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On arrival into Lhasa you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel to meet your guide. The rest of the day will be at leisure in order to acclimatise to the altitude.
After breakfast this morning you will visit the spectacular Potala Palace, the spiritual and symbolic heart of the Tibetan nation. After lunch visit the Jokhang temple, Lhasa's other main attraction.
After breakfast visit the Norbulingka, which translates as the Treasure Garden and is also known as the Summer Palace. The summer palace is where the Dalai Lama would have lived and spent most of his time until he reached the age of eighteen and was ready to take on greater responsibilities. After lunch a short ride will take you to the 600 year old Sera Monastery.
Today you will be leaving Lhasa and travelling by train to Tibet's second city, Shigatse, passing by rural villages, mountain peaks and rivers. After lunch on arrival you will have a chance to explore the Tashilhuunpo monastery. Now home to Tibet's largest number of monks, this vast complex of buildings, temples and prayer halls is essentially a walled town in its own right. The temple of Jampa, the future Buddha - housing the world's largest gilded statue and the Monastery's assembly hall with its stunning courtyard are not to be missed.
This morning you will be travelling to Gyantse with an opportunity to visit a traditional Tibetan family's house on the way, a great insight into Tibetan culture and the central role religion plays in their lives. After lunch you will visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chorten 35 metres high and built on six floors, filled with thousands of exquisite original paintings. The monastery, founded in 1418, is surrounded by ancient red-bricked battlements and still receives a steady influx of wondering pilgrims. It is no wonder this is one of Tibet's must see attractions.
Today leave Gyantse to embark on a journey that will take you through some of the most stunning scenery in the world, Yamdrok Lake and Karo La Glacier. Make sure you bring your camera to capture some truly mesmerising photo opportunities.
After breakfast transfer to the airport and take your flight to Chengdu. On arrival take a tour of the city including the People's park and the Wide and Narrow alleys.
Today takes you to experience a once in a lifetime trip to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, home to one of China's largest habitat of pandas. In the evening enjoy a delicious Sichuan meal.
After breakfast transfer to Chengdu International Airport where this tour ends, or continue to your Shanghai or Beijing extension.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, upon arrival transfer to your hotel where the remaining day is spent at leisure.
Explore the city of Shanghai during your stay and take in the incredible blend of Western culture and Chinese tradition.
Following breakfast and check out from your hotel you will be transferred to Shanghai airport where this extension comes to an end.
A visa is required for all travel to China. Visitors should ensure that they obtain the appropriate visa for the purpose of their visit. Detailed information can be obtained from website of the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China.
As visa and other entry and exit conditions can change at short notice, you should always contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of China for the most up to date information.
Hong Kong and Macau are Special Administrative Regions (SAR) and have separate visa and entry administration. Travellers who exit mainland China to visit Hong Kong or Macau may require a new Chinese visa to re-enter mainland China.
You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure and be able to provide evidence of your cover to our agents and ground suppliers.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is adequate for your particular needs. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
All flights are operated by China Eastern Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm in size.
It is strongly recommended that you check the latest health recommendations for travel to China and Tibet with your GP at least 4-6 weeks before travel.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your local guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Please note: there is no guide for the extension options.
The currency in China and Tibet is the Renminbi, known as RMB or CNY. It is often referred to as the yuan. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in China and Tibet should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately $200 - $400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!
|Start||End||Extension Price||Tour Price||Total Price|
|24 May 2018||05 Jun 2018||$339pp||$1829pp||$2168pp|
|07 Jun 2018||19 Jun 2018||$359pp||$1929pp||$2288pp|
|20 Sep 2018||02 Oct 2018||$369pp||$2079pp||$2448pp|
|11 Oct 2018||23 Oct 2018||$369pp||$1929pp||$2298pp|
|11 Apr 2019||23 Apr 2019||$379pp||$1599pp||$1978pp|
|25 Apr 2019||07 May 2019||$379pp||$1799pp||$2178pp|
|23 May 2019||04 Jun 2019||$329pp||$1869pp||$2198pp|
|06 Jun 2019||18 Jun 2019||$369pp||$1979pp||$2348pp|
|04 Jul 2019||16 Jul 2019||$369pp||$2169pp||$2538pp|
|19 Sep 2019||01 Oct 2019||$379pp||$2129pp||$2508pp|
|10 Oct 2019||22 Oct 2019||$379pp||$1979pp||$2358pp|
We have a limited amount of rooms with no single supplement on this tour.
If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.
Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.