Cultural China & Tibet with Yangtze River Cruise and Hong Kong
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. See the historical sights and learn about new cultures as you explore these fascinating countries. Begin your journey with three overnights in vibrant Hong Kong, including a cable car ride up Victoria Peak for panoramic views, a drive to Repulse Bay, and time in the Aberdeen fishing village for a sampan ride on the harbor. On to mainland China, where you’ll 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 Hong Kong: welcome to Hong KongDays 2-3 Hong Kong: cable-car ride up Victoria Peak; sampan ride on harbor; visit Stanley Market; Host service during your stayDay 4 Hong Kong–Shanghai: fly to ShanghaiDay 5 Shanghai: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens; see an acrobatic show; welcome dinnerDay 6 Shanghai–Yichang (Embarkation)–Yangtze River Cruise: visit the Shanghai Museum and a silk factory; begin your Yangtze cruise aboard the Century LegendDay 7 Xi’an Gorge–Three Gorges Dam Site: sightseeing of the impressive dam site; welcome party and performance by ship’s crewDay 8 Wu Gorge–Shennong Stream–Qutang Gorge: enjoy a boat excursion down one of the Yangtze’s lesser gorges including sampan rideDay 9 Shibaozhai: walking tour; Captain’s farewell banquetDay 10 Chongqing (Disembarkation)–Lhasa: visit a local zoo to see pandas; fly to LhasaDays 11-12 Lhasa: visit the Summer Palace, a Tibetan’s home, a Tibetan monastery, a Tibetan hospital, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and a local bazaarDay 13 Lhasa–Xi’an: fly to Xi’an; “Tang Dynasty” dinner showDay 14 Xi’an: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Dayan Pagoda and Terracotta Warriors, lacquer workshop, noodle-making demonstration, and calligraphy classDay 15 Xi’an–Beijing: fly to Beijing; hutong tour by rickshawDays 16-17 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 18 Beijing: your vacation ends
Hong Kong The Langham Hong Kong (D)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.