Cultural China & Tibet with Yangtze River Cruise
This exciting vacation introduces you to the rich history and cultural treasures of China and Tibet as well as the magic of the Yangtze River. Marvel at the Three Gorges Dam site on your delightful 4-night Yangtze River cruise, and experience world-famous sights in Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing. Visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, Dayan Pagoda, Terracotta Warriors, Great Wall, Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, and Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs. High in the Himalayas, explore Lhasa, Tibet’s mystical capital, with visits to the Summer Palace, a local home and monastery, Potala Palace, and Jokhang Temple—a remarkable vacation!
Cruise: deluxe 4-night cruise from Yichang to Chongqing in a Deluxe Stateroom with two lower beds, private facilities, and balconyDay 1 Arrive Shanghai: welcome to ChinaDay 2 Shanghai: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens; see an acrobatic show; welcome dinnerDay 3 Shanghai–Yichang (Embarkation)–Yangtze River Cruise: visit the Shanghai Museum and a silk factory; begin your Yangtze cruise aboard the Century LegendDay 4 Xi’an Gorge–Three Gorges Dam Site: sightseeing of the impressive dam site; welcome party and performance by ship’s crewDay 5 Wu Gorge–Shennong Stream–Qutang Gorge: enjoy a boat excursion down one of the Yangtze’s lesser gorges including sampan rideDay 6 Shibaozhai: walking tour; Captain’s farewell banquetDay 7 Chongqing (Disembarkation)–Lhasa: visit a local zoo to see pandas; fly to LhasaDays 8-9 Lhasa: visit the Summer Palace, a Tibetan’s home, a Tibetan monastery, a Tibetan hospital, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and a local bazaarDay 10 Lhasa–Xi’an: fly to Xi’an; “Tang Dynasty” dinner showDay 11 Xi’an: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Dayan Pagoda and Terracotta Warriors, lacquer workshop, noodle-making demonstration, and calligraphy classDay 12 Xi’an–Beijing: fly to Beijing; hutong tour by rickshawDays 13-14 Beijing: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Summer Palace, Great Wall, cloisonné workshop, and Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs; Peking Opera performance; Peking Duck farewell dinnerDay 15 Beijing: your vacation ends
Shanghai Fairmont Peace Hotel (D)Yangtze Cruise Century LegendLhasa Four Points by Sheraton (F)Xi’an Hilton Xi’an (SF)Beijing Fairmont Beijing (D)
Breakfasts (B): American breakfast dailyLunches (L): 11 lunchesDinners (D): 12 dinners including a welcome dinner in Shanghai and a Peking Duck farewell dinner in Beijing
NOTES:This trip is for travelers who are fit. You will visit regions reaching almost 14,000 ft. in elevation.