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 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.

1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa sightseeing
3 Lhasa sightseeing
4 Lhasa departure
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★

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 the 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 is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart the Buddhism.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics
  • 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★

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
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

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2019-04-01 ~ 2019-04-30 2019-05-01 ~ 2019-06-30 2019-07-01 ~ 2019-08-31 2019-09-01 ~ 2019-10-07 2019-10-08 ~ 2019-10-31 2019-11-01 ~ 2019-12-31
$480 $480 $570 $540 $480 $450

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2019-04-01 ~ 2019-04-30 2019-05-01 ~ 2019-06-30 2019-07-01 ~ 2019-08-31 2019-09-01 ~ 2019-10-07 2019-10-08 ~ 2019-10-31 2019-11-01 ~ 2019-12-31
$520 $540 $590 $590 $540 $490

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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2019-04-24 $480 5 Book
2019-04-25 $480 open for booking Book
2019-04-27 $480 4 Book
2019-04-29 $480 open for booking Book
2019-05-02 $480 open for booking Book
2019-05-06 $480 open for booking Book
2019-05-09 $480 open for booking Book
2019-05-10 $480 2 Book
2019-05-13 $480 open for booking Book
2019-05-14 $480 2 Book
2019-05-16 $480 open for booking Book
2019-05-18 $480 open for booking Book
2019-05-19 $480 2 Book
2019-05-20 $480 4 Book
2019-05-23 $480 open for booking Book
2019-05-27 $480 open for booking Book
2019-05-30 $480 open for booking Book
2019-06-03 $480 open for booking Book
2019-06-06 $480 open for booking Book
2019-06-07 $480 open for booking Book
2019-06-10 $480 open for booking Book
2019-06-14 $480 2 Book
2019-06-17 $480 open for booking Book
2019-06-20 $480 2 Book
2019-06-26 $480 4 Book
2019-07-01 $570 open for booking Book
2019-07-04 $570 open for booking Book
2019-07-08 $570 open for booking Book
2019-07-11 $570 open for booking Book
2019-07-15 $570 open for booking Book
2019-07-18 $570 open for booking Book
2019-07-22 $570 4 Book
2019-07-25 $570 open for booking Book
2019-07-29 $570 open for booking Book
2019-08-01 $570 open for booking Book
2019-08-05 $570 open for booking Book
2019-08-08 $570 open for booking Book
2019-08-12 $570 open for booking Book
2019-08-15 $570 open for booking Book
2019-08-19 $570 open for booking Book
2019-08-22 $570 open for booking Book
2019-08-26 $570 open for booking Book
2019-08-29 $570 open for booking Book
2019-09-02 $540 open for booking Book
2019-09-05 $540 open for booking Book
2019-09-09 $540 open for booking Book
2019-09-12 $540 open for booking Book
2019-09-16 $540 open for booking Book
2019-09-19 $540 open for booking Book
2019-09-21 $540 open for booking Book
2019-09-23 $540 open for booking Book
2019-09-26 $540 open for booking Book
2019-09-30 $540 2 Book
2019-10-01 $540 open for booking Book
2019-10-03 $540 open for booking Book
2019-10-07 $540 open for booking Book
2019-10-10 $480 open for booking Book
2019-10-14 $480 open for booking Book
2019-10-17 $480 open for booking Book
2019-10-21 $480 open for booking Book
2019-10-24 $480 2 Book
2019-10-28 $480 open for booking Book
2019-10-31 $480 open for booking Book
2019-11-07 $450 open for booking Book
2019-11-14 $450 open for booking Book
2019-11-21 $450 open for booking Book
2019-11-28 $450 open for booking Book
2019-12-05 $450 open for booking Book
2019-12-12 $450 open for booking Book
2019-12-19 $450 open for booking Book
2019-12-26 $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;

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

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

* Drop-off from hotel to 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 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 60/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 --- 7.36%);

* 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 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.

* 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.

Asked Questions from our Clients



Hello, We will visit China with my wife from the U.S. in June attending a scientific conference. After the conference we will spend 2 days in Xi'an and also plan to visit Tibet for a few days. We will be traveling with Chinese F visa. Our plan is to fly to Lhasa on June 25th, spend two days site seeing Lhasa and surrounding and fly to Shanghai on June 28th. We are interested in your 4-day Lhasa tour and would like the best accommodation for the three nights. Can you tell us the cost of your 4-day tour and if it is available with arrival on June 25th? Thank you, Julius Kuti



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to visit Lhasa with the best accommodation from June 25 to June 28. Yes, we can arrange this tour for you. 



Hi, I have three questions. I'm going to teach in Xian during the summer. Before the first meeting date, June 21, I want to visit Lhasa. I'm in the process of getting a Chinese visa with the invitation letter from Xian Jiaotong University. First question: Do I need to get another Chinese visa for this Lhasa trip? If possible, I'd like to save the visa fee. Second: Since I fly from the US, I probably will arrive a day before June 17. I need to stay in a hotel. May you let me know the hotel we'll stay? Also, I'd like to know how much is the charge for an extra day of stay. Third: Also I travel alone. How does the room arrangement work for me? I appreciate your feedback. Maria



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to join the 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour with the departure date on Jun.17th. We can open this group tour for you if you book the tour with us 50 Days in advance.

If you would like to arrive in Jun.16th, we can book the same hotel for you. But we need to arrange a guide for you(for Jun.17th) and private transfer from the airport to the hotel as foreigner travelers are not allowed to travel to Tibet alone.

We need a copy of your Passport, China Visa, work certificate/invitation letter from Xian Jiaotong University to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit. 



04-27 Departure 06:10 AM from CTU , Arrival 08:25 AM at LXA 04-30 Departure 11:50 AM from LXA to KTM



In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to have the 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour with the departure date on Apr.27th. 




I am looking at flying from Katmandu to Lhasa. Travelling from Lhasa to either Xian or Wining by train after. Have been trying to understand Travel permit and China visa and best way to go about it



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour with the departure date on Nov.3rd. We can apply for the Tibet Travel Permit to you. 

If you enter Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for the China Group Visa at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu even if you have China Visa already. 

If you enter Tibet from mainland China, you need to apply for the China visa in advance in your home country. 

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. 






In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 4 Days Lhasa Essential Group Tour with the departure date on Nov.28th. We can open this group tour to you if you book the tour with us 90 days in advance. 

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. 

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