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17 Days Splendid Cities and Full Tibet Tour

Price From: US$ 2,925

Departure: Daily
Duration: 17 days
Accommodation: 16 nights in well selected hotel (2 persons share one room with daily breakfasts). 
Destination: Beijing - Xian - Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa - Shanghai.
Payment Method: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire, Western Union
Tour Guide Language: English, other language speaking guide is available, if need, please contact us!  

Itinerary of: 17 Days Splendid Cities and Full Tibet Tour

Day 1
Arrive at Beijing

Arrive at Beijing. Be met & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2
Beijing (B, L, D)
Tiananmen Square

Visit the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Enjoy the Peking Duck Dinner and Peking Opera in the evening.
- Tiananmen Square: is said to be the largest public square in the world. It is 880 meters from north to south, and 500 meters from east to west, with a total area of 440,000 square meters and can hold one million people.
- Forbidden City: the largest ancient imperial palaces where 24 emperors, 14 of the Ming and 10 of the Qing, ruled the country from here over a span of nearly 500 years. It takes pride in its precious collections of more than 900, 000 cultural and art objects.
- Temple of Heaven: The perimeter of the Temple of Heaven is 6,369 meters with 6 meters high. The temple was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvests.

Day 3
Beijing (B, L)
Badaling Great Wall

Visit the Badaling Great Wall. To avoid having lunch at shopping site restaurants, you will be driven to have Sichuan food at a local popular restaurant. Visit the Sacred Way, the Ming Tomb, the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium), You will see its appearance at a distance.
- Badaling Great Wall: As its name implies it gives access to every direction. With an elevation of 600 meters it is the most famous and best-preserved section of the Great Wall.
- Ming Tombs: it is the largest clusters of imperial cemeteries in China. They are mausoleums of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Dingling and Changling were open to the tourist. Dingling is the tomb of Emperor Shenzong and his two empresses, it is an underground palace. Changling, the tomb of Emperor Chengzu and his empress, is the largest and most magnificent one of the Ming Tombs.
- Sacred Road: Which means the road leading to heaven is lined with 18 pairs of stone human figures and animals, they are important decorations of the mausoleum.

Day 4
Beijing - Xian (B, L)
Summer Palace

Visit Summer Palace and Beijing Zoo. Fly to Xian, pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
- Summer Palace: the largest and best preserved imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty extant in Beijing, as well as a famous classical imperial garden.
- Beijing Zoo: Beijing Zoo is the largest treasure house of animals and birds in China and has become one of the ten biggest Zoos in the world.

Day 5
Xian (B, L)
Terracotta Army

Visit the Terra Cotta Warriors. To avoid having the poor food at the site, you will take highway back to downtown to have lunch at a well-known Cantonese cuisine restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening you will be entertained with the marvelous Tang Dynasty Show.
- Terra Cotta Warriors: It is a part of the tomb complex of Qin emperor, the Terra Cotta Warriors is the greatest findings in the archeology world.
- Big Wild Goose Pagoda: the symbol of the long history of Xian, and a well-preserved ancient building and holy worshipping shrine for Buddhists.
- Tang Dynasty Show: a wonderful performance of the ancient music and dance, is a must when you visit Xian.

Day 6
Xian - Lhasa (B)
Hanyangling

Visit the Hanyangling Museum on the way to the airport. Fly to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel.
- Hanyangling Museum: It is the Mausoleum of the Western Han Emperor, Liu Qi. And it is a magnificent and abundant cultural relic, comprising the tomb of emperor, the tomb of empress, the south and north burial pits, ceremonial site, human sacrifice graveyard and cemetery of criminals.

Day 7
Lhasa (B)
Potala Palace

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the magnificent Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery, the Norbulingka Park  and a local Tibetan family. After the tour transfer back to your hotel.
- Potala Palace: A UNESCO endorsed world cultural heritage site. It was where Dalai Lama lived. The palace consists of White Palace and Red Palace, with nearly 10,000 rooms.
- Sera Monastery: It is dedicated to the Gelugpa Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism and is famous for debates on Buddhist doctrines. Almost 10,000 Buddhist statues are preserved here.
- Norbulingka: The biggest man-made garden in Tibet. It consists of palaces such as Kelsang Potrang, Golden Potrang and Takten Migyur Potrang, with totally 374 rooms.

Day 8
Lhasa (B)
Barkhor Street

Visit the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, the Tibet Museum, the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital and the Carpet Factory.
- Jokhang Temple: built in 647 as the earliest wood-masonry structure in Tibet. It is dedicated to a statue of Sakyamni. It has a collection of cultural relics dating back to the Tang, which includes statues of Songtsan Gambo and Princess Wencheng.
- Barkhor Street: Also called Bajiao Street - an ancient circular street with strong Tibetan flavor. It is a route where pilgrims holding prayer wheel walk clockwise. And now a famous commercial street.

Day 9
Lhasa - Gyangtse (B)
Yumtso Lake

Transfer to Gyangtse. Stop off at the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Karola snow mountain. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Visit the Palkhor Monastery and the Gyangtse Old Street.
- Yamdrok Yumtso Lake: One of the three holiest lakes in Tibet, lies at Nhagartse. In the lake are more than 20 islets, where are inhabited by various species of water birds.
- Palkhor Monastery: Also called Pelkhor Choede (Kumbum) or Palcho Monastery. It has very unique structural style. And totally there are about 3,000 statues, so it is called "Myriad Buddhas Stupa".

Day 10
Gyangtse - Shigatse (B)
Tashilunpo Monastery

Transfer to Shigatse and check in at the hotel. Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen.
- Tashilunpo Monastery: One of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet.

Day 11
Shigatse - Dingri (B)
Sakya Monastery

Transfer to Dingri and check in at the Everest Hotel. Visit the Sakya Monastery and Lhasa city on the way.
- Sakya Monastery: It is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

(Tips: The best time to visit Tibet is from May to Oct. The climate near Everest Base Camp is so harsh that it is hard for the visit from Nov to next Apr. The heavy snow in winter may easily block the road. It takes about 6 to 7 hours driving from Shigatse to Dingri. The food is far from good, so we advise you to take some snacks or fast food like chocolate, biscuits with you. Tibet in depth is not as developed as other China cities, so you must psyche yourself up for your Tibet adventure.)

Day 12
Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri (B)
Rongbuk Monastery

Transfer to the Everest Base Camp and visit Rongbuk Monastery. Return to Dingri.
- Rongbuk Monastery: It is a five-tier building with only two floors being used. At the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier at 5,100 meters above sea level, it is the highest monastery in the world.

Day 13
Dingri - Shigatse (B)

Drive back to Shigatse and transfer to the hotel.

Day 14
Shigatse - Lhasa (B)

Return to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel. Two days' long-way driving may weary you out and rest fully to recover from the tiredness the rest of the day.

Day 15
Lhasa - Shanghai (B, L)
Lhasa House

Proceed to the next stop after having a Tibetan family visit. Take a flight to Shanghai and transfer to the hotel.

Day 16
Shanghai (B, L, D)
The Bund

Visit the Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden. After lunch, transfer you to the Bund area, where you will take a cruise tour on the Huangpu River. The cruise will start at 14:00, reach the Wusongkou pier and then get back to the Bund at 17:00. Leave you some free time to explore the Bund area on your own. Tonight an a la carte farewell dinner is served at Central Hotel, whose restaurant Wang Bao He has a history of around 260 years and is the best place to serve Shanghai Cuisine. The memorable dinner will be followed by the Portman Acrobatic Show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre.- Shanghai Museum: The biggest museum in China, with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics. The museum is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy.
- Yuyuan Garden: is considered one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region.
- The Bund: the picturesque bund with tall building of various tower over the river, looking as a museum of modern world architecture.
- Nanjing Road: the most famous thoroughfare in Shanghai for shopping and entertainment.
- Huangpu River: the most important shipping artery of Shanghai. Cruises are available everyday, including the shorter cruises and the complete cruises.

Day 17
Departure from Shanghai (B)

Pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the airport. See off.

Tour Price for Per Person(US$)
17 Days Splendid Cities and Tibet Tour Package – Hotel in Use
City
Luxury Class
Standard Class
Beijing
Beijing International Hotel
Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel
Xian
Xian Hyatt Regency Hotel
Xian Citylion International Hotel
Lhasa
Lhasa Hotel
ShangBala Hotel
Gyangtse
Gyangtse Hotel
Gyangtse Hotel
Shigatse
Shigatse Hotel
Shigatse Hotel
Dingri
Dingri Everest Hotel
Dingri Hotel
Shanghai
Shanghai Ramada Plaza Hotel
Shanghai Days Hotel
Price List for 17 Days Splendid Cities and Tibet Tour Package - price for per person
Tour Type
2~5 persons
6~9 persons
10 persons above
Luxury Class
US$ 4467
US$ 4037
US$ 3276
Standard Class
US$ 4034
US$ 3295
US$ 2925

Price including:  
1.Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel;
2. Entrance fees for sightseeing;
3. Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner;
4. Personal English-speaking tour Guide & Driver;
5. Private air-conditioned car or van;
6. Hotels (twin share bases) as listed in the itinerary;
7. Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels;
8. Beijing - Xian - Lhasa - Shanghai air-ticket.

Price excluding:
1. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets;
2. Visa Fees;
3. Personal Expenses;
4. Single Room Supplement;
5. Tips to the driver and the guide.

 

Please Note:
1. Price may vary according to different seasons. You can extend your stay in Shanghai after this package finished, we will keep the discount hotel rate for you for the extended days.
2. You could choose any hotel on our website and tell us, we will give you a price of this tour with the hotel you want.
3. Children taller than 1.1 meter should be charged as full price, children shorter than 1.1 meter should be charged only half of the price. 

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Traveller Reviews of: 17 Days Splendid Cities and Full Tibet Tour
Written by: Suzanne ★★★★★ Added: 2011-09-07

Many thanks for the memorable tour in China. My grandpa and I both were very satisfied with the tour in China. China has shown us that people from whatever culture or race, are hospitable at heart. The 17 days China tour made us knew more China and we like China very much.

Written by: Evangeline ★★★★★ Added: 2011-08-31

It was my first time China tour in my life and very wonderful. I was very satisfied with the China tour line and my tour guide spoke well English, told me many things about China. China Lhasa gave me a surprise and I would go there again.

Written by: Woodrow Schmid ★★★★★ Added: 2011-08-05

I was a wouferful trip actrully, this time I visited some cities of China. Among them, Shanghai and and Lhasa gave me a deep impression during the tour. Shanghai is a modern city and the night scenery of Shanghai is very beautiful; Lhasa gave me a good feeling during the trip and the air of the city is very fresh. Nice trip!

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