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Mysterious Tibet & Yangtze

SG19: 14 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Lhasa - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights at nice 5-star & 4-star hotels, 3 nights on Yangtze River cruise
Meals: 13 western buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches with some being a la carte style, 3 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Full insight visits of the sacred Potala Palace and pure land of Tibet
  • 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
Arrive at any time, Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to join in this China two week itinerary. 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. The driver will transfer 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
A tour briefing, 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 week China 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 the second city of this China two week itinerary - 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, Viewing Platform of Yaowang Hill. (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 of today’s two week China itinerary is the Viewing Platform of Yaowang Hill, which is the best location to take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. You will find there are many tourists from all over the world, mounting their cameras on the tripods to catch the perfect pictures. What's more, it is also the place where the picture on the back of 50 RMB note was filmed.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (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
Fly to Chongqing, Jiefangbei CBD, Ci Qi Kou Ancient Village, Board a Yangtze River cruise ship for a 3-night stay. (B)
Tibetan People
Today you will take a flight to Chongqing. Again, our local guide will greet you at the airport. Explore Jiefangbei CBD and Ci Qi Kou Ancient Village. You may have dinner by yourself before boarding the cruise. Our guide will be glad to give you recommendations. 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
Yangtze Cruise orientation, 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
Disembark the cruise ship, Three Gorges Dam, A 7.5-hour bullet train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
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 to the railway station for a bullet train to Shanghai. The train ride takes around 7.5 hours. On your arrival in Shanghai, our guide will greet you at the railway station and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Parkline Century Park Hotel Shanghai - the former Crowne Plaza
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
You China travel itinerary 2 weeks in Shanghai starts with a visit to 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
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend the most efficient and money-saving way - taking a taxi by yourself from hotel to the airport, 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 CNY150 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!
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Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • 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
Why Travel With Us
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    5.03 Reviews
    Posted on January 27, 2019
    My son and I enjoyed our tour immensely. I'd gladly recommend the company to others. The diversity of the small group (English, Canadian, Australian, American) added to the enjoyment of the tour. In fact, the companionship of the whole group was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the tour. The cruise ship was perfectly acceptable. Adding another day in Shanghai (we were too rushed trying to accomplish everything in one day). Water was distributed generously each day. The meals were excellent. My son and I were particularly fond of the dumplings. All the guides did well. The guides in Xian and Tibet did exceptionally well. The guide that took us to the temple at the top of the mountain along the Yangtze River also did exceptionally well, despite rainy conditions. ... More
    Diane M
    Posted on December 03, 2018
    Loved the diverse group I traveled with. All of the sight-seeing were very nice. Sometimes we went a little fast and it was difficult to get a picture without fear of losing sight of the guide due to the crowds.

    The food was excellent and a bit overwhelming. Too much! We felt like we were wasting so much food by the end of the meal. Maybe check to see if we've already been fed or offer smaller meals. So a little less food and a little more to drink. I only wanted part of a beer then maybe some water or soda. By the end of the meal, many of us were still thirsty but the 2 drink limit was already met. There were so many great restaurants that it is hard to recommend one.

    I was impressed with every guide's English. I really appreciated having a local guide once we were in some of the more remote areas. It made it much more meaningful. Linda in Beijing was so passionate about China and her city. She made it exciting for us and really brought the importance of the history to life. These drivers should get a medal! Traffic all over China is very scary, the drivers handled it with ease. I didn't realize what a difference a local guide makes. As we were in the junk going down the river surrounded by the mountains around the Yangtze River our guide began to sing local folk-songs. Her voice echoed off the hillsides and made us feel like we were living a hundred years ago. Knowing her parent's home was 2 more hours deeper into the mountains made the landscape come alive. Real people make the local culture more of an experience than something just to look at. Visiting the local home in Tibet really took me to another time and place, like I was living in a history book.

    We ran into several people that had booked through Viking Tours - they offer the same tours. I told them that TravelChina was MUCH less expensive for the same thing; No, a better tour!
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    Kersti G
    Posted on November 14, 2018
    What a wonderful trip we had! We were really pleasantly satisfied with the entire tour services and happily surprised with the willingness of the staff to please us. Our guides are really helpful, knowledgeable and always demonstrated a good attitude and there were two among all-Seline and Jessy were extremely knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. We will definitely use your tour again. As a matter of fact, we were a bit anxious about travelling with a tour group; however, our group were such a great mix of people. We definitely hope to stay in touch with them. ... More
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