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14 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Lhasa - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai
Tour Code: SG02
Price from $3499 per person
Itinerary Details
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to join us in this China two week itinerary. Once you arrive at Beijing Airport, our professional guide will be waiting for you at the arrival hall holding a sign with your name on it. The driver will transfer you to the hotel and assist you in check-in process. For the rest of time, you can have a good rest in your room or manage your own activities.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
This morning you will meet your fellow group members at the pre-tour introductory talk delivered in the hotel before beginning your following two week China itinerary. You will then go to Tiananmen Square, a revered place for Chinese people where you will stay for 30 minutes. The next stop is the Forbidden City. As a world-renowned imperial palace complex, it boasts magnificent ancient palatial constructions and cultural heritage. At least 2 hours are needed to appreciate its grandness.
Instead of having lunch at the cheap restaurants nearby, we will arrange an a la carte welcome meal with Peking duck (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) for you at a good quality restaurant. 

Afterwards, drive to the Temple of Heaven to see the site where Chinese emperors worshipped. In the evening, we will invite you to enjoy the Kung Fu Performance at the famous Red Theater.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Our guests visiting the majestic Forbidden City
Our guests visiting the majestic Forbidden City
Day 3 Beijing
It is advisable to have a hearty breakfast at the hotel as you will climb the Great Wall this morning, though the round trip cable car is included. As the essence of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall, Mutianyu section had witnessed many military actions in defense of the empires.

We do not arrange lunch at the wall as the service of the restaurants near the site does not match to our standards. We suggest you have some fast food for lunch. To celebrate and commemorate the special moment of climbing to the top of Mutianyu Great Wall, we provide red wine for a group toasting.

After that, we will drive you back to the city. You will have some free time at a popular local market before returning to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Visit the world-famous Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
Visit the world-famous Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
After breakfast, our escorted tour will take you to the Summer Palace, a summer resort for the royal families. Next stop is the Bird's Nest Stadium, where the 2008 Olympic Games were held. You can take photos for the appearance of this magnificent building from a distance.

We will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fine restaurant with delicious food. Please take time to enjoy it.

In the afternoon, follow your guide to the original Hutong alleys to experience the changing times of old Beijing by rickshaw. You can also participate in Chinese Paper Cutting activity. Afterwards, we will see you off on an afternoon flight to the second city of this China two week itinerary - Xi'an, where another local guide is ready to receive you at the airport and transfer you to check in at the hotel for a two-night stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Feast your eyes on the vista of the Summer Palace
Feast your eyes on the vista of the Summer Palace
Day 5 Xi'an
This morning you will have the chance to appreciate the amazing wonder of the Terracotta Army Museum. In the museum, you can appreciate the pottery generals, soldiers with saddled horses and kneeling archers forming an impenetrable fortress to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang. 

Then visit an ordinary Chinese home and a genuine home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be prepared for you by the host. We feel sure that you will be deeply impressed by this. If you are interested in Chinese cooking, you may watch how your hosts prepare the food for you. Your guide will translate for you if you have any questions. 

The afternoon is devoted to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. Then our guide will escort you to the hotel for refreshment. You may wish to dress up for the wonderful Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance where you will also experience a famous Dumpling Dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner

 Friendly Tips
Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
Marvel at the 2200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
Marvel at the 2200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
Day 6 Xi'an to Lhasa by Flight
Today we will drive you to the airport where you will board the morning flight to Lhasa. The guide will wait for you at the airport and transfer you to a good hotel for a three-night stay. After checking in, it is recommended that you have a good rest at the hotel to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level. Lunch and dinner are arranged by yourself.

Tips: For those who have never been to high altitudes, we suggest you have a complete physical examination beforehand to ensure you are in good health. To adapt to the high altitude, you should have a good rest at the hotel once you arrive, no running or intense activity, no smoking or alcohol. More vegetables, fruits, meat and eggs are better. Also, keeping warm, avoiding bathing on the first day, and drinking plenty of water will help. If you don't feel well after arrival, you can ask your tour guide for help at any time. A free oxygen bag is prepared in the vehicle as well.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Tashipozhang Hotel
Day 7 Lhasa
A morning visit takes you to the Norbulinka Park, which is the largest man-made garden with the most beautiful scenery and historical relics in Tibet. Afterwards, pay a visit to the Sera Monastery. It is rich in precious cultural relics and art works. If you are lucky, you can watch the Lamas’ debating about the sutra of Buddhism. A reservation has been made at a highly recommended restaurant for lunch.

The last stop of today’s two week China itinerary is the Viewing Platform of Yaowang Hill, which is the best location to take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. You will find there are many tourists from all over the world, mounting their cameras on the tripods to catch the perfect pictures. What's more, it is also the place where the picture on the back of 50 RMB note was taken.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Watch lamas debating on Buddhist doctrines in Sera Monastery
Watch lamas debating on Buddhist doctrines in Sera Monastery
Day 8 Lhasa
Another joyful day starts with a visit to the magnificent Potala Palace, which always impresses visitors with its majestic white walls and red palace. There are some cultural observations that you should be aware of when you visit. You should avoid stepping on the doorstep when entering. Taking photos is prohibited and it is not acceptable for women to wear hats in the palace. 

After lunch, you will visit the Jokhang Temple, a Nunnery and Barkhor Street. You will see many pilgrims in procession prostrating themselves along the Barkhor street. You will also find many stores and shops lined along both sides of the street selling Tibetan handicrafts, clothes, ornaments, rugs, incense and many others. It is the best place to buy unique exotic souvenirs for your friends and families. We would like to remind you that the Tibetan knives cannot be taken as hand luggage on flights.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Tibetan people
Tibetan people
Day 9 Lhasa to Chongqing by Flight
Today you will take a flight to Chongqing. Again, our local guide will greet you at the airport. Explore Jiefangbei CBD and Ci Qi Kou Ancient Village. You may have dinner by yourself before boarding the cruise. Our guide will be glad to give you recommendations. As the cruise ship departs at about 22:00, your relaxing Yangtze River cruise begins. The night in Chongqing is dreamily and brightly decorated by thousands of lights and flashing neon lights, which are also reflected in the rippling river. You could enjoy the layered light views of Chongqing when your ship leaves.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Cruises: President No. 8 with balcony
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
A brief introduction to this fabulous cruise journey will be presented this morning. At around 12:30pm, you will have an excursion to Mount Shuanggui. It was approved to be a state-level forest park in 1992. The high forest coverage rate and pleasant environment make it a great place to enjoy a leisurely walk and melt into nature. This evening, please dress up and participate in the Captain's Welcome Party to spend a convivial evening with other passengers. Passengers are also invited to join in dancing and singing in the party.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise
The highlights of your Yangtze cruise journey will come today. At around 09:00 in the morning, the ship will pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge subsequently. These are two different sections with their own uniqueness and personality. Qutang Gorge is the shortest but most magnificent part while Wu Gorge is the most picturesque part. After lunch, you will have an interesting pea boat trip along Shennong Stream to trace the footprint of the ancient Badong people. Back on the ship, you will pass through Xiling Gorge, which is the last part of Three Gorges with a length of 76 kilometers (47 miles).

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Yangtze River cruise
Yangtze River cruise
Shennong Stream adventure
Shennong Stream adventure
Day 12 Yichang to Shanghai by High Speed Train
After breakfast, you will go ashore for the whole morning to visit the Three Gorges Dam. The existence of this site makes the city the capital of hydroelectricity in the world. Before that, you should pack your luggage and check out. After the visit, you will be transported to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and take you to the railway station for a high speed train to Shanghai. The train ride takes around 7.5 hours. To ensure a pleasant train journey, it is advisable to pack some fruits, snacks, and prepare music or movies on your devices in advance. There is also a dining carriage available on the train. On your arrival in Shanghai, our guide will greet you at the railway station and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 13 Shanghai
You China travel itinerary 2 weeks in Shanghai starts with a visit to Shanghai Museum, which has a stellar international reputation for its various antiques. The next destination is the noted Yu Garden, a classical garden with strong architecture flavor of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Outside the garden is the traditional Yu Bazaar, where you may wish to spend some free time. 

An a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served to you at a good quality restaurant which boasts the best Shanghai dishes. 

Afterwards, you will visit the Former French Concession and the Bund. Take a one-hour cruise tour along the Huangpu River. Then enjoy some free time on the Bund. Finally our guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel and say goodbye to you at the lobby to conclude the day.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Visit the picturesque Yu Garden
Visit the picturesque Yu Garden
Day 14 Departure from Shanghai
Breakfast at the hotel has been reserved for you this morning. Afterwards, you will make your own way to the airport. Most international flights depart from Shanghai Pudong Airport, you should check the exact information with the airline in advance. Taxi is a convenient way to get to the airport. The price is about CNY200 to Pudong Airport. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
May 06(Fri)May 19(Thu)$3619$959
May 13(Fri)May 26(Thu)$3619$959
May 20(Fri)Jun 02(Thu)$3619$939
May 27(Fri)Jun 09(Thu)$3559$889
Jun 03(Fri)Jun 16(Thu)$3549$879
Jun 10(Fri)Jun 23(Thu)$3549$879
Jun 17(Fri)Jun 30(Thu)$3549$879
Jun 24(Fri)Jul 07(Thu)$3569$899
Jul 01(Fri)Jul 14(Thu)$3619$909
Jul 08(Fri)Jul 21(Thu)$3619$909
Jul 15(Fri)Jul 28(Thu)$3619$909
Jul 22(Fri)Aug 04(Thu)$3619$909
Jul 29(Fri)Aug 11(Thu)$3619$909
Aug 05(Fri)Aug 18(Thu)$3619$909
Aug 12(Fri)Aug 25(Thu)$3619$909
Aug 19(Fri)Sep 01(Thu)$3619$919
Aug 26(Fri)Sep 08(Thu)$3679$979
Sep 02(Fri)Sep 15(Thu)$3679$1009
Sep 09(Fri)Sep 22(Thu)$3679$1009
Sep 16(Fri)Sep 29(Thu)$3679$1009
Sep 23(Fri)Oct 06(Thu)$3669$999
Oct 07(Fri)Oct 20(Thu)$3649$1009
Oct 14(Fri)Oct 27(Thu)$3649$1009
Oct 21(Fri)Nov 03(Thu)$3649$1009
Oct 28(Fri)Nov 10(Thu)$3509$909
Nov 04(Fri)Nov 17(Thu)$3509$909
Nov 11(Fri)Nov 24(Thu)$3499$889
What's Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
What's Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers