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Tibet Discovery Group Tour

Tibet Discovery Group Tour
• Tour Code: GGT02
• Starting Price: USD1950 per person
• Trip Duration: 11 Days
• Starts from: Beijing
• Departs from: Shanghai
• Departure Dates: Fixed departure dates
• Destinations: Beijing, Lhasa, Gyanste, Shigatse, Shelkar, Mount Everest Base Camp, Lhasa, Shanghai
  • Day 1: Arrival in Beijing 
    The prelude of your escorted China tour starts when you meet our professional local guide at Beijing Airport after reclaiming your luggage and clearing customs. Your guide will accompany you in a comfortable vehicle to the hotel and help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day is left for you to have a good rest or to become familiar with our capital city on your own.
    Meals Included: No meal
    Accommodation: 4-star Qianmen Jianguo Hotel Beijing
    Day 2: Beijing 
    Have breakfast at the hotel and be ready in your room at 8:00AM for further instruction of 700-acre guide. Then visit the massive Tian'anmen Square, then take a trip to the Old Hutongs, this tour will conclude your memorable Beijing trip. Taking the local rickshaw and traveling along the narrow lanes, you will get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle and culture. In the afternoon tour the Summer Palace and view the scenery of its lake (One-way boat cost is included). Then Drop off at Beijing Olympic Green on the way back to hotel If time and traffic permits! Those who want get into the stadiums of Bird’s Nest or Water Cub could buy tickets on the spot by their own. Optionally you can join the Chinese Kongfu Show with extra charge.
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 4-star Qianmen Jianguo Hotel Beijing
    Day 3: Beijing 
    Today, ride to the legendary Great Wall of China and stand on its famous ramparts. A local lunch is included, along with a visit to a jade or cloisonné enamel workshop. In the afternoon, then see the Forbidden City with its elegant palaces, pavilions and landscaped gardens, once open only to nobility.
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 4-star Qianmen Jianguo Hotel Beijing
    Day 4: Beijing to Lhasa
    Arrival and check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, we visit the heart of Lhasa the old Jokhang temple and stroll together with the prilgrims along the Barkhor the lively market street.
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
    Accommodation: 4-star Lhasa Tianfeng International hotel  
    Day 5: Lhasa – Yamdrok – Gyantse  280km 5hrs
    Today we visit the highest palace in the world— Potala Palace which is the Dalai Lama's winter palace. It locates on the red hill, a good viewing point in Lhasa. Then, we drive through a very impressive scenery and over two passes and along the holy Yamdrok Lake to Gyantse which is said to be the most traditional town in Tibet. On the way we will see some of the most beautiful sceneries of central Tibet. 
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 3-star Gyangtse Hotel 
    Day 6: Gyanste – Shigatse- Shelkar 330km 6.5hrs 
    Early morning we drive on Shigatse where the Panchen Lamas resides in Tashilunpo Monastery. Then,continue drive to Shelkar.     
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 3-star Shelkar Hotel
    Day 7: Mount Everest Base Camp  100km 1.5hrs
    Today we get up early and drive to the Everest Base Camp. When we are lucky we can see the whole Himalaya mountain range with several of the highest peaks in the world.Late afternoon drive back to Shelkar for overnight
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 3-star Shelkar Hotel
    Day 8: Shelkar to Lhasa 520km 9.5-10.5hrs
    Today we enjoy the landscape during a long drive back to Lhasa. 
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 4-star Lhasa Tianfeng International hotel
    Day 9: Lhasa/Shanghai
    Transfer to Lhasa airport and fly to Shanghai, China’s most modern metropolis.
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 5-star Lexington Plaza Mingde Shanghai 
    Day 10: Shanghai
    View the Shanghai Museum, Continue to Yuyuan Garden, a 16th century Ming period private garden/residence in the heart of Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter. Along is the local bazaar and Shanghai Old Street. Visit Former French Concession District.. Stroll along the Bund and Nanjing Road to experience the thrills of old and modern Shanghai today. Tonight you can take an optional acrobatics show or enjoy night life at Xintiandi.
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Chinese restaurant
    Accommodation: 5-star Lexington Plaza Mingde Shanghai
    Day 11: Departure from Shanghai
    After breakfast, you may have your FREE arrangement as long as you check out before 12:00, the hotel can help to keep your luggage after check out if you don’t want go to airport right away, the cost to Pudong Airport costs usually no more than 200CNY, you may also choose to book the drop off service with English speaking guide at 450CNY for a car.
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel


  • Departure Dates and Rates
    Prices in U.S. dollars are based on per person with double occupancy
    Group Code Arr. Date in Beijing Dep. Date in Shanghai Rates Single Supplement
    CTJ05-0710 10-Jul 20-Jul $2250 $392
    CTJ05-0814 14-Aug 24-Aug $2250 $392
    CTJ05-0911 11-Sep 21-Sep $2250 $392
    CTJ05-1009 09-Oct 19-Oct $2128 $366
    CTJ05-1023 23-Oct 02-Nov $2128 $366
    CTJ05-1113 13-Nov 23-Nov $1950 $325
    What is Included
    • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast 
    • Meals as specified at local Chinese restaurants
    • Domestic flights/2nd class seat of high-speed train as specified in the itinerary
    • Cruise as specified in the itinerary 
    • Arrival Pick up in Beijing
    • Domestic airport tax and fuel fee
    • English-speaking guided coach tour in each city, with sightseeing programs listed in above itinerary
    • Service charge and government Taxes
    What is Not Included
    • Entry or exit China international airfare or train tickets
    • Optional program as mentioned in above itinerary or suggested by local guides
    Departure drop off in Shanghai.
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, Excess baggage charges, etc
    • Gratuities (for local guide: $8 to $10 per person(guest) per day, for driver: $4 to $5 per person(guest) per day.)
    • Tips to bellboy or porter (Suggestion: US$1 per piece of luggage per time)
    • National tour guide accompany from the arrival city to the departure city in China
    • Fees for entry visa to China
    • Traveler insurance
    • Services not mentioned in above itinerary
    Important Notice
    We suggest reconfirmation in advance if only one person request this tour!  In our join-in group tours with fixed departure dates, you will share tour guide and tour bus service with other participants. Participants and group size may be different in each city but usually no more than 18 travelers. Participants may come from all over the world. Usually most of them speak English. Our local guide will be speaking English during his/her service. 
    To meet every participant’s satisfaction to largest extent, local guide in each city will suggest optional sightseeing programs, special favor dinners or performance/show programs. These programs are not compulsive. You are on your own choice to buy them or not. 
    Join-in group tours should be book at least 30 days prior to starting day of the tour. When you book please provide detailed information of your full names, passport numbers, telephone number, etc. The information must be correct, actual and valid. We will check availability for your required departing date. If your required tour is available we will then reply with confirmation details.
    Cancellations and Refunds
    We will charge you cancellation fee if you would like to cancel your tour after your booking is confirmed. Please see details as below:
    Period before starting day of the tour Cancellation fee per person
    30 days or more before arrival and air tickets are not issued No Cancellation Fee
    29-10 days before arrival 30% of the full payment
    9-6 days before arrival 50% of the full payment
    5-1 days before arrival 100% of the full payment
    On or after arrival date 100% of the full payment
    Refund will be by the same means you pay. If you pay online or offline by credit card, refund will take at least one month. You can consult your bank for refund progress details.
    We will arrange for you to receive the services that you choose and that we confirm. These services will be provided either directly by us or through independent suppliers contracted by us. We are responsible for making sure that each part of the tour you book with us is provided to a reasonable standard and as was advertised by us, or as changed and accepted by you.
    The responsibility of us and its affiliated companies are strictly limited. We shall not be responsible for any wrongful or negligent acts, omissions, or failure to act of any suppliers such as those of surface, air, and water transportation, sightseeing excursions, cruise/hotel accommodations, or of any third party not directly owned or operated by us. If airline or cruise company change or cancel a flight/cruise, we will push the airline and cruise company to work out a solution, to change another flight/cruise for you. In this case we reserve the right to vary the sequence of sightseeing and/or to re-route the order of cities, or adjust the days in related cites but will ensure same arrival date in Beijing and same departing date in Shanghai. In either case, there are no refunds for any unused or unavailable excursions.
    By utilizing the travel services of the suppliers, you agree that you will look to such suppliers for any accident, injury, property damage, or personal loss to you or to those traveling with you, and that neither we nor any representative of us shall be liable. 
    We reserve the right to substitute hotels of similar quality at any time or to make changes in itinerary of similar quality, flights, or cruise ships. 
    Our local tour guides may arrange some souvenir shop visits during the tour. For every single group, local guide may adjust the shops described in the itinerary to meet the group members’ interest and demand. However, such visits will be strictly limited to only once in each city, unless extra shopping visits are required by group members.
    Please understand that not all museums and attractions are open every day of the year. We reserve the right to vary the sequence of sightseeing and/or to re-route the order of cities if that will enable you to visit all listed excursions. In either case, the itinerary content will be maintained to the extent possible and there are no refunds for any unused or unavailable excursions.
  • Hotels for A tour to the roof of the world 


    Qianmen Jianguo Hotel Beijing or similar


    Lhasa Tianfeng International or similar


    Gyantse Hotel or similar


    Shelkar Hotel or similar


    Lexington Plaza Mingde Shanghai or similar

    Standard Hotel: 4-star Qianmen Jianguo Hotel Beijing  
    Add: 175 Yongan Road, Xicheng District , Qianmen & Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China 100050
    Tel: +86-10-65070243
    A prime location in Beijing’s business and commercial center, this hotel is perfect for businessmen and a convenient base for tourists. Qianmen Jianguo Hotel houses the Liyuan Theater, where singers from the world famous Bejing Opera perform. Beautiful Taoranting Park, a few minutes’ walk away, provides a leafy respite from the hectic city. The Temple of Heaven is within walking distance, and so too is the famed Liulichang Cultural Street. Tiananmen Square is three kilometers away. The hotel exterior may look old, but the rooms are modern and have been refurbished. Good conference facilities, restaurants serving treats from several regions of China, and a large comfortable lobby enhance your stay. And do not forget to visit the famous Liyuan to enjoy traditional Beijing opera routines.
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Gyantse Hotel 
    Add: No.2 Shanghai East Road, Gyantse Town, Gyangze County
    Tel: +86 892-8172222
    Gyantse Hotel built in 1988, is in the ancient city center of Gyantse Town. In 1994, it was voted as one of the top 96 best hotels in China. 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. The television in the Gyantse Hotel  has the BBC news channel. The sun-lit lobby shopping area has Chinese and Tibetan costumes available for rental, if you'd like a photograph of yourself in one.
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Lexington Plaza Mingde Shanghai 
    Add: No. 558 North Xi Zang Road Shanghai, SH 200071
    Tel: +86-21-56720666
    The Lexington Plaza Mingde Shanghai is the first luxury five star international hotel in the Zhabei area. Strategically located in the city center, the hotel is within walking distance of the Shanghai Railway Station and Subway Station and allows for easy access to your business and leisure destinations. Our hotel is only 20 minutes from Hongqiao Airport and 45 minutes from Pudong International Airport. The impressive 28 story property features 288 spacious and elegantly decorated rooms offering breath taking views of the city below. All accommodations are equipped with broadband Internet access, spacious private baths, LCD televisions and VOD movie systems. Occupying the top three floors of the hotel, are our Executive Level accommodations, which include complimentary breakfast, access to the Executive.

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What Our Customers Say About GCT

We have returned safe, sound and very pleased. This is just a brief note to thank you for your hospitality, care and attention for details. We were a bit anxious before starting this tour but thanks to your organizing skills we have returned with great bundles of very happy memories. Your guides are all wonderfully dedicated individuals. They made our stay and movements easy, enjoyable and educational.

A small group from Toronto is soon departing for a 20 day tour with you. I have no doubt they would benefit from your expertise just as much as we did, or more. We have already talked about your organization and its people to a number of our friends. We will be happy to talk to any one else at your suggestion.

With all the best wishes
April, 2007
From Canada