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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$ 2978 2680 P/P
6-9 persons: US$ 2543 2289 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 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

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 (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 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 - 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.
White Emperor City Wu Gorge Qutang Gorge
White Emperor City Wu Gorge Qutang Gorge
Day 12
Disembark, Yichang  Shanghai (FM9366, 1810-1955 for reference)
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 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   4354 3919   4596 4137   5456 4910
2-5 persons 2978 2680 3638 3275 3099 2789 3880 3492 3549 3194 4740 4266
6-9 persons 2543 2289 3204 2884 2664 2398 3446 3101 3114 2803 4305 3875
10 persons & above 2229 2006 2810 2529 2349 2115 3052 2747 2774 2497 3860 3475
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   4705 4235   5163 4646   6447 5802
2-5 persons 3212 2891 3989 3590 3451 3106 4447 4002 4113 3702 5731 5158
6-9 persons 2777 2500 3555 3199 3016 2715 4012 3611 3679 3311 5296 4767
10 persons & above 2418 2176 3130 2818 2649 2384 3571 3214 3209 2888 4671 4204
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   4861 4375   5415 4874   6709 6038
2-5 persons 3324 2992 4145 3731 3614 3253 4699 4229 4273 3846 5993 5394
6-9 persons 2890 2601 3711 3340 3180 2862 4265 3838 3839 3455 5558 5003
10 persons & above 2544 2290 3313 2982 2809 2528 3818 3436 3461 3115 5095 4586

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   4354 3919   4596 4137   5456 4910
2-5 persons 2978 2680 3638 3275 3099 2789 3880 3492 3549 3194 4740 4266
6-9 persons 2543 2289 3204 2884 2664 2398 3446 3101 3114 2803 4305 3875
10 persons & above 2229 2006 2810 2529 2349 2115 3052 2747 2774 2497 3860 3475
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   4705 4235   5163 4646   6447 5802
2-5 persons 3212 2891 3989 3590 3451 3106 4447 4002 4113 3702 5731 5158
6-9 persons 2777 2500 3555 3199 3016 2715 4012 3611 3679 3311 5296 4767
10 persons & above 2418 2176 3130 2818 2649 2384 3571 3214 3209 2888 4671 4204
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   4861 4375   5415 4874   6709 6038
2-5 persons 3324 2992 4145 3731 3614 3253 4699 4229 4273 3846 5993 5394
6-9 persons 2890 2601 3711 3340 3180 2862 4265 3838 3839 3455 5558 5003
10 persons & above 2544 2290 3313 2982 2809 2528 3818 3436 3461 3115 5095 4586

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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