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17 Day Tibet Highland & Yangtze River

  Tour Code: OAT

Visits: Beijing, Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyangtsea, Chengdu, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai

Tour Itinerary:

Day 01 : USA - Beijing

Set out on our exciting vacation as we check in to our international flight. Our destination is Beijing, the capital city of China.
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Day 02 : Arrive Beijing

After the flight touches down in Beijing, clear customs and meet our tour guide. We are transferred to our luxuriously appointed five star accommodations for a night of rest.
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Day 03 : Beijing

Be sure to eat plenty of breakfast as a full day of sightseeing is in store. Our city tour of Beijing takes us first to Tiananmen Square, or "Gate of Heavenly Peace." We proceed to the palatial Forbidden City for full immersion in the resplendent spend or of imperial heritage; then its on to the emperor's Summer Palace at Kunming Lake. Time permitting this afternoon, we also visit the glorious Temple of Heaven. Dinner is served as we attend a tasty Peking Duck Feast.
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Day 04 : Beijing

Today we marvel at the incredible magnitude of the Great Wall, at once the imposing symbol of Chinese national pride. Walk atop the Wall and be inspired by the commanding view and stark beauty of the timeless frontier. Our next stop is the Ming Tombs Museum where we review the precious artifacts buried with Ming emperors.
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Day 05 : Beijing - Lhasa

Board a flight to Lhasa (via Chengdu), the capital of Tibetan Autonomous Reglon. This city's elevation is 12,000 feet above sea level. To acclimate our bodies to the thin air, we check into the hotel upon arrival. No activities are scheduled this day. Please do take the time to rest and not walk around town.
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Day 06 : Lhasa

Full day tour takes us to Potala Palace and jokhang Lamasery. A walk along Bakhor Street affords is a window into Tibetan culture and allows us the opportunity to buy colorful ethnic handcrafts rarely seen outside of Tibet.
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Day 07 : Lhasa

We head away from the city center by motorcoach to Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, located at an elevationof almost 15,000 feet above sea level. Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet's three holy lakes. We take lunch lakeside, enjoying the ambience provided by such peaceful serene surroundings.
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Day 08 : Lhasa - Chengdu

Today we fly to Chengdu, capital of Slchuan Province and home to China's spiciest foods. Visit the Zoo which features the giant Pandas indigenous to the region. A tempting treat is in store this evening as a dinner of Local Specialties has been provided for our enjoyment.
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Day 09 : Chengdu

Full-day tour takes us to visit the Marquis Wu Shrine, built to enshrine the 47 heroic figures of the Shu Kingdom. Continue in the afternoon to visit River Viewing Pavilion Park, a lovely historic place with forest of 100 varieties of bamboo. Dinner is served at our hotel this evening.
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Day 10 : Chengdu - Xian

In the morning we tour Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the residence of the famous Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu. Later in the day board a flight to Xian, the starting point of the historic Silk Road. Time permitting, we drive by Xian's massive City Wall and stop to visit the Bell Tower and Big Wild Goose Pagoda on the way into town. If not, we'll do it tomorrow.
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Day 11 : Xian

Xian's 5000 year history covers the full extent of ancient Chinese civilization. The focal point of today's sightseeing tour must be the Terra Cotta Army of Qin Shi Huang, China's unifying emperor. Unearthed 2200 years after being buried with the emperor, its discovery in 1974 ranks as one of the world's top archaeological discoveries. After a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet dinner, we attend the world reknowned Tang Dynasty Stage Show.
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Day 12 : Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze Cruise

Depart Xian for Chongqing by air. Located in Sichuan province, Chongqing holds distinction as being China's largest municipality and is famous for its tongue-numbing, spicy cuisine. After a brief city tour, we journey to the docks where our Victoria Cruise ship awaits to take us on our Yangtze River adventure.
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Day 13 : Yangtze River Cruise

The first shore excursion of our cruise occurs either at Shibaozhai, Fengdu or Wanzhou dependent on local river conditions. Shibaozhai's main attraction is its 12-story wooden pagoda which was constructed without use of a single nail. Fengdu is known as the "Ghost City" and contains hundreds of statues of ghosts and devils in a depiction of the afterlife. Wanzhou is known as the "Gateway to Eastern Sichuan."
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Day 14 : Yangtze River Cruise

Today we enter the portion of the Yantgze that contains the famed Three Gorges. The ship gingerly navigates the narrow waterway of Qutang Gorge to arrive Wushan, where we board smaller motorized vessels to access the Lesser Gorges via either Daning River or Shennong Stream. As the vessel plies through the shallow waters, we enjoy the spectacular scenery afforded by this tributary of the mighty Yangtze. Returning to the ship, we sail through Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, noting the pristine beauty of this region.
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Day 15 : Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai

Our ship arrives at Sandouping Village in the morning. Here we disembark to visit the mighty Three Gorges Dam site, the largest project of its kind in the world. Arrival at Yichang signals the end of our Yangtze River cruise. Disembark and transfer to the airport to board a short flight to Shanghai.
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Day 16 : Shanghai

Shanghai is China's most vibrant and cosmopolitan city. It is also its largest with a population of 13 million covering 2448 square miles. Experience the charm of modern Shanghai as we visit Yu Garden, famous shopping district Nanjing Road, and the Bund. Entrance tickets have also been provided for our group to visit the Shanghai Museum. In the evening a special performance of Chinese Acrobatics has been scheduled.
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Day 17 : Shanghai - USA

The morning is free until we board our homebound int'l flight, bidding a fond farewell to China.

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Beijing - Crowne Plaza (5 )

 

Lhasa - Lhasa Hotel (4 )

 

Shigatse - Shigatse Hotel (3 )

 

Gyangtse - Gyangtse Hotel (3 )

 

Chengdu - Sheraton Hotel (5 )

 

Xian - Sheraton Hotel (5 )

 

Yangtze River - Victoria Cruises (5 )

 

Shanghai - Crowne Plaza (5 )

 

Fine Dining
Three meals a day while in China except free time
Full American or buffet breakfast daily
Chinese or western dinners in hotels, on cruise, or at local restaurants
Local specialties for your delight:
Beijing - Peking Duck Banquet
Xian - Imperial Dumpling Banquet
Chongqing C Spicy Sichuan Cuisine

 

Special Entertainment
Xian - Tang Dynasty Stage Show
Victoria Cruise - Lectures on Chinese History and Culture, Taichi Lessons, Traditional Evening Entertainment
Shanghai - Chinese Acrobatics Show

 

Air Fare
Round trip international air ticket and China domestic air tickets

 

Sightseeing
Comprehensive sightseeing tours
Experienced and knowledgeable tour guide

 

Travel Protection
Travel Protection Insurance provided at no additional cost to you, if final payment is received 60 days prior to the departure date
USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program
Individual extensions to other cities in Asia are available. Please check online www.ritztours.com

 

Tax for this package is $256


Pricing and Departure Date

Departure - Return

Los Angeles
(LAX)

San Francisco
(SFO)

New York
(JFK)

Single
Supplement

International
Air Taxes

4/11/2007-4/28/2007

$ 3699.00

$ 3699.00

$ 3849.00

$ 1300.00

$ 256.00

4/25/2007 - 5/12/2007

$ 3699.00

$ 3699.00

$ 3849.00

$ 1300.00

$ 256.00

5/2/2007 - 5/19/2007

$ 3799.00

$ 3799.00

$ 3949.00

$ 1400.00

$ 256.00

5/16/2007 - 6/2/2007

$ 3799.00

$ 3799.00

$ 3949.00

$ 1400.00

$ 256.00

5/30/2007 - 6/16/2007

$ 3799.00

$ 3799.00

$ 3949.00

$ 1400.00

$ 256.00

6/13/2007 - 6/30/2007

$ 3899.00

$ 3899.00

$ 4049.00

$ 1300.00

$ 256.00

6/27/2007 - 7/14/2007

$ 3899.00

$ 3899.00

$ 4049.00

$ 1300.00

$ 256.00

7/11/2007 - 7/28/2007

$ 3799.00

$ 3799.00

$ 3949.00

$ 1300.00

$ 256.00

7/25/2007 - 8/11/2007

$ 3799.00

$ 3799.00

$ 3949.00

$ 1300.00

$ 256.00

8/8/2007 - 8/25/2007

$ 3799.00

$ 3799.00

$ 3949.00

$ 1300.00

$ 256.00

8/22/2007 - 9/8/2007

$ 3799.00

$ 3799.00

$ 3949.00

$ 1300.00

$ 256.00

9/12/2007 - 9/29/2007

$ 3899.00

$ 3899.00

$ 4049.00

$ 1500.00

$ 256.00

9/19/2007 - 10/6/2007

$ 3899.00

$ 3899.00

$ 4049.00

$ 1500.00

$ 256.00

9/26/2007 -10/13/2007

$ 3899.00

$ 3899.00

$ 4049.00

$ 1500.00

$ 256.00

10/3/2007 -10/20/2007

$ 3899.00

$ 3899.00

$ 4049.00

$ 1500.00

$ 256.00

10/10/200710/27/2007

$ 3899.00

$ 3899.00

$ 4049.00

$ 1500.00

$ 256.00

10/17/2007 - 11/3/2007

$ 3799.00

$ 3799.00

$ 3949.00

$ 1500.00

$ 256.00

Domestic China Airport Taxes (by Gateway)

Los Angeles (LAX)

San Francisco (SFO)

New York (JFK)

$ 50.00

$ 50.00

$ 50.00


   


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