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Railroad to Lhasa RTB

Visiting: China
Tour Duration 17 Days
  • Potala Palace, Lhasa
  • Terracotta Army, Xian
  • Sharing a moment
  • Forbidden City, Beijing
  • Potala Palace, Lhasa
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Busy
  • Tour Comfort: Standard

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Eighteen Day Journey From Tibet To Beijing By Rail

On this scenic journey we travel along the Qinghai-Tibet railroad from Beijing to the Tibetan city of Lhasa. We stop to visit the Terracotta Army in Xian, discover the 'Yellow Hat' monks in Taer Si and sail along the Yellow River to Buddhist grottoes. The train takes us across high mountain passes and plateaus to the fluttering prayer flags of Tibet's capital.

Tour Highlights

  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway - Travel on the world’s highest and most remote rail journey, across the Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa
  • Lhasa - Spend three days exploring the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace of Norbulingka
  • Lanzhou - Take to a boat on the Yellow River and see the ancient Buddhist Bingling Caves
  • Xiahe - Visit the Labrang Monastery, set at the edge of the Tibetan plateau
  • Xining - Take time to reflect at the Ta’er Monastery before visiting the Chinese style Dongguan Mosque


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour Beijing

  • 2
    Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu

  • 3
    Visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Overnight train to Xian

  • 4
    Late AM city tour of Xian. PM free

  • 5
    Visit Terracotta Warriors; overnight train to Lanzhou

  • 6
    Arrive Lanzhou. River trip to Bingling Si grottoes

  • 7
    Drive to Xiahe

  • 8
    Visit Labrang Monastery, Sangke Village and grasslands

  • 9
    Drive to Tongren and visit Long Wu Monastery

  • 10
    Drive to Xining via Wutun Si Monastery

  • 11
    Visit Ta’er Si Monastery; Qinghai-Tibet railway to Lhasa

  • 12
    Train across Tibet, arrive Lhasa late evening

  • 13
    Visit Jokhang, Ani Tsangkang Nunnery & Sera Monastery

  • 14
    AM Potala Palace. PM free in Lhasa

  • 15
    Optional morning excursion to Ganden Monastery. PM visit Norbulingka

  • 16
    AM free, PM fly to Beijing

  • 17
    Tour ends Beijing

Tour notes

Each departure date has it's own dedicated tour note, detailing all you need to know about that tour. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.

We have the following different versions of the Railroad to Lhasa tour available at present.

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Included meals 15 0 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Minimum Age
From 16 years
Bus, Train, Boat, Flight
13 nights Standard Hotel
3 nights Basic Overnight Train
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s)
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16