Sichuan & Tibet – The Roof of the World
12 Day Tour, from £3220 per person
This tailor-made tour begins in Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan Province and home of the giant panda, before travelling to Lhasa – one of the world’s highest cities - where the magnificent Potala Palace dominates the skyline. Discover the largest stone Buddha in the world, sample delicious Sichuan cuisine and journey along the Friendship Highway to Shigatse where the historic and culturally important Tashilhunpo Monastery attracts travellers from around the world.
Take an overnight flight to Chengdu.
Arrive in the capital of China’s Sichuan Province and transfer to the hotel for three nights.
Visit the internationally recognised Giant Panda Breeding Research Base which plays a leading role in giant panda conservation. In the afternoon, visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before enjoying a delicious Sichuan dinner and a unique performance of Sichuan Opera. (B,L,D)
Today learn how to cook spicy local dishes at the Sichuan cuisine Museum before returning to the city to visit Jinli Old Street, one of the oldest shopping streets in China where teahouses, food stalls, handicraft shops and folk performers line the ancient streets. (B,L)
Fly to Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region and one of the highest cities in the world. Transfer to the hotel for three nights. (B)
Visit Lhasa’s key landmark, the stunning Potala Palace. Once the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, it comprises White and Red Palaces and sits majestically atop Marpo Ri (Red Hill). Continue to the 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple and witness a seemingly endless stream of pilgrims before strolling along flourishing Barkhor Street with its spiritual souvenir stands selling prayer flags and amulets. (B,L,D)
Visit Norbulingka Park, a UNESCO Heritage site, and explore the beautiful and pretty grounds and the Summer Palace, former summer residence of the Dalai Lama. Spend time exploring Drepung and Sera Monasteries, both important sites for Buddhists. There may be the chance to witness monks partaking in animated and vocal religious debates. (B,L,D)
Travel to Shigatse along the Friendship Highway. The journey passes through the Yarlung Valley and a stop will be made at Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet’s most sacred lakes. Visit a Tibetan family to learn a little about their way of life. If time permits, take a stroll around Palcho Monastery, well known for its Kumbum which has 108 chapels over its four floors. Overnight in Shigatse. (B,L,D)
Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery which was built in 1447 and is the home of the Panchen Lama, one of the most important religious leaders in Tibet. Explore Maitreya Temple and the Panchen Lama’s Palace before returning to Lhasa for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
Fly to Chengdu. Enjoy the afternoon free to relax or explore the city. (B)
Drive to Leshan and marvel at the sheer scale of the Giant Buddha. Carved out of the cliffs at the confluence of the Dadu, Minjiang and Qingyi Rivers, this must-see site is the largest stone Buddha statue in the world. Standing 71 metres high the statue was hewn from the mountainside to guard the boatman on the treacherous rivers below. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
12 day tour, from £3220 per person
- Return flights with British Airways direct from London Heathrow to Chengdu
- Return flights between Chengdu and Lhasa
- Accommodation as stated in 3-4* hotels
- Meals as stated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Sightseeing tours with English speaking guide
- Travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Chinese visa
Tour Route Map
- China, Chengdu
- China, Lhasa
- China, Shigatse
- China, Yamdrok Lake
- China, Tibet
- China, Chengdu
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My holiday arranged by yourselves on the Transiberian Express from 20th August until 4th September was one of the most spectacular I have ever had. It exceeded all my expectations.
The organisation, accommodation, staff and extra care taken by all concerned was second to none. I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone.
Of course all the help and assistance you gave to me as well all helped make the whole experience a delight.
I met some delightful people and saw some amazing places.
I am so glad I travelled with you.
Ms Hilary Fryer
September 19, 2016