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Grand Tour of China

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PRIVATE TOUR - 16 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 7231

Private Tour Highlights

  • Walk one of the world’s greatest marvels with a full day Badaling section of the Great Wall tour
  • Enjoy the testament to Chinese engineering and ingenuity, a monument to human endeavor
  • Indulge in the local cuisine with the included meals provided
  • Visit the square that witnessed the founding of the People's Republic of China, Tian'an Men Square
  • Witness the Forbidden City and explore the halls and gardens of the best preserved imperial palace
  • Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of imperial style and architecture
  • Zip by the splendid views of china aboard a Bullet Train to Xian
  • The Summer Palace a former site of retreat for the imperial family with a range of striking views
  • Indulge in a traditional Peking duck dinner, refined to perfection and fit for an emperor's table
  • Take to Kunming Lake with its buildings and courtyards, beautifully decorated and charged with history
  • Witness the Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors, praised as 'the eighth wonder of the world’
  • Experience grand views of the Yangtze River aboard a leisurely river cruise
  • Walk the sublime Yu Garden and their surroundings, a wonderful example of classical design
  • See the iconic Shanghai skyline, famous throughout the world for its striking modernist architecture
  • See the delightful water town of Suzhou, known throughout China as the Venice of the East
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Tour Overview

Yampu Tours is very excited to now offer tours throughout China, including the Grand Tour of China! Yampu Travelers can now experience the vast history and exquisite cuisine that the country has to offer. Walk the historic Tian’an Men Square as well as a section of the Great Wall in Beijing. With a quick Bullet train ride through the culturally rich countryside, witness the breathtaking modern architecture of Shanghai. Experience the eighth wonder of the world, the massive Terracotta Museum and disembark upon a leisurely river cruise along the Yangtze River. With The Grand Tour of China, Yampu Travelers will be able to experience all of what this magnificent country has to offer!
After arrival at the award winning Beijing Capital International Airport, be met by a local guide to assist with the transfer. The following day visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall, a testament to Chinese engineering and ingenuity, as well as a monument to human endeavor. Stop by Sacred Way, a historic road to the Ming Tombs, all before a traditional Peking duck dinner. Savor all of the local flavors with the several meals provided throughout this gastronomic friendly trip! Dine on iconic Chinese dishes refined to perfection over the centuries, all fit for an emperor’s table.
Visit one the world’s most impressive public plazas and stand at the center of Beijing before entering the Forbidden City to explore the halls and gardens of this glorious structure. Framed amongst the princely imperial styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties is the Temple of Heaven. The site is a masterpiece of imperial style and architecture. Take the time to visit the Summer Palace, former site of retreat for the imperial family, with striking views of Kunming Lake. All before visiting the famous Terracotta Warrior Museum.
Once in Chongqing stop by Goose Neck Park, beneath Erling Mountain to the west of Chongqing City, offering grand views of the Yangtze River. Board the awaiting river vessel and disembark upon a leisurely river cruise. Enjoy shore excursions as well as marvelous meals, and famous landmarks of the greatest human engineering since The Great Wall. Once reaching Shanghai explore the modern and historic city, taking in the iconic skyline, with a full day city tour. Depart for the delightful towns of Suzhou and Hangzhou to experience 12th century Gardens and architecture. Cruise on West Lake while being surrounded by serene pagoda topped hills, and heavenly temples.

Inclusions
Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the hotels mentioned. All meals as specified in itinerary (soft drink included) Private transfers and sightseeing as per the given itinerary. Services of an accompanying English speaking guide. Entrance fees – for single visit only. Assistance on arrival and departure. All currently applicable taxes, Domestic flights from Xi’an to Chengdu and from Chengdu to Shanghai as mentioned in the program in Economy Class with one piece of 20kg free luggage per person per flight. Current airport tax and fuel surcharge (subject to change) for the domestic flights, First Class Bullet Train seats if applicable

Note;
Flight mentioned in the program in Economy Class with one piece of 20kg free luggage per person per flight, Accommodation will be provided in mentioned hotels or of same category. Air fare is subject to change. We shall not be responsible for any change in the itinerary due to flight cancellation, landslides or any unforeseen circumstances. Additional expenses incurred will be in addition to given cost. Given rates are net and non - commissionable to you. Rates valid for specific period( excl the public holidays and exhibition dates) No reservation is made and price is subject to room availability.

Accommodations included in price are based on a 4 star rating or standard availability depending on the city of stay. For a different preferred hotel rating at a different price, please ask a Yampu travel consultant.
Exclusions

International airfares and Airport Taxes. Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc. Any alcoholic beverage (consumption on direct payment basis) Tips for guides and drivers, Visa Fee (if needed) Surcharge during Exhibitions in Shanghai and Chengdu (dates are to be advised), Surcharge during the public holiday, Any surcharge announced by government after this quotation, Early check-in or late check-out or day use room, National guide, FOC, Separate luggage van, Surcharge of overweight luggage (in case of exceeding 20 Kilo per piece)

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Pricing Details
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Double £$6770 £$7231 £$8761 N/A
Single £$10241 £$11778 £$14080 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Arrival in Beijing

After arrival at the Beijing International Airport, be met by a local guide to assist with the transfer to the city. Transfer to the awaiting hotel in the heart of the city and an opportunity to rest and prepare for the remainder of the day.

After arrival at the Beijing International Airport, be met by a local guide to assist with the transfer to the city. Transfer to the awaiting hotel in the heart of the city and an opportunity to rest and prepare for the remainder of the day.

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Day
2

The Great Wall; Badaling Section and Sacred Way

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall. Enjoy this testament to Chinese engineering and ingenuity, a monument to human endeavor set against a backdrop of stunning scenery. (excl. cable car) Enjoy lunch in a local Chinese restaurant before visiting Sacred Way, a historic road flanked with statues that leads to the Ming Tombs. Indulge in a traditional Peking duck dinner at a local restaurant. Dine on an iconic Beijing dish refined to perfection over the centuries and fit for an emperor's table. Back to the hotel. ...read less

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Day
3

Tian'an Men Square, the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the square that witnessed the founding of the People's Republic of China. Tian'an Men Square is of one the world's most impressive public plazas and stands at the center of Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City and explore the halls and gardens of the largest ancient palatial structure in the world, the best preserved imperial palace in China and a site of great historical importance. (excl. exhibitions) Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, before visiting the Temple of Heaven. Framed among the princely imperial styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties the site is a masterpiece of imperial style and architecture. ...read less

Day
4

Summer Palace with Bullet Train to Xian

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Summer Palace. The former site of retreat for the imperial family, the Summer Palace provides a range of striking views and the opportunity to take to Kunming Lake. Its buildings and courtyards are beautifully decorated and charged with history. (excl. boat, theatre and Longevity Hill) Lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Transfer to the train station to take Bullet train (2nd class seat) to the ancient capital of Xi'an. Transfer to the hotel after arrival.

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Summer Palace. The former site of retreat for the imperial family, the Summer Palace provides a range of striking views and the opportunity to take to Kunming Lake. Its buildings and courtyards are beautifully decorated and charged with history. (excl. boat, theatre and Longevity Hill) Lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Transfer to the train station to take Bullet train (2nd class seat) to the ancient capital of Xi'an. Transfer to the hotel after arrival.

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Day
5

Terracotta Warrior Museum with Lunch and Dinner Show

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Terracotta Warrior Museum. The Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors is praised as 'the eighth wonder of the world and provides a fascinating glimpse into the ancient world. The silent army and its impact on Chinese culture represent a wonderful highlight of any tour. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building, one of the oldest surviving structures of its kind in China. This evening, take in the exciting Tang Dynasty Show with dinner in the Grand Theater. ...read less

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Day
6

Xian to Chongqing- transfer to Cruise Vessel

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Xi'an airport for the flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival at Chongqing, meet the English speaking local guide. Lunch or dinner at a local restaurant (depending on flight time) Visit Ciqikou, a historic Song dynasty town with traditional style buildings and a distinct local cuisine, before heading to Erling Park. Also called Goose Neck Park the area lies beneath Erling Mountain to the west of Chongqing City and offers grand views of the Yangtze River. Board the awaiting river vessel and embark upon a leisurely river cruise. ...read less

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Day
7

Chongqing; Yangtze Cruise Day 1

Enjoy breakfast on board the cruise. Relax on the deck and marvel at the scenic beauty as the cruise ship sails into Fengdu. Enjoy a shore excursion of Fengdu (Optional, pay it locally) - the city of Ghosts on the Ming Hill. Today, visit the city of Fengdu, situated on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, which, throughout 2000 years of legend became known as a "ghost city" and is today popular among tourists who come to visit the temples and shrines dedicated to the gods of the underworld. Fengdu, known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill, was first described as a 'City of Ghosts' in two ancient, classic Chinese works-"Monkey King" and "Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio". In keeping with the town's theme, landmarks bear thematic names such as Last Glance at Home Tower, Nothing-to-be-done Bridge, and Ghost Torturing Pass. In the afternoon, take a visit to Shibaozhai. Shibaozhai, means Stone Treasure Fortress, Located in ZhongCounty, at the south bank of the Yangtze River, 278 km away from Chongqing, it was first built in Qing Dynasty in 1750. The wooden architecture stands on the riverside. It is built by catch upon a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs with a height of 56 meters and 12 stories. Every floor of the wooden structure contains interesting artifacts. Each of the 12 floors of Shibaozhai is dedicated to a famous general of the Three Kingdoms period (220-265AD), a local scholar or a renowned Chinese poet. In the evening, have an enjoyable time at Captain's "Welcome Party" as the ship anchors at Wanxian for an overnight halt. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board the cruise. ...read less

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Day
8

Yangtze Cruise Day 2

While enjoying breakfast, pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Proceed on an excursion of the Shengnong Brook. The magnificent Qutang Gorge extends 8 Km and leads to the splendor of Wu Gorge. The ship will sail into the west section of the Third Gorges of the Yangtze River. Also pass through the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Yangtze gorges, after which the ship passes through the 5 stage ship lock. Enjoy a Chinese lunch and dinner on board the cruise.

While enjoying breakfast, pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Proceed on an excursion of the Shengnong Brook. The magnificent Qutang Gorge extends 8 Km and leads to the splendor of Wu Gorge. The ship will sail into the west section of the Third Gorges of the Yangtze River. Also pass through the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Yangtze gorges, after which the ship passes through the 5 stage ship lock. Enjoy a Chinese lunch and dinner on board the cruise.

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Day
9

Yangtze Cruise Day 3 - Shanghai

Breakfast on board before a shore excursion and chance to encounter the 3 Gorges Dam. Transfer to Yichang Train Station from the 3 Gorges Dam. Lunch at local restaurant or packed lunch that can be prepared. Enjoy a high speed train (2nd class seat) to Shanghai. After arrival, transfer to the awaiting hotel. Dinner will be on one’s own.

Breakfast on board before a shore excursion and chance to encounter the 3 Gorges Dam. Transfer to Yichang Train Station from the 3 Gorges Dam. Lunch at local restaurant or packed lunch that can be prepared. Enjoy a high speed train (2nd class seat) to Shanghai. After arrival, transfer to the awaiting hotel. Dinner will be on one’s own.

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Day
10

Shanghai City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, the first stop is the Jade Buddha Temple. Founded in 1882, the temple is celebrated for its two magnificent white jade Burmese Buddha statues. Next, visit the Yu Gardens. Located in the old city center, this sublime site is a wonderful example of classical design. Constructed 400 years ago in the Ming period, the colossal city of Shanghai has sprung up around this older relative, but has left it to grow old peacefully, providing a fascinating window into the past. Lunch at a local restaurant before a stroll to Nanjing Road, a well-known shopping boulevard of immense energy, bright lights and all the condensed spectacle of Shanghai in one place. Transfer to the awaiting hotel. ...read less

Day
11

Suzhou to Tongli tour with lunch

After breakfast at the hotel, leave by bus for the delightful water town of Suzhou, known throughout China as the Venice of the East. Enroute, visit Tongli, a lovely canal town rich in historic atmosphere and a singular weather-beaten charm. (incl. Tuisi Garden and Boat tour). Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Suzhou to the awaiting hotel. Dinner will be on one’s own.

After breakfast at the hotel, leave by bus for the delightful water town of Suzhou, known throughout China as the Venice of the East. Enroute, visit Tongli, a lovely canal town rich in historic atmosphere and a singular weather-beaten charm. (incl. Tuisi Garden and Boat tour). Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Suzhou to the awaiting hotel. Dinner will be on one’s own.

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Day
12

Suzhou City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the celebrated 12th century Garden of the Master of Fishing Nets, considered to be one the best preserved in the city. The garden is a labyrinth of stylish courtyards and halls with a wealth of delightful features set in glorious period architecture. Lunch at local restaurants. Visit Pan Men (Gate). Located to the southwest of the city and straddling the city moat, this coiled gate was built in 1355 and commands views of the adjacent Ruiguang pagoda and Wumen bridge. Next will be Pingjiang Road, a historical 800 year-old stone street with the opportunity for excellent gift and fine souvenir shopping. ...read less

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Day
13

Hangzhou City Tour with Tea Plantation

After breakfast at the hotel, be transferred to await departure for Hangzhou. The beautiful capital city of Zhejiang Province, the end point of the illustrious Grand Canal and a city that the great Marco Polo wrote of as a heaven upon earth. Cruise on West Lake. Surrounded by serene pagoda topped hills, and heavenly temples and especially noted for its ten famous beauty spots, the cruise will leave one in no doubt as to why the lake has served as the font of inspiration for so much of the artistic work from the classical era. Lunch at local restaurants. Visit Huagang Park and enjoy the picturesque surroundings and the wealth of the natural featured attractions at this gorgeous parkland, all before stopping by a Tea Planation. Dinner on one’s own. ...read less

Day
14

Reed Flute Cave Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the connecting flight to Guilin. Be met upon arrival to Guilin and transfer to the selected hotel. After arrival to Guilin explore the otherworldly mountains and stunning landscape around Guilin provide a magical backdrop to a truly beautiful city set alongside the Li River before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the celebrated 'Reed Flute Cave,' an impressive grotto of stalactites and stalagmites whose name derives from the profusion of reeds at the caves opening. Traditionally, reeds such as these have been used to furnish the mouthpieces of musical instruments. ...read less

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Day
15

Scenic Cruise of the Li River to Yangshuo

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the pier to board the awaiting vessel for a leisurely scenic cruise of the Li River to Yangshuo. A simple lunch will be served aboard the boat. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, enjoy free time to explore this exquisitely gorgeous setting and marvel at the heavenly natural surroundings. Set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains, the area has an abundance of attractions to discover. Dinner on one’s own.

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the pier to board the awaiting vessel for a leisurely scenic cruise of the Li River to Yangshuo. A simple lunch will be served aboard the boat. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, enjoy free time to explore this exquisitely gorgeous setting and marvel at the heavenly natural surroundings. Set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains, the area has an abundance of attractions to discover. Dinner on one’s own.

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Day
16

Guilin - Yangshuo

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by bus to Guilin airport for connection to the international departure flight.

International Flight Home

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by bus to Guilin airport for connection to the international departure flight.

International Flight Home

Beijing, China

Xian, Shaanxi, China

Chongqing, China

Shanghai, China

Yichang, Hubei, China

Shanghai, China

Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Guilin, Guangxi, China

Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi, China

Places You'll See

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    Beijing

    Located in Northern China, Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Throughout the Country’s long history the ancient city of Beijing has been the center for trade and politics, and is home to many culturally significant landmarks. Walk through the Famous Tiananmen Square, located at the center of Beijing City, and witness the immense historical wealth that the Forbidden City has to offer. Of course, no visit to china is complete without a visit to The Great Wall to admire the massive military defense system of ancient China.

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    Xi’an

    Located near Central China, Xi’an is another historical city of great importance to the development of this culturally rich country. Once the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and home to the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, the city of Xi’an has been a part of more than 3,000 years of history. Over 1,100 years Xi’an was the capital city of ancient dynasties, gracing the city with an amazing historical heritage.

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    Chongqing City

    Located in upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Chongqing is a modern port city. Known as “The Mountain City”, Chongqing boasts both its modern advancements as well as its natural wonders. Take on the Yangtze River with a delightful river cruise along the Country’s Massive, and world’s largest, hydroelectric dam via “The Three Gorges”

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    Shanghai

    Located in the estuary of the Yangtze River is the influential city of Shanghai. A fine combination of modern and traditional, Shanghai is the perfect open display of history and culture, along with human development. Take in the magnificent views from the Bund, admiring the modern architecture before walking China’s premier shopping street, Nanjing Road. Walk the famous classical Yuyuan Garden just before visiting a venerable and famous Buddhist temple, home to the Jade Buddha.

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    Suzhou

    Known as the “Venice of the Orient” nearly half of the city of Suzhou is covered in water, where the streets run parallel to the water. The temperate climate provides a pleasant experience, no matter the time of year. Meander through the lush classical gardens while admiring the charming natural beauty and harmonious construction.

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    Hangzhou

    Praised by poets, artists, and writers alike, Hangzhou is a city of tranquil beauty. Visit the City’s most iconic site, West Lake, and cruise the waters in search for the “10 Scenes of the West Lake” Stop by “Six Harmonies Pagoda” an ancient pavilion-style tower facing the Qiantang River, among many other pagodas that can be visited.

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    Guilin

    Guilin is considered one of the Pearls of China due to its spectacular treasures and landscape. Shrouded by sheer sided karst mountains and surrounded by numerous rivers and lakes, Guilin is a place of wonder. Explore Reed Flute Cave with its beautifully lit rock formations and fun romantic stories behind them. Visit outside of the city, Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces, where thousands of acres of rice patties covering the base of Longji Mountain.

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    Yangshuo

    Yangshuo, a small city southeast of Guilin, is Known for its Karst landscape that has inspired many artists and writers throughout history. Studded with Limestone mountains and flowing with windy rivers, Yangshuo is a beautiful place for base camp to explore the surrounding area. From caves and mountains to temples and bamboo rafting, there is a lot to choose from to accommodate all interests.

Hotel Options

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Featured Accommodation

Yangtze President Cruise Ship

A viewing tower, a library, a sundeck, a bar and coffee shop, a sauna, a beauty salon, a gift shop, satellite communication systems, an in-house movie theater, and a clinic with massage service are provided to make your holiday on the President 6 comfortable and carefree. Cabins: There are two president suites, two deluxe suites, 32 deluxe business cabins, and 151 deluxe standard cabins. Each room is equipped with comprehensive facilities.

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4 Star Properties

Beijing : Holiday Inn Central Plaza

Xi'an : Grand New World Hotel

Shanghai : SSAW Hotel Shanghai

Suzhou : Holiday Inn Youlian

Hangzhou : Best Western Hangzhou Meiyuan Hotel

Guilin : Bravo Hotel

Yangshuo : Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

5 Star Properties

Beijing : St.Regis

Xi'an : Hilton Xi’an

Shanghai : Fairmont Peace Hotel

Suzhou : Suzhou Marriott Hotel

Hangzhou : INTERCONTINENTAL HANGZHOU

Guilin : Sheraton Hotel Guilin

Yangshuo : Green Lotus Hotel

Luxury Properties

Beijing : Regent Beijing Hotel

Xi'an : Sofitel on Renming Square

Shanghai : Park Hyatt Shanghai

Suzhou : Shangrila-Suzhou

Hangzhou : Aman Fayuan

Guilin : Shangri-la Guilin

Yangshuo : Banyan Tree Yangshuo

Testimonials

Jim, Travel Agent

Traveled July, 2016

An incredible time……

WOW!!!…..

Just had Evelyn on the phone for over an hour and they had an incredible time……

“Very impressed with China and learned a lot! We loved our experience in Tibet. The people are lovely and scenery magnificent. We had very accommodating and thoughtful guides. Very helpful.”

Flights in China were great and no delays, hotels were awesome, guides were wonderful, tours were perfect and even the train worked out. The 8th person on the train was a young Tibetan woman and they felt safe with her in the compartment.

Once again, a total success and very happy clients….

 

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