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Iconic China: Beijing to Tibet
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15 days

from $4,499 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Get up close to pandas at a breeding center in Chengdu.
  • Explore Lhasa’s palaces and temples, and make Tibetan dumplings with a local chef.
  • Take a tai chi lesson with a local expert at Beijing’s historic Temple of Heaven.
  • Sail through the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River on a three-night cruise.
Itinerary

Explore China like an insider on this 15-day adventure across its awe-inspiring interior. Go for a walk on the Great Wall, explore the bustling city of Beijing, and meet pandas at a breeding center in Sichuan. Glimpse daily life in Tibet and cruise the incredible Yangtze River on a riverboat. Cycle atop the city walls of Xi’an, and face its standing army of terracotta warriors before eating lunch with a local family. Venture into the heart of the country and find the pulse of China.

Day 1: Beijing

Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.

Day 2: Beijing

Start the day early with a lesson in tai chi, led by a local expert at the historic Temple of Heaven. After, continue exploring the key sites of Beijing including the famed Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.

Day 3: Beijing/Xi'an

Take a walk along the 500-year-old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Spend time exploring the towers, views, and the magnificent structure of this unique wonder. In the evening, board an overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.

Day 4: Xi'an

Arrive early into Xi'an where we take a leisurely bike ride along the ancient city walls. Then enjoy a visit to the historic Gao’s Grand Courtyard House and enjoy a performance of shadow puppetry. This evening, explore the vibrant Muslim Quarter and local markets then opt to try some of the best street food in China.

Day 5: Xi'an

Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors — an archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. After, visit a local village for lunch. End the day by sampling the local fare or exploring on your own.

Day 6: Xi'an/Lhasa

Fly over the Himalayas to Tibet. Settle into our Lhasa hotel, our home for the next three nights, before setting out on an orientation walk with a local guide through Barkhor Square.

Day 7: Lhasa

Enjoy a guided visit to the Jokhang Temple and the Tibetan Medicine Institute to learn more about Tibetan spirituality and culture. Also visit a tangka academy to observe this ancient and intricate art form, considered sacred to Buddhists. The works usually depict a deity, scene, or mandala and are tied directly into Buddhist teaching and meditation.

Day 8: Lhasa

Visit the breathtaking Potala Palace and the historic Sera Monastery, one of the great Tibetan Universities famed for its open debates among monks on the Buddhist doctrines. Later take a cooking class with a local chef and make (and eat) Tibetan momo beef dumplings.

Day 9: Lhasa/Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 10: Chengdu/Chongqing

Visit the Panda Breeding Centre to learn about and observe these gentle animals. Later, catch a train to Chongqing and board a luxury riverboat for the first night on the Yangtze.

Day 11: Yangtze River

Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that can include Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream, and sailing through Three Gorges dam ship locks. Relax in comfortable cabins and enjoy onboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and Chinese calligraphy classes.

Day 12: Yangtze River

Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that can include Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream, and sailing through Three Gorges dam shiplocks. Relax in comfortable cabins and enjoy shipboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and Chinese calligraphy classes.

Day 13: Yangtze River/Shanghai

Enjoy a tour of Three Gorges Dam (dependent on river conditions) before flying to Shanghai.

Day 14: Shanghai

Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, or catch the famed Shanghai acrobats in performance this evening.

Day 15: Shanghai

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 04 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,298 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Apr 2020 - 02 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,298 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Apr 2020 - 09 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,298 AUD Per Person

  • date 02 May 2020 - 16 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out

  • date 23 May 2020 - 06 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,548 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,548 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Jul 2020 - 01 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,548 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,548 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,548 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,298 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,298 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), soft-sleeper overnight train (1 nt), Yangtze riverboat (3 nts).
  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transport: Train, minibus, cruise boat, small canal boat, ferry, bicycle, plane.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Temple of Heaven Tai Chi, Beijing
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chinese Shadow Puppetry, Xi'an
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tangka Painting demonstration, Lhasa
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Dumpling-Making Lesson, Lhasa
  • Your Discover Moment: Shanghai
  • Arrival transfer
  • Tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven
  • Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
  • Bike ride along the Xi'an city walls
  • Orientation walk through Xi'an's Muslim Quarter and street markets
  • Tour the museum of the terracotta warriors
  • Orientation walk in Barkhor square
  • Tour of Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and the Tibetan Medicine Institute
  • Sera Monastery visit
  • Visit a panda breeding centre
  • Yangtze River cruise
  • Three Gorges Dam tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $5,498

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.