• 19 Days China Tibet Relaxing Vacation Tour from Kathmandu
  • 19 Days China Tibet Relaxing Vacation Tour from Kathmandu
  • 19 Days China Tibet Relaxing Vacation Tour from Kathmandu
  • 19 Days China Tibet Relaxing Vacation Tour from Kathmandu
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19 Days China Tibet Relaxing Vacation Tour from Kathmandu

Majestic China Holiday

The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, is a perfect gateway city to start your Tibet trip. Only after about 160km's driving, you will get to the Gyirong Port on the Nepal Tibet border, and travel along the classic Kathmandu to Lhasa overland route via Mount Everest, Shigatse, Gyantse. After the memorable Tibet journey, you will fly from Lhasa to mainland China to discover the most beautiful and recommended destinations, including the ancient capitals Xian and Beijing, hometown of panda Chengdu, majestic Yangtze River, and modern Shanghai.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Transfer from Kathmandu to take once in a lifetime adventure to the world's highest mountain - Mount Everest;
  • Enjoy the breathtaking high plateau landscape and experience authentic Tibetan culture in Potala Palace, Palcho Monastery, Jokhang Temple and other famous sites in Tibet;
  • Learn about the ancient history and culture in two greatest ancient capitals in China - Beijing and Xian by visiting the famous Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, etc;
  • Take a relaxing cruise on a top luxury 5-star ship sailing along the majestic Yangtze River from Chongqing to Yichang and visit the world famous Three Gorges Dam;
  • Have a leisure time in the most prosperous metropolis in China - Shanghai.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price:

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-CTT-19
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Kathmandu / Gyirong / Everest / Lhasa / Xian / Beijing / Chengdu / Yangtze River Cruise / Shanghai
  • Duration: 19 days and 18 nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CultureTrekkingPhotographyMountainFamily
  • Best Time: SpringSummerAutumn
  • Physical Level

    Physical Requirements

    • Capable of walking short to medium distances by oneself in high altitudes. Must be capable of minor ascents and descents.
    • Capable of light walking and hiking in high altitudes. Suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Average fitness level. High altitude hiking for several hours.
    • Possibly includes high altitude hiking of up to 6 hours per day or activities of a similar nature. Requires an elevated level of fitness.
    • Features demanding high altitude treks or cycling. Only suitable for those with a high level of physical fitness and endurance.

    Note: If you have any questions concerning the requirements or the unique demands for your particular tour package, please feel free to contact one of our helpful Travel Consultants for further information.

    It's advisable to have a body check-up or have your doctor's advice before visiting Tibet. Visitors with a record of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems must seek medical advice before making the decision to go to Tibet Also, people with any of the following problems should not go to Tibet.

    • Have already caught a cold
    • Have severe anemia
    • Have high blood pressure or severe heart disease
    • Have pneumonia, tuberculosis, tracheitis, or bronchitis
  • Tour Pace
    Comfortable

    Tour Pace

    • Leisure: enjoy your tour in a slow pace, allowing plenty of time for photography, you will see the most famous attractions, and spend plenty amount of time in each destination.
    • Comfortable: enjoy your tour in a comfortable pace, you will see most popular attractions, and spend reasonable amount of time in each attraction.
    • Tight: enjoy your tour at a tight pace, as you will be able to see as many tour attractions as possible in the available amount of time.
  • Max Altitude
    5,200m

    Altitude

    High Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. According to our experience, most people will be fine up to 3500m above sea level, as the altitude go higher up to 4500m, mild symptoms as shortness of breath, headache might occur. Adverse reactions may vary from person to person. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and will subside in several hours to several days as the body acclimatizes.

    Mild Symptoms of AMS include:

    • Headache
    • Shortness of breath with exertion
    • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of appetite
    • Poor sleeping
    • Dizziness or light-headedness
    Definition of High Altitude

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~3 Nepal to Shigatse via Mount Everest

Start you tour at Kathmandu and drive to Gyirong Town for accommodation on the Day 1, then drive to visit Mount Everest on the Day 2. Highlights are Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp.

Day 4 Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse

On the Day 4, you will travel from Shigatse to Lhasa and visit unique Palcho Monastery, imposing Karola Glacier and tranquil Yamdrok Lake on route.

Day 5~6 Lhasa Tour

Visit the most classic attractions in Lhasa on Day 5 and Day 6, including the grandiose Potala Palace, holy Buddhist sites Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, also the exotic Barkhor Street and quiet Norbulingka.

Day 7~9 Xian Tour

You will take a flight to Xian from Lhasa on the Day 7, then spend 2 days in Xian city to visit the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, grand Ancient City Wall, towering Big Wild Goose Pagoda, seek for local flavors on Muslim Quarter. Last, take a high speed train to Beijing in the afternoon of Day 9.

Day 10~12 Beijing Tou

Go to visit the most popular attractions in Beijing one by one on the Day 10, Day 11 and Day 12, including the Tiananmen Square, ancient imperial sites Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, man-made wonder Great Wall, local Beijing Hutongs, etc. Take a flight to Chengdu from Beijing on the Day 12.

Day 13 Chengdu City Tour

You will then have a Chengdu Day tour to visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Buddhist Wenshu Temple, intresting Renmin Park and Jinli Old Street on the Day 13.

Day 14~17 Yangtze River Cruise

On the Day 14, you will take a high speed train to Chongqing in the morning, then go to visit several local attractions, and board your Yangtze River Cruise ship in the later afternoon. The Day 15, 16 and 17 is for you to enjoy relaxing cruise life. After landing at Yichang city, you will take a flight to Shanghai on the Day 17.

Day 18~19 Shanghai Tour & Departure

Spend two days exploring Shanghai landmarks, such as the Bund, Yu Garden, Nanjing Road, etc. You will leave Shanghai for next destination in the afternoon of Day 19.

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

Day 1 Kathmandu - Gyirong / 185km, About 7hrs' Driving

After breakfast, our local guide will pick you up, then drive to Gyirong Port at the border. Though the distance is only about 160km, it takes more than 6 hours to drive to Gyirong Port from Kathmandu because the road is narrow and bumpy. During the rainy season, the road is muddy and may be closed for the landslides. 

After arriving at Gyirong Port, you will check through the custom, and be picked up by your Tibetan tour guide, then drive about 25km to today's destination Gyirong Town. 

Accommodate at Gyirong Town.

Tip of today: Make sure your Group Visa, Tibet Entry Permit and Border Pass are issued before departing to Tibet.

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Day 2 Gyirong - Mount Everest / 360km, About 7hrs' Driving

After breakfast, you will have a long driving to Mount Everest (about 360km). Though being a long driving of about 8 hours, but the views along the road are stupendous. In clear days, you can see the clear face of Shishapangma Peak and enjoy the beautiful view of Pekutso Lake. When you finally get to the Rongbuk Monastery, and get the first sight of the mighty Everest, you will immerse in a solemn ethereal mood and find all the efforts you have made along the long way are not in vain. Located about 5100 meters above the sea level, Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world. It is the best location to take some great photos of the front face of Mount Everest. The rest of today is free for you to visit the Rongbuk Monastery and explore surrounding landscape.

Accommodation: if you visit Mount Everest during off season (November to April), you will accommodate at Rongbuk Guest House near the Rongbuk Monastery; if you visit Mount Everest during the peak season (May to October), you will accommodate at the Tibetan Tents Camp which is only run between May and October by local Tibetans. It is near Rongbuk Monastery as well. Please note that the accommodation at both places is very simple and basic, only dorm beds with communal squat toilets are available. Duvets, heated blankets and hot water will be provided, and you are suggested to bring your own sleeping bag and toilet paper. There is no running water, sinks or showers. The dining room just offer basic breakfast and dinner without menu. Remember to dress warmly all the time.

Tips of Today: 1) the altitudes rise from 2,600 meters to 5,100 meters during the driving from Gyirong Town to Rongbuk Monastery. Please prepare well to avoid high altitude sickness. Not to take any strenuous activity which may cause high alititude sickness easily. 2) currently Everest Base Camp is not open for tourists for environmental protection and the Everest landscape can be also enjoyed at Rongbuk Monastery - closest place to Mount Everest tourists can reach; 3) the vehicles and buses can only escort travelers to the Parking Lot which is about 20km away from Rongbuk Monastery, and then you need to take a 30 minutes' scenic park bus there; 4) the Everest altitude marker, a tablet reading "Mt. Qomolangma Elevation Measurement" has been transferred near Rongbuk Monastery and you can take a photo to commemorate your wonderful adventure tour.

  • Rongbuk Monastery Rongbuk Monastery on the Mount Everest
  • Sunset on Mount Everest Sunset on Mount Everest
  • Dining Room of Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse Dining Room in Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

Day 3 Mount Everest - Shigatse / 350km, About 7hrs' Driving

Wake up early to enjoy the marvelous sunrise on the peak of the world from Rongbuk Monastery. The top part of the Mount Everest is always covered by snow all the year round, and when the sun shines on the mountain, the peak is like a giant white pyramid, which is one of the most famous sceneries of Mount Everest. In bright days, you can also see a wisp of cloud hanging above the top of Mount Everest. It flies eastward in the fast western wind just like a flapping flag. This unique phenomenon is the spectacular “Cloud Flag”. The cloud will change from surging waves into a thin cooking smoke or from galloping steeds into the mysterious veil of a goddess.

Till now your Mount Everest adventure is about to end. The rest of today is to drive back to Shigatse City. You will get to Shigatse in the afternoon, then take a visit to the official seat of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery which is also the largest and most influential Gelug Monastery in Shigatse prefecture. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth ( 26.2 meters high and 11.5 meters wide ), decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers.

Accommodate in Shigatse City.

Tips of today: 1) the sunrise usually starts around 6:30 am to 7am on Mount Everest; 2) keep warm all the time.

  • Tashilumpo Monastery Tashilumpo Monastery in Thangka Sunning Festival
  • Mt. Everest Charming Sunrise on World Highest Mountain
  • Walking Around on Mount Everest Mount Everest Base Camp Walking Around

Day 4 Shigatse - Lhasa / 360km, About 8~9hrs' Driving ( B )

Today, you will leave Shigatse and drive about 8 hours to Lhasa (altitude: 3,700m), the capital city of Tibet. It may be a long journey, but there are many things to do along the road. After two hours' driving, you will get to the historical city of Gyantse, then go to visit the mysterious Palcho Monastery (altitude: 4,040m). The monks and tradition of three important sects of Tibetan Buddhism - Sakyapa, Zhalupa and Gelukpa, peacefully coexist in this monastery. Its Kumbum, which is 35 meters high and has 76 small chapels with hundreds images of Kriyatantras , is believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet.

Keeping driving about 2 hours from Gyantse, you will stop along the road and see the imposing Karola Glacier (altitude: 5,045m) towering aloft on the left side of the road. Moving on not very far from Karola Glacier, you will reach the holy Yamdrok Lake (altitude: 4,400m). As the largest fresh lake in the northern of the Himalaya Mountains, it spreads about 675 square meters from south to north, like an eardrop lying in the arms of snow-capped giant mountains. Viewing from a distance, you can see fertile pastures full of yaks and sheep, and some small Tibetan villages along the lakeshore. 

Continuing your trip, you will arrive at Lhasa in the afternoon. Have a good rest!

Tips of today: 1) wear warm clothes to prevent from cold and wild; 2) pack some food and drinks with you because you will spend much time on the road.

  • Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake is as beautiful as a sapphire
  • The Kumbu Is the Most Famous Architecture in Palcho Monastery
  • Karola Glaceier Get amazed by the stunning view of Karola Glaceier

Day 5 Lhasa ( B )

Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the landmark - Potala Palace which is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural building in the world. You will climb up the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls to the top of the palace where you can not only appreciate the exotic Tibetan-style architecture, but also get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas, then walk into the inner space of Potala Palace to explore the stately chapels and learn about the history of the palace.

Continuing your exploration, you will then get to Jokhang Temple which is considered as the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Each day, there are thousands of pilgrims coming from different places in Tibet to the temple to worship to the Buddha. This temple is also known as the “house of Buddha” because it keeps the precious Jowo Rinpoche, the life-sized (5 foot/1.5m) image of the Shakyamuni at the age of 12. The last site for today’s exploration is the famous Barkor Street. It is a circular and wide street encircling the Jokhang Temple. The local people like to walk on the street for several circles usually in the late afternoon as a daily tradition of pilgrimage. The street also has many shops selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods, religious items and handcrafts.

Tips of today: 1) there are 1,080 steps up to climb to the top of Potala Palace, so don’t walk in a rush, which may cause high altitude sickness; 2) taking photos is not allowed inside the palace; 3) today you will be mainly outside, please bring some water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses with you.

  • Exploring Tibet with Your Whole Family Sven explored Potala Place with Tibet Discovery (February, 2017)
  • Prayers at Jokhang Temple Prayers at Jokhang Temple
  • Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Day 6 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, you will firstly go to visit the beautiful Norbulingka which used to be the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas in the ancient time, and now is a public park. It is famous for its Potrang, the private palaces of former Dalai lamas with grandiose Tibetan architecture style. Next, drive several kilometers to the western outskirts of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery. 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”.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to another famous monastery in Lhasa - Sera Monastery. It is famous for the spectacular “Buddhism Debating”. As a daily routine, the monks gather in a courtyard, and debate on the Buddhist doctrines with supplemented gestures, which is thought to be helpful to facilitates better comprehension of the Buddhist philosophy to attain higher levels of study. After enjoying the "Buddhism Debating", you will be transferred back to the city. The rest time is your own free time to rest.

The Etiquette of Visiting Monastery: 1) you shouldn’t wear short and uncover shoulders; 2) taking off your sunglasses and hat before entering the chapels; 3) taking photos is usually not allowed inside the chapels.

  • Debating Monks of Sera Monastery Debating Monks
  • Entrance of Drepung Monastery Monks Gathered at the Entrance of Drepung Monastery
  • Norbulingka Monastery Enjoy the bright flowers in Norblingka

Day 7 Flight to Xian from Lhasa ( B )

Today is free for you until you are transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival in Xian, your local guide will meet and escort you to your hote, and the rest of today is free at your leisure to explore this great ancient capital city.

Tips of today: 1) please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel; 2) if your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

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Day 8 Xian ( B, L )

After breakfast, drive about 1.5 hours to witness the magnificent man-mad wonder - the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which were interred to protect Qin Shi Huang (the first Emperor of China) in his afterlife. Over 8,000 life-sized terracotta warriors and horses with different looks and numerous bronze weapons compose a large-scale army system to reappear the majestic momentum of the Qin Army 2,000 years ago. 

In the afternoon, drive back to Xian city to visit the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Built in Ming Dynasty as a military defense, the wall’s top is wider than its height to allow the army drill. Stroll on the top of the ancient wall and observe the modern Xian, emerge yourself in the charm of this ancient capital. Your next place is to go is the nearby Muslim Quarter, a place to satisfy your stomach with various delicious local foods and snacks. It is also a wonderful place for a leisure walking around. 

Optional Recommended Activity: 1) biking for a while on the Ancient Great Wall; 2) enjoy a wonderful performance of Tang Palace Dancing Show (usually from 8pm to 9pm).

  • Xi'an Ancient City Wall Ancient City in Dusk
  • Terra-Cotta Warriors in Xi'an Bronze Painted Horse-drawn Chariots

Day 9 High Speed Train to Beijing from Xian ( B, L )

In this morning, you will firstly make a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This earliest and largest square pavilion style pagoda built in Tang Dynasty is a seven-layered pagoda with a height of 64.5 meters. The pagoda was first built to store the Buddhist sutras brought back from the Ancient India by Xuanzang (the prototype character of Tang Seng in the novel of Journey to the West). 

After that, move to Shaanxi History Museum, where collects over 370,000 pieces cultural relics of different dynasties, including bronzes, Chinaware, gold and silver wares, grave frescos, currencies of various dynasties, etc. 

In the afternoon, be escorted to the train station to take a high speed train to Beijing.

  • 1300-Year-Old Giant Wild Goose Pagoda 1300-Year-Old Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

Day 10 Beijing ( B, L )

China has more than 4000 years’ history of Imperial Social System. While Beijing is the best place in China to experience the magnificent history and culture of ancient China. Today your guide will pick you up in the hotel after your breakfast, then start the wonderful ancient China culture and history tour!

You will firstly get to the world's largest plaza – Tian’anmen Sqaure. The grandiose Tianmen Gate was the place where the chairman Mao announced the establishement of the People’s Republic of China to the world. Passing through Tiananmen Gate, you will enter the splendid Forbidden City, the previous home to 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties for 600 years. Magnificent architectures, intricate ornaments and touching legends make it a must-see of China. In the afternoon, head to visit the stunning and exquisite Summer Palace, and be amazed at the vast ensemble of lakes, gardens, temples, and palaces, together as a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. While in Qing Dynasty, it was the personal summer retreat for the royal families. It is made up of front hill, back hill and Kunming Lake. You will see splendid halls and pavilions in the front hill, while in the back hill, you will enjoy quiet and natural beauty.

After the sightseeing, you will be taken back to your hotel for rest.

  • Forbidden City One Corner of Forbidden City
  • Summer Place Spectacular Sunset Glow in Summer Palace
  • Tiananmen Square - A Must-see in Beijing

Day 11 Beijing ( B, L )

Hiking the Great Wall is one-in-a-lifetime thing to do for most travelers. Today, you are going to accomplish the Great Wall dream. You will be escorted about 70km from the downtown Beijing to the world-famous Mutianyu Great Wall which has fewer tourists compared with Badaling Great Wall. At the same time, it is the best Great Wall section to view the delicately beautiful scenery while appreciating the grandness of the Walls. After arriving at the ticket office, you will take a cable car to the walls of Mutianyu, and then hike about 2 hours on the Great Wall. 

After the Mutianyu Great Wall hiking, you will drive back to the city. On route, take a sidetrip to the solemn Ming Tombs of ancient emperors in Ming Dynasty. Wander along the Sacred Road, a tranquil royal path featured with statues of divine animals and officials; also take an adventure to the mysterious Underground Palace. Before getting to your hotel, you will also make a stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to take some pictures of the world-famed "Bird’s Nest" and the "Water Cube" from the outside.

Optional Recommended Activity: enjoy a dinner of authentic Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude Restaurant.

  • Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking along the Great Wall is a delightful Experience
  • Mutianyu Great Wall Mutianyu Great Wall is covered by snow in winter
  • Bird's Nest in Beijing Have a Glimpse of the Bird's Nest

Day 12 Beijing Departure ( B, L )

After breakfast, you'll go to marvel at one of the greatest masterpiece in Chiense architecture history - the Temple of Heaven, where the ancient emperors used to preside at various rituals for a national good harvest in ancient times. Today, the outer area of the Temple of Heaven is a public park for locals to gather to play Taichi, fly kites, chatting… while the inner area is the historical site for tourists to learn about the ancient Chinese history and culture. Later move on to visit the most famous Hutongs which are some old alleys with traditional architecture originated from Yuan Dynasty (CD 1271~1368. Today, there are still many local Beijingers living in these old quarters, while in the Qing Dynasty (CD 1636~1912), there were even some noble royal families resided here. You can wander leisurely around these narrow alleys to experience the original features of people’s living in old time, or take a relaxing rickshaw through. Lunch will be arranged at a local family who lives in Hutong.

After the lunch, you will have some free time until be escorted to catch your flight/train to next destination.

  • Temple of Heaven in Beijing Temple of Heaven Is A Masterpiece of Chinese Architecture

Day 13 Chengdu ( B, L )

Chengdu has three famous features – Giant Panda, History and Leisure Living Pace. Today, you will go to explore these tree features one by one. First is to visit the lovely Giant Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which is the No. 1 thing to do in Chengdu. You will leave your hotel early and drive about 30 minutes to the panda base so that you can catch up the great moments of pandas, such as feeding, playing, climbing tree, etc. There are different enclosures for pages of different ages, such as all around to see baby pandas, 1 year-old pandas, teenage pandas, and older pandas. Beautiful walking paths will lead you to visit the enclosures from one to next. Enjoy the happy time with pandas.

The second place to visit is the sacred Wenshu Temple which is hidden peacefully among the modern mansions. This temple is the most popular Buddhist temple in Chengdu region. It has beautiful traditional ancient architecture. The atmosphere is calm and quiet, some people are praying. There is a little garden and the monastery is very colorful and decorated.

Lastly, you are going to explore the leisure living peace of locals at Renmin Park and Jinli Street. Renmin Park, or People’s Park is the place for locals to go for a relaxing walk, meet friends, or have a cup of tea. While Jinli is the “street of tourists”. You can wander on the traditional old street to absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu, taste local snacks, watching a performance, etc.

  • Giant Pandas View the lovely giant pandas
  • Wenshu Temple Wenshu Temple - Home to Buddhist Association of Sichuan
  • Jinli Street Enjoy traditional Ear Treatment

Day 14 Chengdu - Chongqing ( B )

This morning, you will take a high speed train to neighboring Chongqing from Chengdu. After arriving at Chongqing, you will be met by local guide and go to visit a famous ancient town in Chongqing - Ciqikou. It used to be a old harbor and bustling residential areas for rich merchants in Chongqing. Here the exquisite houses of Ming and Qing dynasties' style are everywhere. Next, you will go to next site - Three Gorges Museum, a large modern museum where you can learn the history and culture of the Three Gorges Dam Project.

In the afternoon hours around 4~5pm, you will be taken to Chaotianmen Port to board your Yangtze River Cruise Ship. Available Check-in hours are from 6pm~9pm. The majestic Yangtze River Cruise now starts!

Boarding tips: 1) different cruise companies use different piers for boarding; 2) the cruise company may alter the boarding hours and locations for the possible change of weather, season, cruise lines, water level, etc.

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Day 15 Yangtze River Cruise ( B, L, D )

Wake up in the morning, and go to enjoy a wonderful breakfast on the ship. The rest time of this morning is free for you to explore the relaxing onboard life on the ship – you can go to enjoy a leisure morning coffee, learn to play Taichi, attend an interesting lecture introducing about the culture and history of Yangtze River, etc. Of course don’t miss the majestic Yangtze River landscape passing by. 

In the afternoon, you will disembark the ship to have a shore excursion to the spectacular Shibaozhai Pagoda which is one of the Eight Most Fantastic Architectures in the World by the Discovery Channel. It is a 12-storey, 200 meters’ tall pagoda made of red wooden, and leaning against a lofty cliff. Climbing up to the top of the pagoda, you will get a fascinating panoramic view of Yangtze River. 

Optional shore excursion: if you don’t want to spend all you morning time on the ship, you can choose to take a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (with extra charge). It is a great place to learn about traditional Chinese Hell and Ghost Culture.

  • Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise Relax yourself with Yangtze River Cruise
  • Shibaozhai Pogoda Explore the beautiful stories & legends in Shibaozhai Pogoda
  • Fengdu Ghost City Visit temples dedicated to the Gods of the underworld in Fengdu Ghost City

Day 16 Yangtze River Cruise ( B, L, D )

Today you will be bestowed a vision feast because the ship will sail through the famous Three Gorges which are the most stunning landscapes along the Yangtze River. They are Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. Qutang Gorge stretches 8km from White Emperor City to Daxi Stream with sharp width changes of watercourse. There are continuous peaks lining along the gorge; Wu Gorge is famous for its deep valleys, wide horizon, rising mists and giant mountains with a length of 45km. Xiling Gorge is the section of Yangtze River where the brilliant Three Gorges Dam was constructed on. It is featured in rapid shoals, cliffs, streams, springs and karst caves. 

In the afternoon, you will go to have an excursion tour to Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream) which is a secluded branch of Yangtze River. A smaller Chinese-style sightseeing boat will then take you to sail through the quiet and narrow stream and explore pleasant sceneries. In the clear days, you can see the Hanging Coffins on the cliffs. After the sailing, enjoy an entertaining local music and dancing show. Lastly sail back to board you Yangtze cruise ship. 

In the evening, a Captain’s Farewell Party (dinner) will be organized for all passenger on the ship. Enjoy the happy party time. At around 11pm, you will experience the interesting process of sailing through the Three Gorges Dam Five-Stage Ship Locks. 

Optional shore excursion: In the morning of today, there is an optional shore excursion to White Emperor City (with extra charge) where travelers can learn about Three Kingdoms Culture. 

  • Shennong Stream View the attractive natural scenery of Shennv Stream
  • Wu Gorge Enchanting landscape of Wu Gorge
  • Qutang Gorge Majestic View of Qutang Gorge

Day 17 Yangtze River Cruise & Flight to Shanghai from Yichang ( B, L )

After breakfast, disembark the ship and take a sightseeing bus to visit the Three Gorges Dam which is known as the largest hydropower station in the world. It took about 18 years to complete the major parts of the dam project. In 2014, the Three Gorges Dam generated 98.8 terawatt-hours (TWh) and had the world record. In addition to generating electricity, the dam also has increased the Yangtze River’s shipping capacity and reduced the potential for floods downstream. 

After visiting the Three Gorges Dam, you will return back to your ship for a follow-up sailing to Yichang Port (Taohuacun Port or New Century Port in Yichang City). Be prepared for your check-out procedure and disembark the ship. A tour guide will pick up you and transfer you to Yichang Sanxia Airport to take a flight to Shanghai. Your Yangtze River Cruise ends.

  • Three Gorge Dam Appreciate the largest Dam in different angles

Day 18 Shanghai ( B, L )

Today, your wonderful Shanghai journey starts with a visit to Shanghai Museum, resembling an ancient Chinese Ding vessel with round dome and square earth base which symbolizes the Chinese philosophy. It is one must-see attraction in Shanghai famed for its countless treasured cultural collections, including bronze, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, jade, seal and some other shining exhibits, tracing back to as long as 5,000 years ago. This charming museum will guide you through the craft of millennia as well as the pages of Chinese history.

Your next stop in Shanghai is Yu Garden. The private garden built in Ming Dynasty fully shows the architecture and design style of classical Chinese gardens with delicate pavilions, clear ponds and artificial hills. Next, you will walk leisurely through the Yuyuan Bazaar which is full of tasteful local snacks and elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works, and locates right next to the Yu Garden.

After exploring Chinese old history and classical garden architecture in Shanghai, you will drive to Lujiazui and take a look at Shanghai at present. If the weather is clear, ascending to the tallest skyscraper in Asia – Shanghai Tower and overlooking from the view deck on the 126th floor, a prosperous and majestic Shanghai will reveal its true face in front of you.

Then, stroll along Nanjing Road, you will be surprised how this paradise for shoppers satisfy your shopping demand. At the east end of the road appears the famous Bund, the symbol of Shanghai situated in the river bank of Huangpu River. Walk along the Bund, feel the perfect fusion of Chinese culture and Western culture, and seize the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes.

Optional Recommended Night Activity: take an enjoyable ship cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy the beautiful night view of Shanghai.

  • One Corner of Yu Garden One Corner of Yu Garden
  • Modern Shanghai View from the Bund Modern Shanghai View from the Bund
  • Shanghai Museum - Half of Cultural Relics Field Shanghai Museum - Half of Cultural Relics Field

Day 19 Shanghai Departure ( B )

The first place to visit for today is the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center where multiple media, such as photography, models, videos, machines, etc, are used to help visitors to learn about the past history, present facts and future plan of Shanghai. Then come to the next site - Jade Buddha Temple which has the largest jade Buddha in the world and numerous religious artifacts, ancient statues and Buddhist scriptures. It is a pure land hidden in the crowded and modern metropolis. In this Chinese Zen-Buddhist temple, you can take a view of the featured Song-style architectures and watch the people praying - quite distinctive from the atmosphere of Tibetan monasteries you will see.

The rest of today is free for you to spend until your tour guide and driver take you to catch your flight/train to next destination.

  • Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center Learn more about Shanghai in Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
  • Inside the Jade Buddha Temple Inside the Jade Buddha Temple

Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's Travel Permit.
  • Yangtze River Cruise Ticket
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits, including Tibet Entry Permit, Aliens' Travel Permit, Border Pass and Group Visa.
  • Admission fee of all tourist sites in itinerary.
  • Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide.
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary. ( “B” for breakfast; “L” for lunch; “D” for dinner.)
  • Travel Agency Service Charge.
  • Transportation
  • - Transfer between airport/train station and Lhasa city.
    - Lhasa City transportation, Tourist vehicle according to Group size.
    - Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-EBC-Gyirong, Tourist Vehicle in Spring/Summer/Autumn, 4WD in Winter.
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Environment friendly local bus between Rongpuk and EBC.
  • Hot water bottle and sleeping bag provided in Winter while traveling to EBC.
  • Oxygen provided while traveling to EBC.
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • All accommodations
  • - 3-star facility sharing twin room with breakfast buffet in Lhasa. - Tent or Guest House at Rongpuk with simple breakfast. - 2-star facility accommodation sharing twin room with Chinese style breakfast in Gyirong.
  • Welcome Tibetan Style dinner.

  • Please Note:

    Free airport pick-up service is only available for the flights arriving at Lhasa between 11:00 AM ~ 12:00 AM, 14:30 PM ~15:30 PM. There are two schedules of free airport drop-off vehicles at 10:30 AM and 13:00 PM. Train pick-up/drop-off service is free for all train schedules. If your flight arrive or departure with different time,and need transfer service, we will charge 58$ per transfer.

What's excluded in this price?

  • Single room supplement.
  • China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Breakfast at Rongpuk.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

FAQs of This Trip

  1. What is a Tibet Group Tour?

    Save money, make lifetime friends on the way!

    Getting more people in the group is a great way to save money. Our group tour is very suitable for solo travelers and students. When inquiring, please ask our travel consultants if there are other people also travel alone and indicate if you would mind to travel with like-minded people.

    Our group tour is a join-in tour. You will travel with other visitors from all over the world. You will share the costs of hiring vehicle, guides and accommodation with other visitors. 

    Our group size is from 2-20 people. To make sure the tour guide is able to take good care of everyone in the tour, there will be less than 8 people for most of our group tours. We had handled tours only had 3-4 peoples, which is like a private tour.

     

  2. Recommended Tibet Packing List

    For clothing, we suggest casual style and layered clothing because temperatures in Tibet vary greatly during a day. Down coat is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, e.g. the Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash. Sun glasses, sun block,moisture cream are necessary too.

    For food, 2L of water each day, and some snacks. We also find the energy drink Red Bull is a great energy boost while traveling in Tibet.

    For medicines, we suggest that you take some pain-killer pills with you and enough medicine for colds, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment andthroat-moistening pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive tochilly weather conditions. Please consult your doctor prior to your travel toTibet. Medicine is a must for travelers to Tibet.

     

  3. Tibet Travel Permits and China Visa
    All foreign tourists and Taiwan tourists must apply for a Tibet Entry Permit issued by the TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) for entry to Lhasa or any other parts of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

    We will take care of all necessary Tibet permits in all of our Tibet tours. It is included in the price quotation and it is part of our tour services. It's advisable to apply for your travel permits at least 10 days prior to your entry date. The earlier, the easier for us to get a permit for you.

    Please tell us your real occupation when applying a tibet travel permit. Journalists and people involved with political matters (such asdiplomats and government officials) require more complicated procedures to beissued a permit.

    A valid passport and a valid China visa is needed when applying a Tibet travel permit. The cost of a Chinese Visa is not included in our tour, so you have to apply for your China Visa in your country by yourself. If you have any question in terms of applying a China visa and filling out the application form, feel free to contact our Travel Consultant.
  4. Meal Information

    Breakfast: If you are staying in a star hotel, breakfast is usually included. If you are staying in a guesthouse or tent, breakfast is not included.

    Lunch and Dinner:
    We don’t usually include lunch and dinner in our tour itinerary. We do arrange lunch or dinner for you at your request though. However, we prefer to give you the freedom to choose the food you want and pay on the spot. From our previous customers' responses, we find that most of our clients prefer to leave the dinners open on their own so that they can enjoy some time to themselves. They can choose either to go to a local restaurant for a little adventure or to have a simple dinner in the hotel where they stay. They may also prefer to choose a restaurant which appeals to their own unique tastes.

    We have created a list of our favorite restaurants in Tibet and hand-picked some local restaurants to recommend to our customers. In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, Western food, Tibetan food as well as Nepalese food and Indian food. In "off-the-beaten-road" destinations, choices are limited. Our tour guide will be more than happy to recommend good restaurants for you and take you to the restaurants available according to your tastes and preferred style of dishes. Soon you’ll develop your favorite Tibetan dishes!

     

  5. Questions About Attractions and Tour Activities

    Acclimatize: We suggest that you take it easy for your first few days in Tibet. Don't push yourself physically since your body will require some time to get used to the high altitude.

    Photography: When photographing Tibetans, please be sure to get their permission first. Also, when inside the religious sites, please be aware that if photography is permitted. It is not allowed to take pictures while inside the halls of Potala Palace and JokhangTemple. Make sure you bring a flashlight if you want to see the inside of the monastery, though please ask for permission when taking pictures in the monastery. Some Monastery might charge visitors a 10-30RMB fee for taking pictures. Please ask your tour guide if you are not sure.

    Free time: During the free time of your trip, like the rest of the first day and the last day before departure, you can walk around on your own and do some shopping if you wish.

  6. High Altitude Sickness Information: How can I prepare for high altitude adjustment?

    Anxiety is the common cause of mountain sickness. Our customers age range from 20 years old to 70 years old, there is no evidence that suggests that age has anything to do with the occurrence of mountain sickness.

    Taking a Tibet tour with Tibet Discovery, our tour guide will take care of you and give advice on how to avoid high altitude sickness on arrival. A bottle of oxygen will be prepared for each person for emergency use when the tour includes visiting places like Mt. Everest, Lake Namtso, Mt. Kailash and activities like trekking and biking. Always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.

     

     

  7. Tibet Discovery’s Service and Value

    Tibet Discovery’s Service and Value:

    Travel Insurance:
    We provide a limited Accident/Casualty Insurance in Tibet through China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance which only covers accidents that occur within Tibet. This policy’s indemnity is relatively low, so if you would like a more inclusive plan, then it is best to purchase one in your home country before your departure.

    Refund Policy: Cancellations made…
    30 or more days prior to departure result in a 90% refund
    29-15 days prior to departure result in an 80% refund
    14-7 days prior to departure result in a 70% refund
    6-2 days prior to departure result in a 50% refund
    Less than 2 days prior to departure or a no show result in no refund.
    Note:
    Additional cancellation fees, if applicable, imposed by the service providers other than Tibet Discovery tours (i.e. flight ticket booking, train ticket booking, hotels reservation, etc.) will be deducted from the money refunded. While this is the official policy, in cases where our customers face unexpected and unavoidable problems, we can sometimes offer a more generous refund.

    Before the trip: Before your trip, feel free to contact our Travel Consultants for any further information you need. All of our tours are fully customizable, so if you are not satisfied with any part of a tour pakage, just let us know and our expert Travel Consultants will do their best to design the perfect tour for you.

    During the trip:
    If you have any questions or concerns during your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your Travel Consultant will do his or her best to resolve any problems you have and ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible.

    After the trip:
    Once you have returned home and have had a chance to settle back in, we’d love to hear from you. We welcome your comments, suggestions, pictures, and whatever else you want to share with us about your trip. We are always striving to improve our customers’ experiences, and also love to hear about their adventures!

  8. Best time to visit Tibet

    Best time to go:

    Peak Season: June, July, August, September (June to October 15th )
    In July and August, the crowds will be considerably larger and the costs for vehicle, food, accommodation, and tour guides are higher. June-August generally has great weather, though during July and August, Tibet tends to be extremely crowded as many Chinese travel there for their summer vacation. As July and August is the peak season to travel to Tibet. We highly recommend you avoid those two months to reduce the costs.

    Best Value: April, May, and Late October to November (April 16th to May 31st)
    Late April to Early June, late October to November is the best value time to go, as the weather still nice and the cost is considerably less. The tour costs between this time is usually a few hundred dollars cheaper than peak season.

    Shoulder Season: Late November December, January, February, early April (Nov 16th to April 15th)
    December-February tends to be a slow period for travel to Tibet. The weather is generally quite cold, though there will be no crowds like there are during the peak season. Another benefit to traveling during the shoulder season is that prices are considerably lower. The view might not be as vivid but you can enjoy another side of Tibet.

    Note: Above information applies to most Tibet tours. For specific best travel time, please contact our travel consultant.

Reviews of Our Customers

Still not know us well? Read what other travelers are sharing about their Tibet trip with Tibet Discovery (We only accept reviews from confirmed travelers who took our tours / activities, so you can surely rely on the reviews)

Dear Echo,

Good afternoon! Sorry for late reply as was travelling. No worries for Lehsan tour, I enjoyed Chengdu Panda research centre visit instead.

I will like to thank you for organising the Tibet tour and would like to speak highly for the tour guide and the driver who made sure that the trip was a pleasant stay for us. I will like to also thank you for organising it since starting and being of utmost help at any time.

Thanks again and will get in touch in case I plan my next China trip.

Best,

Prashant

 June 28, 2019
Hello Rita,

I had a successful and good trip.

Thanks a lot for organising the trip. I will post a few snaps shortly on your website.

Also will share my suggestion.

Best regards

Subir

 June 27, 2019
Hello Lily,

Thank you very much for the gifts, what a surprise !!!

We love them very much. 

We have a great time in Sichuan, next month we go to Switzerland for 2 week hike so our short hikes were a great worm ups. We hope we didn’t exhaust Robert too much :-) . 

Working on our schedule for next year, this year booked already. Will send you updated website when put all the Sichuan photos.

Marcin

www.czerniakowmarcin.com

 June 20, 2019
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Useful Trip Notes

  • 1. Necessary Visa and Permits for Nepal Tibet Tour
    Travelling to Nepal and Tibet requires several travel documents. You can get multiple entry Nepal Visa for 15, 30, 90 days ahead of departure or upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport. When you travel to Tibet from Nepal, Tibet Travel Permit and Tibet Group Visa are foremost and compulsory to take flights to Tibet or overland driving. Besides, more Tibet travel permits are needed if you are travelling to Mount Everest, Mount Kailash and other remote places in Tibet. Tibet Discovery has always kept up with the latest news on Nepal and Tibet Permits. Traveling with us, we will help you apply for and obtain all the visa and permits as long as you are qualified to the requirements.
  • Tibet Permits
    Tibet Entry Permit (Tibet Travel Permit), issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip, because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. To get the permit, you have to book a Tibet tour with us, and send us your passport and Chinese visa about 20 days in advance, and then let us apply for the permit. And there are other permits are needed if you travel to else prefectures in Tibet outside Lhasa. (Aliens’ Travel Permit is required for travelling to Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan and ect. Border Pass is obligatory for Mount Everest travel for it is located at China-Nepal border area. Military Permit is additional needed for visiting Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Nyingchi and remote places in Shannan Prefecture.)
  • Tibet Group Visa
    If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, whether by flight or overland driving, Tibet Group Visa is a must-have permit. Both single travelers and group tourists are mandatory to get the Group Visa. Please note that Chinese Visa you got from home country is not available for Tibet entry from Nepal. To get Tibet Group Visa, you can book a Tibet tour with us, and complete the visa application form with passport-size photo attached, deliver your original valid passport to us, and then we will apply for the Tibet Group Visa in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu for you. The fastest processing for Tibet Group Visa is 3 working days (working days: Monday ~ Friday). During the visa application period, you can also travel in Nepal with copy of your passport. Once it issued, we will send the Tibet Group Visa to your hotel, or you can collect your passport and Tibet Group Visa in our Nepal office.
  • 2. Best Time to Visit Tibet
    Generally speaking, May to early October is the recommended time to visit Tibet. July and August are the peak season and rainy season. The temperatures in daytime and night differs a lot, usually 5~15℃ in the daytime and -5~0℃ in the night, so please keep warm all the time. It is usually snowy and cold in winter, which is not suitable for visit Mount Everest. Places like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse are suitable for travel all year around.
  • 3. High Altitude Sickness
    The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.
  • 4. How to Go to Tibet from Nepal
    Currently, you have two options - flight and overland driving. The most convenient and fastest way is to take a 1.5 hours' flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu directly, and usually there are about 1~2 daily flights operated. Another way is to drive to Tibet from Nepal crossing the border, and it takes about at least 6 hours to the Gyirong Port from Kathmandu by driving. Then you can travel to Lhasa from Gyirong Port to start your Tibet travel. You can stop by to visit Mount Everest, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, etc. en route.
  • 5. Packing and Wearing Ideas
    Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended too.
    As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is always necessary.

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