Classic China and Tibet

Take in the highlights of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai, including the Forbidden City, the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and Yu Yuan Gardens, and venture to Lhasa, set high on a Himalayan plateau for an insider's look at Tibet's Buddhist culture.

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 The Potala Palace in Lhasa  A panoramic view of the Forbidden City  The breathtaking gorges of the Yangtze River  Prayer flags in Tibet  The iconic Potala Palace in Tibet  Prayer wheels at Lhasa's Potala Palace  Monks amid the mountain landscape of Tibet  Tibet's 600-year-old Sera Monastery  Young Tibetan monks  Beijing's Forbidden City   Statue to the workers in Tiananmen Square  The Terra-Cotta Warriors of Xi'an  Detail of the Dazu Rock Carvings, a World Heritage site  China's Yangtze River  The architecture of Shanghai's Pudong area  The Shanghai Museum  Traditional fan dance exercise at dawn on the Bund in Shanghai. Credit: Genevieve Bergendahl

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Best quality and attention to detail at a great price! 

Dick S.

I met so many interesting people on this tour. We bonded exceptionally well with each other and with the study leader and tour director. I will certainly use Smithsonian in the future. 

Mary Jeanne C.

This trip was so much better than our expectations (and they were high). My husband hesitates traveling abroad, but we both were totally captivated. Every night on tour, we celebrated the day!

Christina T.

If you want to learn about the history, culture, and art of China and Tibet, I highly recommend this tour!

Richard T.

Amazing journey! The quality of our expert and guide were unparalleled in our experience!

Kathleen S.

This was our first organized tour, and we were a bit wary of how it would work. Our wariness was unwarranted. As the tour went on, we were happier and happier with our decision. We now fear that no future tour will measure up to this one.

Jim S.


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Sofitel Wanda Beijing

Beijing, China

Close to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the Sofitel Wanda Beijing was designed to display the strong cultural links between France and China. Hotel amenities include four restaurants, bar, lounge, Fitness Center with massage and spa, and indoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 4

Sheraton Xi'an North City

Xi'an, China

This high-rise hotel is located close to the city's major attractions. In the hotel you'll find several restaurants and lounges; fitness center with indoor pool, sauna, massage treatments, and Jacuzzi; hair salon; gift shop; Internet access; and laundry services. Air-conditioned rooms feature private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa

Lhasa, China

Situated close to Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, and Jokhang Temple in the heart of Lhasa, the newly opened (April 2014) Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa blends traditional Tibetan-style architecture and décor with contemporary design.  The 289-room hotel offers two restaurants, bar, and lounge; oxygen lounge (for altitude acclimation); spa; gym; indoor pool; laundry service; and gift shop.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, tea- and coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

JW Marriott Chongqing

Chongqing, China

This modern hotel in the center of Chongqing has several restaurants, and a Fitness Center with an indoor pool, a spa, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services.

Number of nights: 1

Yangtze Cruise

Victoria Cruises, China

With the largest fleet to ply the Yangtze, Victoria Cruises is the leader in Yangtze River cruising. All premier ships that we use are air-conditioned and carry between 218 and 378 passengers. All cabins are outside, non-smoking, and 155 square feet with private bathroom with bathtub and shower, balcony, and satellite TV. Hair dryers are available upon request. The ships offer breakfast and lunch buffets and classic Chinese dinner banquets, reading room, fitness area, gift shop, and beauty salon. On-board activities include lectures on Chinese history and culture, Tai Chi lessons, calligraphy demonstrations, and traditional entertainment in the evening. Victoria Cruises offers a comprehensive Yangtze experience, with multi-lingual cruise directors and informative river guides.

Number of nights: 3

Hilton Shanghai

Shanghai, China

The 43-story Hilton Hotel Shanghai, set in the prestigious former French Concession in the heart of Shanghai's business and entertainment center, is within walking distance of major corporations and the main shopping districts. The hotel boasts almost 800 large, comfortable rooms, all with high-speed internet access. Other highlights include a variety of amenities including laundry/valet service, barbershop and beauty salon, gift shop, elevators, several restaurants and lounges, Internet access, and safety deposit boxes. The hotel also has a health club with fitness center, indoor pool, spa, sauna, steam bath, and massage service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, sitting area, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3