Tour G: China Yangtze + Tibet Adventure + Panda Breeding Ctr

Day by Day Itinerary


 

Day 1 – Hometown / Vancouver / Beijing

You will start with a flight from your hometown by Air Canada or West Jet to Vancouver, and connect by Air China direct flight to Beijing. Start your worry-free vacation with the guidance of your Canadian tour escort from Vancouver.

Day 2 – Arriving Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, be greeted by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax or explore Beijing at your leisure.
Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott (5-Star Design)

Day 3 – Beijing

You will be exploring the heart of Beijing after breakfast. The trip starts from Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world – the square and its surrounding areas are home to some of China’s most historic monuments and government edifices. Then take a tour to the Forbidden Citythe largest existing ancient architectural complex in China. In the afternoon, you will visit Summer Palace – an enchanting panorama of lake, landscape, pagodas and pavilions. This evening, enjoy a special Peking Duck Dinner and a bus tour to Beijing by Night (Donghua Gate Food Fair). ( B /L / SD )

Day 4 – Beijing

Have an inspiring day tour to the world famous Great Wall (Juyong Pass), which winds dragon-like across northern China. Enjoy time to walk along its ramparts and absorb the breathtaking views. Visit a cloisonné factory en route. After lunch, take a close look at 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium (The Bird’s Nest &The Water Cube). Evening enjoy a dazzling Beijing Acrobatic Show. ( B / L / D )

Day 5 – Beijing

Start the day with a visit to the beautiful Temple of Heaven. Then, take a Rickshaw Tour around the ancient alleyways of Beijing’s Hutong – one of Beijing’s 700-year-old traditional cottage neighborhoods. Visit a family in one of the “Quadrangles”. After lunch, visit the Wangfujing Shopping Area. ( B / L / D )

Day 6 – Beijing / Lhasa ( By Air )

Flight to Lhasa to begin the adventure in Tiibetan Plateau, see the spectacular views of 22,000-foot Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival, relax and adjust to being 12,000 feet above sea level. ( B / L / D)
Hotel: Jardin Secret Hotel (5-Star)

Day 7 – Lhasa

You will visit Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s oldest and most holy spiritual centre located in the city core. Finish today’s tour with a stroll around the ethereal pavilions and gardens of the Summer Palace, built in the 1950’s by the Dalai Lama shortly before his escape to India, and view his garden throne. You will explore the Bakor Street yourself and a Tibetan Style Dinner and Show will be arranged. ( B / L / SD )

Day 8 – Lhasa ~ Gyantse ~ Xigaze

A spectacular drive along an old caravan trade route takes you through stunning glacial landscapes and high mountain passes to Gyantse via Yamdroktso Lake. ( B / L / D )
Hotel: Zhaxiquta Hotel (4-Star, the Best Hotel in Xigaze)

Day 9 – Xigaze ~ Lhasa

The highlight of your full day exploration of Xigaze will begin a tour to Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the most exquisite in Tibet and the former seat of the Panchen Lama. Fabulous murals grace the inner walls of this elaborate temple complex – but the focal point is an enormous bronze Buddha, the largest in Tibet, which stands 86 feet high and contains over 600 pounds of pure gold. ( B / L / D )
Hotel: Jardin Secret Hotel (5-Star)

Day 10 – Lhasa

Spend a full day exploring the mysteries of this sacred land at the “roof of the world”. You’ll visit Potala Palace, a towering 1,000 room structure and former living quarters of the Dalai Lama. ( B / L / D )

Day 11 – Lhasa / Chengdu ( By Air )

Take a morning flight to Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan Province. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the Jinli Street – once was one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Tonight you will enjoy the magic Face-changing Show which is very famous for Sichuan Opera. ( B / L / D )
Hotel: Dorsett Grand Chengdu (5-Star)

Day 12 – Chengdu / Xian ( By Air )

Today you will visit the Panda Breeding Research Center, which creates an imitated natural environment for Pandas, and the Giant Panda Museum. In the Afternoon you will visit People’s Park and Kuan&Zhai Street, which show very strong elements of Old Chengdu. Take evening flight to Xian- one of China’s ancient capitals. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. ( B / L / D )
Hotel: Branley Hotel Xi’an (5-Star)

Day 13 – Xi’an

Another unforgettable full day tour is visiting the excavation of more than 6,000 Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Reproduction Factory on the way. Lunch enjoy the Handmade Noodle while watching a noodle-making show. Tonight, enjoy the well-known Xi’an Special Dumpling Banquet followed by the colorful Tang Dynasty Show. ( B / L / SD )

Day 14 – Xi’an

Visit the historic Little Goose Pagoda Square, Big Goose Pagoda Square and a jade workshop. Muslim Quarter Market will be arranged in the later afternoon. Dinner by your own arrange. ( B / L )

Day 15 – Xian / Wuhan (By Air) ~ Yichang ~ Yangtze River Cruise

Today, fly to Wuhan. Hop on a ride to Yichang. In the evening, board the deluxe cruise ship MV President No.7 / 8 to catch every splendid and amazing moment along the Yangtze River. ( B / L / D )
Yangtze Cruise Ship: 5 Star MV President No. 7 / 8 (Outside Cabin with Balcony)

Day 16 – Yangtze River Cruise

Take a morning shore excursion at Sandouping takes you to “Three Gorges Dam”, the world’s biggest hydroelectric dam. Return to the ship and sail through the Three Gorges dam shiplocksand the first gorge – Xiling Gorge, the longest and historically the most hazardous one in the famous “Three Gorges”. Tonight, enjoy a Crew Cabaret Show. ( B / L / D )

Day 17 – Yangtze River Cruise

Begin your day with an excursion to Shennong Stream to see cascading waterfalls, steep cliffs, karst caves, three-colored springs, and an amazing array of fish, birds, and monkeys as they play near the water’s edge. Return to the ship and set sail through the second gorge – Wu Gorge, known for its odd, misty rock formations and its backdrop of soaring mountains. Later in the afternoon, you will pass the third gorge – Qutang Gorge, the shortest but the most dramatic of the Three Gorges with ancient relics scattered along its steep cliffs. ( B / L / D )

Day 18 – Yangtze River Cruise

Your excursion tour is Shibaozhai “Precious Stone Fortress”, a hill along the bank of the Yangtze River, with extremely steep sides and is about 200 meters (660 feet) tall. On the river side of the hill is a red pavilion of nine floors which leans against the side of the hill providing a walkway to the temple at the top of the hill. Tonight’s entertainment is Captain’s Farewell Banquet. ( B / L / SD )

Day 19 – Chongqing / Shanghai ( By Air )

After breakfast, disembark the cruise at Chongqing. You will have a city tour in Chongqing including Chongqing Huguang Guild Hall. Afternoon flight to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and seaport. Tonight Huangpu River Night Cruise as an optional tour. ( B / L /SD )
Hotel: Crown Plaza Shanghai (5-Star)

Day 20 – Shanghai

Visit Shanghai Museum and People’s Square, and be amazed at the beauty of historical architecture while walking along the “Bund”. Then tour Yuyuan Bazaar, Pudong Development Zone, a close look at the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Visit the famous Nanjing Road before enjoying the China Farewell Dinner. ( B / L / SD )

Day 21 – Shanghai (Free Day)

Today is free for you to explore Shanghai. Free one way transfer to local shopping area will be arranged. Lunch and dinner are by your own arrangement. ( B )

Day 22 – Shanghai / Vancouver (Via Beijing)

After breakfast, transfer to airport and depart for Canada via Beijing. You will arrive home on the same day. ( B ) 

Bon Voyage!

*B-Buffet Breakfast   L-Lunch   SL-Special Lunch     D-Dinner   SD-Special Dinner* Group Size Not More than 24 passengers*