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 has white constructions and looks like a heap of rice in the distance. Its name, “Drepung”, means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan.
Sera Monastery  is one of three famous monasteries in the city
  • 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★

As the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace is an important religious landmark of Tibet.
Reconstructed in Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties for several times, Jokhang Temple has four stories and covers an area of about 25,000 square meters now.
  • 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)

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

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2018-04-01 ~ 2018-06-30 2018-07-01 ~ 2018-10-10 2018-10-11 ~ 2018-10-31 2018-11-01 ~ 2018-12-31
$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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2018-06-25 $480 open for booking Book
2018-06-29 $480 open for booking Book
2018-07-02 $550 open for booking Book
2018-07-06 $550 open for booking Book
2018-07-09 $550 open for booking Book
2018-07-13 $550 open for booking Book
2018-07-14 $550 2 Book
2018-07-16 $550 open for booking Book
2018-07-20 $550 open for booking Book
2018-07-23 $550 3 Book
2018-07-26 $550 2 Book
2018-07-27 $550 open for booking Book
2018-07-30 $550 open for booking Book
2018-08-01 $550 1 Book
2018-08-03 $550 open for booking Book
2018-08-06 $550 open for booking Book
2018-08-10 $550 open for booking Book
2018-08-13 $550 2 Book
2018-08-14 $550 1 Book
2018-08-17 $550 open for booking Book
2018-08-20 $550 open for booking Book
2018-08-24 $550 open for booking Book
2018-08-27 $550 open for booking Book
2018-08-31 $550 open for booking Book
2018-09-03 $550 open for booking Book
2018-09-07 $550 open for booking Book
2018-09-10 $550 open for booking Book
2018-09-14 $550 open for booking Book
2018-09-15 $550 1 Book
2018-09-17 $550 open for booking Book
2018-09-21 $550 open for booking Book
2018-09-24 $550 open for booking Book
2018-09-28 $550 open for booking Book
2018-10-01 $550 open for booking Book
2018-10-05 $550 open for booking Book
2018-10-08 $550 open for booking Book
2018-10-12 $480 2 Book
2018-10-15 $480 open for booking Book
2018-10-19 $480 2 Book
2018-10-22 $480 open for booking Book
2018-10-26 $480 open for booking Book
2018-10-27 $480 3 Book
2018-10-29 $480 open for booking Book
2018-10-30 $480 2 Book
2018-11-02 $450 open for booking Book
2018-11-05 $450 2 Book
2018-11-09 $450 open for booking Book
2018-11-16 $450 open for booking Book
2018-11-23 $450 open for booking Book
2018-11-30 $450 open for booking Book
2018-12-07 $450 open for booking Book
2018-12-14 $450 open for booking Book
2018-12-21 $450 open for booking Book
2018-12-28 $450 open for booking 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 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

Lee ***


I will fly from Chengdu to Shangrila on the 11 June and leave on the 16th June to Chengdu , arriving around 6.45pm. As my flight home to Singapore from Chengdu leaves around 11pm evening on the 24 June, I would like to join a tour to Tibet from Chengdu. As I am a solo traveler, age 75, in excellent health, please arrange the best possible tour for me at inexpensive price and I need single supplement accomodation which is clean and inexpensive. Please provide me with full details of price and days available for me. I already have a China visa valid for at least 6 months and so I need only a Tibet permit. Lee



Due to Tibet's unique background, apart from a Passport and a Chinese Visa, all foreign tourists allowed to enter Tibet must have Tibet Permits. Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. As now it’s very close to your departure date,  we will try our best to get your Tibet permits and mail it to your Chengdu hotel before the tour starts. You need to book this tour with us and send your passport and Chinese visa copies to me by email now. 



Hi I am a solo traveller looking to come Tibet for the first time. Do you accommodate solo travellers please?



In your inquiry, you mentioned that you are interested in our 4-day Lhasa City Essential Group Tour from 24th. -27th. November. Yes, for a solo traveler, the best option is to join our small group tours. I will send you the quotation after you confirm the arrangement.

If you have any further questions or doubts, please let me know without hesitation.




My daughter and I would like to visit Tibet. We plan to arrive in Chongqing on June 10 and fly to Lhasa on June 11. We want the 4-day tour. Can you arrange flight for us from Chongqing to Lhasa and return for me. My daughter wants to go to Nepal to meet a friend, so she would only need a one way ticket from Chongqing and from Lhasa leave for Nepal. Can you arrange flights? What are the total costs of these trips? Do you accept Paypal? How long does it take to get the Tibet permit? When we apply for the China Visa, do we tell the embassy that we are going to Tibet? Do you need the China Visa first to get permit? My daughter has a 10-year visa but I have not apply yet. Let me know as I want to plan this trip within the next week. Thanks,Terry



In your inquiry, you mentioned that you and your daughter would like to join our 4-day Lhasa City Essential Group Tour from 11-14 June. You will return to Chongqing after the tour while your daughter will go for Nepal. Yes, we could book the air tickets for you. And you need to get the China Visa first before applying for the Tibet Permit, which takes at least 12 working days.


Please try not mention any information about Tibet during the visa application. Because we need your China Visa to apply for Tibet Permit. And if you tell the Embassy you will travel to Tibet, they may ask you to provide the Tibet Permit. It’s kind of a philosophical problem whether there is an egg first or a chicken first. So, you just tell them you are going to visit China. If they require more information about your trip, you can provide them your hotel's information in mainland China, such as Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, etc. Regarding the hotel bookings, please book the hotels that no need to pay the cancellation fees on the internet to get the booking confirmations. After that, you can cancel the hotel bookings which are not needed.


We accept payment through Wire Transfer and PayPal.


Actually, I think your daughter, Amanda, has communicated with me for a while before, and we’ve come to the payment step.


But now I have a different suggestion that, will you able to start the tour on 10th. ? Then you could join our 4-day Lhasa City Essential Group Tour from 10-13 June, and your daughter will continue to visit Everest, and then go to Nepal border by crossing Gyirong port. It means you daughter will join our 7-day Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour from 10-16 June.



Do you have a 4 day trip between June 18-24. thanks Marta



Yes, we have. How about having this 4 days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour on June 20th? After the tour ends, you will depart from Lhasa on June 23rd. 



Coming from Chongqing, China



In your inquiry, you mentioned that there are two of you would like to join our 4-day Lhasa City Essential Group Tour from 15-18 June. Please check the following itinerary and quotation.

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