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China, Tibet & the Yangtze

Explore remarkable cultures with an intriguing tour of Asia, travelling from China's Beijing and Chengdu to Lhasa, the heart of Tibet and highest city on earth, before embarking on a Yangtze cruise.

Luxury Small Group Journeys 2014
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Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive in Beijing, China’s dynastic capital and cultural hub, where you are transferred to your centrally-located hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
Day 2: Beijing | The Great Wall

This morning, walk or ride a cable car to the top of the well- preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, enjoying sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Later, gather with fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing   |   Meals: B D
Day 3: Beijing | Imperial Glory

Start the day with a tai chi class taught at the ancient Temple of Heaven, an ancient sacrificial altar surrounded by a pine forest and a beautiful example from the Ming period. Afterward, climb into a pedicab and ride through a hutong, a vast yet intimate neighborhood of small winding alleyways. This afternoon, explore Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square and a site of great political significance. Next, walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City, China’s former imperial palace and now a vast museum housing imperial treasures.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing   |   Meals: B L
Day 4: Xian | The Eternal City

Fly this morning to Xian in the fertile Weo River valley, a modern city with historical riches dating back some 3,000 years. Following your arrival, explore the Yangling Museum, where you walk on a glass floor over a treasure trove of Han Dynasty tombs. After lunch, visit the Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter, where one of the oldest and best-preserved Islamic mosques reveals its religious influence. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian   |   Meals: B L D
Day 5: Xian | Terra Cotta Warriors

Today you visit what is arguably the greatest of Chinese archaeological sites: the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. This life-size army of 8,000 was sculpted during the Qin Dynasty to protect China’s first emperor in his afterlife. Spread across three dig pits, each warrior reveals a unique face; witness this collective military might accompanied by an archaeologist on site. After lunch, enter the Ancient Gate of Xian’s City Wall — one of China’s most complete — where you can cycle along its ramparts.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xian   |   Meals: B L
Day 6: Chengdu | Chinese Characters

Fly to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, where abundant natural resources and distinctive Shu handicrafts have defined the region’s charm for centuries.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu   |   Meals: B
Day 7: Chengdu | Leshan Giant Buddha

Today you embark on a quest to the relaxed riverside city of Leshan, where a private boat ride brings you before its enormous stone-carved Buddha. At 233 feet tall, it is the largest Buddha in the world, with fingernails measuring taller than the average human. Hike to the summit for views over the Buddha before lunch.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu   |   Meals: B L D
Day 8: Lhasa | Gateway to Tibet

This morning, fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet and one of the highest cities on earth at 11,450 feet; Lhasa is also the most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau. Home of the Dalai Lamas and historic Potala Palace, the city reveals modern influences and a beautiful dichotomy between past and present. After you are transferred to your hotel, spend the remainder of your day acclimatizing.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa   |   Meals: B
Day 9: Lhasa | Buddhist Treasures

This morning, make the pilgrimage to the vibrant Ani Tsangkung Nunnery where cheerful nuns bustle about. Next, discover the spiritual heart of Tibet and thick scent of incense at the sacred Jokhang, a 1,300-year-old temple housing Tibet’s most revered golden Buddha. After lunch, wander Lhasa’s Barkhor Bazaar, selling all manner of exotic goods. In the evening, travel just outside the city to the renowned Sera Monastery where you witness lively “monk debates.” Later, discover the Dalai Lama’s former summer residence at Norbulingka, a 99-acre enclave of gardens, ponds and palaces.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa   |   Meals: B L D
Day 10: Lhasa | Footsteps of the Dalai Lama

After breakfast, visit Sanggye Dhunghor (One Thousand Buddha Cliff), where more than 200 statues are carved into a dramatic rock face, including that of Buddha Akshobya. Next, venture beyond the towering walls of the incredible Potala Palace, a 13-story architectural masterpiece and the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore more of Lhasa or to rest at your hotel.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa   |   Meals: B L D
Day 11: Chongqing | Board the ‘Yangzi Explorer’

Fly this afternoon to Chongqing, where you board your luxury river cruiser and embark on a three-day journey on the Yangtze River.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'   |   Meals: B L D
Days 12-13: Cruising the Yangtze | The Three Gorges

Spend two days on the river with shore excursions, including the opportunity to meet a local family, and pass through the world’s largest dam project, the hydroelectric Three Gorges Dam.

Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 14: Yichang to Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’

After an early lunch on board, disembark in Yichang. Later, fly to Shanghai where you are transferred to your hotel situated on the Shanghai Bund.

The Peninsula Shanghai   |   Meals: B L
Day 15: Shanghai | Exhilarating Metropolis

Explore Shanghai, China’s most dynamic and fast-paced city where spectacular modern skylines meet with classic street markets and Chinese gardens. Start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, a water village evoking China’s past. Stroll its centuries-old narrow lanes and board a sampan (wooden boat) to glide along its main canal. Later this evening, attend a Shanghai Acrobatic performance.

The Peninsula Shanghai   |   Meals: B
Day 16: Shanghai | Thriving Waterfront

This morning, wander through the streets of Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden, adorned with pavilions, streams and pools. Later, join the throngs of people strolling the Bund, Shanghai’s most popular promenade. This evening, explore artist studios and galleries in the M-50 Contemporary Art District, then gather for a festive farewell dinner to celebrate your journey.

The Peninsula Shanghai   |   Meals: B L D
Day 17: Depart Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your international flight home or set off for the Guilin & Hong Kong Post-Tour Extension.

Meals: B
Guilin & Hong Kong Post-Tour Extension

5 days, priced from $2,295; internal air priced from $775.
Available on all departures.
DAY 1:
Fly from Shanghai to Guilin and transfer to your hotel. Participate in ancient cormorant fishing. Shangri-la Hotel, Guilin
DAY 2: Enjoy bamboo rafting on the Li River, then visit Yangdi village and Yangshuo Market. Shangri-la Hotel, Guilin | Meals: B L
DAY 3: This morning, visit symbolic Elephant Trunk Hill, scenic Fubo Hill above the Li River and one of Guilin’s iconic limestone caves. The Peninsula Hong Kong | Meals: B
DAY 4: Visit a local herbal medicine market and Man Mo Temple, followed by a sampan ride through a floating village. The Peninsula Hong Kong | Meals: B L
DAY 5: Transfer to the airport for your flight home. | Meals: B

Dates & Prices

Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Aug. 11, 2014 - Aug. 27, 2014 $8,995 Main Deck Limited Availability
Sep. 08, 2014 - Sep. 24, 2014 $9,595 Main Deck Limited Availability
Sep. 15, 2014 - Oct. 01, 2014 $9,595 Main Deck Call for Availability
Sep. 22, 2014 - Oct. 08, 2014 $9,595 Main Deck Call for Availability
Oct. 13, 2014 - Oct. 29, 2014 $9,595 Main Deck Call for Availability
Oct. 20, 2014 - Nov. 05, 2014 $9,595 Main Deck Call for Availability
Oct. 27, 2014 - Nov. 12, 2014 $9,595 Main Deck Limited Availability