Tailor-made Tour 20 days from £5500 per person
Places Visited: Kunming, Shillin Stone Forest, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri La, Zedang, Gyangtse, Shigtase, Lhasa, Baiyun
Cultural Tours Walks, Hikes and Rides
Fly from the UK on indirect flights to China.
Arrive in Kunming this evening and stay for two nights at the Green Lake hotel.
Shillin Stone Forest
Today take a full day visit to the Shilin Stone Forest, Kunming. A popular destination, your guide will lead you to a quitter area, away from the crowds, to get lost in this maze of rock formations.
In the morning visit Bamboo Temple and the Western Hill before taking an afternoon flight to Dali. Stay at the Landscape Hotel for two nights.
Visit the Bai ethnic minority village and Three Pagodas today. The remainder of your day is at leisure – a great chance to make your own way around the ancient town or visit Erhai Lake.
A three-hour drive today will bring you to Lijiang and here you will stay in the popular Ancient Town for two nights at Wang Fu Hotel. After checking in, explore the old town and Black Dragon pool with a guide.
This morning, head to Shuhe and Baisha villages to either walk or cycle around. Both of these villages are a short drive from Lijiang but offer a more intimate and quiet town to explore. A basic lunch is included.
An early start to drive to Shangri-La (3200m). You will go via the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge where you can climb down to the viewing platform and learn about how the gorge got its name. Drive on to Shangri La and check in to the Zhaxidele Hotel for two nights.
This morning head to Songzanlin Monastery, where over 900 monks live and also visit the ancient town for lunch. Parts of Shangri-La's old town was recently destroyed in a fire and unfortunately only about one-third of it remains. Rest of your day is at leisure.
Take a morning flight to Lhasa Airport today. On arrival you will be driven to Zedang ( 3,100 metres ) to stay for two nights at Tsedang Hotel.
Zedang is known as 'The Cradle of the Tibetans'. Visit Samya Monastery which was built in the 7th century as well as Yumbulakang Palace and Trundruk Monastery.
An early start today. Drive from Zedang to Yandrok Lake (4-5 hours) and then onto Gyangtse. Stay at The Yeti Hotel Gyantse for two nights.
Today visit Gyangtse Old Street, Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa and take a view of Dzong Fortress.
Drive from Gyangtse to Shigtase (2 hours) and visit Sakya Monastery. The remainder of your day is at leisure.Stay at Tashi Choten Hotel for two nights.
This morning visit Tashihunpo Monastery, built in 1447. The rest of your day is at leisure.
A long drive or fast train (depending on availability) today to Lhasa. Evening at leisure. Stay at Tibet Gorkha Hotel for three nights.
Enjoy a tour of Lhasa today. This will include the Norbulingka Park, Drepung Monastery and the Tibet Museum.
Enjoy another full day tour of Lhasa today. This will include the Potala Palace - winter palace of the Dalai Lama, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor - the bustling Lhasa market encircling the Jokhang temple.
Fly from Lhasa to Baiyun where you can make your way (walking distance) to Pullman Baiyun Airport Hotel for the night.
This morning, make your way back to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Tailor-made Tour 20 days from £5500 per person
✓ International flights from London
✓ 18 nights accommodation
✓ All internal transportation and transfers
✓ English-speaking guides
✓ Breakfast daily
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
Places and Experiences in this tour
Although of largely modern appearance, Yunnan’s relaxed capital is regarded by many travellers as among China’s most pleasant cities. Orderly and clean, it boasts a particularly mi…
Shilin Stone Forest
A recommended day trip from Kunming is the 74-mile (120-km) drive to the Shilin Stone Forest, where limestone laid down some 270 million years ago has been eroded into the shapes o…
Set amid breathtaking scenery on the shores of shimmering Erhai Lake, Dali is the China of the imagination – where pagoda towers nose above skylines of clay-tile roofs, and ancient…
The vision of the Jade Dragon Mountain’s eternal snowfields shining above the elegantly upcurved, pantiled rooftops of Lijiang is one of the most evocative in China. An important w…
In the far north of Yunnan, the town of Shangri-La (or ‘Zhongdian’ as it used to be known) occupies a high, mountainous plateau on the fringes of Tibet. Snow-encrusted peaks, exoti…
Dubbed the ‘Forbidden City’ during the 19th century, Lhasa has been the spiritual and political capital of Tibet since the Fifth Dalai Lama moved here in 1642. Protracted isolation…
Shigatse, Tibet’s second city, is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, the highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama. Pilgrims pour through the town to worship at the stately…
The distinctive profile of Gyantse’s Kumbum is almost as recognizable as that of the Potala. Capped with a gilded dome and finial, the nine-storey chorten is a red-and-white weddin…
Lake Mansarovar & Mount Kailash
Covering an area twice the size of Germany, the west of Tibet is rugged, sparsely populated and breathtakingly beautiful. With a mean elevation of around 4,500m (14,763ft), it is a…
For Chinese people, ‘Yunnan’ represents everything that’s most exotic about their own country. Bordered by Tibet, Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Vietnam, the province encompasses extrao…
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