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China & Spiritual Tibet Premier

18 days with Wendy Wu Tours  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Beijing. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel. (D)
Day 3 Explore Imperial Beijing
Begin the day like many locals with gentle exercise, as you partake in a private tai chi lesson with a master in the Temple of Heaven park. Cross vast Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City – a monument to a dynastic past. Your visit
includes entrance to the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering showcase of royal life. Dine on Peking duck at the excellent Quanjude restaurant and enjoy an optional Kung Fu show. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Champagne on the Great Wall
From the Gobi Desert to the Bohai Sea, the Great Wall stretches thousands of miles. Ride the cable car up to the beautiful Mutianyu section, stopping at the ideal spot to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the views of the Wall as it snakes over craggy peaks. Return to Beijing via the Jade Museum, then take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs where you’ll stop for a lesson in calligraphy with a learned scholar. Enjoy a free evening at lively Houhai Lake. (B,L)
Day 5 Xian's Ancient City Walls
Fly to Xian. Walk on the 14thcentury walls for an excellent overview of the city. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure whilst this evening you have the option to watch a Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)
Day 6 Terracotta Warriors
View the enigmatic ranks of the Terracotta Warriors in the company of an expert who works at the site and who will put
their story into context. Next we have exclusively arranged for you to meet the discoverer of the Warriors – learn about the
moment they were uncovered by talking to one of the farmers who stumbled upon them in 1974. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition before returning to the city. Later study with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these cultural delicacies, before an option to take a city night tour which includes the dazzling fountain display in front of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Fly to Tibet
Transfer to the airport and fly to Tibet’s capital city, Lhasa. This mystical city still manages to feel a million miles from the
modern world, set on a plateau with views of snow-capped mountains. Spend the rest of the day acclimatising. (B)
Day 8 Sera Monastery
Today we will visit one of Lhasa’s ‘great three’ monasteries. Travel on to Sera Monastery, stopping en route to admire the exquisite artistry of Tibetan ‘thangkas’ at a workshop. Sera is famous for its debating monks – witness them in action in the debating courtyard. This evening is at leisure. (B,L)
Day 9 Potala Palace
he Potala Palace was built as a palace for the Dalai Lamas in 1645 – wander through the series of chapels, stupas and
prayer halls and feel the palpable devotion of the pilgrims who’ll join you. Follow the Barkhor circuit around the ancient Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s most sacred, before entering the yak butter-candle lit interior which has changed little in a thousand years. Later, learn how to create the traditional Tibetan delicacy ‘momos’ before dinner at the Snowland restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Yamdrok Lake
Take a day trip out of the city to the sacred Yamdrok Lake. A breathtakingly spectacular sight, the lake's bright blue waters are backed by the distant, snowcapped peaks of the Himalayan range. On return to Lhasa, pay a visit to a local family to learn more about the daily life, culture and heritage of the Tibetan people. (B,L)
Day 11 Fly to Chengdu
Transfer to the airport and fly to Chengdu. This afternoon is at leisure. (B,L)
Day 12 Pandas with an expert
Visit Chengdu’s Panda Centre where an expert will talk to you about the centre’s work and the pandas themselves as you observe these peaceful bears. Stroll through the vibrant People’s Park, one of the city’s social hubs. Visit Matchmaker's Corner to see parents searching through reams of notices for worthy suitors for their sons and daughters before sipping tea in a traditional tea house. Enjoy a hot pot dinner before taking the option to puzzle over a national secret at the Sichuan Opera – the face-changing art of Bian Lian. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Cruise the Yangtze River
Transfer to Chongqing and make a relaxed exploration of Cikiqou, a historic district full of traditional architecture with time for your own leisurely lunch. Board your Century cruise ship. (B,D)
Day 14 Captain's Welcome
The Yangtze has played a pivotal role in the history, culture and economy of China – this voyage is the perfect way to get an insight into its importance. The first excursion will be to Shibaozhai, a hilltop pagoda beside the river. This evening the captain will host a welcome reception before a lavish dinner is served. (B,L,D)
Day 15 Dramatic Three Gorges
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through the Wu and Qutang gorges before heading up the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to explore further. (B,L,D)
Day 16 Three Gorges Dam Project
The Three Gorges Dam is a massive feat of engineering that saw the century-old dreams of Chinese luminaries come to fruition. Created to harness the power of the Yangtze, it is difficult to not be awestruck as you stand on the viewing platform. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam exhibition centre. Disembark and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)
Day 17 Stylish Shanghai
Walk in the Yu Garden, a classic example of traditional Chinese horticulture. Visit the colonial Bund, the Silk Museum and further explore the Old Town, before admiring the collections of the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Shunfeng and toast the end of the tour with a cocktail at Cloud 9 in Jin Mao Tower with views of the Pudong skyline. (B,L,D)
Day 18 Depart Shanghai
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home, arriving the same or following day. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
  • Discover the peaceful Temple of Heaven and its surrounding local park
  • Walk along the mighty Great Wall of China, one of China's top highlights
  • Explore the many rooms of the famous Potala Palace
  • Relax in the tranquil setting of the Yu Gardens in Shanghai
  • Delve into the ancient wonders of the ancient capital, Xian
All This Included
Experience the inherent spirituality and natural grandeur of Tibet alongside China’s most renowned and awe-inspiring sights on an itinerary that perfectly blends unique culture, majestic landscapes and modern wonders.
  • Domestic transportation
  • 5* accommodation
  • Meals as stated
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Visa fees for US and Canadian passport holders
Accommodations on this Tour
Beijing: Regent Beijing Wangfujing
Xian: Xian Shangri-La Hotel
Guilin: Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Yangshuo: Yangshuo Resort
Cruising: Cabin onboard President No. 8 Cruise Vessel
Shanghai: Shanghai Grand Central Hotel
  • Order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.
  • To fully participate in this tour, you must be able to walk, sometimes for long distances and sometimes over uneven surfaces without assistance; complete some long days of touring with minimal breaks; climb steps sometimes without handrails; step on/off coaches without assistance; dis/embark between moving pontoons, docks and boats, sometimes without handrails or assistance.
  • 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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