Potala Palace, Lhasa

China & Holy Tibet

L-501: 12 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Lhasa - Xian - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 11 american breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style

Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Follow us on a Buddhist pilgrimage to Tibet & visit the sacred Potala Palace
  • Walk into a local family, learn to cook Chinese food & dine with the hosts in their home
  • Experience the Bund, classical garden, modern and old in contrast in Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.
Our guide will greet you outside the customs of the airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear the customs, and then transfer you to the Hotel. The remaining time of the day is free for your individual activities. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Summer Palace with boat ride on Kunming Lake. (B+L)
Forbidden City, Beijing
Photo by our clients Pedro and Hana
You must be ready to start your 12 days guided tour of China after having a tasty breakfast. Our guide will pick you up at the hotel in the morning and drive you to Tiananmen Square in a few minutes. Your private capital excursion will start from the largest city square in the world, which is also the heart of Beijing. The guide will accompany you to have a short walk in the square and then proceed to the well-known Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved royal palace complex in the world. The guide will give you a vivid introduction on the Forbidden City, including its long history, thousands of typical Chinese ancient buildings and the priceless royal collections. 

To ensure that you can taste the authentic Chinese food, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant. That is quite a different experience than having lunch at the cheap tourist eateries as the most are doing now. It will help you to be energetic again for the easy walking around the existing largest and luxurious royal park of the country, Summer Palace this afternoon. Here you will take a boat trip on Kunming Lake and be attracted by these splendid Chinese buildings in the park. 

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest, Temple of Heaven. (B)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Today you will experience an excursion to the astonishing Mutianyu Great Wall in suburban area, including the round trip cable car ride. Mutianyu is a well-preserved section of Great Wall constructed 650 years ago. While transfer back to the downtown, you will see a profile of the huge Bird's Nest where the 2008 Olympics was held. 

This afternoon we will guide you to visit the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is the holy royal temple in ancient time, where the emperors offered sacrifices to the heaven and prayed for good harvest.

Meals: American breakfast
 Friendly Tips

The round-trip cable car fare at Mutianyu Great Wall is included in this tour price. We can also arrange for you to take the chairlift up and toboggan down the wall. Please contact your travel consultant if you are interested.
Day 4 Beijing - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Flying to Lhasa where the altitude is 3,650 meters above sea level in the morning. Our guide will pick you up from the airport and then transfer you to the hotel. In Lhasa, we have arranged the most comfortable 4-star hotel. It is suggested that you have a good rest at the hotel to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude of the city.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 5 Lhasa
Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
This morning your private guided tour starts from Tibet Museum. We will serve a well-cooked lunch in a famous local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will go to the Sera Monastery which is one of the famous monasteries of the city and then the Norbulingka Park which was the summer palace for successive Lamas and now a public park.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (B+L)
Golden Roof of Potala Palace, Lhasa
Photo by our clients Pedro and Hana
Today's highlight is to visit the Potala Palace. It is a shinning pearl of Tibet Plateau, located 3,767 meters above the sea level. After lunch, the guide will take you to the Jokhang Temple. This temple is the spiritual center of Tibetans because the rare statue of the 8-year Sakyamuni is worshiped in the temple. Around the Jokhang Temple, there is the ancient Barkhor Street, where you will find characteristic shops one by one. The last stop of the day is a Nunnery. You could roam around the nunnery and watch the nuns chanting and rolling scriptures to put into prayer wheels.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Lhasa - Xian
Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
The morning is free for you to have a rest at the hotel. Around noon, you will take a flight to Xian, where our local guide is waiting for you at the airport and will transfer you the downtown hotel.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 8 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
It will be a breathtaking trip today because you will see the grand Terracotta Warriors and Horses at close quarters. The guide will leave you enough time to enjoy the various kinds of lively terracotta warriors and horses created 2,200 years ago. Lunch is not included. 

The first stop of this afternoon is the well-known Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to collect the valuable Buddhist sutras taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang. Later, our guide will take you to the nearby Provincial History Museum, which exhibits over 370,000 pieces of valuable cultural relics. 

Meals: American breakfast
Day 9 Xian
City Wall, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque. (B+L)
Terracotta warriors and horses, Xian
Photo by our client Mr. Bruce Malkin
This morning, you will go to visit Xian City Wall, which was constructed 600 years ago and is the best-preserved existing city wall in China. You could walk on the wall and observe this ancient city. 

Then, we will arrange a local family visit for you to communicate with the locals and learn how to cook Chinese dishes from our Chinese food cooking class menu. The host will invite you for an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at home. 

In the afternoon, there is a visit to the Great Mosque, one of the largest and oldest Islamic mosques in our country. On the way to the mosque, we will drive by the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower, the landmarks of this city.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 10 Xian - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. Free time for the rest of the day. (B)
You will take a morning flight to Shanghai and our guide and driver transfer you to the hotel in Shanghai. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this city by yourself.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 11 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and an old cultural street. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
You could enjoy the trip leisurely today. In the morning, our guide will show you these historical collections in Shanghai Museum and then go to visit the quiet Yuyuan Garden. It is a good opportunity for you to see the enjoyable life of the rich man in ancient China. 

At noon, we will invite you to a farewell a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisine. 

After lunch, you will take a short cruise on Huangpu River to view this city from different angles. The cruise will pass by the city's landmark - the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. You will debark on the Bund, where you will have some free time to walk around. It will be interesting to explore some exotic buildings along the Bund area. Then visit an old street in Shanghai. 

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Our guide will transfer you to the airport to take the homeward flight. Wish you a nice trip back home with beautiful memories of your 12 days China tour package!  

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
LhasaXinding Hotel Tashipozhang Hotel
XianCrowne Plaza Xi'an Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3549 $3194$3219 $2897$2909 $2618
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$3319 $2987$2989 $2690$2679 $2411
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • 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
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
Why Travel With Us
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    5.01 Review
    Cara Hughes & Kleibeel Marcano
    USA & Venezuela
    Posted on January 22, 2019
    Thank you very much for putting up an excellent itinerary for us, it was carried out far more exceeding our expectations.

    Our guide Carol was the best of our entire tour, she was very friendly and outgoing. The location of the hotel was very good! The day we ate the dumpling dinner - Breakfast & the dinner would be enough food. Lunch was not necessary, but was very good!

    Our guide was very knowledgeable. I think it is essential in Tibet to offer a Tibetan guide as they best know the culture and customs. I would have liked to see more in Tibet such as the Everest Base Camp of Mt. Everest, but we did not have time, maybe on our next visit!

    We feel very good about the amount of things we saw in Beijing. Although we only have 2 days in Beijing. Our guide Nancy did an excellent job of showing us everything.
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