Tibetan People

China & Holy Tibet

L08: 12 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Lhasa - Xian - Shanghai - Suzhou - 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
Accommodation: 5-star Luxury Hotels and Super Deluxe Hotels for your choice
Meals: 11 american breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte style, 2 dinners
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Potala Palace
  • Follow us on a Buddhist pilgrimage to Tibet & appreciate the profound culture
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
  • Visit the classical gardens in Suzhou & explore the ancient water town of Tongli
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to Beijing! Our professional tour guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and then transfer you to the well-selected hotel for some rest. If time permits, we will take a rickshaw tour around the old Hutong alleys to glance at traditional local lifestyle.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Great Wall, Beijing
Photo by our client Ms. Cornelia Nicoleta Popa
After a hearty breakfast, we will start off this luxury Beijing tour to Tiananmen Square, surrounded by the solemn Tiananmen Tower, Monument to People's Heroes and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. Then our guide will walk you through the Tiananmen Tower and enter the Forbidden City from the Meridian Gate. It is the royal palace during Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911), housing grandiose crimson halls with glazed-tiled roofs. You will be led to Treasure Gallery and Clock Hall inside as well, to appreciate luxury royal artifacts as well as intricate clocks.

An a la carte lunch will be served at a popular restaurant among locals. After the feast, we will continue the deluxe China tour to the Temple of Heaven, which used to be the place for emperors to worship the gods and pray for prosperity. Before entering, you will have a chance to learn Tai Chi from a professional coach for one hour.

Later, please choose a preferred restaurant to have dinner on your own. A splendid Chinese Kung Fu Show awaits you at night. We will reserve seats in the 5th, 6th or 12th row, which have good views for you. After enjoying the exciting performance, our guide will escort you back to the hotel.

Meals: American Breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace with boat, Peking Duck Dinner. (B+D)
Hutong tour
Hutong tour by rickshaw
Photo by our client Ms. Nija Meyer
Speaking of China, one has to mention the marvelous Great Wall. Today's luxury China tour will lead you to Mutianyu, one of the most famous Great Wall sections in the country. After a big breakfast, a comfortable ride will transfer you there directly. A round-trip cable way included in the price makes the conquest of Mutianyu easy for people at all ages.

We will return to the city and continue the tour to the Summer Palace after buying your own lunch. It was once the resort for the royal family, mainly consisting of Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill as well as sleek halls and corridors. If the weather is fine, you are able to have a cozy cruise on the Kunming Lake by a gaily-painted pleasure-boat.

At night, you will enjoy a bumper dinner of a local specialty - roast duck at the renowned Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant. Then, we will transfer you back to the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Beijing - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
After breakfast, please take your entire belongings to check out of the hotel. Then our guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Lhasa. You will meet the Lhasa guide upon landing, and then please hop on our luxury vehicle to the hotel.

As Lhasa is at an elevation of 3,700 meters (12,100 feet) above the sea level, we suggest you have a good rest at the hotel to get used to the altitude environment. It is not advisable to take a brisk walk or go jogging. Having a bath tonight is not recommended either to avoid catching a cold. You may have meals at the hotel if you do not wish to go out.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 5 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, the Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
Our group at Potala Palace
Photo by our client Ms. Louise Frankiewicz
After breakfast, our guide will accompany you on a one hour-visit of the Potala Palace. It is the largest palatial complex in Tibet for holding important religious and political rituals. You can see a large collection of historical relics including Buddha statues, murals, Thangka, Buddhist scriptures and gold and silver wares inside. After that, the luxury China tour continues to Jokhang Temple, a sacred religious site among local Tibetans for enshrining the statue of Sakyamuni at age 12.

A western-style lunch will be served at the viewing platform of Thangka Hotel. After that comes a visit to the Barkhor Street brimming with stores selling Tibetan-style handicrafts. While strolling around, you will encounter pilgrims holding a prayer wheel walking clockwise around the block or making long kowtows towards the Jokhang Temple. Then we will proceed to Norbulingka, nicknamed as the 'Summer Palace in Lhasa', which was built for generations of Dalai Lama to handle religious and political issues in summer.

Before returning to the hotel, you may choose a preferred restaurant to have a dinner on your own.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Lhasa
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Sera Monastery. (B+L)
Today, we will have a morning excursion to Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Seen from afar, this tranquil lake is like an extremely blue ribbon laying flat among rolling hills. Coming closer, you will see the lake rippling gently and hear the gurgle of water. At noon, our guide will lead you to a local restaurant for a Chinese or Tibetan-style lunch.

Upon returning to Lhasa, we will head for Sera Monastery to immerse in the thick Buddhist culture by seeing monks debating sutras in Tibetan.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Lhasa - Xian
Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Local Tibetan People
Please take your entire belongings to check out of the hotel. Then our guide will escort you to the airport for your onward flight to Xian. Upon arrival, you will meet our Xian guide at the exit and then take a comfortable ride to the hotel. You are free for the rest of the day to relax at the hotel or stroll around the surroundings.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 8 Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, A la carte lunch, City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. (B+L+D)
A typical Xian tour is never completed without a visit to the Terracotta Army Museum. After a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to this world's wonder by a comfortable ride. There you can see over 8,000 life-size pottery soldiers, horses and chariots of the Qin Dynasty (221 - 2017), lining up orderly in three pits. On the way back to the city, we will alight at the 5-star Huaqing Aegean International Hot Spring Resort to have an a la carte lunch.

The afternoon journey starts with the City Wall which has been around for over 400 years. Riding a bike is recognized as the best sightseeing way. Alternatively, you may also take a battery car to go around. After that comes a visit to the prosperous Muslim Quarter which houses many time-honored brands of snacks and handicrafts.

The Tang Dynasty Dinner Show is the highlight of the night. You will feast your stomach with imperial dishes while appreciating dazzling music and dance show of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch, Tang Dynasty dinner show
Day 9 Xian - Shanghai
Provincial History Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Bicycle riding on the City Wall
It is your last day in Xian, but you still have a whole morning exploring more about the city by touring the Provincial History Museum - housing 370,000 precious antiques unearthed in Shaanxi and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda - used for storing Buddhist scriptures. A visit to a local family follows around noon. Not only can you taste authentic home-cooked cuisines, the hospitable hostess is also willing to teach you to cook Chinese food.

After lunch, our guide will transfer you to the airport and help you check in for the flight to Shanghai. Upon landing, you will be picked up by our local guide and escorted to the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast, Home-cooked lunch
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai World Financial Center, Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, A la carte lunch, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Huangpu River cruise, Era Acrobatic Show. (B+L)
Today's luxury China tour begins with the towering Shanghai World Financial Center with a height of 495 meters (1,614 feet). After taking photos there, the tour continues to the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where models, pictures, and videos showcase the past, present and future of Shanghai. Lunch will be served at Xian Qiang Fang Restaurant for you to taste authentic Shanghai flavor.

After the lunch break, we will set out for the exquisite Yuyuan Garden built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and the nearby bustling market. Then the trip continues to the Bund Area where you can appreciate dozens of exotic buildings of the late 19th century, turbulent Huangpu River, as well as the amazing skyline of Lujiazui across the river. Our guide will also accompany you on a Huangpu River cruise to take in beautiful scenes.

Please have dinner at a preferred restaurant on your own. Tonight, you will be accompanied to enjoy the ERA Acrobatic Show.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
High speed train to Suzhou with train station transfers. The Humble Administrator's Garden, Tongli Water Town. High speed train back to Shanghai with train station transfers. (B)
Local people's life in rural area
After breakfast, our Shanghai guide will escort you to the railway station for your extended trip to Suzhou. We will book first-class seats on the high speed train in advance. Upon arrival, our Suzhou guide will meet you at the exit. After a warm greeting, we will start off the Suzhou tour to the Humble Administrator's Garden. With oddly-shaped rockeries, emerald ponds, as well as elaborately-adorned pavilions and rooms being well arranged inside, the garden presents you with elegant scenes at each step along the winding path.

Getting out of the garden, you may have lunch at a nearby restaurant at your own expenses. Our guide is glad to provide you some recommendations according to your preference. After that, you will be accompanied on a relaxing tour of Tongli Town. We will walk along narrow flagstone-paved lanes to appreciate traditional courtyards and immerse in local cozy lifestyle.

By the end of the day, the guide will escort you to the railway station for your return high speed train. Our Shanghai guide will come to pick you up at the train station and then transfer you back to the hotel.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 12 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Today, this deluxe 12 China tour package will come to an end. Our guide and driver will provide you airport transfer service and help you check in for your leaving flight. Bon voyage!

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsSuper Deluxe HotelsLuxury Hotels
BeijingThe Peninsula Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
XianSofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian Wyndham Grand Xian South
LhasaShangri-La Hotel Shangri-La Hotel
ShanghaiThe Peninsula Hotel Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Super Deluxe Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$6889 $6200$6419 $5777$5579 $5021
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$4879 $4391$4419 $3977$4019 $3617
  • 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 & train fares
  • 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
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Sue from USA | Apr. 30, 2017 21:33Reply
Where to wait 4 hours for rest of tour group to arrive?
I will arrive at PEK at 1:30pm and rest of group arrives at 6:30pm. Will I have to go through customs, etc. and end up at baggage claim. Or is there a more comfortable place to wait?
Answers (2)
Answered by Lily from CANADA | May. 03, 2017 03:07

You can stay at the hourly lounge at the airport. You can find it at the following places:
T1: 3F, International Arrival Hall
T2: Between Gate No.D2 and D3, Underground Floor, International Arrival Hall
T3: West side of public area, Arrival Hall, T3-C
Hope helpful!
Answered by Sue from USA | May. 03, 2017 07:01

Thanks Lily. Will I be able to get to the lounge after I pick up my luggage in baggage claim?
Asked by JOSE from ARGENTINA | Aug. 17, 2015 16:56Reply
hi do you have Spanish guides?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alison | Aug. 17, 2015 20:05

The Spanish-speaking guides are available in some of the big cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, but the service charge for Spanish-speaking guides is higher than that of English-speaking guides. You can contact the company for detailed information.
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