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Tibetan Wonders

  • Duration

    23 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Go Beyond
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    £4,490pp
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Journey through the diverse landscapes of Yunnan Province up to ‘the roof of the world' where you will experience the many wonders of Tibet. Admire ancient monasteries and Himalayan vistas before taking in the ultimate view of Everest.

Tour Highlights

Our Tibetan Wonders tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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Authentic Experiences

Our Tibetan Wonders Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is ideal for those with an extensive period of time who wish for a comprehensive visit to Yunnan Province and Tibet. This tour visits the main destinations and sights of these two areas. This is an active tour with scenic driving, long periods of walking and high altitudes – remember, Tibet is known as ‘the roof of the world’

  • Days 1-2

    Fly overnight to Kunming

    Days 1-2: Fly overnight to Kunming

    Fly overnight to the relaxed city of Kunming, also known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring'.

  • Day 3

    Discover the Stone Forest

    Day 3: Discover the Stone Forest

    This morning, meander through the formations of the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest. Visit Dianchi Lake and the Western Hills. Return to Kunming and tuck into local delicacy ‘Across the Bridge’ noodles for dinner. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Travel to Dali

    Day 4: Travel to Dali

    Drive to Dali, a charming town that offers a peek into bygone China. Wander the ancient quarter and see the magnificent Three Pagodas. (B,L)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 5

    Taoist Mountain Meditation

    Day 5: Taoist Mountain Meditation

    Weibaoshan is one of the Taoist religion’s most sacred mountains and has twenty temples dotted on its forested slopes. Take a scenic walk and discover a handful of these temples and meet with a Taoist priest who will introduce you to Taoist meditation techniques. (B,L)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 6

    Shaxi Ancient Town

    Day 6: Shaxi Ancient Town

    Drive to Shaxi ancient town, nestled deep in the Himalayan foothills. Learn about the fascinating minority people who live in the area and enjoy a local lunch. Continue to Lijiang and spend the evening wandering the old town. (B,L)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 7

    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    Day 7: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    A magnificent mountain, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain soars to 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the stunning high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. Admire the fascinating Ming Dynasty frescoes at Baisha and see the intricate creations of the embroidery school. Next, meet a Shaman who will teach you to write the forgotten language of Dongba Pictograms. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Day 8: Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Visit Black Dragon Pool Park for magnificent views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Journey to the 3,000-metre-deep Tiger Leaping Gorge. With its backdrop of snow-capped mountains, it is one of China's most extraordinary sights. Continue to the Tibetan monastery town of Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La. Visit Dafo Temple and spend some free time exploring the old town. (B,L)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 9

    Rural Shangri-La

    Day 9: Rural Shangri-La

    Visit Songzanlin Monastery before hiking 2-3 hours to Napa Hai. Here you are surrounded by towering mountains and lush grasslands brimming with flora and fauna. Next, visit a rural Tibetan-style village where you will learn about the villagers’ way of life, make butter tea and taste home-cooked dishes. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    Mystical Lhasa

    Day 10: Mystical Lhasa

    Fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet. The afternoon is free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude. (B,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Day 11

    Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Circuit

    Day 11: Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Circuit

    Wander around the Barkhor Circuit to see traditionally dressed locals, stalls of religious trinkets and prostrating pilgrims. Inside the Jokhang Temple, the devotion is palpable as queues of people worship in the flickering light of yak butter candles. There will also be a visit to Sera Monastery, one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, to witness the debating monks. Tonight, enjoy a Tibetan dinner and dance. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12

    Potala Palace

    Day 12: Potala Palace

    The Potala Palace is an architectural wonder, towering over the city. The former winter palace of the Dalai Lama, it houses thousands of rooms filled with old treasures. Next, explore Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lama, set in parkland just outside the city. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13

    Shigatse

    Day 13: Shigatse

    Travel across Tibet’s stark plains to Shigatse. Dominated by a fort reminiscent of the Potala, Shigatse is Tibet’s second city and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. Enjoy some free time to explore the local markets. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    New Tingri

    Day 14: New Tingri

    Continue by road to New Tingri, admiring the awe-inspiring views of the mighty Himalayas as you go. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15

    Mount Everest

    Day 15: Mount Everest

    Rise early to make the final assault across the Gue-La Pass to Rongbuk, a monastic village festooned in colourful prayer flags. With Mount Everest dominating the horizon, stop by the world’s highest post office, then continue to Everest Base Camp Boundary Monument. Situated under the gaze of Everest’s north face, the views of the world’s highest peak are unsurpassed (weather permitting). A total of 1–2 hours will be spent on foot today. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16

    Everest Sunshine

    Day 16: Everest Sunshine

    Rise early to see a glorious sunrise over Everest (weather permitting) before returning to New Tingri. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 17-18

    Shigatse & Gyantse

    Days 17-18: Shigatse & Gyantse

    Return to Shigatse. The next day, visit Tashilhunpo Monastery and join the pilgrims on their evening ‘kora’ of the monastery. Continue to the pleasant town of Gyantse to visit the Gyantse Kumbum located inside the Pelkor Monastery. Visit a traditional folk house for some home brewed 'chang’. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19

    Tsedang

    Day 19: Tsedang

    Travel along the Brahmaputra River to Tsedang. Visit Gangpo Ri, the ‘birthplace of the Tibetan people'. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 20

    Yumbulhakang Palace

    Day 20: Yumbulhakang Palace

    Perched on a hill over the Yarlung River, legend says that the ancient Yumbulhakang Palace was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan king. Continue to the Chang Chun Monastery and the King’s Tombs before returning to Lhasa. (B,L)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 21

    Chengdu

    Day 21: Chengdu

    Fly to Chengdu in Sichuan Province. (B)

    • Breakfast
  • Day 22

    Chengdu Panda Reserve

    Day 22: Chengdu Panda Reserve

    Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre, stroll around People’s Park, see Matchmaker’s Corner and stop by a traditional teahouse. In the evening, enjoy Sichuanese cuisine followed by an option to see a ‘facechanging’ show. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 23

    Fly Chengdu to UK

    Day 23: Fly Chengdu to UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 2

    Jinjiang Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Jinjiang Hotel

    JinJiang Hotel is located close to Kunming's main attractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel is home to one revolving restaurant as well as 6 dining options and a bar. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.

  • Nights 2

    Asia Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Tourist Zone, the Old Town of Dali, Yunnan Province, China
    Asia Hotel

    Backed by the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain range and facing Erhai Lake, the four-star Asian Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant, fitness room and currency exchange facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone and a view of the mountain or lake.

  • Nights 2

    Adange Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    No. 1317 Shangri-la Road, Lijiang, Yunnan, China
    Adange Hotel

    Located in the city centre of Lijiang, the Adange 4 star hotel offers 283 elegantly furnished en-suite rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite television, safety deposit box and refrigerator. The onsite restaurant offers local Chinese and Western dishes. A swimming pool and gym are also available.

  • Nights 4

    Tibet Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    No.12 Beijing West Road, Lhasa, Tibet, China
    Tibet Hotel

    Located a short distance from the renowned Potala Palace, the Tibet Hotel Lhasa has comfortable en-suite rooms with modern amenities, including air conditioning, tea making facilities, a minibar, satellite television and a safety deposit box. The hotel features a restaurant serving Cantonese and Tibetan cuisine, a lobby bar and a fitness room with sauna.

  • Nights 2

    Jin-Tone Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    NO.95,HuapaifangStreet, Wenshu Yuan MonasteryArea, Chengdu, China
    Jin-Tone Hotel

    Jin-Tone Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the core business area of Chengdu, close to CBD, Tianfu Square and Wide and Narrow Alleys.

The best times to visit China are in spring (April to May) and autumn, (September to October) when temperatures are warm and humidity low.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 14mm
  • Lijiang
  • 6°c
  • 2mm
  • Lhasa
  • -1°c
  • 1mm
  • Shigatse
  • -3°c
  • 0mm
  • New Tingri
  • -6°c
  • 0mm
  • Chengdu
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 10°c
  • 16mm
  • Dali
  • 9°c
  • 23mm
  • Lijiang
  • 8°c
  • 6mm
  • Lhasa
  • 2°c
  • 1mm
  • Shigatse
  • 0°c
  • 0mm
  • New Tingri
  • -3°c
  • 0mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 12mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 14°c
  • 20mm
  • Dali
  • 12°c
  • 28mm
  • Lijiang
  • 10°c
  • 17mm
  • Lhasa
  • 5°c
  • 3mm
  • Shigatse
  • 4°c
  • 1mm
  • New Tingri
  • 0°c
  • 0mm
  • Chengdu
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 17°c
  • 24mm
  • Dali
  • 14°c
  • 24mm
  • Lijiang
  • 13°c
  • 21mm
  • Lhasa
  • 9°c
  • 6mm
  • Shigatse
  • 8°c
  • 2mm
  • New Tingri
  • 3°c
  • 1mm
  • Chengdu
  • 17°c
  • 44mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 97mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 66mm
  • Lijiang
  • 17°c
  • 56mm
  • Lhasa
  • 13°c
  • 28mm
  • Shigatse
  • 11°c
  • 19mm
  • New Tingri
  • 7°c
  • 10mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 181mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 178mm
  • Lijiang
  • 18°c
  • 167mm
  • Lhasa
  • 16°c
  • 71mm
  • Shigatse
  • 14°c
  • 64mm
  • New Tingri
  • 12°c
  • 17mm
  • Chengdu
  • 24°c
  • 107mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 202mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 186mm
  • Lijiang
  • 18°c
  • 242mm
  • Lhasa
  • 16°c
  • 117mm
  • Shigatse
  • 14°c
  • 130mm
  • New Tingri
  • 12°c
  • 109mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 224mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 204mm
  • Dali
  • 19°c
  • 219mm
  • Lijiang
  • 17°c
  • 207mm
  • Lhasa
  • 16°c
  • 121mm
  • Shigatse
  • 13°c
  • 152mm
  • New Tingri
  • 11°c
  • 110mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 201mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 119mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 158mm
  • Lijiang
  • 16°c
  • 161mm
  • Lhasa
  • 14°c
  • 68mm
  • Shigatse
  • 12°c
  • 56mm
  • New Tingri
  • 10°c
  • 25mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 119mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 16°c
  • 79mm
  • Dali
  • 15°c
  • 104mm
  • Lijiang
  • 13°c
  • 70mm
  • Lhasa
  • 10°c
  • 9mm
  • Shigatse
  • 7°c
  • 5mm
  • New Tingri
  • 3°c
  • 2mm
  • Chengdu
  • 18°c
  • 35mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 12°c
  • 42mm
  • Dali
  • 11°c
  • 33mm
  • Lijiang
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • Lhasa
  • 4°c
  • 1mm
  • Shigatse
  • 1°c
  • 1mm
  • New Tingri
  • -1°c
  • 0mm
  • Chengdu
  • 13°c
  • 16mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 11mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 15mm
  • Lijiang
  • 6°c
  • 4mm
  • Lhasa
  • 0°c
  • 1mm
  • Shigatse
  • -3°c
  • 0mm
  • New Tingri
  • -4°c
  • 0mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 5mm
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