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(N)Day 2: Fly to Lijiang
Arrive in Chengdu and connect with a domestic flight to Lijiang. You will be met at the airport and transferred into Lijiang’s historical centre, once a staging post for travellers on the Tea Horse Road. Stay at the LUX* Hotel Lijiang for 3 nights. (N)Day 3: Lijiang
Take a guided tour of the historical centre, then drive out to Shuhe Ancient Town, a village north of Lijiang that was once home to members of the Naxi minority ethnic group. Visit the Mu Family Mansion, the former residence of Naxi chieftain, and wander the well-preserved cobbled streets to explore gardens, temples and museums. Optional evening Naxi music performance. (B)Day 4: Lijiang
Full-day tour to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, including a visit to Baisha village to see the Baisha Frescoes, a collection of murals depicting scenes from traditional village life and Tibetan Buddhist iconography. (B, L)Day 5: Zhongdian
Drive to north to Zhongdian, a city with a strong Tibetan influence due to its proximity to Tibet. Stop en route for views of the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the first bend of the Yangtze river at Shigu. Stay 2 nights at the Songtsam Retreat Hotel. (B, L)Day 6: Zhongdian
Morning tour of Songzanlin Tibetan monastery, which is modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa and has a delightful setting against a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery. Afternoon visit to the Pudacuo National Park, home to a diverse array of karst features and beautiful landscapes. (B, L)Days 7-8: Benzilan
Drive north to Benzilan in the foothills of the Meili mountains. Stay 2 nights at the LUX* Tea Horse Road Hotel. Benzilan, set on the ancient Tea Horse Road trade route, has preserved its authenticity and opens an extraordinary window onto Tibetan culture. Spend the following day walking scenic mountain trails overlooking the Yangtze river, trying local produce or visiting the lamasery of Dongzhulin. (B)Day 9: Fly to Chengdu
Drive to Diqing Shangri-La airport near Zhongdian and fly to Chengdu. Transfer into the city centre and overnight at the Buddha Zen Hotel, a traditional courtyard-style building near the Wenshu monastery. (B)Day 10: Fly home
Transfer to the airport and fly home*. (B)Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information * Extension:
Chengdu is famous for a number of giant panda research centres located in and around the city, so if you would like to extend your tour to see these iconic animals, please speak to your travel consultant.Superior Tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Single supplement
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Songtsam Retreat, a member of Accor Hotels MGallery collection, offers charming boutique accommodation in a distinctly Tibetan style. Located in the Shangri-la Hills, the retreat is set amid the breathtaking scenery of this remote corner of China. The retreat comprises 75 rooms and suites which feature intricate oriental design that combines dark wood carvings with rich, warm colours. Two restaurants serve Western cuisine and Tibetan specialities. Leisure facilities include a sauna, hammam, Turkish steambath and massage service.
In the heart of the Unesco-protected old town, the LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang is tucked away in a typical courtyard-shaped house and features traditional Naxi architecture. Taking inspiration from the Tea Horse Road, one of China's most spectacular routes, the hotel offers traditional cookery and calligraphy lessons as well as cycling and walking trails through the surrounding countryside.Features: 30 rooms; restaurant; bar; tea lounge; library; courtyard.<br>Room amenities: Minibar, television, hairdyrer, air conditioning.
The LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan is a luxury boutique hotel located at the entrance of Benzilan town. The areas local culture is reflected in the main building's architecture, combined with the signature LUX* service inspired by local Tibetan hospitality. Rooms and suites are located on two levels across the two main buildings, all with views of the riverside and adorned with distinctive Tibetan touches, light interiors and airy living spaces. Local story-tellers and musicians sometimes gather at the hotel bar for impromptu cultural evenings.Features: 30 rooms, restaurant, tea lounge, library, café, infinity pool.<br>Room amenities: Minibar, television, hairdyrer, air conditioning.
Low season from £3795 per person
High season from £3995 per person
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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