14 Days Adventure of Tibet and Yangtze

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

Tour Code: TCT-Yangtze-06

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

Price from $ 2547 2292

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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.

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 at own expense, Shibaozhai
11 Yangtze River Cruise White Emperor City at own expense, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Goddess Stream
12 Disembark, Yichang - Shanghai Three Gorges Dam, Disembark Yichang, Three Visitors Cave, 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

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No Meals
Accommodation: In Beijing


Beijing City View
 


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


Forbidden City
 


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
 


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


Hutong
 


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
 


Day 6 Xian Lhasa

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
 

Lhasa City View
 


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
 


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
 


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

Tips 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


Yangtze River Cruise 


Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy your Yangtze cruise! Around 8:00, you will have a short visit to Fengdu (2.5 - 3 hours, at your own expense) - known as the 'Ghost City' to most Chinese people. Around 16:00, there is an excursion to Shibaozhai (around 1 - 2 hours) - 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 - 08:30 Breakfast (Buffet)
09:00 - 11:30 Optional Shore excursion - Fengdu (at your own expense)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch (Buffet)
16:00 - 18:00 Shore excursion - Shibaozhai
18:15 - 19:00 Captain's Welcome Reception
19:00 - 20:30 Dinner (Buffet)


Fengdu "Ghost City"
 


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 - considered the most dramatic by many visitors, Wu Gorge - known for its deep valleys and forest covered mountains., and then after lunch, you will have a excursion to Goddess Stream (4.5 - 5 hours).

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 - 08:30 Breakfast (Buffet)
07:30 - 10:15 Optional Shore excursion - White Emperor City (at your own expense)
10:45 (Est.) Sailing through Qutang Gorge
12:45 (Est.) Scenic cruising - Wu Gorge
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (Buffet)
15:15 - 18:15 Shore excursion - Goddess Stream
19:00 - 20:30 Captain's Farewell Banquet
22:00 (Est.) Sails through the Three Gorge Dam ship-locks
► 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.


Wu 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 12:30. Your tour guide will wait for you at the wharf. In Yichang, you will firstly visit Three Visitors Cave in Yichang. After that, 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

Details in the itinerary:
► A general cruising time of this day (based on Victoria Cruise itinerary)
06:30 - 07:45 Breakfast (Buffet)
07:45 - 10:45 Shore excursion - Three Gorges Dam Site
11:15 (Est.) Scenic cruising - Xiling Gorge
12:30 (Est.) Disembarkation in Yichang


Three Gorge Dam
 


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 is recommended as today’s lunch choice.


The Bund
 


Day 14 Departure Shanghai

The vacation is over all too soon as you're transferred to the airport to board the homebound flight, bidding a fond farewell to China, and we know you'll be back.
 
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. 

Prices (per person in US$)

January, February, December
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   4311 3880   4607 4147   5525 4973
2-5 persons 2952 2657 3635 3271 3105 2795 3931 3538 3578 3220 4849 4364
6-9 persons 2547 2292 3230 2907 2700 2430 3526 3174 3173 2855 4444 4000
≥10 persons 2222 2000 2814 2532 2419 2177 3197 2878 2850 2565 4033 3629
March, June, July, August
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   4607 4147   5010 4509   6130 5517
2-5 persons 3175 2857 3931 3538 3382 3044 4334 3900 3958 3562 5453 4908
6-9 persons 2770 2493 3526 3174 2977 2680 3929 3536 3553 3198 5048 4544
≥10 persons 2392 2153 3074 2767 2637 2373 3552 3197 3131 2818 4518 4066
April, May, September, October, November
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   4717 4245   5351 4816   6554 5898
2-5 persons 3264 2938 4040 3636 3594 3234 4674 4207 4205 3784 5877 5290
6-9 persons 2859 2573 3635 3272 3189 2870 4269 3843 3800 3420 5472 4925
≥10 persons 2487 2239 3195 2876 2842 2558 3881 3493 3398 3058 4972 4475


Price includes:
★ Private transfer between airport(railway station), hotel and attractions
English speaking guide service
★ Domestic airfare or train fare based on economy class
 Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
 Entrance fee to attractions listed in the itinerary
 Meals as itinerary specifies
Tibet permit
 China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance,  Insurance Terms & Conditions

 
Price excludes:
 International airfare
 Visa fee
 Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc. 
 Personal expenses
Optional tours, meals, activities and services

Remarks:
★ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2016 to Feb 28, 2017, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
★ TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
★ No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise.
 Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
★ Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
 TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

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
Beijing Hejing Fu Hotel
Add: 7 Zhangzizhong Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Add: 57 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng 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
LhasaYak Hotel
Add: 100 Beijing East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa
Lhasa Xinding Hotel
Add: 12 Central Avenue, Lhasa
Lhasa Hotel Guibinlou
Add: 1 Minzu Middle Road, Lhasa
Yangtze River CruisePresident No.1Victoria Cruises (USA)Century Legend/Paragon
ShanghaiHoliday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai
Add:843 Guang Fu Xi Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
Central Hotel Shanghai
Add:555 jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Add: No. 88, Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

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