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  ► BT-03  YUNNAN & TIBET EXPLORER
14 NIGHTS FROM £ 2,030 pp  
   
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KUNMING  LIJIANG  ZHONGDIAN  LHASA  GYANTSE  SHIGATSE  EVEREST  KATHMANDU
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This amazing journey covers the best of South West China’s Yunnan province with the Lhasa to Kathmandu overland trip including Mount Everest.

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Starting in KUNMING the trip moves to LIJIANG and ZHONGDIAN (SHANGRI LA), two of Yunnan’s must see destinations full or colour and culture before a flight to LHASA to start the classic overland journey by jeep to Kathmandu taking in GYANTSE, SHIGATSE & EVEREST and the wild unspoiled scenery, unique culture of Tibet and its breathtaking architecture.

The trip finishes in the lush KATHMANDU valley rounding off this incredible experience with a taste of the Sub-continent.

All this and more... see full details below.

 
         
  ► PRICE GUIDANCE FOR THIS TRIP
             
 All prices in UK £ Sterling Number of people travelling on the same itinerary
  1 2 3 4 5 6+
 Available April to December £ 4,670 £ 2,630 £ 2,390 £ 2,320 £ 2,270 £ 2,030
 
 
 ★ All prices in UK £ Sterling per person and not including international flights (ask us for a flight quote)
 ★ As a guide children 0 to 2 years from 10 to 20% and children 3 to 11 years 70% of the above prices
 ★ A single supplement of £ 490 is applicable where a single room in hotel accommodation is required for 2+ passengers
 ★ Prices for 3 or 5 people assume at least one triple room in hotel accommodation
 ★ These prices are here to give guidance and final quotes are subject to availbility and may be slightly higher or lower
 
 
 

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✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
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✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
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Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
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Book Our Private Guided Tours to China

Our popular and high quality Private Guided China tours include a full, well thought through itinerary of professionally guided private tours, all transfers, tried and tested hotels and a mixture of plane and train transport. Take advantage of our experience in operating private China tours. We provide you a full licensed private guide on most days during your trip to China. Your English speaking guide is there to show you best of each destination and will help you have a hassle-free guided tour in China.
 
These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

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Why book our Private China Tours?

✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

private not group tours - can start any date

Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
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  ► DETAILED DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
     
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Below you will find a detailed, day by day itinerary for this tour and under that a list of inclusions and exclusions. Please remember:
 
  ✔︎  THIS TOUR CAN START ON ANY DATE APRIL TO DECEMBER
  ✔︎  THIS TOUR CAN BE TAILORED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS
  ✔︎  THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A GROUP TOUR
  ✔︎  THIS TOUR IS GUARANTEED TO RUN
 
 
 
 

PLEASE NOTE: An altitude of over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) is reached on this trip. Whilst the vast majority of people experience little more than shortness of breath there is a very small risk of more severe complications such as acute mountain sickness (AMS). Note that level of fitness and age are no indication as to whether you are more susceptible or not to AMS. Click here for more information.

  ► DAY 1 - ARRIVAL KUNMING
 
ARRIVAL IN YUNNAN PROVINCE’S CAPITAL, KUNMING

We will be greeting you at the airport from where you will be transferred by private car and English speaking guide to your hotel. The  journey to your hotel is a perfect opportunity to ask the guide any initial questions you might have. The guide will provide assisstance with checking in to the hotel.

Kunming, at 1,890m, is one of those rare Chinese cities that is good to visit all year round. Renown for its greenery and a degree of prosperity it is also more relaxed than many Chinese cities.

The rest of the day is free to relax from the long flight or start to explore the city with the help of your personalised Trip Guidebook we send you before the trip.

♨ Meals included: None today.

kunming new era hotel  

OVERNIGHT NEW ERA HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Modern hotel located in the heart of Kunming making it an ideal option in this city and a good base from which to explore Yunnan province.

 
  ► DAY 2 - KUNMING TO LIJIANG
 
VISIT THE UNIQUE FORMATIONS OF THE STONE FOREST BEFORE AN OVERNIGHT TRAIN

Today’s tour leaves the city driving  85 km south east to the extraordinary and unique Stone Forest or "Shilin" in Mandarin. This area of unusual and photogenic Karst formations covers a vast 2,670 sq km and is believed to have been formed over 270 million years ago. You see some of the Greater Stone Forest, Lesser Stone forest, the edge of the wild outer Stone Forest and the Stone Forest Lake.

After the tour a transfer to the station for an overnight sleeper train.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

overnight train  

OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN
There is nothing like a sleeper train journey to experience the real China. Standards are good and the class of cabin we use is comfortable and secure.

 
  ► DAY 3 - LIJIANG
 
LIJIANG OLD TOWN, MU PALACE & IMPRESSIVE VIEWS FROM BLACK DRAGON POOL

Morning arrival in Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage city of cobbled streets and tiled roofs set against the magnificent backdrop of the 5,596 meter high, 13 peaked Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Please note that the check-in time is 12 noon but if a room is available or you have pre-booked early check-in you can go straight to your room. We have booked an extra breakfast for you today due to your early arrival.

Today you have an half day tour of the Lijiang’s Old City including the fabulous palace of the Mu Clan who ruled over this area for 400 years. This large complex is a superb example of local Naxi architecture. You also visit the Black Dragon Pool, a beautiful park containing traditional architecture and one of the most famous views in China of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain - stunning if the weather cooperates!

Return to your hotel with the rest of the day free.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

lijiang zen garden hotel wuyi branch  

OVERNIGHT ZEN GARDEN HOTEL (WU YI BRANCH)  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Stunning hotel located close to the old town and set in beautiful grounds. Rooms are very comfortable and staff very friendly. Best high end choice in Lijiang.

 
  ► DAY 4 - LIJIANG
 
FREE DAY TO EXPLORE LIJIANG & THE SURROUNDING VILLAGES & LANDSCAPE

Today is free to continue to explore the labyrinth of the Old City which throws up surprises at almost every turn. It can also be an opportunity to get into the countryside, perhaps to visit the looming Jade Dragon snow Mountain 15 km from the city or make a day trip to stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge 60 km outside of Lijiang. Renting bicycles and exploring the surrounding countryside is another option perhaps making the ride to Baisha Village about 40 minutes away. There is plenty to do around Lijiang including settling in one of the numerous cafes and watching the world go by!

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

lijiang zen garden hotel wuyi branch  

OVERNIGHT ZEN GARDEN HOTEL (WU YI BRANCH)  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Stunning hotel located close to the old town and set in beautiful grounds. Rooms are very comfortable and staff very friendly. Best high end choice in Lijiang.

 
  ► DAY 5 - LIJIANG TO ZHONGDIAN (SHANGRI LA)
 
CONTINUE BY CAR THROUGH STUNNING MOUNTAIN SCENERY TO ZHONGDIAN (SHANGRI LA)

After breakfast depart Lijiang for the 5 hour journey by car to Shangri La (previously called Zhongdian) climbing up through the hills and entering a land of distinct Tibetan influence. Its relative remoteness and moderate altitude has kept mass tourism at bay and it is easy to find peace and quiet outside the town in the stunningly beautiful lush countryside.

The rest of today is free to start exploring this mythically named city with the help of your trip Guidebook. Alternatively, this lovely hotel is an ideal place to relax.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

zhongdian  

OVERNIGHT SONGSTAM LUGU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Having a fantastic location by the Songzanlin Lamasery just outside of the main city this is considered a favourite, built in the Tibetan style.

 
  ► DAY 6 - ZHONGDIAN (SHANGRI LA)
 
THE SONGZANLIN TEMPLE, TIBETAN FAMILY HOME & PUDASUO NATIONAL PARK

Full day tour of Shangri La ad surrounds, including the Songzanlin Temple - the second largest Lama Temple in China - also known as “the little Potala Palace” or “Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery” by local Tibetans. We visit a local Tibetan family home and see the traditional way many of the people of this region live. In the afternoon we leave the city for the lush and majestic scenery of Pudasuo National Park including beautiful Bita Lake.

Return to your hotel with the evening free.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

zhongdian  

OVERNIGHT SONGSTAM LUGU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Having a fantastic location by the Songzanlin Lamasery just outside of the main city this is considered a favourite, built in the Tibetan style.

 
  ► DAY 7 - ZHONGDIAN (SHANGRI LA) TO LHASA
 
FLIGHT ON TO LHASA AND YOUR FIRST TASTE OF THIS EXTRAORDINARY CITY

Free time until a transfer to the airport for your flight to Lhasa. Your guide will have your Tibet Travel Permit and plane ticket. Arrival at Lhasa’s Gonggar airport after what has, cloud cover permitting, been a spectacular flight. Your guide will be meeting you at the airport for the 1 hour drive to Lhasa. Tibet’s capital, at a quite manageable altitude of 3,650 meters (12,000 feet) is a unique city and a real highlight or any trip. The setting, history, architecture, people and contrasts all make for a very special travel experience. Free time to relax and adjust to the altitude or start exploring the city.

♨ Meals included: Hotel breakfast & snack on the plane.

lhasa dhood gu hotel  

OVERNIGHT DHOOD GU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Great Location in the heart of the Old City and only a minute’s walk from Barkhor Square. Lovely Tibetan decoration and Potala views from the roof.

 
  ► DAY 8 - LHASA
 
DREPUNG MONASTERY, NECHUNG RESIDENCE, SACRED JOKHANG TEMPLE & KORA

Today first head 5 km out of Lhasa to Drepung Monastery, the largest in Tibet located on Gambo Utse mountain. Founded in 1416, it was the principal seat of learning for the Gelugpa school and at its height was thought to contain up to 10,000 monks (now there are 300). About 10 minutes walk from Drepung is Nechung Chok which was the residence of the State Oracle of Tibet. This small monastery was also evocatively known as the ”Demon Fortress of the Oracle King.”

After lunch (own arrangement) visit the Jokhang Temple constructed in 642 AD and considered the most sacred and important temple in all Tibet. It is located at one end of Barkhor Square, a fascinating meeting point for pilgrims from all over the region making for an intense atmosphere infused with incense and devotion. Surrounding the temple is the Barkhor Kora, a 1 km circular walk for pilgrims and locals as well as a fascinating market selling all the goods a pilgrim might need on their travels.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

lhasa dhood gu hotel  

OVERNIGHT DHOOD GU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Great Location in the heart of the Old City and only a minute’s walk from Barkhor Square. Lovely Tibetan decoration and Potala views from the roof.

 
  ► DAY 9 - LHASA
 
THE TRULY SPECTACULAR POTALA PALACE & ANCIENT SERA MONASTERY

Today you visit one of the architectural highlights of China - if not the world - the vast Potala Palace, former residence of Dalai Lamas. Building started in 1645 and has been added to over the centuries. It is 13 stories high and contains over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. You will see some of the meeting rooms as well as the extraordinary chapels with their vast gold and jewel encrusted shrines to previous Dalai Lamas - the chapel of the 5th Dalai Lama has a stupa coated in 3,727kg of gold and 18,680 precious stones. The Potala dominates Lhasa and the views from the palace stretch out across the city to the surrounding mountains.

Continue to Sera Monastery, spread over 28 acres at the base of Pubuchok mountain and built in 1419. The highlights are the great assembly hall and some of the colleges located within the complex with their wealth of architectural features and shrines.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

lhasa dhood gu hotel  

OVERNIGHT DHOOD GU HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Great Location in the heart of the Old City and only a minute’s walk from Barkhor Square. Lovely Tibetan decoration and Potala views from the roof.

 
  ► DAY 10 - LHASA TO GYANTSE
 
KAMBALA PASS, BEAUTIFUL YAMDROK LAKE & NORJING GANGSANG GLACIER

Today we journey to Gyantse, 230 km south of Lhasa. The city is soon left behind as the road winds up the 4,780 meter (15,680 foot) Kambala pass colorfully strewn with prayer flags fluttering in the wind. See spectacular views in all directions before the road descends to the beautiful 72 km long Yamdrok lake with its spectacular backdrop of snowcapped mountains. Follow the lake shore before heading back into the hills passing the Norjing Gangsang Glacier, where we can stop for photos.

Continue along the road stopping at villages and scenic spots before reaching Gyantse (3,977 meters / 13,050 feet), Tibet’s third largest city. Free time to explore and if you have the energy the walk up the Dzong (fortress) that dominates the city is recommended for both views and acclimatization.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

gyantse hotel  

OVERNIGHT GYANTSE HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
The best hotel in Gyantse although as with anywhere in Tibet you do need to remember where you are and that this town is very remote.

 
  ► DAY 11 - GYANTSE TO SHIGATSE
 
PALCHO MONASTERY & KUMBUM & VAST TASHILHUNPO MONASTERY & MARKET

This morning visit Gyantse’s main monastery, the Palcho or Pelkhor Choede in Tibetan. The sprawling monastery complex dates back to the 9th century. It is most famous for the Kumbum, a 32 meter high 9 floored shrine which contains 108 unique chapels and is the largest of its kind in Tibet.

It is a 100 km drive to Shigatse at (3,840 meters / 12,600 feet) where we visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama and has since been the traditional seat of the “Tashi” or Panchen Lama. The monastery is fascinating as is the walk around the Kora which stretches up the hillside behind the monastery offering good views of the complex and Shigatse itself. We can also visit the local market.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

shigatse hotel  

OVERNIGHT SHIGATSE HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
The best available option in Shigatse, clean (for Tibet) and safe with a reasonable breakfast making this the best option for the 1 night stay here.

 
  ► DAY 12 - SHIGATSE TO SHEKAR
 
TASHILHUNPO & SAKYA MONASTERIES BEFORE JOURNEYING DEEPER INTO TIBET

This morning we visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama and has since been the traditional seat of the “Tashi” or Panchen Lama. The monastery is fascinating as is the walk you can do around the Kora which stretches up the hillside behind the monastery offering good views of the complex and Shigatse itself.

Drive on 127 km to Sakya monastery, the seat of the Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery’s architecture is very different to others in Tibet as it is Mongolian in design dating back to 1268. Continue deeper into Tibet stopping when you wish before reaching the remote town of Shekar (New Tingri). Try to get a good nights rest in preparation for Everest Base Camp tomorrow.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

qomolangma hotel  

OVERNIGHT QQOMOLANGMA HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
Heading south of Shigatse this area is very remote and so don’t expect much from the accommodation with this hotel being the best available.

 
  ► DAY 13 - SHEKAR TO EVEREST BASE CAMP
 
THE SUPERB GYAWU PASS VIEW OF THE HIGH HIMALAYA & DRIVE TO EVEREST BASE CAMP

Depart Shekar stopping at the Gyawu pass for a breathtaking panoramic view of the highest peaks of the Himalaya. Drive on to Rombuk Monastery, the gateway to Everest. From Rombuk the hike to Everest Base Camp (5,200m / 17,000 feet) takes 2 hours although there is often a national park bus in service if you do not want to walk. The sunset on Everest is sublime as well as the mountain under a star or moonlit night - pray to the mountain Gods for no clouds! Rough and ready high altitude night at either Rombuk Monastery or up at Base Camp itself where there is seasonal tented accommodation run by local nomads (approximately May to October).

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

rombuk  

OVERNIGHT ROMBUK MONASTERY OR TENTS
You come here for the amazing view of Everest rather than comforts. We recommend the tents over the house but either way keep expectations low!

 
  ► DAY 14 - EVEREST BASE CAMP TO ZHANGMU
 
SUNRISE AT EVEREST BASE CAMP & THE AMAZING DRIVE ON TO THE BORDER

Despite the inevitable cold it is well worth trying to get up just before dawn to catch the sunrise on Everest. The morning is spent exploring the area around camp before driving on late morning to Zhangmu (2,300 meters / 7,500 feet) on the China-Nepal border. Stop at Old Tingri before starting the spectacular descent 1,000 meters off the Tibetan Plateau and down towards the valleys of Nepal. The scenery rapidly changes as the altitude decreases, greening up and becoming lush and by the time the border town, perched on the steep mountainside, is reached. The world looks a very different place to what it did this morning as you prepare for your last night in Tibet.

♨ Meals included: Guesthouse Breakfast.

zhangmu  

OVERNIGHT ZHANGMU HOTEL  ✭ ✭
After a night at Rombuk or in a tent this will feel like a comfortable hotel and is indeed the best in the border town of Zhangmu.

 
  ► DAY 15 - ZHANGMU TO KATHMANDU
 
ENTERING NEPAL, THE LUSH KATHMANDU VALLEY & CHANGE OF CULTURE

After breakfast say goodbye to your Tibetan driver and guide, pass through China immigration and walk across the short stretch of no mans land to Nepalese immigration where your driver will be waiting for you. If you need to obtain a Nepal visa now is the time to do that. The 115 km 5 to 6 hour drive down to Kathmandu is initially through stunning lush mountain scenery which steadily becomes more tropical and couldn’t be further removed from the dry Tibetan Plateau.

Far more India than China, Kathmandu makes Chinese cities look exceptionally well ordered! Life appears frantic and chaotic here. Long a travellers mecca for Himalayan trekking, Kathmandu has mastered the art of providing creature comforts to the weary traveller. The city is culturally rich and beyond it the rest of Nepal and the sub-continent awaits! Your driver will drop you at the hotel in Kathmandu with the rest of the day free.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

tibet hotel kathmandu  

OVERNIGHT TIBET HOTEL  ✭ ✭ ✭
A superb mid-range option we use on many of our trips that feature Kathmandu. Close to the action in the city but just far enough away to be a quiet retreat.

 
  ► DAY 16 - DEPART KATHMANDU OR EXTEND TRIP
 
FREE TIME TO EXPLORE THE SIGHTS OF KATHMANDU BEFORE ONWARD TRAVEL

Free time in Kathmandu until a transfer to the airport for your flight out of Nepal. If you prefer to stay longer in Nepal we can book additional hotel nights for you as well as some short tours around the Kathmandu Valley or longer excursions through the country.

♨ Meals included: Hotel Breakfast.

 
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Our popular and high quality Private Guided China tours include a full, well thought through itinerary of professionally guided private tours, all transfers, tried and tested hotels and a mixture of plane and train transport. Take advantage of our experience in operating private China tours. We provide you a full licensed private guide on most days during your trip to China. Your English speaking guide is there to show you best of each destination and will help you have a hassle-free guided tour in China.
 
These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

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Why book our Private China Tours?

✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

private not group tours - can start any date

Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
- See more at: http://www.thechinatravelcompany.co.uk/pages/trips/china-private-guided-tours.php#sthash.rFjb0oMP.dpuf
 

Book Our Private Guided Tours to China

Our popular and high quality Private Guided China tours include a full, well thought through itinerary of professionally guided private tours, all transfers, tried and tested hotels and a mixture of plane and train transport. Take advantage of our experience in operating private China tours. We provide you a full licensed private guide on most days during your trip to China. Your English speaking guide is there to show you best of each destination and will help you have a hassle-free guided tour in China.
 
These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

scroll down to see all 16 china private guided tours

Why book our Private China Tours?

✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

private not group tours - can start any date

Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
- See more at: http://www.thechinatravelcompany.co.uk/pages/trips/china-private-guided-tours.php#sthash.rFjb0oMP.dpuf
► INTERNATIONAL PLANE TICKETS: Tickets to and from China

✈ International flight tickets are NOT included in this itinerary but we CAN arrange these for you.

► INTERNAL PLANE TICKETS: Tickets for flights within China

✔︎  Zhongdian to Lhasa economy class

► TRAIN TICKETS: Click here to learn more about the trains - ask us about upgrades

✔︎  Kunming to Lijiang soft sleeper class (12 hour overnight train trip)

► OTHER TRANSPORT: Between destinations and other than plane or train

✔︎  Lijiang to Zhongdian by private car or minibus (no guide necessary)
✔︎  Lhasa to Kathmandu - Your own vehicle with a driver and guide (lodging and food for the guide and driver is included in the price).

► ACCOMMODATION: Let us know if you have your own preferences or wish to upgrade

✔︎  1 night Kunming - New Era Hotel 4* (Standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night overnight sleeper train Kunming to Lijiang (shared 4 berth compartment)
✔︎  2 nights Lijiang - Zen Garden Hotel (Wu Yi Branch) 4*(Standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  2 night Zhongdian - Songstam Lugu Hotel 4* (Standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  3 nights Lhasa - Dhood Gu 3* (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night Gyantse - Gyantse Hotel 3* (best available) (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night Shigatse - Shigatse Hotel 3* (best available) (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night Shekar - Qomolangma Hotel 3* (best available) (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night Rombuk - Monastery Guesthouse or seasonal tented accommodation (can be chosen locally)
✔︎  1 night Zhangmu (border town) - Zhangmu Hotel 2* (best available) (standard room with breakfast)
✔︎  1 night Kathmandu - Hotel Tibet 3* (standard room with breakfast)

The hotels used for this trip are from our hand picked selection and all are excellent for their class. We also offer upgraded hotels in most locations. If you would like to explore additional hotel options please CLICK HERE and let us know of any changes you wish to make.
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► TRANSFERS: Private with driver and an English speaking guide (except where stated)

✔︎  Kunming - Airport to Hotel / Hotel to Train Station
✔︎  Lijiang - Train Station to Hotel / Hotel to Hotel in Zhongdian
✔︎  Zhongdian - Hotel to Airport
✔︎  Lhasa - Airport to Hotel
✔︎  Lhasa to Kathmandu - All transfers from arrival Lhasa to arrival Kathmandu as per itinerary

► TOURS: All our tours include entrance fees and use professional, licensed guides

✔︎  Kunming - Full day private tour to the Stone Forest.
✔︎  Lijiang - Half day private tour of the Old City, Mu Fu Family Palace and Black Dragon Pool.
✔︎  Zhongdian - Full day private tour to Songzanlin Temple, Pudasuo Area and Bita Lake, Tibetan Village and Old City walk.
✔︎  Lhasa - Full day private tour to Drepung Monastery, Nechung residence, the Jokhang temple and Kora and Barkhor Square.
✔︎  Lhasa - Full day private tour to the Potala Palace and Sera Monastery.
✔︎  Lhasa to Kathmandu - tours as described in the itinerary above.

► OTHER INCLUSIONS: Also included in this trip

✔︎  Meals - As indicated in the itinerary.
✔︎  Tibet Travel Permit needed to travel in this province.
✔︎  Back up oxygen cylinder outside of Lhasa in case of altitude issues (extremely rare this ever needs to be used!)
✔︎  Support - Emergency numbers and contacts for each destination.
✔︎  Guidebook - Our exclusive Trip Guidebook personalised to your trip.
✔︎  Financial Peace of Mind - All monies paid to us are legally protected under UK law.

All our tours come with our exclusive, 150+ page Trip Guidebook customised to your trip and packed full of information about China and the destinations you will be visiting including emergency numbers and a multitude of travel tips
  trip guidebook
     
  ► LIST OF TRIP EXCLUSIONS
 

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Our popular and high quality Private Guided China tours include a full, well thought through itinerary of professionally guided private tours, all transfers, tried and tested hotels and a mixture of plane and train transport. Take advantage of our experience in operating private China tours. We provide you a full licensed private guide on most days during your trip to China. Your English speaking guide is there to show you best of each destination and will help you have a hassle-free guided tour in China.
 
These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

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Why book our Private China Tours?

✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

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Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
- See more at: http://www.thechinatravelcompany.co.uk/pages/trips/china-private-guided-tours.php#sthash.rFjb0oMP.dpuf
 

Book Our Private Guided Tours to China

Our popular and high quality Private Guided China tours include a full, well thought through itinerary of professionally guided private tours, all transfers, tried and tested hotels and a mixture of plane and train transport. Take advantage of our experience in operating private China tours. We provide you a full licensed private guide on most days during your trip to China. Your English speaking guide is there to show you best of each destination and will help you have a hassle-free guided tour in China.
 
These holidays are ideal for those on their first visit to China who wish, a good standard of comfort, exceptional value, hassle free China experience that makes the best use of the precious time available for your holiday.

scroll down to see all 16 china private guided tours

Why book our Private China Tours?

✔  Tried and tested itineraries - all places visited by us.
✔  All private day tours - no group tours.
✔  Trips can usually start on any date you choose
✔  All tours can be tailored to meet your requirements.
✔  All transfers included on mainland China.
✔  We use fully licensed, English speaking guides
✔  No unwanted “Shopportunities” that plague many tours.
✔  Well located and hand-picked hotels
✔  24 hour emergency numbers whilst you are in China.
✔  Full financial protection through ATOL. ABTA Member
.

private not group tours - can start any date

Create Tailor Made Private Itineraries

Please remember that all these private China tours can be fully customised to your requirements whether it be upgrading hotels, adding in destinations or swapping trains for planes. Just tell us of any destinations you would like to visit which are not covered in our advertised guided China tours below as we want your trip with us to be as perfect as possible - the China experience of a lifetime.
 
Take advantage of our years of experience in offering China tours to individuals and we look forward to sharing our fascination of this extraordinary destination with you.
- See more at: http://www.thechinatravelcompany.co.uk/pages/trips/china-private-guided-tours.php#sthash.rFjb0oMP.dpuf
 
✘  International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip - we can book these flights on request.
✘  The Chinese visa - we can advise and partner with VisaCentral.
✘  Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment - we recommend ABTASure.
✘  Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides.
✘  Laundry, Photographic charges in some monasteries, unforeseen expenses that may arise due to factors beyond our control such as personal illness, weather, landslides and road repairs etc...
 
 
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