15 Days Highland Train Tour to Tibet

Beijing, Xian, Xining, Lhasa, Shanghai

Traveler Reviews


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
 

Price from $ 2500

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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.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

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


Remarks:

※ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2019 to Feb 29, 2020, 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

Natasha J

5.0

I can't recommend this company enough!! I started talking to Yocky via the chat system on their website, as we wanted to do a 2.5 week trip around China. Our itinerary was: Shenzhen-Beijing-Xian-Kunming-Dongchuan-Chengdu-Guilin-Sanya Here's how things went: 1) She was instant in her replies and responded to subsequent emails within the hour (and trust me, I sent A LOT of emails). She was always so thorough and efficient. 2) She made us a tailor made trip that covered everything we wanted, including some slightly more off the beaten track attractions. 3) She helped us keep to our budget and suggested reasonable things we could cut out when things were too expensive (not something many companies would do as they are trying to make a quick buck). 4) She listened to all of our requests for things such as early morning flights, vegetarian food, and readjusting itineraries. 5) All our drivers and guides were EXCELLENT; they were prompt, kind, spoke excellent English and had a wealth of knowledge about all the sites we saw. All the cars on our private tours were nice and comfortable and had water. 6) Despite asking for 3* hotels, all 7 hotels we stayed in seemed like 4* to us and all included breakfast. 7) With such a large and complicated trip there were bound to be a few hiccups (e.g. there was a marathon in Xian one day which meant a lot of roads were closed, so we couldn't access sites). Yocky was in touch with us the entire time and helped us rearrange our plans quickly and ordered complimentary tickets to a show to make up for the inconvenience. We were so nervous about our first trip to China as we speak no mandarin and are strict vegetarian but honestly this was one of the best trips of our life; this company made it so easy for us and I really can't imagine having been able to do it myself any better!
Candi S

5.0

Raylene did a wonderful job organizing our tour to meet our time constraints. She answered all questions very efficiently. Our tour guide Rocco met us at the airport and the Driver was waiting near by. I have specific dietary restrictions and the guide was extremely helpful communicating that with the restaurants. The trip was so easy and we always felt safe. My husband and I are looking forward to booking a more extended trip in the future. There is so much to see and the food is wonderful!
William C

5.0

This company has assisted me greatly for more than 3 years. The staff.especiaaly Maggie.are very helpful.prompt innovative. I highly recommend this company for all traval. Hotels.tours.airline tickets.
0808joe00

5.0

My extended family of 11, ages from 14 to 82, visited Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing. Lilly was instrumental in helping us planning the family trip. She was always prompt, helpful, and pleasant responding to our endless inquiries. We had Vicky in Shanghai as our guide. She was caring and sincere. Even though dinner was not included in our itinerary, Vicky accompanied us to restaurants so that we wouldn't get lost. When we left Shanghai, all of us missed having Vicky as our guide. Sally in Xi'an was professional. Cathy in Beijing was energetic, funny and caring, and we bonded with her instantly. At the end of our tour, she even took us for shopping after her service was officially over. At the airport, as we hugged each other to bid farewells, I felt as if I was parting with a longtime friend. All 3 guides were extremely accomodating my 82-year-old mother-in-law and assited in hiring a wheelchair for her at each sightseeing site. Because of each member of TCT with their mpeccable service, our family trip was a memorable one. I highly recommend TCT to anyone who is planning a trip to China. Thank you Lilly, Vicky and Chathy. You guys are awesome!!!
catebeai

5.0

Today we had a great day. We went to the Great Wall. Walked about 1 kilometer of the 8000. We went to a Jade warehouse. We had a great lunch there. We then went to the summer palace and enjoyed the views. We ended our day with a tour of Hutong. We had a fabulous dinner in the home of Mrs. Fan. So far our driver (Mr. Luo)and Dream have been wonderful. Five stars.
Redbeak

5.0

If you ever go to Beijing try to have Likun Sun or Li as we called him, as your guide. He is very professional, very knowledgable and also good fun. His English is very good, so no communication problems, and he goes out of his way to make sure you see and do everything you want to. We went to Gubei Water Village, to Simatai Great Wall and on to Chengde, where we visited the Imperial Summer Resort. Li suggested we took the shuttle bus which took us around the huge grounds with several photo stops with fantastic views. An excellent suggestion as there was no way you could have seen so much on foot. Then we visited the Putuo Zongcheng Temple and Quingchui Mountain. Li was able to tell us all about the history of the temple, explaining its origins. From there we drove to Shanhaiguan Area to see the First Pass Under Heaven, Great Wall Museum and where the Great Wall ends/starts in the sea. Again Li was a fount of information. But the thing we really appreciated was being able to find out so much about not only Chinese culture and history but Li told us about everyday life. Unlike many other guides Li had a professional career which involved travel abroad, and when he was forcibly retired at 60 he retrained to become a guide. His previous experience gives him a perspective and depth of experience you don't get with younger guides. He tells you about life in China past and present from personal experience. And best of all he is so very enthusiastic about being your guide, for example, finding out what you like to eat and making sure you get it!
Luis Miguel P

5.0

I just did a 8 day tour going from Beijing,xian,Shanghai and it was fenomenal this company has an extraordinary service the hotels,restaurantes,sites,shows,etc.. were very good if you planing to go to china visite the TCT page to look for the best tour because they have many.You won't regret it
zaheer12a

5.0

I took the boat cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Lunch was included on board. The day of the trip it was raining, which I felt added something to the ambiance. There aren't any buildings along the way, it's pretty much all nature. I liked the experience personally, but I feel that the price was a little high. The food on board was decent as well, but drinks were outrageously expensive.
hollihowe

5.0

From the moment we started planning this private tour trip our experience was very professional and accommodating. Our guides were first rate, the sites we saw were amazing and we are glad our guide in Beijing altered the days of our site seeing because of bad weather, so make sure we got to see everything we wanted. Saw many sites, had time to shop, and were not pressured into anything. We traveled with 7 family members ages 20 to 74 and there was something for everyone. Would highly recommend this tour company.
World_lover4

5.0

TCT was very helpful in our Guilin trip. We are vegetarians and they made sure we were well fed. We had a private tour with TCT and my only regret was that I wish it had included a Li river cruise to Ghanshou. Make sure you ask for one instead of going by road.
rr201410

5.0

We book a China Tour through TCT. We received great assistance during the planning phase when our trip advisor (Rebecca) gave as details of all the visits, shows and transportation between cities and was very attentive to our demands. The tour was great, run according to the script and we want to send our words of thanks and appreciations for the efforts, knowledge, flexibility and punctuality to our guides: Lily (1) in Beijing, Lily (2) in Xian, Jane in Guilin, David in Chongqing, Helen in Yichang, Ryan in Shanghai. Many thanks to TCT for the great tour of China.
lakazdi

5.0

I went on a Top China Travel group tour. Everything was so well organised that I never had to worry about anything. I really liked that the group was small and it felt like we were a big group of old-friends all travelling together, not just a passenger on the bus. Every hotel, guide, driver and restaurant was very well picked. I was very happy with how well-informed each guide was, how flexible they were to ensure we all had a great time, and their English was all very good. At every step of the way, guides had us fill in a Top China Travel feedback form which I am certain the company take very seriously since their service was so good. I will be passing on their details to all my friends and family who want to travel in China.
Liz L

5.0

This is not a review of the Guilin Day Tour, but of the transportation services TCT was able to arrange for me in the remote Sichuan Province for HuangLong Scenic Area and Jiuzhaigou Valley. I didn't have a need for a tour service, but I wanted to make arrangements for transportation in this remote area because I was travelling solo and wanted to make the most of my time. TCT was able to arrange transport for me from HuangLong JiuZhai Airport (JZH) to HuangLong; the driver waited for me while I hiked in the HuangLong Scenic Area (3-4 hours) and then transported me to my hotel in Jiuzhaigou. As arranged, a driver to met me at the airport with my name on a sign and then drove me to HuangLong, waited and then drove me to Jiuzhaigou. I was able to pay in advance with Paypal. This area has lots of mountains, valleys, small villages, and not a lot of public transportation. What a fantastic service! My hotel in Jiuzhaigou was not set up to make these kinds of transportation arrangements. I can't say enough about how professional this organization is. All of my questions via email were answered quickly. I had complete confidence in Maggie Qin, the Sales Representative that made all the arrangements. She included her phone number in our correspondence in case I need to get in touch with her in China. This came in very handy because my Chinese is limited and the driver's English was even more limited. He was able to call Maggie and confirm exactly the agenda for the day. Really, I am blown away by the customer service at TCT.
Hartmut M

5.0

I wanted to visit Tibet, and based on the very positive reviews for this company, I booked with them and was not disappointed.
Our contact was Janet, and she was great both in preparing the trip (including answering immediately to our questions, even when it was midnight in China) and in making sure everything worked out smoothly (including checking at 5:00 am that we indeed got our transport to the airport).
In Tibet, we took the "5 days Lhasa & Yamdrok Lake" tour. On the way to Tibet I had a stopover in Beijing, and took the opportunity to do two days of sightseeing. I asked Janet for recommendations, and she suggested the day tours "Hiking on Jinshanling Great Wall" and "Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven".
I think these tours were indeed the highlights of both Beijing and Tibet for us, and if I would go to Tibet again (e.g. with my wife and son, who could not come with us this time) I would book the same tours.
I usually prefer to organise my travels myself, but it seemed the only realistic possibility to get a Tibet travel permit is to book with an approved travel agency. In general, when booking with an agency, you pay slightly more and have fewer options, but on the other hand, it saves a lot of preparation time and is a lot safer if you don't know much about the country you travel to.

In Beijing, the expertise of the travel agency got our group on the Great Wall at a spot where almost no other tourists were - this spot was (almost) inaccessible due to a construction zone. On my own, I certainly would not have discovered this possibility. The other tour let us see the highlights of Beijing in one efficient and cheap bus tour, but on the other hand, it included a bit of (I guess) sponsored stops at a "Traditional Chinese Medicine" institute and a pearl factory. I would rather have paid a bit more and skipped these promotions, but they were short, and I just relaxed with a drink in the air-conditioned cafeteria. (During the preparation, Janet told me about the "shopping" that was included, and the "Jinshanling Great Wall" tour without shopping, but for the "Forbidden City" tour there was no alternative without shopping.)

In Tibet, the first day was for acclimatisation to the thin air, and indeed I was out of breath from just climbing the stairs to our hotel room. But after basically sleeping the first day, I was OK the next days, and for me the visits to the monasteries and the Potala Palace were absolutely amazing. Individual photos cannot convey the atmosphere of these large buildings with thousands of small and large rooms full of statues, pictures, scriptures, every square inch decorated, and everything with ancient traditions, but still in use today. This was the main reason I wanted to visit Tibet, and I was not disappointed. My daughter also enjoyed the mountain tour a lot, although to me it seemed surprisingly similar to the Alps (we live in Switzerland), just 4000 meters higher, and with cows replaced by yaks :-)
The only little inconvenience was the transport from and to the airport, which is about 50km from Lhasa. When we arrived, the driver was not there yet (it turned out his previous clients, who needed to go to the airport, had been late), and after he arrived, we still had to wait for some hour for the next clients to arrive at the airport (their plane was delayed). Well, that is what you get with cheap transport (included in the package). The opposite thing happened on the way back - the transport that would have been included in the package did not go early enough for the plane that was booked for us, so we had to pay 400 Yuan extra for private transport. But then this was super efficient, picking us up exactly at the promised time and bringing us to the airport at the right time to check in.

Summary: Amazing destination, very well organised tours, would book again with them!
Helen L

5.0

We have just returned from a very satisfying trip to China. One of the highlights was the lovely city of Guilin. We had no idea that this would be such a pleasant spot in which to stroll around and enjoy the bridges and walkways. The temperature was comfortable and we felt at home walking around the park, footbridges, and along the lakes. Helen and Jim from Canada
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