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Treasures of Tibet with Shanghai

11 Day Escorted Tour With 3 Day Extension

Tibet, East Asia
Intermediate Pace

Contrasting skyscrapers and traditional Shikumen houses form the skyline of Shanghai, perfectly reflecting the blend of Western cultures and Chinese traditions.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the sights of Shanghai
  • Visit the Summer Palace, built by the Dalai Lama
  • Explore Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • See a traditional Tibetan home
  • Take a city tour of Chengdu
  • Scenic drive through Tibet
  • Marvel at the spectacular Potala Palace
Train
Coach
Boat
Airplane
Walking
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Number of nights

This map is for the main tour only

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Chengdu

Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight to Chengdu in China.

Day 2
Chengdu

Dinner

On arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 3
Chengdu to Lhasa

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will fly to Lhasa Airport in Tibet. On arrival into Lhasa you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure in order to acclimatise to the altitude.

Day 4
Lhasa

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast this morning you will visit the spectacular Potala Palace, the spiritual and symbolic heart of the Tibetan nation. After lunch visit the Jokhang temple, Lhasa's other main attraction.

Day 5
Lhasa

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast visit the Norbulingka, which translates as the Treasure Garden and is also known as the Summer Palace. The summer palace is where the Dalai Lama would have lived and spent most of his time until he reached the age of eighteen and was ready to take on greater responsibilities. After lunch a short ride will take you to the 600 year old Sera Monastery.

Day 6
Lhasa to Shigatse

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will be leaving Lhasa and travelling by train to Tibet's second city, Shigatse, passing by rural villages, mountain peaks and rivers. After lunch on arrival you will have a chance to explore the Tashilhunpo monastery. Now home to Tibet's largest number of monks, this vast complex of buildings, temples and prayer halls is essentially a walled town in its own right. The temple of Jampa, the future Buddha - housing the world's largest gilded statue and the Monastery's assembly hall with its stunning courtyard are not to be missed.

Day 7
Shigatse to Gyantse

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning you will be travelling to Gyantse with an opportunity to visit a traditional Tibetan family's house on the way, a great insight into Tibetan culture and the central role religion plays in their lives. After lunch you will visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chorten 35 metres high and built on six floors, filled with thousands of exquisite original paintings. The monastery, founded in 1418, is surrounded by ancient red-bricked battlements and still receives a steady influx of wondering pilgrims. It is no wonder this is one of Tibet's must see attractions.

Day 8
Gyantse to Lhasa

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today leave Gyantse to embark on a journey that will take you through some of the most stunning scenery in the world, Yamdrok Lake and Karo La Glacier. Make sure you bring your camera to capture some truly mesmerising photo opportunities.

Day 9
Lhasa to Chengdu

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast transfer to the airport and take your flight to Chengdu. On arrival take a tour of the city including the People's park and the Wide and Narrow alleys.

Day 10
Chengdu

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today takes you to experience a once in a lifetime trip to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, home to one of China's largest

Day 11
Chengdu to Shanghai

Breakfast

Today takes you to experience a once in a lifetime trip to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, home to one of China's largest habitat of pandas. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, upon arrival transfer to your hotel where the remaining day is spent at leisure.

Day 12
Shanghai

Breakfast

Explore the city of Shanghai during your stay and take in the incredible blend of Western culture and Chinese tradition.

Day 13
Shanghai to the UK

Breakfast

Depart for your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Ocean Hotel

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
April 2021
from £2,128
2 Dates
14th Apr - 26th Apr
£2,128
28th Apr - 10th May
£2,278
June 2021
from £2,448
1 Date
2nd Jun - 14th Jun
£2,448
September 2021
from £2,658
1 Date
15th Sep - 27th Sep
£2,658
October 2021
from £2,568
1 Date
6th Oct - 18th Oct
£2,568

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Ocean Hotel
2 nights
Shanghai, China
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Tour Reviews

Jennifer Grassam

17 Jun 19

All completely satisfactory

Peter Darby

06 May 19

Well located in city centers

Susan Loud

19 Jun 16

Tibet Hotel in Chengdu & Four Points Hotel in Lhasa were both excellent.

Jacqueline Moore

02 May 16

Very high quality hotels better than expected

Important Information

To enter China you will need to obtain a visa before travel. All applicants who wish to apply for a China Tourist Visa must do so in person at the Chinese Visa Application Centre in London, Manchester, Belfast or Edinburgh where fingerprint information will be collected. Fingerprints are not required for children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 70. If there are two or more of you then you may be eligible to apply for a group visa which does not require you to submit your fingerprints or need to travel to a Chinese Visa Application Centre. The group visa is exclusively arranged for Mercury clients by the Travel Visa Company and they can be contacted on 01270 250 590 for further information. Clients who do not qualify for the group visa can still contact the Travel Visa Company to apply for the standard visa. You will require a visa for entry into Tibet. If you have a British passport we have included the cost of the visa in your tour and this will be arranged for you by our team in China. Therefore, you do not need to organise a visa for Tibet before you travel. In order for us to process your visa for Tibet you must provide us with a colour photocopy of your passport. Please note: we can only arrange a visa for British passport holders, all other nationalities are on request and you must check with us prior to booking.

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices: <br /><br /> <table class="basic" cellspacing="0"><thead><tr><th><b>Age in Years</b></th><th><b>Up to 64</b></th><th><b>65 - 74</b></th><th><b>75 - 85</b></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Up to 17 days cover</td><td>£39</td><td>£69</td><td>£99</td></tr></tbody></table> For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Chengdu & Lhasa Airport is with China Eastern (MU) via Shanghai, departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to 23lg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage and one personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure. If you wish to arrange airport car parking, lounges or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras - Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. Altitude sickness is a fairly common condition that can occur when you ascend to a high altitude (generally higher than 2,500 metres above sea level) quickly. The decrease in atmospheric pressure can make breathing more difficult as the body is not able to take in as much oxygen. Most cases are mild with symptoms that can include: headache, nausea, dizziness and exhaustion. Several of the places in Tibet are located at high altitude (over 2,500 metres above sea level) including Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse. Therefore, you may find you experience some symptoms at this altitude. It is advised that at these high altitudes, you keep hydrated and avoid alcohol. If you do experience symptoms of altitude sickness during your tour, ensure you tell your guide immediately who will be able to advise the best thing for you to do. You can contact your GP before you travel for advice on medication for altitude sickness.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your local guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Please note: there is no guide for the extension options.

The currency in China and Tibet is the Renminbi, known as RMB or CNY. It is often referred to as the yuan. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in China and Tibet should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £400 - £500 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!