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Tour Code: DY091603
16 Days Beijing, Xian, Tibet, Yangtze River & Shanghai Escapade
 

Itinerary Package Price Terms and Conditions
Itinerary
Day 1 • Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival, you are met and escorted to your hotel.
Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing
  
Day 2 • Beijing 
This morning visit the Temple of Heaven and see local morning exercise while you enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Imperial Ceiling of Heaven with its Echo Wall and the Nine-Dragon Cypress, more than 500 years old. Tour Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City's treasure-filled Imperial Palace with a tour of the living quarters, museum and jewelry sections. Tonight, you are invited to a Peking Duck dinner party at your hotel.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party 
  
 Day 3 • Beijing 
 A daylong excursion takes you to the legendary Great Wall, where you walk atop the ancient ramparts. After lunch, visit a cloisonné factory. Then stroll along the statue-lined Sacred Way to the medieval Ming Tombs and Chang Ling Exhibition Hall. After dinner enjoy the remarkable “The Legend of Kung Fu” performance.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  
Day 4• Beijing/Xi'an 
The morning is at leisure. This afternoon, fly to Xi'an, former capital of China and site of archeological wonders. Check in to your hotel.
West Capital International Hotel Xian
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel 
  
 Day 5 • Xi'an 
 A thrilling day as you view the famous 2200-year-old life-sized terra-cotta warriors discovered in the first emperor's tomb, the Circle Vision Movie, the Bronze Chariot and renowned Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. Lunch includes a noodle-making demonstration. Tonight, you are our guest at the Tang Dynasty Theatre's celebrated dinner show.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show 
   
  TIBET
Day 6• Xi'an/Lhasa
This morning, fly to Lhasa, mountainous capital of Tibet where you will be greeted at the airport with a traditional Tibetan welcome ceremony.* Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to adjust to the altitude of one of the world's highest plateaus–approximately 12,000 ft. above sea level.
Lhasa Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch in Hotel, Dinner in Hotel
  
Day 7 • Lhasa
An extraordinary day of sightseeing shows Norbulingkha, Summer Palace, built by the seventh Dalai Lama in the 18th century. Then visit Drepung Monastery, tiered against a mountain in traditional Tibetan style, once home to more than 10,000 Lamas.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel 
    
Day 8 • Lhasa
You will not soon forget the spectacular architecture at the world-famous Potala Palace. Former living quarters of the Dalai Lama, its massive 1,000 room structure towers over this mountain city. Continue on to visit the famous Barkhor Market where you may shop for Tibetan items. See one of Tibet's holiest shrines, revered 7th century Jokhang Temple, where pilgrims come to worship before the statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha, lavishly enthroned in gold. This evening, enjoy a memorable Tibetan dinner and show where you will be welcomed with a traditional Yak Dance.*
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show
  
Day 9 • Lhasa/Chongqing* 
 This morning, fly to Chongqing. After lunch transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Buffet dinner in your hotel.
Yangtze River Holiday Inn Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner 
  
Day 10 • Chongqing 
Chongqing sightseeing includes the highlights of this mountainside city where neighborhoods rise in tiers along the steep riverbank above the Yangtze. Visit the Stilwell Museum where you will see memorabilia from the Flying Tigers, American pilots who volunteered to aid the Chinese in World War II before Pearl Harbor. Enjoy panoramic views of Chongqing from E Ling Park. Finally, visit historic Ci Qi Kou area, with its Qing dynasty homes, teahouses, shops and old docks, which were used for shipping local porcelain goods. After dinner board your  4 star President cruise ship to begin a memorable cruise.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner 
   
Day 11 • Yangtze River Cruise: Shibaozhai* 
A shore excursion at Shibaozhai shows its 12-story wooden pagoda. Over 400 years old, this magnificent pagoda is known as the “Pearl of the Yangtze.”
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Alternate shore excursion may visit Fengdu or Wanxian depending on river conditions. 
  

Day 12 • Yangtze River Cruise: Qutang Gorge/Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream/Wu Gorge/Xiling Gorge 
An exciting day begins as you cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge hemmed by mossy cliffs. Arriving at Wushan, you transfer to a cruiser for an excursion up the Daning River to view the breathtaking Small Gorges. Continue by sampan to the picturesque mini-gorges of the Ma Du River with its clear, swift running water and unusual rock formations. Alternatively, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its equally spectacular small gorges. Rejoin your cruise ship and sail on through Wu Gorge, celebrated for its Twelve Peaks, and on through Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic gorge. Finally, you sail through the dramatic Three Gorges ship lock.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
   
Day 13 • Yangtze River Cruise: San Dou Ping/Yichang to Shanghai* 
This morning, visit the historic Three Gorges Dam site at San Dou Ping, the world's largest hydroelectric project. Continue to Yichang where you board your flight to Shanghai.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Shanghai Hotel
 
Day 14 • Shanghai 
Sightsee Shanghai: the rich collections of the Shanghai Museum, Nanjing or Huai Hai Road's shops, The Bund, the Children's Palace, and visit a carpet factory. Tonight, you will see an astonishing acrobatic show.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
   
Day 15 • Shanghai to Suzhou/Shanghai* 
Today drive to Suzhou, a charming city noted for its ancient gardens. Enjoy a boat ride on the Grand Canal; tour pan Men City Gate and The Master of Fishing Nets Garden. After lunch, visit the new Suzhou Museum designed by I.M. Pei and the Embroidery Research Institute. Return to Shanghai. Buffet dinner in your hotel.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner
   
Day 16 • Depart Shanghai
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
 



Package Price
Cruise Ship  
2-5 travelers high season US$ p.p. single cabin suppl US$
shoulder season US$ p.p. single cabin suppl US$
6-9 travelers high season US$ p.p. single cabin suppl US$
shoulder season US$ p.p. single cabin suppl US$
10 travelers high season US$ p.p. single cabin suppl US$
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Note:The private guided tour is tailored for your group, your friends or your family exclusively. No other guest will be in your group.