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Tibet & the Search for Shangri-La

15 Days from £2,699

Adventurous travellers won't want to miss this incredible tour of the Yunnan Province and Tibet.

Departure from: May 2018 - Sep 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Heathrow with China Eastern Airlines and internal flights
  • 13 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 1 night in flight 
  • 34 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide 
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
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Included holiday highlights

  • Visit the Bund, Shanghai's riverside boulevard 
  • Sightseeing in Lijiang
  • Visit a local family in Naxi village
  • Visit Zhongdian, renamed Shangri-La
  • Yangtze valley and visit to a Tibetan village
  • Tour Barhkor Street and see Potala Square in Lhasa
  • The Johkang temple and Sera Monastery 
  • Lhasa tour including UNESCO-listed Potala Palace
  • Yamdrok Lake, Palkhor Chöde Monastery and Gyanste's Old Town 
  • Explore Lhasa's Old Town
  • Sightseeing in Shanghai

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/Shanghai

You will depart on your scheduled flight to Shanghai today.

DAY 2 Shanghai

On arrival in Shanghai, we will transfer you to your hotel.

DAY 3 Shanghai

Your adventure begins with a chance to discover the Bund, Shanghai's famous riverside boulevard, lined with colonial-style buildings. You'll also visit the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao and see its 36 stone bridges which were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.​

DAY 4 Lijiang

Early this morning we'll fly to the city of Lijiang in Yunnan Province. You'll discover its highlights on an afternoon sightseeing tour, which starts at the Black Dragon Pool. A number of ancient monuments surround the water here, and on a clear day you'll enjoy fabulous views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Next you'll head to Lijiang's charming Old Town, and when you've got your bearings, you're free to carry on exploring at your own pace.​

DAY 5 Lijiang

Our day begins with time to admire the fascinating Yunfeng Monastery. Then we're going to visit a family in a local Naxi village and learn about their intriguing culture. If you want to discover more, you can attend an optional Naxi concert this evening.​

DAY 6 Zhongdian

A journey by bus takes us to Zhongdian, the town now known as Shangri-La. Its name was changed in 2001 to associate it with the paradise-like world featured in the novel, Lost Horizon. Along the way we'll stop to enjoy spectacular views of Haba Snow Mountain and we'll visit Yi, a traditional minority village. We'll also see the First Bend of the Yangtze River and when we arrive in Zhongdian, a tour will introduce us to its interesting old town.​

DAY 7 Zhongdian

Today you'll see the fascinating Songzanling monastery, before driving to Dabaosi. Here we'll meet a family in a traditional Tibetan village.​

DAY 8 Lhasa

We'll fly to Lhasa, our next base, this morning. This remote and ancient city lies at an altitude of 3,650 metres and remains out of bounds to most travellers. Our sightseeing starts after lunch when we visit the old part of Lhasa, Barkhor Street. We'll also see the fascinating Potala Square and monument to the peaceful liberation of Tibet.​

DAY 9 Lhasa

Today's highlight is a visit to the Johkang temple, the ultimate destination for Tibetan pilgrims. We'll also visit the magnificent Sera Monastery and watch as the red-robed monks debate Buddhist doctrines.​

DAY 10 Lhasa

We're going to see not one, but two, UNESCO-listed sites today. We'll begin at the ancient Potala Palace, an impressive 1,000–room building which overlooks Lhasa from a hilltop position. Then we'll head to Norbulingka, a former residence of the Dalai Lama, set within beautiful gardens. Later, you'll have time for a spot of shopping in Lhasa's Old Town.​

DAY 11 Gyantse

Our day begins with a drive to the spectacular Yamdrok Lake. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks it is one of the largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Next we'll head to Gyantse to see the Palkhor Chöde Monastery, a fascinating complex which includes the famous Kumbum Stupa. This awe-inspiring structure is thought to be the largest of its kind in Tibet. We'll also take in Gyantse's traditional Old Town.​

DAY 12 Lhasa

You'll drive back to Lhasa this morning and after tucking in to a packed lunch, you will be free to do as you please.​

DAY 13 Shanghai

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Lhasa. After lunch we'll drive to the airport ready for our flight to Shanghai.​

DAY 14 Shanghai

We'll explore the lively city of Shanghai on a guided tour this morning. Highlights include the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Old Town. You'll have time for some last-minute shopping and for spectacular views of the city, there's the option of a Huangpu river cruise this evening. Tonight we'll get together for a farewell dinner.​

DAY 15 Shanghai/UK

We will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving later the same day.​


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 2 - 3 :

Jin Jiang Tower Hotel
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai is situated in downtown Shanghai. Hotel facilities include three restaurants, café, Lobby Lounge, Gymnasium, Beauty Salon and Sauna.

Day 4 - 5 :

Lijiang Palace Hotel
Located on the south gate of the old town, featuring tranquil old-world architecture, a peaceful garden atmosphere, and flowing dark-wood walkways, the Wang Fu hotel is located in a quiet area close to the Old Town centre. The hotel has a restaurant serving Western and Chinese dishes, as well as a bar, a fitness centre and outdoor pool. All rooms feature en-suite facilities, TV, internet access, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day 6 - 7 :

Paradise Hotel
Paradise Hotel is situated in Shangri-La in the Yunnan Region. Rooms are air-conditioned, with a flat screen TV and hairdryer. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, fitness centre, and free Wi-Fi.

Day 8 - 10 :

Kyichu Hotel
Named after the Kyichu River which in Tibet is known as "The River of Happiness". A tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo and the cradle of the ancient Tibetan civilisation, the river meanders through the fertile valley in which the fabled and formerly forbidden city of Lhasa is situated. Located between the sacred temple of Jokhang in Barkhor Square and the famed World Heritage Potala Palace and minutes away from traditional quarters of Lhasa. Hotel features include 24-hour hot and cold running water, indoor/outdoor garden restaurant with umbrella tables, North Indian, Tandoori and Nepalese chefs. Being treated as a family member and getting individual attention, making it your base will let you enjoy complete satisfaction service offered by the friendly and knowledgeable English-speaking staff.

Day 11 :

Gyantse Hotel
Built in 1986, hotel is located in the ancient city centre of Gyantse town. The hotel includes single, double and triple rooms with attached bathrooms. The hotel has 3 restaurants supporting almost 300 people. The hotel and room amenities include front helpdesk, Western/Tibetan-styled guestrooms, laundry, business centre, shopping centre, restaurants, bar, internet, cafe nearby, private bathrooms, 24-hour hot and cold water, boiled water in thermos, IDD telephone, colour/cable TV, writing desk, room service.

Day 12 :

Kyichu Hotel
Named after the Kyichu River which in Tibet is known as "The River of Happiness". A tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo and the cradle of the ancient Tibetan civilisation, the river meanders through the fertile valley in which the fabled and formerly forbidden city of Lhasa is situated. Located between the sacred temple of Jokhang in Barkhor Square and the famed World Heritage Potala Palace and minutes away from traditional quarters of Lhasa. Hotel features include 24-hour hot and cold running water, indoor/outdoor garden restaurant with umbrella tables, North Indian, Tandoori and Nepalese chefs. Being treated as a family member and getting individual attention, making it your base will let you enjoy complete satisfaction service offered by the friendly and knowledgeable English-speaking staff.

Day 13 - 14 :

Jin Jiang Tower Hotel
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai is situated in downtown Shanghai. Hotel facilities include three restaurants, café, Lobby Lounge, Gymnasium, Beauty Salon and Sauna.


Dates and Prices

 
DEPARTURE
DATE
DEPARTING
FROM
DEPARTURE
WAS
NOW
STATUS
 

SAT 19 MAY 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£2,849

£2,699

Available

Outbound
China Eastern Airlines

Saturday 19 May 2018

Departs

21:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

16:00 Shanghai (Pu Dong)

Operated by

China Eastern Airlines

Inbound
China Eastern Airlines - MU

Saturday 02 June 2018

Departs

12:30 Shanghai (Pu Dong)

Arrives

17:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

China Eastern Airlines

SAT 08 SEP 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,199

£3,049

Available

Outbound
China Eastern Airlines

Saturday 08 September 2018

Departs

21:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

16:00 Shanghai (Pu Dong)

Operated by

China Eastern Airlines

Inbound
China Eastern Airlines - MU

Saturday 22 September 2018

Departs

12:30 Shanghai (Pu Dong)

Arrives

17:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

China Eastern Airlines

SAT 18 MAY 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£2,849

£2,699

Available

Outbound
China Eastern Airlines

Saturday 18 May 2019

Departs

21:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

16:00 Shanghai (Pu Dong)

Operated by

China Eastern Airlines

Inbound
China Eastern Airlines - MU

Saturday 01 June 2019

Departs

12:30 Shanghai (Pu Dong)

Arrives

17:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

China Eastern Airlines

SAT 07 SEP 19

London (Heathrow)

£3,199

Available

Outbound
China Eastern Airlines

Saturday 07 September 2019

Departs

21:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

16:00 Shanghai (Pu Dong)

Operated by

China Eastern Airlines

Inbound
China Eastern Airlines - MU

Saturday 21 September 2019

Departs

12:30 Shanghai (Pu Dong)

Arrives

17:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

China Eastern Airlines

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Naxi Concert

FROM £26

The Naxi people, who are long-time inhabitants of Lijiang, have created a unique and splendid concert to celebrate their cullture. This includes the Dongba culture which is primarily based on the local religion, and touches every aspect of daily life. Music and dance are also the two treasured cornerstones of the mysterious Dongba Every night from 20:00 to 21:30 there is a wonderful concert performed by a group of local senior musicians in the centre of Lijiang, as the average age of the musicians is 60 years old this tradition is dying away as the number musicians who have mastered this traditional skill has dwindled year after year.

Minimal Walking – Cultural – Legendary

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Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

Local Knowledge

“Take the path that circles the Potala Palace and join local Tibetans as they pray for peace and long life”


Unique Hong Kong Experiences

Choose our optional Hong Kong add-on and you'll conclude your holiday in style with a stay in one of the world's most dynamic and exciting cities.

Sophisticated, cosmopolitan with a spectacular skyline and harbour, Hong Kong is Asia’s World City. It is a unique blend of East and West, successfully combining contemporary style with over 5,000 years of ancient Chinese heritage. Hong Kong offers so many fantastic attractions and events that will leave a lasting impression of this wonderful city.

Skyline viewpoints

From gleaming skyscrapers to peaceful outlying islands, Hong Kong has breathtaking viewpoints. There are many beautiful sights to see in Hong Kong but the most popular attraction is The Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Visitors can travel to the top of The Peak by a tram service and admire the view of skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories.

Buzzing street markets

For shopaholics, Hong Kong offers a vast contrast and choice of shopping experiences from bustling markets to ultra modern malls and department stores. Visitors should head to the Mongkok District for a chance to practice their haggling skills on goods such as clothing, watches, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets. For more market action other options include Temple Street night market and Ho Hung Kee in Causeway Bay.

Outlying islands

To escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Hong Kong has over 260 outlying islands to explore. Lantau Island is a great choice to experience the Hong Kong countryside and admire the beautiful greenery. Visitors can take the NP360 cable car to see this other side of the city. They can climb to the top of the Big Buddha statue and also visit the Tai O Fishing Village.

Victoria Harbour tram
Hong Kong Food Market
Big Buddha statue, Lantau Island

Culture and heritage

Hong Kong’s culture is a melting pot of customs and traditions, influenced by thousands of years of immigration. Wherever you look in the city, there is a story to be told that will take you back centuries. The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is a scenic attraction to visit due to its beautiful ornate building and rich history, it a perfect opportunity to see the cultural side to Hong Kong.

Harbour cruise

Hong Kong has emerged as one of the world’s most fast-paced and dynamic cities. With beautiful harbour views there is no better way to see Hong Kong than a harbour cruise. Start off your trip my taking a ride on one of the traditional Chinese junk boats and tour the Victoria Harbour with the best view in the house.

World-class cuisine

With over 11,000 restaurants Hong Kong is known as the ‘Culinary Capital of Asia’; ranging from Michelin star dining to street stalls, it is a gourmet paradise. It is also home to the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world, Tim Ho Wan, and other lovely local eateries, there is something for everyone.

Wong Tai Sin Temple
Junk boat, Victoria Harbour
Dim Sum

Beautiful beaches

Hong Kong’s coastal area has a rich array of beaches, coves, bays, cliffs, arches and sea caverns just waiting to be explored. Repulse Bay is one of the most popular beaches with both locals and visitors, it is ideal for beach strolls or to enjoy a beautiful sunset. This crescent-shaped stretch of sand is one of the most stunning beaches in Hong Kong.

Great outdoors

Hong Kong has a rich natural side with quaint villages and beautiful rolling mountains. Visitors can hike, camp and enjoy the green country parks away from the busy city. Sai Kung is known as the 'back garden of Hong Kong', a great area to fish or sail in the sheltered waters, BBQ or sunbathe on secluded beaches, and swim or snorkel in the clear blue waters.

Rooftop bars

To escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Hong Kong has over 260 outlying islands to explore. Lantau Island is a great choice to experience the Hong Kong countryside and admire the beautiful greenery. Visitors can take the NP360 cable car to see this other side of the city. They can climb to the top of the Big Buddha statue and also visit the Tai O Fishing Village.



Travelsphere Cares: Supporting Local Community Children

Travelsphere CaresMany Tibetans are held back by a lack of education and even though three quarters of Tibetan children enter elementary school, less than half of them continue to middle school. Although schools are free and even the poorest families consider education important, many of them cannot send their children to school due to the lack of schools in rural communities, or the necessity for children to help their parents with agricultural work. The most common solution taken by poor families is to spend what little money they have for the education of only one child, while others often cannot read or write.

At Travelsphere we believe in giving back to the communities we visit, supporting various charities and helping people in need all over the world. In Tibet we support a local village in Lhasa by providing vital materials to aid their children’s education.