15 Days Highland Train Tour to Tibet

Beijing, Xian, Xining, Lhasa, Shanghai

Tour Code: TCT-Tibet-09

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November. p.s. July and August will be the best months for a tour to Qinghai Lake, Xining.

Price from $ 2500

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Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the highest land in China, where is nearest place to the sun. Start your journey with a visit to cultural Beijing and ancient Xian, you will then, with us, to discover the religious charm of this vast mysterious land, to appreciate the most primitive natural beauty of Xining and Lhasa. Finally, reach Shanghai this busy fashion city but still remains its brilliant past. Whether you are an ancient-civilization freak or an extreme-sports fanatic, this trip has something truly special in store for you.

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Beijing Be transferred to the hotel
02 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
03 Beijing Summer Palace, Badaling Great Wall, Bird Nest and Water Cube
04 Beijing-Xian Hutong Tour, High speed train to Xian
05 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall
06 Xian - Xining Shaanxi History Museum, Flight to Xining
07 Xining Qinghai Lake, Sun and Moon Mountain
08 Xining - Lhasa (Train) Ta'er Monastery, Train to Lhasa
09 Arrival Lhasa Arrival Lhasa
10 Lhasa Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Street
11 Lhasa Drepung Monastery, Sera Monaster, Norbulingka Park
12 Lhasa - Shanghai Flight to Shanghai
13 Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road, The Bund
14 Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town, Free at leisure in the afternoon
15 Departure Shanghai Be transferred to the airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the Capital city of China. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No meals
Recommended Hotel:In Beijing

Beijing City View

Day 2 Beijing

Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tiananmen Square (40min) - the World's largest urban square, and the Forbidden City (2.5 - 3 hours) - the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven (1 hour) in the afternoon. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Opera 1.5 hours (daily 19:30)(your own expense)

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 3 Beijing

In the morning, Take to visit Summer Palace, which is China existing largest and best preserved imperial garden, also is one of the four famous gardens in China. Then take a driving for 75km to visit the Badaling Great Wall (2 hours) - one of the best-preserved and most accessible sections. After that, drive back to downtown, exterier view of Bird Nest and Water Cube, the symbol building of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Your tour ends by drop off at your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Beijing
Optional Night Activities: Peking Roasted Duck around 1 hour(your own expense)

Badaling Great Wall

Day 4 Beijing    Xian

After breakfast, drive to Drum Tower area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw (Short route, 40 min) - the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle. After you lunch in Beijing, be transferred to Beijing Western Railway Station to catch a high speed train to Xian. Your Xian tour guide will wait for you at the exit of Xian North Railway Station and help you to transfer to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xian

Hutong Tour by rickshaw
Hutong Tour by rickshaw

Day 5 Xian

Ample time will be provided for visits to Terracotta Warriors (2.5 - 3 hours) - one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. After lunch near the Terracotta Warriors area, drive back to the downtown for a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (1 hour) - the site of the old Han and Tang capital Chang'an. After that, continue to visit the Xian City Wall (1 hour) - represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Xian
Optional Night Activities: Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner 3.5 hours (daily 18:00 - 20:30 for dinner, 20:30 – 21:35 for Tang Dynasty Show)(your own expense)

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6 Xian  Xining
Finish up your Xian tour by visiting the famous Shaanxi History Museum (2 hours) - one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for a 1.5 hours flight to Xining (2261m), one of the major gateways to the Tibetan Plateau. Your Xining tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to check in the hotel. After that, have a rest of this day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xining

Collection of Shaanxi History Museum
Collection of Shaanxi History Museum

Day 7 Xining  Qinghai Lake  Xining

After breakfast, you will start your tour to Qinghai Lake (Average 3,200m /10,500ft above sea level). After 2.5 hours driving, you will reach this largest inland and salty lake of China. During the way, you can have a short stop at the Sun & Moon Mountain site - a natural boundary of the Loess Plateau and Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. In the late afternoon, be transferred back to Xining and have a rest of this day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Xining

Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake

Day 8 Xining  Lhasa

Today, you will first take a 0.5 hour driving to Ta’er Monastery (2 hours) - one of the six grandest monasteries of Tibetan Dge Lugs School, for your half day religious tour there. After lunch and free at the leisure till be transferred to Xinning train station for your overnight train to Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:On the train

Ta’er Monastery
Taer Monastery

Day 9 On the train Lhasa

It will be a tired day because you need to stay on the train for more than half of this day. After arrival Lhasa (altitude: 3600m), your Lhasa tour guide will wait for you at the train station. Be transferred to the hotel and have a rest of this day.

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel:In Lhasa

Lhasa City View
Train to Lhasa

Day 10 Lhasa

Taking a visit to Lhasa, a trip to Potala Palace (1 hours) - largest monastery of its type in the world and official home to Dalai Lama. When finished lunch, move to Jokhang Monastery (1 hour) - where monks receive their official training and education. The surrounding Jokang Monastery of is Barkhor Street (1 hour) - afford us a window into Tibetan culture and an opportunity to buy colorful ethnic handicrafts rarely seen outside of Tibet. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Lhasa

Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Day 11 Lhasa

After breakfast, enjoy your one day city tour today that starts with a visit to Drepung Monastery (1.5 hours) - one of the three great monasteries in Tibet. Drive back to the downtown and have the lunch, then continue your tour to Norbulingka Park (1 hour) - a traditional summer palace and residence starting with the 7th Dalai Lama. After that, pay a visit to Sera Monastery (1.5 hours) - .to see a monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Lhasa
Tips: The starting time of the monks debating in Sera Monastery is around 15:00

Drepung Monastery

Day 12 Lhasa Shanghai

Feel free in this day till be transferred to the airport for a 3-hour flight to Shanghai. Upon the arrival, your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to check in the hotel. Have a rest in the hotel in this day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Shanghai

Shanghai City View
Shanghai City View

Day 13 Shanghai

Today, enjoy your full day city tour that start with the visit to the Jade Buddha Temple (1 hour) - famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg. And then, go to Yuyuan Garden (1 hour) - a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit the nearby Chenghuangmiao Old Street (1 hour). After lunch time, continue to have a bird-eye view of the city after ascending Shanghai’s new landmark- Shanghai World Financial Center (1 hour). After that, have a nice walk along the Bund (30 min) - famous as a group of building known as "a Gallery of world architecture". After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Shanghai
Optional Night Activities: Acrobatics show about 2 hours (daily 19:30)(your own expense)

the Bund
the Bund

Day14 Shanghai Zhujiajiao Shanghai

Today, have a leisure visit to Zhujiajiao Water Town, a picturesque and classic water village, over 400 years old with a signature five-arch bridge spanning the Cao Gang River. It was an important town for local trade, shipping goods in and out of its manmade canals to the river. You will take a leisure stroll around the maze of paths and bridges, and take a boat ride to view the residences of this nicely-preserved water village. Then be transferred back to Shanghai. Free at leisure in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Shanghai

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Day 15 Departure Shanghai

Your China Experience is over all too soon as you transfer to the airport and board the homebound international flight, bidding a fond farewell to this ancient land.

Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

When choosing high-speed train in your China tour, you need to take the luggages by yourself and keep an eye of them on transporting time, no luggage-checking service on the train.

Prices (per person in US$)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $3122 $3261
6 ~ 9 pax $2500 $2639
Comfortable Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $3281 $3539
6 ~ 9 pax $2659 $2917
Deluxe Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $3646 $4100
6 ~ 9 pax $3024 $3478
Price includes:
  Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
  Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
  Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  All attraction entrance fees as specified
  Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
  China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
  Tibet Permit

Price excludes:
  International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  China Entry Visa Fees
  Personal expenses
  Optional tours, meals, activities and services

※ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2018 to Feb 28, 2019, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※ TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※ No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise. 
※ Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※ Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※ TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

Optional Activities

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckPeking Opera
Lhasa Tibetan DishesTibetan Song and Dance Show
Shanghai Xiao Long BaoAcrobatics Show

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