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13-Day China Tour with Lhasa

Tour route: Shanghai - Chengdu - Lhasa - Xian - Beijing

  • Tour code: EssentialTour-Spectacular-01
  • Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour).
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date.
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Day 1: Shanghai, Arrival

On your arrival at Shanghai Pudong airport, your tour guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

Day 2: Shanghai, Yu Garden & Shanghai History Tour

Today you'll explore some essential highlights of Shanghai.  Firstly, visit the French Concession, which will bring you back to Shanghai in the 1930s, followed by a silk factory where you'll see how silk is made. In the afternoon, you will visit the Yu Garden and the bustling Yuyuan Market, before enjoying some leisure time at Xintiandi and visit the Wulixiang Museum there. 

The optional show for tonight is Acrobatics Show which can bring you a memorable night in Shanghai

Day 3: Shanghai-Chengdu, The Bund & World Financial Center

After breakfast, you will walk down the Bund to appreciate the architectural gallery there. And then get a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Shanghai World Financial Center

After, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Chengdu, the home town of giant panda. Your Chengdu tour guide will pick up you at the airport and escort you to hotel for check-in. The rest day is free for you to explore this leisure city on your own.

Day 4: Chengdu, Giant Panda and Chengdu City Highlights

On this day, you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, followed by a trip to the Wangjiang Park and a tea house where you can spend some time sitting in it and enjoying a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu and Jinli Old Street. Enjoy the amazing Sichuan Opera including face changing skill tonight is a recommended show for you.

Day 5: Chengdu-Lhasa, Free Day

You will be free to pursue your personal activities until being escorted to the airport for your flight to Lhasa, capital of the mysterious Tibet.

Upon your arrival at Gonggar Airport, you will be welcomed and accompanied to your hotel by your local guide (around 1.5 hours' drive). For the remainder day, you’re advised to relax at your hotel to adapt to the high altitude.

Day 6: Lhasa, Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple

The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, the Palace was built in 641 AD and was a winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.

Later, you will visit the age-old Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet, and walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street.

Day 7: Lhasa, City Temple Tour

After breakfast, you will tour the charming Norbulingka Park, which is known as "the Summer Palace of Tibet", and then come to Drepung Monastery, an ancient temple that once housed 10,000 monks in its heyday.

You tour ends at Sera Monastery. Built in 1419, the monastery is one of thethree largest monasteries in Tibet and is famous for its Buddhism ScripturesDebates.

Day 8: Lhasa-Xian, At Leisure

Free in the day until your local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Xian, the historical capital of 12 dynasties. Upon your arrival, your local guide will meet you and guide you to your hotel.Rest of the day is yours to relax.

Day 9: Xian, Terracotta Warriors & City Highlights

You will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors in the morning. These clay statues of soldiers, horses and chariots all standing in battle formation were commissioned by the emperor of the Qin dynasty as part of his mausoleum.  After lunch, you will visit the Ancient City Walls, and if you prefer, enjoy a cycling on the wall is a fantastic experience. Continue to a Jade Gallery and then move to Small Wild Goose Pagoda which is one of the not-to-miss cutlural sites in Xian.

In the evening, a recommendation is Tang Dynasty Show which is a famous night show to let you know more about stories in ancient China.

Day 10: Xian-Beijing, Confucian Temple & Guozijian

On this day you will be free until being escorted to the airport for your flight to Beijing, the capital of China.

Upon your arrival at the Beijing airport, your local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Then you will visit the Hutongs (Nanluoguxiang section), Confucian Temple and Guozijian.

Day 11: Beijing, City Highlights Tour

On this day you will first visit Tiananmen Square followed by the magnificent Forbidden City,  the world's largest palace complex with 9,999 buildings once the house for emeprors in Ming and Qing dynasties since 1420. In the afternoon you will marvel at the incredible Temple of Heaven, a place once for imperial rituals and now is a leisure park to feel the local life atmosphere. And pay a visit to the Longing Pearl Store.

Tonight, an optional show for you is the Chinese Kung Fu Show which may bring you the charm of Chinese martial art.

Day 12: Beijing, Great Wall Tour

Today’s sightseeing begins with the world-famous Great Wall (Mutianyu Section). Reputed as the 8th Wonder of the World, the Wall was first built over 2,000 years ago as a complicated defensive structure for ancient China. divine beasts and officers. Later you will also have a leisure stroll along the Sacred Road, before going back to the down town. 

Day 13: Beijing, Departure

How times flies. It’s time to bid farewell to China.

You will be free to continue your self-guided exploration or relax in hotel to pack your luggage & sweet memories until being escorted to the airport for a flight to your next destination.

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around China will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

Standard Tour ClassComfortable Tour ClassDeluxe Tour Class
ShanghaiGreenland Jiulong Hotel comfortable hotel star No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China The Bund Hotel comfortable hotel star 525 Guangdong Road, Shanghai China The Westin Bund Center Shanghai deluxe hotel star No.88 Henan Middle Road, Bund Center, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China
ChengduMinShan Lhasa Grand Hotel standar hotel star No 88, Northern Road of Xiaojia River, No 4 of the Southern Part of Yihaung Road, Chengdu, Sichuan Tianfu Sunshine Hotel comfortable hotel star No.2, Taisheng north Road, Chengdu, Sichuan, China Sofitel Chengdu Taihe deluxe hotel star 15 Binjiang Middle Road, Sichuan Province CHENGDU, CHINA
LhasaNew Mandala Hotel standar hotel star Jiangsu Road Stadium Toward East 50 meters, Lhasa, China XinDing Hotel comfortable hotel star 8 Second Jinzhu Road (Jinzhu Er Lu) Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa comfortable hotel star

Room Type:Junior Suite

No 10, Bo Linka Road, Lhasa, Tibet, China
XianSkytel Xi'an (Formerly Prince International Hotel) standar hotel star No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710001, China Grand Noble Hotel Xian deluxe hotel star 334 Dong Da Jie(East Street), Xian City, Shaanxi Province, China No. 334 East Street, Xian City, Shaanxi, P.R.C. 710001 Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square deluxe hotel star No. 319 Dongxing Road, Xian, China, 710004
BeijingDong Fang Hotel Beijing standar hotel star No. 11 Wanming Road ,Xuanwu District, Beijing ,China P.C.100050 Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel comfortable hotel star 3 Jinyu lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, 100006, China The Regent Beijing deluxe hotel star 99# Jinbao Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China

We pick Hotels for You Based on:
Location:most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality:all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel criteria for each tour class

Hotel arrangement for Standard Tour Class

It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

Standar Hotel

 

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in very rare cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience. 
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Comfortable Hotel

 

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

Luxurious hotel with top-notch service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Deluxe Hotel

Meals

Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.

A la carte lunch

When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We provide a la carte lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. A la carte meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. The a la carte allowance would be adequate for a decent meal in our recommended local restaurants, but varies from different restaurants and different cities. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family.

Your own dinner choice

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.

When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.

Private Transportation

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.

In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.

To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.

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