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Lhasa Urban & Suburb Tour

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See the best Lhasa gotta to offer in this short 4 days tour. The towering, mysterious Potala Palace which is the former homes of Dalai Lamas; queues of wide-eyed pilgrims shuffle up and down the stairways of Jokhang Temple; the great religious institution of Sera Monastery which is more like self-contained town; the little-visited Drak Yerpa hermitage, one of the holiest cave retreats…
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel.
2 Lhasa Sightseeing The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
3 Lhasa Suburb Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
4 Departure from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary


This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like going out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water, do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After rest one night, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with close contact with Lhasa, which is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

At first, you will go to the Potala Palace, which is the symbolic place of Lhasa and also the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was built by the 33rd great king of Tibet - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.

After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded at the same time and by the same king as Potala Palace. From outside, you can see many pilgrims making prostrating in front of the temple. From inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at his age of 12.

Barkhor street is the next destination that women love a lot. Because it’s a famous busy walking street where they can go shopping. There are many distinctive shops and stalls that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicrafts, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan religious culture more deeply.


You can go to visit the Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center if time is enough. You can also watch the Tibetan Culture Show in the evening for USD60 per person at your own expense.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Jokhang Temple is the holiest place in Tibetan Buddhism.

Today’s first attraction is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means "piles of rice" in Tibetan, which symbolizes prosperity. It's the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks. Also, It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery was the largest monastery in Tibet, with over 10,000 monks. Now, this monastery houses about 700 monks.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

Our Service
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Free use of sleeping bag;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.
  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • 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.)
  • Meals 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. Each of you is suggested to tip 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, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by ku***

I will be in Shanghai on Nov. 12 and would like to visit Lhasa for 4 days

Answered by Catherine 2019-10-22

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a 4 days Lhasa tour. Since you will be in Shanghai on Nov.12, will the 14th tour be ok for you? May I know what kind of transportation you will get to Lhasa? Kindly note, it usually takes 12 working days to handle your Tibet permit. And it requests another 3 days to express your permit to Shanghai because an original permit is required to board a plane from Shanghai to Lhasa. Here is the itinerary of 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour,

Asked by Jess***

3 of us from UK are going to travel to Lhasa. Could you please quote for 4 days private tour (1st day arrival, last day departure). Please let me know the hotel and itinerary. Is it possible to visit lake namtso or Yamdrotso lake as well as the temples and monastery? Thanks

Answered by Beatrice 2019-08-02

In your inquiry, you mentioned your group would like to have a 4-day private tour with lake namtso or Yamdrotso lake, as well as the monasteries. Right now, the road from Lhasa to Namtso lake is under maintenance. So it takes much longer than usual to go to Namtso, at least two days to go there and back. Therefore I just design an itinerary with Yamdrotso Lake below.

By the way, if you can arrive early on the first day and leave late on the departing day, I also can arrange more tourist attractions for you. As the 4-day tour is just a glimpse of Lhasa city, I will try to show you the best things in Lhasa city.

Asked by Vane***

Hi, We are travelling to Nepal and wondering if after our Nepal we can have a quick glance in Tibet, Maybe 5 days will do for us. Do you have a good tour for 5 days and how much? Thank you

Answered by Amy 2017-11-19

Dear Vanesa,

Yes, you could travel in Tibet for 5 days after your Nepal tour, here I’d like to suggest you take our 5 Days Lhasa & & Yamdrotso Lake Tour, about the price of it, please kindly let me know when approximately could you start this tour? Different month different price.

Asked by Mahd***

We are a couple interested in the 4 days city GROUP tour around 20th May. Could you please send us a quote with more details? Thanks

Answered by Amy 2017-03-30

Dear Mahdy faiz,according to your preference, you are strongly suggested to join our already-booked 4 Days-Lhasa City Essential Group Tour on 21st May, there are 2 travelers in this group so far, it's perfect if you could join them for this date. The price is USD480/person for 3 star hotel double room, please check your email with detailed info. 

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