8 Days to See the Harsh Contrasts of Beijing & Tibet (Flight - Lhasa)Duration: 8 days and 7 nights Departure: Flexible
Tour Code: TA-BT-01 Max Altitude: 3650m
Tour Type: Private escorted tour with Tibetan tour guide and private vehicle with experienced driver
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Welcome to Beijing! Upon your arrival, your local guide will meet you in the airport and escort you to your hotel in Beijing. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore the Capital city.
Beijing ( B, L )
Today your guide will pick you up in the hotel after your breakfast. On this day you will first visit the Tiananmen Square, the world's largest plaza. 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, you will head to marvel at the Temple of Heaven, where kings presided at various rituals for a national good harvest in ancient times.
Finally, join locals in a traditional pilgrimage route by taking a relaxing walk in a large circular path around Jokhang Temple at Barkor Street. The street is filled with pilgrims taking part in religious activities and street venders selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods and religious items. If you like you can also ask your tour guide take you to visit a Thangka workshop to marvel at the fabulous Thangka art work. There are cafes along the street as well. You can relax and enjoy the life in Lhasa in a lazy afternoon.
Tips: You will be driven back to your hotel after the tour.
Beijing ( B, L )
This morning tour will take you to the world-famous Mutianyu Great Wall (80km away from Beijing downtown), known for its beautiful surroundings. It is a superb location to appreciate the grandness of the Great Wall as well as to avoid the crowds at Badaling.
After hiking on the Great Wall for about 1 or 2 hours, you will take a leisurely stroll along the Sacred Road, a tranquil royal path featured with statues of divine animals and officials.
On the way back, you may 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. The optional Peking Duck Banquet provides a nice chance to try this flavorful dish.
Beijing ( B, L )
After breakfast, you'll have a visit to the charming Beihai Park to appreciate the beautiful White Pagoda and the Nine-Dragon Screen. Later take a rickshaw to visit the most famous Hutongs, which are still keeping the original layout in the Shichahai area. During this Hutong Tour, you will visit a local family and experience what their life is like. Lunch will be arranged at a local family. If you like, you can learn to cook some Chinese dumplings by yourself.
After the lunch, head to visit the exquisite Summer Palace, and be amazed at the beauty and regality of this 260-year-old imperial summer retreat.
Flight to Lhasa from Beijing ( B )
After breakfast, you'll be escorted to the airport and take the flight to Lhasa.
Welcome to Tibet! Your local guide will meet you upon your arrival in Gonggar airport and will escort you to Lhasa. On the 2-hour drive way, you'll enjoy the heart-stopping views along the Yarlong Tsangpo River.
After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.
Lhasa ( B, L )
The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street.
Lhasa ( B, L )
After breakfast, you'll be driven to visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama, and then come to the Drepung Monastery, once the largest Monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday.
Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, and the “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in Sera is very famous. Enjoy the debate!
After the tour, take an optional Tibetan-style farewell dinner in a typical restaurant, with Tibetan dances and songs.
Lhasa Departure ( B )
Today is free for you until to be transferred to the airport in time for your flight.
- Airfare from Beijing to Lhasa.
- Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
- Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
- All necessary Tibet travel permits.
- All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
- Meals noted in the itinerary as "B,L,D".
- Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
- Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
- Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
- China visa.
- Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
- Meals not listed in the itinerary.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
- Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
- Excess Baggage Charges.
- Single room supplement.
- Additional tour service and/or activities.
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 ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. For example, for a typical 5-day Lhasa and Lake Namtso tour: the one-person price is about $1010; the two-person price will be only $633 per person. These prices are an indication of how much money you can save by travelling with more people. (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.
You have the flexibility to arrange the group activities accorddingly, such as changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time of certain place. You can also stop on the road as you need.
If you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, a private tour for your group is ideal. As you have more people in the group, the price won't be much higher than a join-in group tour. It is a good way to save money and enjoy ultimate service.