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15 Day Tibet Escapade

Tour Code: 8CE15TB
Visit: Beijing , Chengdu ,Tsedang , Shigatse , Gyantse , Lhasa , Shanghai
An intriguing adventure though mystical Tibet, plus visit the endearing pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Monday Depart San Francisco for Beijing, China

Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.


CHINA

DAY 2 Tuesday Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival, you are escorted to check in to the hotel.
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing


DAY 3 Wednesday Beijing

Today's tour visits Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace's Forbidden City, including living quarters, museum and jewelry sections. Then on the Summer Palace with a boat ride on Lake Kunming (weather permitting).
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch


DAY 4 Thursday Beijing

Today, walk the ancient ramparts of the astonishing Great Wall. Stroll along the Sacred Way to the Ming Tombs and Chang Ling Exhibition Hall. After lunch, visit a cloisonn factory.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch


DAY 5 Friday Beijing/Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. After lunch, see adorable pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, and then visit Yulin Market and Qintai Road with traditional-style buildings. Tonight, attend an entertaining Sichuan Opera with traditional face-changing performance.
Jinjiang Hotel Chengdu
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch


TIBET

DAY 6 Saturday Chengdu/Lhasa/Tsedang

This morning, your Tibet adventure begins as you fly to Lhasa, where you are greeted at the airport with a traditional Tibetan welcome ceremony.* Continue by motorcoach to Tsedang. The rest of the day is free to adjust to the altitude of one of the world's highest plateaus C about 12,000 feet above sea level.
Tsedang Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch in the Hotel, Dinner in the Hotel
*Welcome ceremony with 10 or more passengers.


DAY 7 Sunday Tsedang

This morning, ferry across the Yaluzangbu River, the highest river in the world, to visit Samye Monastery. Built in 761, it combines Tibetan, Chinese and Indian architectural styles. In the afternoon, visit Yumbulagang, said to be the oldest structure in Tibet, and 9th century Dratang Monastery.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Hotel


DAY 8 Monday Tsedang/Yamdrok Lake/Shigatse

This morning depart for Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet . En route drive via Kambala pass to scenic Yamdrok Lake , one of the four holy lakes of Tibet .
Shigatse Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Hotel


DAY 9 Tuesday Shigatse/Gyantse

After breakfast visit Tashilumpo Monastery , built in 1447 , before driving to Gyantse, a town southwest of Lhasa and an important regional center in the 15th century. In Gyantse, tour Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum , a stupa comprised of hundreds of chapels said to hold 100,000 Buddha images.
Gyantse Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 10 Wednesday Gyantse/Lhasa

Today's drive takes you to Lhasa , where you arrive in the late afternoon.
Four Points by Sheraton
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Hotel


DAY 11 Thursday Lhasa

An extraordinary day of sightseeing shows the spectacular architecture at the world-renowned Potala Palace. Former home of the Dalai Lama, its massive 1000-room structure towers over this mountain city. Then visit famous Barkhor Market, where you can shop for Tibetan items. See one of Tibet's holiest shrines, revered 7th century Jokhang Temple, with its statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha, lavishly enthroned in gold.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 12 Friday Lhasa

You will not soon forget Norbulingkha (The Summer Palace), built by the seventh Dalai Lama in the 18th century. Then on to magnificent Sera Monastery to see groups of red-robed young monks debate Buddhist doctrines in lively traditional style. Alternatively, visit scenic Drepung Monastery, once home to 10,000 Lamas. This evening, enjoy a memorable Tibetan dinner and show where you will be welcomed with a colorful, traditional Yak Dance.*
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show
*Welcome Yak Dance if 10 or more passengers.


DAY 13 Saturday Lhasa/Chengdu/Shanghai

This morning, bid farewell to the mountains of Tibet as you fly to Chengdu and then continue on to Shanghai.
Radisson Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai
MEALS: Breakfast


DAY 14 Sunday Shanghai

See the highlights of Shanghai on a full day tour: the rich collections of the Shanghai Museum including an audio tour, Yu Garden, The Bund's colonial-style architecture, the Children's Palace, Nanjing Road or Huai Hai Road shopping streets and a carpet factory.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch


DAY 15 Monday Depart Shanghai for San Francisco

Fly homeward aboard United Airlines.
MEALS: American Breakfast
5-Day Tour Extension to Huangshan


GUARANTEED DEPARTURES SHOWN IN RED

MONDAY DEPARTURE; MONDAY RETURN ON UNITED AIRLINES
TOUR CODE: 8CE15TB


Tour Cost (per person, double occupancy)
Departure
Date
Return
Date
LAND ONLY
AIR & LAND
from
San Francisco
Single
Supp.
2008:
May 19 Jun 2 $3,408 $4,538 $1,100
Jun 23 Jul 7 $3,348 $4,598 $1,000
Jul 14 Jul 28 $3,278 $4,528 $1,000
Sep 8 Sep 22 $3,448 $4,578 $1,100
Oct 6 Oct 20 $3,448 $4,578 $1,100

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
  • Fully Escorted by our professional, bilingual Tour Manager
  • 13 nights in Five-Star, Deluxe and Superior First Class Hotels
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 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
  • BEIJING: 3 nights JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
    Tiananmen Square; Forbidden City's Imperial Palace with living quarters, museum and jewelry sections; Summer Palace with Lake Kunming cruise; Great Wall; Sacred Way to Ming Tombs; Chang Ling Exhibition Hall; cloisonn factory
  • CHENGDU: 1 nightJinjiang Hotel Chengdu
    Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding; Yulin Market; Qintai Road; Sichuan Opera
  • TSEDANG: 2 nights Tsedang Hotel
    Ferry to Samye Monastery; Yumbulagang and Dratang Monastery
  • SHIGATSE: 1 night Shigatse Hotel
    Yamdrok Lake; Tashilumpo Monastery
  • GYANTSE: 1 night Gyantse Hotel
    Pelkor Chode Monastery; Kumbum
  • LHASA: 3 nights Four Points By SHeraton
    Potala Palace; Barkhor Market; Jokhang Temple; Norbulingkha (Summer Palace); Sera Monastery; Tibetan dinner and show
  • SHANGHAI: 2 nights Radisson Plaza Xing Guo Hotel
    Shanghai Museum; Yu Garden; The Bund; Children's Palace; Nanjing Road or Huai Hai Road shopping streets; carpet factory


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