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Tibet Odyssey

SG20: 11 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Lhasa - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of maximum 6 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights at good 5-star & 4-star hotels
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner

Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Full insight visits of the sacred Potala Palace and pure land of Tibet
  • View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai
  • Meet a local Chinese family, interact & taste delicious home-cooked Chinese food
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Our guide will meet you upon your arrival at Beijing Capital Airport after you have cleared immigration and customs. You will then be transferred to the hotel where you will stay for three nights. The remainder of the day is free time for rest or self-exploration of the city.

As the capital of China, Beijing has more than 3,000 years old history, but with no lack of ultra-modern features. Not only the historical relics, but also the city’s significant changes have made Beijing a very popular travel destination in the world.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Your tour today starts at Tiananmen Square, the world's largest square in the city center. Towards the north lies the magnificent Forbidden City. Built 600 years ago, it was the residence of the royal family and the office where emperors handled all political affairs and held ceremonial activities. Nowadays, it is opened to the public as a museum where traditional Chinese architecture, cultural relics and royal families' lives are displayed. 

A la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged at a well-known local restaurant which serves authentic Chinese food, including the famous Peking duck. 

The Temple of Heaven is next. It is the imperial altar for the emperors to worship the gods of heaven. The architecture here is uniquely round and higher in the northern part but square and lower in the south. This resembles the traditional Chinese idea of 'the sky is round and the earth is square'. Finally, we will end the day with a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Visit the Tiananmen Square
Visit the Tiananmen Square
Interact with the local people
Interact with the local people
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
A morning excursion will take you to the Mutianyu Great Wall, which winds itself up and down across mountains and resembles a gigantic dragon. It will surely give any visitor some kind of nostalgic feelings about this world wonder. We will arrange for you the round trip cable car to go up and down the wall. You will spend enough time climbing the Great Wall and admiring the countryside views from the ancient watchtowers. 

Lunch is not arranged today, for there are no good restaurants in this area. Thus, our advice is having a heavy breakfast at the hotel and having some fast food around the site by yourself. One consolation, however, is that we do provide red wine for you to toast the memorable moment when you have climbed to the top of the wall. 

Later we will transfer you back to the downtown area and have some free time at a popular local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Admire the picturesque landscape of China Great Wall
Admire the picturesque landscape of China Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest, A la carte lunch, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
In the morning, you will pay a visit to the most famous imperial garden, the Summer Palace. This garden inherited the imperial gardens concept, as well as the essence of garden construction from southern China. Therefore, it boasts the majestic features of the north and the graceful charms of the south at the same time. Next, we will drive by the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest). The driver will make a short stop for you to take photo shoots of this magnificent building.

At noon, you will enjoy a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at an elegant and decent local restaurant.

After lunch, get the opportunity to take a memorable rickshaw riding through Hutongs. You will have close encounters with the special Beijing culture and history by visiting the traditional narrow alleys, as well as experiencing Chinese Paper Cutting. As the flight is scheduled to arrive in Xian in the evening, it is a good choice for you to have a simple meal at Beijing airport while waiting for your flight to Xi’an. Meet the local English-speaking guide upon arrival at Xi'an. You will be transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Experience a rickshaw tour through Hutongs
Experience a rickshaw tour through Hutongs
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Your itinerary today starts with the world's eighth wonder, the Terracotta Army. The museum houses the 2,200-year-old life size clay warriors and horses, as well as the delicate bronze vessels. It is believed that the first Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (211-206 BC) constructed such a large army which aimed to protect his mausoleum. The excavation work is still ongoing today. 

Around noon, you will visit a local family and be served with an authentic home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). If interested, you can join our Chinese food cooking class for free and cook with the host together step by step. 

You will proceed to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Museum in the afternoon. Built about 1,300 years ago during the Tang Dynasty(618-907AD, the pagoda is not only a well-protected ancient structure, but also a Buddhist architectural masterpiece. A splendid night is in-store when you enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show and partake the famous Dumpling Dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
 Friendly Tips

Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
Our group at the Terracotta Army
Our group at the Terracotta Army
Day 6 Xi'an to Lhasa by Flight
Fly to Lhasa, Airport-hotel transfer, Acclimatize to the high altitude. (B)
Take a morning flight to Lhasa. The local guide will be at the airport to meet and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free. Try adapting to the high altitude first. It is suggested to walk slowly in Lhasa and keep warm. Good rest is also helpful for you to accommodate to the high altitude. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Tashipozhang Hotel
Day 7 Lhasa
Norbulingka Park, Sera Monastery, Viewing Platform of Yaowang Hill. (B+L)
After breakfast at your hotel, visit the Norbulingka Park. It is also known as the 'Summer Palace' in Lhasa because successive Dalai Lamas have handled political affairs and lived here during the summer months. Wandering inside the park, you will be amazed by the unique architectural style of the Tibetan palaces. 

Next stop is the Sera Monastery. Not only can one see the unique Tibetan Buddhist buildings but also be impressed by the precious Buddhist statues, sutras and murals in the monastery. You will be dazzled by the colorful frescos painted in the halls. The Buddha statues, sacred vessels, thangkas, Buddhist sutra streamers and sutra pillars can be found everywhere.

Then you will come to the Viewing Platform of Yaowang Hill located on the opposite side of the Potala Palace. It is the best spot for viewing and taking photos of the palace. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Sutra-debating in Sera Monastery
Sutra-debating in Sera Monastery
Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple
Day 8 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (B+L)
Visit the Potala Palace, the highlight of your visit to Lhasa. With a history of 1,300 years, it is the most splendid building that combines the styles of Tibetan Buddhist temple and palace. The delicate cultural relics and beautiful murals in the palace will show you the glorious history and culture of Tibet. The over 59,800 square yards of colorful frescos in it are unique and wonderful.
After lunch, proceed to the Jokhang Temple. Situated in the city center, the temple bears unparalleled status in the Tibetan Buddhism. The ancient temple, built in 647, is considered as a resourceful venue for visitors to learn about Buddhism. Continue to explore the surrounding of Barkhor Street, the symbol of the City. Paved by hand-polished stones, it is not a broad street but shows the original outlook of Lhasa. It could accommodate thousands of visitors daily. You will be fascinated by the old ethnic houses and various souvenirs available on this street. Finally, a visit to the nearby Nunnery will give you an insight of the Buddhist nuns.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Visit Potala Palace, the largest and most complete palace complex in Tibet
Visit Potala Palace, the largest and most complete palace complex in Tibet
Day 9 Lhasa to Shanghai by Flight
Fly to Shanghai, Airport-hotel transfer, Relax during the rest of the day. (B)
This morning, our guide will take you to the airport and help you check in for your flight to Shanghai, where you will meet the local guide and be escorted to the hotel. The remaining time of the day is free by your own arrangement. You may take a good rest at the hotel or stroll around to get a first impression of the city.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and its traditional bazaar, A la carte farewell lunch, Former French Concession, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
After breakfast, our guide will accompany you to visit Shanghai Museum, praised as the largest Chinese ancient art gallery. Appreciate the excellent collections of potteries, porcelains, jades, paintings, seals and ancient furniture in the museum. After that, continue to the beautiful Yu Garden, an unsophisticated world in the bustling city. You will feast on the most elaborate man-made scenery of this Chinese classical garden and its traditional bazaar nearby. 

Later you will have a farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, you will be escorted to the Former French Concession, the Bund and have a short cruise tour along the Huangpu River. You will also have free time to take a walk along the Bund area and feel the rapid changes of this metropolis. After that, we transfer you back to the hotel and bid farewell to you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
The Bund Shanghai
The Bund Shanghai
Yu Garden
Yu Garden
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend the most efficient and money-saving way - taking a taxi by yourself from hotel to the airport, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your wonderful escorted tour is completed today. We hope you have made new friends and unforgettable memories. Please make sure you get to the airport on time as airport transfer is not included in our service. We wish you a safe journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Jul 29(Thu)Aug 08(Sun)$3159$659
Aug 05(Thu)Aug 15(Sun)$3159$659
Aug 12(Thu)Aug 22(Sun)$3159$659
Aug 19(Thu)Aug 29(Sun)$3159$659
Aug 26(Thu)Sep 05(Sun)$3159 $3001$669
Sep 02(Thu)Sep 12(Sun)$3149 $2991$699
Sep 09(Thu)Sep 19(Sun)$3149 $2991$699
Sep 16(Thu)Sep 26(Sun)$3149 $2991$699
Sep 23(Thu)Oct 03(Sun)$3149 $2991$689
Oct 07(Thu)Oct 17(Sun)$3129 $2816$689
Oct 14(Thu)Oct 24(Sun)$3129 $2816$689
Oct 21(Thu)Oct 31(Sun)$3129 $2816$689
Oct 28(Thu)Nov 07(Sun)$3039 $2735$649
Nov 04(Thu)Nov 14(Sun)$3039 $2735$649
Nov 11(Thu)Nov 21(Sun)$3029 $2726$639

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
Why Travel With Us
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    5.03 Reviews
    United States
    Posted on November 27, 2018
    We would like to give a big thanks to Travel China Guide. We had a wonderful time and experience in China, and our tour guides and drivers were top. We will forward any information to interested friends regarding this tour and the service provided which was excellent. Thanks again for everything, and for taking us to the top of the world. Many greetings.
    Rena Crespi
    Posted on November 09, 2018
    My sister and I thought that we received excellent value for our money. The hotels were better than we expected, as was the general quality of the food. The meals were very good. We had one complaint. The meals were big, almost feasts. The meals in Xian were too close together, sometimes one ending at 2 PM and the dinner starting before 6PM. We would not at all have minded having a bowl of noodles for lunch when we had one of the terrific meals for dinner that had to start early because of the evening's entertainment. Also, perhaps because the quality of the meals was so high, we were not impressed with the two meals you specifically advertised, the dumpling dinner and the Peking Duck. One meal we particularly enjoyed was the lunch in Tibet where we ate in a garden. Rena had the curried chicken and I had the Yak steak. The ambience and the food were delightful. One other issue: We would have liked the guides to join us for the meals if they chose to do so. All of the guides spoke good English and were enthusiastic about their work and their city (country). We would certainly recommend your company to anyone who asked. ... More
    Posted on October 01, 2018
    My trip to China was absolutely great! Everything about it more than met all my expectations. And even with the delay (due to weather), we still were able to see all the things in Tibet that were most important to us.

    The small size of the group is really a plus. In our case, we were even more fortunate in that the 13 of us really got along great. And the mix of nationalities made it interesting. The hotels were outstanding. And the guides [Sara in Beijing, Jesse in Xian, YanZee (not sure I spelled this correctly) in Tibet, and the guide in Shanghai (sorry, I don't remember his name) not only spoke English very well but were also all very informative, personable, and accommodating. As an example, when leaving Xian, our bus broke down about 1/2 mile from the airport and Jesse got us to the airport by flagging down taxis (including some with passengers already in them!). Instead of a bad moment, it became another one of those great stories to tell about our visit!

    It was great to actually meet Selina, as we have enjoyed our E-Mail contacts with her over the past 8 months. This company did a great job of keeping us informed! Thanks so much for a very memorable time! This trip to China will always be one of my favorite journeys!
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