We did a three week tour of China where we worked with atour company to arrange an itinerary of our liking. We flew between cities and a new guide and driver were at the airport to pick us up and then drop us off when it was on to next locations. We went to Beijing (only a couple of days as we had been there before), Xian, Guillin (Li River Cruise), Chengdu, Yangtze River Cruise, Tibet (Lhasa), and Shanghai. It was a fantastic trip but a lot more than $899.
We used Explorient and were very pleased. I can give you name of agent we used if you want. For 20 days, it came to over $12,000 for the two of us but it was high because of Tibet and a very luxurious Yangtze River cruise. All told, we had six internal China flights that were included.
Here is our itinerary:
Day Activity Summary
Arrive Beijing: Upon arrival, after clearing immigration and customs, you will be met and transferred
to The Regent Beijing hotel.
Beijing: Today, enjoy a private car and guide at your disposal (up to 8 hours) to shop and explore
Beijing / Yichang: Morning at leisure. Fly to Yichang in the afternoon. Upon arrival, be met and
transferred to the Yangtzi Explorer Cruise ship for your river journey upstream. (B)
Yangtze River Cruise (Three Gorges Dam): Cruise along the Yangtze. Today you will visit the site
of the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping. When completed in 2009, it will be the largest reservoir in
the world. Enjoy meals, shore excursions and on board entertainment daily. (B,L,D)
Yangtze River Cruise (Three Small Gorges): Today you will cruise through the legendary Three
Gorges: Xiling, Wu & Qutang. After arriving at Wushan, enjoy a motor boat ride on the Daning River
through the towering Three Small Gorges. Enjoy an unforgettable boat journey along the spectacular
Shennong Stream (B,L,D)
Yangtze River Cruise (Shibaozhai): Today’s shore excursion takes you to Shibaozhai, gem of
Chinese architecture. There you will find a 11-story-high red wooden pavilion built against a
protruding rock with sheer cliffs on the north bank overlooking the great Yangtze. (B,L,D)
Chongqing / Lhasa: Disembark cruise. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Lhasa.
Upon arrival, bet met and transferred to Four Points by Sheraton for your next 3 nights’
accommodations. Balance of the day at leisure to adjust to the altitude. Enjoy dinner at a local
Lhasa: Enjoy a full day sightseeing that includes the Jokhang Temple, local bazaar and Summer
Palace. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants. (B,L,D)
Lhasa: Tour of the Potala Palace to view the 1000-room former home of the Dalai Lama. Visit a
typical Tibetan Monastery in the afternoon before returning to Lhasa. (B,L,D)
Lhasa / Chengdu: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. Commence sightseeing of the
Panda Breeding & Research Center. Afterwards, enjoy a visit of Jin Li Street lined with its colorful
shops, local food stands and tea houses. Accommodations at Sheraton Lido Hotel. (B)
Chengdu (Leshan): Enjoy a full day excursion to Leshan, an UNESCO World Heritage Site
famous for its Giant Buddha, located at the confluence of three rivers - Min River, Qingyi River, and
Dadu River. The Giant Buddha was constructed between 713 during the Tang Dynasty and took 90
years to complete. It is biggest carved stone Buddha in the world. Lunch is served at a local
restaurant. Return to Chengdu in the late afternoon. (B,L)
Chengdu / Xian: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, commence city
sightseeing of the City Wall before transferring to the Shangri-la Xian Hotel. (B)
Xian: Today’s full day tour includes the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the City Wall and the Tomb of the
Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di with its remarkable Terracotta army dating over 2000 years. After lunch
at the Terracotta Museum, proceed to the impressive Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, one of
the most acclaimed Museum in all of China, before returning to the hotel. This evening, enjoy a
special Tang Dynasty dinner and cultural performance. (B,L,D)
"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
F Scott Fitzgerald
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Last edited by Marc; June 25th, 2012 at 10:15 PM.