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Wendy Wu Tibetan Wonders

Explore the beginnings of Yunnans Tea Horse road, travelling through Tibet, the roof of the World, to the legendary Mount Everest.

Tour Highlights:

Yunnan
Songzanlin
Lhasa
Mount Everest  

What’s Included:

Return international flights
All Accommodation
All meals
All transportation & transfers
All sightseeing & entrance fees
English speaking National Escort & local guides
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders.

Wendy Wu Tibetan Wonders Itinerary: 

Days 1-2: Fly to Kunming

Fly overnight to the relaxed city of Kunming, the ‘city of Eternal Spring'. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3: Discover the Stone Forest

Meander through the formations of the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest, where towering limestone pillars stand tree-like in a fascinating illusion of petrified woodland.

Days 4-5: Enchanting Dali

Fly to Dali, a charming town that offers a peek at the China of times-gone-by. Spend the afternoon immersed in the local atmosphere of the fascinating old quarter and lively market. The next day, visit the age-old Three Pagodas which dominates the skyline over the town. Then take a cruise on Erhai Lake where you will see a traditional tie dye demonstration.

Day 6: Lijiang

Drive to Lijiang. The quintessential Chinese ‘old town', Lijiang's old quarter is a jumble of cobbled streets, precarious wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges– in short, a delightful place to aimlessly wander. Visit the Black Dragon Pool before mingling with traditionally-dressed Naxiwomen in the bustling backstreet markets.

Day 7: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

A magnificent mountain massif, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain soars to 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the gorgeous high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. Admire the fascinating Ming Dynasty frescoes at Baisha and see the intricate creations of the embroidery school.

Day 8: Tiger Leaping Gorge

Over 3,000-metres deep, Tiger Leaping Gorge, with its backdrop of snowcapped mountains, is one of China's most extraordinary sights. Continue on to theTibetan monastery town of Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La.

Day 9: Baishui Terraces

Spring water cascades picturesquely over the white limestone terraces of Baishui. Enjoy a relaxed day admiring the views.

Day 10: Tibetan Zhongdian

Visit the magnificent Songzanlin Monastery and its many treasures, tour Zhongdian old town and catch a glimpse of old Tibet in a traditional village.

Day 11: Fly to Lhasa

Fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet. The afternoon is free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude.

Day 12: Jokhang Temple and Barkhor

Lhasa is a quickly growing modern city but among the narrow, old streets you'll feel a million miles from the stresses and strains of the modern world. Wander around the Barkhor to see traditionally dressed locals, stalls of religious trinkets and prostrating pilgrims. Inside the Jokhang Temple, the devotion is palpable as queues of people worship in the flickering light of yak butter candles. There will also be a visit to Sera Monastery, a renowned seat of Buddhist learning.

Day 13: Potala Palace

The Potala Palace is an architectural wonder towering over the city from its seat on Marpo Ri (Red Mountain). The Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, houses thousands of rooms filled with old treasures from intricate shrines to beautiful frescoes. This afternoon, explore Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lama, set in parkland just outside the city, before visiting a local Tibetan arts and crafts shop. Enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner and a dance performance in the evening.

Days 14-15: Shigatse & New Tingri

Travel across Tibet's stark plains to Shigatse. Dominated by a fort reminiscent of the Potala, Shigatse is Tibet's second city and the traditional home of the Panchen Lama. The rest of the day is spent exploring. The next day continue by road to New Tingri admiring the awe-inspiring views of the mighty Himalayas as we go.

Day 16: Everest Base Camp

Traverse some of the world's most incredible scenery, with the Himalayas dominating the horizon, as we make our way to base camp. Here, situated under the gaze of Everest's north face, the views of the world's highest peak are unsurpassed. Visit Rongbok Monastery, draped in colourful prayer flags, and stay overnight in the township.

Day 17: Everest sunrise

Rise early to see a glorious sunrise over Everest before driving to Old Tingri.

Days 18-19: Shigatse and Gyantse

Return to Shigatse. The next day visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, a hilltop complex that is the seat of the Panchen Lama, before continuing to the pleasant town of Gyantse to visit Pelkor Monastery. Also visit the Gyantse Kumbum. This fascinating monastery is home to the largest ch̦rten inTibet Рclimb it for a secession of colourful mural-filled chapels and wonderful views.

Day 20: Drive to Tsedang

Drive to Tsedang, called the ‘cradle of Tibetan civilisation'.

Day 21: Yumbulhakang Palace

Perched on a hill over the Yarlung River, legend says that the ancient Yumbulhakang Palace was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan king. Continue on to the Chang Chun Monastery and the King's Tombs en route to Lhasa.

Day 22: Pandas

Fly to Chengdu. Visit Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre where you can get up close to China's celebrated bears in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Visit the fascinating Shu Brocade factory. Tonight, sample delicious Sichuan cuisine for dinner.

Day 23: Fly Chengdu to UK

Fly to the UK arriving the same or following day.

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