The Dalai Lama's palace, sacred temples and Buddhist monasteries: immerse yourself in the magic of the Tibetan capital on this four-day tour of Lhasa.
Lhasa Temples & Monasteries: 4 Day Tour
After being picked up from Lhasa Airport or train station on the first day of your tour, you'll be transferred to your hotel to get some rest before exploring the sights of Lhasa, the capital and largest city of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Begin your day bright and early with a visit to the Potala Palace. After climbing its almost 400 steps, you'll reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was the residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959. The magnificent palace is made up of more than one thousand rooms, including different chapels, sanctuaries, libraries containing ancient Buddhist scrolls and various stupas and murals.
Continue your guided tour of Lhasa to the Jokhang Temple, one of Tibet's most important spiritual centres. Inside, you'll have the opportunity to see a statue of Buddha at 12 years old amongst other fascinating Buddhist artefacts. Outside Jokhang, explore the famous Barkhor district, a lively area filled with pilgrims and locals alike.
For the finishing touch on your day, you'll be treated to a welcome meal in a typical local restaurant, completing your day full of Tibetan culture.
Having spent the previous day exploring the heart of Lhasa, today will see you leaving the city centre behind and delving into the Tibetan countryside. Not far away, you'll find yourself at the Drepung Monastery, the largest of Tibet's "great three" university monasteries. Exploring this sprawling Buddhist complex, you'll learn all about its history, which dates back to the early 15th century.
You'll then visit the Sera Monastery, where you'll have the unique opportunity to attend a Buddhist monks' debate. This fascinating ritual is incredibly important in Buddhism, and you'll be surprised by the lively clapping that forms a part of the practice!
On the final day of your tour, you'll be transferred back to Lhasa Airport or train station.
- To enter Tibet, you will need a special travel permit. In order to arrange your permit, we will ask for photocopies of your valid passport and your Chinese visa, and you'll then be sent your Tibet Travel Permit within approximately 8 working days. You will have to carry your travel documents with you at all times while in Tibet.
- The pick up service from the airport or train station takes place at 9:30 am, 1:30 pm or 4:30 pm. Likewise, the return transfer to these locations is at 6:30 am, 8:30 am or 12:30 pm. If you require a pick up or drop off service outside of these time, you'll incur a supplementary charge of 38 USD (train station transfer) or 61 USD (airport transfer).
This tour includes three nights' accommodation in a three-star hotel in Lhasa with breakfasts.
The price indicated is per person either sharing a double room, or in their own room. If you are travelling alone, you may select the double room option and we will allocate you to share with another person on the tour.
|Double room||Single room|
Double roomUS$ 460
Single roomUS$ 520
The tour is exclusively in English.
Tibet Travel Permit.
Pick up and drop off at Lhasa Airport or Train Station (selected times).
Pick up and drop off at hotels.
English speaking guide.
3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast.
Entrance to all monuments visited.
Additional food and drinks.
Pick up outside of indicated times.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 42 days before (Lhasa local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).