15 Days Highland Train Tour to Tibet

Beijing, Xian, Xining, Lhasa, Shanghai

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Tour Code: TCT-Tibet-09

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Well-designed tour route to enjoy the great wonders in China
  Never miss the Forbidden City and Great Wall in Beijing
  Experience the high speed train from Beijing to Xian and savor the wonder of Qin Terracotta Warriors
  Unique experience of the overnight train to highland Lhasa from the multi-cultural city Xining
  Visit the largest saline lake in China, Qinghai Lake
  Deeply impressed by the mysterious culture and highland natural view of Tibet
 

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 $ 2425

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Day 1Arrival Beijing
Be transferred to the hotel

Meals: No meals
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View

Day 2Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 3Beijing
Summer Palace, Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird Nest and Water Cube

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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 a visit to the Mutianyu 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.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing - Xian
Hutong Tour, High speed train to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Hutong Tour by rickshaw
Hutong Tour by rickshaw

Day 5Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda North Square, Xian City Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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 to visit the Xian City Wall (1 hour) - represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Then walk around Wild Goose Pagoda North Square, from which you can have a panoramic view of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6Xian - Xining
Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Tangbo Art Museum, Flight to Xining

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xining

Pick up from hotel in the morning, and transfer to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda,  one of the most well-preserved Tang Dynasty buddha temples. It is  reputed as the Tang Dynasty elaborate and valuable Buddhist architectural heritage. Then you will have a stop at Tangbo Art Museum, where you can not only enjoy the beautiful art works, but also have chance to learn Chinese caligraphy or Chinese painting. 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.

Sun & Moon Mountain in Xining
Sun & Moon Mountain in Xining

Day 7Xining
Qinghai Lake, Sun and Moon Mountain

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake

Day 8Xining - Lhasa
Ta'er Monastery, Train to Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: On the train

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.

Taer Monastery
Taer Monastery

Day 9Arrival Lhasa
Arrival Lhasa

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Qinghai Tibet Rail
Qinghai Tibet Rail

Day 10Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Street

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Day 11Lhasa
Drepung Monastery, Sera Monaster, Norbulingka Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery

Day 12Lhasa - Shanghai
Flight to Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Shanghai City View
Shanghai City View

Day 13Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road, The Bund

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden

Day 14Shanghai
Zhujiajiao Water Town, Free at leisure in the afternoon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In 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.

Zhujiajiao Water Town
Zhujiajiao Water Town

Day 15Departure Shanghai
Be transferred to the airport

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Service Ends

Notes: 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.

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3029 $3163
6 ~ 9 pax $2425 $2560
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3183 $3434
6 ~ 9 pax $2580 $2830
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3537 $3978
6 ~ 9 pax $2933 $3374
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


Remarks:

※ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2020 to Feb 28, 2021, 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

Traveler Reviews Feedbacks & Photos >>

5.0

THELMACONTLA

5.0

My family and I chose a 12 day trip in China with Top China Travel: Beijing, Xi´an, Shanghai, Guilin and Hong Kong. It was a wonderful and unforgettable trip, everything was well organized by the company and I really recommend it.
rmunzenmayer

5.0

Just returned from two weeks of travel through China set up by Rebecca at Top China Travel. Absolutely perfect experience. In each city our guides and drivers were the best! Started in Beijing, then Xian, Yangtze River Cruise, Wuhan and Shanghai. In each city a university educated tour guide was waiting for us full of local history and information. Additional evening attractions like Beijing Opera and Tang Dynasty Show were perfect. She set up a cooking lesson for us with a private family in Beijing that was the best. Each and every one of our requests were honored and planned specifically for us. A special trip to Wuhan, off the normal tourist path was delightful. We finished the trip with a visit to Shanghai Disney. So thankful to this organization for the trip of a lifetime.
Jose F.P. C

5.0

The 6 day Guilin tour had been very well designed with the help of M/s Raylene He, adviser of TCT. All the time had been fully filled and extremely enjoyable, visiting special, beautiful and interesting cultural, historical and scenic places. The tour general service had been very good, specially with the professionalism of the English speaking tourist guide M/s Tang Yong Hong. I would express my appreciation for these two excellent professionals for the good time provided with this tour.
silvertop65

5.0

My wife and I booked a private tour with Top China Travel for 6 days , From the outset the help we got from TCT was first class and Joyce our representative in China answered all our questions and tailored the tour accordingly . On arrival at Beijing airport the guide Venus and driver Mr Howe were there to meet us and take us to our very comfortable hotel which TCT had arranged. The second day we visited the Great Wall which was fantastic. Neil the guide for this trip was knowledgeable and very informative and later in the day we wandered around the beautiful Summer Palace at leisure. The Forbidden City with Venus our lovely guide was incredible as was meeting local people in the Hutong and market. A trip to Xi An to see the Terracotta Warriers taking the bullet train from Beijing was incredible travelling at 306 kilometres an hour. Comfortable and spotless taking just 4hr 20min to cover 1,200 Kms . Again when we arrived in Xi An station our guide Vincy and the driver Mr Toa were there to meet us and take us to our hotel. The next morning our car driver and guide took us to the Buddhist Pagoda in Xi An the first to be built in China, Very Interesting and so peaceful. The terracotta warriors were incredible, a massive site with five pits. We cannot thank Top China Tours enough for helping us to have an experience of a life time and we recommend them unreservedly. Clive and Lynne..
rambleglobal

5.0

We used Top China Travel to book our entire 16-day trip through Beijing, Xian, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu, Leshan, Guilin, Yangshuo, and Shanghai. We had a private guide and driver in each metro area who was always there to pick us up at the airport/train station and drop us off at the airport (and help us check-in for the next flights even). Our guides spoke English well, were very accommodating to our needs, and were fun be around throughout each segment. We were a little hesitant to book with a company based in China, but we combed the internet for reviews and found many that appeared authentic and all were good reviews. While in China, we met multiple people traveling with larger groups than us but paid more money than we did for our custom trip. If you're going to China, you have to at least consider Top China Travel - they were excellent.
phuhu6

5.0

At first, we were a little skeptical about this company because we found it online and we had to pay the full amount before the trip. We took a chance and it turned out to be a really good, credible company. We would not hesitate to book another trip with this company in the future. This company provided adequate English-speaking tour guides. Overall, this is an excellent tour company. We would highly recommend this to anyone who would like to travel to China for a sight-seeing trip. And if you happen to go to Beijing, don't forget to ask for a tour guide named Mr. Kong. If you decide to use TCT to tour China, we would highly recommend to contact Yocky for exceptional customer service.
Amy M

5.0

We had a wonderful tour of Beijing, Xi’an, Lhasa, Chengdu and Shanghai. Our tour guide/ planner , Joyce , was so pleasant and helpful from beginning to end. We kept in touch throughout our tour through what’s app when any questions arose. Our personal tour guides in each city were knowledgeable and friendly as well as all of our drivers. We would highly recommend China tours. ( ask for Joyce!)
Leandri P

5.0

We did a private tour of Beijing and the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall in October. The company seamlessly put together the tour for us (graciously making changes to accommodate our preferences) without any problems. All the staff I dealt with (Joyce as the organizer and Sisi as the tour guide) was absolutely fantastic. Very kind and knowledgeable people who goes out of their way to make suggestions to ensure the most amazing experience you could possibly have. I wholeheartedly recommend this company for anyone wanting to travel to China. Truly an amazing company!
DEBORAH O

5.0

Thanks to Ms Raylene He we had a wonderful and well organised trip to 5 destinations which all went off without a hitch including being met by guides and drivers in each city and looked after very well. This all included several domestic flights a train trip and permits. I have no qualms in recommending this company to other travellers.
tvschidambaram

5.0

Ms.Joyce of Top China Travel ( TCT ) made a wonderful program for my family in a short notice. Highly committed and tour operators are excellent and good in communication. Shown us all beautiful places and were amazing. Commitment to time was so good and we never had any problems anywhere.
johnhagnas

5.0

In september 2016 we (2 couples from Finland) started to plan for a real encounter with Asia. Quite soon the project grew and we decided to ask for help. Top China Travel made it easy for us in China. We gave rough guidelines and Janet made a proposal based on that. After some iteration (we did not want everything) we ended up in a plan. The plan was good, if not excellent, and the price within our budget. Deal! In april we spent three incredible weeks in China. Now we are back home and have digested the whole thing. We are very happy. Janet and her guides made it so easy for us and everything worked perfect. This is incredble, because we traveled around a lot. By train, car, air...tickets, time schedules, hotels...perfect! Thank you. In really recommend. John
suarezfamilyto

5.0

Top China Travel provided an intense 15 day tour of China. Now that we look back we realize how much we accomplished. It was more expensive than a regular tour, but it was worth it. Very few local people actually understand and speak English, so having a guide to take us around was a great help. We had a different guide in each area, but all were great; Alex, Liang, Kellie, Annie, Gerry, Adam, among others, really made each city trip enjoyable. They provided an overall view of their area, including the main sights and picked an excellent restaurant for our lunches so we were able to sample lots of different local foods. We had a car just for us and the guide basically picked us up at the airport/train station and ended his assignment after checking us in for our flight/train ride to the following city in our itinerary. We couldn't have done everything we did had it not been for the organization of this custom tour. Only issue we had is that we were only 1 day in Xian and therefore missed the cultural night show since we arrived too late into Xian to make it that night; and the following day after touring the Terracotta Soldiers we left in the afternoon for our next stop. Would have liked to have been told about this famous show so we could have maybe rearranged something. Other than this, Top China Travel made our China experience a memorable one.
BigV36

5.0

Rebecca from Top China Travel organized the trip for 4 for 2 weeks. We had a private driver and tour guide in each city. We were met and escorted everywhere from pickup to drop off at train stations or airports. The guides were excellent and generally spoke English well. they were enthusiastic and helpful. We often had them ordering our meals because of language issues. The tour in each city was very good. Unfortunately as someone else has indicated the Oct 1 week is very busy and so you have to time where you go to try to avoid the unbelievable crowds. The travel arrangements whether by train or air were perfect with no hassles or problems. we were always met punctually and there were never any surprises. Meals were excellent in the absolutely amazing hotels which were 5* plus. Getting used to the Chinese food was challenging and so it did take a bit of effort to figure out what our stomachs could handle but we did prefer the local restaurants as opposed to sticking with western food. Our favourite site was Guilin. The landscape and scenery spectacular plus the opportunity to hike and cycle refreshing after the big cities. One must see Shanghai and the warriors but be aware that there are crowds and a lot of traffic so getting anywhere is often longer than expected. Overall I would do the trip again and 2 weeks was certainly a good length of time. The organization and attention to detail was excellent
NicosiaSylvia

5.0

We visited Beijing, Guilin, Xi'an and Shanghai. Our itinerary was followed as planned. All our guides well very professional, well educated and spoke english very well. Value for money. Hotels booked were great. I would definitely travel again with TCT. They have great service and very flexible.
Amar P

5.0

We used Top China Travel for a 6 day Beijing City Tour and Badaling Great Wall Tour and we must say we were very impressed! Our tour guide Tina was very fluent in English and did a very good job of explaining the significance behind the various historical sites and attractions. As a vegetarian family, they were able to arrange a vegetarian lunch on both days for us. The only issue we had was that they only provided us two hours on the Great Wall which we realized was not adequate enough, given the huge crowd that visits the Badaling section of the wall. Apart from that, we would definitely recommend Top China Travel to anyone visiting China!
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