Lhasa City Essential Group Tour

4 Days
From USD450
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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 travel experience. 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.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

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★

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau. Your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel.

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 Palace. It was known for the high standards of its academic study and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit the biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy a 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 are the hot attractions.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery is the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.
Sera Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet.
  • 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 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 the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers, etc. 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★

far view of Potala Palace.
The life-sized statue of the Jowo Shayamuni of age 12 can be seen in Jokhang Temple, it is regarded as the holiest object in Tibet.
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lhasa departure
Your tour ends today. After breakfast, you will be free in the morning. Our staff will transfer you to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station.
  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2020-10-08 ~ 2020-10-31 2020-11-01 ~ 2020-12-31
USD500 USD450

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2020-10-08 ~ 2020-10-31 2020-11-01 ~ 2020-12-31
USD540 USD490


Starting DatePrice FromBookedBook Now
2020-11-02 USD450 open for booking Book
2020-11-05 USD450 open for booking Book
2020-11-09 USD450 open for booking Book
2020-11-12 USD450 open for booking Book
2020-11-19 USD450 open for booking Book
2020-11-26 USD450 open for booking Book
2020-12-03 USD450 open for booking Book
2020-12-10 USD450 open for booking Book
2020-12-17 USD450 open for booking Book
2020-12-24 USD450 open for booking Book
2020-12-31 USD450 open for booking Book
2021-04-08 USD 3 Book
2021-04-22 USD 2 Book
2021-04-29 USD 1 Book
2021-06-20 USD 5 Book
2021-07-17 USD 1 Book
2021-09-18 USD 1 Book

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 / 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 time on first & last day;

* Pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am, 13:00 pm and 16:00 pm on the first day;

* Drop-off from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 6:00 am,8:30 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

* Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide;

* Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in the 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.)

* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay 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 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. 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 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 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 certain attraction entrance fee which will be solely decided by GTT;

* Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, the 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



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



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. 



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.



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. 



In April I Stau in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. My Plan is to start from Hangzhou to Lhasa Byte train and arrive on 2020-04-09. The way back should be by plane to Hangzhou. If not possible SHANGHAI would also be possible. I’m 67 years old but I can stand higher altitudes. I climbed Africa’s highest mountain of about 5000 m by myself without problems. I also have a 10 years visa, valid til 2027. Would you be able to arrange the flight Omni even the train?



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 4 days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour. We have a set tour departing on April 8th. If you join this group, you can catch a train from Hangzhou to Shanghai on April 6th and take the 20:08 train from Shanghai to Lhasa on the same day. You will arrive in Lhasa at 19:35 on the 8th. The tour ends on 11th, and you can take a 15:55 flight from Lhasa back to Hangzhou directly. We can book the train and plane ticket for you.  Your experience with higher altitudes will be good for this trip. Lhasa is 3650m higher than elevation. You should be no problem with it. Besides, we have Oxygen tanks on the vehicle for emergency use. Meanwhile, our experienced Tibetan guide will take measures according to different circumstances. Please let me know if you are ok with the tour date on April 8th? And is the 10 years visa you are holding a tourist visa?



i am planning for 4 days Tibet tour. i am coming to Beijing on Oct 18th for a meeting which ends on 23rd and then plan to come to Tibet on 24th and leave on 27th to be back to Beijing. flight back from Beijing to US is on October 28th. What can you do for us. i have not done anything yet. thanks priti



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour on Oct.24th. We happened to have a fixed tour starting on Oct.24th. You can leave in the morning of 27th to Beiing. We can help you book the air tickets from Beijing to Lhasa and from Lhasa to Beijing. Please just let me know if you need this service. We can handle all your Tibet permits after you book a tour with us. What you need to do is to send us a scan of your valid passport photo page and China visa.



Hi, My wife and I are interested in your 4 day Lhasa tour, starting on 16 September 2019. It looks like there is currently no one booked for this tour. Will you offer this tour if there are only 2 signed up, or do you require more people?



In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to have the 4 Days Lhasa Essential Group Tour with the departure date on Sep.16th. We can open this group tour to two of you if you book the tour with us ASAP. 

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