The Roof of the World, Tibet


Destinations: Tibet

Destination Services: 6 nights accommodation, Meals as specified in the itinerary (excluding beverages), Excursions as specified, Local English speaking guide, Service fees for local guide(s) and driver(s), All land transfer arrangements as specified in the itinerary, Tibet Permit

Stars: 5 Stars

Days: 7 days

RMB:From 12,690


D1ARRIVE LHASA

Arrive at Lhasa by train or flight – we can also arrange these for you.

Meet your English speaking local guide.

Private transfer to your hotel for check in (Check in time: 14:00).

 

Meal:Nil

Hotel:Four Points by Sheraton

D2LHASA

In the morning, you will visit Potala Palace.

Situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa, Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching over 3,760 meters at its highest point. Potala named after a holy hill in South India is a Sanskrit word which means “Buddha of Mercy”. Legend has it that in the 7th century, the then Tibet King Songtsen Gampo built a 9-storey palace with a thousand rooms up on the Red Hill for his bride Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty (618B.C. - 907B.C.) of China, and named it Potala. The ancient palace was later almost destroyed in wars so what we see at present is the architecture of the Qing Dynasty (1644B.C. - 1911B.C.) and the continuous expanding work since the 17th century.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will discover the Jokhang Temple and Bakhor Street.

Included on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa. With an area of 25,100 square meters, it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The original complex built in 647 only included eight shrines. After multiple renovations, most notably during the Yuan Dynasty (1206 - 1368), the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the complex grew to the scale that exists today.

Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. Symbol of Lhasa, it is appreciated by locals and travels alike.

In the evening, you will enjoy some food at a local restaurant.

Meal:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight : Four Points by Sheraton

D3LHASA

Today, you will visit Sera Monastery.

Located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, Sera Monastery  is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat movement, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa's disciples built it in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom at the time it was erected. Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues and unparalleled murals can be found in its halls.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will go to Norbulingka Palace.

Norbulingka which means 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan, is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City, at the bank of the Kyichu River. The garden covers an area of 360,000 square meters and is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet. Construction began in the 1740s. The area used to be wasteland with wild animals, weeds and scrub which the Seventh Dalai Lama liked and often visited, and, as a result, the Qing magistrate had a palace built there. Later it was used as the Summer Palace for successive Dalai Lamas. It has now been turned into a park open to the public.

In the evening, you will enjoy some food at a local restaurant.

Meal:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight : Four Points by Sheraton

D4LHASA/GYANGTSE/SHIGATSE

This morning, you will travel to Gyantse by road (270 kilometers, approximately 4.5 hours). On your way, you will visit Yamdruktso Lake and Karola Pass.

The Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is one of three holy lakes in Tibet. It is the largest freshwater lake at the south foot of the Himalayas. The reflection of sunshine in different depths of the lake lends it its gorgeous and mysterious colors. In the lake, several small islands can be found and the lake itself is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The lake has been given nicknames such as Coral Lake, due to its irregular shape, and Green Jade Lake due to its smooth surface. Every year, many people will come here for pilgrimage. Some of them start on foot and give one prostration every three steps even from hundreds of kilometers away.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Palkhor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.

Lying about 230 kilometers south of Lhasa and 100 kilometers east of Shigatse, Palkhor Monastery is characterised by its mix of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture. It benefits from a high status in Tibet Buddhism history because it houses three religious movements: Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa. The Bodhi Dagoba, the Main Assembly Hall, murals and Zhacang (hall for the monks) are the most renowned.

You will then continue to travel to Shigatse by road (90 kilometers, approximately 1.5 hours). Upon arrival you will check-in the hotel and have some free time in the evening.

Meal:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight : Shigatse Hotel

D5SHIGATSE/TSEDANG

This morning, you will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat movement) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, it is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain). Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Covering an area of nearly 300,000 square meters, the main structures found here are The Maitreya Chapel, The Panchen Lama's Palace and The Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo has been the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.

You will then travel to Tsedang by road (350 kilometers, approximately 6 hours). Upon arrival you will check-in the hotel and have some free time in the evening.

Meal:Breakfast/Hotel       Lunch/Local restaurant    Dinner/Buffet Dinner at hotel

Overnight : Tsedang Hotel

D6TSEDANG/SAMYE/TSEDANG

This morning, you will travel to Samye Monastery (100 kilometers one way, approximately 2 hours).

Located in the quiet area of the Shannan Region, the Samye Monastery was the first temple to be built in Tibet and the first to host the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors from near and far.

In the afternoon, you will return to Tsedang and visit Yambulhakhang Palace.

Meal:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight : Tsedang Hotel

D7TSEDANG/LHASA DEPARTURE

After breakfast, you will transfer to Lhasa airport for home flight.

Meal:Breakfast

Includes:

  • Accommodation including breakfast in for 3 nights in Lhasa, 1 night in Shigatse, 2 nights in Tsedang
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (excluding beverages): 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Land transportation as specified
  • Excursions as specified
  • Local English speaking guide – for other languages please contact us!
  • Service fees for local guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Tibet Permit

 

Excludes :

  • Domestic flight or train tickets – we can arrange your transportation from any city in China by plane, high-speed train, train or car, please contact us!
  • Early check in/Late checkout and chargeable activities at hotel 
  • Optional Tours
  • Tips for local guide(s) and driver(s) are at your discretion
  • Travel insurance
  • Other expenses not previously mentioned as included

 

Terms and Conditions:

Payment

Full payment is due 14 days prior to departure. Thomas Cook China reserves the right to release all services in case of payment default.

Cancellation Policy

If any cancellation is received following a booking, the following general cancellation policy will apply:

  • Between 30 and 21 days prior to arrival : 20% of total amount is due
  • Between 20 and 7 days prior to arrival : 50% of total amount is due
  • Between 6 days and 2 day prior to arrival: 75% of total amount is due
  • 1 day or No-show: 100% of total amount is due

Force Majeure

Thomas Cook China will not be liable for performance delays or for non-performance, due to causes beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, actions by any government authority (whether valid or invalid), fires, floods, windstorms, riots, explosions, natural disasters, wars, sabotage, labor problems (including lockouts, strikes and slowdowns), or court injunction or order.

 

Tips & Advice:

  • Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your departure date and has a minimum of 2 blank pages available for visa and stamps.
  • Please check in advance if you require a visa for the country you are visiting. You may contact your local embassy for assistance.