8 Days Central Tibet Tour (join-in tour) from US$ 952


With guaranteed departure on Saturday, from Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, to Yumbulakhang palace, Perkhor Chode monastery and Tashilhunpo Monastery, this 8 day Tibet tour brings you to the most magnificent places in Central Tibet.

Tour code: GR-TB-01
Destination: Lhasa, Tsedang, Samye, Gyantse, Shigatse
Departure: Saturday
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Highlights: Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Norbulingkha, Samye monastery, Yumbulakhang palace, Perkhor Chode monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse's outdoor market,

8 Days Central Tibet Tour (Join-in tour)


Guaranteed departure with minimum 2 travelers
Day 1   Arrival at Lhasa   (3700m)

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.
Accommodation:  Shangbala hotel or similar (3 star)
Potala Palacce
Day 2   Lhasa   (B/L)

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 Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. The “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in Sera is very famous. 
Accommodation:  Shangbala hotel or similar (3 star)
Day 3   Lhasa   (B/L) Jokhang Temple

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 Tibet’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 Norbulingkha, the summer palace of the Dalailama. 
Accommodation:   Shangbala hotel or similar (3 star)
Perkhor Chode monasteryDay 04   Lhasa-Tsedang -Samye 165km 

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  Yumbulakhang palace- the first building of Tibet as the palace for the first Tibetan king.
Accommodation: Tesdang Hotel or similar (3 star)

Day 05 Tsedang -Yamdroktso-Gyantse (3900m), 340km, 7hrs   (B/L)
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 driving down 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.
Accommodation:  Gyantse Hotel or similar (3 star)

Day 06   Gyantse-Shigatse (3800m), 90km, 1.5hrs   (B/L)
Tashilhunpo Monastery
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  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.
Accommodation:  Shigatse Hotel or similar (3 star)

Day 07   Shigatse-Lhasa, 280km, 3.5hrs   (B/L) 

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.
Accommodation:   Shangbala hotel or similar 3 star

Day 08   Departure   (B) 

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to airport for onward flight.
2 To 20
2011-4-8 To 2011-10-31
US$ 952


Service included:
- Accommodation in sharing twin room at specified hotels with daily breakfast;
- All lunch as mentioned in the program;
- Sightseeing tour with local English-speaking guide;
- All entrance fees + sightseeing as mentioned in the program
- The transportation is in a car (02-04pax), mini coach (05-10pax), coach (15 & above) depending on the number of participant;
- Tibet travel permit
Service not included:
- Chinese visa fee;
- Departure flight from Lhasa;
- All dinners, other meals, drinks and personal expenses;
- Tips to the guide and driver;
- Any program other than mentioned in our program.
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