Great Tibet Tour Logo GREAT TIBET TOUR ®
Big News: Tibet has Opened to Expats Living in China Now!

Beijing Tibet Chengdu Train Tour

13 Days
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
Add to Favorites


Beijing, Chengdu & Lhasa, three major cities of China with a flavor of their own, are all included in this tour. In Beijing, the capital city of China, you will visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven Park, Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Birds Nest(outdoor scene), Water Cube(outdoor scene); In Chengdu, the capital of "Land of Abundance", you will see Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera, Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Grand Buddha, Mt Emei, Wenshu Temple, Kuan-Zhai Lane; In Lhasa, the scared and spiritual center of Buddhism, you will visit Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Namtso Lake...
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Beijing Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Beijing Sightseeing The Forbidden City and Hutongs
3 Beijing Sightseeing Temple of Heaven Park, The Less-Crowded Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall
4 Flight: Beijing - Chengdu Culture Show
5 Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Emei Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding‎ Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha
6 Bullet Train: Emei - Chengdu Mt. Emei
7 Chengdu Sightseeing Wenshu Temple, Kuan Zhai Lane
8 On the Train Qinghai Tibet Railway
9 Arrival in Lhasa by Train Pick up and transfer to the hotel
10 Lhasa Suburb Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery
11 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
12 Lhasa-Namtso(4600m)-Lhasa, 500km, Approx. 9hrs Namtso Lake
13 Departure from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary


Welcome to Beijing! Your guide will greet you at Beijing Airport holding your name sign. Transfer to your hotel in downtown Beijing. Enjoy yourself in the rest of the day to recover from your longtime international flight or explore the city on your own.

Stay overnight in Beijing

In the morning, we will set out to see the mysterious Forbidden City which is the world's largest imperial palace complex. Since it was built in Ming Dynasty, The Forbidden City was home for 24 emperors (from 1420 to 1911 AD). It's said to have 9,999½ forbidden imperial chambers. After that, you are moving to Tian'anmen Square with a great cultural significance which has been the site of several key events in Chinese history. Later, you can take a rickshaw going through a maze of Hutongs to explore old Beijing neighborhoods, discover the courtyard house of traditional Chinese characters.

Stay overnight in Beijing

The Forbidden City
Wander at Hutongs.

You will have many interesting things to do today. In the morning, you are suggested to do Morning Exercises at the Temple of Heaven, which was founded in the early of the 15th century. Known as the Imperial Sacrificial Altar, Temple of Heaven always attracts numerous tourists. To avoid crowds and enjoy local people's morning exercises, we are going to this place in the morning. After visiting Temple of Heaven, we'll drive 2.5hrs to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, where you can go through the watchtowers and enjoy breath-taking views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.

Stay Overnight in Beijing

The Temple of Heaven, where the emperor would make sacrifices for the empire.
You will be shocked by the wisdom and power of the ancient people when you get to Mutianyu Great Wall.

Transfer to Beijing Airport to take the flight to Chengdu.

Our local guide will wait for you at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport by holding your name sign. You will be picked up and then transferred to the hotel of Chengdu city.

In the evening, you can enjoy the Culture Show at a teahouse theatre. Here you can not only enjoy bowl tea and snacks, but also watch Sichuan opera, fire-breathing, face changing, shand shadow show, traditional acrobatics such as rolling lights, etc.

fire-breathing show
  • Attraction:
  • Culture Show

We’ll pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu (inside 2nd Ring Road) at about 7:00 am and then drive to visit the Panda Research Base in the northern suburb of Chengdu this morning. The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. Through 2007, it has had 110 panda births, and its panda population has grown to 62. It is a huge, beautifully landscaped park.

After lunch (about 13:00 pm), drive to Leshan city to see the famous Giant Buddha which is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet) high and has 8.3-meter-long (about 27 feet) fingers. The 9-meter-wide (about 30 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 24-meter-wide (about 79 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground. (Optional: ferry boat ride at Leshan Giant Buddha, about USD 10/person).

We’ll continue to go to the foot of Mt. Emei around 18:00 pm. 

Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu
Leshan Gaint Buddha

Today, you will spend the whole day exploring Mount Emei. In the early morning at 7:00 am, take the shuttle bus in the Scenic Spot to Leidongpin, then hike to Jieyin Palace to take the cable car up to Golden Summit which is the mountain's main peak at 3077 meters above sea level, seems to almost touching the sky. At Golden Summit, the highest peak of the mountain, you will be amazed by the awe-inspiring view of the Huazhang Temple and enjoy the magnificent view of the clouds, mountains, and forests. Then take the sightseeing bus down to Wannian Temple, you’ll experience the beautiful scenery by walking from Wannian Temple, Qingyin Pavilion and Moneky Zone to WuxianGang.

About 17:00 pm, go down the mountain by vehicle and then drive to Emei Railway Station to take the bullet train back to Chengdu within only 1.5 hours. End of service. After arrival in Chengdu Railway Station, you need to go back to the hotel by yourself.

Sunrise scene of the golden summit.

Wenshu Monastery was founded in the Sui Dynasty and is a famous Buddhist temple in western Sichuan. There are many precious cultural relics and tens of thousands of Buddhist scriptures and documents in the courtyard. Unlike other tourists places in Chengdu with a large number of tourists, this old monastery reserves the quietness, adding a sense of history.

In the afternoon, you will visit a nostalgic place - Kuan Zhai Lane. It shows the courtyard culture of old Chengdu. Most of these courtyards are occupied by stylish bars and restaurants. Tourists and youths stay in the alleys and spend the whole afternoon leisurely, feeling the stop of time.

In the evening, your tour guide will escort you to Chengdu North Railway Station, where you will board the Chengdu-Lhasa train at 21:28.

Wenshu Temple
Kuan Zhai Line

Today, you will spend the whole day on the train and enjoy the fantastic view of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Along the way, you will see snow-capped mountains, Ho Xil, vast grassland, Qinghai Lake, etc., and get charmed by the spectacular natural scenery. Chengdu Lhasa train will pass by five provinces in China, namely, Sichuan, Shanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, and Tibet. So you will see the different landscapes and the terrain on the train.

Stay overnight in the train

Qinghai Tibet Railway is one of the most spectacular railways in the world.

Our local Tibetan guide will wait for you at Lhasa railway station by holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashi Delek (a kind of blessing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by giving you a white scarf). Then transfer to the hotel in Lhasa city. On your first arrival day in Lhasa (3650m), it's essential to have a good rest to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Remember to drink lots of water, eat lighter and have high carbohydrate food which will be helpful to you to adapt to the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Takten Migyur Potrang built in 1954 by 14th Dalai Lama is called the New Palace
Drepung Monastery was the largest monastery in Tibet, with over 10,000 monks. Now, this monastery houses about 700 monks.

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Jokhang Temple is the holiest place in Tibetan Buddhism.

Today you are going to see Namtso lake, one of the three most holy lakes in Tibet. It's also the highest lake in the world and the third largest salt lake in China. The name of Namtso means “lake from heaven” in the Tibetan language. And the gorgeous landscape is really like heaven. You will be totally intoxicated in it. After that, we will go back to Lhasa by passing through Yampachen(4300m) and Tsuphu Monastery(4300).

Located 92km from Lhasa city, Yampachen is rich in geothermal energy and is known for hot spring bath. People enjoy the blue sky and white cloud when taking a bath in the outdoor hot spring. It's optional.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Namtso, located in the central Tibet autonomous region, is the second largest lake in Tibet.
Every Tibetan sheep year, numerous pilgrims visit Tashi Dor Monastery.

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

Our Service
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Free use of sleeping bag;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.
  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
  • Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
  • While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
  • All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by sama***

Im interested in this one becuase it has a mix of suburb/rural and cities and includes the great wall and a mountain. IS there any other packages that include the great wall?

Answered by Cherry 2019-03-14

In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to have the 14 Days Beijing Tibet Chengdu Train Tour which is a private tour. May I know when would you like to have this private tour?

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. By the way, which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel. 

Asked by Ewal***

Wir (2 Personen) möchten eine Reise China- mit dem Zug nach Lahsa -Tibet- Nepal. Zeitraum Mai 2019, Dauer 18 Tage. Haben Sie eine Reisevorschlag.

Answered by Nance 2019-01-14

Yes,we can arrange this tour for you. How about having our 17 days Beijing Tibet Kathmandu private tour in May, 2019? 

Asked by Ross***

Offer request for Beijing-Lhasa-Chengdu (train)-Emei-Chengdu tour for 4 people to do in August 2019. English language guide or if possible Italian language? Thanks and best regards.

Answered by Caroline 2019-01-07

In your inquiry, you mentioned that four of you would like to have our 14-day Beijing Tibet Chengdu Train Tour (private tour) in August 2019. For the tour in Beijing and Sichuan, it’s possible to use the Italian-speaking tour guide. Of course, the cost will be higher than an English-speaking guide. But for the Tibet part, English-speaking tour guide is better. I have adjusted a little bit the itinerary to make it more sense. Please check it as below.

Asked by chri***

please help us quote a family travel for 5 persons from the Philippines thanks

Answered by Cherry 2018-10-09

In your inquiry, you mentioned five of you would like to do 14 Days Beijing Tibet Chengdu Train Tour. May I know when would you like to do this tour? How many rooms do you need?

Asked by Jube***

Feb 2019

Answered by Cherry 2018-09-21

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to do 14 Days Beijing Tibet Chengdu Train Tour in February 2019. According to the regulations, Tibet is closed to foreigners from late January to the end of March. So, I am afraid you can't do the Tibet Tour in February. How about doing this 8 Days Beijing Chengdu high-speed train Tour in February 2019.

Here is the itinerary of 8 Days Beijing Chengdu high-speed train Tour. 

Read More ...

What Our Customers Say
Yamdrok lake

My TIBET experience with Great Tibet Tour was very brilliant.   It was the 2nd-time visit to TIBET but Shigatse and Gyantse. The hotel you chose me at Shigatse had very Lovely Tibetan decoration. and Guides ( both 2 guys)  were very kind and gentle. So I could relax. ....

Read more testimonials...
Email response within 0.5~24 hours.
You may also like
Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour

11 Days Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour

View more
Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Train Travel

13 Days Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Train Travel

View more
Beijing Lhasa Train Tour

7 Days Beijing Lhasa Train Tour

View more
Chengdu Lhasa Essential Tour
Chengdu - Lhasa

6 Days Chengdu Lhasa Essential Tour

View more

Tailor-made your tours within 0.5~24 hours

Want something different and unique? Just let us know! Please send us your ideas about the travel plans, destinations, attractions, your group, hotel class, etc. We specialize in planning your journey based on our first-hand experience, your budget, style, and interest!