Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip economy class transpacific airfares via Air China
- Domestic airfare to Xian & Lhasa, Tibet
- 20 night accommodations based on 2-sharing
Beijing: 4 nights Courtyard Marriott Beijing Northeast (5-Star) or similar
Lhasa: 4 nights Jardin Secret Hotel (5-star) or similar
Xigaze: 1 night Zhaxiquta Hotel (4-star, the best hotel in Xigaze)
Chengdu: 2 night Dorsett Grand Chengdu (5-Star) or similar
Xian: 3 nights Tianyu Fields International Hotel (5-Star) or similar
Yangtze Cruise (Balcony): 4 nights MV President No. 7/8 (5-Star)
Shanghai: 2 nights Huating Hotel & Towers (5-Star) or similar
- All transfer services as per itinerary
- Guided sightseeing and admissions as specified in the itinerary including a visit to a Panda Breeding Center
- High speed train from Chengdu to Xian
- Most Meals as specified in the itinerary. Special meals:
Beijing – Peking Duck Dinner
Lhasa – Tibetan Style Dinner and Show
Xian – Special Dumpling Banquet
Yangtze Cruise – Captain’s Arrival & Farewell Banquet
Shanghai – Local Favorite Steam Bun Dinner
- Local English speaking guides for touring & Tour Escort from Vancouver
- Free overnight business rolling bag from Claire Newell’s Luggage Line
Travel Best Bets Exclusive!
Seniors over 60 years – Save an additional $50 off per person
Repeat China Star Holiday Passengers – Save an additional $50 off per person
Receive a FREE overnight rolling business bag – a $140 value
|May 10, 2019
||Based on double occupancy|
|Vancouver||$5790 + $585 tax|
|Victoria||$5940 + $635 tax|
|Kelowna,Kamloops||$5920 + $660 tax|
|Calgary,Edmonton||$5940 + $675 tax|
|Saskatoon, Regina||$5970 + $685 tax|
|Winnipeg||$5970 + $685 tax|
|Toronto||$5990 + $735 tax|
|Single Room Supplement
(no single share)
The above prices do not include:
- China Visa application fee for Canadian Passport: C$180.00 per person.
- Personal Insurance (Purchase of personal travel and trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended).
Local fees paid in China:
- Gratuities to China escort, guides, and drivers: US$220.00 per person for the whole trip.
- Gratuities to Yangtze Cruise ship crew: US$25.00 per person paid on the ship.
Day 1 – Hometown / Beijing
Fly with Air Canada or West Jet to Vancouver, and then connect with Air China for your flight to Beijing. Meet your Canadian Tour Leader and start your worry-free vacation.
Day 2 – Arriving Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be greeted by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax or explore Beijing at your leisure.
Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott (5-Star Design)
Day 3 – Beijing (B/L/SD)
You will be exploring the heart of Beijing after breakfast. The trip starts from Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world – the square and its surrounding areas are home to some of China’s most historic monuments and government edifices. Then take a tour to the Forbidden City, the largest existing ancient architectural complex in China. In the afternoon, you will visit Summer Palace – an enchanting panorama of lake, landscape, pagodas and pavilions. This evening, you will enjoy a special Peking Duck Dinner.
Day 4 – Beijing (B/L/D)
Have an inspiring day tour to the world famous Great Wall (Juyong Pass), which winds dragon-like across northern China. Enjoy time to walk along its ramparts and absorb the breathtaking views. After lunch, you also have a close look at 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium (The Bird’s Nest &The Water Cube). Evening entertainment is a dazzling Beijing Acrobatic Show.
Day 5 – Beijing (B/L/D)
Start the day with a visit to the beautiful Temple of Heaven. Then, take a Rickshaw Tour around the ancient alleyways of Beijing’s Hutong – one of Beijing’s 700-year-old traditional cottage neighbourhoods. Visit a family in one of the “Quadrangles”. After lunch, visit the Wangfujing Shopping Area.
Day 6 – Beijing / Lhasa (By Air) (B/L/D)
Flight to Lhasa to begin the adventure in Tibetan Plateau, see the spectacular views of 22,000-foot Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival, relax and adjust to being 12,000 feet above sea level.
Hotel: Jardin Secret Hotel (5-Star)
Day 7 – Lhasa (B/L/SD)
You will visit Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s oldest and most holy spiritual center located in the city core. Finish today’s tour with a stroll around the ethereal pavilions and gardens of the Summer Palace, built in the 1950’s by the Dalai Lama shortly before his escape to India, and view his garden throne. You will explore the Bakor Street yourself and a Tibetan Style Dinner and Show will be arranged.
Day 8 – Lhasa ~ Gyantse ~ Xigaze (B/L/D)
A spectacular drive along an old caravan trade route takes you through stunning glacial landscapes and high mountain passes to Gyantse via Yamdroktso Lake.
Hotel: Zhaxiquta Hotel (4-Star, the Best Hotel in Xigaze)
Day 9 – Xigaze ~ Lhasa (B/L/D)
The highlight of your full day exploration of Xigaze will begin with a tour to Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the most exquisite in Tibet and the former seat of the Panchen Lama. Fabulous murals grace the inner walls of this elaborate temple complex – but the focal point is an enormous bronze Buddha, the largest in Tibet, which stands 86 feet high and contains over 600 pounds of pure gold.
Hotel: Jardin Secret Hotel (5-Star)
Day 10 – Lhasa (B/L/D)
Spend a full day exploring the mysteries of this sacred land at the “roof of the world”. You’ll visit Potala Palace, a towering 1,000 room structure and former living quarters of the Dalai Lama.
Day 11 – Lhasa / Chengdu (By Air) (B/L/D)
Take a morning flight to Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan Province. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the Old Style Chengdu of Wide & Narrow Alley and Jinli Street – once was one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Tonight you will enjoy the magic Face-changing Show which is very famous for Sichuan Opera.
Hotel: Dorsett Grand Chengdu (5-star)
Day 12 – Chengdu ~ Leshan Giant Buddha (B/L/D)
This morning we will go for a drive to Leshan (a prefecture-level city at the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers and located about 120 km from Chengdu) and visit the Leshan Giant Buddha. This is a 71-metre (233 feet) tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803 (during the Tang Dynasty), depicting Maitreya. It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Min and Dadu Rivers in the southern part of the Sichuan province. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below its feet. It is the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. In 1996 The Mount Emei Scenic Area (including the Leshan Giant Buddha) was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the beautiful Rice Paddies and Country Landscapes on your way back to Chengdu.
Day 13 – Chengdu ~ Xian (By High Speed Train) (B/L/D)
Morning, you will visit the Panda Breeding Research Center, which creates an imitated natural environment for Pandas, and the Giant Panda Museum. After lunch, take the High Speed train to Xian- one of China’s ancient capitals. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Hotel: Tianyu Fields International Hotel (5-Star)
Day 14 – Xi’an (B/L/SD)
Another unforgettable full day tour visiting the excavation of more than 6,000 Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Reproduction Factory on the way. For lunch enjoy the Handmade Noodle while watching a noodle-making show. Tonight you will enjoy the well-known Xi’an Special Dumpling Banquet while being entertained by the colourful Tang Dynasty Show.
Day 15 – Xi’an (B/L)
Visit the historic Shanxi Provincial Museum, Wild Goose Pagoda Square and a jade workshop. Muslim Quarter Market will be arranged in the later afternoon. Dinner by your own arrangement.
Day 16 – Xian / Wuhan (By Air) ~ Yichang ~ Yangtze River Cruise (B/ L/D)
Today, take a flight to Wuhan. Hop on a ride to Yichang. In the evening, board the deluxe cruise ship MV President No.7 / 8 to catch every splendid and amazing moment along the Yangtze River.
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Day 17 – Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/SD)
Take a shore excursion at Sandouping takes you to “Three Gorges Dam”, the biggest hydroelectric dam in the world. Return to the ship and sail through the Three Gorges Dam Shiplocks and the first gorge – Xiling Gorge, the longest and the most hazardous one in the famous “Three Gorges”. Tonight, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
Day 18 – Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/D)
Begin your day with an excursion to Shennong Stream, which takes you almost 20 miles of cascading waterfalls, steep cliffs, karst caves, three-colored springs. Return to the cruise ship again and set sail through the second gorge – Wu Gorge, known for its odd, misty rock formations and its backdrop of soaring mountains. Later in the afternoon, you will pass the third gorge – Qutang Gorge, the shortest but the most dramatic Gorges with ancient relics scattered along its steep cliffs. Enjoy a Crew Cabaret Show at night.
Day 19 – Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/SD)
After breakfast, take a shore excursion to visit the Shibaozhai Temple, a gem of Chinese Architecture located in Zhong County, at the south bank of the Yangtze River. Enjoy Captain’s Farewell Banquet followed by a Gathering Party at night.
Day 20 – Chongqing / Shanghai (By Air) (B/L/D)
After breakfast, disembark the cruise at Chongqing. You will have a city tour in Chongqing including Chongqing Huguang Guild Hall. Afternoon flight to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and seaport. Tonight Huangpu River Night Cruise as an optional tour.
Hotel: Huating Hotel & Towers (5-Star)
Day 21 – Shanghai (B/L/SD)
After breakfast, explore the Shanghai Museum, the People’s Square and walk around the “Bund” (a famous waterfront along the west bank of the Huangpu River) . Then tour the Yuyuan Bazaar, the Pudong Development Zone, and later on take a closer look at the most attractive place in the city – The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower. Also visit the famous Nanjing Road shopping area. At night enjoy a Farewell to China Dinner.
Day 22 – Shanghai / Hometown (Via Beijing)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in Shanghai for your departure to Canada. You are to arrive home on the same day. (B)