Day 01: Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, capital of China. Pick up by your guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan), which was built in 1420 of the Ming Dynasty and expanded in the Qing Dynasty at present covering an area of 273 hectares. The grand temple served as the sacrificial place for the emperors of the Ming and Qing to worship the heaven, presenting gratitude for the harvest of this year and praying for another good harvest next year. Overnight at 5 star Beijing Hotel.
Day 02: Beijing
In the morning walking through Hutongs – the old quarter in Beijing. Have lunch at a family in the Hutong, learn about their daily life. Then stroll in the Tian An Men Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. Then go to visit Forbidden City (Gu Gong) the emperor's palace, which was built between 1406 and 1420 with 9000 halls and rooms, containing many precious relics. Facing south and rising from a terrace, the largest palace in the world represents the supreme power and authority emperors enjoyed during the feudalistic dynasties, and exemplifies the elements of palace architecture. At last, we will go to Jinshan Park to have an amazing panorama view of the Forbidden City (Gu Gong). Overnight at 5 star Beijing Hotel.
Day 03: Beijing
In the morning go to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The Great Wall is one of the eight ancient wonders of the world and the only man-made construction on earth that the astronauts can see from the moon. Starting out in the east on the banks of Yalu River in Liaoning Province, the Wall stretches westwards for 12,700 kilometers to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. It was built as a defensive structure and gradually become the symbol of the ancient Chinese civilization. Take the cable car to the Great Wall and walking on the wall at Mutianyu (about 2 hours). Late in the afternoon drive back Beijing. Overnight at 5 star Beijing Hotel.
Day 04: By Air Beijing – Lhasa
Transfer to the airport and fly (CA4112 0900/1500) to Lhasa (3650m), the capital of Tibet. Meet with guide and transfer to hotel. Stay at the hotel for adapting to the high altitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water. Overnight at 5 star Brahmaputra Grand Hotel.
Day 05: Lhasa Exploration.
In the morning visit Potala which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet. It was later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures altogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impress every visitor. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties. Overnight at 5 star Brahmaputra Grand Hotel.
Day 06: Lhasa
In the morning visit Parla Lupu Cave Monastery, located on the slopes of Yaowang Mountain, was built in the 7th century. It is 22m high and from here you can have a wonderful panoramic view over Potala palace. Afterwards visit Tibet Museum; you’ll learn much about the Tibetan geography, nature and culture, etc. In the afternoon visit Sera monastery which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As roses are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debate" in Sera is very famous. Overnight at 5 star Brahmaputra Grand Hotel.
Day 07: Lhasa – Yamdrok Tso – Lhasa
In the morning drive to Yamdrok Tso. On the Kamba La (4796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok (4,441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in South Tibet. On one of the peninsulas of the spear-shaped lake lie the holy Mt. Donang Sangwari (5,340 m), and the snow peaks of Nojin Gangzang (7191 m) and Jangzang Lhomo rise in the distance. The lake and the Yarlung Tsangpo are separated by a mountain and the shortest distance between them is only 6 kilometers. The 800m-high difference contributes a rich water resource to this region. Many Tibetans believe that the life of Tibet will no longer continue when the lake dries up. In the afternoon, drive back to Lhasa. Overnight at 5 star Brahmaputra Grand Hotel.
Day 08: Air Lhasa – Kathmandu
After breakfast at hotel, meet with the guide at the hotel lobby and drive to the airport and take your flight to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Meet with the guide and drive to visit Patan – City of Fine Arts. Three nights at five star Yak & Yeti Hotel.
In the morning, visit Durbar Square or Hanuman Dhoka Palace. In the afternoon, visit Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambunath Temple.
Day 10: Kathmandu
Enjoy your leisure time without the guide or the driver.
Day 11: Air Kathmandu – Home
Free until transfer to Kathmandu airport.