18 Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey (2012)

Trip Highlights

 
Uncover the timeless treasures Buddhist Tibet and Mainland China has to offer

Uncover the timeless treasures Buddhist Tibet and Mainland China has to offer
  • Lhasa - the heart and soul of Tibet: Shangri-la, the land of Snows, the rooftop of the world. The mysterious Buddhist kingdom of Tibet is, without doubt, one of the world's most remarkable places. Gaze up the impressive Potala Palace; seek spiritual enlightenment at Jokhang Monastery or take a close-up look at local Tibet family homes. It's trip of a life time.
  • Imperial Beijing: where your exciting tour starts, to discover China's proud capital and its countless imperial treasures such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the legendary Great Wall.
  • Xian - dynastic capital: Your history lesson continues when you visit the historic heartland of China, the home of the buried Army of Terra Cotta Warriors.
  • Chongqing: China's wartime capital also home to the "Flying Tigers" during WWII, where you visit the Giant Panda and board the downstream Yangtze cruise.
  • Yangtze River Cruise: 3-night cruise through Yangtze River's fabled Three Gorges, aboard one of the finest Yangtze cruise ships--M.V. President Prime with guaranteed balcony cabin. Daily shore excursions and onboard entertainment included. Visit the massive Three Gorges Dam; cruise through the 5-stage ship lock; explore the scenic Shennong Stream on motorized sampans, and tour Shibaozhai, an old Yangtze riverside town.
  • Classic Suzhou: China's artistic center over centuries, a city of gardens, canals, and silk art
  • Water town Tongli: a typical water village in the region.
  • Metropolitan Shanghai: once the "Pearl of the Orient" in 1930s, now the trendiest city in China, a perfect place to wrap up your memorable China journey. .
 
Savor China's world-renowned delicacies with special culinary events

Savor China's world-renowned delicacies with special culinary events
  • Peking Duck Dinner: delight in the succulent, crispy and aromatic Peking Duck dinner right after you climbed the Great Wall
  • Xian Dumpling Banquet: Enjoy a 17-course dumpling dinner, each with distinctive shapes and aroma.
 
Experience the real Tibet & China, up-close and personal, with our Culture Insite Program

Experience the real Tibet & China, up-close and personal, with our Culture Insite Program
  • Up-close contact with Tibetan culture while you visit and have tea at a genuine local Tibetan family home.
  • Hutong tour in Beijing: explore the alleyways and courtyard homes of old Beijing riding rickshaws, and conclude the tour with a home-hosted lunch at local family home.
 
Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in your trip

Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in your trip
  • The Great Wall
  • Forbidden City
  • Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing
  • Terra-cotta Warriors and Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Xian
  • Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa