Day 1 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing after your flight, where we will greet and escort you to your hotel.
Day 2 Beijing (AB, L, D)
You will first visit sites of the 2008 Olympic Games such as the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube. After a short rest, you’ll visit the Yonghegong Lamasery and Temple of Heaven.
Day 3 Beijing-Lhasa (AB, L, D)
Today, board an early flight to Tibet, “The Roof of the World.” Take in the breathtaking countryside as you travel from the remote airport into the city of Lhasa. The remainder of the day will be free for you to explore and adapt to the altitude.
Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
Day 4 Lhasa (AB, L, D)
Today, visit the 7th century Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery. Afterwards, you will visit Barkhor Street to shop for traditional Tibetan arts and crafts.
Day 5 Lhasa (AB, L, D)
Your first stop will be the Potola Palace, the most sacred location of Tibetan Buddhism. You then visit the Summer Palace of Norbu Lingka, former residence of the Dalai Lama. Later you will see the Tibetan History Museum. Tibetan singing and dancing performance highlights the evening.
Day 6 Lhasa-Namtso (AB, L, D)
Today, drive to one of the Holy lakes in Tibet, Namtso Lake. After admiring the beauty of nature and its natural pure color and return back to Lhasa.
Namtso Lake, Tibet
Day 7 Lhasa (AB)
Today is a free day so you may want to set aside some time to go shopping and taste some regional cuisine while in Lhasa.
Option 1 - Chengdu
Day 8 Lhasa-Chengdu (AB, L, D)
In the morning, we board our flight to the city of Chengdu, Sichuan (Szechuan) the gateway to Tibet. After checking into the hotel, we rest up before heading out to enjoy a Sichuan opera in the evening.
Day 9 Chengdu (AB, L, D)
Today we will make our way from Chengdu in the morning, and visit the Giant Buddha at Mt. Leshan. Afterwards we will return to Chengdu in the evening.
Day 10 Chengdu-Dujiangyan (AB, L, D)
Today we’ll visit one of the World Heritage Site - Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which is an age-old water project completed more than 2000 years ago. This project has been functioning for over 2000 years guarding against floods and irrigating the vast Chengdu Plain. Head back to Chengdu to visit the Giant Panda Research Center.
Day 11 Chengdu (AB)
Enjoy your breakfast, then we will escort you to your flight back home.
Option 2 - Xining
Day 8 Lhasa Train (AB)
Board a train to Xining. While traveling to Xining, enjoy the spectacular views of the Tibetan highland.
Day 9 Xining-Tongren (L, D)
Upon arrival in Xining, we’ll experience a unique Eastern Tibetan natural view during our drive to Tongren, the hometown of Tibet Thangka painting art. Later visit a workshop of the paintings and spend the night in Tongren.
Day 10 Tongren-Xining-Beijing (B, L, D)
Drive to Xining in the morning. Before boarding our evening flight back to Beijing, we’ll visit Tibetan Medicine museum and witness the longest Tibetan Thangka, which received an entry in the Guinness World Records.
Day 11 Beijing (B, L)
End your tour and we will escort you to the airport.