8 Days Central Tibet of Cultural & Historical Tour

8 Days Central Tibet of Cultural & Historical Tour
8 DaysDays
ComfortableTour Pace
4794mMax Altitude
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Visit Tibet's first temple Samye Monastery, as the place where Buddhism was established, Then drive to Shigatse via Dromala Mountain pass, on the way, you can enjoy stunning scenery like Yamdrok-Tso Lake. The turquoise holy lake quietly lying under the mountain, it even surrounded by barren mountains in winter, you might be amazed by the wild vast land.
DAY BY DAY DETAILS
D1: Arrival in Lhasa
D2: Lhasa Sightseeing
D3: Lhasa Sightseeing
D4: Lhasa / Samye / Tsedang
D5: Tsedang / Gyantse
D6: Gyantse / Shigatse
D7: Shigatse / Lhasa
D8: Tour Ends
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa [3658m]

tibetan people, tibetan local people, tibetan history, tibetan culture, tsedang tour, gyantse tour You will be greeted by your Tibetan guide once you arrive in Lhasa Gonggar airport or train station, from airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around one hour and half drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa; from the train station it is only 15km and takes 20 minutes by drive. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa.

 

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing [B]

tibetan people, tibetan local people, tibetan history, tibetan culture, tsedang tour, gyantse tour The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark-Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. In the afternoon, we will drop a visit of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then we will visit Barkhor Street, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet.

 

Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing [B]

tibetan people, tibetan local people, tibetan history, tibetan culture, tsedang tour, gyantse tour About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung Monastery, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Drepung is one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera Monastery. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous. 

 

Day 4 Lhasa / Samye / Tsedang [3500m], 290 km, 5 hours [B]

tibetan people, tibetan local people, tibetan history, tibetan culture, tsedang tour, gyantse tour Morning drive to Tsedang city which is located at the Yarlung Valley, which is reputed as 'the cradle of Tibetan civilization,here you will be arranged to visit the first monastery and first palace in Tibet. Today you’ll first visit Yumbulakang Palace, a medieval-European-castle-like structure built in the 7th century, then drive to Samye Monastery, boasting over 1200 years of history. Nestled in a scenic valley, Samye is an important pilgrimage location shaped like a mandala. Late afternoon drive back to Tsedang for overnight. 

 

Day 5 Tsedang / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse [3950m], 300km, 6-7hrs drive [B]

tibetan people, tibetan local people, tibetan history, tibetan culture, tsedang tour, gyantse tour After breakfast, drive along Yarlung Tsangpo River back to Chushul, here you will cross Kambala Pass which is 4794m high, kambala Pass will provide you the first sight of the holy lake - Yamdrok tso. Then drive down to the bank of Yamdrok tso Lake, it takes about half an hour driving along the beautiful the bank to the nearest town - Nangartse, normally groups will have their lunch here. After lunch, continue on Southern Friendship Highway towards west, enjoy the spectacular views of the snow capped mountains, valleys and grasslands with the groups of nomads, and you could find Karola Glacier lies near the highway. Arrival at Gyantse in the afternoon, in Gyantse, you will be arranged to visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumpum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Overnight at Gyantse.

 

Day 6 Gyantse / Shigatse [3840m], 90km,2 hrs drive [B] 

tibetan people, tibetan local people, tibetan history, tibetan culture, tsedang tour, gyantse tour Morning visit Gyantse Dzong where you will see the whole Gyantse city. Afterwards drive to Shigatse, about 90km away from Gyantse, the drive will take about 1.5 hours. Upon arrival at Shigatse, check into the hotel. Afternoon visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas in Shigatse, and do its kora which provide a great view of whole Shigatse city. Overnight at Shigatse.

 

Day 7 Shigatse / Lhasa [3595m], 300km, 6hrs drive [B]  

tibetan people, tibetan local people, tibetan history, tibetan culture, tsedang tour, gyantse tour Morning visit the lively local market in old area of Shigatse, where you can buy the local handicrafts and also other local Tibetan stuff. Late morning start driving back to Lhasa along the northern friendship way, marvelous landscapes and sceneries along the Brahmaputra River will accompany you all the way back to Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.

 

Day 8 Tour Ends [B]

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and take a last memorable look at the holy city before being transported to the airport/train station. 

 

Includes & Excludes
What’s included in this tour package?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Free Lhasa airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation in Tibet
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
What’s excluded in this tour package?
Chinese Visa fee
Tips for the guide and driver
Flight or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
Meals not included in the itinerary: Lunch and Dinner
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc
Tour FAQs
※What is a Private Tour?
 
A Private Tibet Tour Package means you will have your own private guide, driver, and vehicle for your own disposal. You don't have to share the vehicle with others even if you are a single traveler. You would have full attention of your guide and driver. Our professional guide would love to share local culture, knowledge and stories.
 
Your private guide would also help you make an easier, comfortable, flexible and enjoyable tour. You can stop on the road to get a rest or take pictures during the drive. You have the flexibility of changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time at some tourist sites.
 
When traveling with your family or friends, a private tour would be your first choice.
 
※Arrival Pick-up / Departure See-off
 
We will arrange the private airport or train station pick-up and see-off for you. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you can find our guide waiting at the pick-up area, holding a name sign, welcome you with a warm smile. You will be transferred to hotel. Drink more water, get enough rest, take some time to acclimatize to the high altitude on the first day of your arrival.
 
※Accommodation Choices
 
For private tour, we can arrange hotels according to your requirements. There are options of budget guesthouse, 3 star hotel, 4 star hotel, high-end luxury hotel or bouquet heritage hotel. If you have your own preferred hotel, just let us know, we will help you with the booking, everything would be arranged as per your interests.
 
※Meal Choices  
 
Our tour packages generally include breakfasts. Meanwhile, lunches and dinners are optional to be arranged either by yourself or by us.
 
It’s easy to find nice restaurants in Lhasa, and you could also ask for suggestions from your guide. They always know where you can find something tasty.
 
The price would be different according to different food:
 
1.      If you choose noodles, around RMB 10-15 per person.
2.      If you like some fast food like KFC, around RMB 20-35 per person. 
3.      If you prefer some food at a decent restaurant, around RMB 50-70 per person.  
4.      The local Tibetan hotpot, around RMB 80-100 per person. That is a really good one too! 
 
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Client Feedback

From Ms. Dao Thu Hien From Ms. Dao Thu Hien
GTT-G-2781, 16-05-2018

This is the best trip ever. Tibet is just wonderful. We travelled with Go To Tibet in early 2018 and joined the EBC group tour, I am surprised by the wonderful service provided by them, this tour totally exceeded my expectations and could not have been better. 

From Mr. Rupert Smith From Mr. Rupert Smith
GTT-V-2777, 16-05-2018

Greetings Violet, Just to say that I had a very enjoyable and enriching visit to Tibet and that the guide was excellent. Thank you for your thoroughly professional help with arranging this. Best regards, Ru