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Tour Overview

Departing from China’s capital Beijing and passing through Xi’an, the ancient capital of 13 dynasties, this 10-day Tibet tour will take you to experience some of the best of China. You will uncover the imperial history at Beijing’s Forbidden City and hike the iconic Mutianyu Great Wall.

In Xi’an, marvel at the stunning Terracotta Warriors and craft a mini warrior. Venture to the spiritual realm in Lhasa, exploring Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, and witnessing monastic debates at Sera Monastery. Immerse yourself in Tibetan traditions at Norbulingka Park and Drepung Monastery. Whether relishing the flavors of diverse cuisines or extending your adventure to Namtso Lake or Mount Everest, this tour unveils China’s cultural tapestry and natural wonders.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Discover Forbidden City: Step into China’s imperial past at Beijing’s Forbidden City, where ancient emperors ruled amid intricate architecture and vibrant history.
2. Walk the Great Wall: Trek the iconic Mutianyu section, marveling at the grandeur of the Great Wall against scenic mountain landscapes.
3. Craft a Warrior: At Xi’an, craft your miniature Terracotta Warrior, a hands-on experience connecting you to China’s ancient craftsmanship.
4. Visit Potala Palace: In Lhasa, explore the spiritual heart of Tibet, Potala Palace, an architectural marvel atop the “Roof of the World.”
5. Wander Barkhor Street: Immerse yourself in Tibetan culture at Barkhor Street, bustling with vibrant markets and spiritual energy.
6. Monastic Life at Sera: Witness lively debates among monks at Sera Monastery, a unique insight into Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and traditions.
7. Flexible Tibetan Adventures: Extend your journey to pristine Namtso Lake or explore Mount Everest for a deeper immersion into Tibet’s natural wonders.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Beijing! Upon your arrival at the airport, your guide and driver will warmly greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Check in and freshen up. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Beijing. You might want to take a stroll around your hotel's neighborhood, familiarize yourself with the surroundings, or indulge in some local cuisine.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  2. In the morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel, savoring a mix of international and local dishes. Then, depart for Tiananmen Square, accompanied by your knowledgeable guide. Learn about the square's historical events, including the famous 1989 protests, as you explore this iconic landmark. Take a leisurely stroll to the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, the imperial palace from the Ming to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Marvel at the intricate details of the imperial architecture and discover the stories behind the ancient emperors who once resided within these walls.

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    Relish a delicious lunch at a carefully selected local restaurant, offering a taste of authentic Chinese flavors. Continue your historical journey with a visit to the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. Wander through the extensive gardens, cross the ornate bridges, and perhaps take a boat ride on Kunming Lake to fully appreciate the beauty of this imperial retreat. Enjoy some free time to explore the Summer Palace at your own pace. Capture the scenic views, immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance, or visit Longevity Hill for panoramic vistas.

    For those opting for the optional Kungfu Show, prepare for an exciting evening. Your guide will arrange transportation to the venue, where you'll witness a mesmerizing performance of martial arts skills and choreography. Return to your hotel and relax after a day filled with exploration and cultural experiences.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

    Summer Palace Boat Trip
    Take a boat tour in Summer Palace

  3. Begin your day with a delightful breakfast, energizing yourself for the day's adventures.

    Mutianyu Great Wall is our first destination. Along the way, your tour guide will share with you the history and significance of the Great Wall, building anticipation for the upcoming experience. Arrive at Mutianyu and ascend to the Great Wall via a cable car, surrounded by lush greenery. Take in the panoramic views of this architectural wonder. Explore the Great Wall at your leisure. If you're feeling adventurous and up for a challenge, consider hiking up or down certain sections for a more intimate connection with this historical marvel.

    Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall

    Then, immerse yourself in history as you visit the Sacred Way, an ancient path lined with intricate stone statues leading to the Ming Tombs. After that, journey back to Beijing, taking a moment to view the futuristic architecture of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube from the outside.

    Your evening culinary adventure begins with the renowned Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude (additional cost). Experience the rich flavors and cultural significance of this iconic dish.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  4. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading to the Temple of Heaven, a symbol of imperial China's grandeur and spiritual connection. Explore the expansive temple complex, known for its Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the iconic Circular Mound Altar and its surrounding park, witnessing locals practicing Tai Chi, traditional dance, and other activities. Then, take a rickshaw ride through the charming lanes of Beijing's Hutongs. Your guide will narrate stories of the city's past, making the experience both informative and enjoyable. Connect with the heart of Beijing by visiting a local family in the Hutongs. Gain firsthand insights into their daily life, traditions, and perhaps share a cup of tea.

    Beijing Temple of Heaven
    Temple of Heaven

    After the visit, your tour guide will escort you to the Beijing West Railway Station for your high-speed train to Xian, ensuring a smooth transition and bidding you farewell with memories of Beijing's diverse cultural tapestry.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  5. After breakfast, drive you to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Marvel at the ancient army of life-sized clay soldiers and horses, each with unique facial expressions and details. Following the visit, participate in a hands-on experience by crafting your miniature Terracotta Warrior - a memorable keepsake.

    Xian-Terracotta-Army
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    After a morning of exploration, enjoy a delicious local lunch. In the afternoon, head to the lively Bell & Drum Tower Square, where you can appreciate the historic architecture and the rhythmic beat of the ancient drums. Next, explore the serenity of the Great Mosque, a beautiful blend of Chinese and Islamic architectural styles. Wander through the vibrant Muslim Quarter, a bustling area filled with street food stalls, vibrant markets, and the unique blend of cultures that make Xi'an so distinct.

    Xian Muslim Quarter
    Food stalls in the Muslim Quarter

    After the visits, take a leisurely walk along the Grand Tang Dynasty Ever Bright City, immersing yourself in the charm of the evening lights and the city's modern vibrancy.

    Consider enhancing your evening with a delightful Tang Palace Dance Show, accompanied by a hearty dumpling dinner (at additional cost).

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  6. After breakfast, visit the tranquil Da Cien Temple, known for its serene atmosphere and the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda standing tall in its courtyard. You will be guided to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic symbol of Xi'an. Optionally, climb to the top for panoramic views of the city Enjoy a free experience of trying on the traditional Hanfu attire, embracing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    In the afternoon, immerse yourself in history at the Shaanxi History Museum, which houses a vast collection of artifacts representing the region's past. Then, head to the Ancient City Wall, a well-preserved fortification. Optionally, choose to ride a bike along the wall, taking in the views of the city from a unique perspective (additional cost).

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  7. Enjoy a leisurely morning and then your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Lhasa.

    Welcome to Tibet! Upon your arrival in Lhasa, a local driver will warmly greet you at the airport. Experience the breathtaking scenery as you're transferred to your hotel, where you'll check in and have the rest of the day free to acclimate to the high altitude.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  8. Today, your guide will accompany you to the Potala Palace, a majestic symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. As you ascend the steps, your guide will share tales of the Dalai Lamas and the rich history within the White Palace and Red Palace. Take in panoramic views of Lhasa from the palace's elevated vantage point. Relish a traditional Tibetan lunch, savoring flavors unique to the region. Your guide can recommend local specialties to enhance your culinary experience.

    Potala Palace Lhasa
    Potala Palace

    The spiritual journey continues with a visit to Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet. As you explore its sacred halls and chapels, witness pilgrims prostrating in devotion and experience the palpable sense of spirituality that permeates the air. Navigate through the labyrinthine streets of Barkhor Street, encircling Jokhang Temple. Here, the vibrant market offers a kaleidoscope of colors, scents, and sounds. Engage with local vendors, shop for authentic Tibetan souvenirs, and soak in the lively atmosphere.

    Your evening is at leisure, allowing you to choose your preferred way to acclimate to the unique ambiance of Lhasa. Consider enjoying a quiet stroll along Lhasa's charming streets or unwinding at a local tea house to experience Tibetan hospitality.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

    Tibet Lhasa Barkhor Street
    Barkhor Street

  9. After breakfast at your hotel, prepare for another day of exploration in the enchanting land of Tibet. You will be guided to visit Norbulingka Park first, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Stroll through its lush gardens, admire the intricacies of Tibetan architecture, and connect with the history of Tibetan rulers.

    Lhasa Norbulingka Park
    Norbulingka Park

    Then, drive to Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monastic institutions in Tibet. Your guide will take you to explore the various temples, chapels, and the grand assembly hall. Allow the spiritual energy of this revered site to captivate your senses. After that, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Sera Monastery, where you will witness the unique tradition of monks engaging in philosophical debates. The animated discussions and hand gestures are an integral part of Tibetan Buddhist learning.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  10. Enjoy a leisurely morning, taking the opportunity to explore Lhasa at your own pace. Visit local markets, relax in a tea house, or take in the serenity of the city's surroundings. Then your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. If you've fallen in love with the allure of Tibet and wish to extend your stay, the journey doesn't have to end here.

    Optional Extension:

    One-Day Tour to Namtso Lake: Experience the pristine beauty of Namtso Lake, one of the sacred lakes in Tibet. Marvel at the crystal-clear waters surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

    Tibet Namtso Lake
    Ride a yak to capture photos by the lakeside of Namtso

    Four-Day Exploration of Mount Everest: Embark on a more extensive adventure to explore the majestic Mount Everest. Witness the awe-inspiring landscapes, visit Rongbuk Monastery, and absorb the grandeur of the world's highest peak.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1519 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Tibet Travel Permit;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • Economy flights or second-class trains mentioned in the itinerary;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Beijing / off Lhasa;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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