Tibet Highland & Yangtze River 16 Days 14 Nights(2014)[RDT]Tour Code:RDT

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

Visit some of China's most renowned cities and uncover the mystique of Tibet as you witness its ancient rituals and practices. Discover the sights and sounds of the most important river in the culture of China as you cruise down the majestic Yangtze River. From world famous culinary cuisine and entertainment to the natural beauty of vast and diverse landscapes, this is a trip of a lifetime.

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Day 1   |  USA – Beijing, China 

Board your flight to Beijing and you prepare to discover the mysteries and wonders of China’s Tibetan Highlands and the Yangtze River.

Day 2   |  Arrive in Beijing 

Greeted by your expert guide, your arrival in China’s capital city provides an opportunity to relax and acclimate yourself to your new environment. Casually explore Beijing or just unwind at the hotel.

Day 3   |  Beijing  (AB, L, DP)

Your Beijing visit begins with a walk through the historic Tiananmen Square. Travelling north, you arrive at the Forbidden City*, so called because historically none could enter without royal permission. From the city center, you make stops at the Summer Palace* and the 2008 Olympics sites, where you’ll stop to take photos of the 91,000 seat Bird’s Nest stadium and the stunning Water Cube aquatics center. Your day’s journey concludes with the Peking Duck Banquet.

Day 4   |  Beijing  (AB, L)

Leaving central Beijing, you journey to the legendary Great Wall* of China. This 4,000 mile-long marvel has stood watch over China’s northern border for thousands of years. Take in its breathtaking views before traversing the ornately decorated Sacred Way* .

Day 5   |  Beijing – Xian  (AB, DH)

Your stay in Beijing concludes at the Temple of Heaven*. Described as a masterpiece of architecture and landscape, you’ll be awestruck by the Temple’s history and construction. Continuing your exploration into China’s wonders, a short flight takes you to the “Eternal City” of Xian, so named because its sheltered location has preserved much of its 3,000-year history.

Day 6   |  Xian  (AB, L, DS)

The Terra Cotta Army* consists of a military regiment of life-sized statues commissioned by China’s first emperor to protect him in the afterlife. You’ll walk among thousands of these expertly crafted warriors while marveling at their eternal obligation. Then travel on to the Ming Dynasty City Wall*, the most intact city wall in China, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda*. As the day ends, join your fellow explorers for dining and entertainment at the Imperial Dumpling Dinner and the Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 7   |  Xian – Lhasa  (AB, DH)

From the plains of Xian, you’ll soar to nearly 12,000 feet into the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, Lhasa. Despite its remote location, Lhasa is the center of Tibetan politics, history and culture. The inspirational beauty of this mountain prefecture speaks to the spiritual character of Lhasa, Tibet’s Holy City. This first day atop one of China’s highest cities will be spent at your leisure, allowing acclimation to Lhasa’s elevation.

Day 8   |  Lhasa  (AB, D)

Winding through the byways of Lhasa, you discover the traditional residence of the Dali Lama, the Potala Palace*. Then explore the colorful local marketplace on Barkhor Street before making the pilgrimage to the Jokhang Monastery*, Tibetan Buddhism’s most sacred site.

Day 9   |  Lhasa  (AB, L, D)

Nestled among snow-capped mountains, you’ll make the trek out to Yamdrok Lake*, one of the three Holy Lakes of Tibet. Graced with turquoise waters, local legend claims that the lake is the incarnation of a Tibetan goddess. You’ll return to Lhasa to enjoy the rest of the day unwinding and mediating on your experiences.

Day 10   |  Lhasa – ChongqingYangtze River Cruise  (AB, D)

A flight will bring you to the emerging megacity of Chongqing, which is also the home of giant pandas! Take a photo stop at the Grand Hall of the People and visit these exceptional animals at the Chongqing Zoo* before embarking on your awe-inspiring expedition along the mighty Yangtze River. This journey will be aboard Victoria Cruises’ well-appointed Executive Deck.

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

Downstream from Chongqing, you encounter the Ghost City of Fengdu. Here this astonishing 1,800 year-old site simulates the passage of the living into the underworld. If river conditions prohibit access to Fengdu, Shore excursion to Fengdu, visiting either the “Ghost City”, known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill, or the new relocation village built for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze’s rising waters brought about the Three Gorges Dam.

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

Carved deep into the topography of the Yangtze, you arrive at the focal point of your river journey – the Three Gorges. Qutang, the smallest gorge, makes up for its size with spectacular canyons and dazzling switchbacks. Meanwhile Wu Gorge stands in sharp contrast with its serene beauty and 25-mile length. A small boat excursion to Goddess Stream or the Shennong Stream or the Daning River Small Gorges follows. They re-board the main ship to sail the longest and deepest of the Three, Xiling Gorge, through the ship-locks of the Three Gorges Dam.

Day 13   |  Yangtze River Cruise – YichangShanghai  (B, L)

Your last stop on the Yangtze is the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric power station, and a visual masterpiece to behold. Concluding your cruise in the city of Yichang, you board a flight to the showpiece of 21st century China, Shanghai.

Day 14   |  Shanghai  (AB, DS)

Arriving in the world’s largest city, you’ll explore Shanghai through the elegant waterfront of the Bund, the City God Temple Bazaar, and the peaceful halls of Yu Garden*. In this bustling city, the world-class shopping district of Nanjing Road completes your city tour before you retire to dinner and the soaring spectacle of the Chinese Acrobatics Show.

Day 15   |  Shanghai – Suzhou Optional Tour  (AB, DP)

Take the opportunity to explore Shanghai on your own, or join an optional tour of the gardens and canals of Suzhou. At the end of the day, you’ll gather with your fellow travelers at the Farewell Dinner Party.

Day 16   |  Shanghai – USA  (AB)

Taking in the breadth and depth of your travels, you board your return flight with rich and abundant memories. An optional trip extension is available to the storied 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