1-800-935-2620 Speak to a Tour Expert
Hero Image

Historical China, Tibet + the Yangtze (2020 Itinerary)

Days
16
From
USD $6,999
Why Pay Retail? Call us for a quick quote!

Dates & Prices

*Please Note: Internal Flights are not included in the price.
Start Date End Date OffersBrochure
Land Price
Our PriceQuote
From
Thursday,
Apr 15, 2021
To
Friday,
Apr 30, 2021
Deals$7,299Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Jun 17, 2021
To
Friday,
Jul 02, 2021
Deals$6,999Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Jul 29, 2021
To
Friday,
Aug 13, 2021
Deals$7,299Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Aug 12, 2021
To
Friday,
Aug 27, 2021
Deals$7,299Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Sep 02, 2021
To
Friday,
Sep 17, 2021
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Sep 16, 2021
To
Friday,
Oct 01, 2021
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Sep 30, 2021
To
Friday,
Oct 15, 2021
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Oct 07, 2021
To
Friday,
Oct 22, 2021
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Oct 14, 2021
To
Friday,
Oct 29, 2021
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Apr 07, 2022
To
Friday,
Apr 22, 2022
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Apr 21, 2022
To
Friday,
May 06, 2022
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
May 12, 2022
To
Friday,
May 27, 2022
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Jun 16, 2022
To
Friday,
Jul 01, 2022
Deals$6,999Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Jul 28, 2022
To
Friday,
Aug 12, 2022
Deals$7,299Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Aug 11, 2022
To
Friday,
Aug 26, 2022
Deals$7,299Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Sep 01, 2022
To
Friday,
Sep 16, 2022
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Sep 15, 2022
To
Friday,
Sep 30, 2022
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Oct 06, 2022
To
Friday,
Oct 21, 2022
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Oct 13, 2022
To
Friday,
Oct 28, 2022
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Thursday,
Apr 13, 2023
To
Friday,
Apr 28, 2023
Deals$7,599Get Lower PriceGet Quote
* Internal Flights are not included in the price

Promotions

Save 7% Off this Tour - Guaranteed!

Family & Friends Discount: Save up to $200 per person

Mention Promo Code: PT1083
Promotion Image

Family & Friends Discount: Save up to $200 per person

Family & Friends Discount: Save up to $200 per person

Promotion Details
Save up to $200 per person off the listed price when you book a group of at least 3 or more guests. Save $50 per person when 3 guests travel together, save $100 per person when 4 guests travel together, save $150 per person when 5 guests travel together, save $200 per person when you have 6 or more guests traveling together. Plus as always, receive our AffordableTours.com 7% extra everyday savings.
Combinable with pay-in-full discount.
Must Book By Thu, Dec 31, 2020
View Promotion Terms & Conditions ›

Applies to new bookings only. Offer combinable with pay-in-full discount. Certain restrictions may apply.

World Traveler Club Members

Mention Promo Code: PT5428
Promotion Image

World Traveler Club Members

World Traveler Club Members

Promotion Details
As a World Traveler Club Member, you'll receive extra benefits that save you money and make your travel planning experience faster and easier.
Must Book By Thu, Dec 31, 2020
View Promotion Terms & Conditions ›

Member-Only savings. Exclusive repeat traveler discounts. Additional restrictions may apply.

Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing

    You’ll be warmly greeted at the airport and escorted to General Tours luxury hotel in the heart of the capital. The rest of this day is yours to relax and enjoy as you wish.

  2. Day 2
    Day 2 - Imperial Highlights
    Your expertly guided, full-day exploration begins in Tiananmen Square. Covering more than 100 acres in the heart of the city with a scale reminiscent of Moscow’s Red Square or the Piazza San Marco in Venice, it ranks as one of the grandest public plazas in the world. Then follow in the footsteps of Ming Dynasty emperors as you explore the magnificent palaces, courtyards and pavilions of the sprawling Forbidden City . It is said that there are 9,999 rooms within these imposing walls and although you won’t see everyone, your guided tour offers a fascinating look into the splendor of Imperial life centuries ago.
     
    Then explore by rickshaw through the narrow lanes of a Hutong, one of the city's few remaining enclaves of traditional, centuries-old courtyard homes. After lunch, you'll tour the resplendent Summer Palace . Set on wooded hills surrounding a tranquil lake, this assemblage of pavilions, palaces and gardens offers a fascinating look into Imperial life long ago. From April to November, General Tours tour of the Summer Palace includes a boat ride on Lake Kunming, a delightful and tranquil way to experience the architectural landmarks and sublime natural beauty of this World Heritage Site. Tonight’s festive Peking Duck banquet is accompanied by wine and local beer.  Meals B+L+D
  3. Day 3
    Day 3 - The Great Wall

    The Great Wall stretches for nearly 4,000 miles across northern China - its oldest sections dating back more than 2,000 years when various states and dynasties first began to build these defensive walls. A few centuries after these earliest sections were constructed, Emperor Qin Shihuang consolidated them into a single, massive fortification to guard his empire against Hun invaders from the north. Succeeding emperors maintained, reconstructed and built anew, and much of what is seen today is the result of work that was done during the Ming Dynasty. As a result the wall is not uniform throughout its length; situated farther from the capital than other parts of the Great Wall, the section at Mutianyu draws fewer visitors and is celebrated for its many defensive towers and splendid setting amidst the rugged mountains. Ascending by cable car, you'll walk atop the Great Wall here at Mutianyu as General Tours expert guide shares dramatic stories of its past. For lunch today, we'll take you to the famous Brickyard Restaurant, conveniently located nearby. Back in the city, the rest of your afternoon and evening is free to enjoy and dine as you wish.  Meals B+L
     

  4. Day 4
    Day 4 - Fly to Yichang + Embark your Yangtze Cruise

    This morning, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Heaven ; it’s a resplendent example of Ming Dynasty design and engineering that also offers fascinating insight into ancient Chinese beliefs in numerology and cosmology. The temple’s tranquil grounds are the perfect place for General Tours specially arranged private class with a Tai Chi Master.

    After sightseeing, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to the river city of Yichang. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the pier to board the Yangzi Explorer, China’s finest river ship. You’ll have time to settle in to your balcony stateroom and refresh before dinner is served in the Explorer’s elegant restaurant. Choose from a tempting array of international and regional Chinese dishes, accompanied by free-flowing wine.  This evening, the 7 Wonders of China documentary will be screened in the Tang Theater. Meals B+L+D

  5. Day 5
    Day 5 - The Immense Three Gorges Dam

    This morning’s optional Tribes of the Three Gorges excursion has been specially prepaid for A+R guests. Taking you into one of the most scenic areas of Xiling Gorge, you’ll be introduced to some of the region’s indigenous peoples. Through their food, dress and a lively folk performance, you’ll learn about the history and culture of the Tujia, Ba and Chu ethnic groups.
     
    After lunch onboard, visit the immense Three Gorges Dam where you’ll learn about its far reaching impact on the geography, archaeological sites, industries, and residents of the region. By special arrangement, A+R guests will get an up-close look at the Three Gorges Ship Lift. Like a giant elevator, this engineering marvel - built in cooperation with BMW - is capable of raising and lowering ships and freighters weighing up to 30,000 tons. It’s the largest ship elevator in the world and turns the 3 to 4-hour passage through the multi-step locks into an 8 minute ride!
     
    Back onboard, the Yangzi Explorer will navigate through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the river’s Three Gorges. Then as the river widens and sweeps through groves of orange and pomelo trees, you’ll experience the tranquil side of life along China’s mightiest river. Tonight’s Captain’s Welcome Reception is followed by dinner and then entertainment in the Tang Theater. Meals B+L+D

  6. Day 6
    Day 6 - Up Shennong Stream + Through the Yangtze Gorges

    Step off ship this morning for an unforgettable journey up Shennong Stream. You’ll explore this spectacular region in traditional sampan boats poled by Tujia boatmen. The landscapes here are unrivalled, encompassing rushing waters, dense forests and towering rock formations. As you venture upstream, you’ll espy coffins stowed high within the limestone cliffs that tower above you – a legacy of the region’s earliest inhabitants. Before returning to ship, you’ll visit a nearby village to experience life in a rural community.
     
    After lunch onboard the Yangzi Explorer navigates Wu Gorge, renowned for its massive cliffs rising sharply from the river. Later, General Tours ship cruises through spectacular Qutang Gorge, the narrowest of the river’s Three Gorges. If you wish to join this afternoon’s optional excursion to the White Emperor City, it has been specially pre-paid for A+R guests. Set on the top of Baidi Mountain overlooking Qutang Gorge, you’ll discover a fine ensemble of Ming Dynasty halls including the lovely Observing Stars Pavilion where Zhuge Liang, a great military strategist of the Three Kingdoms Period, would come to observe the night sky and make weather forecasts that helped him plan his victorious battles.  Meals B+L+D

  7. Day 7
    Day 7 - Ashore in Fuling

    A delightful morning onboard General Tours 5-star ship is yours to do as you wish. You might learn about China’s thriving pearl industry or attend a workshop on traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. After lunch, you can tailor your touring with the included excursion of your choice:

    The 816 Underground Project: This unique tour takes you underground into a vast cavern that was built by more than 60,000 laborers as part of a top-secret military project. Initiated in the 1960’s and designed to house China’s first nuclear reactor, construction was halted after 17 years before the project’s completion. The tunnels and cavern remained a closely guarded secret for nearly 50 years until the Government revealed its presence in 2002.

    The White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum: Venture close to 150 feet under water to see what lies beneath the surface of the Yangtze River. You’ll discover ancient rock carvings from the Tang Dynasty that were permanently submerged after the construction of the Dam and also learn about the Yangtze’s flora and fauna.

    Note: Today’s morning at leisure and your choice of an included afternoon excursion applies to cruises from May to September. Guests on General Tours other sailings will visit the 816 Underground Project in the morning and the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum in the afternoon.  Meals B+L+D

  8. Day 8
    Day 8 - Disembark in Chongqing + Fly to Lhasa, Tibet

    Enjoy a final buffet breakfast onboard before disembarking the Yangzi Explorer in Chongqing. You’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Tibet. After arriving in Lhasa, you’ll spend some time with a family in their home, a wonderful introduction to the life, traditions and warmth of the Tibetan people. Then check in to General Tours 5-star hotel where you’ll have time to refresh before dinner.  Meals B+D

  9. Day 9
    Day 9 - Tibetan History + Culture

    Your guided tour of this fascinating city begins after breakfast at Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. Built in the 18th century, this expansive palace complex encompasses tranquil wooded areas, landscaped garden grounds and lovely pavilions. You’ll also visit Jokhang Temple. Originally founded in the 7th century, this 4-story timber structure topped with gold remains an important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. Nearby, you’ll have a chance to explore Barkhor Street with its lively and colorful markets. Then spend some time with a master Tangka painter in his studio, learning about the history and techniques of this unique and spiritual art form.  Meals B+L+D

  10. Day 10
    Day 10 - Experience Kora + Tour the Potala Palace
    This morning, you’ll join local residents as they perform Kora. Observing and even participating in this ancient Buddhist rite of walking and prayer will give you an authentic experience of Tibet’s enduring spiritual traditions. Then tour the magnificent Potala Palace . Built on a mountain ridge in the heart of the Lhasa Valley, this was the winter palace of the Dalai Lama for more than 1,000 years. Continue with a visit to the Sera Monastery, founded in the 15th century at the foot of Tatipu Hill. This evening’s dinner features traditional Tibetan cuisine.  Meals B+L+D
  11. Day 11
    Day 11 - Fly to Chengdu

    We’ll take you to the airport this morning for your included flight to Chengdu where you’ll be escorted to the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel. Later this afternoon, join your guide to experience a bit of the city – starting with a stroll in People’s Park where you can join residents to refresh with a cup of tea. In the Kuanzhai Xiangzi district, you’ll discover evocative pedestrian-only alleyways where old stone and brick buildings and traditional courtyards have been given new life as cafes, restaurants and shops. This evening’s Hotpot Dinner, a regional specialty of Chengdu and Sichuan Province.  Meals B+D

  12. Day 12
    Day 12 - General Tours Exclusive Panda Encounter + Rail to Xian

    After breakfast, we’ll take you to the Dujiangyan Panda Center for General Tours special Panda Encounter. Taking you behind the scenes, this unforgettable experience offers a rare and unique opportunity to learn about Giant Pandas as you join the Center’s staff to participate in their care and feeding. You’re sure to get close to these amazing creatures – figuratively and literally – as you help to clean their enclosures and prepare their food. Educational sessions and time to explore the grounds of the Panda Center complete this morning’s Panda Encounter.
     
    After lunch, you’ll be escorted to the station to board the ultra-modern high-speed train. Sit back and enjoy comfortable Business Class seats for the journey to Xian, China’s ancient capital for 13 dynasties. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to General Tours deluxe hotel where your Club Floor Room offers access to the Lounge for cocktails and breakfast.  Meals B+L+D

  13. Day 13
    Day 13 - Discover the Terra Cotta Army + Touch Antiquity

    Farmers stumbled upon the site while digging a well in 1974; today the Terra Cotta Army is still regarded as China’s greatest archaeological discovery. Set out this morning to visit the excavation site and marvel at the exquisite details of this clay army -  buried 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor. It has been estimated that more than half a million laborers and craftsmen worked for nearly 40 years to complete the tomb - and the thousands of terra cotta soldiers, horses and chariots that were to serve the Emperor in the afterlife. Enhancing your visit, a local archaeologist will join General Tours group to share their unique insights and perspective.  Meals B+L

  14. Day 14
    Day 14 - Touch Antiquity + Fly to Shanghai

    After breakfast, a specially arranged experience awaits you at the Xian Museum. China’s history, of course, stretches back for thousands of years and excavated relics now offer extraordinary insight into the culture, beliefs and daily lives of China’s ancient civilizations. This morning, you’ll join museum curators to literally Touch Antiquity – donning white gloves to hold and examine some of these ancient artifacts as these experts illuminate their historic significance and explain what they can teach us about ancient China.
     
    After lunch, transfer to the airport for your included flight to Shanghai where you’ll be escorted to the Fairmont Peace Hotel, a luxury landmark in the heart of the city. Begin your exploration with a guided stroll along the historic waterfront Bund, still graced with architectural landmarks built by European and Japanese mercantile companies after the 1842 Treaty of Nanjing opened the city to international trade.   Meals B+L
     

  15. Day 15
    Day 15 - Shanghai Sightseeing

    After breakfast, your guided city tour begins in Yu Yuan Garden, originally established in 1577 by a government officer as a tranquil retreat for his aging parents. Hailed as a spectacular example of classical Chinese landscape design during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, you’ll discover a sublime ensemble of plantings, lotus ponds, winding paths, pavilions and bridges. Browse in the bustling Old City Bazaar and then sit down to lunch at Casanova, one of the city’s most stylish restaurants. In the afternoon, your sightseeing continues at the highly regarded Shanghai Museum; home to a vast collection of artifacts spanning millennia of Chinese culture, history and civilization, you’ll find ancient bronzes, beautiful celadon pottery, precious jade, and exquisite Ming Dynasty furniture. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a congenial farewell dinner.  Meals B+L+D

  16. Day 16
    Day 16 - Farewell to Shanghai
    After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your homeward journey.  Meals B
Countries Visited

China , Tibet

OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

Inclusions

Additional Packages Available
Please call us for pricing and availability for the packages listed below:

  • Xiling Deck
  • Wu Deck Cabin
  • Wu Deck Suite
  • Qutang Deck Suite
  • Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Alexander Roberts Tours

    Committed to Your Well Being While You’re With Alexander Roberts

    • All Alexander Roberts' staff will maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times, so expect a warm and genuine greeting but not a handshake or a hug!
    • All high-touch surfaces in coaches and private cars – like door handles, railings, arm rests, and window controls – will be sanitized each morning and regularly throughout the day.
    • Alexander Roberts' expert guides and drivers will don face masks whenever in proximity to guests.
    • Alexander Roberts staff have been trained on Extra Care procedures – and how to respond to issues that may arise as you travel.
    • Complimentary face masks and hand sanitizer will be available in all vehicles while touring.
    More Space + Extra Care While Touring
    • Larger luxury motorcoaches so each traveler will have two seats to themselves while touring.
    • Private airport transfers with a spacious luxury vehicle when you come and go for every tour
    • Regular and frequent sanitizing of all high-touch vehicle surfaces.
    • Prearranged entry for all sightseeing minimizes standing in line with other travelers.
    • Whisper Headsets for groups of 5 or more allow for proper physical distancing while sightseeing, except for certain nature activities in remote areas like the Amazon.
    More Space + Extra Care While Dining
    • Alexander Roberts carefully selects restaurants to avoid crowded high-capacity venues; Alexander Roberts emphasizes fine farm-to-table dining with attentive and efficient service – and the choice to dine al fresco whenever available.
    • No large-group dining; enjoy more spacious dining settings and smaller, well-spaced tables for included meals.
    • Restaurant staff will follow the guidance of local health authorities and WHO protocols which may include facial coverings.
    Extra Care at Luxury Hotels
    • Alexander Roberts' hotels are always selected for their outstanding locations, evocative ambiance, impeccable service – and cleanliness.
    • OAlexander Roberts' partners include the most respected luxury brands – like Belmond, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Kempinski and JW Marriott; they are now leading the industry with their sophisticated hygiene standards and protocols to ensure the well being of all their guests.
    • Hotels will be continuously and rigorously vetted to ensure that they are following established WHO guidelines including social distancing and sanitizing procedures of guestrooms and public spaces.
    • Hotel breakfasts will usually feature à la carte service and group seating will be replaced by smaller, appropriately distanced tables.
    And Always... Alexander Roberts' Distinctive Style

    In a Small Group of Never More than 16 Guests or on a Privately Guided Tour for just your traveling party, their experienced guides have the flexibility to adjust your sightseeing based upon local conditions – to avoid times of heaviest traffic and crowding, for example. Alexander Roberts can dine in smaller authentic restaurants, minimize the time waiting in lines, and leave a lighter footprint. You’ll learn the history and stories behind the world’s most iconic landmarks, immerse more deeply in the wonders of the natural world, and delight in genuine cultural engagement not possible in a larger group. It’s travel without a crowd.

    OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

    Accommodations

    Pricing is for package: Main Deck

    Shangri-La - Lhasa, Tibet
    General Tours luxury urban resort enjoys a privileged city-center location and is the perfect base for exploring Lhasa and its many significant landmarks. Spacious guestrooms offer 462 square feet of luxury in which to sleep and relax. You’ll enjoy contemporary furnishings, unique Tibetan accents and a full range of luxury amenities including complimentary WiFi, 40-inch LCD television, in-room electronic safe, minibar and feather duvet and pillow menu with hypoallergenic options. The hotel offers a 24-hour oxygen lounge to help you adjust to the high mountain altitude.

    OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Alexander Roberts Tours Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4
    Accommodations
    4
    Itinerary
    4.2
    Professional Staff
    4.4
    Repeat with Operator
    3.8
    Value for Money
    3.8

    Ratings based off 94 reviews about Alexander Roberts Tours - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

    Our tour guide was the best! He was knowledgeable about the country, always early, courteous and made us feel welcome in his country. Our tour had a side trip that was incredible due to our guide's particular experiences, The pick of our guide for our trip was absolutely perfect. Thank you for making our trip so wonderful.

    You May Also Like


    AffordableTours.com® does not itself offer, service or administer the Travel Packages, and the ultimate terms and conditions of any Travel Package made available via the Site Offerings (including the prices quoted in connection with same) will be determined by the applicable Third-Party Travel Service Provider. AffordableTours.com® does not represent or warrant that the Price Quotes are accurate, up-to-date or free of error, or that same will be honored by the applicable Third-Party Travel Service Providers. All Price Quotes, Travel Package availability, Travel Package details/itinerary and other Content are subject to change without notice. All travel details published by and through the Site Offerings should be confirmed directly with the applicable Third-Party Travel Service Provider prior to making any travel plans. Reliance on any information made available to you by and through the Site Offerings is solely at your own risk.

    Call Us Now 1-800-935-2620

    How It Works

    Vacationing has never been easier or cheaper with the help of a dedicated travel consultant from AffordableTours.com

    Freq Quote 1. Free Quote

    Find your perfect trip on our website and simply request a free quote. Need to speak to a live person? Call us 7 days a week at 1-800-935-2620. No robots here!

    Dedicated Travel Consultant 2. Dedicated Travel Consultant

    Your personal travel consultant will reach out and be your point of contact for your entire travel experience from start to finish. Did we mention you'll be working with an award winning team? Sweet!

    Low Price Guaranteed 3. Lowest Price Guaranteed

    Because we're one of the largest sellers of travel, we're able to give you a discount on your vacation package. No one beats our prices!

    Stress Free Travel 4. Stress Free Travel

    Knowing you got the best deal, all that's left is for you to pack your bags and enjoy your vacation!


    Better Business Bureau

    AffordableTours.com is a proud recipient of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) awards 2006-2020 with A+ Rating.

    It Pays To Refer! Earn Up To $200!

    It's simple: Sign up your friends, family, and anyone to us and when they book you will receive an American Express gift card worth up to $200 in the mail for simply referring.

    Read About Our Referral Program


    Get discounts by Email!