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Legendary Ancient Cities Tour

Legendary Ancient Cities Tour
 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Day 1: Arrival & Acclimatization
Day 2: Lhasa city tour
Day 3: Lhasa city tour
Day 4: Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse
Day5. Shigatse-Lhasa
Day6: Departure transfer

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Tour length: 6 days

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All year around

  

Gyantse and Shigatse are two of the most significant and closest ancient cities nearby Lhasa; Gyantse is known as the “Heroic City” because it was the major battlefield during the British invasion in 1904, today many sites in this heroic city can still evoke your imagination about how legendary the battle it was. While, Shigatse is the second largest city as well as the most important farming area in Tibet; also, the most revered monastery out of Lhasa-Tashilumpo Monastery where the Panchen Lama lives is still in Shigatse.

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Day 1 Arrival & Acclimatization

Schedule today: Arrival in Lhasa at airport or train station, pick-up and transfer to hotel for acclimatization, or you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Airport pick-up Train station pick-up

Day 2 Lhasa city tour (Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history)

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street

Potala Palace Jorhkang Temple

Schedule today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Day 3 Lhasa city tour (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet) 

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.

Day 4 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse (Tour of Tibetan holy lake & heroic city) 

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Pelcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa

Yamdrok Lake Pelcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa

Schedule today: In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). After arriving in Gyantse you'll have the choice to either stroll around town; explore Gyantse Fortress, the legendary battle site of the British invasion of Tibet; or visit the Pelcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa. Afterwards, you'll drive to Shigatse, and overnight there.

Day5 Shigatse-Lhasa (Tour of Tibetan religion panorama)

Highlights:Tashilumpo Monastery, Brahmaputra River 

Tashilumpo Monastery Brahmaputra River

Schedule: In the morning, we will visit the Panchen Lamas' seat-Tashilhumpo Monastery which was built in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama in Tibet. In the monastery placed a very giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha and is 26.2 metres (86 feet) in height. The relationship and stories between Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama are always interesting and tantalizing, a visit to it, you will grasp it all. Later in the afternoon, we will drive back to Lhasa; along the way, we can see the very gorges Brahmaputra River and valley.

Day6 Departure transfer

Tour ends, departure transfer to train station or airport. Welcome to Tibet next time.

Is there pick-up service in Lhasa and how?
Yes,we will arrange pick-up service for you at Lhasa train station; in the pick-uparea, our guide and driver will pick you up with a paper with your name on it.You can get out of Lhasa train station with your Tibet permit, please give yourpermit to our guide after meeting; and our driver and guide will transfer youto hotel.
What are hotels like throughout this tour? Can we live atdifferent hotels?
The hotels we choose for this tour are our commonly arrangedclean and comfortable hotels; In Lhasa, we will live at either Yak Hotel or NewMandala Hotel; in Shigatse, we live at either Yak Hotel or Manasarovar Hotel;the above mentioned hotels are all of the 3 star hotels in Tibet.
If you have your own preferred hotels in Lhasa or on the way,we can help to book too, the price difference may occur.
Will your tour guide be with us all day?
No, our tour guide will be guiding you when you visiting acertain attraction, like a palace or monastery. You are on your own aftervisiting a certain attraction. That is to say, you have your own free time togo bar, shopping or hanging out. Please make sure you are escorted by our guidewhen visiting an attraction; if you are caught visiting without a guide, bothyou and our company will be punished.
Why don’t you include the entrance fees? How much is theentrance fees for each attractions and in total?
Tibetan culture and civilization is characterized bymonasteries, there are some significant monasteries in our itinerary too; butmany times, our customers told us they do not want to visit this many monasteryas most of them look the same, so we decide to not to include entrance fee butlet our customer pay by themselves based on their interests. You can skip someattractions too if you have no interest on all of them. The entrance fee ofattractions in our itinerary is Potala Palace = RMB 200, Johkang Temple = RMB85, Drepung Monastery = RMB 50, Sera Monastery = RMB 50, Yamdrok Lake = RMB 40,Pelcho Monastery = RMB 40, Kumbum Stupa = RMB 10, Tashilumpo Monastery = RMB85, it amounts up to RMB 460, equals to USD 73 (1 USD = 6.3 RMB)
How much does the food in Tibet cost?
Our tourincludes breakfast for all days in Tibet. A normal lunch or dinner in Lhasacosts the same price that costs in Beijing or Shanghai. Noodles costs about RMB15 per bowl; fried vegetable with meat and rice cost about RMB 25 per dish, soit approximately costs you RMB 70 per person per day on both lunch and dinnerat normal standard. The vegetarian food is also available in Tibet, and priceis lower than a dish with meat.  
How much is the tip to ourguide and driver? Is there a standard?
Tour guide work is a tough job on the roof of the world,and to tip the local guide and driver is a common practice in Tibet tourism;however, there is no standard for the tip amount, it quite depends on guide anddriver’s service quality. Generally, if the group size is over 5 pax, wesuggest our customers to tip the guide USD 5 per person per day while tip thedriver USD 3 per person per day; if the group size is smaller than 5 pax, wesuggest to tip the guide USD 8 per person per day while tip driver USD 4.
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