Beijing – Xian – Rail to Tibet Tour
Beijing – Xi’an – Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse – Tingri – Zhangmu – Nepal/Lhasa 13D 12N
• Explore the first miracle of China, the Great Wall
• Discover the ancient time of modern Beijing in Forbidden City
• Search the ancient capital of China: Xi’an
• Amazed by the wonder of the world: the Potala Palace
• Enjoy the tranquil remote beckon of Tibetan area
• Conquer the high point of the world: Mt. Everest Base Camp
• Relax yourself in Tibetan monasteries
• Enter Nepal from Tibet
• October 16 to October 28, 2014.
Day 1: 16th Oct., 2014 Arrival Beijing D
Arrive in Beijing, our capital city, take a taxi to hotel, our guide will welcome you at the hotel, then take a walk at the Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. Option: Peking Roast Duck Dinner.
Overnight in Beijing
Day 2: 17th Oct., 2014 Beijing B/L
After breakfast, you will set out for the first highlight of this tour, the Great Wall at Badaling. You will have the opportunity to not only see one of the most impressive sections of the Great Wall of China but also have a walk along it. After lunch you will take a visit to the Underground Palace of Dingling which will allow you to see imperial coffins, burial artifacts and treasures. On the way back to hotel, take an outside sightseeing of the Bird Nest & Water Cube of 2008 Peking Olympic Game. Option: Peking Opera.
Overnight in Beijing
Day 3: 18th Oct., 2014 Beijing tour & take night train to Xi’an B/L
Today we will visit some of the contrasting sights of Beijing. Our first stop will be at Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Dominating the north side of the square is the massive red Tian’anmen Gate through which we will pass into the fabled Forbidden City and another age, where we will see the home of the members of the royal family and their court during China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties. After lunch, free time for shopping at Xiushui Market or take optional tour of Hutong Tour by rickshaw. After dinner, transfer to the train station to take sleeper train to Xi’an.
Overnight on train
Day 4: 19th Oct., 2014 Xi’an B/L
Arrive in Xi’an in the morning, after breakfast, we will set out for another highlight of your tour, the Terracotta Warriors Museum. The thousands of life size soldiers and horses were created to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Emperor to unite China under his firm rule. The royal tomb itself has yet to be opened but the rank upon rank of Warriors is a sight that is unrivaled anywhere in the world. Then visit the ancient Xi’an City Wall (14th century) one of the most important city walls in China. Option: Tang Dynasty Dinner Show.
Overnight in Xi’an
Day 5: 20th Oct., 2014 Xi’an – Lhasa B
Pick up and take train T264(1009/1920+1) to Lhasa. On July 1, 2006, trains connecting Tibet and inland cities started to operation. The train runs over the the roof of the world–the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. The highest point on the line is 5,072 meters above sea level. The railway covers 960 kilometers at an altitude of more than 4000 meters and over 550 kilometers within the “frozen earth” area. During the day, you will have enough time to enjoy the breathtaking high plateau scenery.
Overnight on train
Day 6: 21st Oct., 2014 Lhasa
In the daytime, enjoy the scenery outside your train window, in the evening, arrive in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, pick up and check in hotel.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day 7: 22nd Oct., 2014 Lhasa B/L
Today you will see some of the wonderful sights of Lhasa, commencing with the magnificent Potala Palace, Tibet’s best-known landmark. Your second stop will be at the Jokhang Temple, home of the most precious of the Buddha images in the region. Brought from Chang’an (what is now Xi’an ) by the Tang Princess Wen Cheng when she married Tibetan King Songsten Gampo, the Sakyamuni Buddha is truly magnificent. Last, walk through the colorful bazaar on Barkhor Street known as the Pilgrims’Way.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day 8: 23rd Oct., 2014 Lhasa – Gyantse (290km, 5 hrs) B/L/D
Today is leaving for Gyantse. Pass by the Yamdrok-Tso Lake. It is over 72 km (45 miles) long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Around 90 km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is a hundred km to the northeast. According to local mythology, Yamdok Yumtso lake is the transformation of a goddess. Keeping drive to Gyantse and visit Karuola Glacier which is about 71 kilometers (about 44 miles) from Gyangtse County. You can even see this amazing glacier from the road beside it. Karuola Glacier is about 5,600 meters north of the main peak of Karuola Mountain. Due to smoke pollution from motor vehicles, the entire glacier is now divided into black and white layers, which gives a distinctive beauty to this masterpiece of nature. In the late afternoon arrive in Gyantse and visit Kumbum Pagoda also called 100-thousand-Bouddha’s-pagoda as well as Pelkor Monastery famed with its splendid Buddhist Tibetan art, both of them were built in the 15th century.
Overnight in Gyantse
Day 9: 24th Oct., 2014 Gyantse – Shigatse (90km, 1.5 hrs) B/L/D
Drive to Shigatse and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the main attraction in Shigatse is the seat of the Panchen Lama—Tashilhunpo Monastery. Built in 1447 by a nephew of Tsong Khapa, the monastery once housed over 4000 monks, but now there are only 600. Apart from a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha (nearly 27 meters high) in the Temple of the Maitreya, the monastery is also famed for its Grand Hall with its opulent tomb ( containing 85kg of gold and masses of jewels ) of the fourth Panchen Lama.
Overnight in Shigatse
Day 10: 25th Oct., 2014 Shigatse – Tingri (300km, 5 hrs) B/L/D
After breakfast, visit Sakya Monastery which is famed as the ‘Second Dunhuang’ due to its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas. Then drive to Tingri.
Overnight in Tingri
Day 11: 26th Oct., 2014 Excursion to Mt. Everest Base Camp B/L/D
In the morning drive to Mt. Everest. Drive to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest. Visit Rongbu glacier. With an elevation between 5,300 meters and 6,300 meters, Rongbu Glacier is one of the greatest glaciers on Mt. Everest. Covering an area of 1,500 square kilometers, it is composed of West Rongbu Glacier, Middle Rongbu Glacier and East Rongbu Glacier stretching about 26 kilometers. West Rongbu Glacier and the east one wind the pyramid-like Everest. The thickest ice layer reaches up to about 300 meters, and the width of ice tongue averages about 1,400 meters. It is ranked as one of the most beautiful six glaciers in China.
Overnight in Tingri
Day 12: 27th Oct., 2014 Tingri – Zhangmu (280km, 4.5 hrs) B/L/D
Drive to Zhangmu today. Enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way. Farewell dinner will be arranged tonight.
Overnight in Zhangmu
Day 13: 28th Oct., 2014 Zhangmu – Nepal/Lhasa B
Clients who want to have a tour in Nepal say goodbye with your Chinese guide and meet your Nepal guide and driver.
Included in the price:
• 2 soft sleeper night trains: Beijing/Xi’an/Lhasa (4 pax in a cabin)
• Daily meals as shown in the program
• 5/4/3 star hotel or boutique inn (by this way to experience all kinds of accommodation), twin-bedded room with private shower and WC
• Admission charges where applicable as shown in the tour description
• Private A/C transportation for land tour
• Professional guide & driver in the land tour
• Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
• Service charges for baggage handling between airport, hotel and train station
• Travel Agencies’ Liability Insurance with the tour and domestic travel insurance inside China
• Government taxes & Service charge
• Tibet permit
Excluded in the price:
• International flight and tax
• Pre/post accommodation
• Options: Peking Roast Duck: 40USD p/p, Peking Opera: 10USD p/p, Hutong Tour by rickshaw: 15USD p/p & Tang Dynasty Dinner Show: 50USD p/p, above prices are for your reference, they may lightly, differ from the price our guides tell, please pay on spot according to the price from your guide.
• Personal consumption
• Visa fee
• Tips for driver, guide and porter
• Visa for China and Tibet
The cost price of this tour is 3658 USD p/p in twin share. $500 refundable deposit less credit card fees. Balance due 65 days prior to tour start.