Railroad to Lhasa

17 days from 2900.00 without flights. (Explore Worldwide Program)

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On this scenic journey we travel along the Qinghai-Tibet railroad from Beijing to the Tibetan city of Lhasa. We stop to visit the Terracotta Army in Xian, discover the 'Yellow Hat' monks in Taer Si and sail along the Yellow River to Buddhist grottoes. The train takes us across high mountain passes and plateaus to the fluttering prayer flags of Tibet's capital.

Trip Highlights
  • Beijing - The Great Wall at Mutianyu, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
  • Xian - The remarkable Terracotta Warriors.
  • Lanzhou - The Yellow River and the BinglingCaves.
  • Xiahe - The most important Tibetan monastery town outside Tibet. Guided tour of Labrang Monastery.
  • Xining - Visits to Ta'er Monastery and the Dongguan Mosque.
  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway - The world's highest and most remote rail journey, across the Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa.
  • Lhasa - Three days extensive sightseeing includes the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, the monastic university of Sera and Ani Tsangkung Nunnery and the Dalai Lama's Summer Palace of Norbulingka.
Day 01, Beijing

Join tour in Beijing

Day 02, Beijing

Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu

Day 03, Beijing - Xian

Visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Overnight train to Xian

Day 04, Xian

Late morning city tour of Xian. Afternoon free

Day 05, Xian - Lanzhou

Visit Terracotta Warriors; overnight train to Lanzhou

Day 06, Lanzhou

Arrive Lanzhou. River trip to Bingling Si grottoes

Day 07, Lanzhou - Xiahe

Drive to Xiahe

Day 08, Xiahe

Visit Labrang Monastery, SangkeVillage and grasslands

Day 09, Xiahe - Tongren

Drive to Tongren and visit Long Wu Monastery

Day 10, Tongren - Xinning

Drive to Xining via Wutun Si Monastery

Day 11, Xinning - Lhasa

Visit Ta'er Si Monastery; Qinghai-Tibet railway to Lhasa

Day 12, Lhasa

Train across Tibet, arrive Lhasa late evening

Day 13, Lhasa

Visit Jokhang, Ani Tsangkang Nunnery & Sera Monastery

Day 14, Lhasa

Morning Potala Palace. Afternoon free in Lhasa

Day 15, Lhasa

Optional morning excursion to Ganden Monastery. Afternoon visit Norbulingka

Day 16, Lhasa - Beijing

Morning free, afternoon flight to Beijing

Day 17, End of tour

Tour ends in Beijing