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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
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

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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Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

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USD560 USD520 USD490 USD490 USD520 USD520 USD560 USD560 USD520 USD490


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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

Our Service


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

* Meal: 3 Breakfasts;

* 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, 1:00 pm and 4:00 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 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 --- 4.4%. 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 Tia ***

I am planning on coming from tokyo and then leaving for vietnam or thailand from this trip.

Answered by Beatrice 2023-09-23

Dear Tia****,

Good morning.

If you are coming from Tokyo, will you fly to Shanghai then to Lhasa?

If you are leaving for Vietnam or Thailand, you can depart from Lhasa to Chengdu after your Tibet trip.

Asked by john***

Hello, I am just wondering if there is assistance with applying for the chinese visa with this trip? I only want to come to visit Tibet, not the rest of China.

Answered by Jennie 2023-09-15

Dear John****,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry!

We can arrange a  Lhasa City Essential Tour for you. We can offer you the supporting documents for the China Visa interview if you book with us.

Please let me know your preferred departure date. We can check if we have a suitable group departure.

Asked by Char***

Hello, we would like to know if the permit included with the tour allows us to leave Lhasa by bus after the tour (to reach Nepal).

Answered by Jennie 2023-09-11

Dear Char****,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry!

We can arrange a 7-day Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour for you to send you from Lhasa to Nepal. There's no bus from Lhasa to Nepal.

Asked by Fran***

I will start on October 15th in Schanghai go by train to Lhasa. Have to be back in Shanghai on October 24 th

Answered by Beatrice 2023-09-09

Dear Fran****,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry!

We can arrange a 4D Lhasa City Essential Group Tour. Currently, we don't have the departure on 17 Oct but we have a departure on 19 Oct, which can end on 22 Oct. Is it available for you? 


Asked by jane***

Hell, we would like to do the 4 day tour of Lhasa would you be able to arrange arriving and leaving by plane to and from Kathmandu? Thank you

Answered by Mery 2023-09-04

Dear Jane****, 

Thank you for sending us an inquiry!

As per your request, we can open 4 days Lhasa City Essential group tour on 21 November for you if you are booking now. We can help you book round-trip flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Chengdu, with one night in Chengdu. Now the flight ticket costs USD1400p.p., but the cost fluctuates, so we'll requote the cost of flight tickets before booking.

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