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302: 17 Days of Beijing - Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa - Xian - Shanghai

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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 01 Arrival in Beijing
No meals
Holiday Inn Central Plaza - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing  

Our guide will meet you outside the customs of Beijing Airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear the customs, and then transfer you to hotel. The rest day is free.

Tips: Renminbi (Chinese currency) is not convertible outside China so you can not exchange money before you travel. Exchange desks can be found at the banks and banks' cash centers at major airports and hotels. Some establishments in mainland China accept USD traveler's cheques or major credit cards. In some places along the Silk Road and in Tibet it is not always easy to exchange foreign currency so we recommend you carry a certain amount of cash along with your traveler's cheques. USD notes are the easiest to exchange in remote areas.

Day 02 Beijing
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Holiday Inn Central Plaza - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing  

Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City this morning. Then an a la carte lunch is served at a very nice restaurant to taste the authentic Chinese food. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven. Tonight, you will enjoy a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre.

Day 03 Beijing
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Holiday Inn Central Plaza - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing  

Visit the Badaling Great Wall. To avoid having lunch at shopping site restaurants, you will be driven to have Sichuan food at a local popular restaurant. On the way back to downtown, drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You will see its appearance at a distance. Then visit the most famous imperial Garden, the Summer Palace.

Day 04 Beijing - Lhasa
Western buffet breakfast
Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel  

Take an early morning flight to Lhasa where the altitude is 3,650 meters above sea level. Transfer to the finest hotel in Lhasa and acclimatize yourself to the high altitude in the afternoon.

Tips: Generally speaking, the flight from Beijing to Lhasa runs in the morning, you need to get up very early to catch it, which may cause you to feel very tired and uncomfortable when you arrive in Lhasa. If you feel the effects of a lack of oxygen, you are advised to make use of the oxygen in the hotel, which is charged separately and can be paid for in cash direct to the hotel. It is recommended that you do not take a bath or smoke on the first day after arrival in Lhasa.

Day 05 Lhasa
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel  

Visit the Tibet Museum and the Carpet Factory. After lunch, visit the Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park.

Tips: For clients who travel to Tibet with us, we will handle the Tibet Travel Permit for you. The travel permit is checked and issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is usually issued two weeks prior to your entry in Tibet. Therefore, when planning the tour to Tibet, please make sure there is adequate time to obtain the permit.

Day 06 Lhasa
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel  

Visit the magnificent Potala Palace. After lunch, go ahead to visit the Jokhang Temple, the thriving bazaar of the Barkhor Street and the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital.

Day 07 Lhasa - Gyangtse
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Gyangtse Hotel  

Transfer to Gyangtse. Stop off at the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Karola snow mountain. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Visit the Palkhor Monastery and the Gyangtse Old Street.

Tips: It is our suggestion that you should wear warm clothes when you go further in Tibet, because it is pretty cold near Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. The temperature differs greatly from the morning till night. Sunglasses, sunblock, sunbonnet and drinking water are also essential, because you will get exposed in the open air for a long time, but the nice scenery will not make the long journey boring.

Day 08 Gyangtse - Shigatse
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Shigatse Hotel  

Transfer to Shigatse and check in at the hotel. Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen.

Day 09 Shigatse - Dingri
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Everest Hotel  

Transfer to Dingri and check in at the Everest Hotel. Visit the Sakya Monastery and Lhatse city on the way.

Day 10 Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri
Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Everest Hotel  

Transfer to the Everest Base Camp and visit Rongbuk Monastery. Return to Dingri.

Tips: Mt. Everest, which means Mother Goddess of the Universe in Tibetan, is the highest summit on earth. It is snow-capped throughout the whole year. Traveling to the Everest Base Camp is a big challenge both physically and mentally. In July and August, sweaters are sufficient, but coats and warm clothing are indispensable for the rest of the year. Listen to the weather forecast and your tour guide's advice upon arrival.

Day 11 Dingri - Shigatse
Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Shigatse Hotel  

Drive back to Shigatse and transfer to the hotel.

Day 12 Shigatse - Lhasa
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel  

Return to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel. Two days' long-way driving may weary you out and rest fully to recover from the fatigue the rest of the day.

Tips: The best time to visit Tibet is from May to Oct. The climate near Everest Base Camp is so harsh that it is hard for the visit from Nov to next Apr. The heavy snow in winter may easily block the road. It takes about 6 to 7 hours driving from Shigatse to Dingri. The food is far from good, so we advise you to take some snacks or fast food with you. Tibet is not as developed as other cities in China, so you must psyche yourself up for your Tibet adventure.

Day 13 Lhasa - Xi'an
Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Grand New World Hotel  

Visit a Tibetan Family. Take a flight to Xi'an and transfer to the hotel.

Day 14 Xian
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
Grand New World Hotel  

Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Your a la carte lunch is served at the best local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall. This evening you will be entertained with the Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance.

Day 15 Xian - Shanghai
Western buffet breakfast
Ya Fan Long Men Hotel  

Take a flight to Shanghai in the morning and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city by yourself.

Tips: Shanghai is not only a flourishing metropolis with modern skyscrapers and vibrant living pace, but also a city rich in history and surrounded by graceful natural sceneries. If you arrive in Shanghai early today and would like to explore something interesting after a good rest at the hotel. You are recommended to explore Xin Tian Di (also known as New World area), where buildings of both classical and western styles can be found. When night falls, Xin Tian Di becomes bright and dynamic and it's where people gather for recreational purposes. There are bars, restaurants, boutiques, and cinema to enjoy and relax. Consult your guide for some guidelines and take a taxi there on your own to enjoy your time there.

Day 16 Shanghai
Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Ya Fan Long Men Hotel  

A morning excursion covers the Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden. At noon, an a la carte farewell lunch will be served at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisine. After lunch we will transfer you to the Bund area, where you will take a cruise tour on the Huangpu River. Leave you some free time to explore the Bund area on your own. Then visit an ancient cultural street.

Day 17 Departure from Shanghai
Western buffet breakfast
 

See off at the airport.

Season Group Size 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers 10 travelers & above
High season
(Mar 1st-Nov 30th)
Double Occupancy $4089 $3259 $2825
Single Occupancy $4683 $3853 $3370
Shoulder season
(Dec 1st, 2012-Feb 28th, 2013)
Double Occupancy $3942 $3113 $2665
Single Occupancy $4412 $3583 $3071
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