Zoom over Tibet's longest bridge on this record-breaking train journey across the Tibetan Plateau to Xining – past desert, tundra and snow-capped peaks.
- All breakfasts and more
- Small Group 20 or less
- VIP door to door
Discover fascinating cultures and ancient relics of Beijing and Lhasa
Learn the secrets of China's history as you discover Beijing, walk across the Great Wall, explore the Forbidden City and greet the first Emperor's Terracotta Army. Contrast this with the spiritual city of Lhasa in Tibet, before hurtling at high speed through the Tibetan countryside aboard the highest railway in the world, to Xining.
Please note: Due to the high altitudes in Tibet, this tour is not suitable for guests with heart or respiratory problems.
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
- Return flights and transfers
- All breakfasts, twelve lunches and nine dinners
- Excursions as described
- Saga tour manager
- Porterage at all hotels
- Tourist visa for full British Citizens resident in the UK
Day 1 UK to Beijing
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, depart in the afternoon for your overnight flight to Beijing.
Day 2 Beijing
You are met and taken to the New Century Hotel (4Q) where you stay for the next three nights. Dinner is at your hotel tonight.
Day 3 Forbidden City
Visit Tian’anmen Square before heading to the Forbidden City. Afterwards you can join an optional rickshaw tour of the narrow winding streets. In the evening enjoy a delicious Peking duck dinner.
Day 4 The Great Wall
Travel to the Great Wall this morning. Later explore the beautiful 18th-century Summer Palace and join an included cruise on Kunming Lake (weather permitting).
Day 5 Beijing-Xi'an
Fly to Xi'an and join an included excursion to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi’an Antiques Research and Protection Institute where you can see beautiful jade and goldware. Stay two nights at the Grand New World Hotel (4Q). Dinner is included in a local restaurant tonight.
Day 6 Terracotta Warriors
Discover the site of the Terracotta Warriors and visit the ancient city wall of Xi'an on included excursions. Perhaps enjoy an optional Tang Dynasty show.
Day 7 Xi’an-Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu and stay overnight at the Tibet Hotel (4Q). A highlight here will undoubtedly be an included visit to the Panda Research and Breeding Centre. Later, visit a tea house in the old town. Dinner is included.
This evening you may choose to attend the traditional Sichuan opera.
Day 8 Chengdu-Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa for a three-night stay at the Brahmaputra Hotel (3Q). Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is included tonight.
Day 9 Lhasa
Join an included tour of Potala Palace, former residence of the Dalai Lama. Return to the city centre to explore the bustling Barkhor district and spiritual Jokhang Temple.
Day 10 Norbu Lingka
Visit Norbu Lingka, the Dalai Lama’s beautiful Summer Palace, before observing afternoon prayers at Sera Monastery. Tonight you can enjoy a Tibetan meal and a traditional local yak dance.
Day 11 The Lhasa Express
Board the Lhasa Express to begin your unforgettable 24-hour rail journey on the world’s highest railway.
Day 12 Xining-Shanghai
Arrive in Xining then fly to Shanghai and travel to the Jin Jiang Hotel (4Q) where you spend the next three nights.
Day 13 Suzhou
Join an included excursion to Suzhou this morning, visiting the Master’s Net garden, Panmen Watergate and the Silk Embroidery Institute. You can also enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal. Dinner is included at your hotel tonight.
Day 14 Shanghai
Visit the waterfront to see Shanghai’s skyline before an included tour of the lavish 16th-century Yu Yuan Garden. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Shanghai Museum, one of the best in China. Travel to Xintiandi, known as the ‘Oriental Paris’, to learn how the city has evolved in recent years. Dinner is included tonight
The New Shanghai Circus presents their thrilling show at the Magnolia Theatre. It lasts 1½ hours and features Chinese acrobatic skills such as contortionists, foot juggling, hoop-driving and plate-spinning.Five acrobats ride motorcycles within an enclosed iron ball with a diameter of about six metres. You can imagine how crowded it is inside, but they manage to do all kinds of tricks as well as staying on their bikes without crashing into other riders!
Day 15 Shanghai-UK
Travel to Shanghai airport for your return daytime flight, arriving in the afternoon for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.
Yangtze River Cruise
Post-tour including all breakfasts, three lunches and all dinners.
After your main tour, extend your holiday with an upstream cruise along the famous Yangtze river with four nights aboard the MS Century Sun followed by a one-night stay in Shanghai at the Jin Jiang Hotel (4Q). Enjoy included excursions to the Three Gorges Dam, Lesser Three Gorges (2015 departures visit the Shennu Stream), and the Shibaozhai Pagoda. No single supplement on selected dates, subject to availability.