Visiting:Beijing(4 nts) - Xian(2 nts) - Lhasa(3 nts) - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise(3 nts) - Yichang - Shanghai(2 nts) 

A tour that combines a healthy dose of adventure with breathtaking scenery and ancient wonders. This program captures the unmistakable charm and beauty of Tibet, "The Roof of the World," and visits the spellbinding Potala Palace. Cruise through the lush green valleys of the Yangtze River and enjoy the contrast of ancient and modern in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

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Day 1   |  Arrive-Beijing 

Arrive in China s capital and check in to our deluxe hotel. Spend the remainder of the evening free at leisure.

Day 2   |  Beijing  (AB, L)

Explore Beijing s incredible history as we walk across the iconic Tiananmen Square, the site of many important events in modern Chinese history. Arrive at the opulent Forbidden City, so named because it was off-limits for over 500 years, and then continue to the exquisite Summer Palace. On the way back to the hotel, we stop for photos at the 2008 Olympic sites, Bird s Nest and Water Cube. This evening we may feast on Beijing s culinary gem – an optional Peking Duck banquet.

Day 3   |  Beijing  (AB, L)

The legendary Great Wall of China has captured the imagination of people worldwide and remains a symbol of the country s strength and pride. Trek across its ancient steps and marvel at the sweeping views of the wall as it snakes its way across rolling mountains and valleys. Descend the wall and visit the Sacred Way, a "divine road" lined with intricately carved stone statues, which leads to the Ming Tombs Museum.

Day 4   |  Beijing  (AB)

Enjoy the full day free to explore the city on our own or take an optional rickshaw tour of Old Beijing s hutongs, or alleyways. Weave through the maze of alleys and traditional neighborhoods, lined with wood carvings, ornate brick designs and colorful street vendors. Arrive at a traditional courtyard residence of a local family and enjoy a lunch of local specialties.

Day 5   |  Beijing-Xian  (AB, DP)

En route to the airport, we visit the Temple of Heaven, a massive complex built in 1420 and frequented by emperors for annual religious ceremonies. After a short flight we arrive in the "Eternal City" of Xian, one of the ancient birthplaces of Chinese civilization. This evening we enjoy one of Xian s culinary specialties at an Imperial Dumpling Dinner Banquet.

Day 6   |  Xian  (AB, L, DS)

The starting point of the Silk Road, Xian boasts a rich history spanning more than 3,100 years. Today, we visit its ultimate attraction, the Terra-Cotta Warriors. Walk through the underground pits and marvel at the rows of soldiers, horses and chariots, and then enjoy an authentic noodle-making demonstration during lunch. Continue to visit Xian s massive Ming Dynasty City Wall and stop by the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening we enjoy a colorful Tang Dynasty Show following dinner.

Day 7   |  Xian-Lhasa  (AB, L, DH)

Fly to the mystical city of Lhasa ("Holy City"), the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Soaring more than 13,000 feet above sea level, Lhasa is home to some of the world s most glorious mountain vistas. No sightseeing has been planned for the day and it is highly recommended that we relax in the hotel so that our bodies can acclimate to the high elevation.

Day 8   |  Lhasa  (AB, D)

Today we visit the architectural wonder and Lhasa s landmark, Potala Palace. After exploring this exquisite palace we venture to the Barkhor Street, the colorful old section of Lhasa lined with street stalls and local handicrafts. Continue to visit Jokhnag Monastery, the spiritual heart of the city and Tibet s most important pilgrimage site.

Day 9   |  Lhasa  (AB, L, D)

Depart Lhasa and drive to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet s three holy lakes. Enjoy a picnic lunch alongside the lake and admire the sweeping vistas of rolling mountains and sparkling turquoise waters. Later on we drive back to Lhasa and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 10   |  Lhasa-Chongqing-Yangtze River Cruise  (AB, L, D)

Board a flight to Chongqing, a scenic cliff-side city famous for its spicy Sichuan cuisine. After visiting the pandas at the Chongqing Zoo we drive to the docks and board our cruise ship. Set sail this evening and witness life along the river, gliding past peaceful villages and stunning scenery.

Day 11   |  Yangtze River Cruise  (B, L, D)

Disembark at the "Ghost City" of Fengdu for our first shore excursion. Walk through this unique city, which dates back to the Eastern Han Dynasty, and admire the temples and shrines dedicated to gods of the underworld. Return aboard the ship for evening cruising.

Day 12   |  Yangtze River Cruise  (B, L, D)

Today, we approach the Three Gorges, collectively known as "Sanxia" in Chinese. We first sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic of the three, then through Wu Gorge, known for its serene beauty and 12 unique peaks. Board a smaller boat to reach the dramatic Lesser Gorges and admire the marvelous scenery of terraced hillsides and soaring cliffs. Return aboard the ship and sail through Xiling Gorge. This evening we sail through the intricate Three Gorges Dam locks systems.

Day 13   |  Yangtze River Cruise-Yichang-Shanghai  (B, L)

Arrive at Sandouping and disembark to visit the Three Gorges Dam site and learn about the construction of the world s largest hydroelectric dam. Afterward we return aboard the ship and sail on to Yichang, the final point of our Yangtze cruise. Transfer to the airport and board a flight to cosmopolitan Shanghai.

Day 14   |  Shanghai  (AB, DS)

Today we embark on a sightseeing tour starting at the 16th century classical Yu Garden, where we admire the traditional pavilions, ponds and rock gardens. Continue to stroll along the Bund and take in dazzling vistas of Shanghai s futuristic skyline. Drive by the premiere shopping district, Nanjing Road, and later this evening we enjoy dinner followed by a special Chinese Acrobatics Show.

Day 15   |  Shanghai  (AB)

Our adventure to Tibet and the Yangtze River draws to a close as we depart Shanghai. We may also choose to extend our vacation with an optional extension to the dynamic island of Hong Kong.
AB = Full American Breakfast  B = Breakfast at hotel or on cruise
L = Lunch  LH = Lunch at hotel
D = Dinner at Local Restaurant  DH = International Buffet Dinner at Hotel  DP = Special Dinner Party  
DS = Dinner and show