introduction of this fabulous cruise journey will be presented this morning. At around 14:00, you will have an excursion to Shibaozhai. Shibaozhai is an isolated mountain in the Yangtze River, famous for its spectacular wooden tower, a 12 layers tower built more than 400 years ago. This evening, please dress up and participate in the Captain's Welcome Party to spend a convivial evening with other passengers.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Three Gorges, An exciting excursion to Shennong Stream. (B+L+D)
Shennong Stream adventure
Shennong Stream adventure
The highlights of your Yangtze cruise journey will come today. At around 09:00 in the morning, ship will pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge subsequently. These are two different sections with their own uniqueness and personality. Qutang Gorge is the shortest but most magnificent part while Wu Gorge is the most picturesque part. After lunch, you will have an interesting boat trip along Shennong Stream to trace the footprint of ancient Guba people. Back on the ship, you will pass through Xiling Gorge, which is the last part of Three Gorges with a length of 76 kilometers (47 miles).

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Yichang - Shanghai
Three Gorges Dam, Disembark the cruise ship, Yichang Museum, Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
After breakfast, you will go ashore for the whole morning to visit the Three Gorges Dam. The existence of this site makes the city a capital of hydroelectricity in the world. Before that, you should pack your luggage and check out. After the visit, you will be transported to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and take you for lunch. Visit Yichang Museum and a riverside Binjiang Park. 

Then you will leave for Shanghai by air. On your arrival in Shanghai, our guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Ocean Hotel Shanghai
Day 13 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and its traditional bazaar, A la carte farewell lunch, Former French Concession, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
Today's first destination is Shanghai Museum, which has a stellar international reputation for its various antiques. The next destination is the noted Yu Garden, a classical garden with strong architecture flavor of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Outside the garden is the traditional Yu Bazaar, where you may wish to spend some free time. 

An a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served to you at a good quality restaurant which boasts the best Shanghai dishes. 

Afterwards, you will visit the Former French Concession and the Bund. Take a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Then enjoy some free time on the Bund. Finally our guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel and say goodbye to you at the lobby to conclude the day.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 14 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer is on your own arrangement, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Breakfast at the hotel has been reserved for you this morning. Afterwards, you will make your own way to the airport. Most international flights depart from Shanghai from Pudong Airport, you should check the exact information with the airline in advance. Taxi is a convenient way to get to the airport. The price is about CNY200 to Pudong Airport.  

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2018; 10% off - book in January, 2019
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 17(Wed) $3029 $2665$709
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 24(Wed) $3029 $2665$709
Apr 18(Thu) May 01(Wed) $3029 $2665$709
Apr 25(Thu) May 08(Wed) $3079 $2709$759
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 22(Wed) $3079 $2709$759
May 16(Thu) May 29(Wed) $3079 $2709$759
May 23(Thu) Jun 05(Wed) $3079 $2709$759
May 30(Thu) Jun 12(Wed) $3009 $2647$699
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 19(Wed) $3009 $2647$699
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 26(Wed) $3009 $2647$699
Jun 20(Thu) Jul 03(Wed) $3009 $2647$689
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 10(Wed) $3029 $2665$719
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 17(Wed) $3059 $2691$719
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 24(Wed) $3059 $2691$719
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 31(Wed) $3059 $2691$719
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 07(Wed) $3059 $2691$719
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 14(Wed) $3059 $2691$719
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 21(Wed) $3059 $2691$719
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 28(Wed) $3059 $2691$719
Aug 22(Thu) Sep 04(Wed) $3069 $2700$729
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 11(Wed) $3099 $2727$789
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 18(Wed) $3109 $2735$799
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 25(Wed) $3109 $2735$799
Sep 19(Thu) Oct 02(Wed) $3109 $2735$799
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 16(Wed) $3089 $2718$769
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 23(Wed) $3089 $2718$769
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 30(Wed) $3089 $2718$769
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 06(Wed) $3039 $2674$729
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 13(Wed) $2959 $2603$699
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 20(Wed) $2959 $2603$699

Remark: The prices in red reflect 12% discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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