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Tibet & Hantang Culture Adventure (B) - China Orient Express

   
from US
$2435

Tour code:

OE07

Days:

11

Destination:

Lhasa - Sigaze - Gyantse - Qinghai - Tibet railway - Xining - Lanzhou - Tianshui - Xi'an

Summary:

China Orient Express offers first-class customer service, a romantic exploration of the Chinese most remarkable sites and a constantly changing room with a view. You can expect welcoming cabins, fine dining and elegant surrounding no matter which remote corner of the China you choose to explore.

 
Tour Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival in Lhasa (21 Jun, 2017)
Arrival in Lhasa (21 Jun, 2017)

Lhasa--the capital of the Tiber Autonomous Region. Upon arrival, meet by your guide and represent you a hada, a white scarf which is the Tibetan traditional way to wish you good luck. Then transfer to hotel to take rest for acclimatization of the high altitude. Overnight at hotel.

  • Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa or same class
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Day 2 : Explore the holy city of Tibet (22 Jun, 2017)
Explore the holy city of Tibet (22 Jun, 2017)

Following breakfast, we begin our exploration of the famous Potala Palace, perched on the northern side of Mountain. Throughout the ages, it had been the winter palace of Dalai Lamas. Its name means 'sacred Buddhist site' in the Tibetan language. This palace-like complex of buildings was first built in the 7th century AD by King Songtsen Gampo to mark his marriage with the Tang princess Wencheng as well as to house the Buddha images brought by Wencheng and the Nepalese princess Bhrikuti Devi. The palace also houses priceles sartifacts and artworks. Continue to Jokhang Monastery, situated in the center of Lhasa. It was first built in 674 AD to celebrate the marriage of King Songtsen Gampo with Princess Wencheng and Bhrikuti Devi, both devout Buddhists. This monastery underwent expansion over the years and today, its four-level main hall sports a gilded roof and a blend of Han Chinese, Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian architectural styles. Proceed to Barkhor Street in the old city, which offers glimpses of traditional Tibetan life. The faithful chant and circumambulate around Jokhang Monastery. In this circular street there are also shops selling a wide variety of crafts such as Tibetan knives, bangles, shoes and more.

  • Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 3 : Feel the breathtaking scenery of Yamzho Yumco Lake (23 Jun, 2017)
Feel the breathtaking scenery of Yamzho Yumco Lake (23 Jun, 2017)

Following breakfast, we depart for Xigaze. Along the way, we pass Yamzho Lake, whose name means 'swan lake'. Also known as Baidi Lake, it is wedged between two mountains, hence like a swan spanning its wings. The crystal-clear lake, located over 4,000m above sea level, has an area of 638 square meters. It is the largest freshwater lake in Tibet, with a depth of up to 59m. Thereafter, we continue to Sigaze.

  • Shigatse Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 4 : Discover the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet (24 Jun, 2017)
Discover the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet (24 Jun, 2017)

In the morning we will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo Monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery, whose beauty is on par with that of Potala Palace, is located 2km west of Shigatse. It was founded by the first Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup, in 1447AD. Its name means 'all fortune and happiness gather here'. The Main Chanting Hall houses the Panchen Lama's throne and several chapels, including a Sakyamuni chapel, Bodhisattva chapel and Tara chapel. Don't miss the Tenth Panchen Lama's Stupa. The Tenth Panchen Lama was a highly respected Tibetan Buddhist leader. We proceed back to Lhasa. On the way, we can enjoy scenic views of the Yarlung Zangbo Gorge / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet). Stay Overnight in Lhasa.

  • Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 5 : Enjoy the scenic journey on the World's Highest Railway (25 Jun, 2017)
Enjoy the scenic journey on the World's Highest Railway (25 Jun, 2017)

After breakfast, free at own leisure till we onboard the train on the world's highest railway. Thereafter, we begin the scenic train journey through the highest Point in the world. Along the way, we pass magnificent sights: snow-capped mountains such as Yuzhu Peak and Mt Kunlunshan; Kekexili reserve; Tuotuo River, the source of Yangtze River; Fenghuo Mountain Tunnel, the world's highest mountain tunnel; Tanggula Station, the world's highest railway station located at 5,072m above sea level; Qiangtang Grassland and more.

  • Over Night Train of Qingzang (soft sleeper for 4 guests)
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 6 : Meet the three treasures of Ta’er Monastery (26 Jun, 2017)
Meet the three treasures of Ta’er Monastery (26 Jun, 2017)

You could enjoy the fabulous scenery along your train trip. Today you will arrive Xining station and visit the Ta'er Monastery, whose name means '10,000 Buddhas'. Its construction began in the Ming Dynasty during the Jiaqing period. In 1560 AD, it was one of the six principal temples of the Tibetan Buddhist Yellow Sect. Don't miss its three treasures, which are of high artistic value. Buttered figurines, sculpted from colored butter, are lively and realistic depictions of stories, nature and humans, while colorful murals adorn the monastery's walls. The third treasure is sat in appliques in the shapes of Buddha and nature subjects, which are filled with cotton or wool and sewn on large fabrics. Thereafter, we embark on our night train to Lhasa. And then you will be escorted to the hotel for check in.

  • 5* Sanwant Hotel Xining or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 7 : Visit the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River (27 Jun, 2017)
Visit the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River (27 Jun, 2017)

After breakfast, we will visit Zhongshan Bridge, also called the first bridge over the Yellow River. In the year 1907, under the proposal of local officers in Lanzhou and Gansu and the help of a Germany businessman, the Qing Government began to build this first iron bridge over the upper reaches of the Yellow River. All materials, even the rivets, were transported from Germany to China using ships, trains, carts and any other means possible. The bridge was completed in two years, and named 'Lanzhou Iron Bridge over the Yellow River'. And then,we will drive to Lanzhou after a visit to the Waterwheel Garden. Originated from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the waterwheel is the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River area of Lanzhou. The Waterwheel Garden is a theme garden exhibiting the waterwheel culture. Here, you could appreciate the waterwheel driven by the flowing water all year round to collect water from the river or cofferdam. Overnight at hotel.

  • Grand Soluxe Hotel Gansu or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 8 : See the mysterious Maiji Grottoes (28 Jun, 2017)
See the mysterious Maiji Grottoes (28 Jun, 2017)

At 06:30am, we onboard the China Orient Express to Tianshui. About 11:30am, we arrive Tianshui and visit Maiji Mountain. The natural scenery of Maiji Mountain is the most beautiful among the famous resorts of grottoes in China. The Maiji Grottoes were first constructed in 384 and thereafter gradually became one of the large-scale grotto groups in China and the famous artistic spots in the world through continuous chiseling and reconstruction during more than ten dynasties. There are extant 194 grottoes, including more than 7,200 clay and stone statues and frescoes with an area of 1,300 square meters, which are retained from the 4th to19th century. We will take the ‘China Orient Express’ train to Xi’an at 20:30pm. Have a nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside. 

  • China Orient Express
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 9 : Meet the eight wonders of the world: Terracotta Warriors (29 Jun, 2017)
Meet the eight wonders of the world: Terracotta Warriors (29 Jun, 2017)

Have breakfast in the hotel, then we drive to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, one of the eight wonders of the world. Be excited to observe China's first emperor - Emperor Qin's great army of 8000 life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses in three burial pits. Afterwards, we continue to Huaqing Hot Spring in Mt Lishan. In ancient time, emperors used to come here to bathe and enjoy the scenic beauty. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty. 

  • 5* Sheraton Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 10 : Feel the beauty of ancient capital of China (30 Jun, 2017)
Feel the beauty of ancient capital of China (30 Jun, 2017)

Have breakfast in hotel, we visit to the Ancient City Wall of Xi'an, the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence, that encircles and protects the old part of Xi'an City. Then proceed to visit Statue of Star Point of Silk Road and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, with one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China. After a drive of 120km west of Xi'an, we will arrive at Famen Temple which was first set up during East Han Dynasty and is renowned for storing the veritable Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha. Thereafter we return to Xi’an, the marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at Tang Dynasty Palace will be prepared for you. The various savory dishes together with the exciting show will be sure to give satisfaction to your appetite, your eyes and your mind. Overnight at hotel.

  • 5* Sheraton Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner (Tang Dynasty Dinner Show)
Day 11 : Time to say goodbye to your unforgettable silk road trip (1 Jul, 2017)
Time to say goodbye to your unforgettable silk road trip (1 Jul, 2017)

Today is the day of farewell to your memorable silk road trip and the unique China Orient Express. After a pleasant breakfast, free at your own leisure till the assemble time for the transferring to airport for the flight back to your hometown or next destination. Bon voyage!

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Notes: ¥=RMB or CNY (Chinese Yuan, Renminbi)   $=USD, US Dollars

* Price is for per person, based on two persons sharing one room.
* If one person uses one room, he/she is required to pay additional charge named single supplement.

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Tour Cost:
Cabin Quad: USD2399/person
Cabin Triple: USD2499/person
Cabin Twin: USD2599/person; Orient Express Single Room Supplement: USD300/person
Hotel Single Room Supplement: USD400/person

1. All internal transportations and transfers in China, including China Orient Express and Tibet railway.
2. 8 nights accommodation in above mentioned hotels with private facilities.
3. 1 night accommodation on the luxurious China Orient Express with private facilities.
4. Soft sleeper overnight train from Qinghai to Tibet.
5. All meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking guide and all entrance fees.
7. On board service.
8. On board doctor and medical facilities.

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