First Train to Lhasa including 3 Gorges Cruise



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18 days / 17 nights Trip highlights and features: • Beijing sightseeing: the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City • Xian sightseeing: the world-famous Terracotta Warriors • 2 and 1/2 days cruising the Yangtze River • Train to Lhasa the ‘ Roof of the World’ at 1,149 km • 12 nights onboard train, 5 nights in deluxe hotels • Cities : Beijing, Luoyang, Xian, Golmud, Lhasa, Xining, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Chongoing, Yichang • Most Breakfasts, lunches and dinners

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Day 1. Beijing, Flight Arrivals
Passengers are met upon arrival in Beijing and transferred to the five-star Peninsula Palace Hotel, or similar, for a one-night stay. Afternoon sightseeing program includes the Great Wall and an evening visit to Tiananmen Square. Dinner at a restaurant in the Square.
 
Day 2. Beijing
After breakfast, we spend the morning on a tour of Beijing, including the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City, before transferring to Beijing’s main station for a mid-afternoon departure of China’s most prestigious private train, the Shangri-La Express. Spend the day settling into your cabin as we head for China’s ancient capital of Xian. Dinner on board.
 
Day 3. Luoyang
Luoyang, in the middle reaches of the Yellow River Valley, has an interesting museum containing many relics from Luoyang’s days of glory, including historical maps of the city, and artifacts recovered from tombs, such as sculpted horses and camels. The day is spent touring this ancient city including a visit to the museum.
 
Day 4. Xian
Lunchtime arrival in the ancient city of Xian. The afternoon is dedicated to visiting the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, discovered by peasants barely 30 years ago. The 6,000 Terracotta figures, arranged in row after row of warriors and horses, are one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Evening departure of the Shangri-La Express.
 
Day 5. Shangri-La Express
We pass through Lanzhou and head south to the city of Chengdu
 
Day 6. Golmud
Golmud is the starting point for the new 1,149 km ‘roof of the world’ line to Lhasa. From here, we embark on a 12-hour daylight journey into the Tibetan Capital of Lhasa. Evening arrival where we transfer to the Lhasa Hotel for a three-night stay.
 
Day 7. Lhasa
On the second day, we visit the 13th century Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s holiest shrine and the adjacent Barkhor market before having lunch with traditional folk music. In the afternoon, we visit the 17th century Potala Palace, former seat of the Tibetan Government and the Dalai Lama’s winter residence. Considered one of the architectural wonders of the world, it contains thousands of rooms and provides a breathtaking backdrop for the city.
 
Day 8. Lhasa
Morning visit to Norbu Lingka, the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace. Free time in the afternoon to explore Lhasa.
 
Day 9. Lhasa
We depart Lhasa mid morning and spend the day crossing the Tibetan Plateau, heading for Golmud.
 
Day 10. Xining
Afternoon arrival into Xining; provincial capital of Qinghai, and an important trading centre since the 16th Century. A perfect base to explore the Tibetan monastery of Ta"er Si, we also find the beautifully painted, Chinese style Great Mosque, one of the most attractive in Northwest China.
 
Day 11. Lanzhou
Upon arrival in Lanzhou, situated on the Yellow River, we take a trip down to the river during our short stop and visit the Gansu Provincial Museum.
 
Day 12. Chengdu
Mid morning, we arrive in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province and home of the Giant Panda. During our city tour, we visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Institute.
 
Day 13. Chongoing
Morning arrival into Chongqing; the starting point for the Yangtze River Cruise. Famous for its spicy Sichuan cuisine and world-renowned hot pot, we spend the morning touring this cultural gem before enjoying dinner in the city.
 
Day 14. The Three Gorges
This morning we transfer to one of China’s top river cruise boats for our two-and-a-half day cruise through the Three Gorges. In the afternoon, we visit Fengdu Ghost City with its 75 temples.
 
Day 15. The Three Gorges
Cruising the Yangtze River, we pass though the splendid eight-km Qutang Gorge, which is the narrowest of the three gorges. We continue into the 44-km Wu Xia gorge, which is considered the most scenic. In Shennong, we transfer to a smaller boat for a trip along of the narrower gorges before entering the western part of the 75-km Xinling gorge. We then pass through the five locks of the Three Gorges Dam.
 
Day 16. The Three Gorges, Yichang
We visit the Three Gorges Dam project and pass through the eastern part of the Xinling gorge before our lunchtime arrival in Yichang. Afternoon tour of the city. We re-board our awaiting Shangri-La Express for our journey back to Beijing.
 
Day 17. Beijing
Late afternoon arrival back in Beijing. We stay overnight at the five stars Peninsula Palace Hotel, or similar, and bid farewell at our final gala dinner.
 
Day 18. Beijing, Flight Departures
Transfers to Beijing airport for international flight departures.
 
 
Schedule and Fares – prices are per person
 
From Beijing
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Twin Share – EUR 11995
Single – EUR 15995
 
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