Tibet Odyssey from Shanghai

502: 15 Days Private Shanghai - Xian - Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa - Beijing
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai as you walk along the Bund
  • Visit the Potala Palace - an important symbol of Tibetan culture and history
  • Mt. Everest - the highest peak in the world is truly a breathtaking sight
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.
This is a 2 weeks China tour with Tibet from Shanghai. Our guide will meet you outside the customs of Shanghai airport and transfer you to the hotel that we have reserved for you. The remaining time of the day is free for you to rest and get prepare for your Tibet tours adventure. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and an old cultural street. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
In the morning, you will visit Shanghai Museum, a noted art gallery of the country which possesses about 120,000 pieces of cultural relics ranging from the Paleolithic Age to modern times. Afterwards, go to the Yuyuan Garden, a representative of the classical Chinese gardens. 

Around noon, an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines. 

Then you will head to the Bund to take a cruise on the Huangpu River. The cruise will show you the essence of city's urban landscape, which includes aged western-style buildings, modern skyscrapers and bridges. After the cruise, you could explore the Bund area and visit an old street in the city. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Shanghai - Xian
Free time in the morning. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
No sightseeing will be arranged today. We intend to leave the morning free for you to explore the thrill city by yourself. Being an international metropolis, Shanghai visit will be worthwhile. You will take an afternoon flight to Xian. Our tour guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall. (B)
Our clients cycling on the Xian City Wall
This morning will be devoted to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is reputed as the 'Eighth Wonder' of human beings. Here, you will see the life-figured terracotta warriors and horses arranged in battle formation, presenting an image of the time when the Qin armies conquered the other rivaling states and united China 2,200 years ago. 

In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of this ancient capital city whose appearance is a square pyramid in the color of brick-red. Then, you will continue the private trip to the City Wall. Nowadays, some traditional architecture left over from history are still standing within the City Wall like the Bell Tower and Drum Tower while a modern developing Xian is booming outside it. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xian - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
You will take an early morning flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Relax during the rest of the day and adapt to the high altitude. Your private Tibet tours will start from tomorrow.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Lhasa
Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
Tashilunpo Monastery, Shigatse
This morning, you will first visit the Tibet Museum, a treasure house of the local cultural relics and a gem of the regional civilization. After lunch, you will go ahead to visit the Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park. Sera Monastery is located in a beautiful and serene place ringed with willow trees and murmuring streams. Since ancient times, it has been a place where the living Buddhas and eminent monks preach. Known as the 'Summer Palace of Lhasa', Norbulingka was once a summer resort of Dalai Lama. Nowadays, this largest and most beautiful man-made garden is a famous travel destination. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (B+L)
The morning excursion will cover the magnificent Potala Palace. Initially built in 641 in memory of the intermarriage between the ruler of Tubo kingdom (nowadays Tibet) Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng from Tang Dynasty, the Potala Palace turned into the dwelling place for Dalai Lamas in succession ever since the reign of the fifth. This magnificent palace is also a wonderland of arts. 

After lunch, visit the Jokhang Temple, one of the famous landmarks of the region and the center for some important Buddhist ceremonies or activities. The sightseeing will then be extended to the thriving bazaar of the Barkhor Street, a famous business center as well as the place for wheeling the prayer wheels in Lhasa. The last destination today is a Nunnery. You will get a good impression of their life.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse
Lhasa-Shigatse transfer, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Karola Glacier, Palkhor Monastery, Gyangtse Old Street. (B+L)
Tibetan people
Today, you will take a long journey to Gyangtse with stop-offs at the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Karola Glacier. Shaped like a fan, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and regarded as the embodiment of goddess according to the mythology. Karola Glacier is one of three largest glaciers on land. Upon your arrival in Gyangtse, you are going to visit the Palkhor Monastery. Reputed as the 'King of Tibet Pagodas', Palkhor Monastery is famous for its ingenious layout, unique appearance, fantastic sculptures and amazing murals inside. Here you will find three sects - Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa coexist harmoniously. Then, have a stroll on Gyangtse Old Street. Finally, our private transfer will drive you to Shigatse and you will check in the best local hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Shigatse - Dingri
Shigatse-Dingri transfer, Tashilunpo Monastery, New Palace of Panchen, Sakya Monastery and Lhatse city. (B+L)
Today, you will visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen. Tashilunpo Monastery is the largest Yellow Hat sect monastery in Tibet. The highlight here is the world's largest bronze Buddhist statue which is 26 meters high. New Palace of Panchen is the summer palace of the tenth Panchen Lama. Besides the splendid palace interior, you will see a number of precious cultural relics like murals. Then, you are going to take the car to Dingri and stay over there today. Visit the Sakya Monastery and Lhatse County on the way. Sakya Monastery is the first monastery of Sakya which houses as many as 84,000 scrolls including works of literature, history, arts, philosophy and mathematics. Lhatse is one of the important commodity grain production bases which has a bright prospect because of its excellent geographical location, weather conditions, water and soil resources and convenient transportation. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse
Dingri-Everest Base Camp-Shigatse transfer, Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery. (B+L)
Our clients at the Everest Base Camp
Photo by our clients Melinda & Edward Ruggiero
Today will be an exciting day because you could appreciate the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest. You will first reach the Everest Base Camp, the protection area of Mt. Everest and then visit Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest monastery in the world. The five-story building nestling the mountain is also one of the best points to view the mountain. Standing there, you will see a holy and pure picture of the Mt. Everest covered by white snow. After that, you will transfer back to Shigatse and stay at the best local hotel. 

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Shigatse - Lhasa
Shigatse-Lhasa transfer. (B+L)
Continue the journey back to Lhasa. You will be very tired after this long drive, so please spend the rest of the day recovering from the fatigue of the trip. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Lhasa - Beijing
A Tibetan Family. Fly to Beijing. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
A local family visit will be arranged for you today to learn about the life styles and custom of Tibetan people. Afterwards, you will take a flight to Beijing. Our local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Summer Palace. (B+L)
Temple of Heaven
In the morning, you will have a stroll on Tiananmen Square and then visit the Forbidden City, the best-preserved imperial palace complex in China. It will be a memorable experience to appreciate the grand traditional Chinese architecture, get insights of the royal families' lives and admire the most precious Chinese historical relics and treasures. 

To avoid the mass-produced food at the tourist eateries arranged by most agencies, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a noted local restaurant, where you can taste the authentic Chinese food. 

In the afternoon, go to the Summer Palace, a fantastic royal garden for you to admire the peaceful landscape and magnificent architecture. As a royal garden, the Summer Palace brought in various architecture styles of China and occident, thus got the reputation of the 'Museum of Imperial Garden'. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 14 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Bird's Nest (drive by), Temple of Heaven. (B)
Badaling Great Wall
The morning excursion will take you to the Great Wall, one of the greatest miracles in the world which winds up and down across mountains, grasslands, deserts and plains of the country like a huge dragon. The section you will visit today is at Badaling, the most excellent and best-preserved section located on the 'neck of the huge dragon'. 

On the way back to downtown, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium), the major venue of the 29th Beijing Olympic Games. You may get off to take a closer look at the majestic building. In the afternoon you will be taken to the Temple of Heaven where the emperors offered sacrifice to the heaven in ancient time. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 15 Departure from Beijing
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
The 2 weeks China tour with Tibet from Shanghai ends today as our guide will transfer you to the airport according to your homebound flight. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
XianCrowne Plaza Xi'an Wyndham Xian
LhasaXinding Hotel Xinding Hotel
ShigatseGasar Hotel Gasar Hotel
DingriEverest Hotel Everest Hotel
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
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10% off - book 60 days in advance, 5% off - book 30 days in advance
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$5159 $4643$4229 $3806$3759 $3383
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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$4989 $4490$4059 $3653$3589 $3230
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
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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
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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