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China & Tibet Discovery

16 days with Wendy Wu Tours  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
Days 1 - 2: Fly to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, China's capital city.
Day 3: Forbidden City
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. We also visit the unique Temple of Heaven, where you can watch, or participate in, a local dance class. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.
Day 4: Great Wall & Summer Palace
Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance whilst admiring the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China's most iconic attraction, which stretches over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Visit the Jade Museum then savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture.
Day 5: Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital. Visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 6: Terracotta Warriors
Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century the Terracotta Warriors. The figures were created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shi Huang into the afterlife. We also walk along the Ancient City Walls and enjoy panoramic views over the old city.
Day 7: Fly to Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet. The afternoon is at leisure to help acclimatise to the altitude.
Day 8: Jokhang Temple & Bazaar
Sightseeing today includes a stroll around the Barkhor circuit where traditional dress, market stalls selling religious trinkets and the sound of chanted prayers create the atmosphere of a medieval carnival. We also visit the 7th century Jokhang Temple, which is the most sacred in Tibet and the Sera Monastery, which has about 600 monks in residence.
Day 9: Potala Palace and Norbulingka
Explore the crown jewel of Tibet the Potala Palace. The palace is an architectural wonder that towers over the city with thousands of rooms filled with treasures such as intricate shrines and beautiful frescoes. We also visit Norbulingka; the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, containing several palaces and chapels; and a local Tibetan carpet workshop. Enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner and dance performance in the evening.
Day 10: Fly to Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province where, after a tour of Jinli Street, there will be a delicious Sichuan meal to savour.
Day 11: Panda Conservation Centre
Visit the famous Panda Reserve to see these charismatic animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. Travel to Chongqing to board your Yangtze River cruise for the next three nights.
Days 12-13: Yangtze River Cruise
Over the next two days, we will take a side trip to the striking Goddess Stream or the Shennong Stream. We also enjoy various shore excursions along the way.
Day 14: Fly to Shanghai
After visiting the site of the Three Gorges Dam you will disembark your cruise in Yichang. Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the Paris of the East.
Day 15: Discover Shanghai
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face, before having a dinner of traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Day 16: Depart Shanghai
Fly home, arriving there the same or following day.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City
  • Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
  • Explore the rooms of the colossal Potala Palace and discover Tibet's epic history
  • Visit the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu
  • Take a 3-night voyage on the mighty Yangtze for a glimpse of China past and present
  • Marvel at the sparkling city of Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise
All This Included
Journey to the roof of the world to uncover the mysteries of Tibet in the incredible city of Lhasa whilst enjoying the very best cultural, historical and natural treasures that China has to offer – from the Great Wall and Terracotta Army to the Yangtze River.
  • Domestic transportation
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Visa fees for US and Canadian passport holders
  • Tibet permit conditions are subject to change
Accommodations on this Tour
Beijing: Jiangxi Grand Hotel
Xian: Ramada Plaza Xian South
Lhasa: Gang Gyan Hotel 
Chengdu: Jin-Tone Hotel
Cruising: Cabin onboard a Yangtze river cruise ship
Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong Hotel
  • This tour reaches a maximum altitude of 12,000 ft in Lhasa.
  • Tipping payable locally RMB 770. 
  • Order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.
  • Yangtze River Cruise itineraries, sightseeing and excursions are subject to change due to water levels, river conditions and cruise line. Alternate excursions may be substituted at the discretion of the cruise company and cannot be guaranteed.
  • 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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