Classic Lhasa Exploration with Yamdrok Lake

5-Day Lhasa Tour

Code:TB02
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
fr US$912based on 2 adults & 4-star hotels in low season
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Classic Lhasa Exploration with Yamdrok Lake

This 5-day Tibet tour itinerary unveils the most mysterious place in the world, which offers you a chance to absorb the essence of Tibetan architecture in Potala Palace and Norblingka, discover the most eye-catching natural landscape by a trekking at the holy Yamdrok Lake, explore the ancient Buddhist belief by sightseeing three holy monasteries and take a dip of local life and customs by lingering around the busy Barkhor Street.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Get humbled by the majestic Potala Palace perching on the world's roof.
  • Wonder at Tibet's three most significant temples including Jokhang Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
  • Marvel at the gems and treasures stored in Norbulingka Palace Garden.
  • Capture real insights into Tibetan customs and lifestyle by roaming in the Barkhor Street.
  • Get lost in the natural beauty of the heaven-like Yamdrok Lake.

Classic Lhasa Exploration with Yamdrok Lake

5-Day Lhasa

Code:TB02
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$912
Tour Highlights
  • Get humbled by the majestic Potala Palace perching on the world's roof.
  • Wonder at Tibet's three most significant temples including Jokhang Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
  • Marvel at the gems and treasures stored in Norbulingka Palace Garden.
  • Capture real insights into Tibetan customs and lifestyle by roaming in the Barkhor Street.
  • Get lost in the natural beauty of the heaven-like Yamdrok Lake.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrival in Lhasa
Airport pick-up and private vehicle transfer to your hotel.
Luxury: St. Regis Lhasa Resort Superior: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

Upon your arrival in Lhasa Gonggar Airport, our guide will be waiting for you at the exit holding a signboard with your name on it, and then transfer you to a luxury hotel for a good rest. The rest of the day is free time for your acclimatization to this highland with an average altitude of 3,650 meters. A relaxing walking may help relieve the altitude sickness. Besides, the temperature difference is great in Lhasa between day and night, so you are suggested to wear layers to keep warm. Please do not take a shower to avoid getting a cold in the first two days.

Day 2
Lhasa
Marvel at the splendid Potala Palace and baptize your soul at the Jokhang Temple. Take a leisurely stroll at the prosperous Barkhor Street.
Breakfast

Today's exploration starts with a visit to the majestic Potala Palace, the landmark and symbol of Tibet. As the winter residence of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, Potala Palace is the largest and best preserved Tibetan palace complex in the world. You will walk up the steps to be amazed at its splendor at a close distance, and get captivated by abundant frescos, engravings and Buddhist scriptures as well as artworks that showcase the glorious civilization and culture of ancient Tibetan race.

Afterwards, proceed to Jokhang Monastery, one of the three holiest temples in Tibet where enshrines a life-sized Buddha statue of 12-year-old Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. As the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism, you will witness crowds of pilgrims worshiping the Buddha by prostrating down every three steps to cover the long pilgrimage.

At last, take a few minutes’ walk to the bustling Barkhor Street lined with restaurants and artwork stalls, where you could not only savor the local snacks and purchase souvenirs, but also delve into local Tibetan's customs and lifestyle. At the end, you will be escorted back to your hotel.

Potala Palace
The spectacular and holy Potala Palace
Day 3
Lhasa
Take a full day to immerse in the natural beauty of the pearl-like Yamdrok Lake.
Breakfast

Today, you will be transferred to explore a natural stunner of Tibet, the Yamdrok Lake. As one of the three most sacred lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok resembles a lost giant sapphire eardrop of the goodness inlaid in the alpine mountains. The mirror-like lake creates a fairy-tale world by embracing the snow-caped mountains, highland pastures and clusters of islets, with azure sky and floating clouds casting reflections on it. During the drive approaching to the lake, there are a lot of viewing decks on the way for you to capture the stunning views of the picturesque lake, as it is more gorgeous by seen from a distance. However, by the shore of the lake you would totally indulge in her purity and calmness. At last, you will be driven back to your downtown hotel. 

Day 4
Lhasa
Wonder at Tibetan architecture art in the Norbulingka Palace. Visit the holy Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, and watch the Buddhism debating.
Breakfast

The first stop of today's exploration goes to the stunning Norbulingka that used to be the summer residence for generations of Dalai Lamas. It is a large manmade garden with luxury residence quarter where you could take in exquisite Tibetan-styled architecture, and with charming gardens where you might discover various kinds of precious flowers and plants. During the significant Shoton Festival, you could witness some local families gathering in the park for picnics and singing as well as dancing.

Afterwards, drop by the time-honored Drepung Monastery. It was once the largest and most influential Tibetan Buddhism monastery that served as the residence place of Dalai Lamas before Potala Palace was built. The monastery features the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic unfolding of a giant thangka painting on the hillside.

At the end, make your way to the renowned Sera Monastery famous for the Tibetan Buddhism debating. The monks sit on the ground to debate with each other in order to practice and test their mastery of Buddhism, which would give you some enlightenments and insights into the profound Tibetan Buddhism. At last, return to you hotel, and get packed for your tomorrow's departure flight. 

Day 5
Departure from Lhasa
Hotel-airport transfer for your departure flight.
Breakfast

Your lifetime Tibet exploration draws to a close today. Our driver and guide will see you off at the Gonggar airport for your departure flight. Wish you a nice journey home!

Tips: 

From Lhasa Gonggar Airport, you could connect flights to Beijing and Shanghai, and then transfer to international flights home. For further exploration of China, there are domestic flights available to Chengdu, Xian and Kunming. 

Accommodations
Lhasa
Lhasa
Luxury

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

22 Jiangsu Road, Chengguan District, 850000 Lhasa, China
Ranking 1/373 of Lhasa hotels on TripAdvisor, the hotel is close to Potala Palace and Jokang Temple, featuring with its unique Butler service and nice breakfasts.
Superior

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

10 Bolinka Road, Lhasa, China
With great location, the Starwood member hotel is easy to travel to the major attractions. The hotel rooms are equipped with humidifiers and oxygen for more comfort for its guests.
Luxury
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Lhasa

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

22 Jiangsu Road, Chengguan District, 850000 Lhasa, China
Ranking 1/373 of Lhasa hotels on TripAdvisor, the hotel is close to Potala Palace and Jokang Temple, featuring with its unique Butler service and nice breakfasts.
Superior
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Lhasa

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

10 Bolinka Road, Lhasa, China
With great location, the Starwood member hotel is easy to travel to the major attractions. The hotel rooms are equipped with humidifiers and oxygen for more comfort for its guests.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$961 US$1361
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$912 US$1001
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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