This grand tour offers an in-depth peek of the major historical
and cultural sights of China, Tibet, Nepal and India with adventure and
19 Days Grand tour
Day 1 USA/BEIJING:
Welcome aboard your flight to
Arrive in Beijing, our first stop of China tour, capital
with over 3,000 years of history. After retrieving your luggage and clearing
customs you will check into your pre-reserved accommodations. .
Day 3 BEIJING:
This morning, see vast Tiananmen Square and the
extravagant Ming-era Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City home to 24
Emperors between 1420 and 1911, including the jewelry section. After lunch,
visit the elegant Summer Palace,, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the
largest imperial garden in the world. The grounds include over 3,000 structures
with a variety of pavilions, towers and arched bridges surrounding Lake Kunming
with boat ride (weather permitting). This evening, enjoy your Beijing Duck
Day 4 BEIJING:
Today experience a highlight of your China trip today as
you visit the renowned Great Wall. The Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours' drive
from downtown Beijing, where you can walk along the wall, through the watch
towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.
After lunch, Temple of Heaven, situated in the southern part of the city, the
temple of heaven covers the total area of 2,700,000 square meters. The temple was built in 1420A.D. It is the place where emperors of the
Ming and Qing dynasties would offer sacrifice to heaven and pray for good
harvests. The main buildings of the temple including the Circular Mound Altar,
Imperial Vault of Heaven and Hall of Prayer for Good
Day 5 BEIJING/ SHANGHAI:
modern Shanghai, China's center of commerce. Time free to explore the
fashionable cafes and boulevards of Shanghai.
Sightseeng Shanghai's highlights: the Shanghai Museum, features vast historic
collections, Children's Palace or Urban Planning Center, Yu Garden and the Old Town, the
city's colonial European past at The Bund, the modern Xintiandi, and a renowned
Shanghai silk carpet factory.
Day 7 SHANGHAI/XIAN:
morning free at leisure. Then fly to historic Xi'an, former capital of China,
origin of Great Wall and Terracotta warriors, a must see China travel
Day 8 XIAN:
Today sightseeing taks us to The Terra-cotta Warriors
and Horses: Discovered accidentally in 1974, this incredible army of over 7000
soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array has
guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210BC.
Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3
pits which are protected inside huge hangars. There is also an excellent museum
and film about the history of the vaults. Big Wild Goose Pagoda: A major
Buddhist site, the simple, elegant brick Pagoda stands in the grounds of the
attractive Da Ci'en Temple. The Pagoda was built in the 7th century to house
the Buddhist materials that Xuanzang, brought back from his epic journey to
India. Ancient City Wall: The walls, ramparts, gates and watchtowers form one
of the oldest and most complete city
defences still around. Built in the 13th century on the foundations of the
original Tang Forbidden City surrounding the city
the ancient Xian in mainland China to Autonomous state of Tibet. Arrive at
Gonggar airport and meet assist at the airport & transfer to Lhasa.
Afternoon at leisure for acclimatization or visit local bazaar on own.
Today we'll visit Potala Palace, this massive 13-storeyed
building used to be the highest building prior to the early period of last
century, used to be the former winter abode for the Dalai Lamas. It looks
incredibly magnificent from a distance and could be viewed from various places
around the town. As the nation's supreme relic, the palace dates back to 7th
century A.D. In the afternoon, visit of Sera Monastery, which was founded in
1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. The "Buddhism Scriptures
Debating" in Sera is very famous.
we start our overland travel in Tibet to Gyantse and Shigatse. Travelling by
jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the spectacular Khamba La pass from
which we'll get stunning views of the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa
24,000ft.24,000ft.24,000ft) looking across the waters of the Yamdrok-tso Lake.
We then continue westwards over another high pass, the Karo La (5,045m), from
which you can see a huge spectacular glacier tumbling down to within a few
hundred meters of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and
colorful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse. Our overnight
accommodation is at the Gyantse Hotel.
Day 12 SHIGATSE/LHASA:
Today you will visit "Tashilumpo Monastery"
which sprawls on the slops of Mount Niser, southwest of Shigatse. The monastery
grounds cover an area of approximately 300,000 square meters. There are many
priceless and rare historical articles in the monastery. Afternoon drive back
to Lhasa. birds.
Fly to Kathmandu.
Arrive Kathmandu, meet and transfer to Hotel Yak N Yeti/Del Annapurna.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, visiting the Temple of Hanuman,
Dhoka Square, The House of the Living Goddess, the Royal Palace, and the city
Day 14 KATHMANDU:
After breakfast sightseeing in Patan, city of ancient
architecture and fine arts, renowned for its silver, copper and bronze work.
This afternoon we'll
visit Bhaktapur, the city of religious devotees built in the shape
of shell, visit the Lion Gate, the Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate and the
Palace of Windows
Day 15 KATHMANDU/DELHI:
Morning is free with an optional (but recommended, not
included) flight-seeing tour of Mt. Everest. Afternoon flight to New Delhi.
Arrival met and transfer to hotel. New Delhi, the capital and the third largest
city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Delhi, unwinds a
picture rich with culture,
architecture and human
diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic
shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and
Day 16 DELHI:
After breakfast you are off to visit the capital city. It
will include the Presidential Palace, Parliament House, India Gate, Qutab Minar
Tower, Jantar Mantar, the fashionable Connaught Circus. Red Fort, symbol of the
glorious Mogul period in India. Chandni Chowk, Mahalaxmi Temple and Mahatma
Day 17 DELHI/AGRA:
morning transfer to Lhasa airport for flight, This morning we'll drive for Agra. Afternoon visit the famous
Taj Mahal, Stand awe-struck when you visit the Taj Mahal, certain to be an
India tour highlight, as the colors on the white marble building give it a
mythical aura. Completed in 1643, this exquisitely detailed monument is
considered one of the finest architectural achievements. Our next stop is Agra
Fort, built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565, the red
sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's
Though the principal structure was built by
Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. Hotel Taj View/Clark's
After breakfast drive to Fatehpur-Sikri, a huge
fort complex that served as capital of India before it was moved to Delhi in
17th.century the deserted sandstone city was built by Mogul Emperor Akbar. This
imperial complex of forts, palaces, mosques and temples was short lived and
today is a haunting testament to that era. Fatehpur Sikri is the best example
of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is
said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the
Persian & Hindu architecture. This evening arrive Delhi and prepare for
homeward bound departure.
Departure from Delhi for homeward
2013Apr 15 29 May 13 27,
Jul 15, 29 Aug 12, 26 Sep 9, 23 Oct 7, 21 Nov 4
|Tour Cost: From JFK/CHI.
Single supplement. $3872.00
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