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16-Day Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Tibet Highlight Tour

Classic Guilin and Tibet Tour

Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture as you visit iconic landmarks such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Terracotta Warriors. Witness the breathtaking beauty of Guilin with its stunning karst mountains and picturesque Li River. Then, embark on a spiritual journey to Tibet, where ancient monasteries, holy temples, and majestic landscapes await.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Find the Hidden Halls in the Forbidden City

the Forbidden City

Make a Mini warrior with a Local Artisan Family

Learn to make a clay warrior

Explore the Awe-inspiring Longji Rice Terraces

Longji Rice Terraces

Witness the Famous Mount Everest

Mount Everest

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Beijing Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Beijing. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

DAY 2 Beijing| The Forbidden City

Embark on a fascinating journey through China's rich history with this comprehensive tour. Begin your travel adventure with a hassle-free access to the Forbidden City, also renowned as the Imperial Palace Museum; immersing yourself in the marvels of ancient Chinese architecture and culture.

Stroll through the iconic Tian'anmen Square, discovering its historical significance from the perspective of an insider - a unique opportunity to engage with China's past intimately.

Next, prepare for an exhilarating 2-hour hike at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China. Adding to your convenience is the round-trip cable car ride, offering breathtaking views of the surroundings.

DAY 3 Beijing| The Summer Palace

Step back in time as you wander through the enchanting landscape of the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design that also serves as a preserved showcase of ancient Chinese architecture.

Your journey continues as you marvel at the architectural wonders of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube from the outside. These emblematic structures were the centerpieces of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and remain symbols of modern Chinese innovation and global collaboration.

Post-lunch, catch your breath at the serene Jingshan Park, an imperial garden filled with panoramic vistas, ancient temples, and verdant landscapes. This tranquil oasis offers grand views of Beijing and also the Forbidden City.

DAY 4 Beijing to Xi'an | The Temple of Heaven

Conclude your journey in Beijing at the majestic Temple of Heaven. It's a complex of religious buildings where Ming and Qing emperors conducted rituals and ceremonies. Experience the harmony of this ancient structure, resonating with China's rich cultural and spiritual history.

DAY 5 Xi'an | The Century Victoria Cruise

The journey begins at Hanyang Tomb, an archaeological treasure house granting you a rare glimpse into China's ancient history. Discover this subterranean necropolis belonging to Emperor Jing of Han, buried alongside thousands of miniature terracotta figures.

Next, enrich your artistic spirit at the TangBo Art Museum. Indulge in a variety of exhibitions ranging from ancient to contemporary art, Chinese folk art, and Shaanxi peasant paintings, encapsulating China's rich artistic heritage.

Continue this journey through time at the Shaanxi History Museum. As one of China's largest and most renowned museums, it houses countless artifacts that bridge modern visitors with the ancient dynasties that shaped the cradle of Chinese civilization.

Finally, behold the beauty of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda from the outside, a magnificent Buddhist pagoda standing as a testament to China's religious architectural grandeur. This awe-inspiring, ancient structure echoes with tales of the Silk Road and Buddhist doctrines.

DAY 6 Xi'an | Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Today you will visit the renowned Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at this massive underground army, sculpted over two millennia ago to guard the tomb of China's first emperor. Each figure, with its distinctive features and postures, offers a unique glimpse into China's ancient Qin dynasty.

Next, take a step back in time as you discover the Xi'an Ancient City Wall. One of the oldest, largest, and best-preserved Chinese city walls, it offers a vivid testament to the grandeur and wisdom of the Ming Dynasty. Capture the old-world charm as you stroll or cycle along its pathways, soaking in the panoramic view of the city it protects.

DAY 7 Xi'an to Guilin | The Muslim Street

The final leg of your journey in Xi'an takes you to the bustling Muslim Street. Savor the flavors of Xi'an as you stroll through this vibrant neighborhood, home to a variety of delicious food and unique souvenirs. Here, the Hui community's ancient culture seamlessly mingles with contemporary life, creating an atmosphere that's truly one-of-a-kind.

DAY 8 Guilin| The Longji Rice Terraced Fields

Your journey in Guilin begins at the magnificent Longji Rice Terraced Fields, known as the Dragon's Backbone. A breathtaking example of man's harmony with nature, these meticulously carved terraces meander through the hill slopes, offering a captivating panorama that changes with the seasons. From lush green in the growing season to shimmering gold during harvest, this site is a photographer's dream.

Our curated experience continues as we explore the local minority villages nestled among these terraced fields. A unique opportunity to experience China's ethnic diversity firsthand, you'll learn about the rich traditions and customs that differentiate each ethnic group. From the long-haired women of the Yao tribe to the unique architecture of the Zhuang homes, these villages offer a rich tapestry of cultural emersion.

DAY 9 Guilin | Li River Cruise

Your captivating journey commences with an unforgettable cruise along the Li River. This picturesque voyage unveils an extraordinary gallery of limestone karsts, rice paddies, and idyllic villages, straight out of a traditional Chinese painting. It's impossible not to be mesmerized by this serene waterscape, crowned by the surreal silhouette of undulating mountains.

The exploration continues in the enchanting town of Yangshuo, where the river yields to the charm of old and new China. Well known for its dreamy landscapes and vibrant local culture, Yangshuo offers a multitude of experiences. Wander through its bustling markets, where the scents, sounds, and colors capture the authentic spirit of rural China, or follow the trails that lead beyond, revealing tranquil countryside resplendent with scenic spots and hidden gems.

DAY 10 Guilin to Beijing to Lhasa | Airport Pickup

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.

DAY 11Lhasa | The Potala Palace

Your exploration begins at the stunning Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This formidable fortress-like structure, also known as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, stands majestically at an elevation of 12,139 feet. As you navigate its 13 stories, take in the grand views and be amazed by the collection of over 1,000 rooms filled with centuries-old statues, stupas, murals, and artifacts, each echoing tales of Tibet's vibrant history and spiritual traditions.

Move next to another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Jokhang Temple. Arguably the most revered spiritual site in Tibet, this temple resonates with the devotions of innumerable devotees and stands as a humbling testament to Buddhism's enduring influence on Tibetan culture.

Adjacent to the temple is the bustling Barkhor Street, ringing with the chants of circling pilgrims and the lively chatter of street vendors. Engage your senses as you browse through a myriad of stalls offering traditional Tibetan arts and crafts such as prayer wheels and jewelry.

DAY 12 Lhasa | The Drepung and Sera Monastery

Your day commences with a visit to Drepung Monastery in the morning. Once one of the "three great" Gelug monasteries of Tibet, Drepung was founded in 1416, making it an important keystone of Tibetan history and religion. Explore the Ganden Palace nestled within the monastery, previously the residence of the Dalai Lama before the Potala Palace assumed that role.

In the afternoon, your adventure continues at Sera Monastery. Another of the "three great" Gelug monasteries, it dates back to 1419 and resounds with historical and spiritual significance. The tour's unique highlight is the opportunity to witness the lively Monks' debate, a long-standing tradition held daily from 3 to 5 pm. It's an unforgettable spectacle of lively, animated discourse on Buddhist doctrines, further adding to the insight towards practicing faith.

DAY 13 Lhasa to Shigatse| The Yamdrotso Lake

Your adventure begins with a drive from Lhasa to Gyantse, stopping to appreciate the Gampala pass. At an elevation of 4790m, Gampala offers memorable sweeping views over the turquoise Yamdrok-tso, a holy lake nested at 4400m and framed by a picturesque backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

Continuing your journey westward towards Gyantse, be ready to be dazzled by the spectacle of the Karola Glacier, Simila Pass, and Manla Reservoir, each presenting a unique aspect of Tibet's varied and spectacular landscapes.

Once arrived in Gyantse, visit the historic Pelkor Monastery and the striking Gyantse Kumbum, a notable Tibetan Buddhist stupa. These richly decorated sites provide a unique look into the region's spiritual traditions and artistic expressions.

DAY 14 Shigatse to Rongbuk Mongastery | Rongbuk Monastery

Start your journey with a scenic drive to Lhatse, where a delightful lunch will be arranged for you. Post-lunch, continue towards Shegar. If the weather permits, you'll be treated to a far-off glimpse of the majestic Mt. Everest, a sight that's sure to leave an indelible impression.

The adventure heightens as you drive through Pang La Pass. Standing tall at 5050m, it is one of the highest passes in Tibet. Here, brace yourself for a sight like no other – a stunning panoramic view of the five highest peaks in the world, a spectacle that is as humbling as it is awe-inspiring.

After a 4 to 6-hour journey, arrive at the Rongbuk Monastery. The highest monastery in the world, Rongbuk offers unparalleled views of Mt. Everest's north face.

DAY 15 Rongbuk Mongastery to Everest| The Everest Base Camp

Your morning unfolds with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the sunrise over the peak of Mount Everest, assuming the weather is favorable. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the world's highest peak graced by the gentle warmth of the morning sun during your visit to the Everest Base Camp. This moment, incredible and humbling, is certain to be a highlight of your journey.

Post the base camp visit, we'll guide you through to the Tongla Pass. Here, you can soak in panoramic views of the sprawling Himalayan mountain range, a sight that truly embodies the majestic grandeur and sheer scale of nature.

Continuing the journey, we'll drive downwards to the verdant valleys of Kyilong. Nestled amidst lush forests and at a comfortable altitude of around 2600m, Kyilong provides a more tranquil and eased experience to your high-altitude adventure in Tibet.

DAY 16 Kyilong border Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Kyilong border for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

Tour Price

FromUS4,000 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • 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

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