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Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey (2014-2015)

18 Days from only $4099

Beijing, Xian, Chengdu (Panda reserve), Lhasa, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Suzhou, Tongli, Shanghai

 
Book by October 31, 2014 for FREE upgrade to Victoria Anna's Executive Deck VIP Program
 
Overview

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of China and Tibet on this unforgettable land and river cruise vacation! Your trip begins in Beijing, where you visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and other imperial palaces and gardens. On to Xi'an to marvel at the famous legion of Terracotta Warriors guarding Emperor Qin's tomb. Travel to Chengdu, the gateway to Tibet, to visit the fascinating Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.

Then journey into the Himalayas to get inspiration from the Tibetan Buddhism at Lhasa. Tour the Potala Palace, once the center of the Tibetan government and the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama, and visit Tibetan local family home. Soak the timeless beauty of Tibet highland and visit its holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso.

Continue to Chongqing, China's most populous mountain city, to embark on your 3-night river cruise down the Yangtze. From the private balcony you witness the timeless landscapes along the Yangtze valley and sail through the picturesque Gorges and canyons. Tour the Three Gorges Dam site and fly to Shanghai, China's futurist city, where you tour the Shanghai Museum and experience the spectacular beauty of the Yu Garden, which reflects all elements of a classic Chinese garden. This vacation to China and Tibet intentionally planned in 18 days, with the wonderful Yangtze River Cruise, is an once-in-a-lifetime trip.
 
What's Included

Roundtrip non-stop flights from San Francisco (SFO), Houston (IAH) and New York (JFK) to Beijing
 
All Intra-China flights, ground transportation and transfers
 
First Class hotel accommodations with private bath, daily American buffet breakfast
 
3-night downstream Yangtze Cruise aboard one of the finest Yangtze cruise ships--Victoria Anna, Outside cabins with private balcony, picture window and private bath
 
Comprehensive private sightseeing tours and evening shows including entrance fees
 
41 bountiful meals including 16 American buffet breakfast, 13 lunches and 12 dinners (subject to change depending on China internal flight schedule)
 
Unique culinary events including an authentic Peking Duck dinner and a delicious Dumpling Banquet in Xian
 
Exclusive Culture InSites Program: Hutong tour in rickshaws, including the visit to a local family home, and home-hosted lunch; visit to a local Tibetan family home, etc.
 
Special evening shows including Tang Dynasty stage show and a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatics
 
Professional service of an expert, resident Tour Director throughout China (for group of 10 travelers or more)
 
Professional local guiding service in each destination city
 
Baggage handling service throughout China
 
 
Other Travel Options

Want to see more of China? Consider the following tours you might like:

22-Day Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong, including Guilin, Longsheng's Dragon Spine Terraces, and 3-night at Hong Kong.

A shorter version of this tour is available:

12-Day Classic China & Tibet Highland from $3099