Lhasa City Essential Group Tour

4 Days
From $450
Tour Code:
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Tour Type:
Budget join-in small group tour with fixed-departure travels along a fixed-route sharing guide & vehicle service with travelers around the world (12 Persons Maximum).

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
Jokhang Temple
  • 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)

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

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

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

Discount Policy

You can enjoy one or both discount policies below, if you situation fits the terms.

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 8% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 4% 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.


Starting DatePrice FormBookedBook Now
2017-10-23 $480 open for booking Book
2017-10-27 $480 open for booking Book
2017-10-30 $480 1 Book
2017-11-03 $450 4 Book
2017-11-10 $450 open for booking Book
2017-11-11 $450 2 Book
2017-11-13 $450 2 Book
2017-11-17 $450 2 Book
2017-11-24 $450 open for booking Book
2017-12-08 $450 2 Book
2017-12-15 $450 open for booking Book
2017-12-22 $450 open for booking Book
2017-12-29 $450 open for booking Book
2018-02-02 $450 2 Book
2018-04-04 $480 1 Book
2018-04-11 $480 1 Book

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 at 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



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.



Hi there, Would it be possible to arrive on our desired date stated above? Also, if we were to arrange our own hotel what would the overall price be? Thank you, Rosie




Dear Rosie Laverick,

Yes, it’s possible to join our 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour on 20th Nov as you desired if you could book this tour with us within this month, then we could have enough time to collect other travelers to join your scheduled date. But it’s would be great if you two could join this tour for our currently available date 17th Nov, there are already 2 travelers in this group so far, you could book it anytime you want but latest 12 days before tour starts, it’s guaranteed departure.

I will email you the cost of this tour with & without hotel shortly.



Hello, We would like to visit Tibet for the 4 day tour. Is it possible to arrange a tour at the end of January? We are somewhat flexible on dates, and could visit anytime Jan 30 - Feb 6. We would like to fly from Nepal into Tibet if possible. Thank you, Lauren ELlsworth




Dear Lauren Ellsworth,

Yes, it’s certainly possible to visit Tibet in later Jan, it’s fine as long as the tour ends before middle Feb, according to your preference & schedule, joining our 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour on 31st Jan is highly suggested. 

Yes, it's possible too if you like to fly from Nepal into Tibet, but please kindly note: you will be required to apply for China Group Visa at the Chinese embassy in Nepal with our assistance as long as you enter Tibet from Nepal. In this case, please DON'T apply for individual China visa in your country before coming. After you booked your Tibet tour with us, we will prepare an official invitation letter to give it to our partner in Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu, our Nepali partner will meet you for your original passport. With invitation letter & both of your original passports, our Nepali partner could help you get your China Group Visa there in 3 working days. Amy 





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Dear Daniel Smith,

It's no problem for us to provide you a trip based on your requirement, I will email you soon with some of my essential questions.  

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