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15 Day Shangri-La & Tibet Escapade

Tour Code: 8CE15SL
Visit: Shanghai , Suzhou , Kunming , Lijiang , Zhongdian (Shangri-La) , Lhasa
Journey to Shangri-La, where time has stood still, hten travel on to mystical Tibet

TOUR ITINERARY:


DAY 1 Friday Depart San Francisco for Shanghai, China

Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.


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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)
Departure
Date
Return
Date
LAND ONLY
AIR & LAND
from
San Francisco
Single
Supp.
2008:
May 23 Jun 6 $3,058 $4,188 $850
Jun 20 Jul 4 $3,058 $4,308 $850
Jul 4 Jul 18 $2,958 $4,208 $780
Jul 18 Sep 1 $2,958 $4,208 $780
Sep 5 Sep 19 $3,058 $4,188 $850
Oct 10 Oct 24 $3,058 $4,188 $850

Special Notes:
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
Honolulu, HI
ZONE 2: No Additional Charges
Los Angeles, CA Portland, OR Seattle, WA
ZONE 3: Add $140.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Eugene, OR Palm Springs, CA Sacramento, CA C ANADA :
Fresno, CA Phoenix, AZ San Diego, CA Vancouver, BC
Las Vegas, NV Reno, NV Spokane, WA
ZONE 4: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Albuquerque, NM Denver, CO San Antonio, TX C ANADA :
Austin, TX Houston, TX Calgary, AB
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX Salt Lake City, UT
ZONE 5: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Anchorage, AK Kansas City, MO Omaha, NE
Detroit, MI Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
ZONE 6: Add $220.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Chicago, IL Columbus, OH Memphis, TN St. Louis, MO
Cincinnati, OH Green Bay, WI Milwaukee, WI
Cleveland, OH Indianapolis, IN Nashville, TN
ZONE 7: Add $200.00 to San Francisco tour fare
New York, NY Newark, NJ
ZONE 8: Add $260.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Baltimore, MD Manchester, NH Rochester, NY C ANADA :
Boston, MA Philadelphia, PA Syracuse, NY Montreal, QC
Buffalo, NY Pittsburgh, PA Washington, DC Ottawa, ON
Hartford, CT Richmond, VA Toronto, ON
ZONE 9: Add $340.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Atlanta, GA Greensboro, NC Orlando, FL West Palm Beach, FL
Charlotte, NC Jacksonville, FL Raleigh-Durham, NC
Fort Lauderdale, FL Miami, FL Tampa, 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.

CULTURAL DISCOVERIES
  • 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


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