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Yangtze Meets Tibet

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Yangtze-meets-Tibet

Tour highlights

  • Discover the vicissitudes and rapid development in Mega Metropolis of Shanghai
  • Trace glories of ancient China in the Imperial Palace & the Great Wall in Beijing
  • Explore mysterious and picturesque Tibet including World Heritages: Jokhang Temple & Potala Palace
  • Enjoy a pleasant and relaxing Yangtze River cruise

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Itinerary Details

With two major cities, Shanghai and Beijing, that are the beginning and the end of this fascinating journey, this tour will take you to unique postcard motifs, including the Yangtze cruise ship, cultural treasures such as the world-famous Terracotta Army Xian and the spiritual world of Buddhism in Tibet. Unforgettable experiences are guaranteed on this trip!

Today you will arrive at the airport of the mega metropolis Shanghai, where your tour guide is already waiting for you.

Accommodation option:

  • Shanghai Metropark Jichen Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)

breakfast and lunch

The first thing to do is to take a walk along Shanghai’s famous waterfront promenade: the Bund. Standing on this historic bank, you can already admire modern Shanghai with its skyscraper panorama on the other bank. Once you have arrived on Nanjing Road, you are in the midst of the colorful everyday bustle of the locals. The shopping fever packed? Then this is exactly the right place for you.

Following, in the old city of Shanghai, you’ll feel like you’re on the film set of a kung-fu blockbuster. Here you truly get an idea of what the city must have looked like hundreds of years ago. In the old town, the famous Yu Garden deserves your visiting, which proves to be a real eye-catcher for anyone who is interested in pond and garden art.

Afterwaeds, you can learn more about the origins and urban planning of Shanghai in the Urban Planning Museum. You will marvel at the picture if you look at the city’s miniature model from a bird’s eye view in the Panorama Hall of the more than 630 meter high Shanghai Tower.

Accommodation option:

  • Shanghai Metropark Jichen Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
The Bund

The Bund

breakfast and dinner

Today you will take the high-speed train for 7.5 hrs to Yichang. Arriving on Yichang, your journey continues on waterways - your Yangtze cruise is pending!

Accommodation option:

  • Yangtze cruise boat
  • (4 Ratings)

breakfast and lunch and dinner

Over the next three days, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful views of impressive rock formations and landscapes on the cruise. You will firstly take a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site. Its vast ship locks are the wonder of engineering, you will learn more about the world's biggest hydroelectric project firsthand.

Back on the cruise, proceed to sail through Xiling Gorge where you can enjoy the picturesque scenery of the both sides.

Accommodation option:

  • Yangtze cruise boat
  • (4 Ratings)
Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam

breakfast and lunch and dinner

Sailing through the Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge, you can relax or immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery. Between them you will take a shore excursion to Shennong Stream, which has rushing waterfalls and an ancient plank path leading to suspended coffins in the cliff.

In the evening, the ship's crew will prepare performance for your entertainment.

Accommodation option:

  • Yangtze cruise boat
  • (4 Ratings)
Three Gorges

Three Gorges

breakfast and lunch and dinner

Enjoy a leisurely morning watching the scenery of riverbanks passing by. A series of leisure activities are waiting for you, including distinguishing fresh water pearl, lectures about traditional Chinese embroideries and appreciations of teapots and paintings.

In the afternoon, take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, a magnificent twelve-story pavilion built along the cliff to the top, where you can see the spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Accommodation option:

  • Yangtze cruise boat
  • (4 Ratings)
Shibaozhai

Shibaozhai

breakfast

Once arrive in Chongqing, get off the ship. Then take the flight to the ancient capital, Xi'an.

Accommodation option:

  • Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an
  • (4 Ratings)

breakfast and lunch

If you were in Xi'an and did not see the following attractions, you can not claim to have been here: the mausoleum of the first emperor of China - the Terracotta Army! You will be fascinated by the detailed work on the figures of the clay army. They were made by order of the first Emperor Qin and would guard him with their strong-willed features and robust armor in the afterlife.

The next stop of your journey is the Great Wild Goose Pagoda. This structure is located in the Temple of Great Kindness and Grace. Then pay a visit to the Great Mosque. It is the largest and best-preserved mosque in Xi'an. It fuses with Chinese and western architectural elements of the unique architectural style, now it is an important attraction when travel to Xi'an. It assumes the striking features of Chinese pavilions, with painted beams and engraved ridgepoles. You will be amazed at the typical Chinese style of this mosque. Afterwards, have a stroll in the lively old town of Xi'an to experience the local life.

Accommodation option:

  • Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an
  • (4 Ratings)
Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

breakfast and lunch

Today you fly to Nyingchi, which is also known as Linzhi, which stretches across the southern end of Tibet and covers snow-capped mountains reaching up to 7000 meters. Once there, you will visit the important Lamaling Monastery, which was destroyed by an earthquake in the 1930s and rebuilt several years later on the original destroyed site. You will be impressed by its quiet atmosphere and the lush green trees in the midst of a peacefully flowing stream.

Accommodation option:

  • Botai Linzhi Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Lamaling Monastery

Lamaling Monastery

breakfast and lunch

Take a trip today to an area in Tibet, Lulang, where can walk through the beautiful valley and its lush forest. You will also encounter the locals in Tibetan village and learn more about the residents' everyday lives. Before returning to Linzhi, you will drive to the large community of Bayi, which is an important wood and wool production site and home to some national minorities such as the Hui or Xibo.

Accommodation option:

  • Botai Linzhi Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Lulang Forest

Lulang Forest

breakfast and lunch

Before you get to Lhasa, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, make a detour to the sacred mountain lake Basum Tso, which is located at about 3,500 meters altitude. Surrounded by mountains covered with lush forests and mirrored in clear water, it boasts the gorgeous green color, makeing this sight particularly magical.

Accommodation option:

  • Thangka Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Basum Tso

Basum Tso

breakfast and lunch

There are several highlights on the program today. In the Morning, visit the Jokhang Temple - the spiritual center of Tibet which is visited by countless pilgrims. The mysterious facility will be you too impress.

Then take a stroll down Barkhor Street. It is the oldest and traditional street in Tibet. It is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble. You can see old buildings that have been built to the regional architecture. Tibetan handicrafts are offered in the shops.

Later, visit the awe-inspiring Potala Palace. It perched high above much of Lhasa, is the landmark of the city. The whole Palace is consist of Red and White Palace. The white Palace was for secular use and the Red Palace was for religious use. This traditional Tibetan architecture with 13 floors was used for the former residence of the Dalai Lama.

Accommodation option:

  • Thangka Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Potala Palace

Potala Palace

breakfast and lunch

The first program of the day is the visit of the monastery of Sera, which belongs to the “Three Great Monasteries” of the Gelug Order. Today about 750 monks live and study here. When you arrive at the debating court at the right time, you will see groups of monks excitedly debating in a living atmosphere.

Then continue to Drepung Monastery-- was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, a reference to the great Buddhist monastic university of India. And it used to be the former state monastery of Tibet, which served as the headquarters for the Dalai Lama before moving to the Potala Palace.

Last, visit Norbulingka - a traditional summer palace and residence starting from the 7th Dalai Lama. It is also the place they conduct their affairs and religious activities. The whole garden covers an area of 46 hectares, with more than 370 rooms of different sizes, known as “garden of the garden”, making it the largest, most scenic and most historic garden in Tibet.

Accommodation option:

  • Thangka Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Sere Monastery

Sere Monastery

breakfast and lunch

Today you will stop at the crystal clear Yamdrok Lake, which shimmers beautifully like turquoise. Look into the distance and you will marvel at the seven thousand meter high mountains that tower into the sky. On the way back to Lhasa, you’ll have a glimpse of the mighty Kharola Glacier. It is about 5,000-meter altitude and originates from one of Tibet’s four sacred mountains.

Accommodation option:

  • Thangka Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake

breakfast

Today you fly to the capital of China, Beijing. After arriving at the hotel, you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation option:

  • Penta Hotel Beijing
  • (4 Ratings)

breakfast and lunch

The first highlight of the day is a visit to the Summer Palace, which is attractive not only for its traditional Chinese garden art, but also for its impressive marble boat on the idyllic Kunming Lake and the sight of the richly decorated walkway.

Then come to the landmark of China, the Great Wall. The Mutianyu section, formerly known as the Northern Defensive Wall, with numerous observation towers reminds of the Warring States Period. On the cable car you can enjoy the great landscape in all cosiness.

Accommodation option:

  • Penta Hotel Beijing
  • (4 Ratings)
Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall

breakfast and lunch

Today you will firstly visit Tian'anmen Square. Then go through the huge gate and visit the forbidden City. You will be impressed by the imposing building complexes. It witnesses the imperial life of Ming and Qing Dynasty.

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven. Once upon a time, the ancient emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasty prayed for high-yield crops here. You can see many Beijingers stroll or chat with acquaintances when you spend your free time.

Accommodation option:

  • Penta Hotel Beijing
  • (4 Ratings)
Forbidden City

Forbidden City

breakfast

Today you say goodbye to Beijing and fly back home.

Our service includes:
  • One-to-one consultancy with our travel expert
  • Knowledgeable and helpful local guides
  • Private and comfortable van
  • All accommodations
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • In-destination transfers
  • A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling
Trip Notes

This tour is intended to give you an idea for what's possible when you travel with us. Treat them simply as inspiration, because every element of the tour can be customized individually. Please feel free to tell us your ideas and we will create a tour to match your tastes and budget.

Recommended hotels

Go Find Orient choose your accommodation based on easy accessibility to everything yet in a quiet neighborhood with the consideration of typical traditional style and modern comfort.

 ShangHai  Shanghai Metropark Jichen Hotel

  • Located in the heart of Shanghai, 5 minutes drive from Longde Road subway station & Xintiandi.
  • It houses a fitness centre, 3 dining options and accommodation with free internet access.
  • The air-conditioned guest rooms feature warm lighting and modern interiors with full equipment.
  • Restaurants serve a fine selection of local, Japanese and international dishes.

 Xi'an  Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an

  • Located in the central of Xi'an, 7-minute walk from Bell & Drum Tower and Muslim Food Street.
  • It features 6 dining options, a spa and wellness center.
  • Guestrooms offer iPod, MP3 stations and free WiFi access in all areas.
  • Restaurant offers barbecue dishes, Asian and Western dishes is available at Yummy Café.

   Botai Linzhi Hotel

  • Located in the heart of Nyingchi, and opposite to the Biri Holy mountain.
  • 196 beautifully decorated rooms offer customized duck-down pillow, linen and Solar heating system.
  • An elegant sunshine courtyard provides a sense of comfortable home stay.
  • The restaurants provide Chinese and Western cuisine.

 Lhasa  Thangka Hotel

  • Superior location in city center, near the Ramoche Temple and Barkhor Street.
  • 170 rooms and suites feature for Tibetan-style decoration with air conditioning.
  • The full views of the famous Potala Palace can be seen when you lie in bed.
  • The delicous Tibetan, Chinese and western meals are served in restaurant.

 Beijing  Penta Hotel Beijing

  • Occupying a central location in Beijing, 10-minute drive from Temple of Heaven & Wangfujing Street.
  • 307 air-conditioned rooms offer the comfort of over-sized windows, a sofa and carpeted floors.
  • Bicycle rentals are available for guests to explore around the city.
  • The Lobby Lounge provides a cozy environment for light snacks and cocktails.