Lhasa City Tour - 4 Days


Trip Code: 
Length of Trip: 
4 Days
Group Size: 
Maximum of 12 people.
Tour Highlights: 
Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, the old Lhasa town, Ganden Monastery and Sera monastery
  • Group Tour
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Winter Getaways
Lhasa City Tour Route
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Day 02: Lhasa City Sightseeing
Day 03: One Day Tour to Ganden and Sera monastery
Day 04: Departure from Lhasa
Tour Features: 

This tour is uniquely focused on giving tour guests a full experience of Lhasa's many attractions. Two full days of sightseeing includes all of Lhasa's well-known sites and even a few of the less well-known ones, sure to be an extraordinary memory.

Tour Itinerary: 
Day 01:
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa [3658m]
Spectacular scenery of the Tibetan plateau along the way from airport or train station to your hotel

Your Tibetan guide will greet you at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa railway station, and transport you to your hotel in the city. From the airport to Lhasa is 68 km (42 mi), roughly an hour drive to your hotel. The drive from the train station is only 15 km (9 mi) and takes 20 minutes. During the course of the ride, you will not only be amazed by the spectacular scenery of the Tibetan plateau, the scattered Tibetan villages, but certainly by the hospitality of your guide and driver, as well! After checking into the hotel, you will have the remainder of the day to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude.

Day 02:
Lhasa City Sightseeing (B=breakfast)
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Lhasa old town

Potala Palace is the best known cultural landmark in Tibet. It is most renowned as the residence of the lineage of Dalai Lamas (Avalokiteshvara), though the massive structure contains a small world within itself. It was first built by 33rd ruler of his dynasty, King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century, but still is in surprisingly good repair because of continual rejuvenation projects.

Jokhang temple is the most scared building in Tibetan Buddhism, located in the heart of Lhasa old town. It is the most sought after pilgrimage destination for all Tibetans.

Barkhor Street is a popular Kora (holy walking path) which surrounds the Jokhang Temple. Always full of Tibetan faithful, visitors may find mingling with local pilgrims around the Barkhor Street uniquely engaging. It is also a popular shopping district where you can buy gifts for your family and friends.

Lhasa old town gives a glimpse into the daily life of Lhasa Tibetans, which has remained largely unchanged for centuries. You can visit the outdoor markets and specialty stores of handmade bags, carpets, etc.

Day 03:
One Day Tour to Ganden monastery and Sera monastery [4500m] (B=breakfast)
Short hike at Ganden monastery and famous monks debate at Sera monastery

Ganden Monastery is the largest of the six major monasteries of Buddhism's Gelugpa sect. In addition to its magnificent architecture and religious importance, there is an extremely fabulous view on top of the Ganden Wangpo Hill. Kichu Valley is behind Ganden monastery, and we suggest visitors hike around the monastery and for an exquisite bird's-eye view of the valley.

Sera monastery's famous debating monks go back and forth in their debates every day between 3 pm to 5pm (except on Sunday), a performance well worth seeing. After lunch at Ganden monastery, the tour visit's Sera.

Optional program: In the evening, your guide can take you to enjoy a local Tibetan performance (price is not included).

Day 04:
Lhasa train station or airport send off (B=breakfast)
Spectacular scenery along the way

Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station, which concludes the tour.

Optional program: You may go to Tibet Museum on your own by taking taxi (10 CNY), if your departure time from Lhasa is in the afternoon. It contains jade relics, Thangkas, paintings, musical instruments and medical equipments from Tibets history. There are also audio recordings available for self-guided tours, which can be rented for 10 CNY.

What's Included
Group Tour Notes: 
Complementary airport pick up and drop off is included.
Our arrival pick up shuttle will depart the airport for Lhasa city at 3:30 pm (for clients arriving on flights scheduled to land before 3:00 pm).
Our departure drop off shuttle will depart Lhasa city at 12:00 pm with arrival at the airport by 1:00 pm (for flights departing after 3:00 pm).

General Inclusions:

  • All required government taxes and fees.
  • All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
  • 3 Star hotel located near Barkhor Street (shared twin room with private bathroom)
  • All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
  • Local Tibetan guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
  • Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General Exclusions:

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver.
  • Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (Please note: We can offer you train and/or plane tickets in and out Lhasa from all cities within China. Please check the latest price with us via email.)

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