China, Tibet & the Yangtze
Experience a soul-enriching journey on this program abounding with UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Prepare to embark on a truly mystical journey, one that takes you to China’s most amazing destinations, and to stunning Tibet, the “Rooftop of the World.” UNESCO sites like China’s Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall beckon you with their age-old energy. And Tibet’s ancient capital of Lhasa is breathtaking—its temples and monasteries framed by grand and mountainous terrain. This is an awe-inspiring journey of the highest order.
Lhasa means “holy land,” and Lhasa—the ancient capital city of Tibet—is indeed the heart and soul of the region. In existence since the seventh century and ruled by the Dalai Lamas from the early 1600s until 1959, Tibet has long been associated with tranquility and spirituality. Marvel at Lhasa’s unique architecture—from gilt-roofed temples and colorfully decorated monasteries to the practical, energy-efficient design of its traditional houses—and discover inner calm as you wander through its peaceful gardens. You’ll visit both the UNESCO World Heritage Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace, as well as the Sera Monastery. While in Beijing, explore the UNESCO-designated Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall. Marvel at the life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors in Xi’an. Cruise the most scenic section of the Yangtze River with its famous Three Gorges, and then conclude your astonishing trip in breathtaking Shanghai. The majestic scenery, soul-enriching spirituality, rich cultural performances, and wonderful people of China will reward you with unforgettable memories.
Who will enjoy this cruise
Travelers who appreciate the yin and yang of life will find a wonderful balance between the burgeoning urban centers of Beijing and Shanghai and the peacefulness of Tibet.