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15 Day Tibet and Nepal Vistas Tour May 2018

Day 01, 21 May: Sydney – Chengdu
CA430, 21 May Sydney – Chengdu 12:25/21:35
Depart from Sydney on Air China in the afternoon to Chengdu, China and arrive in the evening. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to airport hotel for two nights.

Day 02, 22 May: Chengdu – Leshan Giant Buddha – Chengdu (B.L.D)
In the morning, after a two-hour driving from Chengdu, you will get to Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest carved statue of Buddha in the world. Sitting at the confluence of three rivers, the Giant Buddha was carved on the cliff of Lingyun Mountain, used to suppress the flood. Enjoy spectacular view of the huge statue by cruise. After your sightseeing in Leshan, you will be transferred back to Chengdu. In the evening, watch a wonderful performance of Sichuan Opera including folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling light, etc.

Day 03,23 May Chengdu - Lhasa (B.D)
CA4112,23 May chengdu - Lhasa 12:45/15:05
After breakfast, you are at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight to Lhasa, Tibet, the Roof of the World. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel for the night. You will have time to adjust yourself to the high altitude there and get ready for your exciting Tibet tour.

Day 04, 24 May: Lhasa Potala Palace (B.D)
Over the next two days we explore the lofty city of Lhasa. Our first stop will be Potala Palace - an enduring symbol of Lhasa and the winter home of the Dalai Lama. We’ll also explore the fascinating Jokhang Temple, which is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a solid gold shrine of the enlightened Buddha, around which all Tibetans prostrate themselves at some point in their lifetime. Later we’ll browse the popular Barkhor Bazaar, where you can purchase handicrafts, carpets and paintings. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 05, 25 May: Lhasa Sera Monastery (B.D)
Continuing our sightseeing today we visit the monastery of Drepung - once the largest monastery in the world, home to 10,000 monks, but tragically torn asunder during the Cultural Revolution and still rebuilding its walls and status today. Just north of Lhasa is our next stop - the Sera monastery, which after 600 years is still a working retreat, although these days only hundreds of monks rattle around in the massive buildings that were built for thousands. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 06, 26 May: Lhasa – Gyantse (B.D)
Today we travel by road to the attractive city of Gyantse. The journey is incredibly scenic, crossing two mountain passes the Kambala pass (4794m) and Karola (5010m) pass via the beautiful lake Yamdrok Tso. Upon arrival we visit Pelkhor Chode Temple, home to the Khumbum Stupa - an architectural masterpiece and the most revered in Tibet. Stay overnight in Gyantse.

Day 07, 27 May: Gyantse – Shigatse (B.D)
After breakfast, you will go to visit a very special site where you can learn about the living condition and tradition of old Tibet - Pala Manor. Located in a Tibetan village about 4km southwest from Gyantse city, Pala Manor is the only aristocratic manor preserved well in Tibet, and used to be the private manor of Pala families since 17th century. The aristocratic and the serfs both lived in the manor but completely different life. The aristocratic didn't need to work, lived in bright, large and luxury rooms, used costly furniture and imported luxuries, such as OMEGA watch, LV purse, wine, etc. While the serfs lived in dark crude room in yards, got paid little but did all the laboring works. The house, relics in the rooms all still remain the same as they used to be. After the visit in Pala Manor, you will move to Shigase, which is about 2~3 hours' driving on road. After arrival, you are going to visit the most important monastery in Shigatse region - Tashilunpo Monastery.
Tashilumpo Monastery is the seat of successive Panchen Lamas, also one of the six Gelug monasteries. Founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, its name means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory" in Tibetan. Covering an area of nearly 150,000 square meters, the monastery has more than 57 halls and 3600 rooms. Among them, the Coqen Hall can hold 2000 people chanting at the same time. Featuring an interesting sprawling amalgam of traditional Tibetan monastic style, those halls, chapels and other structures are connected by precipitous steps and narrow cobblestone alleys. The interplay between the golden roofs and the white, red and black exterior walls creates a striking composition. Have a good rest in Shigatse.

Day 08, 28 May: Shigatse – Lhasa (B.D)
Today you’ll drive back to Lhasa (5 hours) along the legendary Yaluzangbu River, the mother river of Tibet. On halfway, you will take a visit to Nyemo Tunba which was the home of Tunmi Sangbuzha who invented the Tibetan character as well as the famous Tibetan Incense. Here in Tunba, you also have chance to witness the process of making Tibetan Incense with water mill. At the same time, the scenery here is fabulous - ancient cypress trees, green willows, murmuring river... Leave Tunba, keep driving to Lhasa. You will stop by at the place where is about 20km to Lhasa to take a short visit to the Nyethang Buddha which is conveniently located along the road, approximately 20km from Lhasa. Built in more than 700 years ago, the Nietang Buddha is the largest and highest stone Buddha in Tibet, and was colorfully painted by deep colors of golden, red, blue and black. West not far from the Buddha is the Nyethang Monastery where the famous ancient Indian Buddhist master Atisha meditated and taught Buddhism. In the evening, you’ll have a Tibetan-style farewell dinner in a typical Tibetan restaurant, with traditional Tibetan songs and dances. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 09, 29 May: Lhasa – Kathmandu (B.D)
CA407, 29 May Lhasa – Kathmandu 11:50/11:10
You are at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Kathmandu is a fascinating blend of old and new, the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Nepal and yet in places, seemingly unchanged since the middle-ages with temples, shrines and living gods. Most of the government offices, ministries, parliament house and Royal Palace are located in the city. Kathmandu city is renowned for its cultural and the heritage site where one can experience history alive! Upon arrival, you are met and start a walking tour of Kathmandu city: You will visit one of the interesting historical places in the valley; Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you can see the 'Kumari house' (house of living goddess), Kasthamandap - constructed using the wood of a single tree. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 10, 30 May: Kathmandu – Nagarkot (B.D)
After breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing of the following:
Swoyambhunath - the world's most glorious Buddhist Chaityas, built 2000 years ago and situated on a hillock about 77 meter above the level of the valley. Guests will have a grand view of the Kathmandu valley from this spot, Bouddha: Bouddhanath is one of the biggest stupas in the world and this is also an important place for Tibetan Buddhism, Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath is one of the main Hindu Gods. This is a Hindu temple, so only Hindus are allowed to go inside the main temple. You can clearly see the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River. After Lunch (at your own cost), drive to Nagarkot, about 32 kilometres from city centre. It takes about 45 minutes drive. Stay overnight at hotel in Nagarkot.

Day 11, 31 May: Nagarkot – Kathmandu (B.D)
Enjoy the sunrise view from Nagarkot. After breakfast drive to Bhaktapur (20 kilometres and about half an hour drive). Sightseeing of Bhaktapur City includes Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Golden gate, Bhairav temple, Dattataraya Temple and National Art gallery. Later we head to Patan City, a historic centre for Buddhist and Hindu cultures, where we visit several famous temples and sights, as well as witness Singing Bowls performed by a Buddhist monk. Leaving Patan City behind we travel onwards to the rural towns of Bungamati and Khokhana for a brief stop. Drive back to Kathmandu. You will visit Bodhnath Stupa, right here you can visit the Thangka Art Gallery. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner with traditional dance performance back in the capital.

Day 12, 01 Jun: Kathmandu – Chengdu (B)
CA438, 01 Jun. Kathmandu – Chengdu 11:10/16:20
You are at leisure until you are transferred to airport for your flight to Chengdu and you will arrive in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel for the night. You are at leisure to explore Chengdu on your own.

Day 13, 02 Jun: Chengdu Panda Research Base and Sanxingdui (B.L.D)
This morning you will make a stirring visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is not only the most important panda scientific research center, but also dwelling home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. Walk at leisure through the bamboo framed paths, and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, climbing trees, etc. Don’t miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms. There is also a very informative Panda Museum for you to learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas. After that, visit Sanxingdui Museum and see the drama-charged bronze masks dating from the Shang Dynasty.
Accommodation: Chengdu Wuhou Holiday Inn ecpress **** or similar

Day 14, 03 Jun: Chengdu – Sydney (B.D)
CA429, 03 Jun. Chengdu – Sydney 21:45/10:25 (Next morning)
After breakfast, visit Renmin Park. Take some time to explore the shaded lanes, quiet lake, and charming tea houses there, visit the Wuhou Temple, and find out what military leader this 11th-century memorial is dedicated to. Nearby, explore the frozen-in-time features of Jinli Old Street, where well-preserved building techniques make it easy to imagine Chengdu during the Qing Dynasty. After that you are transferred back to hotel to have a freshened up until 6:00pm. Then you will be transferred to a local restaurant to have your dinner. After dinner, you are transferred to airport for your flight homeward to Sydney, Australia. Fly overnight.

Day 15, 04 Jun: Sydney
You arrive in Australia in the morning. Your unforgettable China Tibet and Nepal tour ends.

Tour price: $4,480 per person, twin or double share
Single supplement: $970

This price includes:
1.Return Air China airfare: Sydney – Chengdu – Lhasa – Kathmandu – Chengdu – Sydney;
2.Airport tax and fuel surcharge (currently $590, subject to change);
3.Ten night accommodation at 4 star hotels in China and three night accommodation at 4 star hotels in Nepal;
4.Transfer and transport all through;
5.Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = breakfast and D = dinner);
6.Sightseeing tours with entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary;
7.Tibet permit;
8.English speaking guide.

This price excludes:
1.Travel insurance;
2.China visa fee and Nepal visa fee;
3.Gratuities to guides and drivers;
4.Any meals and services not specified in the itinerary;
5.Personal expenses.

 




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