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14 Days Adventure of Tibet and Yangtze

Destination:  

Beijing-Xian-Lhasa-Chongqing-Yangtze River Cruise-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$ 2877 2589 P/P
6-9 persons: US$ 2483 2234 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   4339 3905   4722 4250   5531 4978
2-5 persons 2877 2589 3544 3190 3081 2773 3927 3534 3493 3144 4736 4262
6-9 persons 2483 2234 3150 2835 2687 2418 3533 3180 3099 2789 4342 3908
10 persons & above 2169 1952 2760 2484 2354 2118 3103 2793 2765 2488 3910 3519
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   4581 4123   5078 4570   6545 5891
2-5 persons 3055 2749 3786 3407 3316 2985 4283 3855 4068 3661 5750 5175
6-9 persons 2661 2395 3392 3053 2922 2630 3889 3500 3674 3307 5356 4821
10 persons & above 2300 2070 2965 2669 2538 2284 3415 3073 3204 2884 4731 4258
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   4745 4271   5328 4795   6788 6109
2-5 persons 3171 2854 3950 3555 3477 3130 4533 4080 4218 3796 5993 5394
6-9 persons 2777 2499 3556 3201 3083 2775 4139 3725 3824 3441 5599 5039
10 persons & above 2425 2183 3148 2834 2708 2438 3683 3315 3436 3093 5119 4607

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   4339 3905   4722 4250   5531 4978
2-5 persons 2877 2589 3544 3190 3081 2773 3927 3534 3493 3144 4736 4262
6-9 persons 2483 2234 3150 2835 2687 2418 3533 3180 3099 2789 4342 3908
10 persons & above 2169 1952 2760 2484 2354 2118 3103 2793 2765 2488 3910 3519
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   4581 4123   5078 4570   6545 5891
2-5 persons 3055 2749 3786 3407 3316 2985 4283 3855 4068 3661 5750 5175
6-9 persons 2661 2395 3392 3053 2922 2630 3889 3500 3674 3307 5356 4821
10 persons & above 2300 2070 2965 2669 2538 2284 3415 3073 3204 2884 4731 4258
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   4745 4271   5328 4795   6788 6109
2-5 persons 3171 2854 3950 3555 3477 3130 4533 4080 4218 3796 5993 5394
6-9 persons 2777 2499 3556 3201 3083 2775 4139 3725 3824 3441 5599 5039
10 persons & above 2425 2183 3148 2834 2708 2438 3683 3315 3436 3093 5119 4607

Recommended Hotels:

City Economy Hotel ★★★ Comfortable Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
Beijing Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of HeavenRoyal Phoenix Hotel BeijingCrowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U Town
Xian Skytel Hotel XianDays Hotel & Suites Xinxing XianSofitel on Renmin Square Xian
Lhasa Lhasa Shangbala HotelLhasa Xinding HotelLhasa Hotel VIP 5 Star Building
Yangtze River CruisePresident No.1Victoria Cruises (USA)Century Legend/Paragon
Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza ShanghaiCourtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi HotelHoward Johnson Plaza Hotel

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:
1. The prices quoted here are only valid from March 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015. TCT reserves the right to adjust the prices of any portion of the tour due to the reasons beyond our control without prior notice.
2. All quotation is in US dollar (per person), and based on the exchange rate between CNY and USD in effect at the time of publishing. It is subject to change.
3. The quotation on our website is also subject to change during some Chinese festivals, Shoton Festival in Tibet (generally in mid-Aug), national holidays, fairs or events, when hotels may levy higher rates which will be advised on a case by case basis.
4. The availabilities of rooms, flights and etc. are subject to change until the actual booking is been made.
5. Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs should be subjected to reconfirm upon your arrival. We would put on your request to the Hotel.
6. ADVENTUROUS Suitable for travelers with above average levels of fitness and mobility. Prepare for some long road journeys, plenty of walking and climbing stairs, and coping with the effects of high altitude.
 
Price includes:
1. Airport/railway station welcome and private transfers between airports/railway stations, hotels and sightseeing spots. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
2. Domestic airfare of economic class or train ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary. Airport construction fee and fuel surcharge are included.
3. Accommodation (if include Yangtze cruiser) based on two adults sharing one standard twin-bed room (cabin); solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed room/cabin of their own are required to pay additional charge of single supplement rate (S.SUPP in above price table). A single room (cabin) is subject to availability based on prior request at an additional cost; if the recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted by a similar one.
4. Driver and English-speaking guide service on normal sightseeing activities noted in the itinerary.
5. All entrance fees to scenic spots as shown in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by local tour guides based on the local circumstances which are beyond the control of TopChinaTravel. TCT will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.
6. Meals as specified in the itinerary.
7. Government taxes.
8. Tibet Permit fees and all necessary governmental fees during the tour.
 
Price excludes:
1. Round way International airfare or train tickets, unless otherwise noted.
2. Visa fee, passport application or renewal fee.
3. Any Meals not specified in the itinerary.
4. Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc.
5. Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
6. Optional meals and shows mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
7. Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of TopChinaTravel and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
8. Any items not specified in the plan.

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