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Lhasa City Essential Group Tour

4 Days
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Tour Type:
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Group Size:
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The 4-day Lhasa highlights tour is a short Tibet tour, which is suitable for those who have limited time but still want to have a high-quality travel experience. Despite being a very popular destination for travelers, you will have the local Tibetan English-speaking guide to take you through the best parts 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, Buddhist debate at Sera and sprawling Drepung monastery. In addition, you can gain an in-depth understanding of the history of Lhasa, experience the life of the local Tibetan people, and wander leisurely in the old quarter of Lhasa city.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel Lhasa, 3★/4★
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B, D
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa departure Send off to the airport/train station B

Daily Itinerary


When you arrive in Lhasa, our staff will pick you up at Lhasa Airport/ Railway Station 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 better 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★

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau. In the morning, the first station is the Drepung Monastery, which is the largest Tibetan monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks in the past. Drepung means Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

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" from around 3 to 5 PM in the afternoon. Also, the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Paintings of Buddha are worth your appreciation.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner

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 the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. It's best to explore the inside of the Potala in the morning for 2-3 hours. Afterward, you may walk the pilgrimage route around the Potala Palace.

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

After visiting the Jokhang Temple, you will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street, where you can drink 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★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
Your tour ends today. After breakfast, you will be free in the morning. Our staff will transfer you to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station.
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

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USD450 USD450 USD480 USD480 USD520 USD520 USD480 USD450

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

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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.

Discount Policy

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

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $15 Off / 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.

Please 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.

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;

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

* Pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am and 4:00 pm on the first day;

* Drop-off from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 6:00 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

* Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide;

* Attractions: all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary;

* Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit ;

* 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 can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay a private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time.

* 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 the gratuity 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. You are suggested to tip each of them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);

* 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 handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;

* 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 the first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have a guide presence but a 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 travelers; if any attraction visits have to be canceled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for the refund except for certain attraction entrance fees which will be solely decided by GTT;

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

* All members of the same group must be with the same tour guide during the whole trip. So all members must follow the same itinerary and visit the same attractions. If anyone requests to change the scheduled arrangement for own reasons, you need to get permission from other members and accept the possible payment change if any.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Lewi***

Hello. I'm inquiring about a tour of Lhasa (about 4 days) plus an extra day to see an area of natural beauty like one of the lakes. I'm a foreigner living in China, and will be travelling with my friend, a Chinese national. Any hotels are fine as long as they have hot water! We are interested in taking the train from Beijing to Lhasa and then taking a flight out. We are looking at travelling in early August. Could you let me know a cost breakdown? Many thanks!

Answered by Beatrice 2021-06-14

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a 4 day Lhasa city essential tour, plus one more day to see an area of natural beauty like one of the lakes. We happen to have such a group tour. Please check the itinerary. 

Alternatively, we also can arrange a 4-day Lhasa city essential group tour for you, plus a one-day private tour from Lhasa to Namtso Lake, which is about 500 kilometers for a round trip. Here's the semi-group tour itinerary.

Please let me know your idea about which lake you would like to visit. Yamtrok and Namtso are both listed in the top 3 holy lakes in Tibet. And of course, going to Yamtrok with a group is much cheaper than going to Namtso. Or you want to see the quoting for both lakes? And the hotels are included in the group tour/private tour cost. Our recommended hotels have a good reputation, location and complete services. By the way, taking a train to Lhasa is a great way to lower the risk of altitude sickness.

Asked by Rona***

My wife were planning to visit Tibet as soon as everything will back to normal..we are from Dubai UAE please let me know if we need a visa of Tibet and where should I apply.. because I believe you don't have an embassy in Dubai..thank you very much!

Answered by Beatrice 2021-05-24

If you are going to visit Tibet from Dubai UAE, you need a China visa first when it's getting back to normal. Apart from your Chinese Visa, a Tibet travel permit is also necessary for all international travelers. The only way to get a Tibet Travel Permit is to entrust a Tibet Travel Agency to apply it for you by booking a Tibet tour.

Asked by Seba***

I need the tibet permit I need a good hotel I need the flight details, and airport drops

Answered by Catherine 2021-05-18

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Lhasa City Essential Group Tour. We will handle the Tibet Travel Permit for our customers after they book a tour with us. The processing time of the permit is around 12 days, so I'm afraid the earliest possible departure date will be in early June. Is that ok for you? Besides, there are some fixed group tours with departure dates on June 28th, 30th. You can also choose to be part of these groups. The pick-up and drop-off services are included. Lhasa's accommodation is the best in Tibet where you have 5-star hotel options like Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise, Shangri-La Lhasa Hotel, and St. Regis Lhasa Resort. We can arrange it for you. For the flight details, may I know which city of China you are currently living in?

Asked by Thal***

Hi, My daughter and I are joining an adoption group tour in Beijing on 6/14/2020. Before that tour, we are looking at coming to Lhasa. I am interested in the 2020-06-11 to 06-14 tour you have. I see the tour is $500 usd or $540 usd if having 4* hotel + 3% off if we book 3 months in advance. Is this correct that this amount includes the hotel and tour? I know there are other expenses like tips to driver/guide and some meals. Can you tell me about the hotels. Do you chose and book the hotel? Which hotels do you use for 3* and 4*? Do you also help arrange IN China flights from Beijing to Lhasa? Do you deliver Tibet Permit to the hotel we will be staying at in Bejing before flying to Lhasa? I will be booking our Lhasa tour very soon and just need a little more information. Anything else you can tell me on how you work is appreciated. Thank-you! Sincerely, Thalia Dickson

Answered by Cherry 2020-01-20

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to join 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour with the departure date on Jun.11th. We happen to have this group tour. 

We can book the flight ticket from Beijing to Lhasa for you. We will send the original Tibet Travel Permit to your hotel in Beijing by express. 

Yes. There is 3% off for early booking. 

Asked by Just***

Hi, I am looking for a short tour (3 days, leaving on 3rd night or 4th day) for one person. The dates I am looking at are January 28-30/31. Do you have availability? Thank you.

Answered by Cherry 2020-01-15

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 4 Days Lhasa Essential Private Tour for one person. If you send me all the documents ASAP, we can get your Tibet Travel Permit on time. 

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