Tour Code: 8CE15SL Visit: Shanghai, Suzhou, Kunming, Lijiang, Zhongdian (Shangri-La) , Lhasa
Journey to Shangri-La, wherentime has stood still, then travel on to mystical Tibet
DAY 1 Friday Depart San Francisco for Shanghai, China
Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.
DAY 2 Saturday Arrive Shanghai
Upon arrival, you are escorted to the hotel. Hua Ting Hotel & Towers
DAY 3 Sunday Shanghai
Sightseeing displays China's ancient glories at the Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden. Visit a carpet factory and continue on to see the colonial-style architecture at The Bund and the Children's Palace. See the traditional shopping streets of Nanjing Road or the modern Huai Hai Road. MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 Monday Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai*
This morning, travel by motorcoach to Suzhou, renowned for its legendary gardens. Upon arrival, explore the scenic waterways on a Grand Canal cruise. Then on to tour Pan Men City Gate and the lovely Humble Administrator's Garden. After lunch, visit the new Suzhou Museum, designed by noted architect I.M. Pei, and visit the Embroidery Research Institute. MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch *Travel to Suzhou by train if group is less than 6 tour members.
DAY 5 Tuesday Shanghai/Kunming
Fly to the city of Kunming, at the foot of the Himalayas. Then on to tour the 400-year-old Golden Palace Temple at the top of Mingfeng Hill, home of the Taoist Taihe Palace (Hall of Supreme Harmony) and the largest copper temple in China. Grand Park Hotel Kunming MEALS: American Breakfast
DAY 6 Wednesday Kunming/Stone Forest/Kunming
A rare experience today as you take an excursion to the legendary Stone Forest, where you will marvel at the enthralling labyrinth of jagged limestone crags. This area is home to the Sani Minority, known for their fine embroidery and dancing skills. MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7 Thursday Kunming/Lijiang
Fly to breathtaking Lijiang, arriving in the afternoon. The Naxi ethnic minorities of Lijiang have a splendid history and culture, with their unique traditions, architecture and traditional dress. Visit the ancient Dayan Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the houses are wood-and-earth structures with tiled roofs and flower-filled courtyards. The Mu Family Mansion, ancient home of a Naxi noble, is now a museum offering insight into Naxi history and culture. A tour takes you to scenic Black Dragon Pool with its Moon Embracing Pavilion and Dongba Cultural Village. Enjoy views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain reflecting in the pond. Lijiang Guang Fang Hotel MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Hotel
DAY 8 Friday Lijiang
If weather permits see a morning outdoor show, Impression Lijiang-Snow Mountain or an evening performance in a theater, Li Shui Jin Sha . Visit Joseph Rock's former residence. In the afternoon, visit Baisha village to see its Ming and Qing dynasty frescos, then tour Yuhu Village, a well-preserved Naxi community. MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9 Saturday Lijiang/Zhongdian
Travel by motorcoach to Zhongdian, the stunningly picturesque setting believed to be the inspiration of the mythical Shangri-La described in James Hilton's novel, Lost Horizon . En route, see the First Bend of the Yangtze River at Shigu, and astounding Hutiao (Tiger Leap) Gorge on the Jinsha River, one of the deepest gorges in the world. Gyalthang Dzong Hotel MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Hotel
DAY 10 Sunday Zhongdian
Today, a breathtaking sightseeing tour of this beautiful region visits 17th-century Ganden Songzanglin Monastery, scenic Napa Lake, then on to tour Zhongdian's Tibetan-style old town and local market. MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Hotel
DAY 11 Monday Zhongdian/Lhasa
This morning, fly to Lhasa, mountainous capital of Tibet where you will be greeted at the airport with a traditional Tibetan welcome ceremony.* The rest of the day is free to adjust to the altitude of one of the world's highest plateausCabout 12,000 ft. above sea level. Dinner at the hotel. Four Points by Sheraton MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Hotel *Welcome ceremony with 10 or more passengers.
DAY 12 Tuesday Lhasa
An extraordinary day of sightseeing shows Norbulingkha, summer palace, built by the seventh Dalai Lama in the 18th century. Then on to magnificent Sera Monastery to see groups of red-robbed young monks debate Buddhist doctrines in lively traditional style. Alternatively, visit scenic Drepung Monastery once home to 10,000 Lamas. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 13 Wednesday Lhasa
You will not soon forget the spectacular architecture at the world-famous Potala Palace. Former living quarters of the Dalai Lama, its massive 1,000 room structure towers over this mountain city. Continue on to visit the famous Barkhor Market where you may shop for Tibetan items. See one of Tibet's holiest shrines, revered 7th century Jokhang Temple, where pilgrims come to worship before the statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha, lavishly enthroned in gold. This evening, enjoy a memorable Tibetan dinner and show where you will be welcomed with a traditional Yak Dance.* MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show *Yak Dance with 10 or more passengers.
DAY 14 Thursday Lhasa/Chengdu/Shanghai
This morning, bid farewell to the mountains of Tibet as you fly to Chengdu and then continue on to Shanghai. Hua Ting Hotel & Towers MEALS: American Breakfast
DAY 15 Friday Depart Shanghai for San Francisco
Fly homeward aboard United Airlines. MEALS: American Breakfast
5-Day Tour Extension to Huangshan
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES SHOWN IN RED
FRIDAY DEPARTURE; FRIDAY RETURN ON UNITED AIRLINES TOUR CODE: 8CE15SL
Tour Cost (per person, double occupancy)
AIR & LAND
East Coast Cities & Other Gateways: For domestic Add-On airfares from interior U.S. cities to San Francisco, please see below.
Government-imposed taxes and fees, including the 9/11 Security Fee, apply and are additional. Refer to Air and Land Information in our Terms & Conditions.
Land Only rate does not include transpacific air, or initial arrival and final departure transfers in Asia.
Tour fares are subject to change.
BUSINESS CLASS AIR UPGRADE AVAILABLE
UNITED AIRLINES ADD-ON AIRFARE CHART
ZONE 1: Not Applicable
ZONE 2: No Additional Charges
Los Angeles, CA
ZONE 3: Add $140.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Palm Springs, CA
C ANADA :
San Diego, CA
Las Vegas, NV
ZONE 4: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
San Antonio, TX
C ANADA :
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
Salt Lake City, UT
ZONE 5: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Kansas City, MO
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
ZONE 6: Add $220.00 to San Francisco tour fare
St. Louis, MO
Green Bay, WI
ZONE 7: Add $200.00 to San Francisco tour fare
New York, NY
ZONE 8: Add $260.00 to San Francisco tour fare
C ANADA :
ZONE 9: Add $340.00 to San Francisco tour fare
West Palm Beach, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
If your city is not shown on the lists above, please call us for information.
IMPORTANT NOTE : The above add-on fares are applicable only when using flights on United Airlines. Valid from April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009. Fares subject to change.
OUR WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
Round-trip transpacific air transportation
All intra-China air/land transportation
Escorted by our professional, bilingual Tour Manager
13 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
Sightseeing, cultural activities and performances as noted
United Mileage Plus ? members: earn frequent flyer credit with the purchase of each air/land package
$100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDT.
SHANGHAI: 4 nights Hua Ting Hotel & Towers Shanghai Museum; Yu Garden; The Bund; Children's Palace; Nanjing Road or Huai Hai Road shopping streets; carpet factory
SUZHOU: Sightseeing Grand Canal cruise; Pan Men City Gate; Humble Administrator's Garden; the new Suzhou Museum; Embroidery Research Institute
KUNMING: 2 nights Grand Park Hotel Kunming Tour of region; Golden Palace Temple; Stone Forest
LIJIANG: 2 nights Lijiang Guang Fang Hotel Black Dragon Pool with Moon Embracing Pavilion; Dongba Cultural Village; Morning outdoor show (depending on weather); Dayan (Old Town) tour; Mu Family Mansion; Joseph Rock's former residence; Baisha village; Yuhu village
ZHONGDIAN: 2 nights Gyalthang Dzong Hotel First Bend of the Yangtze River; Tiger Leap Gorge; Ganden Songzanglin Monastery; Napa Lake; Tibetan-style Old Town & local market
LHASA: 3 nights Four Points by Sheraton
Norbulingkha (Summer Palace); Sera Monastery; Potala Palace; Barkhor Market; Jokhang Temple; dinner and traditional Tibetan show