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Immerse Yourself Tour
In 2003, Wendy Wu Tours was proud to have escorted the first group in the world to venture into these most remote regions. Embark on a journey along the highest vehicular road in the world through parts of China and Tibet, rarely visited by tourists.Epic Dreams travels
to extremely remote parts of
China and Tibet and there are
several days of long overland
travel at high altitude.
Our Epic Dreams itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight with China Southern Airlines to Urumqi. Depending on the time of your arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. (D)
Escape to the tranquillity of Tian Chi (Heavenly Lake), formed in a crater. Return to Urumqi and explore the collections at the Xinjiang Museum. (B,L,D)
Fly to Kashgar, an ancient market town and once the heart of the Silk Road trading route. Its skyline, punctured by minarets, feels like a million miles from anywhere. Sightseeing this afternoon includes visits to the Abakh Hoja Tomb and the Id Kah Mosque. (B,L,D)
Discover the world’s largest Sunday Bazaar where people, donkey carts and horse carriages gather. The afternoon is at leisure. (B,L,D)
Commence your overland journey across the Tibetan Plateau. Pass through Yensigar where traditional Uyghur daggers are made, and Yarkand, a city that still resonates with Silk Road romance. Upon arrival in Yecheng, explore the markets around Jama Mosque, which date back to the 15th century. (B,L,D)
Spend the next three days travelling to Ali County. Begin the ascent of the Xinjiang-Tibet Highway, the highest road in the world. Approximately 270km from Yecheng, K2 the world’s second highest mountain, is visible across the Pakistan border. Accommodation for the next 11 nights (until New Tingri) is basic. Overnights are in a range of basic accommodations from truck stop lodgings to simple hostels with shared bathrooms and limited shower facilities. (B,L,D)
The town of Shiquanhe in Ali County will emerge from the landscape like a bizarre mirage as you return to civilisation. (B,L,D)
Leave Ali County for Zanda and explore Tholing and Tsaparang, the ruined former capitals of the 900AD Guge Kingdom. (B,L,D)
Travel along a broad river valley. After driving over a gentle rise, scattered with prayer flags left by pilgrims, you will get to view Mt Kailash, the holiest mountain in Tibet. (B,L,D)
Journey to Lake Manasarovar, the world’s highest freshwater lake. The stunning landscapes are breathtaking and this is a sacred place for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Arrive in Paryang, known to be the world’s highest town. (B,L,D)
Drive to Saga where panoramic views of distant mountains and yak herders’ camps abound. Pass through the old village of Zhongba en route. (B,L,D)
Rise early this morning and continue your overland journey to Old Tingri, a picturesque little town in the midst of wide sweeping plains. (B,L,D)
Take the drive of a lifetime along the winding mountain road to Everest Base Camp (weather permitting). Gaze at the world’s tallest peak at 8,848m. There will be plenty of opportunities for
Visit Rongbuk Monastery, built in 1899. Its proximity to Mt Everest makes it one of the highest monasteries in the world. Mysterious in appearance with colourful prayer flags and white stupas, the monastery is an ideal location to appreciate Everest. Continue to New Tingri. (B,L,D)
Travel to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and explore the cobblestone lanes. (B,L,D)
Explore Tashilhunpo Monastery, the former residence of the Panchen Lama. The monastery, founded in 1477 by the first Dalai Lama, consists of grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls. (B,L,D)
Travel to Gyantse and visit the unique Pelkor Chode Monastery and the largest shrine in Tibet, the Gyantse Kumbum. You will also view the magnificent ruins of the Old Fort. (B,L,D)
Continue your journey to Lhasa. Over the next three days, you will visit the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’, the Potala Palace, which towers over Lhasa and consists of hundreds of rooms filled with intricate shrines and frescoes. Stroll around Barkhor Square observing the many pilgrims. Visit the 7th century Jokhang Temple, the Drepung and Sera monasteries and Norbulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama. (B,L,D)
Farewell Tibet and fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. A visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated icons up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. This evening, feast on traditional Sichuan cuisine. (B,L,D)
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to China. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888. Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. The Yangtze River cruise service charge is paid when embarking. We advise tipping amounts in your final documentation. Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual. Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate. Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally. Beer is drunk in small glasses; not large glasses that you may be used to.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Chosen hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. Government laws in China require air conditioning be switched on nationally in May and central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and Australia's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th.
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