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Historical China & Tibet

SG19: 9 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing - Xian - Lhasa
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Try biking on the Ming Dynasty City Wall of Xian, or tour by electric car
  • Full insight visits of the sacred Potala Palace and pure land of Tibet
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to China! Upon arriving at Beijing airport, you will see your professional guide holding a banner with your name on it and waiting for you outside the Arrival Hall at the airport. You will then be transferred to the hotel to recover from the jet lag.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven, Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Our group at Badaling Great Wall
In the morning, we will drive you to visit the largest central square in the world - Tiananmen Square. Many historical events of the country, such as the founding ceremony of People's Republic of China have been witnessed here. Walking through the square to the north end, you will come to the magnificent Forbidden City, the imperial palace of 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The grand imperial architecture complex and precious culture relics in the palace reflect its past prosperity. 

In order to avoid tourist food, we specially arrange an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous and elegant restaurant for you to taste authentic Chinese food. 

In the afternoon, you will be delighted to visit the Temple of Heaven. This was the place for emperors to worship the heaven and also listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. This evening you will be entertained by a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Forbidden City
Today you will start the tour with a visit to the splendid Badaling Great Wall, which is famous for magnificent views and profound history and culture. When climbing onto the wall, even though a little exhausted, you will be shocked by the lengthy wall stretching along the mountains. 

We do not arrange lunch for you, so it may be the best that you have a big breakfast at the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Our guide will show you some restaurants. 

Then continue your visit to the Sacred Way, where you will find stone arches, tablet pavilions and statues of officials and animals. The day's sightseeing will come to an end after seeing the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) on the way back into the city.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, A la carte lunch, Hutong visit. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Clients learning to make dumplings at a local family
After breakfast, you will set off to visit the Summer Palace, the largest existing royal garden in China. Constructed in the Qing Dynasty, it presents you both imperial halls and a picturesque garden with lakes, hills, stone bridges and a long gallery. 

Around noon enjoy your a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere. 

You will then head for a memorable Hutong trip. A classic Hutong excursion passing Shichahai, Yinding Bridge, Yandaixiejie, Drum tower or Bell tower is arranged for you to experience the original old Beijing Culture. Afterward, your guide will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Xian. Upon your arrival, the local guide will greet you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the hotel for a 2-night stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Mr. Lynn E Boeding's comments on our service
Today's escorted tour begins with the eighth wonder of the World - the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. You will be astonished by the grand and lifelike underground terracotta army and each one has its own distinct facial expression and gesture. Seeing thousands of various ancient weapons, you will get an understanding of the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago. 

You will then visit a local family downtown and enjoy a home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) with the generous hosts. You are also invited to participate in our Chinese food cooking class if you are interested in it. This will be, and confirmed by many of our clients, one of the most memorable parts of the whole trip. 

In the afternoon, proceed to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Museum in a few minutes' drive. Tonight, you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while partaking in the famous Dumpling Dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
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Clients visiting in December, January, February and March will arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater will not be open at that time.
Day 6 Xian - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Praying Tibetans at the Jokhang Temple
Today you will say goodbye to your guide at the airport and take a morning flight to the capital city of the mysterious Tibet - Lhasa. Located in the middle of Tibet Plateau, it is an ancient city having 1,300 years of history. With an altitude of 3,650 meters, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. Upon your arrival, your guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel, where you can take time to acclimate yourself to the high altitude.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Xinding Hotel
Day 7 Lhasa
Norbulingka Park, Sera Monastery, a Tibetan family visit. (B+L)
Today your visit includes the Norbulingka Park, the Sera Monastery and a typical Tibetan family

The Norbulingka Park, which means "Treasure Park" in Tibetan, is the summer palace of Dalai Lama. It is the largest garden with the most beautiful scenery and has been changed into a park. The Sera Monastery is one of the three largest monasteries in Tibet. When you meet the local family, the hospitable hosts will serve their homemade butter tea and some snacks. You will also learn about the locals' life by talking to them with the help of your guide.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Gyangjian Tangka Art Store, Barkhor Street and A Nunnery. (B+L)
Our group at Potala Palace
Photo by our client Ms. Louise Frankiewicz
In the morning, you will visit the world famous Potala Palace. As the winter palace of Dalai Lama, it is the governmental center of unity of politics and religions in Tibet. It can be called a palace of art because it stores tremendous treasures and works of art. 

Continue to visit the Jokhang Temple and Gyangjian Tangka Art store. Located in the old part of the city, it is a monastery with a history of 1,350 years. It is the most glorious existing building established in Tubo times and the oldest existing civil structure. Wandering along Barkhor Street, a gathering area of Tibetan religion, culture and local handicrafts, you will witness the original view of this city and its people, and you can also buy simple gifts as souvenirs. The last stop you will visit today is a Nunnery, where you can see the normal daily life of nuns living there.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Departure from Lhasa
Tibet Museum. Hotel-airport transfer. A pleasant onward trip! (B)
In the morning, you will visit Tibet Museum. It will show you the local people's splendid culture and long history by displaying various collected treasures, such as prehistoric culture relics, various Buddhas, colorful thangka paintings and ethnic handicrafts. Then your guide will see you off at the airport. 

Since Lhasa has few international flights, you may need to transfer to other cities and then fly back to your country. The transportation for leaving Lhasa is not included in our listed prices but we are happy to purchase the tickets for you upon your request. Your wonderful vacation ends here and we wish you a pleasant trip home.  Should you need us to book the departure plane tickets or plan an extension visit, please feel free to contact our travel consultants. 

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 in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Oct. 2018Oct 04(Thu) Oct 12(Fri) $1799$379
Oct 11(Thu) Oct 19(Fri) $1799$379
Oct 18(Thu) Oct 26(Fri) $1799$379
Oct 25(Thu) Nov 02(Fri) $1799 $1709$369
Nov. 2018Nov 01(Thu) Nov 09(Fri) $1729 $1642$339
Nov 08(Thu) Nov 16(Fri) $1729 $1642$339
Nov 15(Thu) Nov 23(Fri) $1679 $1595$309

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2018; 10% off - book by Jan 31, 2019
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 12(Fri) $1849 $1627$349
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 19(Fri) $1849 $1627$349
Apr 18(Thu) Apr 26(Fri) $1849 $1627$349
Apr 25(Thu) May 03(Fri) $1849 $1627$349
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 17(Fri) $1849 $1627$349
May 16(Thu) May 24(Fri) $1849 $1627$349
May 23(Thu) May 31(Fri) $1849 $1627$349
May 30(Thu) Jun 07(Fri) $1829 $1609$339
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 14(Fri) $1829 $1609$339
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 21(Fri) $1829 $1609$339
Jun 20(Thu) Jun 28(Fri) $1829 $1609$339
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 05(Fri) $1859 $1635$359
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 12(Fri) $1889 $1662$389
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 19(Fri) $1889 $1662$389
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 26(Fri) $1889 $1662$389
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 02(Fri) $1889 $1662$389
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 09(Fri) $1889 $1662$389
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 16(Fri) $1889 $1662$389
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 23(Fri) $1889 $1662$389
Aug 22(Thu) Aug 30(Fri) $1889 $1662$389
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 06(Fri) $1869 $1644$379
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 13(Fri) $1879 $1653$389
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 20(Fri) $1879 $1653$389
Sep 19(Thu) Sep 27(Fri) $1879 $1653$389
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 11(Fri) $1859 $1635$359
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 18(Fri) $1859 $1635$359
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 25(Fri) $1859 $1635$359
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 01(Fri) $1859 $1635$359
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 08(Fri) $1779 $1565$339
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 15(Fri) $1779 $1565$339

Remark: The prices in red reflect 12% 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
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings!
10% off - book 60 days in advance
5% off - book 30 days in advance