709: 4 Days Private Shangri-La Tour
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: 3 western buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches
Tour Highlights:
  • Make a pilgrimage to Songzanlin Monastery, aka "little Potala Palace"
  • Admire the sheer natural beauty in fairyland of Potatso National Park
  • Relax yourself on a boat ride along picturesque Shudu Lake
  • A visit to a Tibetan family will offer you a chance to witness the local lifestyle
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Day 1 Arrival in Shangri-La
You will take a flight to get to Shangri-La on your own. Please inform us of your flight time in advance so that you will be picked up from the airport on time. Private vehicle with driver and professional tour guide will chauffeur you to check in at the hotel. Most flights to Diqing are late in the day, so no sightseeing or activity are arranged on the first day of your 4 days Yunnan tour. If you arrive early, we are also glad to show you around and explore something first. There are direct flights from Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming and Lhasa. Xi'an also operates flights to Shangri-La, but they don't depart daily.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Shangri-La
Dukezong Ancient Town
Dukezong Ancient Town
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and unveil this Shangri-La tour with the magnificent Songzanlin Monastery. As the largest-in-scale Tibetan Buddhist temple in Yunnan, Sonzanlin is reputed as the Little Potala. Nestled on a hill slope, the whole temple complex is just like a giant and imposing castle with fabulous mural paintings. Delving into the monastery, you can check out the abundant cultural relics such as Buddhist scriptures, Tangka works and Buddha statues. 

After lunch, we will drive for the Nixi Pottery Village famous for its centuries-old black pottery making art. In this lovely Tibetan village, you are given a rare chance to learn to make your own pottery vessels from a local craftsman, and the class will take about one hour. Finally, you will be escorted back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Shangri-La
Potatso National Park
Potatso National Park
In the morning, we will embark on a delightful excursion to the wonderland of Potatso National Park. It is a world-class nature reserve with varied landscapes including highland meadow, alpine pastures, mirror-like lakes and wetlands as well as lush virgin forests. An amazing boat cruise on Shudu Lake will take you step into the untouched part of the reserve where wildlife lives. Then take a leisure stroll at Militang Pasture to breathe in the enchanting steppe. Next, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to enjoy a Tibetan-style meal and experience the authentic home life of locals.

Afterwards, proceed to Dukezong Ancient Town with a history of over 1,300 years. Following our guide, you will wander through the archaic lanes crammed with wooden white-wall dwellings, Tibetan Temples, gilded prayer halls and pagodas. At the central square of the town, you are able to get a close touch with the real local life by joining their leisure activities such as singing and dancing.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Departure from Shangri-La
Today we will head to the last stop of the Shangri-La tour itinerary, Baiji Temple. It is an off-beaten spot perched on a hilltop in the west of Shangri-La's Dukezong Ancient Town. Though it is little known to travelers, the temple offers an awesome bird's eye view of the old town and the surrounding serenity of Shangri-La. After the visit, our guide will escort you to the airport for your onward flight. If you intend to make an extended tour to other cities, we are also glad to provide you with tailor-made travel service.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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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
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry visa fees
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Peak season surcharge (public holiday, July & August, etc.)
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