Explore China and Tibet with Odysseys Unlimited

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Odysseys Unlimited’s 19-day China, Tibet & the Yangtze River cruise showcases many of China’s highlights, along with an adventure to Tibet.

The small group journey (just 12 to 24 guests, guaranteed) features Beijing; Xian, with its renowned army of 7,000 life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors; a cruise along the Yangtze River; and Shanghai, in addition to a 3-day visit to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

While in Tibet guests will have the opportunity to walk alongside pilgrims and seekers at some of Buddhism’s most sacred sites, including Jokhang, the country’s holiest temple; visit the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas at Norbulinka; and tour the Potala Palace, which has more than 200,000 Buddha images and 1,000 rooms. Guests will also visit with a local family in their home and dine in local restaurants.

Other tour highlights include an excursion to China’s Great Wall; a visit with the pandas at Chengdu’s Giant Panda Protection & Research Center; and a visit to the ancient rock carvings at Dazu, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Rates start at $4,195 pp dbl, air, land and cruise inclusive and has seven scheduled departures in September and November 2011.

Odysseys Unlimited also offers a 14-day Classic China & the Yangtze tour, featuring Beijing, Xian, a Yangtze River cruise, and Shanghai priced from $2,995 pp, air, land and cruise inclusive; and a 20-day China in Depth itinerary priced from $4,395 pp dbl, which adds Guilin and Hong Kong. For more information, visit odysseys-unlimited.com.