Panda and Tibet Extension

CD09: 6 Days Private Tour of Chengdu - Lhasa
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & experienced driver with air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Tour Highlights:
  • Have a once in a life chance to get close to the incredibly cute treasure - Pandas
  • Full insight visits of the sacred Potala Palace and the mysterious holy land of Tibet
  • Observe debating sessions of Buddhist doctrines among the Lamas in Sera Monastery
  • Jokhang Temple, the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan pilgrims
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Day 1 Arrival in Chengdu
Upon arrival at Chengdu Airport, you will meet our professional guide and driver outside customs. After a warm greeting, you will take a comfortable ride to the hotel and check in. We will have a short break. Then, we will set out for a visit to the Jinsha Site Museum, built on China's best-preserved sacrificial site during the Shang and Zhou dynasties (17th century BC - 256 BC). When the visit is over, our guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Chengdu
Giant pandas
Giant pandas
Seeing adorable giant pandas in China must be included on your to-do list. After breakfast, our guide will escort you to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to get closer to these lovely creatures, which live a carefree life in a nice and natural environment.

Next, we will drive for 50-60 minutes to the Wide and Narrow Alley to immerse ourselves in the quaint ambience of this historical block. With countless restaurants, you will be free to choose one to have lunch and enjoy authentic Chengdu cuisines. Chengdu hot pot is greatly popular throughout the country. If you like spicy flavors, it is highly recommended that you try this special dish.

After a lunch break, we will continue our trip to Sichuan Cuisine Museum by a one-hour private drive. You will not only learn the development, ingredients and culture of Sichuan Cuisine, but also taste some distinctive snacks. If you are interested, you can learn to cook a few dishes from a professional chef.

You will then be treated to a gourmet dinner in the museum before being transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Chengdu - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Our client learning to make snacks at Sichuan Cuisine Museum
Our client learning to make snacks at Sichuan Cuisine Museum
Today, your Chengdu-Tibet tour package extends to Lhasa. After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. The flight journey will last for 2.5 hours, and a simple lunch will be provided onboard. You can also prepare some snacks in case the meal is not to your taste.

You will land at Lhasa Airport at about 14:00. Our local guide and driver will wait for you outside the luggage claim area, and provide you with a private drive to the hotel. On the way, the guide will brief you about the Tibet tour itinerary and also give you some tips on acclimatizing to the high altitude of the Tibetan region.

The rest of the time is free for you to rest at the hotel. You can have dinner at the hotel or ask our guide for some recommendations of restaurants nearby.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
Sutra-debating of Monks, Sera Monastery
Sutra-debating of Monks, Sera Monastery
Today's Chengdu-Lhasa tour will lead you to the essential attractions of Lhasa. Our first stop will be the Potala Palace, the largest and best-preserved palatial complex in the Tibetan region. Situated on the mountain peak, this beautiful and grand landmark overlooks and dominates the cityscape of Lhasa. Inside, you can also enjoy looking at the array of precious historical artefacts, including Buddha statues, Thangka, Buddhist scriptures, murals, gold and silver wares. The next stop is Jokhang Temple, the religious center of Lhasa. The temple is the destination of the pilgrimage trip of local Tibetan Buddhist believers and enshrines a divine statue of Sakyamuni at age 12.

At noon, you will enjoy a hearty lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, our guide will accompany you to Barkhor Street, which is the liveliest commercial area within the city. Across the many storefronts, a wide selection of Tibetan clothes and handicrafts can be seen. We will continue this Tibet trip from Chengdu to Norbulingka, which serves as the summer retreat for the Dalai Lama. Inside, you can take a leisurely stroll around the elegant garden decorated with exquisite ponds, pavilions, bridges and flourishing trees and flowers.

At the end of the day, you will be escorted back to the hotel to have dinner at your own expense.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Lhasa
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Sera Monastery. (B+L)
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
Today, we will set out for a 3.5 hours' comfortable ride to Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, which is considered a holy lake by local Tibetan people. Seen from the top of a mountain, the lake resembles a giant sapphire embraced by the rolling mountains and on a clear day, the azure sky and white clouds cast reflections on the water. This magnificent scenery also presents the perfect opportunity for taking photos.

After having lunch at a local restaurant, we will drive back to Lhasa and visit the Sera Monastery, one of the three greatest Buddhist temples in Lhasa. If you come at the right time, you will witness a unique scene in which thousands of monks debate Buddhist doctrines using both oral and body languages.

When today's trip is over, our guide will transfer you to the hotel, and you can have dinner either at the hotel or in a nearby restaurant.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Departure from Lhasa
A Nunnery. Airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
It is the last day on this Lhasa tour itinerary from Chengdu. Before you leave, you will have one more opportunity to explore Lhasa at a nunnery. Afterwards, our guide and driver will chauffeur you to the airport or railway station and see you off.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
ChengduGrand Hyatt Chengdu Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
LhasaFour Points By Sheraton Hotel Tashipozhang Hotel
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
Price Excludes
  • Airfares of arrival and departure
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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