This exciting vacation introduces you to the rich history, scenic wonders, and cultural treasures of China and Tibet. Start in exciting Hong Kong. Take a cable-car ride up Victoria Peak for panoramic views and a visit of Aberdeen fishing village for a sampan ride on the stunning harbor. Free time on your own gives you a chance to explore the many markets, taste some authentic Chinese food, listen to the sounds of the city, or take an optional excursion. In Shanghai, walk along the Bund, see stunning displays of ancient bronze and jade at the Shanghai Museum, and enjoy a traditional dim-sum feast. You will also attend a high-flying acrobat show and take a fascinating walking tour through the former French Concession where tree-lined streets and Art Deco architecture transport you to a bygone era. Then, fly to Yichang and begin your Yangtze River cruise with a private welcome reception on board the Century Legend. Shore excursions include a walking tour of a riverside community to see its beautiful pagoda, a tour of the Three Gorges Dam site, and a small boat cruise on the emerald-green waters of Shennv Stream. Travel to Lhasa, Tibet’s mystical capital, for visits to a local family home for lunch, a local bazaar, and the imposing Potala Palace, former winter home of the Dalai Lama. You will also dine in a local restaurant and be entertained with traditional Tibetan music and dance. In Xi’an, see the famed Terracotta Warriors up close from a special VIP viewing area and learn how to write ancient Chinese calligraphy. Lastly, in Beijing, visit the Forbidden City with its Imperial Palace, sample authentic Peking Duck, and walk along the incomparable Great Wall of China. You will also explore one of the city’s ancient alleys by rickshaw and experience a cultural performance at the Peking Opera or the Legend of Kung Fu show.
Cruise: deluxe 4-night cruise from Yichang to Chongqing in a Deluxe Stateroom with two lower beds, private facilities, and balconyHong Kong: cable-car ride up Victoria Peak; sampan ride on harbor; visit Stanley Market; Host service during your stayShanghai: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum; dim sum lunch; walking tour of the French Concession; see an acrobatic showYichang: begin your Yangtze cruise aboard the Century Legend; private welcome receptionThree Gorges Dam Site: sightseeing of the impressive dam siteShennv Stream: boat excursion down one of the Yangtze’s lesser gorgesShibaozhai: walking tourChongqing: visit a local zoo to see pandasLhasa: visit the Summer Palace, a Tibetan’s home including lunch, a Tibetan monastery, a Tibetan hospital, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and a local bazaar; cultural show with traditional Tibetan music and danceXi’an: calligraphy class; sightseeing including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors including the VIP viewing area and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstration; “Tang Dynasty” dinner showBeijing: hutong tour by rickshaw; sightseeing including headsets; visit the Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Great Wall; Peking Opera performance or Legend of Kung Fu Show; Peking Duck farewell dinner
American breakfast daily10 lunches11 dinners including a welcome dinner in Shanghai and a Peking Duck farewell dinner in Beijing
NOTES: This trip is for travelers who are fit. You will visit regions reaching almost 14,000 ft. in elevation. Accommodations in the Gobi Desert are in traditional Mongolian gers with private bathroom and shower facilities.