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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  • $282
    PER DAY
  • 17
    DAYS
  • 17
    TOURS
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Base prices are factored using double-occupancy rooms; supplemental fees may apply for those traveling independently.
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What to Expect
Active activity level
Very Different Cultural Immersion

Each Vantage Adventure is designed to help you fully experience local culture and to get out and explore while keeping active. We find these are the two most fulfilling and rewarding ways to transform any trip into an adventure, and into the experience of a lifetime. To that end, we’ve rated each trip to indicate the level of cultural immersion and physical activity, with “1” being the lowest and “3” being the highest.

CULTURAL IMMERSION: As can be expected, a visit to China and Tibet involves some cultural adjustment. Traveling in this region can be challenging, even with today’s modern conditions. During national holidays, such as the national holidays at the beginning of October, heavy crowds are expected in parks and museums. Large crowds in the cities and heavy traffic can be distressing for some travelers – but are part of the ever-changing environment in the People’s Republic. Most of the meals are Chinese, and Chinese food, while similar to dishes you may have enjoyed in North America, does not always taste the same as you would expect. We do feature a few Western-style meals during the trip. Ask your Adventure Leader for advice on specialty dishes that may be interesting to try. There are many opportunities to meet the local Chinese and Tibetan people.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Most sightseeing is on air-conditioned coaches with guides. Moderate to heavy walking is required throughout the tour. For instance, the Forbidden City tour requires roughly two hours of walking. Many sites involve climbing stairs; the walk on the wild section of the Great Wall is strenuous. Ability to maneuver on and off a ship gangway is also required for embarking/disembarking your Yangtze cruise ship. Expect a good amount of walking to/from trains and at airports. Transfer times can be long due to heavy traffic, especially in the larger cities.

PACING: You'll visit 5 cities in 13 nights with at least two-night stays in each city, plus a 3-night cruise on the Yangtze River. Included are 4 flights in China, a local train from Beijing to Xian (about 5 hr and half), each of one to two hours long, with late morning or afternoon departures.

SPECIAL FACTORS: A Chinese visa is required prior to arrival. Please refer to Vantage’s wheelchair and handicapped traveler policy for this program as there are many physical limitations for guests on this tour. Passengers must send in a color copy of their passport (front page) as well as a color copy of their Chinese visa 50 days prior to departure. Passengers who fail to send in the above information on time will be prohibited from entering Tibet. Tap water is not drinkable in China. If you wish to swim in the hotel pool, please do not forget to pack a swimming cap.

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

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Trip Length 17 days 14 days 17 days Best Pacing - more time in destinations!
Per Diem $282 per day $482 $255 Save up to $376 per couple, per day!
Included Tours and Special Features 17 sightseeing tours, plus Cultural Connections! Tour of the Great Wall and Forbidden City; visit Xi'an & Terra Cotta Warriers; Tea with local family; lunch at farmers home, full day cruising Guilins Li River, Chinese watercolor painting lesson and local school visit in Guilin, visit Chongquing Zoo and pandas, and more! Visit Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriers, Hong Kong City Tour; Jokhang Temple, Tibet Museum, Potala Palace. Culture Curriculum: tea with a Tibetan family; lectures on the Yangtze River, tai chi every morning aboard; concert of the Hubei Bells; learn a few Chinese words Experience the BEST of China, Tibet & the Yangtze River with the MOST Cultural Connections and special features!
Single Travelers FREE Single Supplement available on every departure — a value of $2,199! Plus, low-cost or free single supplements on trip extensions No special offers No special offers Single friendly! We are the only company to offer FREE Single Supplements on every departure in Upper Deck cabins! Plus, FREE Single Supplements on extension options!
Meals 38 meals 35 meals 46 meals Balance of Chiness and Western mals; all meals onboard ship. Welcome and Farewell Dinners!
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Accommodations 16 nights, including 13 nights in First-Class, Superior First-Class, and Moderate Deluxe hotels, and 3 nights cruising aboard the new, 5-Star Century Legend. Ship features indoor swimming pool & more! Deluxe cabins are 301 square feet with private balcony. Brand-new, 5-Star Century Legend or Century Paragon, Signature suites are 301 square feet with private balcony. Ship has indoor lap pool. 5-Star Viking Emerald, built in 2011. Verandah staterooms are 250 square feet. Pay less and stay on the 5-Star Century Legend, the newest ship cruising the Yangtze.
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