17 Day Amazing China with Tibet



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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Wed, Oct 25  (Sold Out) $3249 $3879*
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Wed, Oct 25  (Sold Out) $3309 $3939*
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Wed, Oct 25  (Sold Out) $3349 $4079*

*Not Included:
Yangtze River Cruise gratuity charge of RMB 150 (approx. US$25) per adult per cruise (charged directly to your account upon embarkation), optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers, but do include flights Xian-Chengdu, Chengdu-Lhasa, Lhasa-Chongqing & Yichang-Shanghai.

Due to limited storage space on High Speed train from Beijing to Xian, only one small piece of luggage (44 lbs) per passenger is permitted onboard for your personal belongings. Your additional luggage will be transported separately to Xian and you will be without your checked in luggage for 1 night in Beijing; therefore it is recommended to take an extra bag.

Please note, all decks on your Victoria Cruise ship have similar standard rooms. Plan B Promenade Deck and Plan A Bridge Deck cabins feature an additional onboard amenity package. Please visit the Victoria Cruise ship profiles for further details.

Yangtze River Cruise cabins cannot comfortably accommodate 3 people; therefore, our triple adult and twin with child pricing reflects the additional cost of an upgrade to Executive Suite.

Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Alternative sights may be visited depending upon water levels and darkness.

While sailing with Victoria Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Victoria Cruises Passage Contract

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, in another area of China.

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 is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. 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 height. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour.

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details

Package Includes

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

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • International flights Los Angeles-Beijing, Shanghai-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Xian-Chengdu, Chengdu-Lhasa, Lhasa-Chongqing & Yichang-Shanghai
  • 15 nights in First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Beijing
    • 2 nights Xian
    • 2 nights Chengdu
    • 3 nights Lhasa (Tibet)
    • 3 nights cruise downstream on Victoria Cruise Line, Yangtze River
    • 2 nights Shanghai
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • High-Speed Bullet Train from Beijing to Xian
  • 36 meals: 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 dinners (including 2 home hosted lunches, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Beer with all dinners
  • 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.
  • Exploration of Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, a designated World Heritage Site
  • Lunch and meeting with a local family in Beijing's Hutong community
  • Travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most spectacular structures ever built by man
  • Join the residents of Xian in Xingqing Park in their morning exercise
  • Visit the unforgettable archaeological site of the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors entombed with China's first Emperor Qin Shi Huang
  • Meet the famous Giant Panda Bears at the Chengdu Panda Research Center
  • Travel to the storied capital of Lhasa in Tibet to visit the world-famous Potala Palace, one of the grandest monuments in all of Asia
  • Embark on a 3-night Yangtze River Cruise that journeys through some of the greatest scenery in the world

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. 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 height. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour.

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for China
Depart for China

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China; meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the time change
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 3, Friday - Forbidden City, Home-Hosted Lunch in Hutong
Morning briefing with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that awaits you. Your exploration begins at huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public square 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 himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once the 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. Then, from the palatial to the modest, as you continue to a typical Hutong neighborhood. Beijing's Hutongs, a community of small residences centered around alleyways and courtyards, are dwindling in number as the city is modernized, but some have been preserved as "protected areas." Special arrangements just for you to meet a local family and share lunch together in their home - they will be delighted to share their secret family recipe for dumplings, complete with a demonstration. This evening, join your fellow travelers at a festive Welcome Dinner, featuring China's world-famous Peking Duck
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - The Great Wall & Ming Tombs
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. En route, stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. You travel to a less crowded section in Badaling to avoid crowds and have a less hurried 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, you’ll plant a tree along the ancient paths to commemorate your visit to the Great Wall. This afternoon lunch will be at a local restaurant. Continue to the Sacred Way lined with mythical stone beasts and statues. Originally built to lead to the mausoleum, it was thought to be the "road leading to heaven." Walk through the huge Memorial Stone Arch guarding its entrance continuing along the road to the 13 Ming Dynasty Tombs. Visit the Dingling Tomb, also known as the Underground Palace, the first Imperial tomb excavated in China, housing the remains of Emperor Wan Li and two of his wives. In the exhibition, you'll also see many of the precious golden crowns and glittering jewels that were uncovered. Return to Beijing via the striking ultra-modern "Bird's Nest" stadium built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Sunday - Train to Xian, Wild Goose Pagoda & Market Visit
Morning departure from Beijing to Xian by high-speed bullet train, traveling through Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province and Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province. Along the way, see glimpses of the Yellow River, Mt. Huashan and the huge construction projects everywhere you look. Arrive in Xian, the ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove. Visit the Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China constructed during the Tang Dynasty era. This brick and wood structure was only moderately damaged during the major earthquake in 1556 and still stands today as a compelling symbol of Xian. Then, on to the Muslim Quarter, a hub of the Muslim community in Xian. Over ten mosques are spread out in the winding and narrow streets including the popular Great Mosque. At the bustling Beiyuanmen Market, you'll find a unique blend of Chinese and Islamic stalls with foods and crafts. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Xian Antiquities with Terracotta Army
Morning visit to Xingqing Park, a hub of activity - join the residents of Xian in their morning exercise. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to hear more about this delicate technique. Enjoy 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. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe
Optional: Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Tuesday - Xian City Wall, Flight to Chengdu
This morning, visit the ancient Xian city wall, which was started in 194 B.C. This is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being one of the largest ancient military defense systems in the world. Today, lunch en route. Afternoon flight to Chengdu; arrival and transfer to your hotel in this capital city of Sichuan Province. Tonight, try the famous China "Hot Pot" for dinner. Created over 1,000 years ago, this dish varies by region and is popular all over the country. Be careful with the Szechuan version - it's spicy!
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - View Giant Pandas, Visit Mahjong Parlor
This morning you'll get to visit some of Chengdu's most relaxed local celebrities - giant panda bears. You’ll travel to the Chengdu Panda Research Center which houses more than 80 giant pandas. The center is one of the largest panda breeding facilities in the world. Their livelihood in the wild is under threat from deforestation. After lunch at a local restaurant, join some residents in a local Mahjong parlor to watch this ancient Chinese game and have a few lessons from the experts. Later attend the optional Sichuan Opera Show. Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances
Optional: Sichuan Opera Show (PM)
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Thursday - Flight to Lhasa
Early morning flight from Chengdu to Lhasa*, storied capital of the Tibet autonomous region in China, 12,000 feet above sea level on the northern slopes of the Himalayas. Arrive at your hotel with time to rest and adjust to the high altitude. Lunch at a local restaurant, followed by an afternoon briefing with Tibetan experts to hear about the local customs, traditions and the thrilling journey you will experience in Tibet. Rest of the day at leisure. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant
*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.
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace*
Today you'll see the astonishing Potala Palace -- one of the grandest monuments in all of Asia. Built in the 17th century atop the original 7th-century site, the palace boasts more than 1,000 rooms, including the Red Palace (where the Dalai Lama once lived), 10,000 chapels, and a labyrinth of mysterious dungeons. It took 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 Norbulingka Palace, the former summer residence of the Dalai Lama and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace constructed in the 18th century is a masterpiece of Tibetan art
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Saturday - Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery*
Arrive this morning at the popular Barkhor Street Bazaar, located in the heart of Lhasa. This cultural highlight is comprised of a series of circular streets that encompass the Jokhang Temple, along with many merchants and vendors offering a wide variety of local Tibetan arts, crafts, and tasty snacks. At the Jokhang Temple, the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism can be observed by the sound of chanting sutras and the spinning of prayer wheels. Local Tibetans can be seen day and night performing pilgrimages and prostrations around the Bazaar. Inside the Jokhang Temple, thousands of yak-butter candles flicker inside beneath the enlightened gaze of the golden 7th century Buddha statue. Stop at a Tibetan art shop to collect souvenirs to bring home. You’ll dine at a local restaurant, before visiting the Sera Monastery, known as one of the great three university monasteries of Tibet. This evening, dinner at a local restaurant accented by a traditional Tibetan Dance Performance
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Flight to Chongqing, Embark Cruise
Depart Lhasa by flight to Chongqing, gateway to the Yangtze River. Upon arrival visit the Stilwell Museum, at his renovated former residence, dedicated to the General who was the Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces in the China-Burma-India Theater. With the aid of General Stilwell, the Chinese people won the War of Resistance against the Japanese invaders. This evening enjoy your dinner before embarkation on your cruise ship to begin the scenic journey on the Yangtze River - you'll be welcomed by the warm and friendly crew
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Cruise to Shibaozhai
Awake this morning to the beautiful vistas on the river. Today's shore excursion will visit Shibaozhai, which is known for its impressive wooden pagoda and is appropriately named ‘The Pearl of the Yangtze’. This place is considered one of the gems of Chinese architecture
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Tuesday - Qutang and Wuxia Gorges
Wondrous views await you today. Sail through Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three Yangtze Gorges followed by spectacular views of the surrounding mountain passes as you sail through the 25-mile long Wuxia (Witches) Gorge, famous for its fabled Twelve Peaks. According to legend, the peaks are believed to be the spirits of 12 fairies, the most famous of them being the Shennu Feng (Goddess) Peak, topped by a huge rock resembling a kneeling maiden. The shore excursion takes you to visit the natural scenic wonders of the Shennv or Shennong Stream*. Finally, begin sailing downstream through Xiling Gorge. The longest and deepest section of the Three Gorges system, it comprises the Xietan, Qintan, and Kongling rapids in what is known as the Three Rapids of Xiling
*The visit of Shennong or Shennv stream is dependent upon water levels.
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Wednesday - Three Gorges Dam & Disembark Cruise
After breakfast this morning, make a visit to the Three Gorges Dam site near Sandouping Village. The dam is the world's largest and most ambitious hydroelectric project ever undertaken by man, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. This project has forever changed the landscape surrounding the Yangtze River. Have lunch on board the ship before disembarkation and transfer to Yichang airport. Then, fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 16, Thursday - Yu Yuan Gardens, Caoyang Community & Home-Hosted Lunch
Stroll this morning along the famous Bund walkway, with its gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Stop at a local silk carpet & embroidery shop and see how the fabric is woven into stunning designs by local craftspeople. Afterward, 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, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. Then you’ll continue to the Caoyang New Village, the first Worker's Housing Project in Shanghai, to learn more about this self-sufficient community and their daily life. You're invited to a home hosted lunch in this community before visiting the government offices and learning how the legislature here functions. Later in the afternoon learn more about this ever-changing country by participating in an informative lecture and discussion about China's Cultural Revolution presented by a Shanghai resident who experienced the revolution first-hand and was sent to the countryside to be re-educated by the peasants. Tonight, bid farewell to China and your fellow travelers at the Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Friday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show

Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang' an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Mar 2018 $59.00
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Sichuan Opera Show

Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances. Traditional performances include theatrical dance pieces, opera solos, a :"rolling oil lamp" sequence, hand-shadow play, stick puppets, and the famous Bian Lian (face changing performance) where actors can imperceptibly swap vividly colored masks in the quick swipe of a fan. Transfers to and from your hotel are included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #8 01 Apr 2014 - 31 Dec 2017 $45.00
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Amazing China with Tibet , July 2017
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Fabulous trip from start to finish! Our guide was wonderful and charming. The trip was a once in a lifetime experience for our family. Our son, Nicholas, was born in Beijing in 2003. This was his first time to visit his birthplace since we adopted him in 2005. So the trip was a pilgrimage for him, and he now has a great appreciation for his heritage.

David N. Austin, TX
Amazing China with Tibet , June 2017
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Superb! our tour guide "Jack" was the most conscientious and affable tour guide to date from any company that i have traveled within the last 30 years! keep your Discovery Tour rates reasonable and accommodation quality high and i will continue to travel with Gate 1 (the idea of value for money was echoed by my other 12 tour mates as well).

Gregory Y. San Gabriel, CA
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