Tibetan Adventure (20 days)

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flag Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Lhasa - Gyantze - Shigatze - Dingri - Mt Everest Base Camp - Zhangmu - Kathmandu
What's included?
+ included - not included
  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Experience the adventure of a lifetime and follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary to the base camp of Mount Everest. Tibet, known as the ‘Rooftop of the World’, holds a mystical attraction to foreigners, with a rich array of scenic panorama, wildlife and culture. Emperor Tours will take you on a journey of discovery and exploration from the heartland of the Middle Kingdom to the heights of Tibet and beyond, making this a holiday you will never forget. Tibet holds the potential for a very special travelling experience, so come and join us now for an adventure of a lifetime!

 

Day 1 UK to Beijing

Travel from London Heathrow airport for scheduled flight to Beijing.

(We can also arrange flights from other UK airports without any additional cost; upgrade to premium economy class or business class available on request)

Day 2 Beijing

Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer to hotel in city centre. Later this afternoon we visit the Temple of Heaven – the famous landmark of Beijing built in 1420 to accommodate the shrine of God of Heaven. Time permitting, we will visit the Olympic Village, Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube. Conclude today with a welcome dinner in a traditional Chinese restaurant.

Meals Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 3 Beijing

Start our tour this morning with a visit to Tiananmen Square – the largest public square in the world. Walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (with late Chairman Mao’s huge portrait hanging over the gate), we enter the magnificent Forbidden City – which served as imperial palaces for 24 emperors since the 15th century. This massive palace compound never fails to impress. In the afternoon the tour continues to the enchanting Summer Palace – the largest imperial garden in China. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 4 Beijing

Today we travel outside the city to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. You will be given plenty of time to explore this magnificent monument and climb to the top. Afternoon is spent visiting the Ming Tombs – 13 Ming Emperors were buried in the basin surrounded by Tiger and Dragon Mountains. The evening is time to relax with a traditional Peking duck banquet!

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 5 Beijing to Xian

This morning we take a short flight to Xian – the ancient capital of the Middle Kingdom. Upon arrival the tour continues to the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Tonight we enjoy a spectacular Tang Dynasty dinner show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 6 Xian to Chengdu

Today we visit the Ancient City Wall and the Great Mosque in Xian’s Muslim quarter before flying to Chengdu. Upon arrival, visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Traditional teahouses flourish here as the centre of local gossip and entertainment. Step into a local teahouse to get a glimpse of Chengdu people’s daily life.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 7 Chengdu

Day trip to Leshan. Visit the Grand Buddha Statue – the largest stone Buddha sculpture in the world. We then take a boat to Wuyou Si Monastery, touring around the Luohan Hall. After a sizzling Sichuan style dinner, we’ll enjoy the Chuan Opera performance and be dazzled by the spectacular changing-mask technique.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 8 Chengdu to Lhasa

Enjoy a relaxing morning. Those who feel particularly energetic can follow your tour manager to visit a lively local market. Flight to Lhasa in the afternoon. Transfer to 4* Lhasa Hotel. It’s important to take plenty of rest on the first day to get used to the high altitude. Dinner in hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 9 Lhasa

Today we visit the Potala Palace, built in the 7th century, this used to be the winter palace of Dalai Lama. This afternoon we visit Norbulingka – Dalai Lama’s summer palace. In the evening enjoy a Tibetan style dinner in a family restaurant – our friendly hostess will invite us to taste the homemade barley beer – it’s considered offensive to turn it down.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 10 Lhasa

We start our tour today with a trip outside the city to Sera Monastery – one of the three largest Gelupa monasteries. Afternoon return to the city to visit Jokhang Temple and the colourful Barkhor Market.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 11 Lhasa to Gyantze

Travel by coach to Gyantze. On the way we’ll visit the stunning Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. Upon arrival, tour to the Palkhor Temple. Stay overnight in 3* Gyantze Hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 12 Gyantze to Shigatze

We continue our journey this morning to the second largest city in Tibet – Shigatze, and visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Stay overnight in 3* Shigatze Hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 13 Shigatze to Dingri

We continue our journey today to Dingri, and visit the Sakya Monastery on the way. This monastery is a ‘must see’ for visitors to Tibet, divided into the Northern Monastery and Southern Monastery by the Drum River. Overnight in Dingri.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 14 Dingri / Mt Everest Base Camp

Today we drive to the Mt Everest Base Camp and visit the Rongbuk Monastery, the sacred threshold to Mt Everest with the most dramatic views in the world, a power place through which all seeking the highest peak via the North Face must pass. Return to Dingri later.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 15 Dingri to Zhangmu

Today we drive to Zhangmu at the border of Tibet and Nepal. Benefiting from its geographic feature, this small town has become the major trading post between Tibet and Nepal. The unusual climate here gives Zhangmu warm and humid weather all year round, creating some beautiful and stunning scenery.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 16 Zhangmu to Kodari to Kathmandu, Nepal

Say farewell to our Tibetan guide and driver. We walk across the Friendship Bridge to enter Nepal and are greeted by our Nepal guide and driver. Drive to Kathmandu. Check in to the 5* Annapurna Hotel or similar.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 17 Kathmandu

Today we tour to Swayambhu Nath Stupa – one of the most ancient stupa in Nepal, situated on a steep hill above the valley of Kathmandu. It is believed to derive from a time when, tradition says, the whole area was under the waters of a vast lake in a territory that was once home to nagas (a term used for unseen beings associated with water and fluid energy). Later we take a leisurely walk in Kathmandu, a city blessed with beauty and harmony, perfectly set in the green valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 18 Kathmandu

Excursion to the Pashupati Nath Temple – the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal. Later visit the ancient city –Patan, a city full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 19 Kathmandu to UK via Delhi

Optional morning flight in light aircraft over Mount Everest and Himalayas for unforgettable views and pictures (£120 per person). Late afternoon transfer for flight back to London Heathrow via Delhi.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 20 UK arrival

Arrive in London Heathrow. End of itinerary.

Beijing - 5* Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel or similar

5* Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel

Feel the pulse of the city from your central location on Wangfujing Steet, a short walk from Beijing’s international banking and shopping districts. Stroll 15 minutes to the mighty Forbidden City, Beijing’s vast, imperial network of wooden temples and palaces, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Xian - 5* Grand Noble Hotel

5* Grand Noble Hotel

Grand Noble Hotel Xi’an is a luxurious property, managed by Grand Noble Hotels & Resorts. The hotel offering comprehensive facilities and services for leisure and business stays. It is conveniently located in the commercial center, shopping and entertainment area of downtown Xi’an, neighboring several popular tourist attractions. Bell Tower and Forest of Stone Steles Museum is 10 minutes-walk away.

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Chengdu - 4* Buddha Zen Hotel or Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

4* Buddha Zen Hotel

Buddha Zen Hotel, a territory for Buddha-worshippers, is located at Wenshufang folk and custom street and adjacent to famous thousands-year Wenshuyuan Buddhist Temple, where you can listen to Buddhist sermons, smell incense, and experience ancient charms everyday.

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Lhasa - 4* Thangka Hotel

4* Thangka Hotel

Thangka hotel is situated beside the Jokhang Temple, the central area of the pilgrimage site. Near the sacred temple and overwhelmed by the religious atmosphere, the hotel is deemed as an auspicious place.

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Gyantze - 3* Gyantze Hotel

3* Gyantze Hotel

Gyantze Hotel is best hotel in the area. All rooms have en suite facilities with hot water, and many have fine views of the medieval town and the surrounding scenery.

Shigatze - 3* Shigatze Hotel

3* Shigatze Hotel

Located in the far south of the town. The Tashilumpo Monastery is about 1 km away and the Bank of China is almost next door. The hotel boasts of 123 guest rooms, which interweaves traditional decoration with the modern comfort and conveniences.

Dingri - Everest Hotel

Everest Hotel

Mt. Everest Hotel is located at Baiba Town of Tingri at the foot of the Mt. Everest. The hotel is relatively new which is conveniently located on the China and Nepal border.
Zhangmu - Zhangmu Hotel

Zhangmu Hotel

Kathmandu - 5* L'Anna Purna Hotel

5* L’Anna Purna Hotel

Hotel Annapurna has an illustrious history of decades of hospitality excellence since 1965. Named after the Goddess of Plenty, this 5.5 acres of luxury located in the heart of Kathmandu offers both comfort and convenience making it the ultimate address for both leisure and business travellers.

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Delhi - 5* Claridges Hotel

5* Claridges Hotel

Built in 1952, The Claridges remains one of New Delhi’s most iconic hotels till date. A perfect amalgamation of elegance and contemporary luxury, it is located in close proximity to the Capital’s bustling commercial and cultural centers.

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Delhi & Taj Mahal

Day 19 Kathmandu to Delhi

Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the 5* Metropolitan Hotel Nikko or similar.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 20 Delhi

This morning we visit the Red Fort, a fort constructed between 1638-1648 by the Shah. We then continue to Jama Masjid, the Great Mosque of Old Delhi, which is then followed by a rickshaw ride to Chandri Chowk, the main street of Old Delhi to Raj Ghat, which is the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. In the afternoon we tour New Delhi, visiting Qutuab Minar and the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Finally today we drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President’s House (which was once the Viceroy’s Palace), Parliament House and Secretarial Buildings.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 21 Delhi / Taj Mahal

Early morning transfer to New Delhi railway Station to board the Shatabdi Express train to Agra. Breakfast will be served on board the train. Upon arrival we will visit Fatehpur Sikri, a city built by Emperor Akbar but later abandoned due to scarcity of water. We will have the opportunity this morning to see the graceful buildings within the city including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Christi and Panch Mahal. This afternoon we visit the world famous Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife who died during childbirth. We will also have time to visit Agra Fort which was constructed on the banks of the Yamuna River. Evening transfer to Agra Railway Station to board the Shatabdi Express back to Delhi. Dinner will be served on board the train, and upon arrival you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 22 Delhi to London Heathrow

Full day free for independent activities. Late evening transfer to airport for flight to London Heathrow.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 23 London Heathrow

Arrive in London. End of itinerary.

Tour Price includes:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • Daily supply of bottled water;
  • Tibetan entry permit;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

 

Tour Price excludes:

  • China visa;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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19 nights
28/07/2017
16/08/2017
£4,370 (pp)
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All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
03/09/2017
22/09/2017
£4,370 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
08/10/2017
27/10/2017
£4,370 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
06/05/2018
25/05/2018
£4,400 (pp)
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19 nights
27/07/2018
15/08/2018
£4,460 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
02/09/2018
21/09/2018
£4,460 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
07/10/2018
26/10/2018
£4,460 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.

We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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