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China and Tibet
Commences Shanghai 17 April and ends Beijing 09 May 2022

  • Rongbuk Monastery with Mount Everest
    Rongbuk Monastery with Mount Everest
  • Beijing Hutongs
    Beijing Hutongs
  • Bridge to Macau
    Bridge to Macau
  • Great Mosque, Xining
    Great Mosque, Xining
  • Great Wall of China, Beijing
    Great Wall of China, Beijing
  • Train to Lhasa
    Train to Lhasa
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Program Code GCTCT22
  • Activity Rating Advanced

Tour Itinerary

  • 22 Nights
    • 3 - Shanghai
    • 3 - Sichuan
    • 2 - Xining
    • 1 - Train to Tibet
    • 4 - Lhasa
    • 1 - Shigatse
    • 1 - Tingri
    • 1 - Gyantse
    • 2 - Yarlung Valley
    • 4 - Beijing

Commences Shanghai 17 April and ends Beijing 09 May 2022

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the mighty mountains and magnificent temples of Tibet
  • Learn about the Tibetan people; their history, culture and way of life
  • Experience the train journey of a life-time on the Quinghai - Tibet railway
  • Visit Lhasa's Potala Palace and the great monasteries of Ganden, Drepung and Sera, where we watch young debating monks
  • Climb via the Panchen Lama's Tashilunpo Moanstery and mysterious Sakya to Rongbuk Monastery, the world's highest, for exceptional views of Mount Everest
  • Learn about the mix of Muslim, Tibetan and Han cultures in Xining
  • Experience the impressive peaks of Sichuan and learn about its native pandas at its famous Research Centre
  • Explore the sights of Chengdu and view the enormous Buddha at Leshan
  • Experience the icons of Shanghai with walks along the Bund and through the French Concession
  • Discover the canals and gardens of 'China's Venice', Suzhou
  • Experience Beijing's Forbidden City, Summer Palace and enjoy a culinary 'hutong' tour

Tour Overview

China is a vast country with an immense range of sights but Tibet has always exerted a mystical fascination on visitors, due partly to its glorious isolation and partly due to its deep spirituality, with its blending of the religious and the secular in both political and everyday life. We take an incredible rail journey to explore the spectacular palaces and monasteries of Lhasa, where we learn about the cultural heritage of and issues facing the local Tibetan people, but we also climb higher towards the peaks of the Himalayas to view some of the region's most breathtaking scenery in one of the remotest corners on earth.

On the borders of present day Tibet, we discover the Tibetan and Muslim heritage of Xining and the cultural and natural attractions of Sichuan, with its beautiful holy mountains, Giant Buddha and panda sanctuary.

For ease of arrival and departure to China, we commence our tour with an exploration of fascinating, ever-changing Shanghai with the canals and gardens of Suzhou and end with the ever-stimulating capital, Beijing.

Tour Inclusions

    • 21 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
    • 1 night on overnight sleeper train
    • Local flights Shanghai - Chengdu, Chengdu - Xining and Lhasa - Beijing
    • Typical local breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Chinese e-visa and Tibet permit
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet

Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 35 years, first as a tour guide, then rising to Director of Operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's then leading conference and incentive Operator and the last 20 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass. Mark has now retired from his role as CEO but still enjoys arranging and leading specialist groups for Golden Compass Tours.

Mark is double Honours graduate from King's College London in Modern Languages – French and German, an Associate of Kings College (Divinity) and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, as well as a past Member of the Institute of Directors.

He has taught in France as well as spending significant periods of time in Germany, Italy and Austria as well as travelling extensively through almost all of Europe and North Africa. He has led a number of tours through Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Balkans. 


These are the programs planned for the more active mature adult which involve some more strenuous activities such as walking between 5km and 10km a day on uneven surfaces or on gradients or which involve some other form of organised physical activity.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass’s Tours educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance, please call our Freecall number on 1800 132 385.