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China The Highlights of China and Tibet

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Explore the mysteries of Tibet on this customisable two-week tour. You’ll spend some time getting to know Beijing before travelling on to Lhasa, to take in the Potala Palace and some staggering monasteries and temples. With the perfect balance between city and countryside, you'll also spend some down time at the stunning Draksun Tso Lake and an ancient Cyprus forest before returning...

Explore the mysteries of Tibet on this customisable two-week tour. You’ll spend some time getting to know Beijing before travelling on to Lhasa, to take in the Potala Palace and some staggering monasteries and temples. With the perfect balance between city and countryside, you'll also spend some down time at the stunning Draksun Tso Lake and an ancient Cyprus forest before returning home. 

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

The mysteries of the Orient await…

• Transfer from the airport to the hotel (1.5 hours)
• Settle into your hotel, then head out to explore the city
• Free evening to relax or stroll around Beijing

Visited:
Beijing
Accomodation
Night in Sun World Hotel (Beijing)

Day 2: Enter the Forbidden City

Immerse yourself in history at China’s cultural heart…

• Visit Beijing's legendary Tiananmen Square
• Head to the Forbidden City and tour the Temple of Heaven
• Jump on a rickshaw to see a traditional Hutong district 

Visited:
Beijing
Accomodation
Night in Sun World Hotel (Beijing)

Day 3: The Great Wall at Mutianyu

Walk across one of the Seven Wonders of the World…

• Climb the Great Wall, 45 minutes from Beijing’s centre
• Wander around the Summer Palace, the imperial gardens
• Return to Beijing, past the Olympic stadium (3-hour drive)

Visited:
Beijing
Accomodation
Night at Hotel Gang Gyan (Lhasa)

Day 4: Transfer to Lhasa

Onwards and upwards to Lhasa…

• Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lhasa
• Arrive at your hotel (2-hour drive) and get settled in
• Spend the rest of the day acclimatising to the altitude

Visited:
Beijing, Lhasa
Accomodation
Night at Hotel Gang Gyan (Lhasa)

Day 5: Discover Lhasa's Potala Palace

Visit the temple said to be the core of the universe…

• Discover the Potala Palace, with its Red and White structures
• Move on to the Jokhang Temple, built in the 7th century
• Browse local art and crafts in Bakhor Street (1-hour drive)

Visited:
Lhasa
Accomodation
Night at Hotel Gang Gyan (Lhasa)

Day 6: Norbulingka's Jewel Park

Find your spiritual side at Sera Monastery…

• Drive to Norbulingka to see its pavilions, palaces, and zoo
• Visit Sera Monastery, at the foot of a mountain (1-hour drive)
• Free evening to relax or explore your surroundings

Visited:
Lhasa
Accomodation
Night at Hotel Gang Gyan (Lhasa)

Day 7: Ani Tsankhung Nunnery

Get to understand Tibetan social enterprise…

• Meet the nuns of Ani Tsankhunt Nunnery (1-hour drive)
• Visit a carpet factory making 30,000 miles of carpet per year
• Free time in the afternoon to relax or explore

Visited:
Lhasa
Accomodation
Night at Hotel Gang Gyan (Lhasa)

Day 8: Tsurpu Monastery

Look out over the Roof of the World…

• Head to Tsurpu Monastery in the mountains (3-hour drive)      
• Learn about sects of Tibetan Buddhism
• Marvel at the view from an altitude of 4,300m

Visited:
Lhasa
Accomodation
Night at Hotel Gang Gyan (Lhasa)

Day 9: En Route to Gyantse

Mind the drop: you'll be driving up to 4,800m…

• Drive to Gyantse, passing Yamdrok Lake (6-hour drive)
• Photograph the glacier at the Karola Pass
• Stop off at the Phalkor Monastery with its 10,000 images

Visited:
LhasaGyantse
Accomodation
Gyantse  (Gyangze)

Day 10: Tashillunpo Monastery

Dig deeper into the roots of Buddhism…

• Take in Tashilumpo Monastery (2-hour drive)
• Learn about the Panchen Lama, key to Tibetan Buddhism
• Stand before the highest Buddha statue in the world 

Visited:
Gyantse, Shigatse
Accomodation
Night at Tashi Chotar Hotel (Shigatse)

Day 11: Meet a Local Tibetan Family

Make inroads to interact with the friendly locals…

• Drive to Tsedang (8-hour drive)
• Visit a traditional Tibetan family to learn about local life
• Free evening for you to put your feet up 

Visited:
Shigatse, Tsedang
Accomodation
Night at Tse Dang Hotel (Tsetang)

Day 12: The Ancient Tradrok Temple

Head to one of the oldest temples in Tibet…

• Explore Tradok Temple and the Tombs of Tibetan Kings
• Tour the Samye Monastery and its vast tracts of land
• Return to Lhasa (5-hour drive)

Visited:
Tsedang, Lhasa
Accomodation
Night at Hotel Gang Gyan (Lhasa)

Day 13: Draksun Tso Lake and Nyingchi

Charming villages and lakes at 3,600 metres…

• Drive to Nyingchi (9-hour drive)
• Stop off at Draksun Tso Lake, in the tiny village of Conggo
• Free evening to relax or explore your surroundings

Visited:
LhasaNyingchi Prefecture
Accomodation
Night at Nyingtri Minshan Hotel (Nyingchi Prefecture)

Day 14: Lunang Forest and Nyingchi Cypresses

Journey into nature with stunning alpine environs…

• Relax in the beauty of Lunang Forest, at 3,700m
• Walk through alpine meadows of jasmine and wild flowers
• Return to Nyinchi to see 1,000-year-old cypress forests 

Visited:
Nyingchi Prefecture
Accomodation
Night at Nyingtri Minshan Hotel (Nyingchi Prefecture)

Day 15: Departure from Nyingchi

Time to head home…

• Enjoy breakfast before heading home
• Transfer to Nyingchi Airport for your flight
• We hope you've had an amazing time!

Visited:
Nyingchi Prefecture

Beijing Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tsedang Nyingchi Prefecture

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £3,200 / 15 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax4 PaxSingle Supplement                    
Price per person between Jun - Nov 2017, Apr - Nov 2018£3,290£2,690£490
Price per person between Dec, 2017 - feb 2018 and Dec 2018£3,150£2,550£350

Included in price:

  • 14 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the hotels mentioned
  • Flight tickets from Beijing-Lhasa(economy class. Incl. 1 piece free check-in luggage of 20kg per person and current airport tax and fule surcharge)
  • All meals as specified in itinerary (incl. 1 cup of soft drink per person)
  • Private transfers and sightseeing as per the given itinerary
  • 1 Local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees – for single visit only
  • Assistance on arrival and departure group transfer
  • All currently applicable taxes

Not included in price:

  • International airfares and Airport Taxes
  • Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc
  • Separate luggage van
  • Any insurance
  • Any alcoholic beverage (consumption on direct payment basis)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Visa Fee (if needed)
  • Surcharge of overweight luggage (in case of exceeding 20 Kilo per piece)
  • Any surcharge may be applied during public holiday or any local festival during group’s stay in China

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