Imperial China, Mysterious Tibet & the Yangtze River - 2018

Beijing • Xi’an • Chengdu • Lhasa, Tibet • 3-Night Yangtze River Cruise • Shanghai

  • THE CENTURY LEGEND
  • WITNESS THE BREATHTAKING TERRA COTTA WARRIORS
  • SPEND 3 NIGHTS IN TIBET, THE “ROOF OF THE WORLD,” TAKING IN ITS FASCINATING BUDDHIST CULTURE IN THE HIMALAYAS
  • MEET THE BELOVED RESIDENTS OF A PROTECTED SANCTUARY IN CHENGDU

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Active tour of China, hotels need better screening

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Traveler:Wolf
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:March 2017

Vantage and its guides did a wonderful job on this active itinerary. Improvements would include choosing hotels that can provide filtered ambient temperature air to keep the air pollution out while allowing the room to be cooled. Opening a window in a polluted city is not a good solution to a hot room. Vantage should also screen out hotels with mirrors and excess lights that shine in the eyes of the person trying to sleep while a spouse is preparing for bed in the bathroom.

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Traveler:GARY KISSINGER
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:March 2017

Trip was great! We saw many dfferent faces of China and also
Tibet. Our Tour Director was SUPER!

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Traveler:TERRY PITMAN
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:March 2017

Yan, our tour leader was excellent. She provided the group with the best places to view activities, the best food and worked extremely hard to make sure everyone's needs were met. This was a busy agenda and Yan made sure we had the help needed at very point in the adventure. This was tough work as every couple of days we changed hotels, travelled on airplanes and changed hotels repeatedly. Yan made sure everything worked as planned and made sure we all got where we needed to be at the right time with everything we brought with us. What a job all this was and she made it all happen perfectly. I was so glad we had Yan to look out for the group and would be proud to travel with her again.u

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Traveler:DENNIS BERRY
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:9
Traveled:May 2016

The cruise director and local guides were excellent. Kelly was on top of everything, making sure that we always knew the next-day's agenda, meeting times, and locations. She even offered help to my travel companion, Lucia Warrior, who became ill for one day. Fortunately, the help wasn't needed.

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Traveler:LUCIA WARRIOR
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:May 2016

The trip director, Kelly, did an excellent job running the trip. She dealt well with unexpected issues and last-minute changes, and she kept everyone informed about upcoming events and itinerary changes.

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Traveler:BARBARA LEVY
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:5
Traveled:April 2016

This was a first rate tour with 5 star hotels, a 5 star river boat and our 10 star tour guide named Jue. She was fantastic with being organized, ,knowledgeable, warm, sincere and extremely efficient. Everything was perfectly timed and ran smoothly. We saw all of the important sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden Temple, Tienanmen Square, the Terracotta Soldies, the Polata Palace, the 3 Gorges on the Yangtze along with much more. The meals were plentiful although not necessarily to my taste but I don't travel for the food. The local guides that we had in Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, and Shanghai were top notch, informative, humorous and willing to talk about life, politics and the culture in their country. It has changed for the better since I was there 17 years ago. The middle class has grown enormously and for the best. This is such a worthwhile trip to take to experience communism and capitalism all together in such a different culture than we live in. I highly recommend this trip. This was my 5th trip with Vantage and they never seem to disappoint !

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Traveler:TIMOTHY GENET
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:April 2016

EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT trip !!! We felt we saw it all. And we even got to visit Tibet, recently opened to tourist. The guides were great, the pace was good. Excellent value when you consider we basically toured the whole country. And if you get Jue Zhang as your Program Manager, you really scored !

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Traveler:JOHN E CASTER
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:0
Traveled:April 2016

We enoyed this trip very much. We appreciated the educational/cultural value and recommend you keep the cultural connections or even increase them. I realize you are somewhat limited in Chinas but would recommend country as well as city visits where possible. The Vantage Representative, Jue, Zhang, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Jue was always there and had us in the right place at the right time. Jue interacted well with the group and also with the local guides who were all excellent. I would certainly consider using Vantage for another trip in the future. We appreciated the accommodations and this addd to the travel experience. The level of activity was about right for my wife and I (age 74) althought a few found it a little too strenuous. All arrangements were in place and people at each stop were ready when we arrived. This was truoly a great experience.

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