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Historical China, Tibet + the Yangtze

16 days with Alexander+Roberts  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 - Welcome to Shanghai
You’ll be greeted upon arrival and escorted to the 5-star Fairmont Peace Hotel overlooking the Bund.
Day 2 - Full-day Small Group sightseeing
The Shanghai Museum, waterfront Bund and Yu Yuan Garden showcase the city’s rich past. Fast forward to the 21st-century in Tianzifang where historic buildings are now home to galleries and eateries. This evening’s Welcome Dinner features regional cuisine and wine. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - The all-balcony Yangzi Explorer
Fly to Yichang, board your ship and settle in to your stateroom. (B,D)
Day 4 - Three Gorges Dam
After a leisurely morning onboard, tour the Three Gorges Dam. Enjoy Afternoon Tea as your ship navigates through Xiling Gorge. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Yangtze’s Gorges
Traditional sampans take you up one of the Yangtze’s most scenic tributaries. Return to the ship and cruise through the dramatic Wu and Qutang Gorges. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - A shore in Fengdu
Learn how life in a river town has changed since the completion of the Three Gorges Dam as you explore Fengdu’s New City, built for residents forced to relocate by the river’s rising waters. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Fly to Tibet
Disembark in Chongqing and fly to Lhasa. Upon arrival, transfer to the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel. (B,D)
Day 8 - Exploring Lhasa
Delve into Tibet’s spiritual heritage as you visit the summer palace of Norbulingka, Anichanggu Nunnery and Jokhang Monastery, a lovely 4-story timber structure topped with gold. Explore Barkhor Street with its lively and colorful markets. You’ll also meet with a local family in their home and spend time with a master Tangka painter in his studio for an enriching and deeper look into Tibetan life and culture. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Experience Kora and tour Potala Palace 
Join Tibetans as they perform Kora, an ancient rite of prayer. After lunch, tour the Potala Palace and Sera Monastery. At a local hospital, a Tibetan doctor offers insight into his use of traditional and Western medicine. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Fly to Chengdu
This evening at the famed Sichuan “face changing” opera, we’ll take you backstage for an exclusive look as these skilled actors apply their intricate make-up. Overnight at the luxurious Shangri-la Hotel. (B,D)
Day 11 - Encounter a Panda and fly to Xian
Going behind the scenes this morning with caretakers at the Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu is a rare treat available to few visitors. After this special visit, fly to Xian where you’ll be escorted to the Hilton Hotel, ideally situated within the ancient city walls. (B,L)
Day 12 - Visit the Terra Cotta Army and City Walls 
Stand in awe before the thousands of terra cotta warriors that were buried long ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor. Learn the art of traditional noodle-making at lunch and visit the city’s ancient walls. (B,L)
Day 13 - Fly to Beijing 
Fly to Beijing and transfer to the 5-star Fairmont Beijing. This afternoon’s visit to the lovely Summer Palace offers a glimpse into Imperial life long ago. (B,D)
Day 14 - Beijing’s Imperial highlights
Marvel at the grandeur of Tiananmen Square and then step back into the days of the Ming Dynasty as you tour the sprawling Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of China’s mighty emperors. Then explore by rickshaw through the narrow lanes of a Beijing hutong. Sitting down to lunch with a resident family here in their home offers fascinating insight into daily life in one of the city’s last remaining enclaves of traditional centuries-old courtyard homes. (B,L)
Day 15 - Excursion to the Great Wall 
Experience the thrill of walking atop the Great Wall at Juyong Pass, one of the most historic sections of the Wall and the site of many ancient battles. Then stroll along the statue-lined Sacred Way at the Ming Tombs. Gather tonight at Hua’s Restaurant for a festive Peking Duck banquet. (B,L,D)
Day 16 - Depart Beijing
Your journey with us ends when we take you to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Gain deeper insight into Tibetan life and culture... By special arrangement, you’ll spend time with a resident family, meet a local doctor, visit a Buddhist nunnery and join in an ancient rite of walking and prayer.
  • Go behind the scenes with caretakers at the Panda Research Station in Chengdu to feed a Panda.
  • Meet the actors at the Sichuan Opera and watch as they apply their intricate "face-changing" make-up.
  • Experience one of China's oldest culinary traditions with a noodle-making demonstration in Xian.
All This Included
Pandas, the Great Wall, Potala Palace, a Tangka painter and the finest ship on the Yangtze are perfectly combined on our intimate original journey to China + Tibet.
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and all shore excursions including entrance fees
  • 36 meals: 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
  • 11 nights in superior first class, deluxe and luxury hotels
  • 4 nights in a balcony stateroom aboard China’s best ship
  • All on-tour transportation including all 5 internal flights 
  • Gratuities for drivers, waiters and porters
  • Luggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and service charges, and all airline fees and fuel charges for your 5 included flights
  • GeneralAssist, our toll-free 24/7 emergency on-tour assistance
Accommodations on this Tour
Shanghai: Fairmont Peace Hotel
Cruising: Cabin onboard Yangzi Explorer
Lhasa: Shangri-La Lhasa
Chengdu: Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu
Xian: Hilton Hotel Xian
Beijing: Fairmont Beijing
Pre and Post Add-ons
Hong Kong Insider Extension from Shanghai
4-Day Small Group Extension from $1,399
This affordable easy-to-add Tour Extension includes your flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 3 nights at our stylish city-center hotel, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen and our unique Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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