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Escorted Tours

Treasures of Tibet including

Shanghai


Route:
  • London Heathrow
  • Chengdu
  • Lhasa
  • Shigatse
  • Gyangtse
  • Lhasa
  • Chengdu
  • Shanghai
  • London Heathrow

2 NIGHTS from £389pp

Tour Highlights
  • Explore the sights of Shanghai
  • Visit the Summer Palace, built by the Dalai Lama
  • Explore Tashilhuunpo Monastery
  • See a traditional Tibetan home
  • Take a city tour of Chengdu
  • Scenic drive through Tibet
  • Marvel at the spectacular Potala Palace

Extension from £389pp

Tour + Extension from £2028pp

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Shanghai

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

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Chengdu

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

2
Chengdu

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

  • Dinner
3
Chengdu to Lhasa

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Lhasa

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Lhasa

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Lhasa to Shigatse

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 Tashilhuunpo 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Shigatse to Gyantse

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Gyantse to Lhasa

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Lhasa to Chengdu

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Chengdu

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Chengdu to Shanghai

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.

  • Breakfast
12
Shanghai

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

  • Breakfast
13
Shanghai to the UK

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

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

You will require a visa for entry into China. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £199.00, when calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of the most up to date fees. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are valid for unlimited trips to China for 2 years from the date of issue. We therefore recommend that you apply for your visa 3 months before travel, however please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time.
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.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£69£99
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.

Payment

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.

Flight Information

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

Health and Vaccinations

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.

Physical Accessibility

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.

Group Size

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.

Tour Guide

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.

Currency Information

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.

Personal Expenses

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!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2019 DATES
Ocean Hotel
19 Sep 201901 Oct 2019£389£2129£2518SOLD OUT
10 Oct 201922 Oct 2019£389£1999£2388Book Now
2020 DATES
16 Apr 202028 Apr 2020£419£1639£2058Book Now
30 Apr 202012 May 2020£419£1869£2288Book Now
21 May 202002 Jun 2020£399£1899£2298Book Now
04 Jun 202016 Jun 2020£399£2049£2448Book Now
02 Jul 202014 Jul 2020£399£2279£2678Book Now
17 Sep 202029 Sep 2020£399£2199£2598Book Now
08 Oct 202020 Oct 2020£399£2169£2568Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Travelling alone?

We have a limited amount of rooms with no single supplement on this tour.

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Yuan

Average Flying time

11 hours

Min/Max temperature

-6 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Mandarin, English

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Chengdu

Lhasa

Shigatse

Gyangtse

Shanghai

What to pack
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
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This add-on tour must be taken at the end of the main tour.

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