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Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

Monasteries and Palaces of Tibet

13-day tailor-made journey from £3,295 pp incl. flights

Summary

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Marvel at ancient cities and the world's highest mountain on this adventurous tailor-made journey

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Highlights

  • Visit Potala Palace - once home of the Dalai Lama
  • Explore one of the remotest places on the planet untouched by the modern world
  • View the world's highest mountain as you visit Everest Base Camp

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Zedangzhen
  • 3 Nights Lhasa
  • 1 Night Gyangze
  • 1 Night Shigatse
  • 2 Nights Xêgar
  • 1 Night Lhasa

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History & culture | Natural world

Take in the view from the ’Roof of the World’ as you visit one of the most remote places on earth on this incredible 13-day tailor-made adventure through Tibet.

Visit the spiritual city of Lhasa, meaning ’Ground of the Gods’ and see the magnificent Potala Palace, once home to the Dalai Lama. Tour Tsedang, the cradle of Tibetan civilisation and see ancient palaces and monasteries, including some of the earliest in Tibet. Drive through stunning scenery around Yamdrok Lake and visit Shigatse, Tibet’s second city and an important spiritual centre. Finish off your tour with an awe-inspiring trip to Everest Base Camp and see the mighty mountain up close.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Lhasa

Depart the UK on an overnight flight from the UK to Lhasa, Tibet.

Days 2-3
Tsedang

On arrival you'll be met and transferred to Tsedang, the cradle of Tibetan civilisation, the rest of the day will be free to acclimatise. The following day starts with a visit to Trandruk Temple, one of the first Buddhist Temples built in Tibet and the Yumbulakhang Palace, the first palace of Tibet. This castle-like building stands on the spur of a hill, commanding an impressive view of the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley below.

Stay: Accommodation in Tsedang

Meals: B L

Days 4-6
Lhasa

In the morning you will be driven to Lhasa, with a stop enroute to visit the Samye Monastery, located west of Tsedang across the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Here you'll take a stunning ferry ride across the river. Your tour of Lhasa, the "Sacred Place of Buddha", begins the next morning and starts with the golden-roofed Jokhang Monastery, a curious blend of prostrating pilgrims, wafting incense and thought-provoking darkness. You'll then visit Barkor Street, an astonishing Tibetan-style stock exchange and hive of market activity. The afternoon touring brings you to the magnificent Potala Palace, perched atop Red Mountain, with its 1000 rooms and roofs gilded with copper and gold this was once the centre of the Tibetan government and is a former home of the Dalai Lamas. The next day enjoy a full day tour of Norbulingka, which used to be the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama, and visit the Drepung Monastery, the largest in the world, and home to 700 monks in residence. You'll also see the Sera Monastery, built in the 15th century.

Stay: Lhasa Hotel VIP Building

Meals: B L

Day 7
Gyangtse

Drive to Gyangtse, and enjoy stunning views of Yamdrok Lake with its pretty islands, inlets and yaks grazing on the shores. Spend the night at a simple but comfortable hotel in Gyangtse.

Stay: Accommodation in Gyangtse

Meals: B L

Day 8
Shigatse

Continue to Shigatse, Tibet’s second city and an important spiritual centre. Enjoy visit's to the Phalkor Monastery revered for its superb Kumbum stupa and the Tashilunpo Monastery, with its golden roofs and jewel-studded chortens this is the official seat of the Panchen Lama, second only to the Dalai Lama. 

Stay: Tashi Choe Ta Hotel

Meals: B L

Days 9-10
Xegar

Drive to Xegar and stop en route to visit the Sakya Monastery. You'll spend the night in Xegar before a morning drive to Rongbuk and a visit to the Rongbuk Monastery, the highest in the world. Afterwards, you'll get to experience Everest Base Camp, stand in the footsteps of the epic mountaineers as this is where most start their assault on the summit from the Chinese side. There is time to try and absorb the awe-inspiring view of the world’s tallest mountain before returning to Xegar for the night.

Stay: Tingiri Everest Hotel

Meals: B L

Day 11
Lhasa

After breakfast, you'll take a slightly different route back to Lhasa for your final night in Tibet. The rest of the day is free for some last minute sightseeing and shopping.

Stay: Lhasa Hotel VIP Building

Meals: B L

Days 12-13
Lhasa/UK

Transfer to the airport and board an overnight flight to the UK, arriving home on day 13.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard

13-day tailor-made journey from £3,295 incl. flights

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from £3,295 pp. incl. flights

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from £3,800 pp. incl. flights

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return International flights between London and Lhasa
  • Private transfers through-out
  • 10 nights accommodation with varying standards based on the 'best available', from 2* (basic) up to 5* (Deluxe) on a B&B basis
  • Private touring with local guides, including a special permit for Tibet and lunch. Highlights include;
  • Visit Potala Palace once home to the Dalai Lama, tour ancient palaces & monasteries and experience Everest base camp



Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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