Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong (2015)

22 Days from only $5849

Beijing, Xian, Chengdu (Panda reserve), Lhasa, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai, Suzhou & Tongli, Guilin, Longsheng (Dragon Spine Terraces), Hong Kong

Book by January 31, 2015 for FREE upgrade to Victoria Anna's Executive Deck VIP Program

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of China, Tibet, Yangtze cruise and Hong Kong on this unforgettable land and river cruise vacation! Your trip begins in Beijing, where you visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and other imperial palaces and gardens. On to Xi'an to marvel at the famous legion of Terracotta Warriors guarding Emperor Qin's tomb, and visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu.

Then journey into the Himalayas to get inspiration from the Tibetan Buddhism at Lhasa. Tour the Potala Palace, once the center of the Tibetan government and the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama, and visit Tibetan local family home. Soak the timeless beauty of Tibet highland and visit the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso.

Continue to Chongqing, China's most populous mountain city, to embark on your 3-night river cruise down the Yangtze. From the private balcony you witness the timeless landscapes along the Yangtze valley and sail through the picturesque Gorges and canyons. Tour the Three Gorges Dam site and fly to Shanghai, an ultra-modern city that offers a fascinating glimpse into China's future. Watch the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats perform their magnificent gymnastic feats, enjoy the view from one of the city's tallest buildings. From Shanghai, spend a day visiting the charming water town of Suzhou, which have delightful gardens, bridges, canals, and traditional homes.

Fly to the subtropical Guilin to cruise on the Li River and indulge yourself in "The best scenery under Heaven". Travel to Longsheng for an off-the-beaten-path hiking tour to the Dragon Spine Terraces. Your tour concludes in the cosmopolitan Hong Kong, where the East meets the West. This is a journey covering China's past, present and future, a trip of religious inspiration and eye opening.

This 22-day tour itinerary is a longer version of our 18-day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey tour, with an extension to Guilin and Hong Kong. These two tours share the same itinerary for the first 16 days.
What's Included

Roundtrip non-stop flights from Vancouver (YVR) and New York (JFK) to Beijing with Air China
All Intra-China flights, ground transportation and transfers
First class hotel accommodations with daily buffet breakfast
3-night downstream Yangtze Cruise aboard one of the finest Yangtze cruise ships--Victoria Anna, Outside cabins with private balcony, picture window and private bath
Comprehensive private sightseeing tours and evening shows including entrance fees
51 bountiful meals including 20 American buffet breakfast, 17 lunches and 14 dinners (subject to change depending on China internal flight schedule)
Unique culinary events including an authentic Peking duck dinner, and a delicious Dumpling Banquet in Xian
Exclusive Culture InSites Program: Hutong tour in rickshaws, including a local family visit, home-hosted lunch; Tibetan family visit; enjoy an afternoon tea at Chengdu's traditional teahouse
Professional service of an expert, resident Tour Director throughout China (for group of 10 travelers or more)
Professional local guiding service in each destination city
Baggage handling service throughout China
Trip Summary
Day 1
Depart Canada
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Yangtze Cruise
Day 12
Yangtze Cruise
Day 13
Yangtze Cruise
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Suzhou & Tongli
Day 17
Day 18
Day 19
Guilin-Hong Kong
Day 20
Hong Kong
Day 21
Hong Kong
Day 22
Fly home