Lhasa Gyangtze Historic Visit (8 days 7 nights)

Tibet

Tour Code: LGS
Escorted Tour with private transportation from an experienced driver and English speaking guide.
Starting from $1,890 per passenger based on seasonal adjustments.
This historical and adventurous tour covers Lhasha for 3 nights;  Gyangtze for 1 night: Lake Yamdrok, Shigatse for 1 night: Tashilunpo Monastery, Tsedang for 2 nights: Yanlong Tsongbo River, Tranduk Temple, Yumbu Lagang Palace, and Samye Monastery.
You will stay in a comfortable 5 star hotel in Lhasa and the best ones available in other places.

Day 1.  Arrive in Lhasa, Tibet
Upon your arrival at Lhasa Gongga airport, our representative will greet you and transfer you to our hotel.  You are suggested to have a good rest for adapting high altitude tonight.

Day 2. Lhasa (AB, L)
After breakfast at your hotle, you are arranged to visit Jokhang Temple, one of the oldest temples at the heart of Lhasa.  Afterward,  visit Sera Monastery, where we will observe a Tibetan philosophy debate.  Later we will wander on Barkor Street, a popular market place in Lhasa, to experience the lifestyle of Tibetan people. 

Day 3.  Lhasa (AB, L)
Today we will tour in Potala Palace, the symbol of Tibetan culture and Buddhism. It is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. After the Potala tour, we will visit Norbu Linka , the summer residence of the Dalai Lama. afterwords, we will visit Tibetan History Museum.

Day 4.  Lhasa – Gyangtze (AB, L)
After breakfast, we will drive to Gyangtze, one of the most important places in Tibetan history. On the way we will pass by lake Yamdrok, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Also we will  view the Holy Mountains on the way.

Dya 5.  Gyangtze-Shigatse (AB, L)
Today we will drive to Shigatse, the residence of the Panchen Lama, also is the second largest city in Tibet. After having lunch, a tour to Tashilhunpo Monastery will be arranged.

Day 6.  Shigatse-Tsedang (AB, L)
Today we will drive to Tsedang along the Yalong Tsongbo River. We will visit Tranduk Temple and Yumbu Lagang Palace, the palace of the first Tibetan King. 

Day 7. Tsedang-Samye (AB, L,)
Full day excursion to Samye Monastery. Samye Monastery is designed on the plan of Odantpuri temple, built in the 8th century by Buddhist master Padhamsambhava. This is the first Buddhist Monastery in Tibet where the first seven Tibetan scholars dedicated to be Buddhist monks.

Day 8.  Lhasa Departure (AB)
After breakfast, we will directly drive to the airport for our next destination.
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AB: American breakfast    L: Lunch   

Month 2-5 People 6-9 People
Jan, Feb, Apr, May $1,890 $1,690
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep $1,990 $1,790
Oct, Nov, Dec $1,890 $1,690

Single Supplement: $380

The prices including:
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Help with hotel check in and out
• Air-conditioned transportation
• Meals listed in the itinerary
• English speaking tour guide and professional driver
• Sightseeing and attraction admission fees

The prices not including:
• Arrival and departure flights
• China visa ($185) and Tibet visa ($25)
• Travel insurance
• Personal expenses and tips for tour guides

Unique experiences:
Visit Potala Palace
Buddhism debate in Sera Monastery
Tibetan art and traditional work on Barkhor Street
Visit Samye Monastery

Accommodations:
Stay in decent three star hotel in Lhasa
Breakfast provided

Flights:
China Domestic flights available upon requests.
International flights available upon requests.

Tour operation:
English speaking tour guide escorted
Air-conditioned transportation and driver provided
Airport arrival and departure transfers
Hotels check in and checkout assistance
Flight check in assistance
Optional programs available

The Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa, 5 star
The hotel is near the middle of the city in Lhasa. This hotel has 185 deluxe rooms, single rooms, standard rooms, suites and deluxe suites. Every room has an IDD telephone, two bottles of mineral water, air conditioning, high speed Internet access, private bathroom, writing desk, coffee maker and iron and board. There is a KTV room, massage parlor, beauty salon, coffee bar, wine bar and a recreation center. An onsite restaurant that serves Western entrees. A business center can copy, fax, scan and type documents. Four conference rooms can seat small sized functions.
Address: Section B, Yangcheng Plasa, Gongbutan Road, Lhasa 850000

The Gyantse Hotel 3 star
The Gyantse Hotel is located in a courtyard in the city center. The modest sized twin room was quiet with a nice view towards the tranquil back yard and the fortress overlooking the city. The rooms are well cleaned. There is a portable heater to warm up the chilly night. The bathroom is clean and convenient with a bath tub annex shower. However it takes long time to get hot water out of the tab. The breakfast is a large buffet with Chinese dishes and a fair selection of continental food. The eggs and pancakes are excellent.