Inspiring • Authentic • Tailor-Made

01892 515 966



Tibet - Roof of the World

16 days from £4960 per person

The Tibetan plateau is a land of ancient trading towns, spectacular Buddhist monasteries and grand palaces. This is a stunning journey from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to Lhasa, Tibet’s largest city. After time to acclimatise, explore the city including the imposing Potala Palace and explore the Tibetan plateau before flying on to Beijing, China's regal capital and visit the impressive Great Wall.

Route: Kathmandu – Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse – Lhasa – Beijing

 

 

 

Itinerary Highlights

Capital of Nepal and gateway to the country, Kathmandu consists of three distinct districts and contains a wealth of unique temples, palaces, squares and bazaars.

The immense Potala Palace in Lhasa used to be the main residence of the Dalai Lama before he fled to India in 1959. The white sloping stone walls contain thirteen stories of over a thousand rooms.

The Great Wall was built along an east-west line of the northern borders to protect against raids from nomadic hordes. Watch towers and garrisons allowed the wall to be used as a trading route.

Itinerary: Tibet - Roof of the World

Fly with Qatar Airways via Doha to Kathmandu. (N)
Arrive Doha and connect with Qatar Airways flight to Kathmandu. This afternoon take a walking tour of the old city and explore the temples and palaces of Durbar Square – an astonishing area of regal and religious architecture which is the cultural heart of Kathmandu. End the day at the 2500 year old Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the oldest and most important sites of worship in the city. (N)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Tibet International Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: The Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Start the morning at the Pashupatinath temple complex, Nepal’s most important Hindu pilgrimage site and location of the Royal Cremation Ghats. Continuing, visit the nearby stupa of Bodhnath, one of the world’s oldest Lamaist shrines and a focus for Tibetan pilgrimage, before driving outside of Kathmandu to visit the ancient city of Patan, capital of the Malla Kings. Patan is the artistic and architectural centre of the valley and the central square houses an astonishing 55 temples and 136 monasteries. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Tibet International Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: The Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
This morning visit Bhaktapur capital of the Kathmandu Valley between the 14th and 16th Centuries. Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square features an array of shrines, courtyards, and memorial pillars with copper-gilt statues of kings and the famous Golden Gate made of pure gold. However, it is the delicate woodcarvings that adorn virtually all the buildings for which this city is noted and the sculptures guarding the Nayatpola Temple, the tallest shrine in the Kathmandu Valley, are impressive. In the afternoon visit the ancient city of Patan, capital of the Malla Kings. Durbar Square contains a striking array of temples fountains, and royal palaces covered with exquisite carvings and adorned with beautiful bronzes. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Tibet International Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: The Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Morning transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight (Wednesday only) to Lhasa. Capital of Tibet, sacred city and spiritual centre of the Tibetan world, Lhasa is believed to have been founded over 14th Centuries ago when Buddhism was introduced to the region during the reign of King Sontsen Gampo. (B)
Accommodation in Lhasa: Kyichu Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel (or similar)
Today visit the Potala Palace. Built on an escarpment of Red Hill, Potala is an architectural wonder visible for miles around and standing 13 storeys high with over 1,000 rooms. Later leave the palace and drive west out of Lhasa to the Drepung Monastery. Founded in 1416 AD, Drepung was once home to over 7,000 monks making it one of the largest monasteries of its kind in the world. Later visit the Barkhor to see the Jokhang Temple and to explore the many shops and stalls that characterise this focal point of the old city. (B)
Accommodation in Lhasa: Kyichu Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel (or similar)
This morning start your day at Norbulingka, the former summer residence of the Dalai Lama. First built in 1755 AD by the seventh Dalai Lama, each successive ruler added his own buildings to create a complex of palaces, pavilions, chapels and gardens. (B)
Accommodation in Lhasa: Kyichu Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel (or similar)
This morning drive north out of the city to the Sera Monastery, situated as the base of Mt Purbuchok and founded in 1419 by a disciple of Tsongkhapa, considered one of Lhasa’s two great Gelugpa Monasteries. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Accommodation in Lhasa: Kyichu Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel (or similar)
Leaving Lhasa, today it will be a long but fascinating drive to Gyantse. Two high passes at Karola and Kampala, both with far-reaching views, will be negotiated and stop will also be made at Yamdrok Tso – the ‘Turquoise’ Lake. (B)
Accommodation in Gyantse: The Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Gyantse is one of the least Chinese-influenced cities in Tibet and today take ample time to explore the town including a visit to the imposing Kumbum Chorten, which is renowned for its murals, and the nearby Dzong Fortress. (B)
Accommodation in Gyantse: The Yeti Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast leave Gyantse and drive onto Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest town, important monastic centre and one-time trading stronghold. Shigatse is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama and later today visit the Tashilumpo Monastery – famed for its Grand Hall and opulent tomb of the Lama – before exploring the bustling Khampa Bazaar. (B)
Accommodation in Shigatse: Mansarovar Hotel (or similar)
Return to Lhasa. (B)
Accommodation in Lhasa: Kyichu Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel (or similar)
Early morning transfer to Lhasa airport for the flight to Beijing. (B)
Accommodation in Beijing: The Pentahotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: the Regent Hotel (or similar)
Travel through the countryside to Mutianyu from where you can take a cable car up to the Great Wall. As you stand on the Wall and look at it snaking its way across the top of the mountains, it is easy to imagine ancient armies locked in battle on the misty slopes. Continue across the mountains, after lunch to visit the fascinating tombs of the Ming Emperors before returning to Beijing later in the afternoon. (B/L)
Accommodation in Beijing: The Pentahotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: the Regent Hotel (or similar)
This morning visit the beautiful Temple of Heaven before continuing onto Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Walk through the square to enter the Forbidden City, the seat of supreme power for the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, where you can spend the remainder of the day exploring the courtyards and buildings of this extensive complex.
In the evening transfer to Beijing airport for your onward flight. (B)
This morning transfer back to Beijing Airport for the Qatar Airways flight to London Heathrow via Doha. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

We design unique, tailor-made holiday itineraries to suit you, by combining your ideas with our knowledge and experience. Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, or if you require some advice, please call us or complete the enquiry form online for a quotation.

What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Sightseeing with an accompanying English speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

Experts in Tailor-Made Holidays

For over 30 years, Pettitts Travel have led the way in creating authentic, tailor-made holidays. Our knowledgeable team have first-hand knowledge of our destinations and no two itineraries we prepare are the same.

Please call us for more information or complete the online enquiry form to request a quotation.

01892 515 966 Request a Quote

Head Office: 8-9 Orchard Business Centre, North Farm Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells Kent. TN2 3XF

× logo

Welcome to Pettitts Travel, the new name for
Medway Leisure Travel.

Everything you expect from Medway Leisure Travel is included here on the Pettitts Travel website... plus lots more!