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16 Day Tibet & Yangtze River Escapade Experience

16 days with Pacific Delight  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 • Depart USA 
Depart USA and cross the international dateline. 
Day 2 • Arrive Shanghai 
Arrive at your Deluxe accommodations.
Day 3 • Shanghai   
At the Shanghai museum, you’ll have the opportunity to discover some of China's priceless pieces of ancient art consisting of bronze, ceramic, jade and calligraphy. On the way back, visit 50 Moganshan Road, or “M50,” a district of contemporary art with open-to-public workshops, galleries, and sidewalks full of statues and tasteful graffiti paintings; followed by a visit to Shanghai's old town, Yu Garden and the city's colonial European past at the Bund. Your tour will end at Xintiandi, “The French Concession,” where you may wish to enjoy dinner and return to your hotel by taxi on your own. (AB, L)
Day 4 • Shanghai / Yichang: Yangtze Cruise 
This morning is at leisure. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Yichang, where you will board your Victoria Cruises ship for an unforgettable cruise along the Yangtze River. (AB, D)
Day 5 • Yangtze Cruise: Xiling Gorge / San Dou Ping Excursion / Three Gorges Dam  
Today, sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest and most scenic of the gorges. Then, stop at the village of San Dou Ping for a shore excursion to one of the world’s largest dams. Consisting of five stage ship locks and the biggest hydroelectric power station in China, the Three Gorges Dam is now a major transportation hub connecting the eastern and western parts of China. Return to the ship and continue sailing upstream for the remainder of the day. You may wish to enjoy some onboard facilities or lectures. Later, sail through the Three Gorges ship locks. (AB, L, D)
Day 6 • Yangtze Cruise: Small Gorges Excursion / Wu Gorge / Qutang Gorge  
Board a riverboat through the Small Gorges along Shennong Stream with its swift-running water, unusual rock formations, hanging coffins of the Ba people, monkeys, some 124 species of bird and protected wildlife. Alternatively, your excursion may be on Goddess Stream. Later, enter Wu Gorge known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains and cliffs. Next, sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic of the gorges. (AB, L, D)
Day 7 • Yangtze Cruise: Shibaozhai  
Disembark in Shibaozhai with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze.” Depending on river conditions (if a visit to Shibaozhai is not possible), alternative shore excursion will be to Fengdu's "Ghost City" or the new resettlement town on the Yangtze’s south bank. Later, return to your ship and continue to sail upstream. (AB, L, D)
Day 8 • Yangtze Cruise: Chongqing / Lhasa  
After breakfast, disembark in Chongqing and transfer to the airport for your flight to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to adjust to the high altitude. (AB, D)
Day 9 • Lhasa  
An extraordinary day of sightseeing shows Norbulingkha, the Tibetan summer palace built by the seventh Dalai Lama in the 18th century. Next, visit the scenic Drepung Monastery, once home to 10,000 lamas, or Sera Monastery to see groups of red-robed young monks debate Buddhist doctrines in a lively, traditional style. (B, L, D)
Day 10 • Lhasa  
You'll not soon forget the spectacular architecture at the world-famous Potala Palace. Former living quarters of the Dalai Lama, its massive 1,000-room structure towers over this mountain city. Continue on to the famous Barkhor Market, where you may shop for Tibetan items. At Barkhor Square, tour one of Tibet's holiest shrines, revered 7th-century Jokhang Temple, where pilgrims come to worship before the statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha lavishly enthroned in gold. This evening, enjoy a memorable Tibetan dinner and show. (B, L, DS)
Day 11 • Lhasa / Xi'an 
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to historic Xi'an, ancient capital of China and site of many archeological treasures. Upon arrival, visit Beiyuanmen Muslim Street including the Great Mosque. The local market offers a great selection of Chinese-Muslim snacks and craftsmanship. 
This evening, perhaps, join an optional traditional performance of music and dance from the Tang Dynasty period (at extra cost). (B)
Day 12 • Xi’an  
A full day of sightseeing to the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors and the Bronze Chariot buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang for more than 2,000 years and discovered by farmers in 1974; followed by a viewing of the 360-degrees circle-vision movie. (AB, L)
Day 13 • Xi’an / Beijing 
After breakfast, fly to the capital of China, Beijing, a fascinating city rich in history and memorable UNESCO World Heritage sites. This evening, perhaps, sample one of the famous dishes of the imperial family at an optional Beijing Duck dinner (at extra cost). (AB)
Day 14 • Beijing  
This morning, see Tiananmen Square and the extravagant Ming-era Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City featuring the living quarters, museum and jewelry sections. The entire complex covers 74 hectares (183 acres) and consists of over 8,000 rooms. The exhibition halls and vaults hold some one million treasures at one of the most important museums in all of China. (AB, L)
Day 15 • Beijing  
Today, experience a highlight of your trip, as you visit the renowned Great Wall. On the way, if traffic allows, stop to photograph the iconic “Bird’s Nest”—the Beijing National Stadium—host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Then, arrive at the amazing Great Wall and walk along its ramparts as emperors once did. After lunch, visit a jade factory, where you will learn about different types of jade and its properties. Jade is well known throughout China for its durability, musical qualities, its subtle, translucent colors, and its alleged protective powers. Later, visit Summer Palace declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. You may enjoy a boat ride on the man-made Lake Kunming (weather permitting). 
This evening, perhaps, join an optional performance of the Legend of Kung Fu (at extra cost). (AB, L) 
Day 16 • Depart Beijing 
After breakfast, bid farewell to China, as you board your departing flight home/onward. (AB)
All This Included
Visit Tibet—known as the "Roof of the World"—with its mystical Potala Palace.
  • Guaranteed land/cruise with 2 passengers
  • A group of 10 or more participants will be escorted by a professional bilingual Tour Director
  • English speaking guides on all sightseeing tours including UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Onboard lectures, entertainment, Tai Chi and Chinese language lessons, Captain's cocktail party and farewell banquet
  • All meals: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 4 Intra-China flights
  • All port charges
  • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program
  • 4 nights Victoria Cruises ship (Jenna) on the Yangtze River: Superior Stateroom with private balcony and “Boutique Lifestyle Service”
  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea service
  • Welcome fruit basket
  • Selection of two dining rooms
  • Diet soda included for lunch and dinner
  • Wine and beer offerings at dinner
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Daily printed itinerary
  • Private shore excursions with 6 or more passengers in a particular group
  • Executive Lounge
  • Hot & cold soft drinks available daily
  • Afternoon “Happy Hour”
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and internet service
  • Deluxe hotels: 2 nights Shanghai: Regal International East Asia • 3 nights Lhasa: Xin Ding • 2 nights Xi'an: Grand Dynasty Culture • 3 nights Beijing: Capital
Accommodations on this Tour
Shanghai: Regal International East Asia
Cruising: Cabin onboarVictoria Jenna
Lhasa: Xin Ding
Xi'an: Grand Dynasty Culture
Beijing: Capital
  • Preferred accommodations subject to change to similar class accommodations.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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