Lhasa City Essential Group Tour

4 Days
From $450
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Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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4 days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour is a short Tibet tour, which is suitable for those who have limited time but still want to have a high-quality tour of. Despite being a very popular destination for travellers, you will have the local Tibetan English speaking guide to take you through the best part of the holy city Lhasa and get the most out of every minute to appreciate its prominent historical architects of Potala Palace, mystical Jokhang temple, sprawling Sera and Drepung monastery.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

When you arrive in Lhasa, our staff will pick you up at Lhasa Airport/ Railway and transfer you to the hotel. From the airport, it takes about 1.5 hours. From the train station, it only takes 20 minutes. Afterward, it's best to relax and take it easy on the first day to get acclimatized to high altitude and alleviate the jet lag. You might go to the local market and wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Other service: Free Lhasa Airport transfer on first & last day at times, Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so our guide will meet you at the hotel. Enjoy your easy travel by visiting Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

In the morning, the first station is the Drepung Monastery, which is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries that housed for more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. It was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.

Then after lunch, you will head to the Sera Monastery, which is another one of the ‘Great Three’ Gelug monasteries. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of "Monks Debate" for around 3 to 5 PM in the afternoon. Also, inside the monastery, the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha is the hot attractions.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

On your third day, you will be feeling much more acclimatized to Lhasa’s high elevation. It is an excellent idea to spend the day exploring the Potala Palace, which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. 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. It is best to explore the inside of the Potala in the morning for 2-3 hours. Afterward, you will walk the pilgrimage route around the Potala.

In the afternoon, you will head to the Jokhang Temple, which is well known as the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. Also, you can see a great many of pilgrims praying in front of the temple and do kora with local pilgrims.

After visiting the Jokhang Temple, you will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor street where you can drink the sweet tea, chat with locals and even bargain with the street vendors to understand the real life in Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Potala Palace
Pious worshipers kowtowing in front of Jokhang Temple. It's a religionary tradition of Tibetan people.
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lhasa departure
Your 4-day Lhasa City Essential Group Tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will collect you at your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station.
  • Breakfast
Other service: Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day, Free Lhasa Airport transfer on first & last day at times

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2017-11-01 ~ 2018-03-31 2018-04-01 ~ 2018-06-30 2018-07-01 ~ 2018-10-10 2018-10-11 ~ 2018-10-31 2018-11-01 ~ 2018-12-31
$450 $480 $550 $480 $450

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2017-11-01 ~ 2018-03-31 2018-04-01 ~ 2018-06-30 2018-07-01 ~ 2018-10-10 2018-10-11 ~ 2018-10-31 2018-11-01 ~ 2018-12-31
$495 $540 $595 $540 $495

Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $15 / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% Off / person

Booking Policy

We require 12 working days booking in advance for the following two situations:

  • 1. To join in the group that already booked by other clients.
  • 2. With 2 persons or above, you can choose any date according to your schedule.

If you are a solo traveler and our fixed departures can't match your plan, we prefer to open a group to match your schedule, but you need to book the tour more than 50 days in advance.

Pease contact us as soon as possible if it is less than 12 working days before your arrival date. Thus, we can try our best to help you plan the tour and apply for the Tibet permit urgently.


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No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Our Service


*Lodgings: 3 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;

*Meal: 3 Breakfasts & 1 Welcome Dinner;

*Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;

*Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day;

*Free pick-up from airport to hotel at 10:00 am,14:00 pm and 17:00 pm on the first day;

*Free drop-off from hotel to airport at 7:00 am,9:30 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

*Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide;

*Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in itinerary;

*Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB);

*Travel Agency Liability insurance;

*Government Tax;

*Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);

*Food & lodgings for guide & driver;

*Oxygen tank for emergency use;

*Two bottles of mineral water per person per day;


* International flight to and out of China;

* Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We’d like to book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* Lunch & Dinner are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.

* While Gratuities for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.


*Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra abt USD 50~80/permit will be charged;
*We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;
*If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your own hotels;
*We need to pick up and drop off all  members of the group on first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver;
*Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travellers; if any attraction visits have to be cancelled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for the refund except certain attraction entrance fee which will be solely decided by GTT.

*Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travellers, single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveller to share the twin rooms, the single supplement will be refunded.


Asked Questions from our Clients



I am interested in a 4 day tour May 19th 2018 -May 22nd 2018. Thanks!




Dear Myrna,

Nice to hear that you are interested joining our 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour for 19th May 2018, but please kindly provide me following info before I send you the quotation of it: 

How many people are you in total or just you? It involves single supplement as this is a group tour. 

Do you want 3-star or 4-star hotel in this trip? 

See you shortly by email! 



Hi I’m from Singapore, this is our first trip to Lhasa; we are looking for a trip that is relax and no much travelling. We intend to travel to Chengdu then take a internal flight to Tibet; 1)If we request to stay in St Regis hotel . 2)To see nice scenery. Eg lake or peach blossom , can this trip include? 3) however we are worry about the hotel accommodations if we need to travel to different pl; will there be 4 star hotel to those nice scenery. 4) if not we will stick to stand tour around Lhasa. Can you work out the package for us for private/ group tour? Which also includes To ferry us to/from the Lhasa Airport to the hotel Thank you




Dear Doreen,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry! Yes, you can stay overnight in St. Regis Hotel in Lhasa. Tibet relatively lags behind other provinces in China. Thus, the quality of accommodation is not the same as in Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu.



we have 5 pax willing to visit lhasa 4 days pls send a cost on the bsis of 4 star hotel on the breakfast only..




Dear Norbu,   

I highly suggest you take our 4 Days Lhasa Urban & Suburb Tour, this is a private tour, I will quote you based on 4-star hotel with detailed price inclusions & exclusions by email after confirming with you about traveling month, different month different cost. 



Dear Great tibet Tour, my name is Dimitri. Me and my friend are going to Kathamndu and we have limited time. We looked through your site and we would like to do the Lhasa City Essential group tour. We would like to plan with you the whole tour. We would like to Fly there. Our best time windo2 is from the 29th onward. We can travel between 29 November till 4 December. Can you help us to organize a tour from Kathamndu? I would appriciate your quick respond. We are Greek citizen and German citizen. We are flying from bangkok to Kathamndu and wanted to fly than to Lhasa. Regards, Dimitri





Dear Dimitri,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry! Yes, we can help you to organize a Tibet tour from Kathmandu. A Lhasa City Essential Group Tour exactly fits your schedule. And if you enter Tibet from Nepal, please don’t apply for the China Visa in your country, as you have to apply for China Group Visa in Kathmandu.



Can you tell me the price if I do not need accommodation. I am staying at the four points hotel. I would arrive at 8:40am on Oct 14th and depart at 4pm on Oct 18th. Will this give me enough time to get the permit before arriving?




Hi Brian Roberts, I'm sorry but you're required to leave Lhasa (Tibet) on Oct 17th due to the 19th CPC National Congress which will be held on the 18th. Yes, I think there is stil time for us to arrange the permit and send it to you. Besides, if you would like to join our 4 days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour and prefer to arrange your own hotel in Lhasa, the price is US$420.

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