Tour Prices & What's Included

All prices shown are per person. Please note that prices do not include international flights.

Please note: We only accept payments in US$ Dollars with the exception of UK residents (payments in £ Sterling) and residents of the Eurozone countries (payment in Euros). See Booking Conditions for our full payment terms.


USD ($)Diamond Class Heritage Class
Twin ($) Single ($) Twin ($) Single ($)
Oct 6 - Oct 1815,695 22,595 11,895 17,295
DepositPOA POA


USD ($)Diamond Class Heritage Class
Twin ($) Single ($) Twin ($) Single ($)
Mar 11 - Mar 23On Request On Request On Request On Request
Oct 5 - Oct 17On Request On Request On Request On Request
DepositPOA POA
GBP(£) USD($) EUR(€)


What's Included in our China and Tibet Rail Discovery Tour

As far as possible, this 13-day soft-adventure tour by rail is all inclusive with no hidden extras. What follows are those elements which are included in the tour price. The only extra items you will need to budget for include personal expenses such as international and internal flights, visa costs, travel insurance, drinks from the Bar Lounge Car and laundry.

Experienced Tour Managers

Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and their linguistic and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail adventure. We receive exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your experience.

Arrival and Departure Transfers

Arrival transfers in Urumqi and departure transfers from Lhasa are included.

Hotel and On board Accommodation

This tour includes,

1 night at 5-star Wanda Vista Urumqi hotel (or similar)

1 night at 5-star Radisson Blu hotel Kashgar

6 nights on the Shangri-La Express train

1 night at 4-star Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Qinghai, Golmud

3 nights at 5-star Shangri-La hotel Lhasa

From Urumqi to Golmud, spend six nights on the private Shangri-La Express train in modern comfort, with a choice of en-suite, double bed accommodation or traditional-style twin bed cabins with shared toilet and shower facilities. Then from Golmud, board the high-altitude train for the 14-hour journey to Lhasa on the world’s highest railway. For more information on the Shangri-La Express train, please visit our Trains section of the website.

Welcome and Farewell Dinners

Each tour begins with a Welcome Dinner, an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow passengers; for the Tour Manager to brief you on the trip; and introduce you to the experienced on board team and the Tour Doctor. The Welcome Dinner will take place at the Wanda Vista Urumqi Hotel. The Farewell Dinner is the perfect end to your adventure by private train where you can relive the journey and look ahead to future tours.

Route Guide, Itinerary and Information Pack

When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Our Tour Manager will organise a programme of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programme for the next day’s touring schedule.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily

An international breakfast will be served in the Restaurant Car daily. For lunch and dinner served on the train, there will be the option of traditional Chinese cuisine or international cuisine. Restaurant menus will be printed daily and can be found in the Restaurant Car. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.

Drinks from the Bar Lounge Car

Soft drinks, including tea, coffee and mineral water are complimentary at all times. Wine and beer is also inclusive in the Bar Lounge Car and at lunch and dinner. All other drinks are chargeable.

On board Service

You can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unobtrusive. Your car attendants provide housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant on duty throughout the day to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Please note, the local Chinese staff on board the train speak very little English. Drinks menus and a list of useful conversational terms will be provided in each cabin, with English and Chinese translations, in order to communicate. Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water are available throughout.

Guided Off-Train Excursions

The history and culture of the places we visit on our rail cruises will come alive through our expert local guides. All our tours include a wide-ranging sightseeing schedule to make the most of the time you have off the train and bring you closer to the culture, people and history of your destinations. We believe it is the special little touches that help create magical memories.

Personal Headsets

On all the off–train excursions, to enhance your enjoyment and comprehension of the places you visit, you will be provided with a lightweight personal headset on which to listen to your tour guide as you take in the sights. So you do not need to worry about missing any of the interesting details on your excursions.

On board Doctor and Medical Facilities

To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required. Normally, the doctor will be English speaking and be registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.


Your luggage and belongings will stay with you on the train throughout the journey but, in Kashgar and Golmud for example, an overnight bag will be required for your hotel stays, therefore porterage is included between the hotel and station.

All Gratuities

You will not have to worry about tipping on and off the train on your rail journey as all gratuities are included in the tour price.