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.

Starting at: $6,987 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The Potala Palace in Lhasa  A panoramic view of the Forbidden City  The breathtaking gorges of the Yangtze River  Prayer flags in Tibet  Potala Palace, Lhasa  Prayer wheels at Lhasa's Potala Palace  Monks amid the mountain landscape of Tibet  Young Tibetan monks  Beijing's Forbidden City   The Great Wall of China  The Terra-Cotta Warriors of Xi'an  Detail of the Dazu Rock Carvings, a World Heritage site  China's Yangtze River  The renowned Shanghai Museum  Pavilion in the Yu Yuan gardens of Shanghai  Yu Yuan (gardens) of Shanghai

Classic China and Tibet

Featuring a Yangtze River Cruise

19 days from $6,987 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

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.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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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Dates & Prices

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SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.


Tour Cost including airfare Los Angeles, San Francisco
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$6,987 - $245 Double
$8,782 - $440 Single
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Tour Cost including airfare Portland (OR), Seattle
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,187 - $245 Double
$8,982 - $440 Single
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Tour Cost including airfare Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,387 - $245 Double
$9,182 - $440 Single
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Tour Cost including airfare Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Washington, DC
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,487 - $245 Double
$9,282 - $440 Single
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Land Only – Tour Cost not including airfare
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$6,095 - $245 Double
$7,890 - $440 Single
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SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.


Tour Cost including airfare Los Angeles, San Francisco
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,187 - $245 Double
$8,982 - $440 Single
Make a Reservation
Tour Cost including airfare Portland (OR), Seattle
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,387 - $245 Double
$9,182 - $440 Single
Make a Reservation
Tour Cost including airfare Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,587 - $245 Double
$9,362 - $440 Single
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Tour Cost including airfare Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Washington, DC
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,687 - $245 Double
$9,482 - $440 Single
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Land Only – Tour Cost not including airfare
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$6,295 - $245 Double
$8,090 - $440 Single
Make a Reservation

SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.


Tour Cost including airfare Los Angeles, San Francisco
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,087 - $245 Double
$8,882 - $440 Single
Make a Reservation
Tour Cost including airfare Portland (OR), Seattle
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,287 - $245 Double
$9,082 - $440 Single
Make a Reservation
Tour Cost including airfare Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,487 - $245 Double
$9,282 - $440 Single
Make a Reservation
Tour Cost including airfare Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Washington, DC
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$7,587 - $245 Double
$9,382 - $440 Single
Make a Reservation
Land Only – Tour Cost not including airfare
Price Pre-tour Ext. Post-tour Ext. Occupancy
$6,195 - $245 Double
$7,990 - $440 Single
Make a Reservation

A NOTE ABOUT PRICING: Reservation requests are being accepted for all tour departures, however pricing is not yet final for this 2017 departure. You may still secure a reservation by making a deposit of $500 per traveler. Our customer service staff will be in touch with you by June 9, 2016 when final tour details are available, including final pricing and any itinerary changes. At that time, you will have two weeks to decide if you would like to convert your preliminary registration to a confirmed booking or to cancel and receive a full refund. Once confirmed, the cancellation penalties as outlined on our website will apply. You will then receive a confirmation packet plus information regarding the purchase of optional trip insurance and travel protection. Please note that the Estimated Tour Cost per Traveler is based on select Gateway Airports. Please contact our customer service team for more details.


Estimated Starting Price
$6987
Make a Reservation

A NOTE ABOUT PRICING: Reservation requests are being accepted for all tour departures, however pricing is not yet final for this 2017 departure. You may still secure a reservation by making a deposit of $500 per traveler. Our customer service staff will be in touch with you by June 9, 2016 when final tour details are available, including final pricing and any itinerary changes. At that time, you will have two weeks to decide if you would like to convert your preliminary registration to a confirmed booking or to cancel and receive a full refund. Once confirmed, the cancellation penalties as outlined on our website will apply. You will then receive a confirmation packet plus information regarding the purchase of optional trip insurance and travel protection. Please note that the Estimated Tour Cost per Traveler is based on select Gateway Airports. Please contact our customer service team for more details.


Estimated Starting Price
$7187
Make a Reservation

A NOTE ABOUT PRICING: Reservation requests are being accepted for all tour departures, however pricing is not yet final for this 2017 departure. You may still secure a reservation by making a deposit of $500 per traveler. Our customer service staff will be in touch with you by June 9, 2016 when final tour details are available, including final pricing and any itinerary changes. At that time, you will have two weeks to decide if you would like to convert your preliminary registration to a confirmed booking or to cancel and receive a full refund. Once confirmed, the cancellation penalties as outlined on our website will apply. You will then receive a confirmation packet plus information regarding the purchase of optional trip insurance and travel protection. Please note that the Estimated Tour Cost per Traveler is based on select Gateway Airports. Please contact our customer service team for more details.


Estimated Starting Price
$7387
Make a Reservation

A NOTE ABOUT PRICING: Reservation requests are being accepted for all tour departures, however pricing is not yet final for this 2017 departure. You may still secure a reservation by making a deposit of $500 per traveler. Our customer service staff will be in touch with you by June 9, 2016 when final tour details are available, including final pricing and any itinerary changes. At that time, you will have two weeks to decide if you would like to convert your preliminary registration to a confirmed booking or to cancel and receive a full refund. Once confirmed, the cancellation penalties as outlined on our website will apply. You will then receive a confirmation packet plus information regarding the purchase of optional trip insurance and travel protection. Please note that the Estimated Tour Cost per Traveler is based on select Gateway Airports. Please contact our customer service team for more details.


Estimated Starting Price
$7187
Make a Reservation

Price includes airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made. Please call if your city is not listed. Business Class upgrade on round-trip international flight: $3,495 per person (subject to change). Air inclusive prices include airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees of $492, which are subject to change until final payment is made. Program based on a minimum of 20 participants.

Due to Chinese visa restrictions, no new registrations can be accepted within 65 days of the tour.

Please note: This trip involves full days of sightseeing and significant amounts of walking. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour. Lhasa’s altitude (12,090 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions. You should consult with your physician if you have concerns.