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We start the tour with leisure and memorable trip through three gorges and the grand dam site; then the jorney will focus on the fantastic land on Tibet Pleatua, to witness stunning monasteries, tibetans with prayer wheels, monks in robes and white-capping mountains. You will visit popular scenic spots like Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Jinsha Cultural Relics Meseum, Jinli Old Street, Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery...

Duration: 13 days & 12 nights

Destinations: Shanghai - Yichang - Yangtze Cruise - Chongqing - Chengdu - Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhasa

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Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport for the fight to Yichang. Be met and transfer to take a city excursion and have dinner before boarding the cruise.

Meal: B, L, D

Yichang

Morning visit to the Three Gorge Dam: it is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW). Later, sail through the Three Gorges dam ship locks and Xiling Gorge.

  Important Notes 

  • Itineraries and times are subject to change according to river conditions. Viewing of Xiling Gorge from the vessel may not always be available in daylight hours, depending on river and traffic conditions, and time of the year.

Meal: B, L, D

Excursion to Daning River and explore the exceptionally beautiful Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream depending on the arrangement of the cruise company. Pass through Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge. If river conditions permit, may have an optional excursion to White Emperor City, at the entrance to Qutang Gorge, where some ancient architecture can be seen and Tuogu Tang (Entrusting Son's Hall) is the most attractive one.

Meal: B, L, D

Shennong Stream

On board, shore excursion to "the Ghost City" --Fengdu or Shibaozhai depending on the schedule of the cruise companies.

Meal: B, L, D

Arrive Chongqing – 9:00am: Disembark at picturesque Chongqing, the “Mountain City”. Your tour guide in Chongqing, will meet you at the cruise, and transfer you to the rail station, from where you will take a high speed train to Chengdu. Be met at Chengdu rail station and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own exploration.

For your leisure time, it’s suggested to visit Kuanzhai Alley or Jinli Old Street. As one of the three conservation districts of historic sites of Chengdu City, Kuanzhai Alley consists of three parallel Chinese old-style alleys. Jinli Old Street is favored by both locals and travelers with laid back atmosphere. It is especially beautiful at night when the lanterns are lighted. Enjoy the tasty Chengdu delicacies and have fun in the teahouses, bars, pubs, boutique shops…

Meal: B, L

Visit Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, where 40 plus pandas as well as other endangered species like lesser pandas and black-necked crane currently reside at the base in quarters. Then take a visit to Jinsha Site Museum, which is home to the relatively isolated civilization of ancient Shu Kingdom from perhaps 3,000 years ago. Later, wander in Jinli Old Street and enjoy leisure time there.

Meal: B, L

Our client from Brazil visit Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport. Be met at the airport and transfer to hotel for check in and acclimatization.

  Useful tips in Tibet:  

  • Average altitude of Lhasa is 3650m and other main cities are from 2800m to 4800m. Please make sure your physical condition is fine to the area. It’s best to ask your doctors for precautions and do a physical examination before your coming. During your time in Tibet, please avoid fast walking, alcohol, smoking and drink extra water, especially on the arrival day.

Meal: B

3 highlights today: the Potala Palace, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site of 1994, it is a monumental building of Lhasa served as administrative center, seat of government, monastery, fortress and the home of all the Dalai Lamas from the Fifth to the Fourteenth in the past, Then pay a visit to Barkhor Street, an area of narrow streets located around Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, it is the most popular devotional circumambulation for pilgrims and locals. At last, visit the Jokhang Temple, with a golden roof and the most sacred and important temple for most Tibetans, it is over 1300 years of history.

Meal: B, L

Potala Palace

Visit Norbulingka, it used to be the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. Nowadays, it becomes the public park for local people. Then go to Tibet Museum, being the first large, modern museum in the Tibet, it has a collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet. After lunch, transfer to visit Sera Monastery, located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, it is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. 

Meal: B, L

In the morning, drive to visit Palkhor Monastery, a unique monastery housing three schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Sakya, Gelugpa and Gedang. It also features a well-known "Kumbum Stupa", meaning a hundred thousand images. On the way, stop at Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, it is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains with breath-taking views. Overnight at Shigatze.

Meal: B, L


Pay a visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery. Then drive back to Lhasa.

Meal: B, L

Admire the architecture of Tashilhunpo Monastery

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

Meal: B

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What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suit Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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