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Classic Tibet Discovery Tour 9-Days

Classic Tibet Discovery Tour 9-Days
• Tour Code: GTT02
• Starting Price: USD1328 per person
• Departure Dates: Upon at any date
• Features: Private guide & vehicle
• Starts from: Chengdu
• Departs from: Lhasa
• Destinations: Chengdu, Lhasa, Gyangtse, Shigatse, Lhasa
 
  • Day 1: Arrival in Chengdu, Meet & Greet at Airport, Transfer to Hotel  
    Meals Included: No meals available
     
    Our GCT representative will meet you at the airport and assists you to your hotel. Relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to recover from the jet lag. 
    Day 2: Chengdu, Chengdu Panda Base, Wide & Narrow Alley of Chengdu
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    Optional Tour: Changing Faces Opera with Backstage Visit
     
    We will visit the Chengdu Panda Base (Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding) in the morning. The panda base imitates pandas' natural habitat so that pandas can have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. We may also find other endangered wild animals, such as lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals. We will visit the Wide & Narrow Alley of Chengdu in the afternoon. The wide and narrow alleys are two ancient streets being restored to the original Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) architectural styles. We will experience the leisurely and comfortable life in Chengdu with boutique hotels, characteristic local snacks, traditional teahouse, distinctive inns and relaxing spas.
    Day 3: Fly to Lhasa, Rest at Hotel in the afternoon
    Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch
     
    We will take a morning flight to Lhasa, Tibet. Upon arrival at this 12000 feet elevated city of Lhasa, we will be transferred to hotel for rest and adjust our body to high elevation. We may feel the effects of high altitude therefore it is strongly recommended that we plan on a minimum of two hours of bed rest upon arrival to help us acclimatize, and be sure to drink plenty of water during our time in Tibet.
    Day 4: Lhasa, Tibet Museum, Norbulingka, Potala Palace
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    We will start to explore Tibet from Tibet Museum to know the history and the development of Tibet. This museum houses a large amount of valuable treasures found in Tibet: ancient religious books written in gold, silver or coral powders, Buddha statues made from diverse materials, colorful Thangkas and many handicrafts with distinctive Tibetan characteristics. Later we will visit the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama: the Norbulingka Park. After lunch we will visit the highest palace in the world, the Potala Palace. Built on the red hill in the center of Lhasa, the Potala Palace boasts more than 1000 rooms including the Red Palace where Dalai Lama once lived.
    Day 5: Lhasa, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Bazaar, Sara Monastery
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    We will visit the 1300-year-old Jokhang Monastery in the morning where we will follow local Tibetans for a Kora of Jokhang Monastery, walk around theBarkor Bazaar. Jokhang Monastery, constructed by King Songtsen Gampo in the year AD647 is the most famous Buddhist temple in Lhasa. This monastery has remained the centre of Buddhist pilgrimage for centuries, and over a period of last several centuries, the monastery complex continue to be expanded and now covers an area of around 25,000 sq. meters. We will visit Sera Monastery in the afternoon. Founded in 1419, at its height, Sera monastery was residence to more than 5,000 monks and five monastic colleges, although much less active now, with only several hundred monks currently in residence. One of the most interesting times to visit the monastery is in the afternoon when monks, after finishing their morning scripture classes, can be seen debating in the courtyard. They emphasize their debate points with heavy foot stomping and loud claps of the hands. This highly animated debating method is part of the time-honored monastic educational system. 
    Day 6: Drive to Gyangtse, Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    Drive to Gyantse via the sacred Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Yamdrok Lake is a freshwater lake over 72km long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. We will cross our first pass, Kampala Pass, which is 4,800 meters above sea level, and get a magnificent view of this sacred lake embraced by a chain of snow-clad peaks. After picnic at lakeside we will cross the second pass, Karola Pass, which is about 5,000 meters above sea level, where you will take a break to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and Karola Glacier. Arrive at Gyantse in the late afternoon
    Day 7: Gyangtse, Palcho Monastery, Kumbum Pagoda, Drive to Shigatse
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    In the morning we will visit Palcho Monastery and Kumbum Pagoda. The Palcho Monastery (also named Pelkor Chode Monastery or Shekar Gyantse) is the main monastery in Gyantse, in the Nyangchu river valley. The monastery precinct is a complex of structures, which, apart from the Tsuklakhang Monastery, also includes its Kumbum, believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet, that is most notable for its 108 chapels in its several floors and the old Dzong or fort. The Palcho Monastery and Kumbum Pagoda are one of Tibet's most outstanding artistic achievements. After lunch we will drive for 59 miles to Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse, visiting Shalu Monastery enroute. Shalu Monastery or Salu Monastery is small monastery founded in 1040 by Chetsun Sherab Jungnay, for centuries it was renowned as a centre of scholarly learning and psychic training and its mural paintings were considered to be the most ancient and beautiful in Tibet. Shalu was the first of the major monasteries to be built by noble families of the Tsang Dynasty during Tibet's great revival of Buddhism, and was an important center of the Sakya tradition.
    Day 8: Shigatse, Tashlunpo Monastery, New Palace of Panchen Lama, Drive back to Lhasa
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
     
    In the morning we will visit Tashilunpo Monastery which was founded in 1447 by Dalai Lama 1st. This monastery is located on a hill in the center of Shigatse. Tashlunpo in Tibetan means: "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory". The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelukpa tradition. The highlight here is the world's largest bronze Buddhist statue which is 26 meters high. New Palace of Panchen is the summer palace of the tenth Panchen Lama. Besides the splendid palace interior, we will see a number of precious cultural relics like murals. Tashlunpo Monastery is one of the six most famous Yellow Hat Sect (Gelukpa) monasteries in Tibet. This sect was founded in 1409 by Tsongkhapa in Ganden monastery and two of his disciples became the ancestors of Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama system after he passed away in 1419. After lunch we will drive 280km back to Lhasa. Along the way, we can view the deep gorges of the highest river in the world.
    Day 9: Departure from Lhasa, Tour Ends at Lhasa Airport
    Meals Included: Breakfast
     
    Transfer to the airport after breakfast at hotel. Tour ends at Lhasa airport. 

     

  • Classic Tibet Discovery Tour 9 Days Tour Prices
     
    From Dec 01 to Feb 28, 2014
    2 pax: double occupancy rate, USD1728pp; single occupancy rate USD1928pp
    3-5pax: double occupancy rate, USD1608pp; single occupancy rate USD1808pp
    6-9pax: double occupancy rate, USD1488pp; single occupancy rate USD1688pp
    Over 10pax: double occupancy rate, USD1328pp; single occupancy rate USD1528pp
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
     
    From Mar 01 to Nov 30, 2014
    2 pax: double occupancy rate, USD1778pp; single occupancy rate USD1978pp
    3-5pax: double occupancy rate, USD1658pp; single occupancy rate USD1858pp
    6-9pax: double occupancy rate, USD1538pp; single occupancy rate USD1738pp
    Over 10pax: double occupancy rate, USD1378pp; single occupancy rate USD1578pp
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
     
    Booking Notice
    Tour starts in Chengdu
    Tour ends in Lhasa
    Tour Feature: Exclusive private tour (with private guide and private vehicle)
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
    Minimum of two persons are required at the time of booking
     
    Pricing Policy
    The prices are based on per person, twin sharing basis
    Infants (under 2 years of age) traveling with parents: free of charge
    Child (2 -12 years of age) sharing a bed: 80% of the adult price
    Child (2 -12 years of age) sharing no bed: 60% of the adult price
    Tour Inclusions
    Tibet Travel Permit
    Hotel accommodations with daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
    Domestic flight with tax included: Chengdu/Lhasa
    Meals as specified (B for breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner at local restaurants)
    Private air-conditioned car/van/coach for land transportation
    Experienced English language speaking tour guide
    All admission tickets to sightseeing places
    All government taxes
    Tour Exclusions
    Optional tour & Insurance
    International flights to Chengdu and departing from Lhasa
    Gratuities to service staffs (please refer to Travel Information)
    Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc
    Reservation
    For reservation, please send an email to info@GrandChinaTravel.com. Please inform us: the tour code; the number of travelers; your name as appeared in passport; your passport number; the date of arrival in China and your international flight number. For details of payment, please read our Terms & Conditions.
  • Classic Tibet Discovery Tour 9 Days Optional Tours
     
    Day 1: Changing Faces Opera with Backstage Visit, USD60 per person
    On this optional tour, we'll experience the Changing Faces opera. Face changing (bian lian) is an ancient Chinese dramatic art that is part of the more general Sichuan opera. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and move to quick, dramatic music. They also wear vividly colored masks, typically depicting well known characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand. Before the performance, we'll meet the performers backstage and try another Chinese art: hand shadow play done with a sophistication you have probably never witnessed.
     
     
  • Chengdu Furong Hotel
    Add: No. 99 Guojielou Street, Chengdu
    Tel: +86-28-68086666
     
    The Furong Hotel is centrally located in Chengdu near Tianfu Square and Renmin Park. Each of the 111 air-conditioned rooms has a private bath, telephone, safe, and TV with free cable Internet access. Hotel facilities include a Chinese restaurant serving Sichuan cuisine. Other facilities include multifunctional center, business center, lobby bar, tea house, rooftop garden and KTV room.
     
     
    Shangbala Hotel
    Add: No.1 Danjielin Road, Lhasa, Tibet
    Tel: +86-891-6323888
     
    The Shangbala Hotel is well-located in the heart of the Tibetan Quarter in Lhasa, just a short walk from Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Bazaar and the Potala Palace. The hotel is 10km away from the Railway Station and 70km away from the Lhasa Airport. Each of its 70 rooms features a TV, telephone, minibar, and private bath. Hotel facilities include restaurants serving Chinese and Western cuisine, a bar, a sauna, currency exchange, business center as well as conference facilities for business travelers. 
     
     
    Gyangtse Hotel
    Add: No.2 Shanghai East Road, Gyantse Town, Tibet
    Tel: +86-892-8172222
     
    Gyantse Hotel is well located in the center of the ancient town, Gyantse. The hotel has 120 rooms, including single, double and triple rooms with attached bathroom, as well as deluxe suites. Moreover, it has 3 restaurants with seating capacity of 50, 100 and 300 people, and a bar with recreation facilities including pool table and dart.
     
     
    Shigatse Hotel
    Add: No.12 Shanghai Middle Road, Shigatse, Tibet
    Tel: +86-892-8822525
     
    Shigatse Hotel is located in the south of Shigatse. The Tashilumpo Monastery is about 1 km away from this hotel. The hotel provides 123 guest rooms, which interweaves traditional decoration with the modern comfort and conveniences. The rooms are exquisitely decorated and elegantly furnished offering a Tibetan style and ambiance for the perfect relaxation of the guests. There are restaurants providing Tibetan, Chinese and Western food. Business Center, Sauna, Meeting Room, Fitness Center are also available.
     
     
     
    Note: GCT is using above mentioned hotels for our regular tour packages. Shall you have special request for staying at hotels of your choice or hotels located at a specific area, please feel free to contact our professional tour consultant at info@GrandChinaTravel.com.

     

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