Vacationers seeking to discover China’s western region and the
country’s longest and most famous river have an option with Ritz
Tours’ 17-day Tibet Highland and Yangtze Cruise program featuring
visits to seven historical Chinese cities and a Yangtze River
The tour begins in Beijing, host city for the 2008 Olympic
Games, where highlights include Tiananmen Square, the ancient
Forbidden City, a visit to the solemn Temple of Heaven, and a
stroll through the grounds at the Summer Palace and Kunming
The journey continues with a visit to the Great Wall, which spans
across mountains and valleys in the northern part of the country,
and a stop at the Ming Tomb Museum.
From Beijing, travelers head to Lhasa, the capital of the Tibetan
Autonomous Region, with a full-day tour to Potala Palace and
Jokhang Lamasery. A walk along Bakhor Street affords travelers a
window into Tibetan culture and handcrafts.
In Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, the visit includes the
Marquis Wu Shrine, built to enshrine the 47 heroic figures of the
Shu Kingdom, followed by a stop at River Viewing Pavilion Park, and
a tour of the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the residence of the famous
Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu.
A stay in Xian offers the chance to experience the city’s
5,000-year history with visits to see Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terra
Cotta Warriors, the ancient City Wall, the Bell Tower and the Big
Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening, visitors are hosted to an
Imperial Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Stage Opera.
On the Yangtze River, China’s longest, with Victoria Cruises,
travelers sail between Chongqing and Yichang with views of the
Three Gorges and Small Gorges as well as shore excursions and
onboard lectures, cultural presentations and demonstrations.
Pricing starts at $3,499 plus taxes per person, double, and
includes air transportation, hotel accommodations, the four-day
river cruise, meals and sightseeing per the itinerary.