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6 days Tibet Ancient Cities Tour

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Duration: 6 days Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Tashilumpo Monastery
This ancient cities tour leads you to the holiest, the most heroic and influential cities in Tibet, they are Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. Lhasa is too historic and informative to introduce. As a vital throat to Lhasa witnessed several heroic wars in Tibetan history, Gyantse, with its imposing ancient fortress & city-wall as well as unique monastery & stupa, looks quite distinctive. Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet with Panchen Lama, the second most influential religious figure in Tibet, living here for hundreds of years, tells the most interesting Tale of Two Cities.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Arrival upon Lhasa
D2: Lhasa City Tour
D3: Lhasa City Tour
D4: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse
D5: Shigatse - Lhasa
D6: Leave Tibet
at from $690 per person

Day 1: Arrival upon Lhasa

Schedule Today: Arrive upon the holy city of Lhasa by train or flight, our local Tibetan guide and driver will pick you up at the train station or airport with a warm traditional Tibetan style greeting by presenting our guests the white silk scarf of Hada to wish you a safe and pleasant journey in Tibet. Then, transfer you to the hotel booked in the downtown, you have to rest and take it easy at your first day in Tibet in order to acclimatize yourself better for the upcoming tours. Rest in the hotel or stroll the Barkhor Street are options for the first day.

Lhasa Airport Qinghai-Tibet Train
Lhasa Airport Qinghai-Tibet Train

Day 2: Lhasa City Tour

Schedule Today: After breakfast in the hotel, we leave for the landmark of Lhasa - the Potala Palace, the palace was built in the 7th century by the King Songtsanganpo to welcome his wife Princess Wenchen from the Tang Dynasty, later it became the winter palace for the Dalai Lamas when the Great 5th Dalai Lama moved his residence here. Inside the palace are countless precious treasures that cannot be valued by money. In the afternoon, we will visit the Johkang Temple also built in the 7th century, this is the first temple in Tibet and also the pilgrim center of Tibet Buddhism, around the Johkang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Street with pilgrims from all over Tibet. It is exactly because of this Tibetan quarter - Johkang Temple and Barkhor Street, the city name of Lhasa (means “land of Buddha”) came from.

Potala Palace Johkang Temple
Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Day 3: Lhasa City Tour

Schedule Today: After breakfast in the hotel, drive 20 minutes to the Drepung Monastery in the western suburb of Lhasa. This monastery was built in the 15th century by the Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism; it was the largest monastery in Tibet with monks' population more than 10000 at its heyday. Also, it served as the winter palace for the Dalai Lama first to the fifth until the Fifth Dalai Lama moved its residence to the Potala Palace. In the afternoon, we are going to visit the Sera Monastery on the northern edge of Lhasa city, this 600 hundreds old monastery though is not as large as the Drepung Monastery, yet its lively sutra scripture debating among the monks in the afternoon makes it distinctive. The interesting and exaggerating expressions and movements by the monks when they debate make this visit a unique experience.      

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Day 4: Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse (360km)

Schedule Today: After breakfast in the hotel, leave Lhasa to Shigatse around 8:30AM. The first attraction we will see is the Yamdrok Lake which is also a holy lake in Tibet. Seen from the Gangbala Pass, the turquoise lake looks like a blue greenish belt embedded into the Himalayas. Drive on the well paved highway along the holy lake till the Karola Glacier that just stands imposingly beside the highway. And then we will visit the ancient town of Gyantse which features its ruined city wall, historic fortress and unique stupa and monastery, the small town though is only 270km away from the fast developing Lhasa, yet preserved well its authentic Tibetan flavor with a strong ancient Tibetan ambience different from other cities or towns. Drive another 90km to Shigatse afterwards. Stay overnight here.

Yamdrok Lake Gyantse Town
Yamdrok Lake Gyantse Town

Day 5: Shigatse / Lhasa (280km)

Schedule Today: Sleep well and wake up late after an arduous trip to Mount Everest, leave to visit the Tashilumpo Monastery around 9:30AM. This monastery was built in the 15th century and has been the seat for all the Panchen Lamas, so it is one of the most important monasteries in Tibet. The most important sight to see is the 30 meters high Syakamuni statue made of bronze. It takes around 3 hours to finish. After lunch in Shigatse, drive back to Lhasa along the Bramaputra River. Free time for you in Lhasa.

Tashilumpo Monastery Bramaputra River
Tashilumpo Monastery Bramaputra River

Day 6: Leave Tibet

Schedule Today: Tour ends. Our guide and driver will send you off to the airport or train station based on your schedule. Welcome to Tibet next time.

Quotation of this 6 days small group tour based different months in 2018 & 2019

April to June July to August September to Oct.15th  Oct.16th to March
USD 710 P/P USD 810 P/P USD780 P/P USD 690 P/P

Service Inclusions:

  1. Pickup and drop-off service at airport or train station in Lhasa
  2. Well maintained tourists' vehicle with an experienced driver
  3. An English speaking local Tibetan guide.
  4. Clean and comfortable 3 star standard hotels in Lhasa and Shigatse with breakfasts included.
    Note: all our hotels are based on two beds room (per person per bed), if you want to (or have to) stay at one room by yourself, you have to pay the single room supplement fee by yourself.
  5. All the travel permits needed to travel into Tibet
  6. The entire entrance fee to all the scenic spots in the itinerary
  7. Travel insurance for accident only
  8. Government tax and service fee
  9. Water per day per bottle
  10. One welcome dinner in Lhasa

Service Exclusions:

  1. Lunches and dinners.
  2. Transport fee into and out of Lhasa
  3. Tips to guide and driver
  4. Your other personal expense
  5. Bank service fee when you transfer deposit to us
  6. Single room supplement fee if ever
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