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Classic China & Tibet Highland (2013)

12 Days from only $2699

Beijing, Xian, Chengdu (Panda Base), Lhasa, Tibet

Overview

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of China and Tibet on this unforgettable 12-day overland package tour! Your trip begins in Beijing, where you visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and other imperial palaces and gardens. Continue to Xi'an to marvel at the famous legion of Terracotta Warriors guarding Emperor Qin's tomb. Travel to Chengdu, China's most laid back city, the home of Sichuan spicy food, and the gateway to Tibet, for a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.

Then journey into the "Roof of the World" to get inspiration from the Tibetan Buddhism and experience a culture far different from our own. Soak the timeless beauty of Tibet highland, and tour the mystical Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama, witness the debate between monks at the Sera Monastery, sip yak-butter tea at a Tibetan family home, visit the sacred Jokhang Temple, and walk at the wonderful and colorful Bakhor Bazaar-It's an experience not to be missed.

This 12-day tour itinerary is a shorter version of our 18-day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey trip, without Yangtze Cruise and Shanghai. These two tours share the same itinerary for the first 11 days.

Want to see more of China? Consider the following tours you might like:

18-Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey, including 3-night Yangtze River cruise, canal towns of Suzhou & Tongli, and metropolitan Shanghai.
 
22-Day Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong, including Guilin, Longsheng's Dragon Spine Terraces, and 3-night at Hong Kong.
 
What's Included

Roundtrip non-stop flights from San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK) to Beijing with Air China
 
All Intra-China flights, ground transportation and transfers
 
Comprehensive private sightseeing tours and evening shows including entrance fees
 
26 bountiful meals including 10 American buffet breakfast, 8 lunches and 8 dinners (subject to change depending on China internal flight schedule)
 
Comprehensive private sightseeing tours and evening shows including entrance fees
 
Exclusive Culture InSites Programs featuring people to people experience and insider's perspective of local culture
 
Professional service of an expert Tour Director throughout from Beijing to Lhasa (for group of 10 or more)
 
Professional local guide in each destination city