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7-Day Roof of the World Tour - Tibet
   

Starts: Beijing;                                                                                 Ends: Beijing
Itinerary: Beijing / Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Lhasa / Beijing;     Duration:  7 Days / 6 Nights

The target area for this tour is the place where Tibet culture was born and grew. As time has gone by, the importance and the population of Lhasa has gradually caught up with Shigatse. However, Shigatse remains mystical in many people's mind. Come and explore the cities past glory and story together with us. Shigatse has never failed to stimulate the explorer's mind. 

Highlights

  • Sera Monastery
  • Jokhang Monastery
  • Octagon Street
  • Potala Palace
  • Derpung Monastery
  • Yamdrok Lake
  • Kumbum Stupa
  • Tashilbumpo Monastery
  • Norbulingka Palace

Starts: Beijing;                                                                                 Ends: Beijing
Itinerary: Beijing / Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Lhasa / Beijing;     Duration:  7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 01: Beijing - Lhasa  

  • Flight: TBA
  • Your own transfer to the airport and catch the flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival in Lhasa, your local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel for rest.
  • The rest of day will be free to acclimatize to the high altitude 
  • Overnight in Lhasa  

Day 02: Lhasa (B, L)

  • Lhasa is a unique and spiritual city. After a thousand years of vicissitudes, it has managed to retain its ancient palace, thick with religious history. It boasts of ancient temples, relics and streets whilst simultaneously keeping pace with modern society. Visitors have every reason to visit Lhasa when they come to Tibet.
  • A full day’s trip to Sera MonasteryJokhang Monastery and Octagon Street, the oldest street in Lhasa which runs through the center of the old city, having been preserved to keep its century-old traditions. It's a must-see for visitors wanting to learn about Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts.
  • Overnight in Lhasa

Day 03: Lhasa  (B, L)

  • Morning visit the magnificent Potala Palace, which is sacred in Tibetan people's hearts. 
  • Afternoon visit Derpung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet and lies in the west of Lhasa. The Unveiling Ceremony of the giant Thangka of the Buddha is held in Drepung Monastery on the first day of the annually held Shoton Festival.  .
  • Overnight in Lhasa  

Day 04: Lhasa - Gyangtse  (B, L)

  • Morning transfer to Gyangtse. *It's about 360 km and a 5 hour drivie*. On the way, visit the beautiful Yamdrok Lake, one of three holy lakes in Tibet. .
  • The rest of day visit Phalkor Tschode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.
  • Overnight in Gyangtse

Day 05: Gyangtse - Shigatse  (B, L)

  • Morning trip to the Pala Manor which is one of the three kings of Nobilities in old Tibet, and now is the only well-protected one in Tibet. There is a three-floor building, with a residencial area of 5,000 square meters, 82 rooms, serf yards and well- preserved property and goods in the main manor in Banjorlhunbo for you to visit.
  • Then transfer to Shigatse to visit Tashilbumpo Monastery which is the residence of Bainqen of all ages. *It is 90km and about 1 hour driving from Gyangtse to Shigatse* 
  • Overnight in Shigatse

Day 06: Shigatse - Lhasa (B, L)

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.
  • Morning is free for strolling around until transfer back to Lhasa. *It’s about 280km and a 4.5 hours’ driving from Shigatse to Lhasa*
  • On reaching Lhasa, visit Norbulingka Palace, which served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up until the 14th Dalai Lama's exile in 1959.
  • Overnight in Lhasa

Day 07: Lhasa - Beijing  (B)

  • Flight : TBA
  • Breakfast served at hotel.
  • Departure transfer to catch your return flight to Beijing.
  • End of service 

Price:


Age Classification

Price Based on Per Person in Cash

Adult ( 12 years old)

RMB 11,200 / Adult sharing twin room

Child (< 12 years old)

RMB 7,450 / Child with an extra-bed

Adult ( 12 years old)

RMB 12,800 / Adult in a single room

Accommodations:

City

Hotel Name

Room Type

Lhasa

Lhasa Tsedang Hotel (4 Star)

Standard Room

Gyantse Gyantse Hotel (3 Star)

Standard Room

Shigatse Shigatse Hotel (4 star) Standard Room


Included Services:

  • All domestic flight mentioned in the program in economy class including airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All private transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotel with breakfast.
  • Private English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast; L: lunch).
  • Tibet Permit

Excluded Services:

  • Meals not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers and hotel porters.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.

Remarks:

  • Quotation based on min. 6 persons traveling together.
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability.

Trip Preparation

All non-Chinese passport holders need a Tibet Travel Permit to visit Tibet; all tours must be booked in advance by a Chinese travel agency. Your whole tour in Tibet must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.


Permits and Documentation

A Tibet permit is required for any foreigners to enter Tibet and the entry city to Tibet must agree with the city shown on the permit that has been issued, differences is any detail will result in non-allowance of entry to Tibet. According to Chinese government regulations, Tibet travel permit is not to be applied by the travelers, but has to be applied through a reputed Chinese travel agency, with which the travelers have booked a Tibet tour. Global Easy Tour will arrange the Tibet travel permit to our customers who book their Tibet tours with us.

Your travel agency will need to submit your information to Tibet tourism Bureau who will strictly review before issuing the permit. We need your passport details at least two weeks ahead of your arrival time so as to process the formalities and delivery. All the members in tours are required to provide the following information (all must be true and same as shown on your passport) to their travel agency before applying for the Tibet permit:

a) a copy of China Visa

b) a copy of your passport including photo page (must be very clear and high-definition)

c) full names as in passport

d) your birthday

e) your current profession

f) your nationality

g) your gender


Tour and hotel booking

All Tibet tours must be booked at least 20 days in advance. It normally takes 2-3 days to confirm the hotel bookings and about 10 days for the Tibet Tourism Bureau to issue the Tibet travel permit. It would be wise to leave enough time to prepare for the trip in advance.


Climate and Altitude

Large parts of Tibet are covered by snow and ice most of year due to the high altitude, Weather there is changeable even within one day .Climate also varies in different areas. The best time to travel to Tibet is from April to November when the weather is more comfortable and humid.

A solar radiation is very strong because of Tibet’s high altitude and thin air. You are recommended to bring sunglasses to protect your eyes, sunscreen cream and lip protection. In addition, the increased solar radiation makes it worth considering taking a camera with an ultraviolet filter to ensure the high quality of pictures taken.

In Tibet, you need to pay attention to your physical condition, giving time to acclimatize to the altitude to avoid altitude sickness. Do not run or do strenuous exercise, and take effective measures to prevent sunburn, drink lots of water and rest well especially on the first day of arrival. See Altitude Sickness. Travelling to Tibet with chronic sickness, hypertension or if you have heart disease is unwise, if you have a cold or fever, it is not advisable to go to Tibet , as they can easily turn into pneumonia, which can be fatal in low-oxygen highland areas.


Local conditions and facilities

Hotel: The facilities and service standard of hotels in Tibet is not what you would expect from a hotel with the same rating in Beijing or Shanghai. Hotel in Lhasa are relatively comfortable with heating systems and hot water in winter, some star-rating hotels have in-house doctors to take care of minor discomforts. Hotel in small cities and towns outside Lhasa only have very basic facilities, some even without a heating system and hot water in the freezing winter.


Road conditions:

Speed limits of 40 km/h, 60 km/h or 80km/h are in place on the way from Lhasa to some attractions or cites around, such as Yamdrok Lake, Gyagtze, Namtso and some another pleases. There will be policemen monitoring speed on the way. Therefore the journey will be slower than in other places. Is going to remote areas, be prepared for the bumpy roads.


Eating:

In Lhasa City, eating is very convenient because many restaurants have English menus; western restaurants are also available there. In places outside of Lhasa you are suggested to lower your expectation. GLOBAL EASY TOUR arranges all the meals for tours to remote areas to ensure that our customers get clean and most passable food.


Respect Local Customs

Tibetan people are among the easiest to get along with in china. However, visitors should respect local customs and traditions, besides, tourists should avoid any political issues when traveling in Tibet, and you can also read more about Chinese Etiquette.

Do not talk about sensitive topics like politics when in Tibet.

Do not try to talk with some lamas about their lives and religions.

Walk clockwise around the Barkhor Street, especially during the rush hour of pilgrimage from 9am to 6pm.

Taking photos of Buddha statues are not allowed in the majority of Tibetan monasteries, in some monasteries (such as Tashilunpu Monastery), tourist can take pictures of the Buddha statues after paying some money.

Ask permission first before taking pictures of other people in the Barkhor areas. Sometimes they will ask you for money but most of time it is ok to give them a little gift.

Do not enter monasteries without permission. Smoking is not allowed when visiting monasteries. Dress properly, not in shorts or sunglasses.

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