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  • Lake Namtso (Lake Namco)
  • The Potala Palace
  • Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
  • Batsom Lake
  • Jokhang Temple
  • Kumbum Stupa & Pelkor Chode Monastery
  • Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Kadin Valley
  • Norbulingka (the Summer Palace)
  • Barkhor Street
  • Sera Monastery
  • Drepung Monastery
  • Lulang Forest Sea

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9 Days Tibet Holy Lake tour

Tour Code: TET09
Tour Duration: 9 Days
Destination: Gyangtse, Lhasa, Nagqu, Nyingchi, Shigatse
Tour overview: Traveling through Tibet is an incredible experience, and this group tour accentuates that experience by showcasing more than just the sites in Tibet. We focus on the culture and cuisine of Tibet as well. On this tour, you will visit the most popular destinations in Tibet, and will visit some of its holy lakes, which are places of sublime natural beauty. Tibet is a truly special place, and this Tibet tour highlights the best it has to offer.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Lhasa Arrive at Lhasa, you will be met & transferred to hotel. Free at leisure to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel Lhasa Hotel Shangbala Hotel
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Day 2 Lhasa Full day trip to The Potala Palace Jokhang Temple Barkhor Street Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel Lhasa Hotel Shangbala Hotel
(B,L)
Day 3 Lhasa Full day trip to Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery Norbulingka (the Summer Palace) Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel Lhasa Hotel Shangbala Hotel
(B,L)
Day 4 Lhasa/Gyangtse/Shigatse Drive via Yamdrok Tso to Gyangtse(about 380km,6hours drive,have a picnic at the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake .Visit Kumbum Stupa & Pelkor Chode Monastery .Then drive to Shigatse(about 90km,about 1.1hours). Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shigatse Hotel Shigatse Hotel Shigatse Hotel
(B,L)
Day 5 Shigatse/Lhasa Morning visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery & Shigatse Market. Atfer lunch, drive to Lhasa(about 280km,3.5hours drive),Check into hotel.Carry through a Tibetan Dance & Song Show at night. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel Lhasa Hotel Shangbala Hotel
(B,L)
Day 6 Lhasa Drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso (Lake Namco) Visit the Namtso Lake.In the afternoon,back to Lhasa. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel Lhasa Hotel Shangbala Hotel
(B,L)
Day 7 Lhasa/Nyingchi Today we will drive to Nyching. On the way, the eminent snow mountain and greenly forest full of your eyes. The Tibetans accommodate in the lodges and farmhouses along the mountains and valleys. You will visit Kadin Valley and Batsom Lake . Over night in Batsom. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Nyching Fujian Grand Hotel Nyching Fujian Grand Hotel Nyching Hotel
(B,L)
Day 8 Lhasa Today we will pass by the Bayi Town center of Nyching. Drive to Lulang Forest Sea ,one of the eight biggest forests of China. After the sightseeing of forest, a small town will be worth to visit. Afternoon drive back Lhasa. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel Lhasa Hotel Shangbala Hotel
(B,L)
Day 9 Lhasa Be met and transferred to airport for your flight leave Lhasa. Details... (B)
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Arrive Lhasa

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

After your arrival in Lhasa you will be met by your local guide and then be transferred to the hotel. Take the rest of the day for free, to adapt yourself to the high altitude.

Day 2 Lhasa (B,L)

Lhasa  (B,L)

Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhore Street

We will go on a full day visit of Potala Palace. It is the greatest monumental structure all over Tibet. This ancient architectural complex is considered as a model of Tibetan architecture. Located on the Red Hill in Lhasa, it is 3,700 meters above sea level and covers an area of over 360,000 square meters. The palace has 13 stories, and is 117 meters high. In 641, Songtsan Gambo, ruler of the Tubo Kingdom, built the Potala Palace for Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty, whom he was soon to marry.

Then we'll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The sacred image of Jowo Sakyamuni is the most venerated and beautiful image all over Tibet.

After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit Barkhor Street, which is the oldest street in Lhasa as well as the center of old Lhasa which remains very traditional. Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. Tibetan people are very proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, this street is also a must-see place.

 

Day 3 Lhasa (B,L)

Lhasa  (B,L)

Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Drepung Monstery

In the morning we will visit the Sera Monastery, around 5 km north of central Lhasa, which was, along with Drepung, one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries. Its once huge monastic population of about 5000 monks has now been reduced to several hundred.

Then we will visit Norbulingka Park; Norbulingka meaning "Jeweled Garden", the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. The gardens are poorly tended and the palaces themselves are something of an anticlimax, especially as most rooms are currently closed to the public.

Our next stop will be Drepung Monastery. It is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered as one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery.

At last we will arrive at a local Tibetan Family. Common Tibetan people will welcome you to their homes; greet you in their traditional way and you will taste their typical food. You can feel Tibetan culture and religion vividly.

Day 4 Lhasa/Yamdrok/Gyangtse/Shigatse (B,L)

Lhasa/Yamdrok/Gyangtse/Shigatse (B,L)

Sightseeing: Yamdork Lake, Kumbum Stupa & Pelkor Chode Monastery

Drive via Yamdrok Tso to Gyangtse(about 380km,6hours drive,have a picnic at the Yamdork Lake). Yamdrok Lake, It is within Langkamu county, with an area of 638 square km and a coastal line of 250 km.Visit Kumbum Stupa & Pelkor Chode Monastery. With 9 floors, 108 doors and 77 rooms. Each room contains a different statue of Buddha and the wall frescoes tells the story about it.

Then drive to Shigatse(about 90km,about 1.1hours).

Day 5 Shigatse/Lhasa (B,L)

Shigatse/Lhasa (B,L)

Sightseeing: Tashilungpo Monastery, Shigatse Market

Morning visit the Tashilungpo Monastery. Painted in red and white, the buildings in the monastery stand closely together in terraced rows, offering a grand and majestic view. Then visit Shigatse Market.

Atfer lunch, drive to Lhasa (about 280km,3.5hours drive,Check into hotel. Carry through a Tibetan Dance & Song Show at night.

Day 6 Lhasa/Namtso Lake/Lhasa (B,L)

Lhasa/Namtso Lake/Lhasa  (B,L)

Sightseeing: Namtso Lake

Drive from Lhasa to Namtso Lake. Visit the Namtso Lake. With over 30 kilometers from north to south and over 70 kilometers from east to west, Lake Namtso covers a total area of more than 1,900 square kilometers, being the second largest salt lake in China. At an elevation of 4,718 meters, it is also the highest-altitude salt lake in the world, the furthest depth being more than 33 meters. The water in the lake for the most part arises from rains, melted ice and snow of Nyenchen Tonglha Mountains and the inflow of crooks and streams, hence the lake is very clear and limpid. With the lake surface assuming sky blue, the lake and the sky seem to be one and undivided. When you stroll by the lake, you might feel yourself in a fairy land.

In the afternoon,back to Lhasa.

Day 7 Lhasa/Nyching (B,L)

Lhasa/Nyching (B,L)

Sightseeing: Kadin Valley, Batsom Lake

Today we will drive to Nyching – 420 KM to Lhasa. On the way, the eminent snow mountain and greenly forest full of your eyes. The Tibetans accommodate in the lodges and farmhouses along the mountains and valleys.

The Kadin Valley, a waterfall named Tianfo will show you how sweet the water in Nyching.

Visit Batsom Lake, a Jade like lake, we will over night by the heavenly lake. Camps in a tent near the lake, picnic with the Tibetans and woody lodge. Stay tonight in Batsom.

Day 8 Bayi/Lunang/Lhasa (B,L)

Bayi/Lunang/Lhasa (B,L)

Sightseeing: Lunang forest sea

Today we will pass by the Bayi Town center of Nyching. Drive to Lunang forest sea, the flourishing trees, skyey water, one of the eight biggest forests of China.

After the sightseeing of forest, a small town will be worth to visit. You will find the farm Tibetan life style in this town.

Afternoon drive back Lhasa.

Day 9 Depart Lhasa (B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Enjoy some leisure time until our local guide will transfer you to the airport where you will take the flight to your next destination.

Comment on our service from Annette Esselborn, Germany

We had a wonderful day. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you. The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

Hello Sandy,

 

Thank you for your request. We had a wonderful day, even though we experienced exactly the snow on the Chinese wall. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you.

 

The Ming Tombs were interesting, but of course the Great Wall of China was the highlight for us. And despite the snow, it was an experience. Somewhat hectic was the climb from lunch (by the way very, very delicious!) But I know that this was only due to the weather that day.

 

The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

If I come back in 2 years with a group, we would like to book again the same tour (maybe without snow ....) with the same tour guide.

 

Our heartfelt thanks!

Viele Grüße

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Comment on our service from Nancy Tuksaudom,USA

Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us. We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! We had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us!

 

Hi Sandie!

Thanks for your email! We are both doing fine and have happy memories of the time we spent touring China, thanks to you! 

We are home now (since early February) and planning our next trip in Mexico for April.

  

We totally enjoyed our time in China, despite the fact that it was cooler than we had planned for/expected. Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us, as we did the flights, as well. The only semi-negative comment was that the Guilin hotel heat situation was sub-par. 

We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! They often showed us much more than we expected and worked very hard to make all connections efficiently, etc. 

  

I did complete feedback forms for each guide in each city. I hope that they forwarded them to you. They were likely to be more thorough than what I just wrote to you. 

The bottom line, though, was that we had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us! 

If you ever visit Seattle, Washington, please let me know and I/we will show you around our beautiful city and environs. 

Thanks again!  

Nancy and Pricha (Tuksaudom)

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Comment on our service from Gracie Chan, USA

We had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU! Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

 

Hello Sandy,

Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for being patient. Here's what we thought of the trip.

Overall, we had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU!

Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. It was great to have their help dealing with hotel checking-ins and transportation details. It was very convenient and helpful. Having to move in and out of hotels daily and trying to catch all those train on time are very stressful ~ A big "Thanks" for all their help.  

I want you to know that we consider Jackie Zhang (our guide for Zhangye & Dunhuang) to be the BEST of all the guides we encountered on this trip. She is enthusiastic, meticulous and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell that she enjoys her job tremendously!

         

My observation ~ Most "Foreign Visitors" don't always have a base knowledge of the history of the places they are visiting. A SHORT & CONCISE explanation is better than a long and winding narrative. It should not be assumed that one formula works for everyone. Some visitors are more knowledgeable than others and vice versa.

We enjoyed all the sights we visited on this trip tremendously. That said, there are some room for improvements.

The one disappointment for me was the visit to Qinghai Lake. It was too commercialized. It would have been so much better if we were able to stop by the lake area BEFORE the visitor center where it was much more pristine and unspoiled. After all, we are there to take it the natural beauty of the area after all.

Our guide and driver was most accommodating when we asked them to stop by the side of the road in order for us to photograph herds of YAK and sheep. It was the highlight of the trip for me! I am sure other visitors will feel the same way.

My suggestion ~ Maybe some sort of arrangements can be made with local farmers that owned land along the Qinghai lake for a short stop over in your future tours? This way, your visitors can have wonderful opportunities to photograph and experience the scenery and lifestyle of the local people.

My observation ~ In Turpan, the Turpan Museum would have been a BETTER choice than the visit to the Karez well system (Kan'erjing Museum). There is really nothing much to see here.  

The International Grand Bazaar was also a bit of a disappointment, it was too touristy. I think we would find it much more interesting if we have the opportunity to visit a local street market instead.

We rode a donkey cart at the Flaming Mountains. It was great fun! I think this should be included in the future and its a great way to help the local make some extra money too. You agree?

Hotels ~ We still prefer staying at International Brand hotels. We really liked the Sofitel Hotels (in Xian & Xining) and the Sheraton in Urumqi.  

We find the service and breakfast food selection available at the local brand hotels are still somewhat lacking compared to the International Brand hotels.

Food ~ We had some amazing and some mediocre food on this trip. The quality of the meal is inconsistent. I guess it depended a lot on your local tour coordinators?    

I hope our observations and honest suggestions are helpful to you. Please do not consider this is as criticism of our trip but as suggestions for improvements. We had lots of fun and we hope you'll be able to attract more visitors to your tour. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

I have attached the "corrected" photo and an extra one taken at the Flaming Mountains. You have our permission to include all three of the photos along with the following review to your website. I will write a review for TripAdvisor.com later.

Regards,

Gracie.


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Comment on our service from Sergey Shunailov, Russia

It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot. If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Dear Sandy,

Nice to hear from you. The one day Beijing tour was fine. It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot.

If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Best regards,

Sergey


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Comment on our service from Thomas Anthony Lucker, USA

It was great and the guide was tremendous!

Hi Sandy,


It was great and the guide was tremendous.  I had a great time in Kaifeng. I think we have another tour coming up quickly on the 26th to Luoyang.  :)  


Tom

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Comment on our service from Robert William Miller, USA

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.   The Dazu museum was very interesting since did not know there were so many of the grottoes in China and other countries as well. We didn’t take lunch but asked rather to see another grotto.  Would recommend going to the small grotto and then the larger one and then museum in that order.

Rob Miller

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