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6 Days Central Tibet Culture Tour

6 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group Tour

(SG003A) Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse- Lhasa

Overview

This classic 6-day tour offers to a chance to explore the central Tibet tour, takes you to the three biggest old cities: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. By visiting these places, you will get a complete impression of Tibet's religion, cultural treasures, and dreamlike landscape.

From the greatest Tibetan architecture Potala Palace, the bustling markets of the Barkor street, tourists can watch Tibetans as they prostrate around the most sacred temple Jokhang and monks debate in Sera monastery and enjoy the astonishing beauty of Holy Yamdrok Lake and Karo glacier and visit the Tashilumpo Monastery which stores the biggest copper Buddha statue in the world. Gyantse has the Tibet largest stupa with 100,000 Buddhist statues inside.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel .An route to viewing the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river.

After arrive in Lhasa, you can take rest and acclimatize. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colour and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the only most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, in the meantime you can buy some souvenirs.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa tour - Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery

In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “ three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace was used as Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.

In the afternoon, Sera Monastery--It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419 by Jamchen chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The Most attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 4: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m)

Today, we have to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, the group will pass over the Gampala pass (4790 m),and tourists will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .

We head westward along the lake and drive towards Gyantse. Gyantse was historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery (also known as Gyantse Kumbum). The Kumbum has nine floors and each tier has unique chapels. It is considered the largest stupa in Tibet.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day 5: Shigatse(3900m) to Lhasa(3650m)

In the morning tourists will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery is the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.

In the afternoon, we drive back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway. The distance is around 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 6: Depart from Lhasa

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2016 & 2017

Class/Price for Per Person 

Jan. 1 to
Mar.31

Apr.1 to
Jun.24

Jun.25 to
Aug.25
Aug.26 to
Oct.15
Oct.16 to
Nov.15
Nov.16 to
Dec. 30
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels) 720 US$ 750 US$ 850 US$ 820 US$ 750 US$ 720 US$

Please select a departure date in following charts.

If there are no tour dates suitable for you and we can set up a new date based on your schedule and invite tourists to join you, please kindly contact us and we’ll make every effort to collect more travelers.

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Please Note:

  1. If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.
  2. Discount: 1.) 5% off for those booking the tour togher with other two travelers at the same time; 2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance.
  3. (Note: the above preferential policies can only be enjoyed by either one of them, not both.)

  4. The above price is not availble to tourists with Indian passport. To Indian citizens with Indian passport, please refer to theTibet Visa for Indian Passport for details.

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
  • Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist; while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement.
  • Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.
  • One shared big Oxygen tank in the car;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Shuttle Service between hotels and Airport/Train Station:

As for Lhasa Gongar airport is 70km from the downtown, it is hard for us to arrange free shuttle service at any given time.

So, our travel agency can only offer free shuttle service to pick up/drop off tourists between hotels and Gongga airport twice a day at a designated time. Some of the tourists may have to wait for others for a longtime beyond our designated time.

The free airport pick-up time is as follows on the day the itinerary begins:

  • Pick up tourists around 12:20 pm ( for flights arrival at airport before 12:20pm)
  • Pick up tourist around 16:00pm (for flights arrival at airport before 15:40pm)

The free airport drop time is as follows on the day the itinerary closes:

  • Pick up tourists around 7:30am ( for flights which depart from Lhasa around 9:30am-13:00pm)
  • Pick up tourists around 11:00am (for flights which depart after 13:00pm)

All the shuttle service from/to the train station on the date of tourists' arrival and departure would be free.

Exception

  • If tourists want shuttle service not included in the designated time frame or they prefer not to wait for the free shuttle service, they are required to pay extra 400RMB/car for private airport shuttle service, which needs a report to travel consultant when booking the tour.
  • If tourists’ come after or before the designated schedule, they are required to pay extra 400RMB/car for private airport shuttle service or 250RMB for train station, which needs a report to travel consultant when booking the tour. the same rule applied to the departure.
  • If tourists miss the free shuttle service as a result of flight delay and need a private pick up service, extra 400RMB/car is required.

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