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18 Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey (2014-2015)


Trip Highlights

 
Travel to the "Roof of the World" and discover the imperial treasures of China

  • Travel to the Roof of the World and discover the imperial treasures of ChinaImperial 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: Located at the historic heartland of China, Xian is the home of the buried Army of Terra Cotta Warriors.
  • Chengdu (Panda Base): Rich in cultural legacy and historical sites, Chengdu is commonly considered as China's most laid back city. Visit Giant Panda Breeding Center for an opportunity to hug a baby panda; unwinding in a neighborhood teahouse; savor the authentic Sichuan spicy food in China's culinary capital—Chengdu gives you a taste of "Real China"
  • Lhasa – the heart and soul of Tibet: 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. Chongqing: China's wartime capital also home to the "Flying Tigers" during WWII, is the gateway of the Yangtze River cruise.
  • Yangtze River Cruise: 3-night cruise through Yangtze River's fabled Three Gorges, aboard one of the finest Yangtze cruise ships with private balcony cabin, included daily shore excursions and onboard entertainment. Visit the massive Three Gorges Dam; cruise through the 5-stage ship lock; explore the scenic Shennong Stream on motorized sampans, and tour Fengdu, China's ghost city, or 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.
  • Executive Deck Program: Enjoy privileges of "Executive Deck Program" on Yangtze Cruise.
  • Hot pot meal: savor an authentic meal that harkens back to the days of Genghis Khan.
 
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 ProgramUp-close contact with Tibetan culture with a visit to a local Tibetan family home. Meet the friendly, welcoming people and enjoy their home-made yak-butter tea
  • 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 on your trip to China and Tibet

  • Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Sites on your trip to China and TibetThe Great Wall
  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • 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, Tibet
  • Classic gardens of Suzhou