Visit Majestic China with Atlas Group Travel
Walk the impressive
Great Wall of China
You wouldn’t want to miss
The Forbidden City
Xi’an, China’s Historic City It's worth a visit
Xi’an – Famous Terracotta Solders
Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai
16 Day China & Tibet Tour
Visit: Beijing, Xi'an, Lhasa, Shigatse, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai:
There are many mountains in the world, but few have contained such a uniquely spiritual civilization as the Himalayas of Tibet. It’s hardly surprising that in the bleak but majestic landscape of Tibet’s highlands, the world of the spirit seems more real than the world of men. The silent landscapes of snow and ice, mountains, lakes and meadows have an unearthly beauty, inspiring veneration not only in the Tibetans for whom this beauty is a part of their everyday life, but in all those who experience it. This 16-day tour includes the most popular cities in China with mysterious Tibet and lets travellers with limited time explore these two different worlds in just one trip.
Below is a sample itinerary and only meant as a guide. It has been designed by our Chinese Ground Agent and fits in all the popular historic landmarks this fascinating tour has to offer.
Package includes: Return International economy flights, bed and breakfast accommodation on a twin share basis, English-speaking guide service throughout the whole tour, excursions (including entrance fees) to all places as highlighted in the itinerary below and all internal transportation in China.
Day 1 - Depart UK for an overnight flight to Beijing.
Day 2 - Arrive Beijing where you will be met by our English speaking guide and transferred by coach to your chosen hotel for the start of your 3 nights stay.
Day 3 -Beijing - Start your tour with Tian'anman Square, the largest public plaza in the world. On the 1st October 1949, Chairman Mao Tse-tung proclaimed to the whole world the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Then onto the Forbidden City, which was the Imperial Palace for the Ming and the Qing Dynasty with some 800 buildings and over 9,000 rooms. Followed by the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Enjoy a trip to The Beijing Opera at night.
Day 4 - Beijing - Visit the Zoo and the Summer Palace to see the second home of the Imperial Court. Followed by the Great Wall which is China’s most famous landmark It was built during the Qin Dynasty to protect the country from invaders and measures a total length of over 6,000 miles!
Day 5 - Beijing to Xi'an - Take a morning flight to Xi'an and see this ancient capital city of China of 11 dynasties. Visit the"Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the City Wall. Spend 2 nights at your chosen hotel.
Day 6 - Xi'an - take a "whole day tour" to visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum, where 6,000 life-sized Terracotta Soldiers and horses guard the tomb of China’s first emperor - Qinshihuang. It was uncovered by some peasants digging a well in 1974 and it turned out to be one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century. Visit Huaqing Hot Spring. and see the Tang Dynasty Show at night.
Day 7 - Xi'an to Lhasa - Take a morning flight to Lhasa. Tibet has long exercised a unique hold on the imagination of the West: “Shangri-La”, “the Roof of the World”, Tibet is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Enjoy a free afternoon to adjust to the high altitude. Spend 2 nights at your chosen hotel.
Day 8 - Lhasa - Visit the most imposing attraction of Tibet - Potala Palace, once the centre of Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Followed by Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of the city. Visit Barkor Street - the famous local market.
Day 9 - Lhasa to Shigatse - Drive to Shigatse and stop at the famous Yamdrk Yamtso Lake, which gives you a contrasting picture of the Tibetan landscape. 1 night at your chosen hotel.
Day 10 - Shigatse to Lhasa - In the morning visit Tashihunpo Monastery, which still practices the art of making mandalas (abstract meditation pictures ) of coloured sands. Its courtyard has a high tanka wall, on which the huge coloured pictures are unfurled in the sun during festivals. Drive back to Lahsa after lunch and stay 2 nights at your chosen hotel.
Day 11 - Lhasa - Visit Drepung Monastery which dates back to the early 15th century. Sera Monastery, and Norbulinka - a summer resort for the Delai Lama. Visit a local Tibetan family..
Day 12 - Lhasa to Guilin - Fly to Guilin in the afternoon via Chengdu. Guilin is one of China’s best-known cities on account of its beautiful landscape of limestone mountains. Spend 2 nights at your chosen hotel.
Day 13 - Guilin - take a "whole days luncheon cruise" on the crystal clear water of the picturesque Li River which is lined with fascinating limestone rocks. Followed by a trip to Elephant Trunk Hill.
Day 14 - Guilin to Shanghai - Visit Reed Flute Cave, which, with its multi-coloured lighting and fantastic stalactites and stalagmites, resembles a set from “Journey to the centre of the Earth”. Take an afternoon flight to Shanghai—“ Paris of the Orient” and stay 2 nights at your chosen hotel.
Day 15 - Shanghai - A "free day" on your own to shop or explore this fascinating city at your leisure.
Day 16 - Today you will be transferred from the hotel to Shanghai International Airport for your return flight back to the UK. The arrival date back to the UK will depend upon the flight departure time from China.
This tour can be structured to suit your own personal requirements.
Because we offer a 'Tailor-Made Service' for all our China Tours the above itinerary is only meant as a guide and you are able to extend your time in China to suit your own personal requirements and the time that you have available. Group Tours - Having over 25 years expertise in the group travel market, we also offer 'Group Discounts' (10 Passengers or more), with tours that can be uniquely structured for any type of group and more importantly to the budget that the group is trying to achieve. Atlas 'Group Tours' are ideal for schools, colleges, sports group or private social group tours.
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