14 Day China & Tibet Discovery

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Mon, Apr 10  (Sold Out) $2699 $3319*
Thu, Apr 13  (Sold Out) $2599 $3229*
Mon, Apr 17  (Sold Out) $2699 $3349*
Mon, Apr 24  (Sold Out) $2699 $3309*
Mon, May 08  $2549 $3179*
$2549 $3269*
$2549 $3449*
$2699 $4229*
$2599 $3909*
$2749 $3379*
$2799 $3429*
Mon, Sep 11  (Sold Out) $2749 $3609*
$2599 $3779*
Mon, Sep 25  (Sold Out) $2949 $3609*
$2849 $3599*
$2799 $3569*
$2799 $3579*
$2649 $3419*
$2749 $3379*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Shanghai-Xian, Xian-Lhasa & Lhasa-Beijing.

Lhasa Xin Ding Grand Hotel does not accommodate 3 persons in a room. Pricing will reflect 1 twin and 1 single room.

*Please note: Lhasa sits at an elevation of 11,000 feet above sea level. Your included sightseeing will include a fair amount of walking, which at high elevations can be taxing for those in good physical condition. If you have any concerns about traveling to high altitudes, please consult with your healthcare provider.

This program is available for U.S. Passport Holders only: A visa is required for entry into Tibet and is obtained on your behalf by Gate 1 Travel. This visa is required in addition to and separately from a China visa. Entry into Tibet is strictly controlled by the Chinese government, and rules for entry change regularly and without notice. At this time, Gate 1 is only able to obtain a Tibet visa for U.S. passport holders. Entry to Tibet is never guaranteed, regardless of nationality. On occasion, entry to Tibet may be prohibited entirely and without notice. In the event of a border closure, Gate 1 will make alternative arrangements for affected passengers to visit Guilin, China. Travel arrangements in these cases will be based upon the best available transportation and accommodations.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from four to five hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The altitude, 11,000 feet above sea level in Lhasa may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by high altitude. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

This Program is available for U.S. Passport Holders Only

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • International flights Los Angeles-Shanghai, Beijing-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Shanghai-Xian, Xian-Lhasa & Lhasa-Beijing
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Shanghai
    • 3 nights Xian
    • 3 nights Lhasa (Tibet)
    • 3 nights Beijing
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 28 meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Tea and soft drinks with all meals
  • Beer with all dinners
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • Services of local English-speaking Tour Manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
 

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Welcome Dinner and Performance of the acclaimed "death-defying" Shanghai Acrobats
  • Visit the magnificent Yu Yuan Gardens in Shanghai built during the Ming Dynasty
  • At the Jade Buddha Temple see the stunning white jade Buddha statues
  • Bike (or walk) around the massive ancient city walls of Xian, built in the old Tang dynasty
  • Share lunch, hospitality and a cooking lesson at a villager’s home in Donghan Village
  • Tour the site of the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors - an unforgettable experience!
  • Attend the unique Tang Dynasty Show including dinner, music and a dance performance
  • Journey to Lhasa, fabled capital of the Tibet autonomous region in China
  • Stand in awe at the Potala Palace - one of the grandest monuments in all of Asia
  • Witness the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism at the astonishing Jokhang Temple
  • Walk along the 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, spanning nearly 4,000 miles
  • Meet an adorable Giant Panda Bear at the Beijing Zoo with its ingenious Panda House
  • Enter Beijing's amazing Forbidden City, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site


DAY 1, Monday - Depart for China
Depart for China

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Shanghai
Arrive in cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimate to this sparkling city and your new time zone
Overnight: Shanghai

DAY 3, Wednesday - Shanghai City Tour, Yu Yuan Gardens, Jade Buddha Temple
This morning, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at a briefing on the extraordinary journey that lies ahead in China and Tibet. Experience the old world charm of the Bund as you stroll along this park-like waterfront promenade surrounded by gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Along the way, visit a working silk carpet and embroidery shop, meet the craftsmen and learn more about this ancient Chinese skill. Afterwards, visit the classical Yu Yuan Gardens (Garden of Happiness) in the Old Quarter, built during the Ming Dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, ponds, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. Lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Next, on to the Jade Buddha Temple built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two stunning Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These rare and precious statues are carved with crystal-clear white jade, creating an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, a Welcome Dinner and performance of the acclaimed Shanghai Acrobats**. These "death-defiers" will amaze you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. It’s a wonderful welcome to Shanghai!
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Full Day in Shanghai
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Shanghai on your own. Or, join the optional tour to Hangzhou, with its enchanting natural beauty and fascinating cultural heritage, known as "Heaven on Earth." Travel aboard the new high-speed Bullet Train - a great experience! Once there, cruise on West Lake with its scenic beauty that blends naturally with the many surrounding historical and cultural sights. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Shanghai. Visit famous Nanking Road, with time to shop to your heart’s content in this elegant neighborhood with its astonishing array of international shops and boutiques
Optional: Full Day Hangzhou with Lunch
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Arrive in Xian, an Archaeological Treasure Trove
Depart today by plane to Xian, the ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove; arrive and transfer to your hotel. Time to relax before the late afternoon visit to the Muslim district of Xian; here, you learn more about Chinese Muslims and watch their preparation of local foods for the market. This evening’s unique dumpling banquet, features over 20 different varieties of dumplings coupled with rice wine and hot pot soup. Enjoy this flavor-filled evening!
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Xian, Visit and Lunch at Donghan Village
Begin the day at the magnificent South Gate (Yongning Gate) of the massive ancient city walls of Xian, built in the old Tang Dynasty and now completely restored. For the adventurous, bikes will be provided if you opt to cycle around the wall’s perimeter and encircle this rectangle city - or choose a leisurely walk. Xi'an was built as a defensive walled city, and even today the landmark wall divides the inner and outer parts of the city. Then, immerse yourselves in the local culture on a memorable visit to Donghan Village in Huxian County. This special experience starts with a visit to the village; see how country life hasn’t changed over the years. You are then invited to tour a villager’s home and enjoy their warm hospitality and friendship over lunch. Participate in the preparation of the meal - you’ll be an expert Chinese noodle maker when you leave! After a discussion about daily life and other interesting topics, admire the colorful peasant painting style inspired by traditional crafts and include themes from everyday rural life. A treasure trove of paintings will be unveiled to you at a painting studio along with exhibits of the Chinese art of brush stroke paintings and calligraphy. This evening, attend the Tang Dynasty Show that includes a six-course Imperial dinner. You'll be entertained by Chang'an music and watch 1000-year-old dances performed by a passionate troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Xian Antiquities Tour with the Terra Cotta Warriors
Join the residents of Xian in Xingqing Park for morning exercise, along with singing and dancing - it’s a hub of activity. Afterwards, visit a lacquer furniture shop to see beautiful samples and learn more about this delicate Chinese technique, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, a truly unforgettable experience! Arrive at the archaeological site of the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors, a vast collection of more than 7,000 finely sculpted, life-sized soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with Qin Shi Huang, China’s first Emperor. This world-famous site, discovered by farmers in 1974 is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its unearthing. Return to the hotel and get ready to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Flight to Lhasa, Tibet*
A morning flight from Xian takes you on your journey to Lhasa, 11,000 feet above sea level, fabled capital of the Tibet autonomous region in China, nestled on the northern slopes of the mighty Himalayas. Arrive at your hotel with time to rest and adjust to the high elevation for the rest of the day. Tonight, dinner together at a local restaurant
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Tour the Potala Palace, Tibet Museum*
Stand in awe at the astonishing Potala Palace - one of the grandest monuments in all of Asia. Built in the 17th century, the palace boasts more than 1,000 rooms, including the Red Palace (where the Dalai Lama once lived), 10,000 active chapels, and a labyrinth of mysterious dungeons. It took over 7,000 workers and 1,500 artists and craftsmen more than 50 years to build the adjoining White and Red Palaces. This Eastern architectural triumph was once the world's tallest building before the creation of 20th century skyscrapers. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Tibet Museum, with its striking Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. The huge exhibition halls feature a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics, Buddha statues, folk art, pottery and adornments made of gold, silver and jade. The rest of the afternoon at leisure. Later this evening, a traditional Tibetan dinner together, highlighted by a cultural performance
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Barkhor Street Bazaar, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery*
Morning visit to the bustling Barkhor Street Bazaar in the heart of Lhasa, a highlight of the city. Walk along the circular street filled with merchants and vendors offering a huge variety of local Tibetan art, crafts and even tasty snacks. Continue to the Jokhang Temple where you may observe the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and hear the musical sounds of chanting sutras and the spinning of prayer wheels. Inside, thousands of yak-butter candles cast a glow beneath the enlightened gaze of the golden 7th century Jowo Shakyamuni Buddha statue. Stop at a Tibetan Art shop to collect souvenirs to bring home. Lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Sera Monastery, one of Tibet's three most important university monasteries. In the afternoon, you can often see monks gathering to debate points of Buddhist learning while gesturing with elaborate and symbolic movements. In Lhasa, enjoy your last night with dinner at a popular restaurant
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Travel to Beijing
Your flight from Tibet transports you to Beijing, the sprawling capital of modern China. Upon arrival, you’ll immediately see the huge architectural contrasts and sense the cultural changes in this mega metropolis. Dinner together at a local restaurant
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Great Wall of China, Visit Pandas at Beijing Zoo
An amazing day! Travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most spectacular structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. On your way, enter a jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most precious and symbolic stones used for over 4000 years. Then arrive in a less-crowded section in Badaling to avoid crowds and have a more leisurely experience. Mount the ramparts of this ancient wonder to view beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from this 7th century defensive fortification. To aid local organizations, plant a tree along the ancient paths to commemorate your visit to the Great Wall. Linger over lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Beijing and then be ready to view the striking ultra-modern architectural site built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics; see the gigantic National Stadium and the Olympic Village. End the day with a visit to the Beijing Zoo with its ingeniously designed Panda houses. Meet one of the adorable Giant Panda Bears, China’s most relaxed local celebrity and perhaps watch them munch on bamboo and watermelon!
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Saturday - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace
Your exploration of Beijing continues to huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square’s Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for Imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong to declare the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once residence of Chinese Emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to a pearl shop to learn about this popular export. End the day with a drive outside the city to the fabled Summer Palace, resort of the Empress Dowager. Bid farewell to your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at tonight’s festive Peking Duck Dinner at a delightful restaurant
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Sunday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Please note: Lhasa sits at an elevation of 11,000 feet above sea level. Your included sightseeing will include a fair amount of walking, which at high elevations can be taxing for those in good physical condition. If you have any concerns about traveling to high altitudes, please consult with your healthcare provider.

**Please note: This show may be canceled locally by the theater and an alternate evening will be provided.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for China
Depart for China

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Shanghai
Arrive in cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimate to this sparkling city and your new time zone
Overnight: Shanghai

DAY 3, Saturday - Shanghai City Tour, Yu Yuan Gardens, Jade Buddha Temple
This morning, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at a briefing on the extraordinary journey that lies ahead in China and Tibet. Experience the old world charm of the Bund as you stroll along this park-like waterfront promenade surrounded by gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Along the way, visit a working silk carpet and embroidery shop, meet the craftsmen and learn more about this ancient Chinese skill. Afterwards, visit the classical Yu Yuan Gardens (Garden of Happiness) in the Old Quarter, built during the Ming Dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, ponds, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. Lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Next, on to the Jade Buddha Temple built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two stunning Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These rare and precious statues are carved with crystal-clear white jade, creating an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, a Welcome Dinner and performance of the acclaimed Shanghai Acrobats**. These "death-defiers" will amaze you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. It’s a wonderful welcome to Shanghai!
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Shanghai
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Shanghai on your own. Or, join the optional tour to Hangzhou, with its enchanting natural beauty and fascinating cultural heritage, known as "Heaven on Earth." Travel aboard the new high-speed Bullet Train - a great experience! Once there, cruise on West Lake with its scenic beauty that blends naturally with the many surrounding historical and cultural sights. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Shanghai. Visit famous Nanking Road, with time to shop to your heart’s content in this elegant neighborhood with its astonishing array of international shops and boutiques
Optional: Full Day Hangzhou with Lunch
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Arrive in Xian, an Archaeological Treasure Trove
Depart today by plane to Xian, the ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove; arrive and transfer to your hotel. Time to relax before the late afternoon visit to the Muslim district of Xian; here, you learn more about Chinese Muslims and watch their preparation of local foods for the market. This evening’s unique dumpling banquet, features over 20 different varieties of dumplings coupled with rice wine and hot pot soup. Enjoy this flavor-filled evening!
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Xian, Visit and Lunch at Donghan Village
Begin the day at the magnificent South Gate (Yongning Gate) of the massive ancient city walls of Xian, built in the old Tang Dynasty and now completely restored. For the adventurous, bikes will be provided if you opt to cycle around the wall’s perimeter and encircle this rectangle city - or choose a leisurely walk. Xi'an was built as a defensive walled city, and even today the landmark wall divides the inner and outer parts of the city. Then, immerse yourselves in the local culture on a memorable visit to Donghan Village in Huxian County. This special experience starts with a visit to the village; see how country life hasn’t changed over the years. You are then invited to tour a villager’s home and enjoy their warm hospitality and friendship over lunch. Participate in the preparation of the meal - you’ll be an expert Chinese noodle maker when you leave! After a discussion about daily life and other interesting topics, admire the colorful peasant painting style inspired by traditional crafts and include themes from everyday rural life. A treasure trove of paintings will be unveiled to you at a painting studio along with exhibits of the Chinese art of brush stroke paintings and calligraphy. This evening, attend the Tang Dynasty Show that includes a six-course Imperial dinner. You'll be entertained by Chang'an music and watch 1000-year-old dances performed by a passionate troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Xian Antiquities Tour with the Terra Cotta Warriors
Join the residents of Xian in Xingqing Park for morning exercise, along with singing and dancing - it’s a hub of activity. Afterwards, visit a lacquer furniture shop to see beautiful samples and learn more about this delicate Chinese technique, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, a truly unforgettable experience! Arrive at the archaeological site of the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors, a vast collection of more than 7,000 finely sculpted, life-sized soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with Qin Shi Huang, China’s first Emperor. This world-famous site, discovered by farmers in 1974 is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its unearthing. Return to the hotel and get ready to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Flight to Lhasa, Tibet*
A morning flight from Xian takes you on your journey to Lhasa, 11,000 feet above sea level, fabled capital of the Tibet autonomous region in China, nestled on the northern slopes of the mighty Himalayas. Arrive at your hotel with time to rest and adjust to the high elevation for the rest of the day. Tonight, dinner together at a local restaurant
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Tour the Potala Palace, Tibet Museum*
Stand in awe at the astonishing Potala Palace - one of the grandest monuments in all of Asia. Built in the 17th century, the palace boasts more than 1,000 rooms, including the Red Palace (where the Dalai Lama once lived), 10,000 active chapels, and a labyrinth of mysterious dungeons. It took over 7,000 workers and 1,500 artists and craftsmen more than 50 years to build the adjoining White and Red Palaces. This Eastern architectural triumph was once the world's tallest building before the creation of 20th century skyscrapers. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Tibet Museum, with its striking Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. The huge exhibition halls feature a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics, Buddha statues, folk art, pottery and adornments made of gold, silver and jade. The rest of the afternoon at leisure. Later this evening, a traditional Tibetan dinner together, highlighted by a cultural performance
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Barkhor Street Bazaar, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery*
Morning visit to the bustling Barkhor Street Bazaar in the heart of Lhasa, a highlight of the city. Walk along the circular street filled with merchants and vendors offering a huge variety of local Tibetan art, crafts and even tasty snacks. Continue to the Jokhang Temple where you may observe the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and hear the musical sounds of chanting sutras and the spinning of prayer wheels. Inside, thousands of yak-butter candles cast a glow beneath the enlightened gaze of the golden 7th century Jowo Shakyamuni Buddha statue. Stop at a Tibetan Art shop to collect souvenirs to bring home. Lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Sera Monastery, one of Tibet's three most important university monasteries. In the afternoon, you can often see monks gathering to debate points of Buddhist learning while gesturing with elaborate and symbolic movements. In Lhasa, enjoy your last night with dinner at a popular restaurant
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Travel to Beijing
Your flight from Tibet transports you to Beijing, the sprawling capital of modern China. Upon arrival, you’ll immediately see the huge architectural contrasts and sense the cultural changes in this mega metropolis. Dinner together at a local restaurant
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Great Wall of China, Visit Pandas at Beijing Zoo
An amazing day! Travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most spectacular structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. On your way, enter a jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most precious and symbolic stones used for over 4000 years. Then arrive in a less-crowded section in Badaling to avoid crowds and have a more leisurely experience. Mount the ramparts of this ancient wonder to view beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from this 7th century defensive fortification. To aid local organizations, plant a tree along the ancient paths to commemorate your visit to the Great Wall. Linger over lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Beijing and then be ready to view the striking ultra-modern architectural site built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics; see the gigantic National Stadium and the Olympic Village. End the day with a visit to the Beijing Zoo with its ingeniously designed Panda houses. Meet one of the adorable Giant Panda Bears, China’s most relaxed local celebrity and perhaps watch them munch on bamboo and watermelon!
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Tuesday - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace
Your exploration of Beijing continues to huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square’s Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for Imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong to declare the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once residence of Chinese Emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to a pearl shop to learn about this popular export. End the day with a drive outside the city to the fabled Summer Palace, resort of the Empress Dowager. Bid farewell to your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at tonight’s festive Peking Duck Dinner at a delightful restaurant
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Please note: Lhasa sits at an elevation of 11,000 feet above sea level. Your included sightseeing will include a fair amount of walking, which at high elevations can be taxing for those in good physical condition. If you have any concerns about traveling to high altitudes, please consult with your healthcare provider.

**Please note: This show may be canceled locally by the theater and an alternate evening will be provided.


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Full Day Hangzhou & Nanjing Road by High Speed Train

Full day tour to Hangzhou, with its enchanting natural beauty and fascinating cultural heritage, known as "Heaven on Earth." Travel aboard the new high-speed Bullet Train - a great experience! Once there, cruise on West Lake with its scenic beauty that blends naturally with the many surrounding historic and cultural sights. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Shanghai, visit famous Nanjing Road, with time to shop to your heart’s content in this elegant neighborhood with its astonishing array of international shops and boutiques.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

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Full Day Hangzhou & Nanjing Road by High Speed Train

Full day tour to Hangzhou, with its enchanting natural beauty and fascinating cultural heritage, known as "Heaven on Earth." Travel aboard the new high-speed Bullet Train - a great experience! Once there, cruise on West Lake with its scenic beauty that blends naturally with the many surrounding historic and cultural sights. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Shanghai, visit famous Nanjing Road, with time to shop to your heart’s content in this elegant neighborhood with its astonishing array of international shops and boutiques.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Day #4 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $99.00
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Amazing China with Tibet , October 2016
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The 17 day Amazing China with Tibet was great. Ms. Ivy was our tour manager. She was excellent organizing our group of 20 people. Extremely knowledgeable with great personality. She has given us a lot of history of China and the culture. We all have fun, laughing, dancing, singing and joking. Highly recommend the Discovery Tours Gate 1 Travel.

Kar W. Daly City, CA
Amazing China with Tibet, September 2016
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The tour was fabulous. Maggie was a GREAT tour guide. Her local guides were great. They had the whisper system which was such an asset. My husband and I are so pleased that we are going to be a customer of yours for as long as you have good tours. We LOVE the small number of people on a tour!!!! Keep great tours coming.

Nancy J. Austin, TX
Amazing China with Tibet , August 2016
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My trip was amazing! I had a great time and enjoyed every minute of it. The Discovery itinerary was exactly what I had hoped for. Our tour manager, Joan, did an outstanding job of organizing our sightseeing, meals, lodging and logistics. My fellow travelers, there were 9 of us, were a lot of fun. It was an outstanding trip.

Maren E. Park City, UT
China & Tibet Discovery, June 2016
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My trip to China/Tibet was absolutely wonderful....great people, great food, and great country. Jason was an amazing tour manager, as were the local guides and drivers. I learned so many things that I didn't know before. I highly recommend Discovery Tours to China/Tibet.

Marianne M. Snellville, GA
Amazing China with Tibet , May 2016
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We spent 11 days in Mongolia followed by 17 days in China & Tibet. Like every Gate 1 trip, we totally enjoyed both of our exceptional Tour Guides, Gamban in Mongolia and Jack in China. They made this adventure a wonderful experience. This was a very active trip, we were on the go 7-7 and there was never a dull moment. They kept us informed, educated, and entertained. I believe a great tour guide is the primary factor that can make a tour successful and that is why we choose Gate 1. Also, I want to compliment all of the local guides in each city. They were excellent providing not only the history but also explained today's culture compared to the past and shared personal stories that really made the trip special. The Mongolia highlight was our visits with several nomadic families which gave us the best insight to their daily lives. We consider ourselves Gate 1 family and will continue to plan our future journeys with Gate 1.

Donna S. St. Augustine, FL
Amazing China, May 2014
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Thank you for arranging a really wonderful trip. The Chinese tour guide, Jack, did a fantastic job in leading our group of 20 and guiding us through China and I have many fond memories of him. Lhasa, Tibet was definitely the highlight and I found the Tibetans to be the most spiritual and sweetest folk I have ever encountered. All the other cities in China were fabulous and enriching. China, with its combination of history and modern development is probably now the most interesting country in the world. The Discovery Tour was a really excellent value with fine hotels, restaurants and an awesome number of wonderful tourist venues. I would recommend this trip with a lot of enthusiasm.

Norman, Glendale, AZ
Amazing China, June 2014
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The trip to China and Tibet was amazing. This was the first Discovery small group tour I have taken, but it won't be the last. There were only 9 people on the tour and we truly got to do many things that you do not normally do, such as exercise in the parks, luncheons in peoples homes, visits to the local markets, etc. The people on the tour, in China and Tibet, and the tour guides were wonderful and lots of fun.

Lucy, Marietta, GA
Amazing China, May 2013
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I would like to take a moment to commend the excellent character and phenomenal work of tour manager, "Jack" on the Amazing China & Tibet trip Sept 17-Oct 2. From the moment he stepped into the group's first meeting until the moment of departure on our flight home, Jack was professional, personable, attentive, responsive, always there at the right time, and always ready with information we needed and wanted. His English is clear and he has acquired delightful English nuances and commentary throughout his years of managing tours with English speakers. He worked very hard to see to our every need and answered every question with confidence, patience, careful thought, and a sense of humor. If he didn't have an answer, he researched the topic and provided a detailed explanation the next time we saw him. His instructions were clear and concise and he tolerated repeated questions with humor and patience. To wrangle a group of 18 was like herding cats most of the time, and he did so gently and quickly. We never felt rushed but yet we made it to all our destinations on schedule, even when unexpected, urgent toilet stops were required and when one or more of the group just couldn't make it up the many steps or didn't feel up to the day's excursions. Jack worked and coordinated well with local city guides. He always knew where we were going and with the help of able bus drivers, got us there punctually. We felt respected and offered him respect and trust in return. There are lots of little things Jack did along our way that I wanted to make a special note of or remember, but unfortunately I did not do either. Please know that Jack did a lot of little things that made our trip most enjoyable and we found ourselves commenting over and over, "That Jack, he is so cool," or "That Jack, he's the best." Jack sets the bar for excellence in managing tours and I hope you realize what a gem he is. He is a most valuable asset to Discovery Tours and to Gate 1. Amazing China & Tibet was possible due to one amazing Jack.

Maren, Calgary, Alberta
Amazing China, May 2013
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Overall, the trip was excellent. Annie was a fantastic tour manager. Most of the local guides were also excellent especially Scotty in Shanghai. The small group concept was perfect for us and the group got along very well. The food was very good in most places as long as you were open-minded about eating Chinese. I liked the small group Discovery model so much that I tried to change my reservation for Peru to the Discovery tour, but it was sold out!

Daniel, Lake Worth, FL
Amazing China, March 2013
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The trip was wonderful beyond my expectations. From all the places that I went to and all the wonderful people of all ages that I've met and interacted and took pictures with, I enjoyed every minute. The tour guide Jack is a great guy and the local tour guides where great to be with as well. Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day was more food than I ever imagined. I'm so glad I went on the trip, because, as Gate 1 said 'more China for less', and that's exactly what it was! Thank you!

James, Wesley Chapel, FL
Amazing China, August 2014
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We had a fabulous trip and really liked the Discovery smaller group. We have taken 4-5 Gate 1 tours and have always been very happy, but after the Discovery trip think we will look at more of them. We enjoyed the in home lunches and the fact that we were able to see and do more because of the smaller number of people. Definitely worth the extra money in our minds. Also want to be sure to say how much we enjoyed our tour manager Juan! He was wonderful! Did an exceptional job. He said it was his first Discovery tour, but we would never have guessed. He was very knowledgeable, and also a lot of fun! Our city guides were very good too. We can say only good things about the entire experience! Thank you so much!

Jacqueline, Atchison, KS
Amazing China, September 2015
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I would like to take a moment to commend the excellent character and phenomenal work of tour manager, "Jack" on the Amazing China & Tibet trip Sept 17-Oct 2. From the moment he stepped into the group's first meeting until the moment of departure on our flight home, Jack was professional, personable, attentive, responsive, always there at the right time, and always ready with information we needed and wanted. His English is clear and he has acquired delightful English nuances and commentary throughout his years of managing tours with English speakers. He worked very hard to see to our every need and answered every question with confidence, patience, careful thought, and a sense of humor. If he didn't have an answer, he researched the topic and provided a detailed explanation the next time we saw him. His instructions were clear and concise and he tolerated repeated questions with humor and patience. To wrangle a group of 18 was like herding cats most of the time, and he did so gently and quickly. We never felt rushed but yet we made it to all our destinations on schedule, even when unexpected, urgent toilet stops were required and when one or more of the group just couldn't make it up the many steps or didn't feel up to the day's excursions. Jack worked and coordinated well with local city guides. He always knew where we were going and with the help of able bus drivers, got us there punctually. We felt respected and offered him respect and trust in return. There are lots of little things Jack did along our way that I wanted to make a special note of or remember, but unfortunately I did not do either. Please know that Jack did a lot of little things that made our trip most enjoyable and we found ourselves commenting over and over, "That Jack, he is so cool," or "That Jack, he's the best." Jack sets the bar for excellence in managing tours and I hope you realize what a gem he is. He is a most valuable asset to Discovery Tours and to Gate 1. Amazing China & Tibet was possible due to one amazing Jack.

Linda, Tigard, OR