Classic Tibet

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China, Tibet

Best time to go: March to May, July to November

10 Nights | from £4,945pp

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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  • Explore the magnificent, many-roomed Potala Palace
  • Browse the bustling narrow alleys of the Barkhor Bazaar
  • Discover some of the world's most impressive monasteries and oldest temples
  • Drive amid epic Himalayan landscapes, dotted with yaks, stupas and prayer flags
  • Enjoy close encounters with giant pandas in Chengdu


Day 1 - UK / Beijing  
Maximise your time by flying overnight from the UK to Beijing.

Day 2 - Beijing
Beijing is where old and new China collide in the most intox-icatingly chaotic fashion. After you've settled in, head out with your private guide to see the Temple of Heaven, per-haps the city's most magnificent ancient masterpiece.
Red Wall Garden

Day 3 - Beijing / Lhasa
Breathtaking in all senses, Lhasa looms at around 3,490m, ensconced amid the high Himalaya. Flying in from Beijing, via Chengdu, you'll think you've landed in another world. And checking in to the Shangri-La Lhasa will compound that feeling: there's an oxygen bar, to help with altitude acclima-tisation, and all rooms have views of the peaks or Potala Palace, plus copies of Lost Horizon, the legendary story of Shangri-La.
Shangri-La Lhasa | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Lhasa
A private guide will help ground you in this mythical city. Visit the hilltop Potala Palace, once winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, which has over 1,000 rooms. Then explore the Sera Monastery (home to around 600 monks), the 1,300 year-old Jokhang Temple and the bustling, incense-swirled Barkhor Bazaar.
Shangri-La Lhasa | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Lhasa
There's still so much to see. Visit the 15th century Drepung Monastery, once the largest monastery in the world;explore the palaces and chapels of the Norbulingka, the former summer residence of the Dalai Lama;and get lost in the Tibetan Museum, the richest collection of Tibetan treasures, from imperial jade seals and colourful tangkas to folk art. Don't miss a trip to a traditional restaurant to try some local specialities –such as steamed momos (dumplings) and de-licious noodle soup.
Shangri-La Lhasa | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Lhasa / Gyantse
It's an epic drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. Golden fields give way to dramatic mountains as the road hairpins over high passes. Yamdrok Lake is breathtaking, a splotch of bright-est turquoise amid the hills, and is followed by an unravel-ling of rivers, glaciers and yak-grazed pasture all the way to Gyantse.
Gyantse Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 - Gyantse / Shigatse
Head to Gyantse's Palkhor Chode, a 15th-century monastery that's home to the Kumbum –the largest stupa in Tibet, decorated with exquisite murals. Then hit the road once more, crossing the plains to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city.
Shigatse Hotel I Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 - Shigatse / Lhasa
Shigatse is dominated by a huge hilltop dzong, but its most fascinating site is the 15th century Tashilhunpo Monastery, home to the opulent tomb of the fourth Panchen Lama. Walk the pilgrimage circuit around the monastery and browse the market and old town before travelling back to Lhasa.
Shangri-La Lhasa | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 -Lhasa / Chengdu
The Pabonka Monastery, nestled on the valley slopes just outside Lhasa, is one of Tibet's most ancient Buddhist sites, built in the seventh century. Explore its ancient halls and caves, and gaze back to the Potala Palace before bid-ding farewell to Tibet and flying to Chengdu.
Ritz-Carlton Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 - Chengdu
Meet Chengdu's most adorable residents at the Panda Re-search &Breeding Centre. Around 50 giant and red pandas live here;you might see adults chomping on bamboo or new cubs being reared (most likely in autumn). Also, learn about the conservation efforts being made to save this iconic endangered species. Finish the day in proper Cheng-du style: in a traditional gongfu tea house or with a spicy Sichuan meal.
Ritz-Carlton Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Chengdu / UK
Head to the airport for your return flight.

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 11 day suggested holiday will cost from £4,945 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Useful info

Best time to be there

While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.

Fly to

Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)

flying time

11 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours


Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to be there

The severe climatic conditions and great discrepancy in daily and seasonal temperatures are due mainly to the high altitude. Mid-spring, summer and early autumn get rather warm. Early spring gets cold, especially in the mornings and at night. A similar climatic situation applies to the late autumn and winter months.

Fly to

Lahasa via Chengdu, China or Kathmandu, Nepal

flying time

2 hours from Chengdu or 1 hour 5 minutes from Kathmandu

time difference

GMT +7 hours


Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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