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13-day Tibet & Yangtze Combo

Tour code: ETC-S03   

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.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Shanghai
Arrive Shanghai, Free Day
2 Shanghai / Yichang
Flight to Yichang, Yichang city tours, boarding the cruise
3 Yangtze Cruise
Three Gorges Dam, Xiling Gorge
4 Yangtze Cruise
Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream, Wu Gorges, Qutang Gorges
5 Yangtze Cruise
Fengdu Ghost City or Wanzhou
6 Congqing / Chengdu
Disembark the cruise, train to Chengdu
7 Chengdu
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Jinsha Cultural Relics, Jinli Old Street
8 Chengdu / Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa
9 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple
Norbulingka, Sera Monastery and Tibet Museum
Lhasa / Shigatse
Palkhor Monastery, Yamdrok Lake
Shigatse / Lhasa
Tashilhunpo Monastery, Drive back to Lhasa
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai    
Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Day 2 Shanghai / Yichang (B, L, D)
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.

Day 3 Three Gorges' Cruise (B, L, D)
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.

Day 4 Three Gorges' Cruise (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.

Day 5 Three Gorges' Cruise (B, L, D)
On board, shore excursion to "the Ghost City" --Fengdu or Shibaozhai depending on the schedule of the cruise companies.

Day 6 Chongqing / Chengdu (B, L)
Disembark Chongqing at 09:00am. Be picked up and transfer to take an express train to Chengdu. Pick you up at the railway station and transfer to check in hotel.

Day 7 Chengdu (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.

Day 8 Chengdu / Lhasa (B)
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport. Be met at the airport and transfer to hotel for check in and acclimatization.

Day 9 Lhasa (B, L)
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.

Day 10 Lhasa (B, L)
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.

Day 11 Lhasa / Shigatse (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.

Day 12 Shigatse / Lhasa (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.

Day 13 Lhasa departure (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give an exact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as a guideline you should expect to pay from US$  for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services
Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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    2014-12-25 14:11
    We are interested in visiting China from Israel during the month of May. Would like to see the main cities, visit Tibet, and be on the Yangtse river and see the warriors. Both of us are retired seniors but in good shape. Would like for the trip to be between 12 and 15 days and the total price should include airfare from Tel Aviv. Look forward to getting your response. Thank you. J. Kreiner
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    2014-12-26 10:50
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