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Tibetan Wonders

From $6,759 - 24 Days, from selected Australian cities

IN 2000, WENDY WU TOURS PROUDLY TOOK THE FIRST GROUP TOUR IN THE WORLD TO LHASA BY THE SCENIC OVERLAND ROUTE, KNOWN AS THE ‘TEA HORSE ROAD’.

After many years of successfully running the Tibetan Dreams group tour along the ‘Tea Horse Road’, civil unrest in that region has meant that Wendy Wu Tours has suspended the programme. We are excited to bring you Tibetan Wonders; a group tour that explores the exciting regions of Yunnan Province, Tibet and Sichuan Province.

Explore the beginnings of the important ‘Tea Horse Road’ trading route, from Kunming to Zhongdian, before flying to Tibet where you will see breathtaking scenery, temples, stupas and palaces. A highlight for most will be a visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp and an overnight stay in the world’s highest monastery. Your tour will finish in Chengdu where you will see the beloved Giant Pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Tour itinerary

Days 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO KUNMING

Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Kunming for a two night stay.

Day 3: KUNMING

Visit the picturesque Stone Forest where massive limestone columns form a vast forest of surreal shapes and images. This afternoon visit Dianchi Lake and the Western Hills, often referred to as ‘Sleeping Beauty Hills’. This evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.

Day 4: KUNMING TO DALI

Fly to the ancient city of Dali. Explore the fascinating Ancient Quarter, absorbing the lively atmosphere of the market stalls.

Day 5: DALI

Visit the charming Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas, which dominate the skyline above Dali’s ancient city walls and enjoy a cruise on Erhai Lake.

Day 6: DALI TO LIJIANG

Drive to the ‘living museum’ city of Lijiang, which sits at the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the picturesque Black Dragon Pool and wander the Old Quarter and markets filled with Naxi women wearing traditional costumes.

Day 7: LIJIANG

Take a gondola to one of the meadows on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views. Next, visit the famous Baisha Frescoes and a village along with the Mu Family Embroidery School.

Day 8: LIJIANG TO ZHONGDIAN

Drive to Zhongdian, located at the point where Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan all meet. Visit one of the most dramatic gorges in the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge, en route. Legend has it that it’s so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. Arrive in Zhongdian and enjoy the afternoon free to acclimatise to the higher altitude.

Day 9: ZHONGDIAN

See the Baishui Terrace where spring water cascades over white limestone pools creating many perfect photographic moments.

Day 10: ZHONGDIAN

Visit the Songshanlin Monastery, which was built by the fifth Dalai Lama over 300 years ago. Explore the Old Town in Zhongdian as well as a Tibetan village and Dafo Temple.

Day 11: ZHONGDIAN TO LHASA

Leave Zhongdian and fly to Lhasa, the capital city and spiritual home of Tibet. This afternoon is free at your leisure to help you acclimatise to the higher altitude.

Day 12: LHASA

Visit the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and spiritual temple in Tibet. Wander among the pilgrims at the colourful Barkhor Markets and explore the Sera Monastery.

Day 13: LHASA

Explore the Potala Palace, the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’. The palace is an architectural wonder, which towers over the entire city. Later, visit Norbulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, before enjoying a performance of traditional Tibetan dance.

Day 14: LHASA TO SHIGATSE

Drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and wander through the traditional cobblestone lanes.

Day 15: SHIGATSE TO NEW TINGRI

Leave Shigatse and travel to New Tingri for an overnight stay.

Day 16: NEW TINGRI TO RONGBUK

Travel to Mt. Everest Base Camp and gaze at the stunning north face of the world’s tallest mountain peak at 8,848m (weather permitting). Drive a short distance to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, and stay overnight in the guesthouse operated by the monastery.

Day 17: RONGBUKTO OLD TINGRI

Rise early for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the sun rise over Mt. Everest (weather permitting) before continuing to Old Tingri for an overnight stay.

Day 18:OLD TINGRI TO SHIGATSE

Leave Old Tingri and travel back to Shigatse.

Day 19: SHIGATSE TO GYANTSE

Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery before continuing on to the pleasant town of Gyantse to visit the Pelkor Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum.

Day 20: GYANTSE TO TSEDANG

Drive to Tsedang, called the ‘cradle of Tibetan civilisation’.

Day 21: TSEDANG TO LHASA

Explore Yumbulhakang Palace, one of the oldest buildings in Tibet, Changchun Monastery and the King’s Tomb. This afternoon return to Lhasa for your final night in Tibet.

Day 22: LHASA TO CHENGDU

Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these beloved and endangered animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base also includes a protective wilderness, breeding area, museum and research facility. Tour the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum and this evening, enjoy sumptuous Sichuan cuisine for your farewell dinner.

Day 23: DEPART CHENGDU

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

Day 24: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

Dates & Prices

From $6,759 per person

24 Days, fully inclusive Twin Share

Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways

*Adelaide passengers may require a two night stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.

From Price Includes Tour cost $6,558 Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge $94 & Tipping $107 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in destination. See Booking Conditions)
From $1,180 Single Hotel Room Option
From $5,564 Land Only including Tipping
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05/09/15 28/09/15 $6,759 Cathay Pacific
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30/04/16 23/05/16 $7,489 Cathay Pacific
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Important Notes:

Tour availability

Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 727 998 Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $201. Please note the Tipping amount of USD98 (AUD107) is payable on arrival in Tibet.

Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.

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Image Gallery

Stone Forest, Shilin Kunming Tiger Leaping Gorge Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang Three pagodas complex, Dali Sera Monastery Jokhang Temple