17 Days Tibet, Yangtze Cruise (upstream) & Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an Signature Tour

    Tour Code:yct-50

    Start: Shanghai

    End: Beijing

    Duration: 17 Days

    Reversed Itinerary: 16 Days Tibet, Yangtze Cruise (downstream) & Shanghai, Xi'an, Beijing Signature Tour

    You will explore the process of the development of Chinese civilization on the trip of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and cruise on the Three Gorges of Yangtze River on a nice ship; what's more, you will visit the city where heaven touches the earth; that is the mysterious Tibet.
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    07-27-2014

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    Day 1, Day 2, All 2 Nights in Shanghai
    Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, All 4 Nights in rooms on Cruise
    Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 11, All 4 Nights in Lhasa
    Day 10, All 1 Night in Shigatse
    Day 12, Day 13, All 2 Nights in Xi'an
    Day 14, Day 15, Day 16, All 3 Nights in Beijing

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    Itinerary
    Destinations
    Activities
    Accommodation
    Shanghai
    Arrive in Shanghai. Pick up from Airport/Railway Station in Shanghai.
    Overnight in Shanghai
    Shanghai
    Visit Shanghai Museum, Town God Temple, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund. Visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower (exterior view, ticket to the tower not included), Take a Huangpu River Night Cruise (ticket included).
    Overnight in Shanghai
    Shanghai - Yichang - Yangtze
    Shanghai to Yichang by Air in the afternoon (air ticket included). Transfer from Yichang Airport to Cruise Pier.
    Start Yangtze Cruise at night.
    Overnight in rooms on Cruise
    Yangtze
    Morning visit Three Gorges Dam site. Sail through the Three Gorges dam shiplocks and Xiling Gorge.
    Overnight in rooms on Cruise
    Yangtze
    Sail through Qutang Gorge & Wu Gorge. Excursion to Small Three Gorges or Shennong Stream.
    Overnight in rooms on Cruise
    Yangtze
    Shore excursion to Fengdu.
    Overnight in rooms on Cruise
    Yangtze - Chongqing - Lhasa
    Disembark Chongqing at 9:00 am. Visit Ciqikou Old Town. Transfer to Chongqing Airport in the afternoon. Chongqing to Lhasa by Air in the afternoon (air ticket included).
    Overnight in Lhasa
    Lhasa
    Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street.
    Overnight in Lhasa
    Lhasa
    Visit Deprung Monastery, Norbulingka Park, Sera Temple.
    Overnight in Lhasa
    Lhasa - Gyantze - Shigatse
    Lake Yamdrok. Transfer from Lhasa to Gyantze in the afternoon. Visit Palkhor Monastery. Transfer from Gyantze to Shigatse in the afternoon.
    Overnight in Shigatse
    Shigatse - Lhasa
    Visit Tashilhunpo Temple, New Palace of Panchen. Transfer from Shigatse to Lhasa in the afternoon.
    Overnight in Lhasa
    Lhasa - Xi'an
    Lhasa to Xi'an by Air in the afternoon (air ticket included). Visit Great Mosque, Moslem Street, Bell Tower and Drum Tower (ticket to the towers not included).
    Overnight in Xi'an
    Xi'an
    Visit Terracotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda (ticket to the pagoda included), Xi'an City Wall. Enjoy dumpling banquet (dinner included) and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show (performance ticket included) in the evening.
    Overnight in Xi'an
    Xi'an - Beijing
    Visit Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Xi'an to Beijing by Air in the morning (air ticket included). Visit Courtyard Houses of Beijing (a meal included), Hutong in Beijing (rickshaw cruise included).
    Overnight in Beijing
    Beijing
    Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven. Enjoy the famous Roast Duck feast (fees included).
    Overnight in Beijing
    Beijing
    Visit Great Wall at Badaling (cable car not included), Summer Palace.
    Overnight in Beijing
    Beijing
    Transfer to Airport/Railway Station in Beijing and Departure.
    Day 1 Shanghai

    Upon arrival, your guide greets you at airport or railway station and transfer you to the hotel.

    The remaind of the day is at your leisure.

    Day 2 Shanghai

    After breakfast, drive to the Shanghai Museum, the exterior design of the round dome and the square base symbolizes the ancient idea of a round heaven and a square land.

    Explore the Town God Temple (Chenghuangmiao), a Taoist Temple. The street is also known as Old Chenghuangmiao, where you cannot miss typical Shanghai snacks such as steamed stuffed buns.

    Then, arrive at Yuyuan Garden, which has the exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of Chinese private gardens.

    Walk along The Bund, the Bund houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles, which have been regarded as some of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai.

    The next stop is Oriental Pearl TV Tower (ticket to the tower not included) for its marvelous exterior appearance, the landmark of Shanghai.

    At night, take a Cruise along Huangpu River (ticket included) to enjoy the beautiful night of modern Shanghai.

    Day 3 Shanghai>>Yichang>>Yangtze

    Before lunch, you can have leisure activities near the hotel or continue the unfinished trip with tour guide.

    Flight to Yichang (air ticket included). Depart from Yichang at 9:00 p.m, and begin your Yangtze trip on cruise.

    Day 4 Yangtze

    Morning visit Three Gorges Dam site.

    Sailing through the Three Gorges Dam shiplocks and Xiling Gorge. At the shiplocks, you'll experience five levels of the water in Three Gorges Dam.

    Day 5 Yangtze

    Sail through Qutang Gorge & Wu Gorge and take an excursion to Small Three Gorges or Shennong Stream, the exciting and famous stops in the Yangtze River, they are often called the "highlight" of the cruise, even the whole China trip. You can enjoy canzonet by the boat tracker, and the mysterious culture along the banks.

    Day 6 Yangtze

    Take an onshore excursion to sightsee either Fengdu. Fengdu, located on the north bank of the Yangtze River, is an ancient city with a long history, known as the "Ghost City" to most Chinese people.

    Day 7 Yangtze>>Chongqing>>Lhasa

    Disembark Chongqing at 9:00 am. Upon arrival, visit Ciqikou Old Town, an ancient town near the downtown of Chongqing gathered with old streets paved by top-grade stone tablets. On the both sides of the street stand antique houses and shops. The shops sell various artworks like embroidery, Chinese calligraphy and paintings. Also you can find many local snacks, such as deep-fired twisted dough and beef jerky.

    In the late afternoon, take the flight to Lhasa (air ticket included), you then transfer to hotel for check in to generate energy for the high altitude destinations.

    Day 8 Lhasa

    Visit the most known Potala Palace, a model of Tibetan architecture. The construction of this massive, beautiful yet forbidding structure was a gigantic undertaking, and it that has bequeathed to the world one of its most unique architectural treasures.

    In the afternoon, get to the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual centre of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims.

    In the Evening, browse through the Barkhor Square, the heart of the local bazaar, enjoy shopping some of the rare traditional specialties of Tibet, such as Tibetan Thangka, Tibetan Medicine, Tibetan Carpet, etc.

    Day 9 Lhasa

    Visit Deprung Monastery, the main place where Shoton Festival takes place, to the west of which was where each reincarnation of the Dalai Lama received his training.

    Move on to the Norbulingka Park, the Summer Palace of Tibet with the highest gardening level artistic level.

    Visit Sera Monastery, one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa. A most interesting time to visit the monastery is in the afternoon when monks, after finishing their morning scripture classes, can be seen debating in the courtyard. During the remainder time we can visit the carpet factory and enjoy some beautiful Tibetan Carpets.

    Day 10 Lhasa>>Gyangtze>>Shigatse

    Leave Lhasa for Lake Yamdrok, the transformation of a goddess according to local mythology and one of the Three Sacred Lakes in Tibet.

    Then drive westward to Gyangtze, stop at Palkhor Monastery, a monastery having the characteristics of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture. Palkhor Choede enjoys a high status in Tibet Buddhism history because it houses three sects -Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa together. Drive west to Shigatse.

    Day 11 Shigatse>>Lhasa

    Visit the Tashilhunpo Temple, one of the Six Big Temples of Gelugpa in Tibet and the official seat of the Panchen Lama, the chief spiritual and temporal authority of Tsang. The biggest stupa - Stupa tomb of the tenth Panchen Lama is kept there.

    Go on to visit the New Palace of Panchen, famous as the summer palace of the tenth Panchen Lama. It greatly mixes both traditional and modern architectural styles.

    Later leave Shigatse for Lhasa. Visit a Tibetan family and savor local food.

    Day 12 Lhasa>>Xi'an

    In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight to Xi'an (air ticket included). Xi'an was the capital for over 1,000 years and was the starting point of ancient Silk Road.

    Visit the Great Mosque, one of the most important islam mosques in China, which is a combination of traditional Chinese architecture and islamic art.

    Later visit Moslem Street, a famous snack street where you can find lots of mouthwatering local snacks and interesting souvenirs.

    Then enjoy a tour to the symbol of Xi'an - the Bell Tower and Drum Tower (ticket to the towers not included).

    Day 13 Xi'an

    Today's attractions feature Terracotta Army, one of World Cultural Heritages. The lifelike warriors and horses of Qin Shihuang will sure lead you back to the ancient warring times.

    The second stop is Big Wild Goose Pagoda (ticket to the pagoda included), one of the most famous buddhist pagodas in China, which was built in the Tang Dynasty to collect Buddhist scriptures.

    Then visit the Xi'an City Wall, an extension of the old Tang Dynasty structure. It's the best preserved ruins of city walls in China.

    In the evening, enjoy the imperial dumpling banquet (dinner included). After then appreciate the gorgeous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show (performance ticket included).

    Day 14 Xi'an>>Beijing

    In the morning, pay a visit to the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum which is an epitome of Shaanxi's glamorous imperial past.

    Then transfer to the airport for the flight to Beijing (air ticket included).

    On arrival in Beijing, enjoy a trip back to the Hutong area by rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys and passages(rickshaw cruise included).Pay a visit to a traditional Chinese local family, learn more about Chinese culture by trying making Chinese food on your own (a meal included).

    Take a walk over the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) to hear the explanation about the different thresholds that mark the entry to the courtyard houses.

    Day 15 Beijing

    After breakfast, visit the Tiananmen Square, the largest square of its kind in the world.

    Then visit the Forbidden City, also known as Palace Museum, to enjoy an emperor's life.

    Drive to The Temple of Heaven, which is the place for imperial rituals and worship.

    In the evening, enjoy the famous Roast Duck feast (fees included) which looks brilliantly dark red, shining with oil and with crisp skin and tender meat.

    Day 16 Beijing

    A famous Chinese saying: "Not to Great Wall non-real man". Badaling Great Wall, the most representative part, was promoted as a key national cultural relic, protected under the approval of the State Council in 1961. Lacated in Yanqing County, over 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Beijing. You can either climb up the Great Wall or take a cable car at your own expense.

    Proceed to the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved Chinese imperial garden. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the enchanting Lake Kunminghu.

    Day 17 Beijing
    Transfer to Beijing airport or railway station in prepare for your departure.

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    Pricing Policy
    • The price is set as four travelers together, usually more people more discounts. See Price Calendar on top right corner.Please fill out Tailor-made form for free if you have over 10 travelers, and we will calculate a more favorable quoted price.
    Accommodation
    • The quoted price contains Standard Tour Class lodging, and we offer hotel upgrade service. You can choose to upgrade hotel when booking, the price will change accordingly.
    • Not all hotels can provide Standard Triple Room if you want three travelers in one room, they may arrange extra bed service. The additional fee for an extra bed is Single Supplement, and it is included in the final price.
    • Your earlier arrival to Shanghai and later departure from Beijing can be adjusted on line; but the extra charge is not included in the original charge.
    • The single supplement is not included in the quoted price except single traveler's price.
    • We choose only centrally located hotels with western standard service and breakfast. However, we can also arrange good location and clean local hotels with lower prices. Please inquiry for details.
    Breakfast
    • The breakfast is subject to hotels' arrangements, they may offer western food or Western & Chinese Buffet in the morning.
    • Child's breakfast is included only when he/she occupy a bed. Otherwise the hotel may charge an extra fee for the breakfast.
    Lunch and Dinner (Optional)
    • The original price excludes lunch and dinner unless particular illustration. Usually, dinner and lunch are optional Chinese food with local flavor, and the meal price is charged based on the group size.
    • If you have some preferences on meals such as vegetarian meal and diabetic meal, please make us know in Special Requirements.
    • Please also fill the Special Requirements if you want other choices such as Hindu meal, Halal food or Western food, etc. You are suggested to uncheck lunch and diner when booking. We will try to arrange it and your meal price is charged by the local restaurant.
    • Our guide will lead you to your favorite restaurants when you don't select meals, the meal fee is at your own. Besides, your group should pay an extra 100RMB per day in cash to the driver and guide.
    Transfer Service
    • We offer free airport/railway station transfer service as specified in the itinerary. As for earlier arrival or later departure, you will be charged a bit of service fee and guide service is not provided. Please provide train/flight number, arrival time and contact information in Special Requirements.
    • Usually, local guide will drop you off at security checkpoint of airport or railway station without guide serve on the flight or train. And the transfer guide may be not the same of that on the tour.
    Flight
    • We promise to offer flights operated by major airlines such as Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airline, etc. or local big airlines such as Shenzhen Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Shandong Airlines and so forth. And the aircraft type is Airbus A3XX Series or Boeing 7-Series. Any change due to objective cause, we will ask your permission in advance.
    Yangtze Cruise
    • We offer 5-star or above cruise ships during the journey, including Victoria Anna, Victoria Grace, Victoria Lianna, Victoria Selina, etc. And we have the right to arrange the cruise ship for you depending on your departure date. If you want to travel on a date when there is no cruise to book, we will adjust your itinerary or refund you after consulting with you.
    • The itinerary on Yangtze Cruise is for your reference, and it is subject to the cruise company’s arrangement.
    • We also offer cheaper Yangtze Cruise like the Blue Whale, and the most renowned New Century Cruises. Please fill Tailor-made Travel Form if you prefer the cruises mentioned above.
    Scenic Spots
    • Children, between 2 to 12 years old and under 1.3 meters (4.3 feet), can get discount.
    Inclusions

    • Airport or hotel pick-up and drop-off service in cities listed in the itinerary.
    • Private English-speaking tour guide, driver and car service as indicated in the itinerary.
    • The admission tickets for scenic spots listed in the itinerary.
    • Service charge and government taxes.
    • The air ticket of economic class, taxes and dues for the flights as listed in the itinerary.
    • Twelve-night hotel accommodation in twin shared room with daily breakfast.
    • Four-night accommodation in twin shared room with daily breakfast on cruise.
    • Meals: lunches and dinners on cruise, dumpling banquet and Roast Duck.
    • Tibet entry permit based on the listed itinerary.
    • Boat ticket and tipping for Yangtze Cruise.

     
    Exclusions

    • International flight tickets or train tickets.
    • Hotel single room supplement.
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
    • Tips to local tour guide and driver.
    • Estimated group surcharges for excess baggage.
    • Fees for entry visa to China.
    • Cable car, sightseeing bus and cruise unless explained specially.
    • Meals (L & D) not listed in the itinerary.

     
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    Cancellation and refund policy for Tours reservation
    If you want to cancel your booking or part of it, you must advise us in advance. The letter must be signed by the lead name on the booking and once we receive it you should expect to receive a cancellation letter within 24 hours. If you do not then please contact us to ensure your letter has been received.
    To cover the cost of processing your cancellation and to compensate us for the risk that we may not be able to resell your travel arrangements, we make a cancellation charge on the scale shown below. The person who made the booking is responsible for paying this charge. The size of the charge depends on when we receive your cancellation notice or letter or how you would like us to deal with your payment providing that we have received your full payment for the tours.
    No Cancellation Fees if written cancellation notice is received more than 30 days prior to tour departure!
    Cancellation in advance & Cancellation penalty
    More than 30 days, no Cancellation Fee
    30-10 days, 50% of the full payment
    9-0 days or no show, 100% of the full payment

     
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