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4 Days Lhasa Highlights Impression-Small Group Tour

Highlights

Trip Highlights as listed below:

  • Potala Palace-Winter Palace of Dalai Lama, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Streets;
  • Norbulinka-Summer Palace of Dalai Lama, Sera Monastery;
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits coverying your whole time in Tibet

What to bring:

  • Passports, Camera, personal drink bottle;
  • Sunhat, sun glasses, and dress conservatively
  • Tibet travel permits, light backpack 

Itinerary

Day1

Arrival in Lhasa by airline shuttle bus by yourself

Welcome to the “Roof of the World”. Upon your arrival in airport or station, you will take the airline shuttle bus/taxi to Lhasa by yourself. It is very convenient and cheap to take the comfortable Lhasa Airline Shuttle bus to Lhasa in just one hour. When you check out of Lhasa Gonggar Airport Main Gate, the bus ticketing office is just nearby the gate. Please prepare RMB currency (RMB30-35 per person). The bus directly takes you to the shuttle bus stop which is just 300 meters to the east of Potala Palace. And it is 10-20 munites cheap taxi to your hotel and it costs you only RMB 10-30 per taxi transfer at most. Have a good rest! Please provide us your hotel name, room number, reception telephone number for us to be in touch if in need. 

If there are 3 pax+ (including 3 people) per booking at a time, we will arrange the pick up service without surcharge!

Accommodation recommended for you to book: House of Shambhala, Shambhala Palace, Tashi Norta Hotel, Yak Hotel, Regis Hotel, or Dhood Gu Hotel, Heritage Hotel, Snow Heaven Hotel, Ganggyan Lhasa Hotel or Tashi Takgye Hotel 

Day2

Lhasa highlights: Norbulinka-Summer Palace of Dalai Lama and Sera Monastery

Today, at 9 am, our Tibetan guide will meet you all at the Lobby of House of Shambhala (normally the breakfast is from 7:30 am to 9 am). Once everyone in the group is ready, we will walk couple of minutes to our car and driver at Ganggyan Hotel. We will drive to Norbulinka at 9:30 am and enjoy the 2 hours trip in the morning. Then you will be transfered back to downtown Barkhor and guide can assist you find restaurants. After lunch and a short break, we will leave Ganggyan Hotel at 2:30 pm on time for Sera Monastery to enjoy the tour from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The Norbulinka-Summer Palace of Dalai Lama: Norbulingka means Treasure Garden in Tibetan language. It locates in the west side of Lhasa, near the southwestern Potala Palace. And It is the largest artificial garden in Tibet. The total area is about 89 acres. As part of the “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace”, it is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meanwhile, in 2001 it was considered as an extension of Potala Palace. Today. Despite of the title of World Heritage Site, people recognize it as a unique historical site of Tibet.

The Sera Monastery (1355–1435, founded by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, disciple of Tsongkhapa) is just located at the foot of Tatipu Hill and it about 6 km to the northeast direction of Potala Palace. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of” Monks Debate” which happens in afternoon from Monday to Saturday. This is one highlight attraction for travel in Lhasa Tibet. 

Accommodation by yourself  

Day3

Lhasa Downtown highlights tour by walking: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar

Special notice that: as experienced Tibet travel organizer, we do not suggest you visit Potala on the 2nd day of arrival. It does involve lots of walking up and down for Potala Palace sightseeing. However in most cases, people are used to the high altitude of Lhasa after first two nights, and the third or fouth day will be just perfect for this day trip. If your travel is more than 3 nights 4 days flexibly, we even suggest you have one free day before day 2 as above.

Potala Palace, one of Tibet’s top must see cultural sites, has been capturing travelers’ imaginations as it takes them on an adventure through Tibetan history. With its highest point at about 300 meters (around 1000 feet) above the valley floor its gargantuan size often surprises travelers: this building houses over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and around 200,000 statues.

Jokhang Temple is one of the must see attractions in Tibet. Jokhang Temple houses the only known image of the Shakyamuni Buddha that exists today. Made in his twelve year old likeness, it is a holy destination for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims from all corners of Tibet.

The Barkhor street market provides tourist a pivotal insight in multiple aspects of Tibetan culture by the vast assortments of authentic Tibetan products easily available to purchase at the visitors discretion. The Barkhor market is constantly alive and thriving with activity as the countless vendors and shops present a utopia of local Tibetan arts, crafts and cultural specialties.

Accommodation by yourself

Day4

Final Departure by yourself-Extra private transfer to airport optional per your request

When you fly from Lhasa to mainland China, the best and most economical way is to go by airline shuttle bus which just costs you about RMB 30 only (ie about 4.5 USD per person). However if you fly to Kathmandu, Nepal, you will need a tour guide to be with you to airport because the tour guide needs to help you clear the custom with permits, additional cost for guide's drop off will be 30 per person, and two pax at least per transfer booking)

Dates & Price

Daily Departure except for Sunday of Norbulinka and Sera Monastery day tour

If the Sera and Drepung Monastery sightseeing date is on Sunday, we will need to exchange the Day2 and Day3, because on every Sunday, there is no monk's phylosophy debating activity.

We have daily departure from April 2 to the Jan.20 the next year. Please be noted that Tibet is regulary closed beween middle of February and end of March every year since 2008. 

  • Minimum group size 2 pax, maximum group size 15 pax, if there are only 1 pax finally, additional US$65 to be upgraded as private tour.
April 5-April30
  • US$ 310 per person
May1-June 30
  • US$315 per person
July1-Aug.31
  • US$ 325 per person
Sept.1-Oct.10
  • US$ 285 per person
Oct.11-Oct.31
  • US$ 275 per person
Nov.1-Feb.10 next year
  • US$ 255 per person

Remarks: 

  1. Price Per Person in US Dollars is based on the currency exchange rate: 1USD=6.65RMB
  2. Hotels in Lhasa Downtown we recommend you to book: House of Shambhala (80-100$ per room night with breakfasts), Snow Heaven Hotel or Tashi Norta Hotel ((60-70$ per room night with breakfasts), Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel or Dhood Gu Hotel (US$40-60 per room night with breakfasts), other cheaper hotel will be Tashi Takgye Hotel, Heritage Hotel or similar one. All in all, be sure your hotel is downtown located, with full liscense to host foreign travelers.
  3. Additional info
    Confirmation will be received within 13-24 hours of booking, subject to availability Instant confirmation, but clients must book at least 15-20 days because permits application process takes time;
    About airport transfer: Tour pick up and drop off time is specified (1-3 pax, you will be transferred by shared bus, while 4 pax+ will be picked up/dropped off by private car).
    If your arrival and departure schedule differs, you will need to take an airline shuttle bus (RMB 35 per person) or a taxi- between Lhasa and railway (RMB 50) at your own expense.
    Departure is daily available except for Saturday, you can have extra days before and/or after this trip, but please specify clearly upon booking

    Traveler's are required to provide a photocopy of their passport at least 15-20 days before tour departure date.
    Traveler's are required to provide a photocopy of their China visa at least 7 days before tour departure date.
    Traveler's are required to provide a contact name, phone number, and hotel or residential address in China at least 8 days before tour departure date for Tibet Travel Permits delivery.
    All foreign travelers entering Tibet by air from any cities in China (or by train from Chongqing, Xi'an and Lanzhou) need an original hard copy of Tibet Travel Permit which is to be sent by the local tour operator to the traveler's address above. All foreign travelers to Lhasa by train from any cities in China (except for Chongqing, Xi'an and Lanzhou) only need photocopy of Tibet Travel Permit which is to be sent by local operator via email. Remember to print 4 copies for each page for train check in reference).
    All foreign travelers entering Tibet from Nepal need Additional Tibet Group Visa (TGV requires additional cost ranging from USD$115 to USD$210 depending on traveler's nationality and 3 working days of processing time in Kathmandu).
    Upon booking, please contact our agency for more details if you enter Tibet from Nepal.
    All China visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler, when you apply China visa, please do not mention "Tibet"

Service Details

Price includes
  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
  • All necessary Travel Permits  

  • One group meal
  • Pick up from airport to hotel: 9:30 am; 1:30 pm; 4:30 pm (1-3 pax per booking by shuttle bus, while van for 4 pax+ per booking) Drop off to airport at 6:30 am; 8:30 am; 12:30 pm, 1-3 pax per booking by shuttle bus, while using van for 4 pax+ per booking) Pick up from train station: varied depending on customers' arrival time. 
  • Vehicle between hotel and Norbulinka, Sera Monastery (1-3 pax by taxi or bus, while van or mini bus for 4 pax+ per final group size) 

  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance
Price Excludes
  • Hotel accommodations 
  • Food and drinks (except for one group meal) 

  • Personal expense Flight or train tickets 
  • Admission Fees: Potala Palace RMB 200 per person from May 1 to Oct.31, RMB 100 per person for the rest season, the rest attraction entrance fee is RMB 165 per person to be paid to ticketing office Gratuities 

  • Tibet Group Visa (for travelers entering Tibet from Nepal)


Booking Notice:

  • 1) If tourists want private transfer between Lhasa Gonggar Airport and hotel, extra 230RMB per person (at least two pax per booking) or RMB 500 for private family. Please state to us clearly upon booking;
  • 2) If tourists’ destination covers Mt. Everest base camp,Tsetang, Samye Monastery, Nyingchi, etc, please confirm the this booking at least 20 days before arrival date, while if travelers go to Mt. Kailash/Lake Manasarovar, the booking must be at least 30 days before arrival date; and travelers must inform our agency in advance for us to apply the suitable permits. All permits's valide duration will be from your arrival date till your departure date (or even few days longer if in need). Travelers must confirm the arrival city and departure city.
  • 3) Travelers who will extend the trip to places out side of Lhasa, they can only book the additional tours out of Lhasa with our agency according to the local tourism policy and regulations. 

Be altitude sickness free! Here are some suggestions for you to prevent AMS.

  • Avoid catching a cold before entering Tibet;
  • Try to have a good sleep at the night before flying to Tibet;
  • Drink lots of water-This is a must; begin drinking more water than normal before arriving in Tibet;
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol;
  • Avoid intense physical activity on the first couple of days after arrival in Tibet;
  • Walk slowly and drink extra fluids after getting off the airplane;
  • Light and high carbohydrate meals are recommended for more energy; Don't drink    alcohol or smoke;
  • Climb up to higher altitude slowly;
  • Avoid sedatives;
  • Prepare some medicines as per doctors’ suggestion.

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