EXPLORE CHINA & TIBET

15 DAYS, BEIJING TO SHANGHAI

Get over the wall for a life-changing adventure through China’s awe-inspiring interior. Explore the unforgettable city of Beijing and meet pandas at a breeding centre in Sichuan. Discover daily life in Tibet and cruise the incredible Yangtze River on a riverboat. Cycle atop the city walls of Xi’an, and face its standing army of terracotta warriors before eating lunch with a local family. Get into China’s very heart and it will most certainly get into yours.

ITINERARY

DAY 1BEIJING

Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.

Meals included:

Dinner

DAY 2BEIJING

Visit key sites of Beijing with a tour of the famed Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 3BEIJING/XI’AN

Take a walk along the 500-year-old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Spend time exploring the towers, views, and the magnificent structure of this unique wonder. In the evening, board an overnight sleeper train to Xi’an.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 4XI’AN

Arrive early into Xi’an where we enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the ancient city walls. In the evening, visit the vibrant Muslim Quarter and local markets and opt to try some of the best street food in China.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 5XI’AN

Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors the archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. After, visit a local Village for lunch. Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 6XI’AN/LHASA

Fly over the Himalayas to Tibet. Settle into our Lhasa hotel, our home for the next 3 nights before setting out on an orientation walk with a local guide through Barkhor Square.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 7LHASA

Enjoy a guided visit to the Potala Palace and the Tibetan Medicine Institute to learn more about Tibetan spirituality and culture. Also visit a Tangka Academy to observe this ancient and intricate art form, considered sacred to Buddhist. The works usually depict a deity, scene, or mandala and are tied directly into Buddhist teaching and meditation.

Exclusive Inclusions:

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Tangka Painting demonstration

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 8LHASA

Visit sacred Jokhang Temple and the historic Sera Monastery, one of the great Tibetan Universities famed for its open debates among monks on the Buddhist doctrines. Later take a cooking class with a local chef and make (and eat) Tibetan momo beef dumplings.

Exclusive Inclusions:

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Dumpling-Making Lesson

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 9LHASA/CHENGDU

Fly to Chengdu and sample the famed and fiery Sichuan cuisine for dinner in the evening.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 10CHENGDU/CHONGQING

Visit the Panda Breeding Centre and learn about and observe these gentle animals. Later, catch a train to Chongqing and board a luxury riverboat for the first night on the Yangtze.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 11YANGTZE RIVER

Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that can include Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream, and sailing through Three Gorges dam ship locks. Relax in comfortable cabins and enjoy onboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and Chinese calligraphy classes.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 12YANGTZE RIVER

Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that can include Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream, and sailing through Three Gorges dam shiplocks. Relax in comfortable cabins and enjoy shipboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and Chinese calligraphy classes.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 13YANGTZE RIVER/SHANGHAI

Enjoy a tour of Three Gorges Dam (dependent on river conditions) before flying to Shanghai.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 14SHANGHAI

Enjoy free time to explore on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens or the Shanghai Museum. Later, get a behind-the-scenes peek at the famed Shanghai acrobats, visiting their training room, interacting with the artists and learning about this ancient tradition, followed by an awe-inspiring performance.

Exclusive Inclusions:

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Behind-the-Scenes with the Shanghai Acrobats & Performance|Carte Blanche

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 15SHANGHAI

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast

SALE PRICE

  • priced from
  • $4,899CAD
  • Includes taxes
  • International airfare not included
  • Departure Dates
  • Oct 7 & 14, 2017
  • Questions? Contact Us!
 
 

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Behind-the-Scenes with the Shanghai Acrobats & Performance, Shanghai
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Dumpling-Making Lesson, Lhasa
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tangka Painting demonstration, Lhasa
  • Arrival transfer
  • Tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven
  • Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
  • Bike ride along the Xi’an city walls
  • Orientation walk through Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter and street markets
  • Tour the museum of the terracotta warriors
  • Orientation walk in Barkhor square
  • Tour of Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and the Tibetan Medicine Institute
  • Sera Monastery visit
  • Visit a panda breeding centre
  • Yangtze River cruise
  • Three Gorges Dam tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotels (10 nts), soft-sleeper overnight train (1 nt), Yangtze riverboat (3 nts).

MEALS

14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD365-475 for meals not included.

TRANSPORTATION

Train, minibus, cruise boat, small canal boat, ferry, bicycle, plane, walking.

STAFF & EXPERTS

Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides.