Tibet and Cruise 18-19

16 Days

from £3598

Experience a unique and incredible insight into Tibet and the “Roof of the World” the highest region on Earth. This, the spiritual heart of China, presents historical and religious sites in the area’s exceptional landscape. After Tibet, relax and enjoy a 4 day cruise along Asia’s longest river, The Yangtze. In addition there are visits to the illustrious capital, Beijing, the vibrant city of Shanghai and the historical city of Xian.

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2018 – 19

Day 1  UK to Beijing
You will take a scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing.

Day 2  Arrive Beijing (D)
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay. In the afternoon you will have time to relax or take a walk in the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise on what you can do at your leisure. In the early evening your guide will escort you for dinner where you will meet your fellow group members.

Day 3  Beijing city tour (BLD)
In the morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven – this was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year, where you can observe the tradition of practicing Tai Chi in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world. Continue to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries.  Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Here, you can have a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

Day 4 Great Wall  (BLD)
Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, which hosted the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional delicacy and a culinary must.

Day 5 Bullet train to Xian (BL) 
In the morning visit the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. You will then catch a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes).

Day 6   Terracotta Warriors (BLD)
Today your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, a stunning collection of ten thousand life size statues of the Chinese army made over two thousand years ago, yet preserved almost perfectly. This will be followed by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xian in the afternoon, which can be enjoyed through a peaceful stroll or a bike ride. It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, it is one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. This evening you will try a dumpling dinner while enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

Day 7  To Lhasa (BLD)
After breakfast, you will depart Xian followingyour transfer to the airport for a flight to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. On arrival, our local guide will bring you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for relaxing and acclimatising to the altitude of 3,700 metres.

Day 8  Potala Palace (BLD)
Today, you can expect a tour of the inspiring 13-story Potala Palace, winter home of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century. This will be followed by a visit to the 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple, with opportunities to explore the maze-like Barkhor Market in the spiritual heart of the city.

Day 9  Norbulingka Palace (BLD)
This morning you will visit Norbulingka Palace, built in 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up until the 14th Dalai Lama’s exile in 1959. This afternoon, you can enjoy a visit to the Sera Monastery, one of the ‘great three’ Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet.

Day 10  To Chongqing (BLD)
You will leave the ‘Roof of the World’ behind this morning as you fly to Chongqing. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your 5 star Yangtze River Cruise ship.

Days 11-12  Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
On the first day of the cruise, you can relax while the ship meanders through the Yangtze, enjoying its scenic views. Today’s excursion will be Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. The final excursion of the last day will be an enjoyable journey on a small motorboat through the tranquil Goddess Stream while marvelling at the soaring limestone cliffs rising sheer from the water.

Day 13  To Shanghai (BL)
You have nearly arrived at the end of your cruise. Before arriving at Yichang you will visit The Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric power station site. Disembark at Yichang at noon and our guide will escort you to the airport for a flight to Shanghai.

Day 14  Shanghai city tour (BLD)
First stop Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens is home to beautiful pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards and flowers. At the Jade Buddha Temple you can expect both historical and modern, sporting large, intricate sculptures of Buddha. After viewing the Shanghai Museum, next is a visit to the waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. Later, on top of the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city.

Day 15  Zhujiajiao (BL)
Today will start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with a history of over 1,700 years known as the Pearl Stream.You can expect to see the Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, two ancient and historic buildings and the Ma family Garden before heading back to Shanghai for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 16  Shanghai to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

This group tour will typically use 4 Star Hotels or properties of a similar standard if those listed are not available. All rooms are equipped with a double or twin beds, private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, heating, TV’s, telephones and WiFi as standard.

Your 4★ Hotels
Beijing: Guangxi
Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture
Lhasa: The Tibet Cang Guyan
Yangtze River Cruise: Victoria
Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong

Beijing: Guangxi Hotel 4★

Conveniently located near the Panjiayuan Antique Market and 5 km from Hongqiao Market and Temple of Heaven. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool.

Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture 4★

Located near Great Mosque, Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a health club. There is also a restaurant and a nightclub.

Lhasa: The Tibet Cang Guyan 4★

Located in downtown Lhasa and close to such popular Lhasa attractions as the Jokhang Temple and Ramoche Temple. The en suite rooms provide good views of Tibet and surrounding area.

Yangtze River: Victoria Cruise 5★

Used on all our group tours, boasting the largest five-star fleet on the Yangtze River. All cabins have modern amenities featuring private bathrooms and balconies. You also have the option to upgrade to Executive Deck for only £99 (3 night cruise). Restaurants serve delicious onboard meals. Spectacular views of the scenery can be gain from every stateroom and public area.

Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong 4★

The hotel offers comfortable guestrooms with modern amenities and there is a restaurant serving both Chinese and Western cuisine.

Tour Name: Tibet and Cruise

Tour Code: TC16
Duration:
 16 Day

Depart – Return    from Depart – Return    from
26/07 10/08/18 from £3,798 25/10 09/11/18 from £3,698
09/08 24/08/18 from £3,798 04/04 19/04/19 from £3,598
06/09 21/09/18 from £3,598 11/04 26/04/19 from £3,598
13/09 28/09/18 from £3,598 09/05 24/05/19 from £3,598
20/09 05/10/18 from £3,598 16/05 31/05/19 from £3,598
11/10 26/10/18 from £3,698 06/06 21/06/19 from £3,598
18/10 02/11/18 from £3,698

Single supplement from £578

Land only from £2698

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International Flights in economy class with British Airways
  • Transfers and Transport in China
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin share
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance Fees to the sites listed
  • Airport Taxes
  • 2 year multiple entry visa for 90 days each stay

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance