China, Tibet & the Yangtze River

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APR. 20 - MAY 8, 2016 $5,595
Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Yangtze River, Shanghai
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China, Tibet & the Yangtze River

APR. 20 - MAY 8, 2016
Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Yangtze River, Shanghai
Aboard Victoria Cruises

Start your 19-day journey in Beijing, savoring the capital’s legendary sites: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall. Ride rickshaws through the city’s hutongs (alleyways) and enjoy a home visit, giving a glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle. Travel to Xian and tour the museum housing the army of 7,000 life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors. Spend three nights in Lhasa. Enjoy an excursion featuring the Dazu Rock Carvings then board a Victoria Cruises ship at Chongqing for a three-night cruise on the Yangtze.  The tour concludes in Shanghai, a dazzling city that epitomizes 21st-century China.  Discover the European-influenced Bund as well as the renowned Shanghai Museum with its priceless collections. Spend additional time exploring dynamic Shanghai on an optional “on your own” post-tour extension.

Cost: $5,595
Odysseys Unlimited
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Beijing touring, including Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall
  • Beijing hutong tour and home visit
  • Dazu Rock Carvings
  • Three-night visit to fascinating Tibet
  • Lhasa’s 1,000-room Potala Palace
  • Visit with a Tibetan family
  • Three-night Yangtze River cruise including Three Gorges
  • Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian
  • Shanghai touring
Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (4.3 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • The trip provided numerous and memorable highlights – including the Dazu Rock Carvings – I loved the natural setting and stories/philosophies expressed in these truly amazing rock images!"
    Peter Vastenhold ’69

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DAY 1 | April 20. Depart U.S. for Beijing, China

DAY 2 | April 21. Arrive Beijing
We arrive in the Chinese capital and transfer to our hotel. After time to relax, we embark on a brief walking tour. Dinner tonight is on our own.

DAY 3 | April 22. Beijing
After this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead, we begin our discovery of this 2,000-year-old city at vast Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power from 1368–1911. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 4 | April 23. Beijing/Great Wall
This morning we enjoy a small group highlight, as we ride rickshaws through Beijing’s ancient back roads and alleys (hutongs) and enjoy a home visit, giving us a glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle. Then we stop at Olympic Park, site of the 2008 Olympic Games. This afternoon we head to the Mu Tian Yu section of the Great Wall, the network of ancient defense installations that stretches more than 5,500 miles. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 | April 24. Beijing
This morning we tour the splendid Temple of Heaven complex, where China’s rulers once worshipped. This afternoon we visit the Summer Palace, the former royal retreat now a lovely park. (B, L)

DAY 6 | April 25. Beijing/Xian
We fly this morning to Xian, a provincial backwater until the accidental discovery of the Terra Cotta Warriors in 1974. Upon arrival we visit the Yangling Mausoleum, a Han Dynasty tomb dating to 153 ce. After lunch at a local restaurant we tour Xian’s impressive nine-mile city wall and moat. Tonight we enjoy a special dumpling dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 | April 26. Xian
Our day begins with a visit to the revered Small Wild Goose Pagoda (c. 652 ce). After lunch we tour the museum housing the army of 7,000 life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors that had lain buried and forgotten for more than two millennia. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 | April 27. Xian
This morning we tour the Shanxi Provincial Museum, with an acclaimed collection of historic and cultural artifacts. We eat lunch in a local restaurant then visit a typical farming village where we meet the local people and see their lifestyle up close. (B, L)

DAY 9 | April 28. Xian/Lhasa
Early today we fly to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital and only major city. Sitting on a plateau between two Himalayan ridges, the Chinese province of Tibet covers an area as large as Western Europe. On the way to our hotel we stop to visit with a Tibetan family in their home. Since the altitude here is approximately 12,000 feet above sea level, we spend the remainder of the day acclimating. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 | April 29. Lhasa
Our tour begins in the heart of the old city at Jokhang, Tibet’s holiest temple. Built in 647, Jokhang is an intriguing complex that attracts pilgrims day and night. Surrounding Jokhang is Barkhor, a plaza lined with chanting monks, street performers, and vendors. Later we tour the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas at Norbulinka; tonight, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

DAY 11 | April 30. Lhasa
Opened to foreigners only since 1984, Tibet is a profoundly spiritual place where Buddhism has infused all aspects of life for 13 centuries. We see evidence of this at 17th-century Potala Palace, with 200,000 Buddha images and 1,000 rooms, some of which we explore this morning. This afternoon we visit the vast Sera Monastery. (B, L, D)

DAY 12 | May 1. Lhasa/Chongqing
We fly today to Chongqing, where we visit the local zoo to see the beloved pandas. (B, L, D)

DAY 13 | May 2. Chongqing/Dazu/Board Ship
Today’s excursion features the Dazu Rock Carvings dating back more than a millennium – and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. These cliffside carvings ref­lect Buddhist teachings, tenets of Confucianism, and local folklore. Tonight we board our river ship and set sail downstream. (B, L, D)

DAY 14 | May 3. Yangtze Cruising
Shibaozhai or Fengdu Prized for its haunting natural beauty, the Yangtze is one of the world’s longest (3,600 miles) and busiest rivers. This afternoon we visit either the Red Pagoda in Shibaozhai or the “ghost city” of Fengdu. (B, L, D)

DAY 15 | May 4. Yangtze Cruising – Qutang Gorge/ Wu Gorge/Small Gorges/Xiling Gorge
Today we pass through narrow Qutang Gorge followed by tranquil Wu Gorge. Then we board a small sampan for a cruise through the stunning Small Gorges, among the most spectacular sights of our trip Back on board our Victoria Cruises ship this afternoon, we enter 42-mile Xiling Gorge. (B, L, D)

DAY 16 | May 5. Yangtze Cruising – Three Gorges Dam/Shanghai
After visiting the site of the immense Three Gorges Dam we continue on to Yichang, where we transfer to the airport for the flight to Shanghai, the “Paris of the East.” (B, L)

DAY 17 | May 6. Shanghai
Our day begins with a walking tour of the Xin Tian Di shopping and entertainment area of reconstituted traditional homes. We continue on to beloved 16th-century Yu Yuan Gardens, whose plantings, courtyards, and pavilions create the illusion of mountains, caverns, and lakes. Then after lunch together we tour the acclaimed Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art and artifacts. Tonight we dine on our own then attend a lively acrobatics show. (B, L)

DAY 18 | May 7. Shanghai
This morning we visit the Bund, the mile-long riverside embankment where foreign investors once held sway. Then the remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight we toast our China adventure at a farewell dinner. (B, D)

DAY 19 | May 8. Depart for U.S.
We depart Shanghai for our return flight to the U.S. (B)

 

Pricing

Prices include international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees.

  • Los Angeles, San Francisco $6,487
  • Portland (OR), Seattle $6,687
  • Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, $6,887
  • Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Washington, DC $6,987
  • Land Only (transfers not included) $5,595

Please call if your city is not listed. Prices are per person based on double occupancy in an outside cabin and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $492, which are subject to change until final payment is made. Single travelers please add $1,395. All tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Your Tour Price Includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 17 nights’ accommodations: 3 nights aboard Superior First Class ship of Victoria Cruises; 14 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
  • 43 meals: 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Services of a UCLA Lecturer with 15 paid travelers
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip, including on shore excursions
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters and all drivers
Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (4.3 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • The trip provided numerous and memorable highlights – including the Dazu Rock Carvings – I loved the natural setting and stories/philosophies expressed in these truly amazing rock images!"
    Peter Vastenhold ’69

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James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

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Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (4.3 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • The trip provided numerous and memorable highlights – including the Dazu Rock Carvings – I loved the natural setting and stories/philosophies expressed in these truly amazing rock images!"
    Peter Vastenhold ’69