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7 Days Xi’an Lhasa Yamdrok Lake Tour

Explore Natural Beauty And Deep Tibetan Buddhist Culture
Tibet Tour / 7 Days Xi’an Lhasa Yamdrok Lake Tour

7 Days Xi’an Lhasa Yamdrok Lake Tour

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In this 7-day tour, you will visit the historical Xi’an city, which is the home of the unflinching terracotta warriors. then you will fly to Lhasa to visit famous monasteries and Yamdrok Lake.

Overview: 

As the starting point for the Silk Road and the hometown of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xi’an is famous for its 3,000 years of history. In this 7-day tour, you will have a short time to explore the famous attractions in Xi’an such as The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter and Ancient City Wall. Then, you can fly to Lhasa, where you will have a good time to enjoy the sunshine and visit famous monasteries like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Sera monastery. The most interesting is that you will have an extra day to visit Yamdrok Lake, one of three holy lakes in Tibet.

Brief Itinerary: 

Day Daily Outline Attractions
Day 1 Arrive in Xi’an Pick up and transfer to your hotel  
Day 2 Xi’an Tour The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, Ancient City Wall
Day 3 Fly to Lhasa from Xi’an Pick up and transfer to your hotel
Day 4 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Day 5 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Day 6 Lhasa – Yamdrok Lake – Lhasa Yamdroktso lake
Day 7 Lhasa Departure Send off to Lhasa airport/train station

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrive in Xi’an

When you arrive at Xi’an airport or railway station, your local tour guide will meet you there and drive you to your hotel. Then you will have a good rest in the hotel. If you prefer, you can wander around the Xi’an city.

Stay overnight in Xi’an

Day 2 Xi’an Tour

Attractions: The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, Ancient City Wall

After breakfast, our tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at 9:00am, then drive to the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which is a surper large life-size collection of terracotta warriors and horses in battle formations. It’s built by Emperor Qin Shi Huang(259 – 210BC), who is the first emperor of China’s first unified dynasty. The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horsesis is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world. More than 6,000 life-size terracotta warriors, archers, infantry, horses and bronze chariots silently guard the mausoleum of China’s first emperor for more than 2,200 years.

In the afternoon, you will visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, is the famous 1300-year-old pagoda in China. It’s the bright pearl on the Silk Road, with excellent architectural beauty, precious Buddhist relics, and the famous story of monk Xuanzang. One of its functions is to preserve Buddhist scriptures and Buddhist statues that Buddhist translators and travelers have brought from India to China in the Tang Dynasty.

After that, you can wander around the Muslim Quarter and Ancient City Wall. Muslim Quarter is the largest Muslim street in Xian. Here, you can taste many local snacks and buy some exquisite handicrafts. The City Wall was built in the 14th century, under the rule of Zhu Yuanzhang. It’s the most complete city wall in China and one of the largest ancient military defense systems in the world.

Stay overnight in Xi’an

Day 3 Fly to Lhasa from Xi’an

In the morning, you will be transfer to Xi’an aiport by our vehicle. Your Tibet tour guide and driver will greet you at Lhasa airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel. On the way, you can enjoy the magnificent highland view along Lhasa River and the Yarlung Tsangpo River, which is the longest and largest river in Tibet.

After arriving at your hotel, you can have a good rest to get acclimatized to the high altitude. If you want, you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the beautiful night scene of the Potala.

Day 4 Lhasa Sightseeing- Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is well-known as an international tourism city with mystic Tibetan Buddhist culture and natural plateau scenery. Today, we will arrange you to explore this old and holy city which is already over 1300 years.

In the morning, you will head to visit world-known Potala Palace, which has the highest architecture in the world. It was built by Srongtsen Gampo in the 7th.century and used to be the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Except for the art of buildings, you could also visit the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After lunch, you are going to visit another symbolic scenic spot of Tibet-Jokhang Temple. It is considered to be the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism. In the temple, there is a golden life-sized statue of 12-year-old Sakyamuni, which was brought by Princess Wencheng from the Tang Dynasty. So, you could see many devout Tibetans do a pilgrimage in front of Jokhang temple. Afterward, you could stroll around the famous Barkhor Street, where you can enjoy a sweet tea, and buy some Tibetan souvenirs.

With the attractions, we will arrange a welcome dinner for you tonight. Hope you can enjoy the relaxing night with your friends and guide.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star

Day 5 Lhasa Sightseeing- Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Attractions: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Today, you will also discover two other highlights of Lhasa – Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet. Before the liberation of Tibet, more than 10,000 monks lived and studied. Therefore, Drepung Monastery is also well-known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”

In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera Monastery. You can enjoy a wonderful Buddhist debate in the monastery, open daily from 3 pm to 5 pm, except on Sundays. You can participate in the daily debate of 80 monks in a closed courtyard. This is more like a question and answers session on Tibetan Buddhism. Through this debate, you can learn more about Tibetan Buddhism culture.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star

Day 6 Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Lhasa

Attraction: Yamdroktso lake

Tibet is a mystic place that not only because of the strong religious atmosphere but also the awe-inspiring natural landscape. Today, you are going to visit Yamdroktso lake (4,400 m) via the Gampala Pass (4,790 m). The Yamdroktso lake is one of three holy lakes in Tibet with other two lakes- Namtso Lake and Manasarovar lake. Yamdroktso located in the south of the Yarlung Zangbo River and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The Tibetans believe that doing a kora around Yamdroktso Lake in seven days will wash away sins and earn merit.

After visiting Yamdroktso lake, you will drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 7 Depart from Lhasa

Your tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will pick you up at your hotel and send you off to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station.

Cost and Inquiry

Since it’s a customized Tibet tour of which the price is different depends on the travel season, hotel class, and the number of travelers, etc. Please let us know your tour plan by filling in the following form. Your trip advisor will contact you within 24 hours for a private Tibet tour designed only for you.

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1 Service Information- What is a private Tibet tour?

For private Tibet Tour Packages, we will provide a private local tour guide, a private vehicle and private driver for your own group. So that you don't have to share the vehicle and tour guide with others. Also, your private tour guide will take care of only your group on the tour. With the help of your private tour guide, you will see more Tibet landscapes and cultures in Tibet. What’s more, you will have the flexibility to arrange the group activities as well.
Please feel free to contact us directly for customizing your own Tibet tour. Your trip advisor will contact you within 24 hours and design the tour package according to your interest, schedule, and any other requirement. We promise to provide you with a satisfactory tailor-made Tibet tour.
2 Tibet Travel Permits and China Visa
For foreign tourists who would like to travel to Tibet, you need to get your Tibet Travel Permits as well as China visa. For China visa, you need to apply for it in your home country before the tour starts. For Tibet Travel Permits, we will take care of all necessary Tibet permits after your Tibet tour booked with us. You are suggested to send us your copies of passport and Chinese visa by email at least 12-working days prior to your entry date, so that we can get all your Tibet Permits in time before the tour starts and mail it to your hotel in a Chinese city.
Kindly note: If you enter Tibet from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, you don’t have to apply for a Chinese visa in your home country. You are required to get a China Group Visa when you arrive in Kathmandu within 3-working days. We have a nepal partner who can help you get it in Nepal. So don’t worry about it! : )
3 High Altitude Sickness Information: How can I prepare for high altitude adjustment?
As Tibet located on a plateau with the average altitude of 3,600 meters, most people who want to travel in Tibet always worry about high Altitude Sickness. Don’t worry too much! Our customers' age range from 20 years old to 70 years old, there is no evidence that suggests that age has anything to do with the occurrence of mountain sickness. Here are some tips for high altitude adjustment as follows,
* Travelers with a severe cold, a high fever, acute or chronic pulmonary diseases, and severe cardiovascular diseases should avoid traveling to regions with a high altitude such as Tibet.
*Nifedipinum, Nuodikang Capsules and Suoluomabao Capsules (known as Hongjingtian Capsules in Chinese) can help some people prevent altitude sickness. You are suggested to take them three days before arriving in Tibet.
*To prevent altitude sickness, you are also suggested to have a proper rest when you arrive in Lhasa for the first day. You can have two days in Lhasa with a lower altitude in order to adapt to high altitude, then travel to Everest Base Camp or other high lands in Tibet. * Our tour guide will take care of you and give some useful tips on how to avoid high altitude sickness on arrival. A bottle of oxygen and first aid kit will be prepared on the vehicle for each person for emergency use. You can drink pretty water every day to prevent altitude sickness. Cigarette shall be forbidden as well as drink alcohol. What’s more, always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your tour guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.
4 Accommodation Information
To be honest, the overall accommodations in Tibet is not good as many other main cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou because Tibet located on a plateau with the average altitude of 3,600 meters. In recent years, with the development of Tibet tourism, the accommodations in Tibet have significant improvement.
Accommodation in Tibet is divided into star hotel, guest houses, and tent. You can enjoy comfortable star hotel in most Tibet areas such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Nyingtri and Tsedang, etc. If your Tibet tour plan includes other remotes areas such as EBC, Mt.Kailash, Trekking in Tibet, there are many simple hotels, guest houses, and a tent for your choice. Usually, the accommodations in Lhasa, Nyingtri, and Shigatse ranging from the cheap guesthouse to the luxury five-star hotel. The highest standard accommodation in Tsedang and other place is a 4-star hotel. In Tingri, Gyirong, the highest standard is 3-star; and other small or remote areas of Ngari, EBC and Namtso Lake,  the guest houses may be your only option unless you would like to stay overnight in the tent.
We hand-picked the hotels in each city in Tibet to ensure you have cozy and comfortable places to stay while traveling in Tibet. Also, All the accommodations we picked have good locations and unique Tibetan features.
5 Meal Information
Breakfast: if you are going to stay in a star hotel, breakfast is usually included. But if you are going to stay in a guest house or a tent, there is no breakfast provided by the hotel.
Lunch and Dinner: Usually, we don’t include lunch and dinner on our tour itinerary. Your tour guide will recommend some good restaurants for your reference. Because according to our many experiences in Tibet tourism, some travelers may have Faith and are vegetarians, they don’t want to eat meat. So we will recommend some good vegetarian restaurants.
We have created a list of our favorite restaurants in Tibet and personally selected some local restaurants to recommend to our customers. In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, Western food, Tibetan food, Nepalese food as well as  Indian food. Our tour guide is happy to recommend quality restaurants and take you to the restaurant according to your taste and preferred style.
6 Recommended Tibet Packing List
For the most Important Ones: The passport with all necessary documents such as your passport, Chinese visa, and Tibet travel permits.
For Clothes: In winter, from November to next March, you’re suggested to bring down jackets, warm sweaters, gloves, woolen hats. In summer, you can wear a T-shirt in day time but the Jacket is necessary at the hotel in the morning and evening as it is still cold in the morning and evening. What’s more, if your Tibet tour includes overnight at Everest Base Camp or Namtso Lake, or a several days outdoor trek in the mountain area, to keep warm is very important. The winter clothes are a must.
For Shoes: it’s very important to have a comfortable pair of boots, especially your travel covers the remote area and you have to walk for a long distance.
For bags: A large backpack, a smaller one, plus a waist bag make it perfect. The smaller one can be used for daily activities and can also be put into the big one when necessary. The waist bag is to take some small and important things with you. It’s okay for you to take a big suitcase.
For Skincare products: The skin care products are quite necessary for Tibet as wind and solar radiation are very strong in Tibet. You can bring lip balms, sunblock, and skin creams,sunglasses.
For Cash: you’re suggested to bring some cash such as RMB and prepare enough cash for the days you are out of Lhasa since ATMs are difficult to find in the remote areas of Tibet.
7 Best time to visit Tibet
The best travel in Tibet is from April to October. The weather will get warmer and some shops in remote areas will be reopened.
1)Peak Season: June, July, August, September (June to October 15th )
The weather from July to August gets warm. But the cost of vehicles, food, accommodation and tour guides will be higher because Chinese people have a  long holiday and choose to travel to Tibet during that time.
2) Best value: Traveling in Tibet from April to June and from the end of October to the end of November is recommended because the weather is still good and warm and the tour cost will be greatly reduced. Travel expenses during this time are usually a few hundred dollars cheaper than the peak season.
3)Shoulder season: December, January
From December to January, Tibet will enter winter season and the weather in winter will very cold. But you’re suggested to travel in Lhasa city, which called the city of Sunlight. You can visit famous monasteries in Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Sera Monastery and Jokhang temple, etc.  
Kindly Note: From late February to March, Tibet will be closed for foreign visitors because of Tibet New Year. All travel agency can’t help you get your Tibet Travel Permits.

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