14 Day China & Tibet Discovery

3 Shanghai, 3 Xian, 3 Lhasa (Tibet) & 3 Beijing
Round trip airfare from LAX, 12 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes

This Program is available for U.S. Passport Holders Only

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Los Angeles-Shanghai, Beijing-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Shanghai-Xian, Xian-Lhasa & Lhasa-Beijing
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Shanghai
    • 3 nights Xian
    • 3 nights Lhasa (Tibet)
    • 3 nights Beijing
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners with beer (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Tea and soft drinks with all meals
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking Tour Manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Visit the magnificent Yu Yuan Gardens in Shanghai built during the Ming Dynasty
  • At the Jade Buddha Temple see the stunning white jade Buddha statues
  • Battery car ride along the massive ancient city walls of Xian, built in the old Tang dynasty
  • Share lunch, hospitality and a cooking lesson at a villager’s home in Donghan Village
  • Tour the site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors - an unforgettable experience!
  • Attend the unique Tang Dynasty Show including dinner, music and a dance performance
  • Journey to Lhasa, fabled capital of the Tibet autonomous region in China
  • Stand in awe at the Potala Palace - one of the grandest monuments in all of Asia
  • Witness the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism at the astonishing Jokhang Temple
  • Walk along the 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, spanning nearly 4,000 miles
  • Meet an adorable Giant Panda Bear at the Beijing Zoo with its ingenious Panda House
  • Enter Beijing's amazing Forbidden City, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for China
Depart for China

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Shanghai
Arrive in cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimate to this sparkling city and your new time zone
Overnight: Shanghai

DAY 3, Saturday - Shanghai City Tour, Yu Yuan Gardens, Jade Buddha Temple
After breakfast, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for an orientation meeting about the extraordinary journey that lies ahead in China and Tibet. Experience the old world charm of the Bund as you stroll along this park-like waterfront promenade surrounded by gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Along the way, visit a working silk carpet and embroidery shop, meet the craftsmen and learn more about this ancient Chinese skill. Afterward, visit the classical Yu Yuan Gardens (Garden of Happiness) in the Old Quarter, built during the Ming Dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, ponds, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. After lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, continue to the Jade Buddha Temple built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two stunning Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These rare and precious statues are carved with crystal-clear white jade, creating an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, savor a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Shanghai
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Shanghai on your own. Or, join the optional tour to Hangzhou, with its enchanting natural beauty and fascinating cultural heritage, known as "Heaven on Earth." Travel aboard the new high-speed Bullet Train - a great experience! Once there, cruise on West Lake with its scenic beauty that blends naturally with the many surrounding historical and cultural sights. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit China National Tea Museum. Learn about the history of tea, as well as its uses and rituals. Later, return to Shanghai
Optional: Full Day Hangzhou & Tea Museum by High Speed Train
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Arrive in Xian, an Archaeological Treasure Trove
Depart today by plane to Xian, the ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove; arrive and transfer to your hotel. Time to relax before the late afternoon visit to the Muslim district of Xian; here, you learn more about Chinese Muslims and watch the preparation of local foods for the market. This evening’s unique dumpling banquet, features over 15 different varieties of dumplings coupled with rice wine and hot pot soup. Enjoy this flavor-filled evening!
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Xian, Visit and Lunch at Donghan Village
Begin the day at the magnificent South Gate (Yongning Gate) of the massive ancient city walls of Xian, built in the 14th century during the Ming Dynasty and now completely restored. Xian was built as a defensive walled city, and even today the landmark wall divides the inner and outer parts of the city. Get a sense of the scale of this impressive fortification as you travel by battery car along a section of the wall. Then, immerse yourself in the local culture on a memorable visit to Donghan Village in Huxian County. This special experience starts with a visit to the village; see how country life hasn’t changed over the years. You are then invited to tour a villager’s home and enjoy their warm hospitality and friendship over lunch. Participate in the preparation of the meal - you’ll be an expert Chinese noodle maker when you leave! After a discussion about daily life and other interesting topics, admire the colorful peasant painting style inspired by traditional crafts, that includes themes from everyday rural life. A treasure trove of paintings will be unveiled to you at a painting studio along with exhibits of the Chinese art of brush stroke paintings and calligraphy. This evening, attend the Tang Dynasty Show that includes a six-course Imperial dinner. You'll be entertained by Chang'an music and watch 1000-year-old dances performed by a passionate troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China's Tang Dynasty
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Xian Antiquities Tour with the Terracotta Warriors
Join the residents of Xian in Xingqing Park for morning exercise, along with singing and dancing - it’s a hub of activity. Afterward, visit a lacquer furniture shop to see beautiful samples and learn more about this delicate Chinese technique, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, a truly unforgettable experience! Arrive at the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of more than 7,000 finely sculpted, life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with Qin Shi Huang, China’s first Emperor. This world-famous site, discovered by farmers in 1974 is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its unearthing. Return to the hotel and get ready for dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Flight to Lhasa, Tibet
A morning flight from Xian takes you on your journey to Lhasa*, fabled capital of the Tibet autonomous region in China, nestled on the northern slopes of the mighty Himalayas, at 11,000 feet above sea level. This afternoon you will receive an informative briefing from local Tibetan experts about the local customs, traditions and the thrilling journey you will experience in Tibet. Tonight, gather together for dinner at a local restaurant
*Lhasa sits at an elevation of 11,000 feet above sea level. Your sightseeing will include a fair amount of walking, which at high elevations can be taxing for those in good physical condition. If you have any concerns about traveling to high altitudes, please consult with your healthcare provider
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Tour Potala Palace & Visit Barkhor Street Bazaar
Stand in awe at the astonishing Potala Palace - one of the grandest monuments in all of Asia. Built in the 17th century, the palace boasts more than 1,000 rooms, including the Red Palace (where the Dalai Lama once lived), 10,000 active chapels, and a labyrinth of mysterious dungeons. It took over 7,000 workers and 1,500 artists and craftsmen more than 50 years to build the adjoining White and Red Palaces. This Eastern architectural triumph was once the world's tallest building before the creation of 20th-century skyscrapers. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the bustling Barkhor Street Bazaar in the heart of Lhasa, a highlight of the city. Walk along the circular street filled with merchants and vendors offering a huge variety of local Tibetan art, crafts, and even tasty snacks. Later this evening, savor a traditional Tibetan dinner together. Afterward, take a trishaw ride around Potala Square before heading back to your hotel
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Jokhang Temple & Sera Monastery
Morning visit to the Jokhang Temple where you may observe the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and hear the musical sounds of chanting sutras and the spinning of prayer wheels. Inside, thousands of yak-butter candles cast a glow beneath the enlightened gaze of the golden 7th century Jowo Shakyamuni Buddha statue. Stop at a Tibetan Art shop to collect souvenirs to bring home. Lunch is at a local restaurant before visiting the Sera Monastery, one of Tibet's three most important university monasteries. In the afternoon, you can often see monks gathering to debate points of Buddhist learning while gesturing with elaborate and symbolic movements
Overnight: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Sunday - Travel to Beijing
Your flight from Tibet transports you to Beijing, the sprawling capital of modern China. Upon arrival, you’ll immediately see the huge architectural contrasts and sense the cultural changes in this mega metropolis. Dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Great Wall of China, Summer Palace
An amazing day! Travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most spectacular structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. On your way, stop at a jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most precious and symbolic stones used for over 4000 years. Then, arrive at the Badaling section, the best-preserved and most complete section of the Great Wall of China. Mount the ramparts of this ancient wonder to view beautiful mountain passes, plateaus, and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. To aid local organizations, plant a tree along the ancient paths to commemorate your visit to the Great Wall. Linger over lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Beijing. End the day with a visit to the fabled Summer Palace, the resort of the Empress Dowager and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery before strolling along the sprawling palace with its lakes and gardens
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Tuesday - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Visit Pandas at Beijing Zoo
Your exploration of Beijing continues to huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square’s Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for Imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong to declare the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once the residence of Chinese Emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. After, lunch at a local restaurant, stop at a local pearl shop to learn about this popular export. Continue to the Beijing Zoo with its ingeniously designed Panda houses. Meet one of the adorable Giant Panda Bears, China’s most relaxed local celebrity and perhaps watch them munch on bamboo and watermelon! Bid farewell to your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at tonight’s festive Peking Duck Dinner at a delightful restaurant
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Shanghai-Xian, Xian-Lhasa & Lhasa-Beijing
  • Lhasa Xin Ding Grand Hotel does not accommodate 3 persons in a room. Pricing will reflect 1 twin and 1 single room.
  • This program is available for U.S. Passport Holders only: A visa is required for entry into Tibet and is obtained on your behalf. This visa is required in addition to and separately from a China visa. Entry into Tibet is strictly controlled by the Chinese government, and rules for entry change regularly and without notice. Once you have made final payment, you will receive an email containing special instructions on how to apply for your Chinese visa. At this time, we are only able to obtain a Tibet visa for U.S. passport holders. Entry to Tibet is never guaranteed, regardless of nationality. On occasion, entry to Tibet may be prohibited entirely and without notice. In the event of a border closure, we will make alternative arrangements for affected passengers to visit Guilin, China. Travel arrangements in these cases will be based upon the best available transportation and accommodations.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • For visa information, check our Visa page.
  • Visa required for China
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  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers

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