Lhasa is sacred, inspirational, and the true heart of Tibet. Take ETC’s private guided 4-day Lhasa tour to see the soul of this city and its mysterious glory. Explore the religious appeals, grand Buddhist monasteries, exotic Tibetan culture, as well as its secrets and unique things with us! With our local guide, you can even take a cookery lesson to prepare Tibetan food. Beyond temples, Lhasa is teeming with highland beauty and spectacular scenery – the jewel-like lakes are sparkling under the sun.

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Upon arrival at the Gonggar Airport or train station, Easy Tour China local guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa. On the way, you could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on the way to hotel. After check-in at hotel, have a good rest for the rest of the day to acclimate the high altitude (3650m) and weather of Lhasa.

After breakfast, we will set out for today’s exciting tour. The tour will start from the splendid Potala Palace, which is the first must-visit attraction for every visitor to Lhasa. Standing in the center of Lhasa, Potala Palace is not only an iconic landmark of the city, but also a symbol of the snowy Tibetan Plateau and a museum of Tibetan culture. It covers an area of 360,000 square meters, with over 2,000 rooms and 34 Buddha halls. The general layout of Potala Palace includes the White Palace for the living quarters of the Dalai Lama and the Red Palace for religious functions.

In the afternoon, we come to Jokhang Temple, which is 1300 years old and one of Tibet’s holiest shrines. It is Jokhang Temple that makes Lhasa the holy city. Located in the center of the old town of Lhasa, the temple was built by the contribution of the craftsmen from Tibet, Nepal and inland China, which makes the different architectural styles of the temple. Outside Jokhang Temple is the famous bazaar of Barkhor Street. With a history of more than 1,300 years, the Barkhor is essentially a pilgrim circuit, which is followed clockwise round the periphery of the Jokhang.

Afterwards, learn to prepare Tibetan food at a local restaurant. Before that, our guide will escort you to a vegetable and meat market to buy some raw material. After the cooking course, enjoy Tibetan food cooked by yourselves.

Meal: B, L

Potala Palace

After breakfast, you are going to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located in the west suburb of the city. It is one of the “Three Great Monasteries” of Tibet, the other two are Ganden and Sera Monastery. Drepung Monastery is the largest one of all Tibetan Monastery. All the halls are magnificent. There are 183 pillars in the main assembly hall and the carvings on the pillars are so exquisite.

In the afternoon, visit the Sera Monastery, around 4 kilometers north of Lhasa. It is famous for the excellent Buddhist debating among lamas. The debating takes place from 3:00 pm everyday in a garden next to the central assembly in the center of the monastery. It would be a great fun to see lamas debating. After that, we will move on to visit the nearby Norbulingka Park. It used to be the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. Encompassing 360,000 square meters, the pleasant park consists of small palaces, chapels and a zoo.

Meal: B, L

Sera Monastery

Today is free for your own exploration until your guide transfer you to airport or train station. If your departure time is in the late afternoon or at night, you could choose the optional tour to Yamdrok Yumtso Lake.


  • Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is about 70 kilometers southwest of Lhasa. It is one of the “Three Holiest Lakes”, and also known as one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet. Yamdrok Yumtso Lake can be seen when we get over the Gambarak Mountain Pass (4780 meters above the sea level). The magnificent lake lies between grand mountains with snow on the tops. Looking from distance, you will see yaks and sheep grazing on the grassland. If the weather permits, a picnic by the lake is a very enjoyable thing.

Meal: B, L

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What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    We hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our city tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

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