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CHINA / TIBET

The Best of China: Imperial Capitals, Tibet and the Yangtze River

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Road Scholar
Program #19406RJ
21 Days | 20 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Absorb the complex identity of China on a grand journey that brings you face-to-face with the country’s glorious treasures and modern identity. Feel the energy of Beijing and Shanghai, experience life along the Yangtze River and discover the fascinating land of Tibet on the “Roof of the World.”


Highlights

• Travel to Tibetan grasslands where nomadic families raise yak, sheep and goats. Speak with pastoral villagers and the director of their small school.
• Marvel at the massive Buddhist cliff carvings of the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Voyage down the Yangtze River, sailing through its legendary gorges, to the Three Gorges Dam to examine firsthand this extraordinary feat of engineering.
• Walk the “Wild Great Wall” – a natural section not often visited with astounding vistas of the wall scaling the mountains beyond.

Activity Notes

Extensive walking over uneven terrain, up to three hours per day. Stairs are unavoidable on some field trips and as you embark and disembark ship on Yangtze River docks, which also may not have railings. Elevations up to 12,000 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Beijing (China), 4 nights; flight to Luoyang, 2 nights; train to Xi’an, 3 nights; flight to Lhasa (Tibet), 4 nights; flight to Chongqing; Yangtze River study cruise, 3 nights; disembark in Yichang, flight to Shanghai, 3 nights; departure.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
19 nights of accommodations
52 meals: 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 16 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
24 Field trips
22 Hands-on experiences
6 Performances
4 Flights during the program

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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