Highlights of Tibet: Beijing to Lhasa

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Day 1: Arrive Beijing
After arrival, make your way to the hotel and check-in. An evening group meeting is planned followed by dinner.
·Group meeting

Day 2: Beijing
Spend the morning visiting central Beijing's sites with free time in the afternoon explore the local hutong alleyways.
·Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, Walking tour of Hutong area.

Day 3: Beijing/Xi’an
Spend the day exploring the impressive Great Wall. Evening board an overnight train to Xi’an.
·Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Day 4 Xi'an
Arrive Xi’an. Explore the the Terracotta Warriors, afternoon visit a village. Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.
·Terracotta Warriors

Day 5 Xi'an
Morning visit the ancient wall; Afternoon enjoy a walk around the Muslim Quarter.
·Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter

Day 6 Xi'an/Xi’ning/Lhasa
Morning fast train to Xi’ning, and tour to Kumbum Monastery. Evening board an overnight train to Lhasa.  
·Kumbum Monastery

Day 7 Lhasa
Arrive Lhasa in late afternoon, leaving the rest of the day free at leisure to acclimatize the altitude.
·Orientation walk

Day 8: Lhasa
Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
·Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

Day 9: Lhasa
Spend the day exploring the splendor of the Norbulingka Summer Palace, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.
·Norbulingka Summer Palace, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

Day 10: Gyantse
Drive to Gyantse and tour of Dazong Fort, Pelkor Choede Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum.
·Walking tour of Dazong Fort, Pelkor Choede Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum

Day 11: Shigatse
Continue your journey to Shigatse. Visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in the afternoon.
·Kubum and Tashi Lhunpo monastery

Day 12: Shigatse/Lhasa
Return to Lhasa with enough free time to pick up any last minute souvenirs.

Day 13: Depart Lhasa
You are free to depart by flight or train at any time during the day. A transfer will be arranged to either the train station or the airport.

Day 1 Beijing (D)
Hi, everyone! Welcome to Beijing, the Capital city of China. Group meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the gathering hotel. Helpful and important information are delivered during the meeting. Please find a note in the hotel lobby or ask at the reception. After the meeting, walk around the neighboring and a group dinner is on your own choice. 

Accommodation:
·Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
·Welcome dinner

Included activities:  
·Group meeting
·Orientation walk

Optional Activities:
·Beijing – Acrobat show – CNY250
·Beijing – Kungfu Show – CNY180
·Beijing – Lama Temple – CNY25
·Beijing – Summer Palace – CNY40
·Beijing – Temple of Heaven – CNY40

Day 2 Beijing (B)
You’ll get around the most famous landmark today on foot and by public transports. You will get to Tiananmen Square by metro. Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest public square. The Monument of the People's Heroes stands right on the central axis and the Great Hall of the People is on the side of the square. After that, you walk into the Forbidden Palace, built from 1406 to 1420, home to the imperial power. It owns the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden architecture in the world. Out of the palace, you stroll through Hutong lanes formed by lines of old courtyard residences. It is worth of savouring the facade of old courtyard houses. 

Accommodation:
·Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
·Breakfast

Included activities:   
·Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
·Walking tour of Hutong area

Day 3 Beijing-Xi’an (B)
This morning we’ll take a private bus to visit Great Wall - Mutianyu Section (approx. 2hrs), one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall with 22 towers winding along the mountain ridges. The Great Wall is an amazing engineering project, stretching 6,000 km from the vast inner land to the east costal end, through the north of Beijing. It was a strong fortress to keep the northern tribes outside the imperial sovereign. Spend time walking and learning the history of Great Wall as well as enjoy the view at Huairou County, a suburban area of Beijing.
The great idea is to bring a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the top the wall during a rest break. Then transfer to Beijing railway station for an overnight train to Xi’an.

Accommodation:
·Overnight soft sleeper(first class) train

Meals Included:
·Breakfast

Included activities:
·Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Day 4  Xi’an (B, L)
Now, you are in Xi’an, not only the capital city of Shaanxi Province but also the home to many imperial power, dating back to 2200 years. The development of the historic city is booming, however, many amazing historical sites are preserved very well. First, let’s check into the hotel and to get refreshed. Then, start your tour to the Terracotta Warriors. In 1976, four farmers happened to discover a corner of the underground arm which was buried at least 2200 years ago. They didn’t know they became the first to touch thousands of clay warriors molded out of the shape of genuine soldiers. Each of them varies in face, clothes and heights. 

Accommodation:
·Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
·Breakfast & Lunch

Included activities:   
·Terracotta Warriors

Optional Activities:
·Xi’an – Great Mosque – CNY25
·Xi’an – Big Wild Goose Pagoda – CNY80
·Xi’an – Cycling on City Wall – CNY80
·Xi’an – Small Wild Goose Pagoda – CNY50
·Xi’an – Bell & Drum Tower – CNY50


Day 5  Xi’an (B)
Morning explore the 13-kilometer-long city wall, built in the late 14th century. begins from the iconic Bell and Drum Tower to the popular food paradise around Muslim Quarter mixed with the Han Chinese style. 

Accommodation:
·Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
·Breakfast

Included activities:   
·Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter Walking tour

Optional Activities:
·Xi’an – Great Mosque – CNY25
·Xi’an – Big Wild Goose Pagoda – CNY80
·Xi’an – Cycling on City Wall – CNY80
·Xi’an – Small Wild Goose Pagoda – CNY50
·Xi’an – Bell & Drum Tower – CNY50

Day 6 Xi’an/Xi’ning/Lhasa (B)
This morning we will take bullet train to Xining, which takes about 4-5 hours. Tour to Kumbum Monastery Qinghai by private bus. Then transfer back to station for overnight soft-sleeper train to Lhasa. 

Accommodation:
·Overnight soft sleeper(first class) train

Meals Included:
·Breakfast

Included activities:  
·Bullet train Xi'an to Xi’ning
·Kumbum Monastery Qinghai
·Overnight soft-sleeper train Xi’ning to Lhasa

Day 7 Lhasa (B)
Enjoy the stunning view of Tibet Plateau on train, viewing white puffy clouds sailing overhead, yaks feeding on the green meadows, deep blue lake sparkling in the sunshine, mysterious snowy mountains tucked away into the sky. Arrive Lhasa in late afternoon. Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world with an altitude of 3490 meters. Upon arrival, private bus transfer (approx. 1hr)t to the hotel, you will pass through Lhasa River Valley on the way to city center. Rest of the day will be on your own for acclimatizing the altitude. 

Accommodation:
·Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
·Breakfast

Day 8: Lhasa (B)
An excursion just outside the city boundaries to witness monks practice philosophical debates at Sera Monastery and listen to the ritual chanting in the assembly halls of Drepung Monastery. Sera Monastery, a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, was founded in 1419. Walk around the massive complex and learn about its architectural features and history of teaching generations of scholars. Witness the monks engaged in Buddhist philosophical debate in the courtyard, an event that occurs daily in the afternoons (except Sundays).
Drepung Monastery locates on western outskirts of Lhasa. Drepung, in Tibetan, means “prosperity.” Since its establishment, Drepung Monastery has always been one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. In its heyday, there were more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Throughout its history, many important and famous Tibetan leaders used to study here, especially the Dalai Lamas. So Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas.”

Accommodation:
·Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
·Breakfast

Included transfer and activities:   
·Sera Monastery
·Drepung Monastery


Day 9: Lhasa (B)
Today we will enjoy a tour of Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and the Summer Palace.
Jokhang temple which has been called the spiritual heart of Tibet. Watch prostrating pilgrims circle the temple day and night, some of them traversing the extremes of the Tibetan landscape by foot to come here and celebrate their faith. Make a kora ("revolution" in Tibetan) of the Barkhor, the holiest devotional circuit, which surrounds the Jokhang and houses a market bazaar where people bargain for Buddha images, yak skulls with ruby eyes, woodcarvings, carpets, prayer wheels, and the odd goat's head.
Potala Palace a magnificent structure and true architectural wonder built in the 1600s and steeped in history. It is where the Dalai Lamas would meditate, handle affairs of state, and eventually where their burial stupas remain. Check out the golden statues, three-dimensional mandalas, ancient scriptures, and the devoted pilgrims who circle the palace day and night. It is indeed a remarkable place. Norbulingka is located on the outskirts of Lhasa and covered with trees, ponds, gardens, palaces, and pavilions. It has been the official Summer residence of all Dalai Lamas since the 18th century. 

Accommodation:
·Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
·Breakfast

Included transfer and activities:
·Potala Palace
·Jokhang temple and Norbulingka Summer Palace

Day 10: Gyantse (B)
Today we will drive to Gyantse. We will stop for photos at the mountain passes of Khamba La, Karo La and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. The drive from Lhasa to Gyantseis a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5,000m (16,404 ft). Upon arrival, we will visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. Pelkor Chode Monastery was founded in 1418 and regarded as the center of Gyantse. Gyantse Kumbum (meaning 100,000 images) is an eight-story structure containing a seemingly endless series of tiny chapels full of Buddhist images – Buddhas, demons, protectors, and saints. We will also take a walk to the Dzong Fort; you will see a fantastic view of Gyantse from the fort.

Accommodation:
·Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
· Breakfast

Included transfer and ac tivities:   
· Gyanste Walking Tour of Dzong Fort;
· Pelkor Choede Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum;


Day 11: Shigatse (B)
A short drive to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city.We will visit Tashilumpo Monastery. You can also do a kora around the Tashilumpo Monastery after the guided tour or visit the local market.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. It is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. 

Accommodation:
·Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
·Breakfast

Included activities:   
·Guided Tashilumpo Monastery tour


Day 12: Shigatse / Lhasa – Return to Lhasa (B)
Enjoy your free time after driving back to Lhasa, you can stroll around to visit more monasteries or simply shopping around at local market and appreciate the local culture and handmade crafts.

Accommodation:
·Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
·Breakfast

Included activities:   
·Bakhor Market walking tour

Day 13: Depart Lhasa (B)
You are free to depart any time during the day. A transfer will be arranged to either the train station or the airport.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Tour Code
Start
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Price(US$)
  • CA-HT180914

    Friday

    2018-09-14

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2018-09-26

    From Lhasa

    Over

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT181019

    Friday

    2018-10-19

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2018-10-31

    From Lhasa

    Over

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT181116

    Friday

    2018-11-16

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2018-11-28

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$2929.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190329

    Friday

    2019-03-29

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-04-10

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$2929.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190412

    Friday

    2019-04-12

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-04-24

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$2929.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190510

    Friday

    2019-05-10

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-05-22

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190517

    Friday

    2019-05-17

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-05-29

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190524

    Friday

    2019-05-24

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-06-05

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190607

    Friday

    2019-06-07

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-06-19

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190614

    Friday

    2019-06-14

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-06-26

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190621

    Friday

    2019-06-21

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-07-03

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190705

    Friday

    2019-07-05

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-07-17

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190719

    Friday

    2019-07-19

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-07-31

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190726

    Friday

    2019-07-26

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-08-07

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190809

    Friday

    2019-08-09

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-08-21

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190816

    Friday

    2019-08-16

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-08-28

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190823

    Friday

    2019-08-23

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-09-04

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190906

    Friday

    2019-09-06

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-09-18

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT190913

    Friday

    2019-09-13

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-09-25

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$2929.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT191011

    Friday

    2019-10-11

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-10-23

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT191018

    Friday

    2019-10-18

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-10-30

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT191108

    Friday

    2019-11-08

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2019-11-20

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200327

    Friday

    2020-03-27

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-04-10

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200410

    Friday

    2020-04-10

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-04-22

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200508

    Friday

    2020-05-08

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-05-20

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200515

    Friday

    2020-05-15

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-05-27

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200522

    Friday

    2020-05-22

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-06-03

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200605

    Friday

    2020-06-05

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-06-17

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200612

    Friday

    2020-06-12

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-06-24

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200619

    Friday

    2020-06-19

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-07-01

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200703

    Friday

    2020-07-03

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-07-15

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200717

    Friday

    2020-07-17

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-07-29

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200724

    Friday

    2020-07-24

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-08-05

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200807

    Friday

    2020-08-07

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-08-19

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200814

    Friday

    2020-08-14

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-08-26

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200821

    Friday

    2020-08-21

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-09-02

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200904

    Friday

    2020-09-04

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-09-16

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT200911

    Friday

    2020-09-11

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-09-23

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT201009

    Friday

    2020-10-09

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-10-21

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT201016

    Friday

    2020-10-16

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-10-28

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

  • CA-HT201106

    Friday

    2020-11-06

    From Beijing

    Wednesday

    2020-11-18

    From Lhasa

    Available

    US$3255.00

    13
    Days

Visas

A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room

On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health

We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 18 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

Luggage

One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

 

What to Expect on Tour

Itinerary Disclaimer

The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

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