Kingdoms of the Clouds

8 days from $4,064 per person*
  • Get a birds-eye view of Mount Everest as you soar over it in a plane.
  • Explore the palaces and temples of Durbar Square with private guide.
  • Enjoy private guided tours of the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Potala Palace, and more.
  • Featuring a selection of hand picked premium properties.
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Marvel at the peaks of Everest from the window of your light aircraft as your experienced pilot swoops to within 200 meters of the icy cliff faces.

This is the closest you’ll get to the top of the world without decades of experience as a mountaineer, and you’ll score even better photos without risking severe frostbite. Your scenic flight leaves from Nepal’s colorful major city of Kathmandu, where the main Durbar Square serves up a maze of opulent palaces, ancient temples and elaborate statues in a social melting pot. Beforehand, you’ll visit Tibet’s spiritual and political capital of Lhasa where you’ll explore stunning monasteries and temples, including Potala Palace that was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1645. And starting in Beijing, you’ll encounter the region’s other great man-made marvels as you tour a mountainous section of the Great Wall, and the stunning Summer Palace.

This trip leads to some of the most remote and spectacular places on earth, however you’ll never need give up big-city convenience as you rest and recharge in a collection of international hotels. Your experienced local guides are by your side at all times to guarantee your safety while providing a strong sense of the spiritually-significant monuments and breath-taking panoramas you’ll experience throughout this once-in-a-lifetime trip. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private Tour - Great Wall Mutianyu & Summer Palace with Lunch (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Beijing to Lhasa
    Beijing to Lhasa
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Beijing - Lhasa [(4hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Afternoon Acclimatization
  • Day 4 Lhasa
    Lhasa
    • Private Tour - Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Lhasa
    Lhasa
    • Private Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Bhakor Street with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Lhasa to Kathmandu
    Lhasa to Kathmandu
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Lhasa - Kathmandu [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - SUV/Driver/Assistant
    • Private Tour - Half Day City Tour - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Kathmandu
    Kathmandu
    • Mount Everest Flight (1 hr) - Vehicle/Driver/Flight/Assistance
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Budhanath - SUV/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Kathmandu
    Kathmandu
    • Private Transfer - Airport - SUV/Driver/Assistant
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Day 1: Beijing

To ensure a seamless experience, your guide will be waiting for you outside the secure customs area with a sign with your name on it. The guide will assist you in meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing showcases the city as a unique reflection of the many changing facets of contemporary Chinese culture, where ancient cultural sites vie for space alongside high-rise buildings and an intricate freeway system. This Beijing lodging is just minutes away from several popular attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, and the Forbidden City. The world-renowned services at the Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel Beijing ensure that guests enjoy a warm and personalized stay. Guest rooms provide visitors with optimum comfort and feature contemporary amenities, including cable TV, high-speed Internet access and work desks. Enjoy the hotels other amenities, including a gymnasium and massage center. The Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel features three on-site restaurants that offer a range of cuisines. Enjoy Asian dining at Ooodle, international dishes at Bloo Dining, and a menu of light fare at First Lounge Bar.

Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Beijing
Beijing
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Park Plaza Wangfujing
Park Plaza Wangfujing

Day 2: Beijing

Spend the day exploring two of Beijing’s most visually captivating sites with your private guide and driver. Start the day with a visit to the Summer Palace, which dates to the 12th century, and this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a vast imperial encampment of temples, ornate pavilions, and halls set in a park around Kunming Lake. Occupying an area of 294 hectares, three-quarters of which is water, the compound features a sprawling archetypal Chinese garden that is ranked amongst the most noted gardens in the world and a truly picturesque setting to explore. The Long Corridor is a must-see – this covered walkway is decorated with more than 14,000 lavish paintings.

Then drive out of the city to take in the awe-inspiring Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, located 45 miles northeast of the city. By far China’s most iconic architectural wonder, it captivates the imagination of generations of travelers intrigued by this feat of engineering. This well-preserved section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles and holds a prominent place in Chinese military history. Construction began during the 6th century Northern Qi Dynasty, and it was restored in the early years of the Ming Dynasty (spanning from the 14th to 17th century).

An abundance of natural springs in the area give this section of the Great Wall a lush verdant ecosystem, and the rolling forested hills make for an impressive panoramic photo regardless of the time of year. Take a cable car to the top of the hillside to explore the 26-foot-high granite walls. The 22 watchtowers stretch along the top of the mountain ridge as far as the eye can see, an impressive military barrier against invading forces from the north. Today’s lunch will be had at a local restaurant near the Great Wall. If you are interested and traffic permits, it is possible to stop for a quick photo at the 2008 Olympic sites of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube along the drive.

Today’s tour involves a fair amount of walking at a leisurely pace. Comfortable walking shoes and adequate protection from the sun are highly recommended.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Great Wall at Mutianyu
Great Wall at Mutianyu

Day 3: Beijing - Lhasa

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Fly from Beijing to Lhasa. Flight time is approximately 4 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Take the afternoon to rest at your hotel to allow your body to acclimatize. Try to minimize physical activity to avoid the effects of altitude sickness.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise (4*)

The Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise provides Tibetan styled accommodations and internet access in all rooms. Guests have the convenience of onsite business facilities, a health and fitness center and spa services. Relax by the pool or enjoy the live entertainment. The hotel features luxury guest rooms and suites with stunning views of Lhasa’s river valley and surrounding mountain scenery. Hotel offers an exciting array of specialty dining experiences, including Feast All Day Dining restaurant, Longxue Chinese restaurant, Teppanyaki Japanese restaurant, Cha Lounge, Moonlight Lounge, Altitude Bar, Himalayan Café and Sense Reading Lounge. There's always something special happening at an InterContinental hotel. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled getaway.

Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lhasa
Lhasa
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise
Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise

Day 4: Lhasa

Enjoy a full day private guided tour of Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. The Drepung Monastery is the most important monastery of the Gelugpa sect in Tibetan Buddhism. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice, so it was given the name 'Drepung' which in Tibetan means “collecting rice”. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Tatipu Hill is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City and was built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built, so it was named Sera which means "wild rose" in Tibetan. Lunch is included.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise (4*)
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery

Day 5: Lhasa

Enjoy a full day tour of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Bhakor Street. Originally built by King Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century, Potala Palace was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1645, and became the seat of Dalai Lamas and political center of Tibet. Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa and is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. Bhakor is the oldest road in Lhasa that pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into the night. The circular road is also a marketplace for printed scriptures, cloth prayer flags, and religious items. Lunch is included.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise (4*)
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Day 6: Lhasa - Kathmandu

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

For your added comfort, your English Speaking Assistant will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your assistant will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your English Speaking Assistant for a transfer between the city center and the airport with a private driver and vehicle. 

This city tour begins at one of the most unique protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Durbar Square is the religious and social heart of Kathmandu's old city, and is a complex of palaces, temples, shrines, statues and courtyards built between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient kings of Nepal. The square is a lavish assortment of the old and the new - elaborately carved architectural features and curving roofs provide shelter for cows, beggars and weary tourists; Brahman priests and painted Sadhus perform rituals and pose for photos, while souvenir sellers and rickshaw drivers compete for attention among the crowds. Stone lions guard the gates to the Old Royal Palace that contains a number of courtyards and several museums. Set into the palace wall is a 17th-century stone inscription written in 15 languages; it is believed that milk will flow from the spout below if anyone deciphers the entire inscription. On the other side of the square, the Kasthamandap temple is an open pavilion topped by a pyramidal tower, said to be created from the wood of a single tree. It is purportedly the valley's oldest building, and the city of Kathmandu derives its name from this ancient temple.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency (5*)

The impressive, and stunning traditional façade of the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is set amongst some pleasant gardens, in the old interesting district of Bodhnath. It is within a 10 minutes walk from Kathmandu’s famous Boudhanath Stupa and various souvenir shops and restaurants. The airport is an approximate 10 minutes drive away, while the city centre and Thamel is a 10 kilometers drive away. The hotel provides a free shuttle bus service to the city centre, shopping and tourist areas of Bhatbhateni, Durbar Marg, Thamel and Kantipath. The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu has a good variety of recreational facilities such an outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness centre and a top class spa. The spacious, wooden floored guestrooms are well appointed with wooden furniture and traditional Tibetan handmade carpets.

Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kathmandu Stupa
Kathmandu Stupa
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency

Day 7: Kathmandu

Experience the most cost effective and popular flight for experiencing the Himalayan range to Mount Everest from Kathmandu. This is an hour flight of breath taking views of scenic beauty of the mighty mountains. The Everest flight is a sparkling clear journey across the world’s highest peaks including Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak (8848 meters) and other ranges of Himalayas – Gauri Shankar (7134 meters) Nuptse (7855 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Amadablam (6812 meters), Chamlang (7319 meters), Makalu (8463 meters) and Cho Oyu (8201 meters) to name a few including the Roof of the World the Tibetan Plateau.

IMPORTANT: For safety, the flight does not fly at a very close distance to Mount Everest. The flight flies away from 5 nautical miles. This is carried out for all other operating airlines and helicopters. The clarity of Mount Everest depends on the visibility of the flying moment.

Bhaktapur is world renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. The ancient city is 14 km from Kathmandu and is also variously known as the "City of Culture", the "Living Heritage" and "Nepal’s Cultural Gem". Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is the gem not only of Bhaktapur, but also of the entire nation. The most fascinating structure here are the world-renowned 55 Window Palace, Golden Gate, Big Bell, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, Shiva Temple. Pashupatinath literally means ‘the god of all animals’ and is one of the Avatars of Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath is not only the holiest Hindu pilgrimage in Nepal but also one of the holiest destinations in the entire world. Situated 5 km east of Kathmandu on the banks of sacred Bagmati River, lies the temple of Lord Shiva Pashupati Nath, with its two tiered golden roof and silver doors. The stupa of Budhanath lies 8 KM east of Kathmandu. On this colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world, are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency (5*)
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath

Day 8: Kathmandu

Meet your English Speaking Assistant for a transfer between the city center and the airport with a private driver and vehicle. 

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*): Beijing

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing showcases the city as a unique reflection of the many changing facets of contemporary Chinese culture, where ancient cultural sites vie for space alongside high-rise buildings and an intricate freeway system. This Beijing lodging is just minutes away from several popular attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, and the Forbidden City. The world-renowned services at the Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel Beijing ensure that guests enjoy a warm and personalized stay. Guest rooms provide visitors with optimum comfort and feature contemporary amenities, including cable TV, high-speed Internet access and work desks. Enjoy the hotels other amenities, including a gymnasium and massage center. The Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel features three on-site restaurants that offer a range of cuisines. Enjoy Asian dining at Ooodle, international dishes at Bloo Dining, and a menu of light fare at First Lounge Bar.

Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Park Plaza Wangfujing
Park Plaza Wangfujing
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lobby
Lobby

Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise (4*): Lhasa

The Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise provides Tibetan styled accommodations and internet access in all rooms. Guests have the convenience of onsite business facilities, a health and fitness center and spa services. Relax by the pool or enjoy the live entertainment. The hotel features luxury guest rooms and suites with stunning views of Lhasa’s river valley and surrounding mountain scenery. Hotel offers an exciting array of specialty dining experiences, including Feast All Day Dining restaurant, Longxue Chinese restaurant, Teppanyaki Japanese restaurant, Cha Lounge, Moonlight Lounge, Altitude Bar, Himalayan Café and Sense Reading Lounge. There's always something special happening at an InterContinental hotel. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled getaway.

Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise
Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Atrium
Atrium

Hyatt Regency (5*): Kathmandu

The impressive, and stunning traditional façade of the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is set amongst some pleasant gardens, in the old interesting district of Bodhnath. It is within a 10 minutes walk from Kathmandu’s famous Boudhanath Stupa and various souvenir shops and restaurants. The airport is an approximate 10 minutes drive away, while the city centre and Thamel is a 10 kilometers drive away. The hotel provides a free shuttle bus service to the city centre, shopping and tourist areas of Bhatbhateni, Durbar Marg, Thamel and Kantipath. The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu has a good variety of recreational facilities such an outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness centre and a top class spa. The spacious, wooden floored guestrooms are well appointed with wooden furniture and traditional Tibetan handmade carpets.

Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency
Kingdoms of the Clouds Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency Kathmandu Restaurant
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu Restaurant

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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