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China & Tibet by Rail Small Group Tour

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China & Tibet by Rail Small Group Tour


14-day journey: Train trip to Tibet, Beijing. Lhasa. Gyantse. Shigatse. Xi'an. Shanghai.

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  • Duration: 14 days

  • Group size: min. 4, max 14

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  • Live tour guide


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    Language: English
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    USD$ 1500
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      • Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China in Beijing.
      • Train ride along the legendary Tibetan train to Lhasa.
      • UNESCO World Heritage- the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an.
      • Intensive exploration of Shanghai Metropolis.
      • 8% Discount on booking two months before arrival.

    Itinerary at a Glance

    • Day 1
    • Arrival in Beijing

      Summer Palace

    • Day 2
    • Beijing

      Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

    • Day 3
    • Beijing - Lhasa

      The Great Wall

    • Day 4
    • In the Train

      Qinghai-Tibet railway

    • Day 5
    • Lhasa

      Welcome to Tibet!

    • Day 6
    • Lhasa

      Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

    • Day 7
    • Lhasa

      Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

    • Day 8
    • Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

      Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Kumbum Monastery

    • Day 9
    • Shigatse - Lhasa

      Tashilhunpo Monastery

    • Day 10
    • Lhasa - Xi’an

      The Great Mosque of Xi’an

    • Day 11
    • Xi’an

      Terracotta Warriors and the Wild Goose Pagoda

    • Day 12
    • Xi’an-Shanghai

      The Bund, Nanjing Road

    • Day 13
    • Shanghai

      Old Town, Yu Garden, City Planning Museum, World Financial

    • Day 14
    • Shanghai



    Detailed Itinerary

    Arrival in Beijing

    Day 1: Summer Palace

    After your arrival in Beijing, a guide will meet you at the airport and then take you to the famous Summer Palace. In this imperial summer residence, you can get to know the original Chinese culture in all its splendors and greatness.
    Meals: Dinner


    Day 2: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

    In the morning, we will visit the Forbidden City. The former imperial palace is the most impressive palace location in the world with more than 9000 rooms. In the afternoon, we will pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven, China's most important imperial temple site that is still well preserved.
    Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

    Beijing - Lhasa

    Day 3: The Great Wall

    Your day begins with a trip to the world-famous Great Wall of China, where you will be impressed by the beautiful and verdant mountainous landscape. Then the most picturesque section of the wall, the Mutianyu Pass, will come into your sight. The view from up there is simply unforgettable! After that, we will go back to downtown Beijing. On the way, there will be a stop at the famous bird nest, the main stadium of the 2008 Olympic Games. After dinner, you will be escorted to the train station, and begin your travel to Lhasa by train (Soft Sleeper, 4-bed compartment, Departure Time: 20:00, Duration: 40 hours).
    Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    In the Train

    Day 4: Qinghai-Tibet railway

    Today you will be on the most spectacular railway line in the whole world, the Qinghai-Tibet railway. It was opened in 2006 and is considered as a technical masterpiece in the railway history. The route from Xining to Lhasa is almost 2000 km long, of which 960km are at a height of over 4000 meters. All compartments are enriched with oxygen to reduce the passengers’ symptoms of altitude sickness.


    Day 5: Welcome to Tibet!

    You can start enjoy the breathtaking scenery until your train reaches Lhasa at noon (around 12:40 pm). The guide will meet you at the train station and accompany you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you can rest at the hotel and get used to the thin air at the altitude of 3650 meters.


    Day 6: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

    Today your Tibetan journey begins with visiting the famous Potala Palace. The Potala Palace in Lhasa is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet. The facility, overlooked by the Red Mountain, was completed in 1654 and was the former residence of the Dalai Lama. Next, you will visit Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center in Lhasa. In the late afternoon, you could take a relaxing walk on Barkhor Street, full of passionate pilgrims every day. Along the street, there are many souvenirs waiting to be picked up; also, you can simply enjoy the hustles and bustles.


    Day 7: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

    Today, the visit to two monasteries, Drepung and Sera, is on the program. The Drepung Monastery was once one of the largest monasteries in the world; about 10000 monks spent their lives there. The Sera monastery is very important for Tibetan Buddhism. Even today, the monks still have the tradition of gathering at the backyard for a heated debate (Monk debate, daily between 15:00 and 17:00), which you should not miss.

    Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

    Day 8: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Kumbum Monastery

    Today you can start the trip to the second largest city in Tibet: Shigatse. Drive over the Gampala Pass (4790 meters above sea level); stop at the Turkish blue Yamdrok Lake (4400 m), which is embellished with picturesque scenery. The trip continues along the imposing Karola Glacier to Gyantse (4.040 m), where you can visit the Palkhor Chode Monastery (Kumbum Monastery). In addition, you can admire the ancient Dzong fortress from a distance before finally reaching Shigatse (3850 m). The trip is about 370 kilometers long.

    Shigatse - Lhasa

    Day 9: Tashilhunpo Monastery

    Before returning to Lhasa, you will go to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, the largest monastery in western Tibet and the seat of Panchen Lama. Afterwards, you are going back to Lhasa, while enjoying the stunning and breathtaking landscape along the road again.

    Lhasa - Xi’an

    Day 10: The Great Mosque of Xi’an

    The flight to Xi'an will be arranged in the morning. Xi’an is located in central China, and used to be the largest city in the world. Today, it offers a variety of historical sites. In the afternoon, after a short refreshing break, you could take a relaxing stroll through the Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque.


    Day 11: Terracotta Warriors and the Wild Goose Pagoda

    This morning, you will visit the world-famous Terracotta Armies with thousands of warriors. Each figure looks different and is supposed to protect the dead emperor. In the afternoon, you will visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the landmark of the city.


    Day 12: The Bund, Nanjing Road

    Today, we will send you to the airport after a delicate breakfast, from where you will leave for Shanghai. In Shanghai, our staff will meet you at the airport and then escort you to the hotel. After a refreshing break in the hotel, you can stroll comfortably through the city's most famous shopping street, the Nanjing Road and up to the famous promenade Bund where many banks cluster. At the Bund, you can admire numerous colonial buildings, and have a fantastic view of the city's skyline on the other side of the Huangpu River.


    Day 13: Old Town, Yu Garden, City Planning Museum, World Financial

    After breakfast, you can stroll through the historic old city of Shanghai where there are many narrow streets and small shops. You will also visit the impressive Yu Garden, which can give you better understanding to Chinese gardening. After lunch, you will visit the Shanghai City Planning Museum, which exhibits the history of the rise of this metropolis and its ambitious future plans. To get an overview of the metropolis, visiting the viewing platform of the World Financial Center on 94th floor is the best choice, from which you can observe both modern Shanghai and old Shanghai.


    Day 14: Departure

    After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport, where we have to say goodbye to each other. The return flight marks the end of your wonderful Tibetan railway trip and the whole journey in China.

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