Holy Tibet and Historical China Tours
15-Day Private Tour: Tibet–Xi'an–Luoyang
Uncover China's ancient wonders on a 15-day Beijing Tibet Xian and Luoyang Tour. Explore iconic landmarks like the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing. Journey to spiritual Tibet and discover Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.
Encounter the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xian and immerse yourself in its rich history. Visit the captivating Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple in Luoyang. Book your transformative journey through China's captivating cities and historical treasures today!
Witness the Famous Potala Palace
Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Longmen Grottoes
Make a Mini warrior with a Local Artisan Family
Witness the Famous Shaolin Temple and Shaolin Kungfu
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First Trip to China
Ethan has been my tour guide for my four day trip to Beijing. He has been knowledgeable, polite, and most helpful. I was uncomfortable coming to China for the first time without speaking any Chinese at all. Ethan gave the tours, arranged for shows and literally took me to my seats. He also accompanied me to the train station to help figure my was around and help me find the correct train and car. I would definitely use China Highlights again in the future.more
Jan 2024, Megan Sandbothe
Beijing trip with Birthday surprise
Had a great time in Beijing with Bruce. On arrival he surprised me with a cake for my 30th Birthday which was a special touch. We toured the Great wall, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven as well as a few other items. Bruce was really knowledgeable (especially about the symbolism in the Temple of Heaven). He also coordinated gaining entry quickly and moving between locations efficiently. Highly recommend.more
Jan 2024, Sherpa325441
Making Family Memories in China
Our Beijing guide Mark was fantastic! He is so knowledgeable about the history of each place we visited and he was very helpful in getting us to hotels, train stations, restaurants, excursions, etc. He took away all of the travel-related stress that can come with a big trip and we are so thankful to him and China Highlights! My parents are hard to please and they also have been very happy with the hotels and unique activities.more
Jan 2024, rosequarose
Beijing dicembre 2023
Siamo stati 3 giorni a Beijing e grazie a Franco siamo riusciti a vedere e apprezzare questa magnifica città. Lui è sempre stato disponibilissimo, pronto ad aiutarci per ogni nostra necessità. Essendo difficile trovare persone che parlano Inglese ci ha spiegato anche come farci intendere senza problemi. Sempre molto premuroso, attento e preparato. Ci ha spiegato perfettamente tutte le peculiarità della città e ci ha fatto assaggiare ogni giorno piatti nuovi per apprezzare la cucina cinese.more
Jan 2024, Michele Azzoni
Terry the best!
I had an awesome time in Beijing, Terry is the best not only guided us, it felt like I was being invited for a trip for an old family member, he was so caring for our needs as a big family group, learned our habits, likes and dislikes on the first day and accommodated us. I strongly recommend taking the tour with him, you will not regret itmore
Jan 2024, HugoA@732hugoa
Greatest Asian Experience
China Highlights organized the trip of a life time for my family with teens, from Japan, through Thailand to China. They were flexible and accommodating of our preferences, fast to react when there was a glitch, passionate and knowledgeable of everything we were seeing.All local guides, from Lena in Tokyo, Denis in Kyoto, Tom in Bangkok, Kai in Phuket, Martin in Hong Kong, William in Guilin, Linda in Zhangjiajie, to Jessie in Beijing, did their best to make sure everything went smoothly and to adjust to my teens' additional requests.more
Jan 2024, Gadjanov Dian
Viagem dos sonhos com nosso guia Terry
Servi?o impecável! Me baseei nas avalia??es e n?o me arrependi. Transporte pontual e responsável. Todo o processo de compra muito bem conduzido. Muito bem planejado. Perfeito do início ao fim. Por fim, o mais importante: o nosso guia Terry. Absolutamente perfeito. O tempo todo preocupado com o nosso bem estar. Cuidou de tudo, se preocupou com tudo. Talvez o guia mais atencioso q já vimos em nossas viagens, principalmente cuidando da crian?a pequena que nos acompanhava. ele nos proporcionou uma experiência inesquecível. Quem for comprar, n?o hesite, pois foi um sonho de viagem, gra?as a eles.more
Jan 2024, Mr s@k89Rsmrs
Best of the Best
We visited Beijing with guide Mark, Xi’an with Jenny, Guilin with Frank, and Shanghai with guide Kris. Each guide was so unique but they all had in common a passion for their city and a true kindness. They were early for all of the airport and train station pickups and helped us so much checking into hotels and flights. We tried so many different foods special to each region and appreciated the great recommendations from the guides. The activities we did were a combination of “must-see” sites like the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, Teracotta soldiers, and participating in local arts like shadow puppetry, fan making, and seeing cultural shows.more
Jan 2024, Rose A
Ski trip to Thaiwoo Ski resort & Beijing Tour
Our Beijing Tour guide Terry, who is very experience and able to explain the history of China. We went to forbidden city, Tiananmen and hutong walking area and took us to a very delicious dumpling restaurant. His English is perfect and very kind to kids also.The trip went smoothly and everything was very well organized, good communications. kids had a lot of fun. Highly recommended for China Highlight when travel to China , Terry - Beijing Tour & Ryo at Thaiwoo ski resortmore
Jan 2024, Explorer00356257314
Bejing for 3 days
We spent 3 days in Beijing and our guide, Ethan, was immediately courteous, punctual and full of advice on Chinese customs and habits. When it came to telling us the history of places and monuments, he always gave complete and exhaustive explanations.more
Jan 2024, Matteo Giudici Turati
3 GG a Pechino
Abbiamo visitato con lui e il driver (ottimo anche lui), la città proibita,il tempio del paradiso, piazza tiennamen e la grande muraglia......stra consiglio Ethan come guida.more
Jan 2024, Matgiu
Great experience in cold Beijing
Bruce was excellent in taking us around Beijing. He was very knowledgeable with the history and the details of each attraction. He knew all the ins and outs and didn’t have to queue where everyone had to. He was also patient with us being a bit older and less than fit especially going up the Great Wall. I would highly recommend Bruce to anyone who wants to do a private tour.more
Dec 2023, sgwelly
Ethan was amazing! He showed us all the detailed attraction and gave us all the useful information and also suggest us places to go. He was really supportive and make our trip unforgettable!more
Dec 2023, Alessandra
First private tour with China Highlights.
The tour guides were all knowledgeable and efficient in taking guiding us through many remarkable historical or natural sites.more
Dec 2023, Catherine W
Terry is the best Tour Guide
Our tour guide Terry was absolutely fantastic. His attitude was amazing, he was very patient with us and the best thing he gave us was his wealth of knowledge when it came Chinese History. This knowledge is exactly why we wanted to visit China and through his words we found it very easy to immerse ourselves in the beautiful architecture and scenery we found ourselves in.more
Dec 2023, sajjads@680sajjads
Best tour experience!
We booked a tour with Terry for the forbidden city, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. Terry went above and beyond in providing us with an amazing experience. He spoke fluent English and educated us on the history of the places we visited and answered every question we could think of. He was extremely helpful and friendly and made an amazing trip even more enjoyable.more
Dec 2023, 598ishamams
4 days in Beijing
Jack was welcoming and warm when we arrived at Beijing airport tired late at night. He was diligent and hardworking taking us around the many historical landmarks in Beijing. Whilst it is cold in winter (and we caught the first snow!), it was very enjoyable visiting Mutianyu because there were no crowds.more
Dec 2023, Catherine Wong
Great places, great food
We visited the Great Wall, The Southern Gong Lane, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Amazing places. Our guide, Jeffrey was excellent. The driver was also helpful. The selected halal restaurants are so good with lots of delicious meals to choose.more
Dec 2023, Farid S
Had an awesome trip with Helen as our tour guide in Beijing and Tianjin. She is such a warm personality and highly motivated guide (recommendable!). Also appreciate the little Christmas gift that she gave to us.more
Dec 2023, Ang
5-star experience in Beijing
Kitty spoke good English and was very knowledgeable. She provided great insights on the places we visited and went the extra mile to help us with our requests on shopping, massages and even to arrange a last minute acrobat show.Both Kitty and Mr Ho were very accommodating to the changes we made in our itinerary during the trip, and Kitty was very caring - she gave me a scarf as I had forgotten to bring mine, and even bought me medication when I was feeling under the weather.more
Dec 2023, sharon
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you in Beijing. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to Beijing West Station and then take a overnight train to Lhasa.
After arriving in Lhasa, local tour guide hold a sign of "Tibet Vision" and will welcome you at the airport/train station, then transfer the guests to the hotel. Acclimatize the high altitude in the hotel. Lhasa Gongar airport is 70km from the downtown, and we arrange shuttle service to pick up/drop off tourists between hotels and Gongga airport 3 times a day at a designated time. Some of the tourists may have to wait for others for a while The free airport pick-up time is as follows on the day the itinerary begins
Explore the wonders of Lhasa City with our captivating tour that takes you to the iconic Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and picturesque Barkhor Street. Begin your day at the majestic Potala Palace, the revered winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Marvel at the gilded burial stupas and the sacred meditation Cave of the Tibetan king.
After a delightful lunch, visit Jokhang Temple, founded in the 7th century, where you can admire the statue of the young Buddha Sakyamuni. Experience the enchanting atmosphere as pilgrims perform prostrations outside the temple. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore Barkhor Street, joining pilgrims in their religious circulations and discovering the lively old market. Indulge in a taste of Tibetan tea and savor a welcome dinner to complete this unforgettable adventure.
Embark on a spiritual journey and explore the monasteries of Lhasa, including Drepung and Sera. Begin your day at Drepung Monastery, one of Tibet's renowned Gelug monasteries. Explore its vast complex and witness the bustling monastery kitchen. Don't miss the opportunity to admire the intricate Buddhist Sculpture Carving nearby. In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery, another prominent Gelug monastery.
Witness an engaging highlight - the energetic Monks debate, held from 3 to 5 PM. Marvel at the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and admire the mesmerizing sand Mandalas and vibrant Rock Painting of Buddha. Immerse yourself in the spiritual tranquility of these sacred sites and embrace the unique cultural heritage of Tibet..
Embark on a breathtaking journey from Lhasa to Shigatse, exploring captivating natural wonders along the way. Drive through the scenic Gampala Pass (4790m) and catch a glimpse of the majestic Yamdrok-tso Lake (4400m), surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Marvel at the impressive Korola Glacier and hang prayer flags at Simila Mountain Pass near Manak Dam Lake.
Discover Gyantse, Tibet's historic third largest city, with visits to Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum, while enjoying panoramic views of Gyangtse Fortress. After a scenic drive, arrive in Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city. Explore its unique culture with a visit to a traditional Barley Mill and soak in the beauty of the Barley Fields (summer season). Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and cultural treasures on this unforgettable journey.
Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas and visit the majestic Rongpuk Monastery on this unforgettable journey. Begin your day at Tashilunpo Monastery, the residence of the revered Panchan Lama. After obtaining your Alien's travel permit, depart from Shigatse and stop for lunch in the charming town of Lhatse. As we ascend through Tsola Pass (4600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5248m), be prepared to be captivated by the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayan mountain range at Gawula Pass (5198m).
Continue along the new zigzag road to reach Everest Base Camp (5200m), where you'll have an incredible opportunity to get closer to the magnificent peak of Mt. Everest. If conditions permit, witness the mesmerizing sunset over the golden Everest peak from your lodging area. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of nature's masterpiece on this extraordinary adventure.
In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then we will visit the Rongbu Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse.
Today, we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa.
Your guide will transfer you from the hotel to Lhasa Station to take a overnight train from Lhasa to Xi'an. Our guide in Xi'an will pick you up on your arrival.
Discover the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army, accidentally unearthed in 1974. This incredible army consists of over 7000 unique soldiers, archers, horses, and chariots in full battle array. Guarding Emperor Qin's tomb since 210 BC, these life-sized figures are an incredible sight. Explore the three protected excavation pits, housed inside massive hangars, and learn about their history at the excellent museum nearby. Photography is allowed (without flash), so don't forget your camera. Wear comfortable walking shoes for the journey.
Additionally, don't miss the opportunity to visit a local family workshop in the countryside. Learn firsthand from skilled artisans the intricate process of creating Terracotta Warriors. Have a chance to interact with the locals and discover fascinating details about how these life-sized warriors were made in ancient times. Gain insight into the most challenging steps of the production process while enjoying a unique cultural experience.
Discover the essence of Xi'an on this captivating city tour. Begin by exploring the ancient Hanyang Tomb, a fascinating archaeological treasure. Immerse yourself in Chinese art at the TangBo Art Museum, where you'll encounter exquisite pieces of Tang Dynasty craftsmanship.
Delve into the rich history of Shaanxi province at the Shaanxi History Museum, home to countless cultural relics. Admire the grandeur of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda from the outside, known for its significance in Buddhist history. Uncover the secrets and beauty of Xi'an on this carefully curated tour, ensuring an intimate and immersive experience for every traveler. Don't miss the chance to explore the captivating landmarks and rich heritage of this remarkable city.
Embark on a journey to explore the cultural wonders of Luoyang with our captivating tour. Visit the magnificent Longmen Grottoes, one of China's largest grottoes, nestled amidst beautiful mountains and rivers. Designated as a national cultural relic protection site, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, it holds live cultural relics dating back centuries. Marvel at the intricate carvings and immerse yourself in history.
Discover the renowned Shaolin Temple and its mystical Pagoda Forest, a place steeped in legend and martial arts. Known as the birthplace of kung fu, this iconic temple holds a significant place in Chinese Buddhism. Don't miss the thrilling Shaolin Kungfu Show, performed in a small theater with limited seats. Be sure to arrive early to secure your spot and witness the spectacular display of martial arts prowess. Immerse yourself in the captivating history and rich traditions of Luoyang on this unforgettable journey.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: cht-cx-2