China Tibet Journey

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Close  The Potala Palace was the chief residence of H.H. the Dalai Lama.

China Tibet Journey

Experience Beijing and Xian to view its cultural and historical highlights. Enjoy beautiful landscapes of Guilin and take a panda tour at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu. Then explore the Tibetan highland. In Shanghai and Hong Kong, see its great economic impulse and distinctive attractions and savour its blend of Eastern and Western cultures. This private tour of China features some of the country’s most luxurious hotels and resorts, your own guide and driver for flexible private touring. It’s an easy itinerary based around short flights and private car transfers.

UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: ON THIS ULTIMATE JOURNEY THROUGH CHINA, TIBET & HONG KONG.
 

We Love
  • Internal flights as indicated with private airport transfers and assistance.
  • Accommodation is the most luxurious China has to offer.
  • This is a private tour with your own private multilingual guide and driver throughout the trip.
  • Trouble-free travel experiences, as we take care of all the logistics, so that you avoid queuing, irritations and delays.
  • Highly personalised itinerary designed by China specialists with insider knowledge.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts throughout China.
Need to Know
  • Some of Beijing's prime attractions require extensive walking and even modest climbing. Put on sturdy footwear before tackling crumbling sections of the Great Wall.
  • Touring includes important cultural attractions and exclusive shopping districts with a private guide.
  • We can arrange private China tours to coincide with festival dates and arrange special activities such as cooking classes, arrange restaurant and spa reservations and other activities, including private airport transfers, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations.
  • In Lhasa, we can arrange private meditation sessions, guided hikes, visits to important monasteries outside Lhasa, and more.

Review

Begin in Beijing, renowned for historical and cultural magnificence. With your private guide, visit the fabulous ancient buildings, imperial gardens, and religious temples. Tour imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace and lesser-known temples. Travel by rickshaw or opt to bicycle down the narrow hutongs (lanes) of a traditional residential neighbourhood. Spend one day hiking along a less-touristy section of the Great Wall of China.

Fly to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), one of China’s top ten scenic areas. Since ancient times the mountain has been famous for odd shaped pines, grotesque rocks, the sea of clouds and unbelievable views of beautiful peaks that is has inspired Chinese artists for centuries.

Next, fly to  Shanghai. During private touring see the city highlights including the famous Three Temples, the Bund and cruise on the Huangpu River. Visit Shanghai’s old town and stop for tea and dumplings the city’s oldest teahouse. Also visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. One day, visit the classic Ming Dynasty gardens that we’ve chosen as our favourites or take an excursion to Suzhou or another nearby water town to cruise canals lined with Ming Dynasty homes.

Continue to Guilin , China's most picturesque region and has long been one of the world's most famous travel destinations. Famed for the "the finest scenery under heaven", Guilin has attracted, poets and artists for thousands of years who are inspired by the Karst formations.  Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo, China’s most beautiful river journey and called the “hundred mile art gallery”.

Transfer to the ancient capital of Xian, once a hotspot on the Grand Silk Road. Today, it is one of the most important cradles of ancient Chinese civilization. Visit the Army of Terracotta Warriors and the city highlights – Big and Small Goose Pagodas.  – enjoy Xian’s culinary highlights including the city’s markets, the lively Muslim Quarter and dine on dumplings, a local specialty.

In Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan and one of China’s famous ancient cultural cities with a history of 2,000 yrs, visit the Memorial Temple, the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, and giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Dine on Sichuan’s spicy and delicious cuisine, and enjoy Sichuan Opera that includes the mysterious local art of face-changing.

Fly to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and a city steeped in Buddhist spirituality and Tibetan traditions. Visit Potala Palace, located on the top of the Red Hill. Built in the 7th century, this 13-story main building is the headquarters of the Dalai Lamas and a treasure house of traditional Tibetan culture with a collection of Buddhist statues, murals, Buddhist scriptures and jewellery. Also visit Jokhang Palace, located in central Jokhang Monastery.

The tour concludes in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most attractive and exciting cities. During touring with your expert private guide, ride the Peak Tram to the top of Hong Kong Island, dine on dim sum at teahouses, explore local markets to learn about traditional Chinese medicine and unusual food products, and ride in a traditional sampan boat across Aberdeen Harbour.

 
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China Tibet Journey

This comprehensive tour is the ultimate luxury journey through China, Tibet & Hong Kong.
(21 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Beijing & Great Wall, Huangshan, Shanghai, Guilin with Yangshuo and Longsheng, Xian, Chengdu, Lhasa, Hong Kong


Day 1 – Arrive
Beijing Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.

Day 2 – Tour
Beijing Full-day private city tour.

Day 3 – Tour
Great Wall Private excursion to the Great Wall.

Day 4 – Transfer
Huangshan Morning flexible touring and shopping.
Private transfer to airport for flight to Huangshan.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.

Day 5 – Explore
Huangshan Full-day private excursion to Mount Huangshan.

Day 6 – Transfer
Shanghai Full-day private excursion to nearby villages.
Evening visit to Tunxi Ancient Street.
Private transfer to airport for evening flight to Shanghai.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.

Day 7 – Tour
Shanghai Full-day private city tour.

Day 8 – Tour
Shanghai Private excursion to nearby water village or continue city touring.

Day 9 – Transfer
Guilin Private transfer to airport for flight to Guilin.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.

Day 10 – Cruise
Yangshuo Morning Li River cruise to Yangshuo.
Afternoon private tour of Yangshuo and countryside.

Day 11 – Explore
Longsheng Full-day private excursion.

Day 12 – Transfer
Xian Private transfer to airport for flight to Xian.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon private city tour.

Day 13 – Tour & Transfer
Chengdu Morning private visit to Terracotta Warriors.
Afternoon private transfer to airport for flight to Chengdu.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.

Day 14 – Explore
Chengdu Morning visit to panda breeding center.
Afternoon private city tour. Evening tickets to Sichuan opera.

Day 15 – Transfer
Lhasa Private transfer to airport for flight to Lhasa.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Begin private touring.

Day 16 – Explore
Lhasa Full-day private tour.

Day 17 – Explore
Lhasa Full-day private tour with option for hike.

Day 18 – Transfer
Hong Kong Private transfer to airport for flights to Hong Kong.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.

Day 19 – Tour
Hong Kong Full-day private city tour.

Day 20 – Tour
Hong Kong Morning private city tour.

Day 21 – Depart
Hong Kong Private airport transfer


Hotels

  • Beijing:            Four Seasons Beijing, Waldorf Astoria Beijing or Aman at Summer Palace* (supplement applies for Aman)
  • Huangshan:      Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng
  • Shanghai:        Peninsula Shanghai
  • Guilin:             Shangri-La Hotel Guilin
  • Xian:               Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel
  • Chengdu:         Ritz-Carlton Chengdu
  • Lhasa:             St. Regis Lhasa or Shangri-La Lhasa
  • Hong Kong:      Peninsula Hong Kong

Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
 

 

Recommended Price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.

Getting Around: Taxis are plentiful, clean and cheap. Be warned however that almost none of the drivers speak or read English so make sure you always have a copy of your destination written in Chinese. It's sensible also to have the phone number of someone who speaks English and Chinese in case you get into difficulties.

Aside from cabs, the subway is by far the best way to get around Beijing and also the best way to beat its increasingly gridlocked traffic. All the signs are in Chinese and English, but make sure you have figured out the name of your destination in Chinese. If you get lost, ask. Chinese are friendly and willing to help. Hint: The younger the person is the more likely he or she is to speak some English.

Hong Kong: Amazingly well connected, Hong Kong’s international air, sea, road and rail links make getting there and away easy and largely stress free. Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's flagship airline, offers the most flights, with connections from the United Kingdom, North America, and Australia. Dragonair is a Hong Kong-based airline that serves many cities in Asia. Likewise, sister airlines Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express are both based in Hong Kong and service some 30 cities in Asia.

Since the flight to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is such a long one (almost 16 hr. from Chicago, 12 hr. from London, and 9 hr. from Sydney), you may wish to splurge for a roomier seat and upgraded service. You should also consider a mileage program, because this round-trip flight will earn you a lot of miles.

If you arrive after your visit to Bangkok, Hong Kong will probably bring a rush of relief. For one thing, English is everywhere - on street signs, on buses, and in the subways. In addition, almost 1,000 pink and blue directional signs posted on streets and intersections throughout Hong Kong point to attractions and points of interest (signs in rural areas are green). The city of Hong Kong is compact and its public transportation system so efficient that even novice traveller should have no problem getting around. Transportation is also extremely cheap.

When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).

The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.

Hong Kong: The best time to travel to Hong Kong is in spring and fall, but now tourists come to Hong Kong virtually year-round, especially from neighbouring mainland China. It's best, therefore, to make hotel reservations well in advance, particularly if you're travelling during the Chinese New Year (in February), or during the two peak vacation periods for mainland Chinese (the so-called "Golden Weeks" beginning May 1 and Oct 1). In addition, major conventions and trade fairs can also tie up the city's best hotels, particularly in spring (Mar-Apr) and autumn (Oct-Nov); check www.discoverhongkong.com for an updated calendar.

Tipping Hotel and restaurant bills include service charges amounting to 15%.  There is no need to add anything further to this. In fact tipping is so rare that waiters will run out into the street to return the money you must have accidentally left on the table. Speaking of money, bring lots of it or hit the ATMs regularly. Cash is still king in China and credit cards something of a novelty item.

However, tipping of your guide or driver is a purely personal matter.  The bottom line in determining whether or how much to tip is to ask yourself how much effort our representative has taken to make your China travel experience more enjoyable. The following estimated guideline may help you in determining the tip amount, should you wish to tip any service provider in India. Restaurants 5-10% of bill, if not included. Tour escorts and local guides between $20-30 per day. Drivers between $10-15 per day. 

Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Chinese territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.

To enter the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) you need a passport, valid for at least 1 month beyond the planned departure date from Hong Kong. British nationals can stay for 180 days without a visa while Americans, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, and other British Commonwealth citizens can stay for 90 days without a visa.

Immigration officers may also ask arriving visitors for proof of onward travel or a return ticket (unless they are in transit to mainland China or Macau) and proof that they have adequate funds for their stay in Hong Kong (generally, a confirmed hotel reservation and a credit card will suffice).