Tibet Explorer Organized Small Group Tour
- Centrally Located Hotel
- Authentic Local Restaurants
- Private Car and Driver
- Entrance Fees
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
- Tour Arrangements
The top of the world awaits you! Sweep through some most famous and significant sights in Tibet to experience the charm of the people and significance of the Tibetan culture and history.
This tour starts at Lhasa every Tuesday and Saturday from March to November in 2012.
Note:Travel in a group with minimum of 2 adults.
Duration: 8 Days
Arrival at Gonggar airport and meet assist at the airport & transfer to Lhasa with 1 1/2hrs drive, On the way, you'll get greeted by Nie Tang Budda - a Budda image engraved in the mountain face.Afternoon at leisure for acclimatization or visit local bazaar on own.
After breakfast, guided sightseeing with the Lhasa's cardinal landmark-Potala Palace. This massive 13-soreyed building used to be the highest building prior to the early period of last century, used to be the former winter abode for the Dalai Lamas. It looks incredibly magnificent from a distance and could be viewed from various places around the town. As the nation's supreme relic, the palace dates back to 7th century A.D. In the afternoon, visit of Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debating" in Sera is very famous.
After breakfast, guided sightseeing of the most revered religious structure in Tibet-Jokhang Temple. Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibet, refers to "Buddha's House" in Tibetan language because the main statue enshrined is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself in his lifetime. Jokhang Temple is the convergence of Tibe's Spiritual and secular life, like Mecca for the Muslims, here you can meet all the tribes from Tibetan plateau. The surrounding market is called Barkhor, one of the most important religious paths, which also assembles people for shopping. In the afternoon, visit of Norbulingkha, the summer palace of the Dalailama.
We will drive along the Tsangpo river to visit the fantastic Samye monastery, believed to be Tibet's first monastery, built between 775 and 779. The original building is no longer intact due to destruction caused by wars and natural disasters, but the monastery has been rebuilt each time and still remains the symbol of Tibet's national identity. Its main building is a three-story tower with an interior influenced by Tibetan, Han and Indian styles. In the afternoon visit of Yumbulakhang palace- the first building of Tibet as the palace for the first Tibetan king.
After breakfast, leave for Gyanste, after about 3 1/2 hours' driving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala(4790m), have a overlooking the Yangdrok lake at top of the KambabaLa pass, the view of the lake and the snowpeak afar are marvelous and impressive. After down from the mountain, we continue our drive along the lakeside, stop for after about 90km, in the late afternoon, arriving in Gyangtse, visit Perkhor Chode monastery in the sunset time.
After breakfast, we leave the small town of Gyantse to Shigatse, the second large city in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 354 km west of Lhasa at an altitude of 3,810 m/12,570 ft, visit to the impressive Tashilhunpo Monastery, home of Tibet's Panchen Lama, a sprawling complex with a gigantic Maitreya (Future Buddha) statue. Various temples contain ornate reliquary chortens. Visit Shigatse's outdoor market for some real treasures.
This day is an easy journey, driving along the Yarlung Zsangpo River back to Lhasa. On the way stop at a small village side the road to visit the Tibetan handmade incense mill and workshop.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to airport for onward flight. Hotel: Shangbala hotel or similar in Lhasa and standard hotel in other places.
- Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge.
- Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
- More people more discounts. Low season, lower price.
- * Single Room Supplement prices are shown: Superior/Deluxe/Economy
|Nov.1 - Mar. 31||Superior||Deluxe||Economy||Single Room Supplement *|
|2-5 Persons||-||$1,569||$1,299||- / $83 / $100 /|
|6-9 Persons||-||$1,529||$1,259||- / $83 / $100 /|
|Apr.1 - Oct.31||Superior||Deluxe||Economy||Single Room Supplement *|
|2-5 Persons||-||$1,749||$1,369||- / $244 / $143 /|
|6-9 Persons||-||$1,719||$1,329||- / $244 / $143 /|
Tour Length: 8 Days
Attractions: The Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, The Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Samye Monastery, Yumbulagang Palace, Yomdrok Lake, The Palgor Chorten, Tashilunpo Monastery
A Tibet Travel Permit is required to enter Tibet in addition to a China Visa. The Tibet Tourism Administration has recently indicated that they will tighten the regulations which control the issuance of Tibet Travel Permits. Besides now having to enter Tibet in a group of five people or more of the same nationality, the permit will be issued just 4-5 days before arriving in Lhasa. This means that we are unable to guarantee that a permit to travel will be approved. Also the permit will need to be sent to the place of departure in China for Lhasa by express courier. The additional cost will be 300–400 CNY. Your travel advisor will provide additional information. We apologize for this extra cost. However, it is out of our control.
I understand you would like to join a group for travelling. Here I would like to clarify that Group Tour Packages (SIC Seat in Coach Tours) may not suit everybody's requirements. We have had some complaints about these Group Tour Packages so I would like to explain the situations that may be encountered on these tours.
- China Highlights does not operate Seat-in-Coach Tours. We act as a booking agent for specialized SIC operators.
- The coach will pick up and return all tour guests to their hotels. Guests spend a substantial time on the coach while traveling between hotels. This time onboard the coach is included as part of the duration of the tour.
- A large tour group obviously reduces the ability of the guide to satisfy special requests from guests.
- Guests may be required to move through the attractions at a pace faster that they wish, to meet the demands of the whole tour party and the time restrictions.
- If you need to catch the overnight train, you will need to check out the hotel before you start the tour and you could save your luggage in the lobby.
- These tour operators will usually have two shopping opportunities each day.
- A. Entrance fees：To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All means as specified in the itinerary.
C.Transfers: Between airports and hotels by the private air conditioned car/van; between the scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the shared air conditioned vehicle. The transportation is in a car (02-04pax), mini coach (05-10pax), coach (15 & above) depending on the number of participant.
Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel or vice versa. While sightseeing in the cities, you will share a guide and driver with a group.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast . All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Tibet travel permit
- A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with 'B', 'L' or 'D'.
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Gratuities, Tips to guides or drivers.
A. Private airport transfer: $172 refund if you catch the scheduled coach.
airport to hotel about 10:30am & 3:00pm
hotel to airport about 10:50am & 4:00pm
B. Extra night 4 star hotel deluxe room: $172 per single / twin /room with breakfast
C. Extra night at 3 star hotel: $78/room with breakfast
D. One day group tour to Ganden Monastery : $71/person ( Min. 2persons).(meals not included)
E. One day group tour to Namtso lake: $162/person (Min.2person).(meals not included)