A magnificent tour through Tibet. Visit Lhasa's cardinal landmark - the incredible 'Potala Palace'. This massive 13 storey building used to be the former winter abode for the Dalai Lama. As the nation's supreme architectural relic, the palace dates back to 7th century and looks magnificent both up close and from afar.
Sera Monastery is another highlight unveiled. See the revered religious structure Tibet-Jokhang Temple and Norbulingkha, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Samye Monastery is believed to be Tibet's first monastery, built between AD775 and AD779. The original building is no longer intact but the monastery has been rebuilt and remains the symbol of Tibet's national identity.
Drive along lakes and through impressive mountain scenery to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, current home of Tibet's Panchen Lama.
This tour provides the first time visitor to Tibet with a great overview of the region. Be aware you will reach an altitude of 4,790 metres so you need to be in good physical condition to appreciate the tour fully.
The best time to undertake this tour is between May and October. Access at other times of the year may be limited.
Day 1: Arrive Lhasa Transfer to the hotel on arrival and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Day 2: Lhasa (B,L) Visit the incredible Potala Palace, Sera Monastery & Nie Tang Buddha.
Day 3: Lhasa (B,L) Visit Tibet-Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka. Norbulingka is a palace and surrounding park built in 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up until the 14th Dalai Lama's exile in 1959.
Day 4: Lhasa > Tsetang (B,L) Today drive along Tsangpo river. Visit Samye Monastery and Yumbulakhang Palace.
Day 5: Tsetang > Yamdroktso > Gyantse (B,L) Drive to Gyantse over a snow pass of Kambala (4,790m). Visit Perkhor Chode Monastery.
Day 6: Gyantse > Shigatse (B,L) Drive to Shigatse. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery and then Shigatse Outdoor market.
Day 7: Shigatse > Lhasa (B,L) Drive along Yarlung Zsangpo River. Then visit a small village to see Tibetan handmade incense mill and a workshop.
Day 8: Depart Lhasa (B) Transfer to the airport for departure.
• Private escorted tour with English speaking tour guides • 7 nights in 3-star accommodation • Luggage handling • Transfers & transportation by private car • Sightseeing & entrance fees • Tibet travel permit • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs Saturdays (subject to a minimum of 2 people travelling)
Saturdays (subject to a minimum of 2 people travelling)