The Roof of the World

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Duration 17 Days
Departures from Sep 2020 - Oct 2020
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From £4,699
Duration 17 Days
Departures from Sep 2020 - Oct 2020
Tour Overview

​Experience ancient traditions and mesmerising cultures on this epic tour of China and Tibet. Experience Chinese traditions in Chengdu before flying to the remote city of Lhasa in Tibet. Visit the Johkang Temple, the Sera Monastery and UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, then head to the sacred Yamdrok Lake, a spectacular sight surrounded by snow-capped peaks. You'll meet a local family to learn about traditional daily life and discover more of Tibet's fascinating monasteries as your journey continues to Zhendang, the first capital of Tibet. From here you'll fly to Guilin, one of China's most picturesque regions. Discover its beauty, enjoy a boat trip on the Li River, and learn how to prepare local dishes at a cookery class in Yangshuo.​

  • Classic Touring
  • Half Board
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 20

Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return direct flights from Heathrow with Air China​ 
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 15 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 40 included meals: 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 14 dinners including a welcome dinner
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights​, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • ​Visit ancient Huanglongxi & a traditional tea house to enjoy a jasmine tea
  • Barkhor Street & Potala Square in Lhasa's old town
  • See Johkang Temple, Sera Monastery & Buddhist monk debating class
  • Discover the residences of the Dalai Lama - Potala & Norbulingka Palaces & enjoy refreshments in a sweet tea house
  • Yamdrok Lake & Palkhor Chöde Monastery in Gyantse
  • Meet a local family en route to Shigatse
  • Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
  • Visit to Yumbulakang Palace
  • Samye Monastery
  • Scenic Li River cruise
  • Reed Flute Cave
  • Countryside cookery class in Yangshuo


Day 1 UK - Chengdu

​We'll fly to Chengdu today, arriving on day 2.​

Day 2 Chengdu

​Jinli Street is one of Chengdu's main streets – as you explore you'll see traditional tea houses and silk workshops. You can also shop for handicrafts and sample local delicacies such as wontons and dumplings. This evening we'll gather to enjoy a welcome dinner​.

Meals included: L,D

Day 3 Chengdu

​Our explorations of Chengdu continue today with a visit to the old town of Huanglongxi, where traditional customs still prevail. Explore well-preserved streets from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, ancient temples and historic houses, before enjoying a refreshing cup of jasmine tea at a traditional tea house.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Chengdu - at Leisure

​You can spend this morning at leisure, exploring further in the company of your travelling companions. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre. Here you can enjoy watching these endearing creatures which are becoming increasingly endangered.
In the afternoon, why not head to Wide and Narrow Lanes, ancient alleyways running parallel to each other, whose traditional buildings house shops, bars and restaurants.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Chengdu - Lhasa

​Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lhasa this morning. This ancient and remote city lies at an altitude of 3,650 metres in a mountain-fringed valley, making it inaccessible to most travellers. You'll probably want to spend the rest of the day acclimatising to the high altitude, but there is an option for those who are keen to explore. Why not head out to the historic Barkhor Street, which appears just as it would have centuries ago. You can also visit Potala Square, to view the monument to the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Lhasa

​The Johkang Temple is the ultimate destination for Tibetan pilgrims, and it's where we head this morning. We also call at the Sera Monastery, a magnificent building which covers an area of 28 acres. The red-robed lamas (Buddhist monks) who reside here must participate in debates on Buddhist doctrines to further their studies and we'll be lucky enough to see such an event while we are here. This evening we'll enjoy a special Tibetan dinner​.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Lhasa

Today we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, which symbolises Tibetan Buddhism. We'll also head to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Norbulingka Summer Palace, set in beautiful parkland.
Later, there will be plenty of free time for a spot of souvenir shopping in Lhasa's old town and we include a visit to a tea house, to indulge in the Tibetans' favourite drink.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Lhasa - Gyantse

​Our journey by road today takes us to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's largest sacred lakes. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it is a truly spectacular sight and believed by the Tibetan people to have spiritual powers. We'll continue to the ancient town of Gyantse via the Kambala Pass, pausing en route to view the impressive Karola Glacier​. Finally we'll see the Palkhor Chöde Monastery, in the Nyangchu river valley. It's a fascinating complex, featuring Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture and is home to the famous Kumbum Stupa, believed to be the largest structure of its kind in Tibet.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Gyantse - Shigatse

​Our journey continues to the modern sprawling city of Shigatse, and en route we'll pay a visit to a local family for a fascinating insight into traditional daily life.​ The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is one of the most important in Central Tibet, and the seat of the Panchen Lama – the highest ranking Tibetan spiritual leader after the Dalai Lama. Admire its gleaming golden roof, before arriving in Shigatse for an overnight stay.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 10 Shigatse - Zhendang

​Today we travel to Zhendang, the first capital of Tibet. Our highlight is a visit to Yumbulakang Palace, built by the first Tibetan king in the 2nd century BC. Perched on the summit of a mountain, the palace towers 3,600 metres above sea level, offering fantastic views of the valley below​. We will also visit the Samye Monastery today, a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, many of whom walk for weeks to reach it.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 11 Zhendang - Guilin

​Today we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Guilin via Chengdu. We will arrive at our hotel this evening.

Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Guilin

Guilin is said to be China's most picturesque region, and today you can discover its beauty, firstly with a visit to the remarkable Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cavern filled with stalactites, stalagmites and stone pillars in weird and wonderful shapes and colours. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into flutes.
Later you could join an optional excursion to see more. We'll head to the Longshen Rice Terraces, where huge numbers of verdant terraced fields create incredible vistas, and visit a traditional village where we're invited into a family home.
Alternatively, why not join a walking tour around Banyan Lake. This is a great way to enjoy the scenery and see the locals going about their everyday business, including their daily Tai Chi exercises.

Meals included: B,D

Day 13 Guilin - Yangshuo

We'll begin our day with an included boat trip on the Li River, to soak up wonderful views of the surrounding Karst Mountains and thick bamboo forests which line the banks. We'll then continue to Yangshuo, one of the prettiest towns in Guilin. Explore West Street, an ancient road completely paved with marble, where you'll find plenty of souvenir shops and cafés.
After dinner this evening, perhaps join our optional excursion to see a performance of Impression Liu Sanjie – a spectacular show staged on the waters of the Li River with a stunning backdrop of mist-shrouded hills.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 14 Yangshuo - at Leisure

​Enjoy a day at leisure. You could head to West Street and explore the town's shops, cafés and bars, take a leisurely stroll through Yangshuo Park or simply stay put and enjoy the facilities at your hotel. It's entirely up to you!

Meals included: B

Day 15 Yangshuo

We've a busy morning, which begins early with a visit to a vegetable market. After perusing the colourful stalls, we'll head to a farmer's house to sample the rural way of life. Our final stop is at a cookery school, where we will learn how to cook some local dishes using fresh produce.
In the afternoon, you might choose to join our optional bicycle ride into the surrounding countryside.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 16 Yangshuo - Chengdu

​Today we'll fly back to Chengdu.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 17 Chengdu - UK

​We'll fly back home to the UK today.​

Meals included: B

Additional Information

​Altitude: During this tour you will travel to altitudes of over 12,000ft where altitude sickness can occur. This should not be a problem, although everyone should take it easy at first. Our tour has been designed to allow a more gradual increase in altitude, giving you more time to adjust to the lower oxygen levels. Other simple measures, such as eating light meals and drinking lots of fluids can also help to alleviate the symptoms. If you suffer from heart or respiratory conditions or have any other concerns please consult your doctor.​


Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

The 4-star Tianfu Sunshine in Chengdu is located in the downtown area of the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.

Kyichu Hotel

Named after the Kyichu River which in Tibet is known as "The River of Happiness". A tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo and the cradle of the ancient Tibetan civilisation, the river meanders through the fertile valley in which the fabled and formerly forbidden city of Lhasa is situated. Located between the sacred temple of Jokhang in Barkhor Square and the famed World Heritage Potala Palace and minutes away from traditional quarters of Lhasa. Hotel features include 24-hour hot and cold running water, indoor/outdoor garden restaurant with umbrella tables, North Indian, Tandoori and Nepalese chefs. Being treated as a family member and getting individual attention, making it your base will let you enjoy complete satisfaction service offered by the friendly and knowledgeable English-speaking staff.

Gyantse Hotel

Built in 1986, hotel is located in the ancient city centre of Gyantse town. The hotel includes single, double and triple rooms with attached bathrooms. The hotel has 3 restaurants supporting almost 300 people. The hotel and room amenities include front helpdesk, Western/Tibetan-styled guestrooms, laundry, business centre, shopping centre, restaurants, bar, internet, cafe nearby, private bathrooms, 24-hour hot and cold water, boiled water in thermos, IDD telephone, colour/cable TV, writing desk, room service.

Tashi Choten Hotel

Tashi Hotel is located along Xueqiang Road and is a traditional Tibetan-style hotel. Wi-Fi is available throughout and guest room facilities include TV, kettle, en-suite with hair dryer and walk in shower. There is a gift shop on site, as well as a restaurant offering traditional Tibetan cuisine, and a bar.

TseDang Hotel

Tse Dang is surrounded by ancient temples and monasteries. It is located between majestic mountains and Yarlung River, being the largest 3-star hotel in the Lhokha prefecture. The hotel has 233 rooms and also includes president suites, deluxe suites, deluxe standard rooms and standard rooms as well as Cantonese, Sichuan, Western and Tibetan food. The room’s amenities include individually-controlled air-conditioning and heating system, cable television, international direct dial telephone, and en-suite bathroom. The hotel features include 24-hour front helpdesk, bar, cafe, gift shop, business centre, beauty salon, foreign currency exchange and a restaurant.

Guilin Bravo Hotel

The 4-star Guilin Bravo Hotel is ideally located just a short walk from the centre of Guilin.

Hotel facilities include a selection of restaurants and bars, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer, complimentary Wi-Fi and a TV.

Green Lotus Hotel

Located on the bank of the Li River and at the foot of the Green Lotus Peak you will stay at the 4-star Green Lotus in Yangshuo. Hotel amenities include restaurant, fitness centre and outdoor pool. Bedrooms have private facilities and television.

Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

The 4-star Tianfu Sunshine in Chengdu is located in the downtown area of the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.