Your browser (Internet Explorer {{browserVersion}}) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all the features of this and other websites.
Update my browser

Travelmarvel

Across the Roof of the World to Tibet

Beijing to Chengdu

Trip Code: RJTCTG14
14 Days
33 Meals
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 12 nights premium accommodation
  • One night on board the Heritage Sleeper Train to Tibet
  • The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
  • 33 meals - 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Flights within China and Tibet
  • Airport transfers and tipping

Travel & Accommodation

Long haired yak donning traditional Chinese costume, China

Across the Roof of the World

Join the world's highest railway for one night, travelling to the Himalayan Kingdom of Tibet.

Large hotel building from the front, China

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

Enjoy the comfortable and spacious rooms at Four Points by Sheraton, ideally located in the centre of Lhasa.

Main lounge of hotel, China

Chengdu's Tibet Hotel

Stay at the Tibet Hotel in Chengdu, which tastefully combines traditional Tibetan décor with premium modern styling.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Itinerary operated by Travelmarvel’s partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices include transfers, tipping and most porterage
  • Please note the bedding on the overnight rail journeys are in a four-berth share cabin
  • If you have any existing medical conditions or concerns, we strongly recommend that you consult your GP for qualified advice on the effects of travelling at altitude
  • Prices are for land/rail and flights as specified only
Asia Map RJTCTG14 2020
Beijing to Chengdu

Designed exclusively for our guests

Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

On arrival into Beijing, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After check in, enjoy a Welcome Drink and become acquainted with your fellow travellers before dinner.

Stay: Three Nights, Beijing, Novotel Xinqiao Hotel

Daily :
  • Dinner

This morning we discover Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest city squares and the political heart of Beijing. Following this, explore the Forbidden City, a labyrinthine of palaces from where the Imperial dynasties of 24 Emperors were once ruled. Later, enjoy an afternoon visit to the Summer Palace.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
View of top of red and green roof, China

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Sample Beijing’s most iconic dish with a delicious banquet dinner of Peking Duck at a local restaurant.


This morning you'll travel to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China. Take in the breathtaking views on a cable car ride to the Mutianyu section where you'll walk along the masterpiece of man's construction. Back in Beijing, stop for a photo opportunity at the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take the high-speed rail service to Xi’an and watch the countryside zoom past your window on a journey covering 1,200 kilometres.


This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings founded in the first half of the 15th century. Later on arrival in Xi’an, settle in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights: Xi’an, Grand Mecure Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Indulge in a traditional Chinese dumpling banquet dinner.


Today you will come face to face with the iconic Terracotta Warriors. Built as a replica of the First Emperor of China’s army, the life-sized statues were designed to serve and protect him in death. Later this afternoon, see some more of Xi'an's attractions, including the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Great Mosque. Constructed in 742 AD, it is the oldest mosque in China and showcases an interesting blend of Chinese and Islamic architectural styles.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
High concrete walls of the city gate wall with ornate towers and their curved roofs on a hazy day

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on a journey on the world's highest railway, the Sleeper Train to the Himalayan Kingdom of Tibet. This pioneering railway line is a spectacular feat of modern construction and an amazing act of engineering.


Board your flight from Xi'an and travel to the city of Xining, where you’ll travel onwards to Tibet. As the sun goes down amid the Himalayas this evening, settle in for a night on board the train and be prepared to awake in stunning surrounds.

Stay: Overnight Sleeper Train

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

INSIDER EXPEIRENCE

Wake up to stunning surrounds on your Sleeper Train as you cross the Tanggula Pass.


Home to long-haired yaks and frosted mountains, take a peak outside the window as the beautiful surrounds roll by. Begin the long and lazy descent into Lhasa, with the scenery becoming noticeably more rural and verdant. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure before heading to a local restaurant in Lhasa for dinner.

Stay: Three Nights, Lhasa, Four Points by Sheraton

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Insider Experience

Visit the Jokhang temple, which these days may possibly be considered Tibet's most revered structure.

Insider Experience

Take a tour of the Sera Monastery, a complex of colleges and temples where monks are trained in Tibetan Buddhism.


The fascinating streets of Barkhor Circuit are revealed today on a walking tour. After breakfast, wander sites where pilgrims once mingled with red robed monks and street traders bargained with locals to sell their wares. After lunch, continue sightseeing with a tour of the Sera Monastery.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama and a true architectural wonder.


Enjoy an Insider Experience this morning before heading to Norbulingka Palace, the Dalai Lama's former summer residence. First built in 1751, Norbulingka translates to 'Jewel Garden'.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Leave Lhasa this morning and travel through the mountains to Gyantse, an important link between India and Tibet for traders and pilgrims. Enjoy a stop at the glorious Yamdruktso Lake, said to be populated by powerful deities. Lying several hundred metres below the road, marvel at the brilliant turquoise water of this tranquil lake.

Stay: Gyantse Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today’s touring includes a visit to the Palkhor Monastery, sitting high up on the tree-lined hillside. The 15th-century complex is famed for its marvellous gold-domed temple filled with detailed murals and effigies of Buddha. Continue on to Shigatse.

Stay: Shigatse, Tashi Choeta Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit a local family to learn more about the Tibetan way of life.


Spend the morning exploring the Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded by the first Dalai Lama. Take a tour of Shigatse before enjoying an Insider Experience. Depart to Lhasa where you'll spend your final night in Tibet.

Stay: Lhasa, Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, home to more than 100 of these endangered animals.


Today, a short flight takes you to the Chinese city of Chengdu. See Giant Pandas at a fascinating close range and learn about how they are being protected. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant

Stay: Chengdu, Tibet Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View of Panda eating bamboo leaves, China

This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Would not hesitate to recommend Travelmarvel and we are already looking into our next adventure.