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14 Days Adventure of Tibet and Yangtze

Destination:  

Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Yangtze River Cruise (Chongqing-Yichang), Shanghai

Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: TCT-Yangtze-06
Tour Ratings: Comfort    Culture    Natural Scenery
Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.
Price from
2-5 persons: US$ 2990 2691 P/P
6-9 persons: US$ 2560 2305 P/P
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Beijing-Xian-Lhasa-Yangtze River-Shanghai Tour

  • Beijing-Xian-Lhasa-Yangtze River-Shanghai Tour

    Beijing-Xian-Lhasa-Yangtze River-Shanghai Tour

  • Beijing Great Wall

    Beijing Great Wall

  • Beijing Hutong

    Beijing Hutong

  • Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  • Lhasa Barkhor Street

    Lhasa Barkhor Street

  • Lhasa Jokang Monastery

    Lhasa Jokang Monastery

  • Lhasa Potala Palace

    Lhasa Potala Palace

  • Yangtze Qutang Gorge

    Yangtze Qutang Gorge

  • Yangtze Xiling Gorge

    Yangtze Xiling Gorge

  • Shanghai the Bund

    Shanghai the Bund

  • Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

    Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

  • Our Clients in Shanghai

    Our Clients in Shanghai

Summary: Tired of those regular itineraries? Come and join us now! Even before you reach the mighty Yangtze, you will already feel high enjoying the ancient Tibetan spirituality and magnificent plateau landscapes. In this trip, the cruise of Yangtze is the most classic 4-day one from Chongqing to Yichang by the cozy floating hotel, which will offer you a great sailing. The departure city is Shanghai with the spirit of the colonial past and current trends in art, design and culture.

Tour Overview

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Beijing Be transferred to the the hotel
02 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
03 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park (Bird Nest and Water Cube)
04 Beijing - Xian Hutong Tour by rickshaw, Summer Palace, Flight to Xian
05 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall
06 Xian - Lhasa Flight to Lhasa
07 Lhasa Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Street
08 Lhasa Drepung Monastery, Norblingka Park, Sera Monastery
09 Lhasa - Chongqing, Embark Flight to Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise
10 Yangtze River Cruise Fengdu or Wanzhou, Shibaozhai at own expense
11 Yangtze River Cruise White Emperor City at own expense, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Shennv Stream
12 Disembark, Yichang - Shanghai Three Gorges Dam, Disembark Yichang, Flight to Shanghai
13 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road, the Bund
14 Departure Shanghai Be transferred to the airport

Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be met at the airport (Beijing Capital International Airport) by tour guide and transferred to your comfortable hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In Beijing
Beijing City View Beijing Capital City Travel to Beijing
Beijing City View Beijing Capital Airport Our Clients in Beijing
Day 2
Beijing
Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tiananmen Square (40min) - the World's largest urban square, and the Forbidden City (2.5 - 3 hours) - the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven (1 hour) in the afternoon. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Opera 1.5 hours (daily 19:30)
Tips: About Forbidden City sightseeing information can be found in Forbidden City Tour Tips
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven
Day 3
Beijing
After breakfast, start to drive to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall (2 hours) - the section of the Great Wall which is more popular among foreign visitors. Have the lunch near the Mutianyu Great Wall, and then drive back to the downtown and have a short visit to see the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube (about 1 hour) - the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Roasted Duck around 1 hour
► Tips:
1) Click What to pack for Great Wall Trips to find some tips when climbing the Great Wall of China
2) If you would like to have a tighter itinerary in this day,
Xiushui Street (generally 1.5-2 hours) - known as the Leading Foreign Trade Market.
Mutianyu Great Wall Bird Nest Peking Roast Duck
Mutianyu Great Wall Bird Nest Peking Roast Duck
Day 4
Beijing Xian
After breakfast, drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw (Short route, 40 min) - the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle. And then, a visit to the Summer Palace (about 1.5 hour ) - the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. After you lunchi in Beijing, be transferred to the airport for the 2 hours flight to Xian. Your Xi'an tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian
► Tips:
1) About Beijing Hutong sightseeing details can be found on
Beijing Hutong Tour Tips
2) An alternative transporting method is the high speed train. Detailed information can be found in Beijing-Xian High-speed Train page.
Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour Summer Palace Xian City View
Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour Summer Palace Xian City View
Day 5
Xian
Ample time will be provided for visits to Terracotta Warriors (2.5 - 3 hours) - one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. After lunch near the Terracotta Warriors area, drive back to the downtown for a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda (1 hour) - the site of the old Han and Tang capital Chang'an. After that, continue to visit the Xian City Wall (1 hour) - represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian
Optional Night Activities: Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner 3.5 hours (daily 18:00 - 20:30 for dinner, 20:30 – 21:35 for Tang Dynasty Show)
► Tips: You can have a general idea after you read What is Terracotta Warriors page 
Terracotta Warriors Small Wild Goose Pagoda Tang Dynasty Show
Terracotta Warriors Small Wild Goose Pagoda Tang Dynasty Show
Day 6
Xian Lhasa (3600m)
After breakfast, you will be then transferred to the airport to board a 3 hours flight to Lhasa, capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Your Lhasa tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Lhasa
► Tips: Best Time to Visit Tibet
Lhasa Gonggar Airport Lhasa City View Travel to Tibet
Lhasa Gonggar Airport Lhasa City View Our Clients in Tibet
Day 7
Lhasa
Taking a visit to Lhasa, a trip to Potala Palace (1 hours) - largest monastery of its type in the world and official home to Dalai Lama. When finished lunch, move to Jokhang Monastery (1 hour) - where monks receive their official training and education. The surrounding Jokang Monastery of is Barkhor Street (1 hour) - afford us a window into Tibetan culture and an opportunity to buy colorful ethnic handicrafts rarely seen outside of Tibet. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Lhasa
► Tips:
1) Click
Potala Palace Tour Tips for more inforamtion
2) Click 
How to visit Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Street for more information
Potala Palace Johkang Monastery Barkhor Street
Potala Palace Johkang Monastery Barkhor Street
Day 8
Lhasa
After breakfast, enjoy your one day city tour today that starts with a visit to Drepung Monastery (1.5 hours) - one of the three great monasteries in Tibet. Drive back to the downtown and have the lunch, then continue your tour to Norbulingka Park (1 hour) - a traditional summer palace and residence starting with the 7th Dalai Lama. After that, pay a visit to Sera Monastery (1.5 hours) - .to see a monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Lhasa
Drepung Monastery Norbulingka Park Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery Norbulingka Park Sera Monastery
Day 9
Lhasa Chongqing, Embark
After breakfast in Lhasa be transferred to airport and take a 2 hours flight to Chongqing - so called ‘Mountain City’. Your Chongqing tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the wharf and start point of the Yangtze River Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: On Yangtze cruise boat

Details in the itinerary:
► The embark time of Yangtze River Cruise is 19:00. And the depart time of the cruise is 21:00.
► If you have enough free time in Chongqing before embark, you can have a try of Chongqing Hot Pot 
Chongqing Airport Chongqing City View Yangtze River Cruise Ship
Chongqing Airport Chongqing City View Yangtze River Cruise Ship
Day 10
Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy your Yangtze cruise! Around 8:00, you will have a short visit to Fengdu (or Wanzhou according to the river condition, 2.5 - 3 hours) - known as the 'Ghost City' to most Chinese people. Around 16:00, there is an excursion to Shibaozhai (around 1 - 2 hours, at your own expense) - a wooden architecture stands on the riverside. .
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On Yangtze cruise boat

Details in the itinerary:
► A general cruising time of this day (based on Victoria Cruise itinerary)
   07:00 breakfast08:00 Fengdu Ghost City (or Wanzhou) visiting (2.5 - 3 hours)
   11:30 back to the ship12:00 lunch time
   16:00 optional excursion to Shibaozhai (around 1 - 2 hours)
   18:00 back to the ship and join the welcome banquet and Capitan’s party
Fengdu Ghost City Shibaozhai Room of Yangtze Cruise Ship
Fengdu Ghost City Shibaozhai Room of Yangtze River Cruise
Day 11
Yangtze River Cruise
Today, an optional excursion around 07:30 will be the White Emperor City (2 hours, at your own expense) - a place offers a view looking toward the Qutang Gorge is depicted on the back of the Chinese 10-yuan bill. Back to the ship and then pass through Three Gorges that namely Qutang Gorge (near 10:00) - considered the most dramatic by many visitors, Wu Gorge (near 11:30) - known for its deep valleys and forest covered mountains., and then after lunch, you will have a excursion to Shennv Stream around 12:30.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On Yangtze cruise boat

Details in the itinerary:
► A general cruising time of this day (based on Victoria Cruise itinerary)
   06:30 breakfast07:30 optional excursion the White Emperor City (2 hours)
   10:00 back to the ship, pass through the Qutang Gorge and appreciating the magnificent scenery of Kuimen
   11:30 pass through Wu Gorge, lunch time
   12:30 change into a small-size sightseeing boat to visit Shennv Stream
   17:30 back to the ship and pass through Xiling Gorge
   19:00 dinner time
   23:00 pass through the ship lock of Three Gorges Dam
► Excursion trip to White Emperor City, you would take the coach directly to Baidi Temple in 20 minutes’ drive. You will have two hours for your White Emperor City visit to appreciate the rich historic story and mysterious land.
White Emperor City Wu Gorge Qutang Gorge
White Emperor City Wu Gorge Qutang Gorge
Day 12
Disembark, Yichang  Shanghai
Today around 07:30, you will firstly visit the Three Gorge Dam (2.5 - 3 hours) - planned to be by far the largest hydroelectric project in the world. After the visiting and lunch time, disembark at Yichang around 13:30. Your tour guide will wait for you at the wharf and help you to be transferred to the airport for your 2 hours’ flight to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai
Optional Night Activities: No

Details in the itinerary:
► A general cruising time of this day (based on Victoria Cruise itinerary)
   07:00 breakfast
   07:30 visiting Three Gorges Dam (2.5 - 3 hours)
   10:00 back to the ship
   13:30 after lunch time and disembark
► Yichang wharf - Yichang airport: 37km, 50 min driving
   Shanghai Pudong airport - Shanghai downtown: 50km, 1.5 hours driving
   Shanghai Hongqiao airport - Shanghai downtown: 15km, 30min driving
Three Gorges Dam Yichang City View Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Three Gorges Dam Yichang City View Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Day 13
Shanghai
A full day sightseeing starts with Jade Buddha Temple (1 hour) - famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg. And then, go to Yuyuan Garden (1 hour) - a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit the nearby Chenghuangmiao (Old Street)(1 hour). After lunch time, you will have an exterior tour of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (30 min) - the most charming landmark of Shanghai. And then, go for shopping in Nanjing Road (1 hours generally) - the earliest commercial street in Shanghai, and have a leisure walk along the Bund (30 min) - famous as a group of building known as "a Gallery of world architecture". After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai
Optional Night Activities: Acrobatic Show about 2 hours (daily 19:30)
Tips: Traditional Dim-sum Banquet in Yuyuan Garden Yuyuan Garden is recommended as today’s lunch choice. 
Jade Buddha Temple Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai Acrobatics Show
Jade Buddha Temple Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai Acrobatics Show
Day 14
Departure Shanghai
Free at leisure until be transferred to the airport for the return flight.
Meals: Breakfast
►Tips: Besides coach transfer, we also can arrange meglev transfer service between Shanghai downtown and Shanghai Pudong Airport. 
Service Ends

Note:
Visiting time, transporting time, and duration of shows and meals in the itinerary are suggested and will be subject to change particular situations.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):

  • JAN, FEB, DEC
  • MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG
  • APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4368 3932   4614 4153   5488 4939
2-5 persons 2990 2691 3661 3295 3113 2802 3907 3516 3570 3213 4781 4303
6-9 persons 2560 2305 3232 2909 2683 2415 3478 3130 3141 2827 4351 3916
10 persons & above 2243 2019 2834 2550 2366 2129 3079 2771 2797 2518 3901 3511
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4725 4253   5190 4671   6495 5846
2-5 persons 3228 2905 4018 3616 3471 3124 4483 4035 4144 3730 5788 5209
6-9 persons 2798 2519 3588 3230 3041 2737 4053 3648 3714 3343 5359 4823
10 persons & above 2435 2192 3159 2844 2670 2403 3608 3247 3239 2915 4725 4253
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4884 4395   5446 4902   6761 6085
2-5 persons 3342 3008 4177 3759 3636 3273 4739 4266 4307 3876 6054 5449
6-9 persons 2913 2621 3747 3373 3207 2886 4310 3879 3877 3490 5625 5062
10 persons & above 2563 2307 3345 3011 2833 2550 3858 3473 3495 3146 5157 4641

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):

  • JAN, FEB, DEC
  • MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG
  • APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4368 3932   4614 4153   5488 4939
2-5 persons 2990 2691 3661 3295 3113 2802 3907 3516 3570 3213 4781 4303
6-9 persons 2560 2305 3232 2909 2683 2415 3478 3130 3141 2827 4351 3916
10 persons & above 2243 2019 2834 2550 2366 2129 3079 2771 2797 2518 3901 3511
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4725 4253   5190 4671   6495 5846
2-5 persons 3228 2905 4018 3616 3471 3124 4483 4035 4144 3730 5788 5209
6-9 persons 2798 2519 3588 3230 3041 2737 4053 3648 3714 3343 5359 4823
10 persons & above 2435 2192 3159 2844 2670 2403 3608 3247 3239 2915 4725 4253
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   4884 4395   5446 4902   6761 6085
2-5 persons 3342 3008 4177 3759 3636 3273 4739 4266 4307 3876 6054 5449
6-9 persons 2913 2621 3747 3373 3207 2886 4310 3879 3877 3490 5625 5062
10 persons & above 2563 2307 3345 3011 2833 2550 3858 3473 3495 3146 5157 4641

Recommended Hotels:

City Economy Hotel ★★★ Comfortable Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
BeijingHoliday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven
Add: No.36 Nanwei Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China
Royal Phoenix Hotel Beijing
Add: No 17 Qianliang Lane, Dongchenng Dist, Beijing, China 100006
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U Town
Add: 3 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
XianSkytel Hotel Xian
Add: No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an
Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing Xian
Add: No.189 Jinhua North Road, Xi’an
Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian
Add: 319 Dongxin Street, Xian, China, 710004
LhasaLhasa Kechu Hotel
Add: 149, Beijing East Road, Lhasa
Lhasa Xinding Hotel
Add: 12 Central Avenue, Lhasa
St. Regis Lhasa Resort
Add: 22, Jiangsu Road, Lhasa
Yangtze River CruisePresident No.1Victoria Cruises (USA)Century Legend/Paragon
ShanghaiKingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai
Add: 126 Xinzha Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi Hotel
Add: No.338 Hengfeng Road, Shanghai
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Add: No. 88, Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Optional Local Specialties & Night Shows:

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckSee the Peking Opera
Xian Dumpling BanquetTang Dynasty Show with Dinner
Shanghai Tea CeremonyAcrobatics Show

Remarks:
Validity: Quotations above are valid between Mar 1, 2015 to Mar 1, 2016. Except for periods of Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
Exchange Rate: TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by the exchange rate
Guide Service: No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise.
Hotels Change: Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
High Altitude Sickness: TCT has no responsibility for accidents caused by high altitude in Tibet or similar region during the tour.
Specific Requests: requirements of adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary should inform us in advance.
TCT Right to Interpret: TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control


Price includes:
Vehicle: Private vehicle transfer in the itinerary
Flights Tickets: Domestic flights of economic class in the itinerary.
Train Tickets: Domestic train tickets in the itinerary.
Accommodation: Two adults sharing one standard twin-bed room (or cabin on Yangtze cruise ship) listed in the itinerary.
*Solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed room/cabin of their own, single supplement rate (Sole Occupancy in above price table) is needed.
Driver & Guide: Licensed driver and English-speaking guide service based on the itinerary
Entrance fee: All entrance fees to scenic spots as shown in the itinerary
Dining: Meals as specified in the itinerary
Taxes: Airport taxes and fuel fees, Government taxes, etc.
Tibet Travel Permit: Tibet Permit fees and all necessary governmental fees
Travel insurance: China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance, see insurance terms & conditions


Price excludes:
1. Round way International airfare or train tickets
2. Visa fee
3. Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc.
4. Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
5. Optional scenic spots, meals and shows in the itinerary
6. Any other changes caused by force majeure incidents or accidents beyond the control of TopChinaTravel
7. Any items not specified in the plan.

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