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15-Day Tibet Classic Tour: from Beijing: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Kathmandu
Product Code: 1113-203557
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Visit incredible monuments and palaces
  • • Explore the bustle of Beijing
  • • Hike the Great Wall
  • • Ride the rails on the Trans-Tibetan railway
  • • Experience monk debates in Sera Monastery
  • • Set eyes on Everest Base Camp
Tour Code
1113-203557
Duration
15 days
Departure City
Beijing
End City
Kathmandu
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, Family, Backpacker, Historical, Nature

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Enjoy activities and tours that are perfect for the whole family; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Guided, Escorted

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity; Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate, Strenuous

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking; Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Beijing

Beijing

Hotel: Chongwenmen Hotel or similar

Today you'll arrive in Bejiing and self-transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax until 6:00pm.

In the evening you will meet your fellow travelers and tour guide at 6:00pm. Please check for a notice from your Tour Leader. Following the meeting, we'll head out into the city to eat some delicious Beijing delights with your new group. Our dinner tonight is the traditional specialty, as we enjoy some delicious Peking Duck.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Beijing

Beijing

Hotel: Chongwenmen Hotel or similar

In the morning we'll take the trip to the attraction you've been dying to see: The Great Wall! We'll visit the nearby section of Mutianyu in the hills of Huairou County, just outside the city. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

Afterwards you'll have free time to explore the city on your own. Wander through its scene streets or maybe take in one of its famous Beijing Opera performances.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Beijing

Beijing

Hotel: Chongwenmen Hotel or similar

Today we'll introduce ourselves to Beijing's most famous attractions and explore the city as the locals do.

First we'll travel by city metro to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.

From here we'll transfer to the iconic Forbidden City where your expert guide will help you navigate the crowds and explore the rich history of this amazing attraction.

Afterwards we'lll board the 48 hour Trans-Tibetan Railway to Lhasa.

Day 04
Lhasa

Trans-Tibetan Railway

Hotel: Train or similar

Enjoy watching the scenery completely change as you climb onto the Tibetan Plateau as we travel by train to Lhasa

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Lhasa

Lhasa

Hotel: YAK HTL DLX or similar

Today we'll arrive in Lhasa in the evening. Take an orientation walk around and start acclimatizing to the altitude.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Lhasa

Lhasa

Hotel: YAK HTL DLX or similar

Over three days, explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer. Visit Barkhor Square, the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace, and either Sera or Drepung Monastery. With free time, opt to visit the local markets or find a teahouse to spend a few hours relaxing with a warm cup of chai.

Includes Tours

Barkhor Square Orientation Walk
Explore the square with your CEO and learn more about this city.

Jokhang Temple Tour
Enjoy a tour of this beautiful temple, which has been called the spiritual heart of Tibet. Watch prostrating pilgrims circle the temple day and night, some of them traversing the extremes of the Tibetan landscape by foot to come here and celebrate their faith. Make a kora ("revolution" in Tibetan) of the Barkhor, the holiest devotional circuit, which surrounds the Jokhang and houses a market bazaar where people bargain for Buddha images, yak skulls with ruby eyes, woodcarvings, carpets, prayer wheels, and the odd goat's head.

Potala Palace Tour
Enjoy a tour of Potala Palace, a magnificent structure and true architectural wonder built in the 1600s and steeped in history. This is where the Dalai Lamas would meditate, handle affairs of state, and eventually where their burial stupas remain. Check out the golden statues, three dimensional mandalas, ancient scriptures, and the devoted pilgrims who circle the palace day and night. This is truly a remarkable place.

Sera Monastery Tour
Visit the Sera Monastery and witness the monks engaged in lively debate, a philosophical practice they have held for hundreds of years.

Day 07
Lhasa

Lhasa

Hotel: YAK HTL DLX or similar

Continue to explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Lhasa

Lhasa

Hotel: YAK HTL DLX or similar

Continue to explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Gyantse

Lhasa - Gyantse

Hotel: YETI HTL or similar

Today we'll say farewell to Lhahas and drive to Gyantse. This drive is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5,000m (16,404 ft) and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10
Gyantse

Gyantse - Tingri

Hotel: S.LANDUP HTL or similar

Today we'll enjoy a visit to these two significant places in Tibetan Buddhism. Pelkor Chode Monastery was founded in 1418 and is regarded as the centre of Gyantse. Gyantse Kumbum (meaning 100,000 images) is an 8 story structure containing a seemingly endless series of tiny chapels full of Buddhist images – Buddhas, demons, protectors, and saints.

Afterwards we'll transfer to Tingri.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11
Rongbuk Monastery

Tingri - Rongpu Si

Hotel: BAIBAR HTL or similar

In the morning we will explore the ruins of Shegar Dzong, also known as the "Crystal Fort". Once the capital of the Tingri region, take in scenic views of the ruined defensive walls that climb high above the town below.

Then we'll travel to the Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, just at the base of the Everest North Base Camp. It was first built in 1902 by the Nyingma Lama and originally housed more than 500 monks. Today, only about 50 monks and nuns remain, sharing the same prayer hall but maintaining separate residences. The nuns here are great fun and will be delighted to have you join their evening prayers.


Tips:
Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and its guesthouse offers very basic accommodation, but the views that surround it more than compensate. Lie in bed and watch the moonlight illuminate the mountain.
Day 12
Shigatse

Rongpu Si - Shigatse

Hotel: ROMBUK GH A or similar

Today we'll drive to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest town and the seat of the Panchen Lama, who ranks second in importance to the Dalai Lama.

If time allows, opt to visit the Shigatse Bazaar or join the pilgrims on their evening kora (Tibetan for "revolution") around the perimeter of the monastery.

Visiting Attractions

Day 13
Lhasa

Shigatse - Lhasa

Hotel: KANGAR HTL or similar

Before turning to Lhasa we'll visit Tashilunpo Monastery.

This massive complex is visited daily by hundreds of devotees, armed with yak butter to feed the lamps, who prostrate themselves around the stupas or walk up to the chapel that houses the 26m-high (85ft), gold-plated statue of the Buddha.

Day 14
Kathmandu

Lhasa - Kathmandu

Hotel: KODARI or similar

Today we'll transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. Enjoy some free time to get to know the city.

Border Crossing (Tibet - Nepal)

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Visiting Attractions

Day 15
Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Today we'll say farewell and depart.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Arrival
When arriving in Beijing International Airport, you have a few choices on how to get to your starting point hotel.

A. Taxi: Follow the signs to the taxi ranks once you have come out of the baggage hall. The ranks are clearly defined, and traffic guards will systematically put you into a taxi. Print out the name of your hotel in Chinese. A taxi ride will take 1 hour depending on traffic, and should cost between RMB 95-120 (plus an extra 10 for the tollway).

Do not go with anyone who approaches you offering a metered taxi which is parked in the lot. They will rip you off.

B. Airport Express Train: Once you have come out of the luggage hall, follow the signs to the underground Airport Express Line. This line takes you to the center of Beijing, to DONGZHIMEN, where you can transfer to Subway line 2, or take a taxi from here to your hotel. The Airport Express ticket costs 25 yuan. It takes about 16 minutes from Terminal 3 of the Airport to Dongzhimen. Train hours are from 6:30am to 10:30pm.

To continue to the Chongwenmen Hotel by subway, it is very easy to transfer to Line 2 of the Subway and take it 5 stops to the Chongwenmen stop. Exit C. Turn right. The hotel is on your right hand side. Subway Fare is 2 yuan.

C. You may contact us for a quote if you need airport transfer.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Hotels (11 nts), guesthouse (1 nt, multi-share), sleeper train (2 nts)
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts (Allow USD360-470 for meals not included.)
  • Great Wall entrance
  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
  • Trans-Tibetan Railway
  • Lhasa orientation walk
  • Potala Palace entrance
  • Sera or Drepung Monastery visit
  • Jokhang Temple entrance
  • Pelkor Chode, Gyantse Kumbum, and Tashilhunpo Monastery visits
  • Shegar Dzong visit
  • Everest National Park entrance and hike
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Professional tour escort

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Tips to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (availability subject to change. Please note these are examples of the entrance fees charged, this does not include hiring transport to/from the destination (unless stated otherwise)):
    Beijing
    ▪ Cable car at Great Wall - CNY 60.00
    ▪ Toboggan at Great Wall - CNY 60.00
    ▪ Temple of Heaven - CNY 35.00 (Taxi 12 CNY per taxi from your hotel)
    ▪ Summer Palace - transfer - CNY2 PP by subway (Taxi or Subway)
    ▪ Summer Palace - CNY 50.00 (30 main entry; 10 Cixi Museum; 10 Dragon boat)
    ▪ Lama Temple - CNY 25.00 (Subway 2 CNY PP)
    ▪ Legend of Gongfu Beijing - CNY 200-680
    ▪ Acrobatic Performance Beijing - CNY 180-880
    ▪ Beijing Opera Performance - CNY 180-680
    ▪ Hutong Trishaw Cycle Tour - CNY 100-150
    ▪ Bike tour Drum Tower & Houhai - CNY 25.00 (Bike Rental)
    ▪ Beijing Duck - CNY 100-150
    ▪ Hutong Cycle tour - CNY 100-150

    Lhasa
    ▪ Tibetan Cultural Show - CNY 40/pp
    ▪ Day trip to Ganden Monastery CNY 500-900 per group + CNY 40/pp entry

    Gyantse
    ▪ Gyantse Dzong - CNY 35/pp

    Kathmandu
    ▪ Kathmandu Durbar Square - CNY 50/pp
    ▪ Patan Durbar Square ( Patan) - CNY 45/pp
    ▪ Bhaktapur Durbar Square (Bhaktapur) - CNY 65/pp

Special Notes
  • Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
  • Group Size Notes: Max 15, avg 12
  • Important Notes
    As we use (sometimes crowded) local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.
  • Meals
    Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions, food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips, please refer to the meals included and budget information. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
    All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
  • What to Take
    What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. While suitcases are not recommended for most G Adventures trips a rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) is quite suitable for this trip as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones.
    Do not bring any knives or swords into China (gifts or otherwise). If they do make it into the country, they will not be permitted on trains. If you purchase a knife or sword while travelling elsewhere before arriving in China your best option is to post/mail it home before entering the country as no post/mail companies in China will accept it as a parcel.
  • Checklist
    Suggested Items:
    ▪ Windproof / waterproof jacket / umbrella / poncho
    ▪ Small towel / swimsuit
    ▪ Day pack for daily personal items
    ▪ Sunblock/Sun hat
    ▪ Sunglasses
    ▪ Wet wipes / Moist towelettes / Hand sanitizing lotion
    ▪ Alarm Clock
    ▪ Hiking pants /track pants / long trousers
    ▪ Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
    ▪ Ear plugs for light sleepers
    ▪ Sleeping bag/ sheet
    ▪ Moisturizer, Lip balm
    ▪ Toiletries (biodegradable)
    ▪ Water bottle / Plastic mug / Cutleries
    ▪ Flashlight (with extra batteries and bulbs)
    ▪ Money belt
    ▪ Insect Repellent
    ▪ Tampons
    ▪ Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
    ▪ First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re hydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

    Optional Items:
    ▪ Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
    ▪ Personal Entertainment
    ▪ Binoculars
    ▪ Waterproof backpack cover

    Documents:
    ▪ Passport (with photocopies)
    ▪ Travel insurance (with photocopies)
    ▪ Airline tickets (with photocopies)
    ▪ USD cash
    ▪ Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
    ▪ G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
    ▪ Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • Visas
    ** Please be advised that if you have recently travelled to Turkey, or you are a Turkish citizen, it is possible that your Chinese visa will not be approved. Please contact your local embassy for further information. **
    Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the embassy of each country. Your travel agent can assist. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country.
    CHINA: all nationalities require a visa to visit China
    Most nationalities also need an official Letter Of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for their Chinese visa.
    You can obtain the LOI through our visa support agent in China. The visa support link you need to complete will be sent to you or your travel agent by email when you confirm your booking. You must read the instructions carefully and fill out all the details.
    When filling out your Chinese Visa Application form, Please ensure that you list the same details as appear on your LOI when filling out your Chinese Visa Application form.
  • How to Fill in China LOI form online:
    As Chinese visas are dated specifically for entry and exit, please ensure you enter the correct dates. We also recommend you add on an extra day to both the start/end of your trip so your visa length will cover any unexpected delays. Please, remember to put exactly the same dates when you fill out the application at the Chinese embassy.
    Please do not submit the below application until 3 months prior to your entry into China. The details will be forwarded to our local agent in China and you will be emailed your Chinese Invitation Letter (With day by day Itinerary) only once we are within 60 days of the trip start date.
    Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your visa by going to the nearest Chinese embassy.Please, remember that it is your responsibility to check whether passport details, name spelling and dates on the LOI are correct.
  • Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travelers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 18 and older
* Child: 12-17 years of age
* Children younger than 12 are not permitted on this tour.
* All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Price is per person on a sharing room basis. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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