Silk Road

Day 1 | Arrive Shanghai
Upon arrival in Shanghai, the “Paris of Orient”, you will be greeted and escorted to the hotel.

Day 2 | Shanghai (B, L)
Start your morning with a visit to the famous Shanghai Museum, China’s most up-to-date museum showcasing the country’s ancient glory. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Yu Garden, famous for its rock gardens, pavilions, halls and ponds, and Old Shanghai Bazaar, with shops filled with all manner of interesting curios. Continue your visit stopping in the Old Town and the modern Xintiandi.

Day 3 | Shanghai Chengdu (B, L)
Fly to Chengdu, is known as “The Land of Abundance”. Upon arrival, visit the museum at Sanxingdui, site of a mysterious ancient civilization dating back 3,000 years.

Day 4 | Chengdu (B, L, SD)
Start your tour to Chengdu with a visit to the Panda Breeding Center. The breeding center aims to increase the population of giant pandas and eventually release some of the animals back into the wild. Later visit Dufu Cottage, the residence of a famous ancient poet. Then take a walk along the ancient Jinli Street before enjoying a special local flavor Sichuan Snack Dinner.

Day 5 | Chengdu Lhasa (B, L)
Fly to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a traditional welcome ceremony.

Day 6 | Lhasa (B, L)
The highlight of today’s tour features the Potala Palace, which rises majestically from the face of scared Putuo Hill, constructed in the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama. It is the political and religious center of Tibet. Continue to Jokhang Monastery, one of the e Tibet’s holiest shrines. This is the main destination for pilgrims traveling to Lhasa from throughout Tibet. You will see pilgrim prostrating themselves in front of the temple. Take a walk through Barkhor (Eight Corners) Street, circling around the monastery, is an important marketplace.

Day 7 | Lhasa (B, L)
Today’s sightseeing begins with Sera Monastery, a largest monastery of the Gelukpa Sect and the Norbulingka Palace, the summer palace of Tibetan Kings. Continue to visit Tibet Museum inaugurated in 1999 with collection of around 1000 artifacts, from examples of Tibetan art to architectural design throughout the cultural and history of Tibet.

Day 8 | Lhasa Xi'an (B)
Spend your morning at leisure and explore this majestic Tibet on your own.
Fly to Xi’an in the afternoon, the China’s ancient capital.

Day 9 | Xi'an (B, L, DS)
Today’s highlight is a visit to the Archaeological Museum, home to an army of more than 6,000 life-size Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses excavated from the tomb of the 1st emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Later visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi’an.
In the evening, enjoy a special dumpling dinner show recreating the music, costumes and dance of the Tang Dynasty.

Day 10 | Xi'an Beijing (B, L)
This morning, visit the Ancient City Wall, built during the 14th century. After lunch, take a high speed train to Beijing, China’s capital. Upon arrival, meet your local guide then check into your hotel.

Day 11 | Beijing (B, L, SD)
Enjoy a full day tour of China’s fascinating capital begins with the Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, home of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch, visit the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and later enjoy a boat ride on Kunming Lake (weather permitting).
Tonight enjoy a fabulous welcome banquet featuring Peking duck at Qianmen 1416 Duck Restaurant.

Day 12 | Beijing (B, L)
The highlight today is an excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Enjoy the dramatic vistas of the Great Wall as it descends and rises as far as the eye can see. In the afternoon, visit Temple of Heaven where the emperor came here to pray for good harvest twice a year.

Day 13 | Beijing Home (B)
Farewell to Beijing. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


Tour Dates & Prices
Land package is per person in double occupancy.
2017 Travel Month Land Only
2–5 Travelers
Land Only
6–9 Travelers
Single
Supplement
Apr, May, Sep, Oct $4,354 $3,576 $959
Jun, Jul, Aug $4,303 $3,525 $912
Nov $4,250 $3,473 $865
Dec 2017/Jan & Feb 2018 $4,158 $3,380 $780
Mar 2018 $4,199 $3,422 $818 $818
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China Classic Discovery Includes

  • All intra-China air / land transportation
  • Superior First Class Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary including admission charges where applicable
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary at local restaurants
  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • Baggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and all local taxes

Culinary Specialties / Regional Cultural Show

  • Chengdu: Sichuan Snack Food
  • Xi’an: Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show
  • Beijing: Peking Duck Dinner

Superior First Class Accommodations:

  • Shanghai:
    Central Hotel Shanghai
  • Chengdu:
    Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
  • Lhasa:
    Four Points by Sheraton
  • Xi’an:
    Grand Noble Hotel
  • Beijing:
    Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

Special Notes

  • Land only does not include transpacific air.
  • Transpacific airfare, US domestic add-on airfares are available. Please call for details.
  • Preferred accommodations subject to change to similar class.
  • All prices are subject to change without prior notice.
  • B – Breakfast
  • L – Lunch
  • SL – Special Lunch
  • D – Dinner
  • SD – Special Dinner
  • DS – Dinner & Show