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14 Days from $6,799

May 2018 - Sep 2018 Departures

​Experience ancient traditions and mesmerising cultures on this epic 16-day tour. As you venture through stunning landscapes you'll discover Tibet's sacred lakes and snowcapped mountains, Guilin's terraced rice fields and the tranquil Li River, surrounded on all sides by dramatic limestone peaks.

Overview

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 14 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 39 meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome dinner & farewell get together
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included excursions

  • ​Visit ancient Huanglongxi & a traditional tea house
  • Barkhor Street & Potala Square in Lhasa's old town
  • Johkang Temple, Sera Monastery & Buddhist monk debating class
  • Discover Potala Palace, Norbulingka Summer Palace & enjoy refreshments in a sweet tea house
  • Yamdrok Lake & Palkhor Chöde Monastery in Gyantse
  • Meet a local family en route to Shigatse
  • Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
  • Visit to Yumbulakang Palace
  • Samye Monastery
  • Walking tour around Banyan Lake
  • Li River cruise
  • Vegetable market & cookery class
  • Reed Flute Cave & tea farm visit 

Optional excursions

  • ​​Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre
  • Longshen Rice Terraces
  • Liu Sanjie Impression Show staged on the waters of the Li River
  • Countryside bicycle ride

Itinerary

Meet your fellow travellers in Chengdu, Jinli Street is one of Chengdu's main streets – as you explore you'll see traditional tea houses and silk workshops. You can also shop for handicrafts and sample local delicacies such as wontons and dumplings. This evening we'll gather to enjoy a welcome dinner.

Our explorations of Chengdu continue today with a visit to the old town of Huanglongxi, where traditional customs still prevail. Explore well-preserved streets from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, ancient temples and historic houses, before enjoying a refreshing cup of jasmine tea at a traditional tea house.

You can spend this morning at leisure, exploring further in the company of your travelling companions. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre. Here you can views these endearing creatures which are becoming increasingly endangered. In the afternoon why not head to Wide and Narrow Lanes, ancient alleyways running parallel to each other, whose traditional buildings house shops, bars and restaurants.

​You can spend this morning at leisure, exploring further in the company of your travelling companions. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre. Here you can enjoy watching these endearing creatures which are becoming increasingly endangered.

In the afternoon why not head to Wide and Narrow Lanes, ancient alleyways running parallel to each other, whose traditional buildings house shops, bars and restaurants.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lhasa this morning. Sitting at an altitude of 3,650 metres in a mountainfringed valley, this remote and ancient city remains out of bounds to most travellers. The rest of the day is free for you to explore and acclimatize to the high altitude or alternatively there will be opportunity to explore the historic Barkhor Street, which appears just as it would have centuries ago, and Potala Square, to view the monument to the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet.

​The Johkang Temple is the ultimate destination for Tibetan pilgrims, and it's where we head this morning. We also call at the Sera Monastery, a magnificent building which covers an area of 28 acres. The red-robed lamas (Buddhist monks) who reside here must participate in debates on Buddhist doctrines to further their studies and we'll be lucky enough to see such an event while we are here. This evening we'll enjoy a special Tibetan dinner​.

​Today we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, which symbolises Tibetan Buddhism. We'll also head to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Norbulingka Summer Palace, set in beautiful parkland.

Later, there will be plenty of free time for a spot of souvenir shopping in Lhasa's old town and we include a visit to a tea house, to indulge in the Tibetans' favourite drink.​

​Our journey by road today takes us to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's largest sacred lakes. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it is a truly spectacular sight and believed by the Tibetan people to have spiritual powers. We'll continue to the ancient town of Gyantse via the Kambala Pass, pausing en route to view the impressive Karola Glacier​. Finally we'll see the Palkhor Chöde Monastery, in the Nyangchu river valley. It's a fascinating complex, featuring Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture and is home to the famous Kumbum Stupa, believed to be the largest structure of its kind in Tibet.

Our journey continues to the modern sprawling city of Shigatse, and en route we'll pay a visit to a local family for a fascinating insight into traditional daily life. The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is one of the most important in Central Tibet, and the seat of the Panchen Lama – the highest ranking Tibetan spiritual leader after the Dalai Lama. Admire its gleaming golden roof, before arrving for our overnight stay in Shigatse.

Today we travel to Zhendang, the first capital of Tibet. Our highlight is a visit to Yumbulakang Palace, built by the first Tibetan king in the 2nd century BC.

Perched on the summit of a mountain, the palace towers 3,600 metres above sea level, offering fantastic views of the valley below​.

We will visit the Samye Monastery today, a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, many of whom walk for weeks to reach it. Later we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Gulin via Chengdu. We will arrive at our hotel this evening.

​Guilin is said to be China's most picturesque region, and today you can discover its beauty on a full-day optional excursion. We'll head to the Longshen Rice Terraces, where huge numbers of verdant terraced fields create incredible vistas, and visit a traditional village where we're invited into a family home.

Alternatively, why not join a walking tour around Banyan Lake. This is a great way to enjoy the scenery and see the locals going about their everyday business, including their daily Tai Chi exercises.

​We'll begin our day with an included boat trip on the Li River, to soak up wonderful views of the surrounding Karst Mountains and thick bamboo forests which line the banks. We'll then continue to Yangshuo, one of the prettiest towns in Guilin. Explore West Street, an ancient road completely paved with marble, where you'll find plenty of souvenir shops and cafés.

After dinner this evening, perhaps join our optional excursion to see a performance of Impression Liu Sanjie – a spectacular show staged on the waters of the Li River with a stunning backdrop of mist-shrouded hills.

​We've a busy morning, which begins early with a visit to a vegetable market. After perusing the colourful stalls we'll head to a farmer's house to sample the rural way of life. Our final stop is at a cookery school, where we will learn how to cook some local dishes using fresh produce.

In the afternoon you might choose to join our optional bicycle ride into the surrounding countryside. This evening we'll gather once more to enjoy a farewell dinner​.

​Today we'll visit the remarkable Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cavern filled with stalactites, stalagmites and stone pillars in weird and wonderful shapes and colours. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into flutes. We'll also visit a tea farm where we'll sample some local tea before flying back to Chengdu for an overnight stay. If you choose to take the Hong Kong city add-on you will fly directly from Guilin to Hong Kong today​.

Your Just You vacation comes to an end today.

Accommodation

The 4-star Tianfu Sunshine in Chengdu is located in the downtown area of the city. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.
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.
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.
Tashi Hotel is portrayed in a cultural theme hotel and has a nice location. It is close to the Jokhang Temple and Barkor Street. Located 10 minutes away from the Potala Palace. The entire hotel is decorated in a Tibetan folk style both inside and outside the hotel. The hotel is equipped with single, standard and triple rooms. The first floor is for Tibetan restaurant, the second to the fourth floor are the guest rooms while the fifth floor is for the tea house. Guests can also overlook the city of Lhasa, the majestic Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. The hotel restaurant can offer pure family style Tibetan meals.
Tse Dang is surrounded by ancient temples and monasteries. It is located between majestic mountains and Yarlung River, being the largest 3-star hotel in the Lhokha prefecture. The hotel has 233 rooms and also includes president suites, deluxe suites, deluxe standard rooms and standard rooms as well as Cantonese, Sichuan, Western and Tibetan food. The room’s amenities include individually-controlled air-conditioning and heating system, cable television, international direct dial telephone, and en-suite bathroom. The hotel features include 24-hour front helpdesk, bar, cafe, gift shop, business centre, beauty salon, foreign currency exchange and a restaurant.
The 4-star Guilin Bravo Hotel is ideally located just a short walk from the centre of Guilin. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a selection of restaurants and bars, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer, complimentary Wi-Fi and a TV.
Located on the bank of the Li River and at the foot of the Green Lotus Peak you will stay at the 4-star Green Lotus in Yangshuo. Hotel amenities include restaurant, fitness centre and outdoor pool. Bedrooms have private facilities and television.
The 4-star Tianfu Sunshine in Chengdu is located in the downtown area of the city. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.

Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine

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Sunday 13 May 2018

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$6,799

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Sunday 02 Sep 2018

14 Days

$7,199

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