Traverse the cultural wonders of Beijing, unveiling Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Great Wall, before a scenic train voyage to Tibet. In Lhasa, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple captivate with spiritual grandeur. Explore Barkhor Street’s vibrant markets, delve into Norbulingka Park’s tranquility, and witness monastic life at Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Conclude with a leisurely morning, reflecting on Tibetan landscapes and profound experiences before departing. This Tibet Train Tour seamlessly blends historical marvels, cultural immersion, and a captivating railway adventure.
2. Conquer Mutianyu Great Wall: Ascend the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall by cable car, marvel at its vastness, and relish panoramic views.
3. Hop on Qinghai Tibet Railway: Appreciate the constantly changing scenery of expansive plains, winding rivers, serene lakes, and breathtaking plateaus along the Qinghai Tibet Railway.
4. Immerse in Tibetan Spirit: Wander the sacred halls of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and serene Barkhor Street, absorbing the essence of Tibetan spirituality.
5. Stroll Norbulingka Gardens: Experience tranquility at Norbulingka Park, the Dalai Lama’s summer retreat, surrounded by lush gardens and vibrant Tibetan architecture.
6. Witness Sera Monastery Debates: Engage with lively debates at Sera Monastery, where monks showcase centuries-old Buddhist philosophy in a vibrant courtyard setting.
- Day 1: Welcome to Beijing
Upon your arrival in Beijing, our guide and driver will be waiting to greet you at the airport. They will then transfer you to your hotel, allowing you to settle in and freshen up. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, providing an opportunity to explore the vibrant city on your own. Consider taking a stroll through nearby neighborhoods, sampling local cuisine, or relaxing at a traditional tea house to unwind from your journey.
Accommodation: in Beijing
- Day 2: Exploring Beijing's Historic LandmarksTiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird's Nest, Water Cube
After breakfast, begin your today's exploration with Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares with rich historical significance. Marvel at the grandeur of the square and explore nearby attractions. Later, take a short walk to the renowned Forbidden City, a majestic palace complex that served as the imperial palace for over 500 years. Dating back to the Ming Dynasty, it features grand halls, pavilions, and courtyards adorned with intricate imperial architecture. Follow your guide to explore the intricate architecture, and vast courtyards, and learn about the history of Chinese emperors.
After lunch, you will be driven to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Dating back to the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577), it offers a well-preserved segment adorned with watchtowers and stunning views. Enjoy a cable car ride up and down to access breathtaking views of this iconic structure. For those with extra energy, a hike up or down is also an option. Afterwards, return to Beijing and catch glimpses of the impressive Bird's Nest and Water Cube, Olympic venues that have become architectural landmarks.
Meal: Breakfast + Lunch
Accommodation: in Beijing
- Day 3: Cultural Immersion in BeijingTemple of Heaven, Beijing's Hutongs, Summer Palace
In the morning, take you to visit the spiritual and architectural marvel, the Temple of Heaven. Constructed during the Ming Dynasty, it served as a sacred space for emperors to perform rituals, seeking divine favor for a bountiful harvest. Explore the serene surroundings and learn about the rituals. Then, experience the charm of Beijing's Hutongs by taking a rickshaw ride through these historic narrow alleys. Visit a local family to gain insight into traditional Chinese lifestyles and customs.
In the afternoon, head to the picturesque Summer Palace, a vast imperial garden and former royal residence. Stroll through the beautiful gardens, admire the lakeside views, and explore the historical structures. Conclude your day with a transfer to the train station for an overnight journey to Lhasa, which is approximately 39.5 hours. Be sure to pack some snacks for the train ride, as the meals provided are basic. Additionally, bring a power bank to keep your devices charged during the journey.
Accommodation: on the Train
- Day 4: Enchanting Train Journey to Lhasa
Embark on an awe-inspiring train journey from eastern China to the enchanting west of Tibet. As you traverse the vast landscapes, you'll witness the beauty of small towns, expansive plains, winding rivers, serene lakes, and breathtaking plateaus. The journey unfolds like a visual feast, keeping you captivated throughout. Despite the length of the trip, the ever-changing scenery ensures that boredom is nowhere in sight.
The Xining-Lhasa railway section, specifically for high-altitude travel, aids in acclimating you to the elevated terrain, making the experience not just a means of transportation but an integral part of your Tibetan adventure.
Accommodation: on the Train
- Day 5: Welcome to the Roof of the World
Your train will gracefully pull into Lhasa Train Station around noon. Step off the train and take in your first breath of the crisp Tibetan air. Our local driver and guide will be there to warmly welcome you, providing a seamless transfer to your hotel.
The rest of the day is designated for acclimating to the high altitude of Lhasa. Take it easy, rest, and hydrate as you adjust to the unique conditions. Feel free to explore the surroundings of your hotel at your own pace, immersing yourself in the serene atmosphere of the Roof of the World.
Accommodation: in Lhasa
- Day 6: Discovering Lhasa's Spiritual GemsPotala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Your guide will take you to marvel at the grandeur of this architectural masterpiece. Explore the various chambers, chapels, and halls, gaining insight into Tibet's rich history and spiritual heritage.
After a delightful lunch, your journey continues to Jokhang Temple, a sacred site revered by pilgrims from all corners of Tibet. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance as you explore the intricately designed halls and witness devotees engaged in prayer rituals. Conclude your day by strolling through the vibrant Barkhor Street, a historic and vibrant pilgrimage circuit dating back over a thousand years. Lined with traditional Tibetan buildings, the bustling street is a hub of cultural and commercial activity. Pilgrims, locals, and visitors alike explore its meandering paths, encountering traditional shops, vibrant markets, and the spiritual ambiance of Jokhang Temple. Barkhor Street stands as a living testament to Tibetan culture, spirituality, and the enduring allure of this ancient city.
Accommodation: in Lhasa
- Day 7: Departure from LhasaNorbulingka Park, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
In the morning, you will be taken to Norbulingka Park, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Wander through lush gardens, visit the colorful pavilions, and appreciate the serene atmosphere of this tranquil sanctuary. Later, drive to Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monastic institutions in Tibet founded in 1416. The monastery's majestic halls, extensive courtyards, and sacred chambers showcase Tibetan architectural brilliance. Visitors can explore its historical relics, witness traditional debates among monks, and immerse themselves in the serene atmosphere that resonates with the spiritual essence of Tibetan Buddhism.
Continue your monastic exploration with a visit to Sera Monastery. Witness the unique spectacle of monks engaging in lively debates in the monastery's courtyard, a centuries-old tradition that offers a glimpse into Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
- Day 8: Departure from Lhasa
On your final day in Lhasa, enjoy your leisurely morning at your own pace. In the afternoon, your driver will escort you to the airport for your onward flight to your next destination or back home.