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5-Day Lhasa Butter Lantern Festival Tour

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Tour Type: Private Tour: Flexible Travel Date & Travel Routes
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
  • Marvel at two incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Potala Place and Jokhang Temple
  • Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Tibetan Butter Lantern Festival
  • Witness the summer palace of Dailai Lama - Norbulingka Palace

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day1  Arrive in Lhasa
When you arrive in Lhasa, the tour guide will pick you up at the airport or the train station. You’ll have nothing to worry.

On the way to the city from the airport, you’re able to see unique Tibetan villages, the world's highest river - the Yarlung Zangbo River and the leather boats on the river. The tour guide will help you check in the hotel and arrange a Tibetan lunch for you. In the comfortable hotel room, you can take a good rest. In the evening, you can stroll through the Potala Palace Square and relax yourself amid the ancient palaces, modern fountains and walking monks. After some leisurely walks, you’d better return to the hotel early,and go to bed early, enabling yourself adapt to the high altitude as soon as possible.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day2  Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
In the morning, you’ll visit the world's highest ancient palace-style castle complex-- the Potala Palace. The Potala Palace is built on the Red Hill at an altitude of 3,700 meters. The palace is the largest and most complete ancient palace complex in Tibet, showcasing the wisdom of the ancient Tibetans. Stepping up the 1080 stairs, you can have a bird view of Lhasa. And the guide will accompany you to the palace and interpret its history for you.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the holy place of Tibetan Buddhist believers-- Jokhang Temple. There’s a saying that "if you didn’t visit the Jokhang Temple, your journey in Lhasa is in vain.” It has a history of more than 1,300 years and is considered as "spiritual heart of the city" and the most sacred in Tibet. After the visit, don't forget to walk around the Jokhang Temple clockwise, a custom praying for health.

You can slow down your pace in Lhasa, strolling through Barkhor Street, selecting souvenirs for your family at the handicraft market and drinking tea in a small tea house. Basking in the warm sunshine, you can empty all your negative emotions. In the evening, you can join in the celebration of the Butter Lantern Festival at Jokhang Temple Square. Outside each window, there’s a lantern. You can enjoy a beautiful night scene.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day3  Lhasa: Norbulingka, Ramoche Temple
Norbulingka is also known as the Summer Palace. It is full of flowers and pavilions, like a botanical garden. Norbulingka is the main venue for Tibetan opera performances during the Shoton Festival. In the winter, Norbulingka is also a place where Tibetan people gather. It covers a large area, and you can hang out there for a whole morning.

In the afternoon, you will visit another temple in Lhasa--the Ramoche Temple. Ramoche is considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang which was completed about the same time. It is considered to be the most important temple in the city after the Jokhang Temple.

For the rest of the day, you can hang out in the streets of Lhasa, enjying the sunshine.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day4  Lhasa:Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery
In the morning, you can stroll along the Lhasa River and usher in a new day with the refreshing air. After breakfast, the tour guide will accompany you to visit the Drepung Monastery, one of the six temples of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Every June and July in Tibetan calendar , there is the unfolding giant painting of the Buddha during the opening ceremony of Shoton Festival.

In the afternoon, you can visit the Sera Monastery, one of the six main temples of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when it was built.

You can watch believers debating Buddhist scriptures there, which is well-known throughout China. It usually starts at 15:00 and is free to watch.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day5  Depart from Lhasa
The tour guide will accompany you to Gongga Airport or the train station along the Lhasa Valley on the last day of the trip.


What's Included

Private professional English-Speaking local tour guide
Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
All necessary Tibet travel permits.
All accommodations listed in the itinerary
Meals specified in the itinerary as "B, L, D".
Entrance tickets listed in the itinerary
Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
A container of Oxygen for emergency use in Tibet
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
International flight to and from China.
China visa.
Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
Meals not listed in the itinerary.
Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
Tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
Entrance tickets not listed in the itinerary
Single room supplement.

Additional Info

Alterations of Itineraries

The travel date, service items, itinerary and number of visitors, visitors’ ID information, etc. can be modified free of charge 30 days or more before the trip. If the visitor needs to make a second modification, an additional service fee of 5% of the deposit will be charged. Every time the content of the travel contract is modified, the company reserves the right to re-quote.

Cancellation Policy

Once the deposit is paid, your trip is confirmed. If you need to change or cancel your itinerary, please contact your travel consultant by email, phone, instant messenger, etc. There will be a charge for Cancellation or modification. The policy is as follows:

1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).


 YairM79
Travel Date:September 30, 2019

Last week we (4 of us) traveled to Tibet one way by train and return by flight.

Upon arrival to Lhasa a tour guide Mr. Chimpel waited for us in the train station and took us to the hotel.

A first class hotel big rooms very clean and best restaurants.

The guide made a plan for the 3 days tour including all relevant sites of Lhasa and out of town.

He's very knowledgeable and I feel like being in a class.

At the end we (all the four of us) were very grateful to Amy who arrange all and our travel agency Asia Odyssey Travel.

I will definitely recommend your office to any friend who will want to visit Tibet

Best wishes.

 Dom B
Travel Date:January 5, 2019

My first and only group tour trip so far. What shall I say? Everything worked like a clockwork. My group mates where great and we had a lot of fun (and celebrated new year successfully). The travel agency (asia Odyssey travel) was definitely a good choice. The advises and caretaking I got from my agency (thanks amy, you are an angel ) was better then the one of my other group members (we talked about it openly). I'm lucky that I choose this trip, tour and agency. It was a good experience and I can definitely recommend it if you like a good and organized tour through tibet.

 Dom B
Travel Date:June 23, 2019

We went to Tibet at June 2019,our tour was arrange by Amy from Chengdu, she is very kind and helpful, we have a lot of questions before the trip, she can answer them with full of patience.

First day, our driver and tour guide waited at airport and drive us to our lovely hotel (4 star himalaya hotel). the tour guide Mr Ba Sang from Tibet is very caring and helpful throughout the journey. Everything is well planned and taken care of. He brings us to nice local restaurants and have a good taste of local cuisine. In temple, we given detail explanation on the culture and explain to us the practice of the people. Experience at Everest Base camp is unforgettable, we able to see the remarkable view of everest mountain.

Tibet is a place you will want to visit again and again.

Driver Mr Xia is a good, responsible and steady driver. He drives us safely to all locations.

Hopefully next time we can join the Ling Zhi trip to see flowers in spring time.

Highly recommended this tour and this travel agents for their excellent service. We are happy to join on this tour.

 KanikaJ
Travel Date:August 19, 2019

- From arranging our Tibet Permit, organizing paperwork, answering all sorts of questions/doubts, our travel consultant SHIRLEY was amazing. A big thanks to her for making us highly trust the company.

- And a big shout out & thanks to our guide DAWA TSERING (guide) - DAWA GANTESN (driver) from TCT, for an amazing time & experience.

Both were welcoming, polite, helpful, knowledgeable, kind.

- Amazing trip..

 Ramachandran
Travel Date:Sep. 22nd 2018

We definitely recommend to book a Tibet trip through Tibet Odyssey! We had a great trip in June,exploring beautiful lakes and Mt. Everest base camp. Our guide was super patient.

 Mary C
Travel Date:July 6, 2019

We worked with Shirley to build an itinerary of cycling through Tibet to EBC. She was incredibly helpful and responsive. She designed a trip that met our requests and exceeded our expectations. She worked with our tour members who would be traveling from North America and China to make sure we were all set with plenty of time to get visas and permits.

Our trip was 10 days in Tibet, with a rest and sightseeing day in Lhasa (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple). Our amazing guide Phuntsok handled travel, permit, and hotel logistics with expertise and flexibility. He was a 5-star guide in every way- making sure we had everything we wanted and needed, giving cultural + historical context to the sights we saw, and having lots of fun with us.

We had 2 drivers (the van and a truck for our bikes) who were both very helpful, friendly, and good company.

We were worried it would get into rain season while we were there - instead we had beautiful, sunny days 9.5 out of our 10 days.

Thank you to all at Tibet Odyssey Tours for a trip we will remember for a lifetime.