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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 £429pp
Extension from £429pp
Tour + Extension from £2024pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Shanghai

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

Day 1: UK to Lhasa

Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight to Lhasa Airport in Tibet, via Chengdu in China.

    Day 2: Lhasa

    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.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: 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

    Day 4: 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

    Day 5: 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

    Day 6: 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

    Day 7: 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

    Day 8: 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

    Day 9: Chengdu

    Today takes you to experience a once in a lifetime trip to the Chengdu Panda Breeding

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Shanghai - Extension Starts

    Day 10: 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

    Day 11: Shanghai

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

    • Breakfast

    Day 12: Shanghai to Chengdu

    Depart for your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Chengdu upon arrival transfer back to your hotel in Chengdu. In the evening enjoy a delicious Sichuan meal.

    • Breakfast

    Day 13: Chengdu to UK

    After breakfast transfer to Chengdu International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

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

    Important Information

    Visas

    Visa information for China:
    A visa is required 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 £186.00, 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 only valid for 3 months 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. Alternatively you can visit The Chinese Visa Application Centre in London: 12 Old Jewry, London, EC2R 8DP.
    Visa information for Tibet:
    A visa is required for entry into Tibet. 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. Please note in order to obtain a visa for Tibet, clients will need to ensure they have a British passport. Should you not possess a British passport please check with us before 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 £250pp 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 Airport is with British Airways (BA) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage that you are permitted to carry one item of hand baggage (Max 5kg - 56x36x23cm) Weight restrictions will be finalized on 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.

    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.

    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

    The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 2, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 2 people booked on your extension 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
    20 Apr 201701 May 2017£429pp£1595pp£2024ppBook
    18 May 201729 May 2017£429pp£1695pp£2124ppBook
    08 Jun 201719 Jun 2017£429pp£1795pp£2224ppBook
    06 Jul 201717 Jul 2017£429pp£1895pp£2324ppBook
    14 Sep 201725 Sep 2017£459pp£1895pp£2354ppBook
    28 Sep 201709 Oct 2017£459pp£1895pp£2354ppBook
    12 Oct 201723 Oct 2017£459pp£1845pp£2304ppBook

    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.

    Tour Durations:

    Please note that the tour departing on 12/11/15 is 9 days long with only one night in Chengdu.

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    Fact File

    • Currency: Yuan
    • Average Flying time: 11 hours
    • Minimum temperature: 2°C
    • Maximum temperature: 29°C
    • Spoken Language(s): Mandarin, English

    Here to help

    • Get in touch with one of our experts on Tibet
    • 0800 781 4893 (free)
    • 0333 321 3144(mobile friendly)
    • Request a call back

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