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Tibet Pilgrimage - Group Tour 2016 - 14 Days

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Beijing - Xi’an - Lhasa - Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai
During the 14-day tour covering the most of the must-see destinations in China, you will visit the ancient cultural cities of Beijing and Xi’an, enjoy the dynamic Shanghai, get impressed by the most graceful and charming city of Suzhou, and admire the mystery and scenery of Tibet.
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Day 1 (Wed) Arrive Beijing

airport-hotel transfer in Beijing

Day 2 (Thu) Beijing

breakfast, lunch
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City , Summer Palace , optional program
The Tian’anmen Square is the world’s largest and renowned public square where many historical events once took place.
The Forbidden City (UNESCO) is the imperial place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ruled for nearly 500 years (1420-1911). Experience the architectural splendor of the palaces, ceremonial courtyards, and private quarters.
The Summer Palace (UNESCO) is the largest imperial garden in the world. Emperors of successive dynasties created a summer retreat of Chinese gardens and pavilions, around the tranquil waters of Kunming Lake.
Optional program: Kung Fu Show with Peking Duck dinner (USD 60 per person)

Day 3 (Fri) Beijing

breakfast, lunch
Great Wall, Bird's Nest & Water Cube, a jade stone workshop en route
The Great Wall is one of the most spectacular structures ever built by humans and is the only one visible from space.
Take an outside tour to the Olympic Stadium, nicknamed Bird's Nest, and the National Swimming Centre, also known as the Water Cube.

Day 4 (Sat) Beijing

breakfast, lunch
Temple of Heaven, Hutong Tour, a pearl workshop en route
The Temple of Heaven (UNESCO), where ancient Chinese emperors made sacrifices to Heaven and prayed for bountiful harvests, demonstrates the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture.
Take a Hutong Tour to explore the oldest part of the city and gain insight into the traditional lifestyle and customs.

Day 5 (Sun) Beijing - Xi’an (by air)

hotel-airport transfer in Beijing, airport transfer in Xi’an
breakfast, lunch
Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
The Shaanxi History Museum, a national comprehensive museum in Xi’an, highlights the development of Chinese civilization more than 5,000 years.
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Tang Dynasty landmark, is a seven-story pagoda initially constructed in 652 AD. One of the pagoda's many functions is to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler - Xuanzang.

Day 6 (Mon) Xi’an

breakfast, lunch & special dinner
Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Dumpling Banquet & Tang Dynasty Show, a ceramic & pottery workshop en route
The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses (UNESCO) is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world. More than 6000 life-sized terra cotta warriors, archers, infantrymen, horses, and bronze chariots have silently guarded the tomb of China's First Emperor for over 2,200 years.
Enjoy a tasteful Dumpling Banquet followed by an exquisite traditional Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 7 (Tue) Xi’an - Lhasa (by air)

hotel-airport transfer in Xi’an, airport - hotel transfer in Lhasa
breakfast, dinner

Day 8 (Wed) Lhasa

breakfast, lunch, dinner
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
The Potala Palace, which used to be the residence of the Dalai Lama and seat of the Tibetan government, is currently converted into a museum. It is comprised of over 200,000 statues, temples, shrines, and historical Tibetan relics.
The Jokhang Temple, which commemorates the marriage of Tang princess Wencheng to King Songtsen Gampo, earns the reputaiton as the first Buddhist temple in Tibet.
The Barkhor Street, Lhasa's old market, is full of vendors selling their wares. The smell of Yak butter is wafting in the air and hundreds of pilgrims are moving in a clockwise direction.

Day 9 (Thu) Lhasa

breakfast, lunch, dinner
Sera Monastery, Norbulingkha
The Sera Monastery, one of the three most distinguished monasteries in Lhasa, is famous for its tantric teachings.
The Norbulingkha is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Day 10 (Fri) Lhasa - Shanghai (by air)

hotel-airport transfer in Lhasa, airport-hotel transfer in Shanghai
breakfast

Day 11 (Sat) Shanghai

breakfast, lunch, dinner
Yu Garden, Bund, Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi Street, Acrobatic Show
Owing to its ingenious design in Ming and Qing dynasties, the Yu Garden becomes a real museum of Chinese ancient architecture.
The Bund,featured outstanding European colonial architectures, is fulled of new skyscrapers and historical buildings in the center of Shanghai.
The Shanghai Museum has a collection of 120,000 pieces of Chinese ancient treasures.
Take a stroll along the Xintiandi Street, a boutique area highlights a harmonious merger of classic and modern Shanghai.
After your dinner, enjoy a spectacular Acrobatic Show, known as one of the most fabulous performance arts in China.

Day 12 (Sun) Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai (by automobile)

transfer of Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai
breakfast, lunch
Master of Nets Garden, Grand Canal, Pingjiang Road, a silk factory en route
The Master of Nets Garden, the smallest and most proportional of all the beautiful gardens in Suzhou, is in the mood of tranquility and harmony.
Take a small boat trip along the Grand Canal and get close to the world's oldest and longest canal.
Pingjiang Road, a ancient street along the Grand Canal, is filled with snack shops, tea houses, ping-tan museums, and boutique shops.

Day 13 (Mon) Shanghai

breakfast

Free day in Shanghai.

Day 14 (Tue) Depart Shanghai

hotel-airport transfer in Shanghai
breakfast

Service ends.

Tour Dates:

Fixed departures based on minimum of 2 travelers

 

Accommodation:

Beijing International Hotel
Xi’an Jianguo Hotel
Lhasa Shambala Hotel
Shanghai Ocean Hotel

 

About Tibet Travel Permits:

 

1. All foreign travelers are required to have the Tibet Travel Permit (or Tibet Permit, Tibet Entry Permit) in hand before entering Tibet. The Tibet Travel Permit is issued by Tibet Administration to the authorized travel agencies, but not to individual travelers directly.

 

2. CITS handle Tibet Permit application for guests who booked Tibet tour package from us. Travelers can either take a tailored private tour or join in a group tour. The tour package should include services of tour guide, automobile, sightseeing & accommodation. Please be advised that we do NOT offer “permit-only” service.

 

3. The Tibet Permit needs to be applied at least 20 days prior to arrival in Tibet, so we suggest travelers send the tour inquiry at least 30 days in advance.

 

4. The general travel information (including tour dates, travelers’ personal information, destinations in Tibet…) will be attached to the Tibet Permit, so the travel itinerary could not be changed once the tour is confirmed.

 

5. All travelers can get Tibet Permit through an authorized travel agency except diplomats, journalists, and government officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

 

How to book a Tibet tour with Tibet Travel Permit:

 

Step1: Traveler sends a travel inquiry to CITS.

 

Step 2: CITS travel counselor sends you an itinerary and quote. We are pleased to make any changes as per your request before you are completely satisfied with the tour proposal.

 

Step 3: Book the tour and make the payment via bank transfer or PayPal. Payment needs to be received by us at least 20 days before your arrival.

 

Step 4: Send us the following document & information:

- A scanned copy of your passport (photo page);

- A scanned copy of your China visa (tourist visa);

- All travelers’ information including full names, gender, date of birth, passport number, nationality and occupation;

 

Step 5: Your travel counselors will confirm the tour and send you an email attached with the confirmation & voucher.

 

Step 6: When you leave for Lhasa you will need to show the original copy of the Tibet permit when checking in at the airport or railway station. The permit will be delivered to our local office in the departure city. You will need to pick it up from the local office. If you booked the land service at that city, our guide will pass the permit to you.

Tour Includes :

-- English-speaking guide

-- Air-conditioned coach or van

-- Land transfers between airport and hotel.

-- Entrance tickets as listed

-- Chinese lunch and dinner as listed

-- Hotels with daily breakfast

-- Domestic flight ticket with taxes

-- Tibet Travel Permit

-- Service charge & government taxes

Tour Excludes :

-- International flight tickets

-- Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone bills, optional activities

-- Tips for guides and drivers (Suggested tipping amount per person per day: USD 5-7 for the guide and USD 3-5 for the driver)

-- Chinese Visa

-- Travel insurance

About Shopping or No-shopping Tours

Since October, 2013, CITS offers truly alternative prices of tours with or without shopping. Exceptionally, some tours only have one type price, such as seat-in-coach, hiking, self-driving and luxury tours, etc. Click here know more details.
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