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This 2500-mile-long railway is the highest in the world, reaching 16,640ft above sea level at the Tangula Pass, and crosses the breathtaking landscapes of the Tibetan plateau where herds of yaks, gazelles and wild donkeys graze beneath the snow-capped Himalayas in one of the remotest corners on earth.
British Airways upgrades: World Traveller Plus from £205 one way, Club World from £495 one way.
3 nights in Kathmandu with breakfast including a one-day sightseeing tour with lunch and dinner. Price from £340 per person twin shared, single supplement £195.
Depart London Heathrow at 1635 aboard British Airways flight to Beijing.
Arrive Beijing and transfer to the Shangri-La Traders Hotel. Afternoon visit to the quaint hutong area near Lake Houhai and enjoy a rickshaw ride. Evening welcome dinner. (D)
Morning visit to the magnificent great Wall at Badaling. In the afternoon visit Tiananmen Square then continue to the Forbidden City, the complex of Imperial Palaces that were home to the emperors for over 500 years. (B)
Visit the Summer Palace. Stop by the Olympic sites, the Birds Nest and Water Cube before an early evening flight to Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, and the San Wang Hotel Xining. (BD)
Visit the imposing Dongguan Mosque. Afternoon transfer to the railway station for the pioneering train journey across the Roof of the World to Lhasa. This high-tech train reaches Tibet’s capital in just under 24 hours, and accommodation on board is sharing ‘soft sleeper’ 4-berth compartments. (Please note twin and single compartments are subject to availability and extra cost, and no meals are included on board). (BD)
Traverse magnificent landscapes of mountain peaks, desert, ice rivers and glaciers. Arrive Lhasa this evening and transfer to the Brahmaputra Hotel. (D)
Visit the Sera Monastery which is the second biggest Gelupa Monastery in the north suburb of Lhasa, built in 1419. At the heart of the oldest section of the city visit Jokhang Temple, built in the 7th century by the 33rd King. Wander through Barkhor Street, the middle pilgrimage circuit around Jokhang Temple. (BLD)
Today enjoy Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, originally built in the 7th century by King Sotsen Gampo and rebuilt in the 17th century. Visit Norbulingka Museum, formerly the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace, covering a huge area with palaces, pavilions and a zoo. (BLD)
Depart for the biggest Gelupa monastery in the west suburb of Lhasa, Drepung, built in 1416. Afternoon free. (BLD)
Scenic drive across the plateau to Shigatse and the Tashi Choton Hotel. (BLD)
Tour the Tashihunpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, the Dalai Lama’s second-in-command. See the 86ft-high Maitreya Buddha statue, made from 600lbs of gold. (BLD)
Drive towards New Tinggri over the Tsuo La and Lhakpa La passes, and see the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas ahead as the road descends. Stay at the modest Zhufeng Hotel. (BLD)
An excursion to Mount Everest, at 29,035ft the world’s highest mountain, and known in Tibet as ‘the mother goddess of the universe’. Visit the Base Camp, then return to New Tinggri. (BLD)
Drive to the border of Tibet and Nepal, through the deep valley of the Bhote Kosi where waterfalls can be seen along the roadside. Head for the bustling mountainside town of Zhangmu and cross the Friendship Bridge into Nepal and stay overnight at the Borderland Resort. (BLD)
Drive to Kathmandu for an overnight stay at the 5-star Radisson or Yak & Yeti Hotel. (BLD)
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London Heathrow via Delhi with British Airways, arriving at 0640 the following day. (B)
A member of the renowned Shangri-La group, the 4-star Traders is a smart, contemporary hotel with 570 rooms measuring 28 sq m with complimentary broadband internet, safe, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron and ironing board.
The Brahmaputra Hotel opened in 2006, and enjoys a central location in Lhasa. It is a Tibetan style hotel, overlooking the Potala Palace. The 185 guest rooms are all equipped with modern amenities.
We are pleased to share feedback that we received from some of our valued clients.
This was my first trip with CTS and I was very impressed with how well organised the trip was. Our tour manager was excellent, very caring and considerate.
Across the Roof of the World
The trip from Tibet to Nepal was an adventure in itself. Our holiday was a trip worth experiencing. I have nothing but praise for Tibetan and Chinese guides. I would recommend it to anyone.
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