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This distinctive small group journey combines a special visit to remote, spiritual Tibet with a memorable cruise on the Yangtze, China's fabled "long river." Adding grace notes to this highly popular itinerary: intriguing Beijing, the extraonrdinary Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian, and cosmopolitan Shanghai. East meets West in a joyful convergence.

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  • China, Tibet & The Yangtze River 2012

    May 30June 17, 2012

    19 days f rom $5,395 Air , Land & Cruise ;

    Land Only $4,995

    This distinctive small group journey combines a special visit to remote, spiritual Tibet with a memorable cruise on the Yangtze, Chinas fabled long river. Adding grace notes to this highly popular itinerary: intriguing Beijing, the extraordinary Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian, and cosmopolitan Shanghai. East meets West in a

    joyful convergence.

    presents...

  • Itinerary May 30 June 17, 2012 Discover the classical highlights of this East Asian country including a special excursion to mystical Tibet. Starting in Beijing, savor the capitals legendary sites: Tiananmen Square, the Forbid-den City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall. A tour highlight is a special inside look at communal life along Beijings ancient alley-ways or hutongs, fast disappearing as the city rushes to modernize. View the famed life-size army constructed of terra cotta in Xian. Spend three days in Lhasa, high in the Himalayas, exploring sacred temples and vast Potala Pal-ace. Cruise along the Yangtze River, one of the worlds longest and busiest rivers, aboard our Victoria Cruises ship. Witness daily life along its shores and see the spectacular Three Gorges and the much-heralded new dam. Our tour con-cludes in Shanghai, a city that epitomizes 21st century China. A 3-day/2-night On Your Own post-tour extension in Shanghai is also available. Wednesday, May 30 Depart U.S. for Beijing, China (Departures available from Ft. Myers, San Francisco, New York & Chicago)

    Thursday, May 31: 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. Friday, June 1: Beijing After this mornings briefing about the jour-ney ahead, we begin our discovery of this 2,000-year-old city at vast Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, seat of impe-rial power from 1368-1911. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

    Saturday, June 2: Beijing/Great Wall This morning we tour the splendid Temple of Heaven complex, where Chinas rulers once worshipped. After lunch we visit the Great Wall, the network of ancient defense installa-tions that stretches almost 4,000 miles from the East China Sea to Central Asia. B,L,D Sunday, June 3: Beijing This morning we enjoy a small group highlight, as we ride rickshaws through Beijings ancient back roads and alleys (hutongs) and enjoy a home visit, giving us a glimpse of the tradition-al communal lifestyle. Then we visit the Sum-mer Palace, the former royal retreat that is now a lovely park. B,L

  • Monday, June 4: 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 tour the impressive nine-mile city wall and moat, then enjoy a special dumpling lunch. In the afternoon, Shanxi Provincial History Museum, with an acclaimed col-lection of historic and cultural artifacts. Tonight we attend a Tang Dynasty show and dinner. B,L,D Tuesday, June 5: Xian Our day begins with a visit to the revered Wild Goose Pago-da (circa 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 Wednesday, June 6: Xian/Chengdu We fly this morning to Chengdu, where we visit the re-nowned Giant Panda Protection & Research Center, the only such panda refuge in the world. B,L,D Thursday, June 7: Chengdu/Lhasa Early today we fly to Lhasa, Tibets 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 ap-proximately 12,000 feet above sea level, we spend the remainder of the day acclimating. B,L,D Friday, June 8: Lhasa Our tour begins in the heart of the old city at Jokhang, Tibets holiest temple. Built in 647ce, Jokhang is an intriguing complex that attracts pilgrims day and night. Surrounding Jokhang is Bar-khor, 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 Saturday, June 9: Lhasa Opened to foreigners only since 1984, Tibet is a profoundly spir-itual 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 Mon-astery. B,L,D Sunday, June 10: Lhasa/Chongqing We depart for the flight to Chongqing, where we visit the Stilwell Museum commemorating WWII General Joseph Stilwell. Dinner tonight is at our hotel. B,L,D

  • Monday, June 11: Chongqing/Dazu/Board Ship Todays 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 Confucian-ism, and local folklore. Tonight we board our river ship and set sail downstream. B,L,D Tuesday, June 12: Yangtze Cruising Shibaozhai or Fengdu Prized for its haunting natural beauty, the Yangtze is one of the worlds 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

    Optional Post-Tour Extension

    Your Tour Price Includes 2 nights accommodations at Shanghai Hilton

    (Deluxe) 2 breakfasts Transfer to the airport for your departure

    SHANGHAION YOUR OWN 3 days/2 nights for $195

    Single Supplement: $145 Spend additional time exploring dynamic Shanghai,

    Chinas most prosperous vibrant, & cosmopolitan city.

    Launched/Rebuilt: 2001-2011 Decks: 5 Registry: Chinese A/C: Yes Passenger Capacity: 193-308 Crew:112-125 All Cabins: Private balcony; satellite TV w/HBO

    Vitoria Cruises Premier Ships

    Thursday, June 14: Yangtze Cruising Three Gorges Dam/Shanghai After visiting the site of the immense Three Gorges Dam we continue on to Yichang, where we disembark and transfer to the airport for the flight to Shanghai, the Paris of the East. B,L Friday, June 15: Shanghai Our day begins with a visit to the Childrens Palace, where adolescents learn traditional Chinese arts. 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

    Wednesday, June 13: Yangtze Cruising Qutang Gorge/Small Three Gorges/Wu Gorge/Xiling Gorge Today we pass through narrow Qutang Gorge then board a small sampan for a cruise through the stunning Small Three Gorges, among the most spectacular sights of our trip. Back aboard our Victoria Cruises ship this afternoon we enter tranquil Wu Gorge then cruise 42-mile Xiling Gorge. B,L,D

  • Excursion is limited to 24 travelers.

    Reserve Early!

    Questions? Contact us at:

    The Renaissance Academy

    1010 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102

    Phone: 239-434-4838

    E-mail: jguerra@fgcu.edu

    Saturday, June 16: Shanghai This morning we visit the Bund, the mile-long riverside embankment where foreign in-vestors and their buildings once held sway. Then the remainder of the day is at lei-sure. Tonight we toast our China adventure at a farewell dinner. B,D Sunday, June 17: Depart for U.S.We depart Shanghai for our return flight to the U.S. B Please note: This trip involves full days of sightseeing and significant amounts of walking on uneven terrain, with as much as two to three miles on touring days. Be prepared for many stairs, as ramps are not common in China. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour. Lhasas altitude (12,090 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions.

    Your Tour Price Includes Round-trip air from RSW; JFK; ORD; MIA 17 nights accommodations: 3 nights

    aboard Superior First Class ship of Victo-ria Cruises; 14 nights in Deluxe, Superior First Class and First Class hotels

    44 meals: 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners

    Extensive sightseeing as described, in-cluding all entrance fees

    Services of a private Tour Director Private motor coach 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

    Tour Highlights Beijing touring, including Tiananmen Square; Temple of Heaven; Great Wall; Beijing hutongtour and home visit; Giant Panda Protection & Research Center, Chengdu; Dazu Rock Carvings; Three-night visit to fascinating Tibet; Lhasas 1,000-room Potala Palace; Visit with a Tibetan family; Three-night Yangtze River cruise including Three Gorges; Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian; and Shanghai touring Accommodations include: Superior First Class Sheraton Xian Hotel, Victoria Cruises First Class Xin Ding, Lhasa, Tibet Deluxe Sofitel Wanda Beijing, Crowne Pla-za Chengdu, JW Marriott Chongqing, Hilton Shanghai Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, a travel industry standard reference.

  • CHINA, TIBET & THE YANGTZE RIVER 2012

    Accommodations Sofitel Wanda Beijing www.accorhotels.com Close to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the Sofitel Wanda Beijing was designed to display the str