China, Tibet and The Yangtze 2014

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Great Wall of ChinaThe Potala Palace in Lhasa, ChinaShanghai, ChinaGiant PandasYangtze River, China
Great Wall of China
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, China
Shanghai, China
Giant Pandas
Yangtze River, China
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Asia 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Explore the sacred and regal historical sites of Beijing. Walk the famous Great Wall of China and discover the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an before heading to Tibet. Take a trip with a Local Expert to visit the holy gold-domed Jokhang Temple and the one-time residence of the Dalai Lama. Sail along the magnificent Yangtze River, ready to experience the lively streets of modern Shanghai. Why not extend your trip with a few days in Hong Kong? See our extensions page for options.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Depart from your home gateway city, bound for Beijing.

  • Day 2


    Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, your Travel Director will escort you to your luxurious hotel and will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions you may have about the exciting days ahead.

    Hotel: Ritz Carton (D)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Begin your visit to one of the world's great capital cities with a Local Expert with an exploration of the world's largest public area - Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the great Monument to the Peoples' Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which was the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years. Later, embark on a unique tour by rickshaw through the Hutongs, the historic neighbourhoods of Old Beijing. Stop outside a traditional courtyard home where you join a local family for a Be My Guest lunch featuring traditional Chinese cuisine. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Welcome Reception dinner with wine - a must during any visit to Beijing.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining / Welcome Reception)

  • Day 4


    Travel outside the city with a Local Expert and look down upon the Chinese countryside from your perch on top of the Great Wall, which is actually a collection of fortifications built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century to repulse nomadic invaders like the Mongols. This evening back in Beijing, attend a lively show of acrobatics, kung fu and dance at the Red Theatre.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

  • Day 5


    With a Local Expert, visit the Temple of Heaven (or Altar of Heaven), is a UNESCO-designated site, completed in the 15th century, that symbolised the relationship between heaven and earth - and the emperor's place within that cosmography. A masterpiece of architectural and landscape design, it influenced architecture throughout China for centuries. Visit the Beijing Zoo to see the giant Pandas. This afternoon, bid farewell to Beijing and fly to the city of Xi'an. Arrive at your hotel and get settled in before enjoying a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant featuring traditional dumplings.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Highlight Dinner)

    Hotel: Hilton (D)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    One of the most astonishing archaeological finds of the last century, the life-size Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, were made nearly 2,500 years ago to guard the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. With a Local Expert, visit the museum where some of these 8,000 figures are exhibited, then see the ancient city wall built to protect Xi'an from invaders during a tumultuous era in China's history. Enjoy a Highlight Lunch with a noodle-making demonstration. This evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance featuring music, dance, and traditional costumes with a special backstage visit.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 7


    Bid farewell to Xi'an this morning and fly to Lhasa, the ancient, sky-high cultural and religious centre of Tibet. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel with your Local Expert before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    With a Local Expert, see the holiest site in Tibet - the gold-domed Jokhang Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the most revered icon of Tibetan Buddhism, a seventh-century statue of Buddha. Tour the rich collection of prehistoric artifacts, some of which date back 50,000 years, at the Tibet Museum. Visit a Lhasa family's home for a glimpse of ordinary life, a Local Speciality. Savour a Highlight Dinner accompanied by a traditional folk show.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 9


    Visit the one-time residence of the Dalai Lama and seat of Tibetan government, the exceptionally well-preserved, vast UNESCO-designated Potala Palace with a Local Expert. Wander through its chapels as pilgrims make offerings at thousand-year-old altars and admire the religious paintings called thangkas, which are a unique Tibetan art form. From here, you'll head off to see Sera Monastery's colourful murals and mandalas.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Fly from the Tibetan plateau to riverside Chongqing and head to the dock to board your brand new luxurious ship.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Century Legend

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Mist-shrouded peaks loom above the winding Yangtze for miles as you cruise through the Three Gorges region. Your ship will stop at the Shibao Pagoda, a 12-story red temple built into the side of a hill that is now surrounded by water. Explore the site with a Local Expert. This evening, enjoy a special Captain’s Welcome Reception before indulging in dinner on board.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Welcome Reception / Dinner)

  • Day 12


    You'll get a close-up view of the beautiful landscape as you board a small boat with a Local Expert and cruise along a tributary to the Yangtze, the extraordinarily beautiful Shennong Stream. Later in the day, your ship will navigate the enormous Three Gorges Dam locks. This evening back on board, celebrate your journey at a Captain's Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 13


    Disembark this morning, but before you leave Yichang, tour the world's largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam, which supplies power to millions of people, with a Local Expert. Following your visit, fly to the vibrant city of Shanghai. Upon arrival, settle into your lovely room and relax over dinner.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Hotel: Pudong Shangri-La Hotel (D)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Shanghai, located at the mouth of the Yangtze, has been a trading centre for 400 years. Today, it's an economic dynamo with one of the busiest ports in the world. With a Local Expert, stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's famed waterfront promenade, with its historic buildings and spectacular view of the high-rises that typify China's largest city. Savour a Dim Sum Highlight Lunch before taking some time to browse through the shops in the district. In the evening, prepare to be dazzled by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

  • Day 15


    Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or why not extend your trip with a few days in Hong Kong? See our extensions page for options

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family in Beijing for a delicious lunch featuring local cuisine.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Enjoy the company of a Local Expert throughout your itinerary.
  • Local Speciality Visit a Lhasa family's home for a glimpse of ordinary life.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • BeijingVisit Tiananmen Square; tour the Forbidden City; walk the Great Wall, visit the Temple of Heaven and the giant pandas at Beijing Zoo; experience an evening of kung fu at the Red Theatre, explore the Hutongs by rickshaw.
  • Xi'anExplore the excavations of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses; visit the City Wall.
  • LhasaVisit the Jokhang Temple; stop at the Tibet Museum; explore the UNESCO-designated Potala Palace, visit the Sera Monastery.
  • Yangtze RiverVisit the Shibao pagoda, Shibaozhai; sail along the river through the Three Gorges; voyage down the Lesser Gorges in a riverboat; visit the Three Gorges Dam; cruise along the gorgeous Shennong Stream.
  • ShanghaiStroll along the Bund; enjoy a performance by the Shanghai Acrobats.


  • 13 buffet breakfasts
  • 10 lunches:
    • Be My Guest Hutong family lunch in Beijing.
    • Enjoy a Highlight Lunch with  a noodle making demonstration in Xi'an.
    • Traditional Dim Sum Highlight Lunch in Shanghai.
    • 2 lunches on board the Century Legend.
    • 5 lunches.
  • 12 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception Peking Duck dinner with complimentary wine in Beijing.
    • Traditional dumpling Highlight Dinner in Xi'an.
    • Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner
    • Highlight Dinner with a traditional folklore show in Lhasa
    • Captain's Welcome Reception on board the Century Legend.
    • 2 dinners on board the Century Legend.
    • Captain's Farewell Dinner on board the Century Legend.
    • 4 dinners.

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by air-conditioned coach.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

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